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Do-It-Yourself Braces?

If you have crooked or gapped teeth, you may be tempted to try DIY orthodontics using videos on YouTube or at-home kits that are advertised on TV. These options are said to save people money by avoiding appointments with dental professionals. The truth is, DIY orthodontics are unsafe and could end up costing you more money later on. Complications can arise from placing DIY or mail-order dental appliances over decayed teeth or infected gums. Only a professional can determine the presence of these problems and ensure they are fixed correctly. Options like Invisalign 5 offer people with mildly crooked or gapped teeth a way to straighten them with clear aligners instead of braces, in as little as six to eight weeks, at a cost comparable to those mail-order products. Bower Dental Centre,

Repetitive Strain and Overuse Injuries

Do you experience an increase in aches and pains at night? Repetitive strain and overuse injuries affect tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the arms, hands, shoulders, neck, upper and lower back, and the legs and can range from being mild discomfort to excruciating pain. If your symptoms persist more than 3 months, or are not responding to physiotherapy or other conservative treatments, your problem may have become chronic and would benefit from regenerative treatments such as injections with platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy or stem cells. Dr. Comeau, BMSc, MC, CCFP, Horizon Medicine Centres,

What else can Pharmacists do?

Did you know that Pharmacists also participate in:
• Health Promotion: Wellness screening programs for a variety of topics like osteoporosis, diabetes, immunizations, nutrition counseling, and hormone health.
• Disease Management: Education programs for patients that help them manage their health, blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring, readings and interpretations.
• Ensuring Effective Drug Therapy Outcomes: Medication reviews and specialty compounding.
Talk to your pharmacist and get to know the range of services that your pharmacy can offer. Jennifer Fookes, RPh., BSc. Pharm, Integrative Compounding Pharmacist/Owner, Mortar and Pesto,

Financial Fitness

Tax season is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to limit the amount of taxes you will owe this year. Make the most of RRSP opportunities. – They are an effective tool to defer current tax until retirement;
-Your RRSP contribution enables current tax savings by reducing your overall taxable income; and
– You can benefit from tax-free growth on the investments inside your RRSP portfolio.
The contribution deadline is March 1, 2018, but first be sure to check your allowable contribution limit on your prior year’s Notice of Assessment to avoid an over-contribution.
Mike Goldade, CPA, CA, ProVerus Chartered Professional Accountants,

Profile – Corner Mountain Inn and Wellness Centre

The perfect balance of backcountry wilderness with the luxuries of modern life, Corner Mountain Inn and Wellness Centre not only offers spacious rooms and healthy, delicious breakfasts but also therapeutic-grade essential oils, spa treatments and wet cedar sauna, nutrition consulting, pesticide-free or organic foods, and the peace and quiet to help you reclaim your health. Plan a visit to the Inn, break the cycle of busyness and rediscover the value of simple things. Janet Casey, RN, Wellness Coach, Owner/Operator, Corner Mountain Inn & Wellness Centre,

Say Goodbye to Horse-Trading

Have you ever found yourself horse-trading in your relationships? “I’ll give you what you want, if I get what I want.” Horse-trading is common and can cause relationships to suffer. People barter to meet their emotional, physical, or psychological needs, and relationships are often compromised. So how can you meet your needs and maintain a strong and healthy relationship? Working with a coach to learn about the different levels of relationships, and ways to engage at a higher level, can improve your relationship and address your needs, and help you leave those horse-trading days behind. John Harty, Insight Life Coach Services,

Happiness is a Skill

It’s surprising, but everyone can LEARN to be happier. Like mastering other skills, it takes practice and like other aspects of health, if you don’t use it, you lose it! Try this and see how you feel. People who completed 5 Acts of Kindness in 24 hours reported feeling happy for days afterwards. Stop to hold the door open for someone, or compliment a friend or a stranger, but do 5 deliberately nice things today. And then repeat, for practice makes perfect!

The Red Deer Primary Care Network,

Buffalo Chicken Soup

• 6 cups chicken stock
• 8 ounces cream cheese
• 2/3 cup favourite Buffalo Sauce
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 6 tablespoons butter
• Salt and pepper
• 1 rotisserie style chicken, meat chopped
• 1/3-1/2 cup chopped celery
• Cilantro, as desired
• Ranch or bleu cheese dressing
• Shredded cheese, if desired
1. Combine stock, cream cheese, Buffalo Sauce, milk, cream, and butter in blender. Pulse until smooth.
2. Pour into stock pot and heat over medium low until simmering. Do not boil. Add seasonings, chicken, and celery. Allow to cool an additional 3-5 minutes. Top with cilantro, dressing, and cheese, if desired. Dawn Volmer, Big Bend Market,

Cranial Osteopathy Supports Your Biorhythm

Cranial Osteopathy is a safe, gentle restorative technique for everybody from infants to the elderly. It is used to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its ligaments, the spine, sacrum and other parts of the body. The goal is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids, the body’s internal biorhythm. Manual Osteopaths can feel this biorhythm in the client’s head, spinal cord and sacrum and will use techniques to modify it during treatment, as needed. Dr. Dwayne Manary DC. DMO., Black Rock Therapies,

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Most commonly this occurs when a woman passes into menopause and also in women experiencing induced menopause. While many painful symptoms are experienced by as many as 50% of postmenopausal women, many women who experience these symptoms feel that it is just a normal part of the aging process and nothing can be done about it. These issues affect a women’s quality of life both physically and psychologically. There are new treatments available for this very common disorder such as the MonaLisa Touch® – a simple treatment that provides lasting results. Women Imaging Center,