Community News
Communicating with Animals 

Our animal friends, both domesticated and wild, are acutely sensitive beings. They are our teachers and friends, children and guardians. They always seem to know how we’re feeling and even though they may not know why, they are always here to support us. Many humans wish they had the ability to listen to what our animal friends are telling us. Whether they are exhibiting sudden strange behaviour or whether nothing has changed, they just love their animals and  want to know more about them. Humans unconsciously have the ability to understand our animal friends from a whole different angle if we simply put our minds to it! We are all born with this ability, however through social and environmental conditioning, we have lost it along the way. The good news is that it’s still accessible with practice. Animal Communicators practice and teach this ability.

Jill Saifer

Family Endorsement 

Care At Home Pharmacy is the epitome of what is needed today to help seniors remain in the comfort of their home and have quality care come to them. My parents have greatly benefited from “visiting pharmacist” Yolanda Yeung’s involvement. She initially developed a medical profile for each of them and made recommendations to their doctor regarding medication changes. She pays weekly visits to my parents’ home to monitor their progress and well-being and readily provides their prescriptions and any other pharmaceutical needs as recommended by their doctor. I am my parents’ primary caregiver but do not live in the city so Yolanda and I communicate by email. She also regularly communicates and collaborates with the doctor and nursing service involved with my parents’ care. It just doesn’t get any better than that in my view! Daughter – Lorna.

Dry Needling for Pain 

Have you or someone who know been suffering with chronic muscular pain? Pain that is associated with nerve symptoms? Loss of range of motion in an area of your body?  Well it may be time to try a treatment technique called Dry Needling. Why do we feel pain?  Pain is a signal of tissue injury and inflammation (Acute Pain).  Chronic Pain occurs when there is an ongoing irritation to an area that causes inflammation. Chronic pain can also occur because of changes to the nervous system that causes increased firing of nerves (Neuropathic Pain). This type of pain can be attributed to unwell hyper sensitized nerves.   The term “hypersensitivity”  or, “super sensitivity” is a result of overactive and misfiring of nerves.  The end result is increased muscle trigger points and muscle shortening. Dry Needling is the use of a acupuncture needle that is inserted into muscular trigger points for a brief second then removed.  There is no solution inserted into the tissue and is the reason why it is called dry needling.  It is a technique that is used best for chronic pain with a Neuropathic origin.  It helps by desensitizing the nervous system by decompressing/ releasing the chemicals that cause the shortened muscular bands.  Usually you will require approximately 3 sessions to know if this type of treatment will work for you.  Though most people notice a change instantly. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING DRY NEEDLING OR WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY COME SEE ONE OF OUR QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS WHO ARE CERTIFIED IN DRY NEEDLING!

Lindsay Stevenson

Self Help for Headaches

Headaches are a common pain that ruins the days of many people. Here’s how to help yourself during a headache. Each should be done for 7-10 seconds and with firm pressure.

1. Take your thumbs or your middle finger and press into the sides of your temple, adding a slight circular motion.

2. Take your thumbs and press into the bridge of your nose, just underneath your forehead. Press towards each other and up into the forehead.

3. With both hands pull your skin just below your eyebrows and hold. Pull away from your face.

4. Press into the sides of your nose and move fingers away from your nose towards your cheekbones.

5. MOST IMPORTANT – drink lots of water. In addition to these, you can use a cold pack or foam roller at the base of the neck. For more help contact your wellness professional.

Trenna Reid, RCRT,

Embracing Uncertainty

Embracing uncertainty is all about making life more enriching and riding the wave of the unknown. We live in a society that teaches us to grasp for control and spend our lives worrying and preventing the bad from happening. In the process, we forget to take in the joy and good that is possible. When we accept that life is uncertain…then we can begin to ride the waves with more grace and ease in our lives. It comes down to how you choose to live and love. Will it be a state of exhaustion, worry, doom and gloom or a sense of excitement and possibility, embracing what is offered and sometimes didn’t see coming. Love is always greater than fear…no matter what the circumstances! Once we stop looking for guarantees, we can begin to take in the gifts that show up upon our path.

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid

4 Foods You Should Never Eat Again
  1. White flour. The body doesn’t even know how to properly digest this so-called food! Refined white flour has been bleached with chlorine and brominated with bromide, two poisonous chemicals that have been linked to organ damage.
  2. Frozen meals. Most conventionally-prepared meals are loaded with preservatives, hydrogenated oils and other artificial ingredients, not to mention the fact that most frozen meals have been heavily pre-cooked, rendering their nutrient content minimal at best.
  3. Microwaveable popcorn. This processed “food” is one of the unhealthiest foods you can eat. Practically every component of microwaveable popcorn, from the GMO corn kernels to the processed salt and chemicals used to enhance its flavor, is unhealthy and disease-promoting.
  4. Soy-based meat substitutes. Besides the fact that nearly all non-organic soy ingredients are of GM origin, most soy additives are processed using a toxic chemical known as hexane, which is linked to causing birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer.
Those Cool Drinks of Summer 

Well, spring has sprung and, in typical Winnipeg style, those sweet drinks of summer seem oh so tempting. While refreshing and sweet, there are things you should know if you choose to treat yourself and your family to these treats. They are not good for you! They cause cavities, weight gain and contribute to type 2 diabetes. You would be shocked at how much sugar and how many calories are in these drinks and slushes. In short, enjoy these sweet treats in moderation. Rinse and brush often and remember the health benefits of a tall cool glass of water: Aaaahhh!

Dr. George Cadigan

The Cold Shoulder 

Spring is around the corner and everything is thawing out. Everything, that is, except your shoulder. Frozen Shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, is a common condition where the joint swells and stiffens, restricting shoulder mobility, causing pain. It typically occurs after an injury or from overuse, though can occur without injury too. Here’s the real bummer for you ladies: 70% of all cases occur in women, especially postmenopausal, ages 40-70. It comes on slowly, most people don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late, yikes! The good news: it’s treatable! With simple range of motion exercises, gentle stretching, shockwave therapy and manual therapy you can “thaw” it; often avoiding surgery. Things to “look for” if you think you have frozen shoulder: shoulder stiffness, limited movement, significant pain with movement, and pain worsening at night. Talk with your therapist/doctor if there’s concerns. Take care of yourself so you’re able to enjoy all your springtime activities!

Stacey Bulat

Why Sprout Grains? 

Sprouting is a process that germinates grains, seeds or legumes. This process makes them more easily digestible and produces additional vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B and Carotene. Another benefit of sprouting is the resulting decrease in phytic acid. Phytic acid is an enzyme inhibitor, which means that it blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals and can also cause poor digestion and an unhealthy gut. This may explain why many people feel bloated, gassy or intolerant of beans and grains. Some people who believe that they are gluten intolerant actually do quite well with properly sprouted grains. Some have even linked phytic acid and improperly prepared grains to the rise in tooth decay. If you do eat grains, it’s best to soak or sprout them first. The way that you sprout any grain, seed or legume is the same, only the amount of time you sprout it changes.

Rick Drury

Caregiver Pharmacy Support

It can be difficult to be a caregiver and manage multiple or complex medications for a loved one. It is important to ensure medications are taken appropriately to help maintain good health. A visiting pharmacist provides personal support with regular medication delivery and home consultations. The pharmacist reviews a client’s prescription drugs and over the counter medications to advise if there are any drug interactions and makes adjustments as necessary. This level of support can reduce emergency room visits and hospital stays and results in a strong, trusting relationship between clients, caregivers and pharmacists. The visiting pharmacist also provides seamless care for hospital discharge patients and works closely with other health care professionals to deliver a high level of care to the client. Care is tailored to specific individual needs such as assisting with blood pressure readings, adding medications to convenient packaging and making changes in a timely manner.

Care At Home Pharmacy

Book Club: The Whole30

The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. The Whole30 offers a step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system.