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Longevity

10 Tips for living happy in 2020

According to the World Happiness Report in 2019, Canada is the 9th happiest in the world. So, not only are we polite! We’re generally happy. But let’s face it, with the state of global politics and the seemingly angry world of social media, it can seem hard to be happy! Well, we folks over 48, we’re resilient and we’ve been through a lot! 2020 is the start of a new decade and there’s lots to be happy about. So we’ve made a list of ten ways to be happier in 2020. Top 10 Happiness Tips for 2020 Finding time for you: with work, family and other commitments, finding time for ourselves can be hard. But it’s critical to helping keep your brain healthy. Carve out a little time each week to do something just for you. You’ll be happier and others around you will also benefit. Get outdoors! Research is

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Antibiotic usage linked with increase risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A new study found that the odds of developing RA is 60% higher in those exposed to antibiotics than those who are not. Researchers from Keele University and the Quadram Institute in the UK analyzed data from primary care medical records and found that the odds of developing rheumatoid arthritis is 60% higher in those exposed to antibiotics than in those not exposed. The researchers also found that the odds increased with the number of antibiotics treatments, and how recently they were taken. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects roughly 300,000 Canadians, and this study suggests it affects 26 in 100,000 people who have taken antibiotics. RA is likely to be caused by a complex mix of genetics and different environmental factors, so this study isn’t reason to stop taking antibiotics when they are needed. But it does open up a new door of exploration to finding the triggers, which could be

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Health

Finding the root cause of pain

“The closer one is able to get to the root cause and resolve it, the more likely it is to find a cure or significant long-term pain relief,” says Dr. Ko. Like Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, originator of this Four-Component theory in treating chronic disease, he asks the patient, “What was happening at the very beginning of the pain problem?” This often gives clues about the area to focus on. For example, structural causes of low back pain include car accidents, falls, collision sports and traumatic childbirth. These often lead to strained sacroiliac joint ligaments, which Dr. Ko treats with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. Biochemical causes include Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity—only 50% of patients have bowel complaints), hidden infections such as Lyme disease, and exposure to toxins such as pesticides on a farm or golf course, heavy metals and solvents. Psychological problems include post-traumatic stress disorder (a screening question is to

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The rise of white bread

It might be better for you than whole grain! What’s soft and fluffy on the inside, golden and crunchy on the outside, effortless to chew, made better with butter and divine with jam? The answer: white bread. It’s heaven on Earth. So why did we stop eating it? Sales of white bread have dropped by 75% since the 1970’s. Many believe that ancient grains and a lack of artificial processing equal greater health. But a team from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has another view. “Generalizations about which type of bread is better don’t actually apply,” they believe. That’s because healthfulness is determined by chemical composition, rather than fad diets or a government food guide. Plants are natural chemists. They can’t run away. Wheat stalks, strawberries and peanuts can’t throw punches if you come picking. They need an alternative line of defense. That defense is called lectin. Lectins

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Longevity

The journey to enlightenment

Swami Sarvapriyananda is a monk this talk is “the most direct path to Swami Sarvapriyananda is part of a lineage that dates back 2,000 years and more to the foundations of the Hindu religion. Its modern roots trace to Ramakrishna, a 19th century mystic, whose successor Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Order. The former recluse is now in the media spotlight, with videos all over YouTube. His theme: explaining the wisdom of ancient India to modern audiences. The swami is still mild mannered and self-deprecating, seemingly unaffected by the spotlight. The subject of enlightenment.” Who could miss that? He is speaking at Samadhi Yoga House near where I live, in Nova Scotia, as part of the two-month speaking tour he does every year. The head of the Vedanta Center in New York City, he teaches there but most of his time is spent studying and meditating. He is an obsessive

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Longevity

Digital privacy wars; Apple, Google or Facebook?

I’ll start out by officially stating that I am an Apple fan-boy, though with all these grey hairs, not much of a boy anymore. It seems that almost every day we hear of a data breach or some major topic of our digital privacy being stripped away or invaded. And with good reason. So out of three of the top technology giants today, Apple, Facebook or Google, is focused the most on your actual privacy? The short answer is Apple and it’s a primary reason I remain in the ecosystem. No company is perfect, not even Apple and they’ve had some recent mistakes. But at least they face up to them. In a way, it’s also hard to really compare them. Apple is superb at hardware and software, but doesn’t offer search or many other services, although that’s changing. Facebook isn’t really a hardware company, although they have a couple

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Health

How to decode your vitamins

With hundreds of bottles lining the shelves of your local health food store, the choice can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips and tricks to help you unravel the mystery of natural health products. How to read vitamin bottle labels Natural product number (NPN)  In Canada all supplements must have either an eight digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These indicate the product meets Health Canada’s minimum standards for active ingredients, quality control, and are safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label. Format and bioavailability There can always be a debate about how absorbable (bioavailable) a product is, depending on the type of product and how it is produced, for example. Some guidelines: Fermentation:This enhances the active ingredient and makes it easier for your body to process. Food:If your body recognizes a product as food, it naturally

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Beyond thought

Floating allows your muscles to relax and your mind to reset. I’ll have more of that, please. Like any new experience, I am apprehensive at first. After showering, I slip into the floatation pod, reach up and close the covering overhead. I lay back, floating at near zero G in a shallow bath of Epsom salts. There is mood lighting and ambient music–or darkness and silence. You choose. Time passes. I begin to relax, the tension gradually ebbing away from body and mind. Thoughts surface and drift away. After an hour I slide out and shower again.  The experience is called Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). A one-hour session is compared to hours of deep restful sleep. It lowers cortisol levels, the hormone produced by chronic stress, and can provide relief to those suffering from chronic pain. I have my first float at The Compass Rose Health and Wellness centre

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When headaches need medical attention

Headaches are common, and in some cases cannot be avoided. However, there are ways to reduce their likelihood. Ironically, for frequent sufferers, your go-to treatment could be playing a role. And sometimes a headache is more than just that and needs medical attention. Headaches are typically classified into three main categories: migraine, tension type, and cluster. The theories behind why these types of headaches occur are complicated and there is not a defined consensus. There are lifestyle choices that are thought to play a role, like extremes or irregularities in sleeping, eating, stress, and exercise. Where possible, these triggers should be avoided. Most mild, infrequent, headaches can be managed with self-treatment. However, there are some red flags that signal medical attention is required: Sudden onset (within seconds/minutes) of a severe headache Severity getting worse, as frequency increases Presence of fever, stiff neck, and/or altered consciousness Weakness, body aches, and/or weight

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