Many people go to a great deal of effort to follow a rehabilitation program after a back injury, only to reinjure their back by doing something foolish at home or at work. Take a few minutes to read the following information so that you will maintain the back health you've achieved so far.
In the large majority of cases, we as practitioners have met with mild resistance or even boredom, because most people will say (at least to themselves), "Yes, yes, I know all that, use your legs and not your back, don't bend over. . . ." Yet a significant number of these same people will end up with an injury simply because they haven't internalized proper safety procedures.
Please see your physican to discuss whether or not you should get the flu shot. - Editor
Invariably one of the questions I am often asked at this time of year, is whether or not to be vaccinated against the flu. This topic continues to be an ongoing debate among health care professionals.
Each year enormous effort goes into producing that year's vaccine and delivering it to appropriate sections of the population. And yet, year after year there are studies showing that flu vaccines do not provide any benefit.
A few years ago a study in the British Medical Journal concluded that the effectiveness of annual flu shots has been exaggerated, and that in reality they have little or no effect on influenza campaign objectives, including reducing the number of hospital stays, time off work, and death from influenza and its complications. Other studies, done prior to and subsequently, also confirm these findings.
Every person's journey through illness is different and unique. Please consult with your doctors before trying any alternative health care. Editor
“Changing your lifestyle, especially your nutrition, will alter your attitudes and your values. It may surprise you, but in the long term, even your interests will change, and you will attain a finer level of comprehension of the natural world around you.” ~ Thomas Rau, M.D.
Most of us are sent into a tailspin when we are diagnosed with any life-threatening illness and I was no exception. On December 20, 2006 I was told I had a rare form of head and neck cancer called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a tumor of the salivary glands with a dismal prognosis. I would need to undergo extensive treatment at the B.C. Cancer Agency once the holidays were over. My partner and I left the surgeon’s office in the daze that would protect us from knowing too much too soon. We had no idea to what extent our lives had just been high jacked.
Our thanks to Angie Mozilo for giving us permission to re-use this post originally published on her blog AZ Mom of Many Hats. Angie lost her sister 11 months ago and wants to "Honor her by educating and spreading the word about Inflammatory Breast Cancer."
Please talk with your own medical team as every person's journey with breast cancer is different.- Editor
I hate pink ribbons....
As I sit here at my screen, I am looking at a jar of hand cream.
It is an unassuming jar - nothing really that special about the cream itself. It's not imported or infused with oils, scents, or the latest antioxidants. But still this jar of hand cream is catching me, and weighing heavy on my heart. I don't move it because it is a connection I have to my sister.
I hate pink ribbons....
This jar of hand cream is the jar that my sister used during her battle with inflammatory breast cancer. Her chemo and treatment were so harsh on her skin, that she had to bath her burning, itching, peeling skin during her 4 year and 9 month long life and death battle with a bitch, a demon, a monster of a disease.
You can't open a magazine or peruse a website without some article, mention or ad promoting superfoods - those foods that have high concentrations of disease-fighting nutrients that can improve your health and quality of life. Though there are many exotic superfoods, such as goji berries, acai berries, mangosteen, and noni, just to name a few, some of your everyday, supermarket foods can supercharge your health - and save you some money. Here are 9 of the best superfoods to include in your diet.
Once considered an exotic fruit, the beautiful ruby red pomegranate is bursting with antioxidants and delicious sweet-tart flavor (at only about 100 calories each). Excellent for heart and brain health, pomegranate arils (seeds) can be tossed in salads, sprinkled on yogurt or ice cream, folded into muffin or pancake batter, used as a colorful garnish or simply snacked on as is. Pomegranate juice can be enjoyed as a refreshing wake-me-up, turned into a sweet syrup, or transformed into a tasty trendy cocktail.
Nearly all nuts can be considered superfoods due to their heart-healthy unsaturated fats and other phytonutrients. Walnuts happen to be high in omega-3s, which research indicates can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and even depression. A daily handful of walnuts - which contains about 200 calories - is literally a generous handful of health. Nosh on walnuts as a snack or incorporate them into your favorite recipes - adding chopped walnuts to any dish will lend a delectable crunch and nutty flavour.