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Keep your Eyes Healthy

Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe and healthy. Wear eye protection when playing sports. Maintain a healthy weight; being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions which can impact the eyes. Eat right to protect your sight; a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy ones is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Be cool and wear your shades, preferable ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation. Make an appointment with your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam to ensure that your eyes are healthy.

Managing Weight with Laser Acupuncture

Excess weight can be due to a variety of underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalance, emotional eating, liver dysfunction, and malabsorption. Weight management programs require a tailored approach to help clients successfully lose weight. Laser acupuncture uses a non-invasive cold laser to stimulate various acupressure points on your body. Stimulating these points causes your body to release endorphins, which can help with suppressing your appetite, controlling hunger cravings, speeding up your metabolism, and enhancing your current diet and exercise program, all of which can help lead to weight loss and successful weight management.

Where to start?

When a family notices that the short-term memory of their loved one has begun to deteriorate, they are often totally unaware of the level of care that is now needed. They may contact an Independent Living community or an Assisted Living residence only to find that there just is not enough support in place for someone in the beginning stages of Dementia. The first step is to have the family physician refer your loved one to a geriatric psychiatrist for further assessment. This will help determine the type of dementia and what challenges you and your loved one are facing.

May is Vision Health Month

Regular eye exams are even more important as you reach your senior years. After you turn 60, a number of eye diseases may develop that can change your vision permanently. The earlier these issues are detected and treated, the more likely it is that you will retain good vision. These problems can include: age related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye and glaucoma. In addition, vision testing can also be instrumental in detecting early onset of diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and others. May is Vision Health Month. Book your eye exam now.

Community Profile – ETA Bus Tours

ETA Bus Tours has been providing travel and tour options on Vancouver Island since 1996. Leave the car at home and enjoy sightseeing trips to shopping, theatre performances and tourist attractions on Vancouver Island and the mainland. ETA is Vancouver Islands’ Original Casino Connector offering one day or overnight tours to casinos in the lower mainland and Washington State. For longer getaways, their packaged tours include Blue Jay games in Seattle and wine tours in Washington State. They offer convenient pickup locations from Qualicum Beach to Duncan and everywhere in between. Mention this profile and receive a discount on your next tour.

LATISSE® for Beautiful Eyelashes

Who wants longer, naturally thicker eyelashes? It is now possible without the use of false eyelashes or eye lash extensions. LATISSE® is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. LATISSE® extends the lash cycle, preventing your lashes from falling out so they just keep on growing. It is applied almost like a liquid liner right at the base of your upper lashes. Most users see results within the first four weeks of use. It is the only prescription product in Canada to grow your own natural eyelashes longer, fuller and darker and is available through your medical spa provider.

Regenerate Your Back with Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy in combination with injection therapy 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 which typically have only 1/10th the circulation that is seen in other connective tissues. This makes them especially vulnerable to the effects of decreased oxygen utilization and aging, which further compromises circulation. When these areas become traumatized a significant amount of edema and inflammation only serve to further decrease circulation. Prolozone therapy with procaine, natural anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins & minerals and ozone gives the tissues what they need to heal. And as they heal, the circulation to the area is re-established.

The Functional Medicine Approach – What is it?

Functional Medicine is patient-centered health care at its best. Practitioners address the whole person, their story and experiences and not just an isolated set of symptoms. To determine the root cause of disease, we must investigate and understand how factors such as genetics, environment and lifestyle influences long-term health and chronic disease. A comprehensive intake procedure includes lab tests, a review of current medications and supplements and examining the existing diet. Cutting-edge diagnostic testing, natural treatments and integrative practices help the patient move towards wellness. Practitioners work together with other healthcare professionals to ensure clients get the best healthcare possible.

Spring Cleaning for Dry Skin.

Did you know that your hair and nails grow faster this time of the year? This is the time to exfoliate to slough off all those dead skin cells that have been accumulating on your face from the winter and vacations. An Ultrasonic Squeaky Clean Facial prepares your skin for the warm months ahead. It is a non-invasive method that frees your skin to let it breathe and better absorb beneficial nutrients. Each facial is customized to meet the specific needs of the client. Skin will be smoother, clearer, lifted and ready for the months ahead.

What is the Most Popular Form of Gambling?

What is the most popular form of gambling; lotteries, casino games or bingo? Statistics Canada (2009) reports lotteries as the most popular form of gambling in BC and Canada. Men are reported to gamble more frequently and will spend three to four times more than women. However, over time, men will spend less; women will progressively spend more. Higher income households are more likely to engage in gambling activities, while lower income homes are more likely to spend a larger percentage of income on gambling activities. No matter which statistic you fall under, help is available when gambling ceases to be a fun activity.

Community Profile – Adora Medical Esthetics Clinic

ADORA Esthetics Medical Clinic offers a full range of exciting and effective cosmetic services and laser treatments for men and women in a warm and professional environment. Their skin care and esthetic services address aging and sun damaged skin, pre-cancerous lesions, wrinkles, acne disorders and unwanted hair. Dr. Dan Marwood, MD, joined the professional team eight years ago. He performs Juvederm and Botox treatments ensuring virtually painless and flawless procedures. Kelly Marwood, RN, recently joined the clinic. She has vast experience with injections and a very artistic eye. The clinic also treats leg veins, skin tags and problem nails.