Gambling in the 21st Century has become a sophisticated, and in some cases, a more subtle wagering activity. The Responsible & Problem Gambling Program and the Centre for Addictions Research have partnered to create lesson plans for the BC’s new K-12 curriculum. Teachings include themes such as: 1 Every human society appears to have accepted gambling in some form; 2 Gambling can be fun but can also lead to significant harm; 3 As humans, we need to learn how to manage gambling and; 4 We can learn how to control gambling by examining the different ways people have thought about it, engaging in critical self-reflection and listening to each other.
Karen Hlady, Community Engagement & Prevention Service Provider, BCResponsibleGambling.ca
Looking to start the new year off in the right direction? How about making a wellness resolution?
Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of your choices and making decisions that help you live a more balanced and fulfilling life. Talking to a counsellor can help you address relationship issues, learn to forgive and let go of anger and resentment. When we are compassionate to ourselves we can begin to address these issues. Now is the time to take care of yourself. You’re worth it.
Michael Kuntz, MSW, RSW, MichaelKuntzCounselling.com
Does your back chronically hurt? There is a method of treatment to regenerate your back called Ozone therapy. Used in combination with injection therapy, it results in about 75% of chronic pain sufferers to become permanently pain free. Chronic pain occurs in areas of the body that contain ligaments, cartilage or articular surfaces that have little circulation. This makes them especially vulnerable to the effects of decreased oxygen utilization and aging. When these areas become traumatized, there is a further decrease in circulation. Prolozone therapy with procaine, natural anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins & minerals and ozone gives the tissues what they need to heal.
Dr. Sterling Desmond, Dr. TCM, R.Ac., EvolveWithDesera.com
A happy dog owner shared her experience. “The Reconnective Healing® session that our 14-year old dog Penny received was a tremendous help. She was experiencing bouts of hoarse coughing, keeping both her and me awake at night. Following her first RH session, she had a very peaceful night – and so did I! The second session cleared up most of the remaining occasional cough. As an added bonus, Penny seems to be more agile and is walking more easily. I too seem to have benefited from being present for her sessions; my joints are hurting less and are more flexible than before. Thank you!” J. H., A happy client.
We all travel for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s an escape and a break from reality. For others, it’s a chance to experience the unknown, learn and get out of our comfort zones. Over the past few years, a new reason for travel has gained popularity: Traveling for your own personal health and wellness. Wellness travel is all about putting your physical, mental and spiritual health at the forefront of your trip. It’s becoming one of the fastest growing travel trends today. By combining travel and wellness, you’re fueling your sense of adventure while nourishing yourself inside and out.
For 50 years, the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program has been making life a little bit brighter for local residents in-need. The program provides a special gift for children and youth and a local grocery gift cards for the adults. SOS Angel Trees are located in 46 local businesses where you can pick up an Angel ornament. Purchase the gift listed on the ornament and return your unwrapped gift to the store. A local child’s heart will fill with excitement when they find your gift, wrapped in bright paper under their tree on Christmas morning. The program also gratefully accepts monetary donations at their offices or through Canada Helps.
When someone is fearful of falling, they start to avoid everyday activities by staying at home and doing less. This lack of activity leads to loss of strength, reduced muscle tone, and loss of coordination and balance. This physical deterioration increases the risk of falling and, if a fall does occur, it further heightens the fear. Turn your fear of falling into positive actions: remain active, exercise regularly, use assistive devices such as walkers or grab bars, and wear sensible shoes. Consider joining a group session designed especially to teach balance exercises for fall prevention.
Over the last decade, there have been huge increases in ADHD, Autism, the number of people on anti-depressants and on disability receiving treatment for mental illness according to Dr. Julia Rucklidge, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, speaker at 2013 TedTalk. Fortunately, 60-80% of patients respond favourably when given micronutrients either in addition to or instead of medications. Micronutrients are essential dietary elements that are needed in very small quantities. They include copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, magnesium, iron, cobalt and chromium. I encourage you to watch Dr. Julia’s presentation in full; TedXChristchurch.com/Julia-Rucklidge
With all the hustle and bustle of deadlines and meetings, we sometimes forget to take the time to reflect on the important things in our lives; our health, our family and our friends. We are grateful for these and many things that we take for granted; clean air, water from the tap and feelings of wellbeing. With Christmas just around the corner, we want to take the opportunity to wish our many readers, advertisers and friends, Peace, Happiness and Good Health this Holiday Season.
When counsellors say “deep breath”, there is a physiological reason why this can help with things like stress and anxiety. Super-short form, we have two systems at play here: the “GO” system, (Sympathetic Nervous System) and the “SLOW” system, (Parasympathetic Nervous System). When we are anxious, the “GO” system kicks in increasing our heart-rate, muscle tension, and making our breathing shallow and rapid. Deep belly breathing tells the body that there is no need to be so stressed right now, and invites the “SLOW” system back on board. So, as we approach the Holiday Season, breathe on!
Modern western medicine is built on a “diagnosis paradigm”, wherein therapies are initiated based upon the diagnosis. In other words, the diagnosis, rather than the patient determines the treatment. Ozone, like most natural therapies, works by correcting homeostatic imbalances in the body of each individual patient, and is not directed at any particular clinical diagnosis. Ozone therapy itself does not produce the healing effect; instead, it induces the body’s innate healing mechanisms to create the healing effect. Thus, unlike medications and herbs, it can be successfully used in essentially every medical condition regardless of the diagnosis.