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Medical Benefits of Wool

Do you know about the natural healing benefits of wool? There are many reasons why it is called “the miracle fiber”. Wool is a comforting and warm material used for many products such as footwear, blankets and clothing. Its natural healing properties are of great medical benefit to patients in home care and hospitals. Wool promotes healing by reducing pain and swelling. It provides cushioning and reduces pressure while regulating body temperature and drawing moisture away from the body. Laying on wool increases comfort, releases stress and promotes relaxation and restorative sleep. See Videos and more information on the website.

Socks with Compression for Healthy Circulation

Today’s travel often involves long flights in cramped seats that can be very hard on your circulation. Wearing socks with mild compression will comfortably help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling. The compression steadily squeezes your legs, helping your veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. They offer a simple, safe and economical way to keep blood from stagnating. Others things that will help you during long flights include getting up and stretching every hour while flying, staying hydrated and flexing your ankles every 30 minutes.

Attending Theatre is “Healthy Cardio Exercise”

Scientists from the UK claim that going to the theatre can stimulate a person’s cardiovascular system nearly as much as half an hour of exercise. Researchers found that despite study participants remaining sedentary for the duration of a production, they spend 28 minutes “engaged in healthy cardio exercise.” According to the study, feel-good shows and musicals are not the only kinds of theatre that have the potential to get a viewer’s heart going. We aren’t saying you should give up your gym membership, but it is fabulous knowing another benefit to theatre, so check out our 2020 Season lineup!

Problem Gambling vs Entertainment

Problem gambling is defined as any gambling behaviour that compromises, disrupts or damages one or more areas of a person’s life. This can include problems with personal relationships, family, friends, finances, school or work. Problem gambling can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or social status. The gambling continuum illustrates how, as a person spends more time, money and energy gambling, the risk of developing a problem increases. Likewise, the risk for problems increases when, instead of viewing gambling as purely a form of entertainment, a player feels compelled to gamble either to make money or to win back lost money.

Open House – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition has a curriculum that is a balance of both hard science such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Chemistry, and Social Sciences, (study of people, individually and in groups, their customs and relationships) in courses such as Symptomatology, Pediatrics, Sports and Ecology. Symptomatology, with its focus on the individual’s identification of health-concerns and symptoms, is a perfect blend of both hard and social sciences. This allows the holistic nutritionist to assess the whole person and make recommendations to improve his or her health. Find out more at the Open House on November 16th.

Eliminate Pain & Regenerate Joints

To eliminate the pain of any form of musculo-skeletal injury and to regenerate any joint, especially with osteo-arthritic elements; acupuncture and Prolozone injection therapy are my treatment protocols. Each component of Prolozone therapy has a specific biological purpose. Procaine acts to re-establish cellular membrane potentials. Anti-inflammatory agents decrease edema and swelling. The inclusion of vitamins and minerals provides necessary substrates of oxygen utilization that in damaged tissues are often deficient. And finally, oxygen utilization is directly stimulated by ozone. In many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.

Service Profile: Start Over Program

Spend 14 hours to be a new HEALTHY and HAPPY YOU and change your life! The Start Over Program led by Dr. Wagdy Eltaiar, Detlef Friede MCH, Eike Jordan CCH and Barbara Busch RHN is tailored to be BODY, MIND, SOUL and SPIRIT stimulation and deep healing. * Guided REMOVAL of stored, unwanted Emotions, Feelings and Energies * EXPERIENCE 3 very complex 3-D-Healing applications * Chakra REBALANCING Stretching * Full day in SILENCE * REPLENISH your physical body with Oxygen-Ozone IV’s and Vitamin IV’s * NOURISH your body and soul with Healthy Food and Beverages. See website for full details.

Caring for Community at Christmas

For 51 years, SOS and its supporters have been ensuring that individuals and families experience joy at Christmas. If you, or someone you know, need help making sure there is food on the table, and gifts under the tree for children and youth, contact SOS beginning Nov. 13 to register for the Caring for Community at Christmas program. Residents must apply in person at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville during business hours. Registration opportunities are also available in Qualicum Beach and Bowser. Please visit or call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information.

Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss

Are you doing everything possible to protect yourself from hearing loss? There are “three pillars” of hearing loss prevention. #1: Proactive Health Management – Diabetes and high blood pressure are two common health conditions that, if not appropriately managed, may pose a risk to your hearing health. #2: Smart Buying Decisions -Products such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers and hair dryers can generate dangerous noise levels. #3: Protection from Noise -Protecting your hearing from noise is one of the easiest things you can do, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Inexpensive foam earplugs provide adequate protection in many noisy situations.

Want to Look Your Best?

With the holidays around the corner, we all want to look our best. An IPL™ Photofacial can effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Photofacials use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to penetrate deep into the skin causing collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. It is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne scars, broken capillaries and spider veins, rosacea, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. This quick, 30 minute procedure is a convenient option for people with busy schedules.

Profile: The Medicine Shoppe

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy offers personalized service. Through their Pharmacy at Home Program, complimentary home visits help you manage you medication schedule or set up your blister pack. Free delivery service is available in Parksville, Qualicum, Errington, Nanoose, Lantzville and Nanaimo. At their Parksville and Departure Bay Rd (near Country Club), Nanaimo locations, certified injection pharmacists are onsite to give flu shots, shingle shots and travel vaccines. They also offer Blood Pressure, BMI and Diabetes Monitoring Foot, Care and Compression Sock Fitting and a compounding laboratory to prepare customized medication. Mel and Kristen Azcarraga, pharmacists and owners, are proud to serve their community.