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Managing Pain with Powerstrips

Many who suffer from arthritis, achy joints, or simple back and body aches find that they aren’t getting the desired results from conventional pain-management solutions. There is an alternative: PowerStrips are a Class 1 medical device uniquely designed to provide you with temporary relief from minor aches and pains. Using a combination of cutting-edge modern technology paired with ancient herbal remedies, PowerStrips provide an all-natural solution to regular pain-management. The strips work by redirecting our natural body heat and energy to injured areas of the body. Some of the natural elements infused in the strips include; germanium, marine phytoplankton and red ginseng. The adhesive layer on the strips is created from all-natural ingredients, which ensures PowerStrips are safe for everyday use. If you are looking for an all-natural and safe alternative to combat your everyday aches and pains, try PowerStrips – they could be just the solution that you need.

FGXpress, David Warfield

Manage Your Emotions



Emotions have an important influence on our physical health, and it’s critical to deal effectively with the feelings that accompany the everyday ups and downs of life. Here are nine steps to help manage your emotions:

1. Use your emotions and bodily responses to recognize when you are under stress.

2. Write down your thoughts and feelings about what is causing your stress.

3. Control whatever aspect of the stress that you can.

4. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. When difficult situations arise, it is important to assess how bad they really are before going into panic mode.

5. Redefine the Problem.

6. Develop behaviors that distract you from stress.

7. Reach out to a friend or family member.

8. Exercise Regularly. Regular exercise is good for your physical and emotional health.

9. Meditate and Relax.

With these 9 steps you will be well on your way to managing your emotions.

Transcendental Meditation
Lilian Lontra,

Animal Communicator

I am an Animal Communicator. This means that I was born with the gift of hearing the thoughts and feeling the feelings of animals and being able to respond to them in kind. I recognize animals as equals to people. I stand for animal rights and equality. Aside from terminal illness, the leading reason for euthanasia among dogs and cats is due to misunderstood behaviour. My role in saving an animal from being put down is to be invited into the animal’s home and decipher what the animal is attempting to communicate by acting a certain way. Often their strange and frightening behaviour is due to previous trauma, current unidentified physical illness or a whole host of other environmental triggers. It is my job to commune with the animal and hear the information she or he wishes to get across to her or his people.

As a true empath, I feel the feelings of animals both emotionally and physically. I feel their physical pain, physiological issues, their fear, and their unconditional love. As a Reiki Master I am also fluent in the ability to communicate with people in a healing and nurturing way. I have an innate ability to liaise between animals and their people for the good of all involved. It is because of this that I have chosen to dedicate my life to healing the relationships between animals and humankind both domesticated and wild. They deserve our empathy and we deserve their harmony.

Jill Saifer, Soulstice Spirit Healing

Time for Tea        

Watch out coffee, tea is making a comeback! Did you know, Canadians drink almost 10 billion cups of tea each year? That’s 120 cups more than in 2006. Next to water, tea is world’s most consumed beverage! And it is projected that consumption will jump 40% by 2020! Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste and differing health benefits. Green tea is the most popular type of tea with several health benefits including weight loss and anti-inflammatory properties. White teas are the most delicate of teas, with an unmatched lightness and eminence. Black tea is your “standard” tea, which is typically used when making Iced Tea. Rooibos tea, or Red Tea, is a flavorful, caffeine-free tea that has wonderful skin-loving properties. Herbal Tea and Fruit Tea, like Rooibos tea, are caffeine-free are great served cold! Perfect for entertaining on the patio! Happy Sipping!

Steeped Tea

Aromatherapy for Beginners

Essential oils are simply organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is called aromatherapy, which seeks to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Essential oils can be used to help treat a wide range of conditions, including colds, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. These oils are extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves, roots, fruit and twigs. By concentrating the oils of these plants you are literally separating the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single, multi-purpose oil. Essential oils are a natural and safe way to improve your health, cure ailments, and soothe your body and mind. There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing property. Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rose, Oregano, Frankincense, Cypress, Ginger, Sandalwood – Just to name a few!

Stop Toxic Skin Care Products

There is a lot of information regarding toxic ingredients in skin care and cosmetic lines that we purchase. At times, I feel like no matter what brand I purchase, I am taking a risk. There are key words that we are aware of; additives like parabens, sulfates, toluene, and formaldehyde are only a few of the chemicals that manufacturers use to create everyday items. What people do not realize is that these toxic chemicals are endocrine disruptors; they can mimic estrogen and possibly contribute to breast cancers. Causemetics has brought together eleven of Canada’s natural and non-toxic companies to produce a line that is safe and high quality. An automatic donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund is made when you purchase Causemetics.

The Unexpected Gift

The Home Advantage

Most of us enjoy the surroundings of our own home, and seniors are no exception. Moving into Assisted Living has its benefits, but can be an expensive and unwelcome change. There is help available, but many find that existing home care services are limited in their ability to assist. A ride to an appointment, help with groceries, and tackling yard work could result in 3 different people in & out of the home. It can be difficult to fill all these needs. Often, homeowners prefer full service from a familiar face. Staying at home can allow continued access to economic and social benefits within the community.

Done & Done Family Concierge Service

Why All-Natural Bug Spray?

As the summer months are now upon us – so is bug season! Between the mosquitoes, flies, ants, and other biting insects this can hinder summer fun. Not only are insect bites itchy and unpleasant, but the insects that bite us may carry harmful viruses. Now, this may want to make you bathe in a chemical-based bug repellent, but that has negative drawbacks as well. Using an all-natural bug spray is a safe alternative. In order for a spray to be truly “All Natural”, it should be safe to inhale and consume! If you can do this with your all natural bug spray, you know it will be safe for young children, pets and the whole family! Enjoy your summer fun bug free, in the safest way possible!

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle treatment approach that may help a variety of conditions including: chronic neck and back pain, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression. (CST) treatment involves touch, as light as the weight of a nickel, on areas of the head, neck, and base of the spine. The practitioner is able to “listen” to subtle rhythmic patterns in the soft tissues and fluids surrounding the central nervous system. By gently supporting and holding the techniques for many minutes, the therapist is able to facilitate the body’s own healing powers to release holding patterns and tension in the body. The client will often feel a sense of deep relaxation as the muscles and organs unwind and the bones of the head and spine subtly realign.

Sharon Dyck, Action Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic

Health Spotlight: Dr. Eduardo Barreto

Dr. Eduardo Barreto specializes as a Natural Health Consultant. With over 15 years’ experience he has made a difference in so many clients’ lives for their overall wellness. Of Colombian origin, he worked in the modalities of Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Neural Therapy, Nutrition and exercise. He operates through an Integral Approach that involves the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Based on his vast arena of knowledge and experience, he helps with headaches, migraines, body pain and injuries, sleep problems and anxiety among other common health conditions. Through an understanding of how your body chemistry works in combination with the modalities he offer, your body will change and achieve optimal wellness!

Nature Doctors,

Planting Qualities?

What qualities are you planting in your garden this summer? What are your deepest desires and pleasures to create and make happen? How about more play, ease, connection, creativity and a lightness of being? Summertime creates a rich nurturing soil to plant and grow the parts of you that are ready to bloom. Getting clear on the qualities you want to plant, how often to water, feed and nurture

yourself creates the perfect environment that allows all of you to blossom. Before you get started…be mindful of your garden’s foundation; what needs tilling, weeding and replenishing, how much sunshine and shade is required to grow yourself. Be wise as to who to enlist that can support and encourage you to shine.

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid, M.A. Counselling