Thousands of people from all walks of life die each year from drug overdose. On August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died due to drug overdose. On Aug. 31 – and throughout the month – you can help raise awareness, memorialize a lost loved one, inspire change and save lives. While it can be scary or upsetting to think about overdose, the good news is that education and preparation can help prevent it from happening. Learn how you can help by visiting www.overdoseday.com
Not quite ready to commit to a move but want to get a head start on preparing? Here are a couple suggestions you can work away on to make things simpler when the time does come! Filing cabinets and desks are notorious for holding papers that are unnecessary. Take one drawer per day and make friends with your shredder! Do you only use items on 2 shelves in your 4-shelf linen closet? Pet shelters and rescues appreciate used towels and donation centres are always happy to accept bedding, to sell at reduced prices to folks who can really use them.
Green burials, also sometimes called eco-funerals or natural burials, provide a simple, green option for saying goodbye to a loved one. Green burials typically don’t involve embalming – instead, family and friends may choose to wrap their loved one in a shroud made of eco-friendly, biodegradable material and choose an eco-friendly casket. Using land sustainably for burial purposes, such as choosing communal memorialization and planting with native plants, is also often part of a green burial. Your local funeral director can provide advice about and help you plan a suitable green burial for your loved one.
Wellness is the state of being healthy in mind, body, and spirit. This approach to healthcare emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to treating diseases, especially of deliberate effort. Workplace Wellness is any workplace health promotion activity or policy designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. People are an organization’s most valuable asset. Helping them stay healthy, considers the 8 dimensions of wellness for a holistic approach. It will keep your organization healthy, seeing reduced absenteeism, lateness and turnover due to illness and increased productivity, loyalty and commitment due to better health.
It might come as a surprise, but there is a connection between heart health and hearing. Both rely on blood flow, so heart problems that cause plaque buildup in the arteries and restrict blood flow can potentially damage ears. Nerves in the ears can also be damaged by poor circulation. Studies have shown that the better someone’s cardiovascular health, the better their hearing tends to be. It’s important that older adults eat a healthy, balanced diet; get regular exercise; quit smoking and have their hearing tested every two years, to help maintain a healthy heart, and therefore healthy ears.
Inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are typically treated with anti-inflammatory and
immunosuppressant drugs that work to stop inflammatory responses in the body. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be a helpful option alongside medication for potentially making patients’ symptoms less severe. Acupuncture patients often report that they experience less pain, fatigue, and gastrointestinal symptoms after acupuncture treatments, perhaps because acupuncture treats the mind, body, and spirit. Researchers have found that acupuncture can help increase hemoglobin levels and reduce C-reactive protein levels, which can aid in lowering inflammation in those with an inflammatory bowel disease.
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. – Paulo Coelho
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden
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Mathilda Prinsloo is the owner of Patient Care and Wellness Practice and a health professional with special training in the areas of geriatrics, diabetes management, nutrition, medication management, deprescribing and cognitive behaviour therapy. Mathilda’s patients are seniors in the community who feel they have a poor quality of life due to unresolved medical issues or taking too many medications. Working as a team with her patients’ family doctors and specialists over the past 10 years, Mathilda uses her expertise with medical and non-medical treatments to help her patients thrive and get their lives back!
Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy used for helping clients to process issues, memories, experiences, or emotions. It is a “bottom-up” therapy, meaning it focuses on processing information stored in the mid-brain (emotional center), as opposed to talk therapy, which is a “top-down” therapy focused on processing information stored in the cerebral cortex (logical center). BSP often helps clients experience unique breakthroughs by reducing reactivity, unlocking creativity, processing trauma, and generally working toward significant progress in their healing journey. You may find that you experience fewer intrusive thoughts, less emotional activation, and an increased sense of freedom, fulfillment, or peace in various areas of life.
Very often the brain and nervous system become fatigued and overloaded. Much like a computer receiving too much data all at once, the brain can become overwhelmed, slow down, or even crash. This can result in an inability to focus, brain fog, memory loss, ADD/ADHD-like symptoms, a “wired” feeling, or the inability to cope with daily life. The key to turning these conditions around is to give the body what it needs to strengthen specific areas of the brain and nervous system. This can be achieved naturally with specialized nutritional formulations, which will replenish the body and alleviate symptoms.