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Loud Music Can Damage Your Hearing

Did you know that music players can produce max volumes of 100 decibels or more? At that level, hearing damage can occur within 15 minutes! A good song or a loud environment can tempt us to turn up the volume on our music players, but listening to music too loudly can cause permanent damage to our hearing over time. In fact, hearing loss is on the rise in teens and young adults due to loud noise exposure. Consider wearing over-the-ear headphones. Over the ear headphone (also known as supra-aural earphones) sit on your ear rather than in them like ear buds and canal phones. These earphones are connected with a band that stretches over your head. Supra-aural earphones don’t send sound vibrations directly into your eardrum. A consistently direct sound vibration hitting your ear drum can damage your hearing over time.

Leaving Dependency Behind

Many drug and alcohol addictions stem from a lack of healthy coping mechanisms when dealing with life’s numerous stressors. Drugs and alcohol provide short-term escape solutions, but often lead to long-term health complications. Laser acupuncture can help with symptoms of withdrawal associated with drug and alcohol addictions, such as cravings, body aches, headaches, nausea, sweating, and muscle cramps, making the process of quitting less stressful. Coupled with lifestyle changes such as the use of nutritional supplements and beneficial herbs, and exercise, laser acupuncture can lead you on a road to recovery that will include more self-care and better coping skills.

Know the Risk Factors

In today’s stress-riddled world, maintaining a balanced lifestyle is quite challenging, including staving off addictive behaviours like gambling. Be aware of the risk factors, including having experienced a big win early in our gambling history, and/or recent loss or change, and/or financial difficulties. Gambling behaviour is concerning when used as an escapist activity, anxiety-relief and/or distracting us from our families and health. You have more control over your life than you realize. In fact, recognizing a problem is powerful and is the first step in healing. Reach out for help!

Importance of Proper Hydration

Do you know that the bodies of adult men are about 60% water? Women’s bodies are only 55% water because fat makes up more of their bodies and holds less water than lean tissue. Water is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell. It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration. Carbohydrates and proteins used as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream. Water assists in flushing waste and acts as a shock absorber for your brain and spinal cord. It forms the saliva in our mouth and lubricates joints. Proper hydration is essential!

A Romp Back in Time

Grease was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago. Playwrights Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey created that original play as a raunchy, raw, aggressive, and vulgar show, intended to shake things up with its shock value.
The Broadway version was much less aggressive, becoming the musical we know and love. The language and action are toned down, but the underlying themes are there; love, friendship, peer pressure, rebellion, and class conflict all couched in rollicking 50’s rock, energetic dancing, fight stunts, biting one-liners, and comedic gags. Grease is a romp back in time that you won’t want to miss!

Community Profile – CSNN

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) has been educating Registered Holistic Nutritionists across Canada since 1994. Our Vancouver Island school in Nanaimo opened in 2012 followed by the Victoria school in 2017. The curriculum consists of 17 hard sciences and social sciences courses. Intakes are in March and September for the one year (day) program or two year (evening) program both resulting in the R.H.N. designation. CSNN offers a Holistic Culinary Certificate program in addition to the Natural Nutrition Program and a “The Fundamentals of Nutrition” course which consists of seven classes. Learn more at our Open House on June 9th in Nanaimo. 250.741.4805,

Healthy Individuality

The concept of Healthy-Individuality is based on the fact that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison. That is why, in the long run, fad diets tend to fail. Health practitioners working on the principle of Healthy-Individuality, will support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences and ancestral background. A personalized, holistic approach ensures that you will have great success!

Community Event – IS YOUR HOME SAFE?

Yorgos Kyritsis is a Geopathologist, an expert in identifying and measuring the negative energies we are exposed to daily. He can assess whether you are being affected by electromagnetic fields from microwave towers, cell phones and WiFi or from Geopathic Fields of harmful radiation that emanate from the Earth. Kyritsis will clarify how these energies create stress and how we can protect ourselves from radiation which impacts our vitality, our sleep and may be a major factor underlying serious health issues we are experiencing. Presentations in Parksville, June 14 and in Nanaimo, June 20th. Admission is by donation.

Nourishing the Brain

Demonized for decades, fat is now recognised as one solution for many brain related disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s. Our brains require Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) but unlike cholesterol that is produced in our liver and intestines, our bodies do not produce EFA. We have to get them from the food we eat. These essential fatty acids known as Omega 3 and 6’s help build brains structures as well as the Nerves and Neurotransmitters required for optimal health. Good sources of omega 3’s include sardines, salmon, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oils and free range eggs.

A Correct Diagnosis

If you or a loved one have concerns about memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important to be evaluated by a physician. A thorough medical history, mental status and mood testing, physical and neurological exam and tests such as blood tests and brain imaging can be used to rule out other causes of dementia like symptoms, such as thyroid, head trauma, infections, depression etc. There are many types of dementia; a diagnosis is so important when looking at the best way to manage each individual’s condition.

Collagen Activation Therapy

The body’s ability to remodel and heal itself is at the heart of this amazing therapy treatment. There is no downtime, no foreign substances injected. The needling process will create a release of the bodies growth process through fibroblasts that include collagen, elastin and melanin to the stimulated area. It is an ideal choice for those wishing to naturally lift and tighten skin elasticity, lessen wrinkles, fine lines and even out skin tone. These therapy treatments have been delivered successfully for 10 years. It is best to request a free consultation to determine if Collagen Activation Therapy is right for you.