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Laser Therapy for Quitting

Quitting smoking can be difficult and those who are looking to kick the habit can often use all the help they can get. Low level laser therapy (soft laser) can be a safe, affordable, and effective tool. Laser therapy sessions can help you quit smoking by addressing all three parts of addiction: physical, psychological, and detoxification. For the physical aspect, laser therapy helps stimulate key neuro-chemical pathways to produce endorphins and curb nicotine cravings. Laser therapy sessions can help with relaxation and allow you focus on the psychological reasons for nicotine cravings, and as part of the sessions, detoxification techniques can also be discussed.

Urinary Tract Infections and the Elderly

A ‘UTI’ is a bacterial infection that occurs anywhere along the urinary tract. There are many reasons why elderly people tend to be more vulnerable to UTI’s. One of these is their overall susceptibility to all types of infections because of a suppressed immune system that comes with age. Elderly men and women often experience weakening of the bladder muscles which results in incomplete emptying of the bladder. This leads to more urine being retained in the bladder and incontinence, which in turn can lead to UTI’s. UTI’s can present with symptoms of confusion and other cognitive difficulties.

Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

The effects of wildfire smoke inhalation can manifest weeks and/or months after our skies have cleared in the form of chronic colds, flu, and upper respiratory infections. Inhalation ozonide therapy is good for any acute upper respiratory infection. Both asthmatics and patients with chronic lung disease can use it. Ozone gas is bubbled through olive oil to the inhaler, which turns it into ozonides molecules that are completely safe to inhale. The ozonides can last for weeks in the human body and have an incredible regenerative effect on our cells and organs, helping to control and eliminate infections, increasing the delivery of oxygen to cells, and stimulating cells to generate more energy.

Recipe for Fermented Dills

Fermented pickles provide healthy pro-biotic digestive enzymes, make the nutrients more bio-available and are easy to make. In a clean, 1 quart glass Mason jar, place a horseradish leaf in the bottom. Tightly pack with washed cucumbers, making sure there are no air pockets. Add sprigs of dill and cloves of chopped garlic evenly throughout the jar and top with bits of horseradish leaf. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of course sea salt and fill to top with clean, filtered water. Cover with a Mason jar lid and leave on the counter for 5 – 7 days to ferment and then store in the fridge.

Theatre Production: Glorious

Glorious, the outrageously hilarious comedy about the worst singer in the world, brings the story of Florence Foster Jenkins to life on the Chemainus Theatre Festival stage this fall. First premiering on London’s West End in 2005, this delightfully comedic play portrays the story of “An extraordinary woman who had the guts to follow her dream”. Known as ‘The first lady of the sliding scale’, Jenkins’ charm lies somewhere between Norma Desmond and Lucille Ball. During World War II, the amateur singer and flamboyant socialite was the squeaky soprano du jour, singing her way into the hearts of New York society.

Risk vs Reward

All gambling, be it poker, a sports game, scratch’n win tickets etc. involves risking something of value in the hopes of winning something by chance. There are three elements to gambling: Wager is the cost of playing in the form of a bet or stake. This can be money or possessions that you are prepared to lose. Chance is the uncertainty and the fact that the outcome of the gamble cannot be predicted or guaranteed. Risk is the value of the wager that has been made on an uncertain outcome. Before you gamble, ask yourself; “Is the potential of winning worth the risk of losing?”

Laser Acupuncture for Depression

Studies have shown that low levels of serotonin are often linked to depression in individuals. These low levels can be caused by factors such as genetics, as well as a person’s environment, which may include physical and emotional trauma. Laser acupuncture using cold non-invasive lasers can stimulate the release and synthesis of serotonin, as well as the release of endorphins, both of which can improve emotional wellbeing. Laser therapy offers a comprehensive process for recovery that can be used as part of a treatment program for depression that may also include physician-prescribed medication and/or psychotherapy.

Keep your Hearing Sharp

Although hearing loss can be hereditary and a natural result of aging, there are proactive steps you can take to keep your hearing sharp and healthy. Your ears receive sounds, but your brain processes all the wonderful, (and maybe not so wonderful,) sounds that you hear. So, keeping your brain healthy can help to keep your hearing healthy too. Puzzles like Sudoku, crosswords, and word searches help to maintain healthy brain tissue and the neural connections necessary for processing sensory information. If you suspect that you are suffering from hearing loss, be sure to speak to a hearing professional.

Joy of Eating – Senior Edition

“Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life, contributing immensely to goodwill and companionship.” Elsa Schiaparelli.
In many cultures, food has a ritual component, including the preparation of colorful, varied and nutritious meals to be enjoyed with family and friends. However, many seniors in our community embrace the ‘tea and toast’ trap. Lacking motivation to cook for themselves, seniors may revert to simple meals, often of poor nutritional value. Comfort Keepers can suggest healthy recipes, help get ingredients, cook, and provide companionship. Combatting two mammoth challenges facing seniors: isolation and malnutrition.

‘Happy Baby’ Acupuncture Points

Moms-to-be, are you aware of the ‘Happy Baby’ acupuncture point? By stimulating this particular point around the 28th week, the transmission of toxins from mother to child can be minimized. This increases the health of the baby and its resistance to disease, as well as it strengthens the mother’s immune system. Classic TCM education says that needling the “Happy Baby” point during pregnancy allows the mother to have a happy baby that sleeps through the night.

Erase the Effects of Summer

Skin rejuvenation is the superior treatment to safely and comfortably fade the appearance of skin imperfections such as brown or red spots and rosacea caused by the sun. Depending on your skin’s condition, gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is typically achieved in 2-4 treatments. A chemical grade peel prior to your skin rejuvenation treatment enhances your skin rejuvenation as the breakdown of dead skin cells enables the laser to penetrate deeper with better result. ELOS is the first and only technology that uses combined energies to effectively and gently restore and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin.