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The Dark Brother Within

Deep buried inside each man is a part of himself that he does not like. This is his shadow self with roots as far back as childhood and the storehouse for anything he has disowned or rejected about himself such as anger, shame, empathy, grief, and unresolved wounding. Because he chooses to shun his shadow it results in him having low self-esteem and mental or chronic illness. This month, we courageously face the dark brother within as we start to integrate our shadows living as whole complete men.

Scents and Our Brain

Almost all information about smell is stored in the brain’s hypothalamus, a part of the limbic system, which seems to play an important role in controlling mood, memory, behaviour, emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, stress, and hormonal balance. When a person inhales a smell, a certain signal is sent to the brain, which then spreads throughout the body. Choosing specific scents can lower our stress levels, boost mood, and improve memory. For better concentration, for example, combine a few drops of rosemary, sweet orange, and basil essential oils in your diffuser to increase your focus and productivity.

Negotiating vs. Compromising

I used to believe that relationships were all about learning to compromise with each other to find a middle ground. When we compromise, we tend to give up our own needs for the betterment of staying connected to others. When we learn to negotiate, we zero in and distill those needs that are fully needed to be met by finding the bridge between ourselves and another. By giving ourselves permission to express and negotiate our deepest desires, we find a creative way where both people can get their core needs met, which then leads to less resentment and greater satisfaction without losing themselves in the relationship.

Are You Iron Deficient?

Iron deficiency knows no boundaries – from women (it is estimated that up to 26% of reproductive aged women are iron deficient), to athletes, the elderly, and vegetarians – shortage of this mineral is widespread. Iron is an essential element for the body, and when it’s low, energy levels decrease. Other tell-tale symptoms include: weakness, pale skin, dark under-eye circles, brittle hair and nails, shortness of breath, and cold hands and feet. Think you may be deficient? Try a natural liquid iron supplement. It will help fight back against iron deficiency by promoting the formation of healthy red blood cells. Visit a LifeSmart clinic and talk to the Pharmacist about your options!

Winter Nutrition for Seniors

It’s important for seniors to eat well in the winter months, and some key foods to eat for optimum health include: 1) Citrus fruits – citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, helping to boost immunity. 2) Dark, leafy vegetables – broccoli, spinach, and chard provide many vitamins and antioxidants. 3) Root veggies – root vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. 4) Vitamin D – with less sunlight exposure during the winter, eat egg yolks, healthy grains, seafood, and fortified milk. 5) Good fats – flax seed, walnuts, and avocados are high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Meet Dr. Robert Hogarth

Dr. Hogarth has been helping patients feel better since 2014. He is a graduate of the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Hogarth is a member of various professional organizations such as the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Holistic Dental Association, and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. His interests include metal-free dentistry, zirconia implants, TMJ dysfunction/myofascial pain treatment and sleep therapy. Fontana and Red Light Laser therapy, Oxone and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) are some common tools he uses in his treatments.

Join Our Care4U Family Conference

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba invites you to join us on Saturday, October 22 from 9 am to 12:30 pm virtually via ZOOM for the Care4u Family Conference, a morning of learning strategies and resources to help you find and strengthen your courage as a care partner amidst times of constant change. We are featuring health care professionals across the province who are ready to share the latest in care techniques, communication strategies and community resources while empowering care partners to pay attention to their own well-being. To check out our panels, speakers and how to register, visit!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to driving awareness about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment options. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women globally, and within Canada, it is the third most-commonly diagnosed cancer, accounting for 25% of all cancer diagnoses in females. As you get older, your risk of developing breast cancer increases, and women between the ages of 50 and 69 years of age are more likely to develop it. The good news is, when detected early, the chances of survival increase. Regular screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, before cancer has a chance to spread.

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches can greatly impact people’s lives, and many people who suffer with migraine headaches look for relief using prescription medication. Studies have shown that acupuncture may be a safe and side-effect-free alternative or complement to prescription medication, as it can help to alleviate migraine symptoms, both in severity and frequency, as well as potentially prevent migraines. It does so by increasing blood circulation, releasing pain-relieving chemicals, and relaxing the muscles. If the root of your migraines is active myofascial trigger points, it’s a good idea to find a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine pain management practitioner who can help.

Bioenergetics And Women’s Health

Every year at this time women are reminded to focus on their health, but in reality, women should be taking charge of their own physical and mental well-being every day. A good first step is to find out how well your body is functioning so you can target any areas that need assistance. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through Bioenergetics. This non-invasive computerized analysis determines underlying imbalances in organs and tissues that could contribute to unwanted health conditions. If an imbalance is found Bioenergetics can then help to stimulate the correction of the affected organ or tissues to help your body function at its best.

Meet Your Practitioner

Kamal Bedi is an individual and relational therapist who received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018 and has been practicing for several years. She assists clients who are experiencing challenges around anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, trauma/PTSD, and relationships. Kamal uses a combination of therapies, including narrative, emotion-focused, internal family systems, attachment lens, art, and others to help her clients cultivate deeper, more meaningful relationships that they also find joy in. Her goal for each client is to help them feel capable of change and find a sustainable way to experience personal growth.