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Suicidal thoughts…to New Life!

Several years ago, I realized I hit bottom. That moment was a wake-up call and I got help! I was feeling disrespected in every aspect of my life and it took me a while to figure it out. Over time, I have discovered that I had been paying a heavy price for being “too nice!” Dr. Phil refers to this as “Going along to get along”. Beyond getting psychiatric care, I found myself in a yoga class with a wonderful instructor.

Thanks to Kim Meades, I was introduced to Huna Kane Massage. Huna Kane loosely translates from Hawaiian into ‘inner knowing of the higher self’. As I became friends with myself and honoured my thoughts and feelings, I got stronger and stronger. I opened my own Huna Kane practice and now help others who had been lost on the ‘journey of self’. Since 1999, I have also added hypnotherapy and psychosomatic (body-mind) therapy to my list of offerings. The truth is, my greatest problems have transformed me into the person I am today – healthy, happy, and, vibrantly alive.

Respectfully submitted, Monique L. Dorge

Intuitive Abilities

Do you have a history of Anxiety? Have you had any unusual Spiritual or Religious experiences?

Do you have a family history of Psychic Phenomena? Do you have any history of Brain Trauma?

According to Dr. Daniel G. Amen, one of the foremost leaders in brain imaging, of the Amen Clinics in the US, in their research, they have observed that there are certain parts of the brain that are associated with these symptoms, especially psychic phenomena and if you are able to answer YES to three or more of the questions, there is a high likelihood that you have strong intuitive abilities.  Being so connected to Spirit can offer great peace once you learn how to manage and understand these abilities.  Consider seeking out experts and like-minded individuals to help you explore your natural gifts.

Sue Berard, Intuitive Medium at Divine Connection

Product Showcase: CoEnzyme Q10

CoEnzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) is one of the best supplements available to help strengthen your heart muscle, provide better pumping capacity and increase heart muscle strength. Numerous studies indicate that CoQ10 is also very beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure. Studies show that supplementing with CoQ10 can be effective for disease such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and gum disease. Although our bodies naturally produce CoQ10, they require more from our diets and supplements as we age in order to maintain our cardiovascular health.

CoQ10 helps to maintain and support cardiovascular health. Increases energy levels. Improves stamina. Provides fuel for the heart. Ideal for the treatment of high blood pressure. Helps maintain and improve overall health. Promotes better pumping capacity for the heart.

Nutrition Plus

Diabetes Care

Did you know that diabetes in older people are different in some ways compared to younger people and should be managed differently?

Diabetes care in the later years can be challenging due to multiple health conditions, limited mobility and frailty. Some people have longstanding diabetes with complications that need a step-by step approach and management plan. Newly diagnosed elderly and their families often feel overwhelmed and frustrated. “I visit my patients in their homes, facilitate, educate and help families who are new to taking care of a loved one’s diabetes.” says Mathilda Prinsloo, Certified Diabetes Educator and Senior Care Practitioner. “Patients begin to flourish when their diabetes is managed properly, their families feel less burdened and more confident to assist an older loved one with diabetes.”

If you are a senior with poorly controlled diabetes or an adult child who feels frustrated with the situation, there are ways to better your situation.

Mathilda Prinsloo

Heat or Ice?

There has been recent controversy whether the use of ice or heat is more beneficial following an injury. This is because researchers are questioning why we are counteracting thousands of years of evolution and the body’s natural healing process of inflammation. What we do know from the research is that applying ice to an injured area can help reduce pain, heat and redness, but does it negatively affect healing? We aren’t sure yet. In my opinion, applying heat to an injury within the first 48 hours while there is inflammation would simply increase the amount of heat and redness, and perhaps even increase pain.

So let’s keep an eye on the upcoming research, but for now, stick with what has been working pretty good so far: first 48 hours after an injury with inflammation present, use ice for 10-15 minutes several times a day to help control the pain. Day three and onward, go for heat. But as always, when in doubt go with what feels good.

Kristi Hunter, Prairie Trail Physiotherapy

Ask Your Vet

Susan from St. Vital asks: “Why does my dog drag his butt across the floor”?

Veterinarian Dr. Zheng answers: “There are several reasons why your dog may be “scooting” as it is commonly known:

  1. Anal Sac Issues; sometimes these sacs become abscessed, blocked, or inflamed and ways to remedy can include; expressing the sacs, giving antibiotics to treat an infection, increasing dietary fiber, lancing or flushing the sacs.
  2. Worms; Tapeworms are another, though less common, reason dogs may start scooting, Tapeworms are easy to treat with a dose of oral or injectable medication from your veterinarian.
  3. Rectal Prolapse; a rectal prolapse can happen to your dog after severe diarrhea or from straining with constipation. Treatment for rectal prolapse varies.

If your dog is scooting or persistently licking at the anal area, or in any way appears to be uncomfortable, you should talk to your vet. Treatment is often quick and easy and can make your dog and you a lot happier!”

Animal Hospital of Manitoba

Giving Back: Mary Jane’s Cooking School

Mary Jane’s Cooking School, a not-for profit organization and registered charity was founded over 20 years ago, by a group of women concerned about the loss of basic life skills, and an over reliance on commercial foods. Recognizing food as the foundation to physical and mental health, the organization was created to reinforce the values of nutritional home-cooking and to re-educate people in the slow and simple art of cooking whole foods.

The origins of the school began with volunteer drop-in cooking classes in the inner city. A pioneer in the field of whole food education, Mary Jane’s Cooking School is a resource for non-corporate nutrition information and offers a wide range of classes. Some examples are: Cooking for diabetes, Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking, Bread Making and Soup Making. Environmental information is interwoven in the classes.

Volunteer services for technical support and help in preparing for classes and cleanup would be appreciated.

Book Club: Super Brain

By Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD.

Learn the Super Brain dietary supplement – Ayurvedic Brain Support. Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

Super Brain explains by combining cutting-edge research and spiritual insights, demolishing the five most widespread myths about the brain that limit your potential, and then showing you methods to:

  • Use your brain instead of letting it use you
  • Create the ideal lifestyle for a healthy brain
  • Reduce the risks of aging
  • Promote happiness and well-being through the mind-body connection
  • Access the enlightened brain, the gateway to freedom and bliss
  • Overcome the most common challenges, such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and obesity

The brain is not just the greatest gift that Nature has given us. It’s the gateway to an unlimited future that you can begin to live today.

Early Winter Masala

A masala is any combination of spices blended and ground together.


2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder


Roast the cumin, caraway and yellow mustard seed to a small pan and roast till the mustard seeds start to pop. Turn the heat off then add the spice powders to the blend. Put the blend into your mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind the mixture. *Does not have to be ground into a fine powder.

Use on steamed vegetables, in stir fries, any soup or stew, in rice for added flavours or on popcorn! So yummy! Enjoy!

Kalee Mund is an Ayurvedic Counsellor, who teaches Ayurvedic Cooking Classes and other Ayurvedic Workshops.

Ever Wanted To Be a Hero?

My dad is 65 years old and on peritoneal dialysis. He was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid 50’s, a genetic disease that attacks both kidneys until kidney failure. When you reach kidney failure, dialysis can only buy you so much time before your only option is to find a kidney donor. Unfortunately his chance of getting a deceased donor kidney is so low that a living donor is our only hope. No one in our family is capable of donating, either because we have been diagnosed with the disease ourselves or our health leaves us incapable of donating. We are now looking for a volunteer living kidney donor outside of our family. My dad needs a hero now so that he can be around to watch his five grandsons grow up.

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