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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Health clinics worldwide are using hyperbaric oxygen to supplement cancer therapy. Recent studies have shown that HBOT in combination with the ketogenic diet increases mean survival time in mice models by up to 75%. This works by starving cancer cells of their main energy source, glucose, and introducing a high oxygen environment. When combined with current conventional treatments, results have been very promising. HBOT is also effective post radiation to prevent bone loss and small vessel damage. Prevention and a healthy lifestyle of consistent exercise, good nutrition, sleep, community involvement and HBOT contributes to improved health outcomes.

Young Children and Grief

Are you struggling with a grieving child? Bereaved young children don’t have our understanding of death, nor the language to say how they are feeling. However, they definitely experience feelings of loss and separation, and pick up on the distress of those around them. Providing them with options of drawing or playing with puppets can help, as can using storybooks and pictures. Sharing your feelings of loss with a child can help them express their own sadness. Children tend to grieve in bursts, and at other times will look for reassurance and comfort in their normal routines and activities.

Hearing Loss and the Risk of Falling

A study led by Frank Lin, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for a huge public health problem: falls. The study found that people with a 25-decibel hearing loss, classified as mild, were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. Every additional 10-decibels of hearing loss increased the chances of falling by 1.4 fold. If you or a family member are concerned about hearing loss, visit NexGenHearing.com to take a free online hearing test. -NexGen Hearing

Love Relationships

February brings love to mind, and that’s a good thing. Love creates, nourishes, rewards, and defines us. It affects how we communicate outwardly and feel inwardly. Counsellors are often asked to help with relationships and it does not take long before it is realized that love of any type (parental; sexual, intimate love of adulthood; demanding love with family and friends; and especially self-love) can get out-of-balance and negatively affect the relationship. Avoiding or suppressing old love issues clearly affects the present. Fortunately, even a small amount of awareness and acceptance about these love relationships can improve a relationship. Don’t wait to connect with a counsellor about difficulties with love of any type.

Music and Brain Plasticity

Brain-imaging techniques have revealed the brain’s plasticity and have identified networks that music activates. The brain areas activated by music are not unique to music. These networks also process other functions. Musical and non-musical functions share systems. For example, motor control and executive control share circuits with music. Music can activate and drive complex patterns of interaction between the other two, so that a stroke patient and someone with Parkinson’s increases movement, and someone with traumatic brain injury increases cognitive functioning, such as problem solving or decision making.

Senior Strength Training

Strength training is good for balance, immune function, cardiovascular health, bone health, and more, and it’s never too late to start building muscle. Sedentary adults over the age of 50 lose an average of .4 pounds of muscle mass a year, which adds up over time. For seniors, establishing a new strength-training program should be done under the care of an experienced trainer who understands the issues people face as they age, including loss of balance, and can make modifications during weight lifting sessions. In general, seniors should train about three days per week and add more weight when it’s no longer hard to lift the weight they’ve been using.

Top Skin Resolutions for 2019

Here are some important resolutions to protect your skin in the new year!
1. Examine your skin for irregularities monthly, with some help from a trusted friend or family member for those hard-to-see spots.
2. Choose wisely what time of day you go out in the sun. Be sure to wear adequate protection such as a large-brimmed hat and sunscreen with a CDA logo on the label that offers both UVB/UVA protection (SPF 50 for summer, SPF 30 year-round).
3. See a board-certified dermatologist once a year for a medical assessment of moles and skin cancer risk, as well as to learn about options for improving your skin’s appearance.

Painful Feelings

Painful feelings command our attention – they can be so uncomfortable, and incredibly inconvenient. But what are they telling us? Is it that something is missing in your life? Are the feelings a signal for change, say in a job or a relationship? Are you healing from a loss? And what do you do about these painful feelings? Is there anyone you can share them with? Counselling is a safe, supportive, unbiased place to consider your full experience, and to develop a plan for yourself.

Avoiding Manmade Electrical Energy

Our bodies are made up of billions of cells that communicate with each other using minute electrical signals. Our brains function at the exact same frequency as the planet Earth. All life forms function in the same manner in exquisite balance with the universe. This fine-tuning has been disrupted by manmade electrical energy that operates at power levels and frequencies billions of times higher than those in nature. Exposure of all living beings to manmade electromagnetic radiation can be avoided when one becomes aware of and educated on how it all works.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

My Doctor told me I should cut more carbs. So, I bought a new pizza knife. FUN FACT: Cutting carbs from your diet may help improve or even prevent serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.