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Book Club: The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda

Michelle S Fondin. Build Optimal Energy and Health in Body, Mind, and Spirit Ever wondered why you’re feeling out of balance, stressed-out, sick, and exhausted but still can’t sleep? Western medicine often ignores the underlying issues that can lead to fatigue, illness, and disease, but there is a way to revitalize your body and mind without drugs or dangerous side effects. Ayurveda, the “science of life,” is a complete wellness system that includes all that we associate with medical care – prevention of disease, observation, diagnosis, and treatment – as well as self-care practices that are generally absent from Western medicine. This truly holistic approach considers not just diet, exercise, and genetics but also relationships, life purpose, finances, environment, and past experiences. In this thorough and practical book, Michelle Fondin guides you gently through self-assessment questions designed to zero in on your needs and the best practices for addressing them, such as eating plans, addiction treatment, detoxification, and techniques for improving relationships. She outlines steps you can take, with minimal cost, to heal common ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, excess weight, anxiety, and depression. These time-tested methods for body, mind, and spirit wellness offer benefits to anyone at any age.

Lace Up with Team Diabetes

Canadian Diabetes Association is excited to announce “the Run” is coming to Winnipeg on Sunday, May 24th, at Assiniboine Park. This family-friendly run will feature a 15 km individual or relay run, a 10 km and a 5 km walk/run and a FREE Kids 200 m dash. Sign up today by visiting any Winnipeg Running Room location. Prizes will be awarded for top individual and team fundraisers. In addition, all fundraisers over $150 will be entered to win some great prizes. Canadian Diabetes Association Manitoba has a new Facebook page. Visit to see weekly updates on healthy living tips, research and our upcoming events.

Want to get involved in another way? Sign up to volunteer at the Lace Up with Team Diabetes by emailing or make a donation online at Help support the 116,000 Manitobans living with diabetes.

Pet Health: Canicross

Canicross is the sport of running with your dog. Let’s face it. When it comes to running, six legs are better than two. Running with your dog is a great way to enjoy the world, get fit, and bond with your dog. However, before you get started here are some tips.

Tip #1 – You want to check with your family doctor and your dog’s veterinarian to make sure you and your dog have no restrictions when it comes to running.

Tip #2 – Making sure you have the proper gear such as a running harness for your dog, a bungee tether that connects you and your dog and a thick belt that lessens the load on your lower back. Having proper clothing and shoes are excellent tools for preventing injuries.

Tip #3 – Do not be a weekend warrior. Start slow, be consistent and build up to a fitness goal for both human and dog.

Shalin Hustad

Clean Eating: Arugula & Strawberry Salad


1 tbsp organic ghee
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cardamom,
1 quart fresh strawberries, halved
2 bunches arugula
1 cucumber, chopped
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 lemon, freshly juiced
2 tbsp warm water
1/2 tsp black pepper


Heat ghee in small skillet over medium heat.
Add fennel seeds and roast until golden brown.
Add cardamom.
Combine ghee and fennel mixture with strawberries in salad bowl.
Wash arugula, tear and toss with strawberries.
Combine honey, lemon juice, water and black pepper in jar and shake well.
Pour over salad and serve.

Serves 6

Kalee Mund

Lampe Berger and Animal Hospital of MB

The perfect fit! The Lampe Berger removes odors, kills bacteria and fragrances the air. Developed by a pharmaceutical chemist, each lamp features under its stylish cap, a patented catalytic burner that destroys odors and helps purify the air – eliminating up to 68% of any airborne bacteria before the fragrance is dispersed. Destroy a whole range of odors at the molecular level including; pet odors, and many other forms of household pollution. Berger lamps and Berger line of unique technology that purifies the air in closed rooms like no other system. This little lamp will freshen and fragrance the air as much or as little as you would like. The Animal Hospital of Manitoba conveniently carries a wide range Lampe Berger’s to eradicate pet odors in your home.

Shockwave Therapy

Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a relatively new modality in the physical therapy world. Shockwave is a fast and effective method of reducing or completely eliminating a variety of painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. The treatment process stimulates and accelerates the healing process. Many clients report an immediate relief after the treatment, many conditions requiring less than 10 treatments. Shockwave has been shown, in short term, to have a 56-90% success rate in treatment of soft tissue disorders (Gerdesmeyer, 2008). Some benefits of shockwave therapy include; no surgery or anesthesia, decreased pain and increased function, no incision (therefore no risk of infection at the treatment site), and leaves no scarring. Patients can continue their current level of activities and future treatments are not limited. Common treatable conditions: tennis/golfer’s elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, frozen shoulder and shoulder pain, jumper’s knee, chronic back and neck pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contracture conditions (Dupytron’s), Achilles Tendinitis, and scar tissue treatment.

Vital Life

New in your Neighborhood

Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch and Tarot Card Readings services are now available at European Skin Care Plus at 555 Academy Rd. Spring is a great time to make positive changes to your life. Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. A great effective way to alleviate stress, reduce pain and psychological symptoms such as; anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep. Therapeutic Touch is a non-invasive method of healing by altering your energy field through a transfer of energy (prana) from the hands of the practitioner to the patient. Therapeutic Touch helps brain waves to induce a relaxed state, reduce pain, accelerate healing, raise hemoglobin values and improve the immune system. Have you ever wanted to see how your ‘guides’ can help you? Have your Tarot Cards read to find your answers on personal and professional future outcomes.

Darlene Lamontagne
European Skin Care Plus

It’s Spring! Time to Edit. Clean. Organize. Simplify.

So, you’ve been putting off that job… you know, going through that junk drawer (or is it that junk closet, or junk room?). It can be tough to get started, but the results can be so very rewarding. A garage that could actually house your car; an organized office rather than a room that acts as a paper wasteland; the spare room full of stuff that could serve as a guest room once again. And how about the overflowing kitchen cupboards, the boxes in the basement? Join the others who have fallen in love with their home once again. Many clients have enjoyed the camaraderie of having a small team complete a daunting project. Let us help you jump start this process. We love what we do and are always on the lookout for Great Clients!

Simple and Sensible Eating

1. Change your definitions of full. You should feel as if you could get up, go outside and take a brisk walk. Stop eating when you get to that point.

2. Make a plan. Think about where you will be, what foods will be available and make a plan of action.

3. Quit judging yourself. You’re not necessarily “good” if you eat a salad or “bad” if you eat fudge. They’re both just food.

4. Forget “all or nothing.” If you’re feeling that you’ve already “blown it” don’t use that feeling as an excuse to raid the cookie jar at night.

5. Get a move on. In addition to burning calories, exercising 30 minutes per day, is a great way to deal with stress. Exercise is the fountain of youth and one of the best investments you can make for your health. Remember balance and moderation.

Source: Linda Nye, RD MPH.

Spring – A Time for Metamorphosis and Change

The cocoon is a place where the butterfly spends its time getting ready to emerge and fly with new wings. The metamorphosis journey with its dark, warm environment embodies the mystery of the unknown and supports change to occur ever so gradually moving from one stage to another. Winter is our cocoon and spring is our opportunity to shed old habits, shift, release and transform ways that no longer work for us. With the new season I offer you a daily meditation to support the shifts you are making. Think of something you are ready to let go of. Imagine yourself in the safety of a dark comfortable cocoon rich with all the ingredients you need to make the changes you are wanting. You are fully supported and held and given full permission to transform and lighten with each breath you take. Your senses awaken giving you the strength to grow your wings so you can fly with ease and effortlessness.

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid

Book Club: Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections

Complementary And Holistic Treatments For Bartonella and Mycoplasma, by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

A guide to the natural treatment of two of the most common and damaging co-infections of Lyme disease–Bartonella and Mycoplasma. Reveals how these conditions often go undiagnosed, complicate Lyme treatment, and cause a host of symptoms–from arthritis to severe brain dysfunction. Outlines natural treatments for both infections, with herbs and supplements for specific symptoms and to combat overreactions of the immune system. Reviews the latest scientific research on Bartonella and Mycoplasma coinfections and how treatment with antibiotics is often ineffective.