Community News
Finding Migraine Causes

If you or someone you know suffers from migraine headaches, you know how big of an impact they can have. Changes in weather, certain foods, loud noises, bright lights or even sudden movements can trigger them. Sometimes they come out of nowhere.Yes, these are common triggers, but most of the time these triggers are not the actual cause of the migraine. In fact, there is usually an underlying structural issue at the head and neck that causes tension and pressure to build up in and around the brain. The Doctors at UC Life focus specifically on locating and correcting these structural issues, allowing the body to release the tension and pressure that cause migraine headaches. If you or someone you know is suffering from migraine headaches, it’s time to contact UC Life for a complimentary consultation to see if they can help.

Dr. Matthew Kittleson

Book Club: Autism – Beyond Despair

Autism, Beyond Despair, CEASE Therapy, Homeopathy has the Answers, by Dr. Tinus Smits MD.

A riveting read for anyone with an interest in autism and other developmental and behavioral disorders. Through the ingenious use of homeopathy Dr. Smits was able to clearly identify the many causes of autism and to treat them systematically and logically. This book is a profound message of hope for anyone involved with autism.

Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND

Good Financial Health

When is the last time you considered your own financial health? There are many dimensions to financial health, including the amount of savings you have, how much you’re setting away for retirement, and how much of your income you are spending on fixed or non-discretionary expenses. Each person’s situation is different, for this reason, it is worthwhile spending some time in developing your own financial plan to ensure that you’re on track to reach both your short-term and long-term goals. People often fail to recognize the power of interest; For example, putting away $10.22 per month from the time you are 16 years old, with compounding interest, would result in $100,000 upon retirement. However, purchasing everyday items on credit and just paying the minimum balance each month may mean that you reach retirement carrying $100,000 in debt. Shedding unnecessary debt now with our help can steer you toward future financial health.

Colleen Craig

Visit your Denturist 

Many people are not aware that they should visit their denturist office every two to three years. By not doing so, their overall oral health may be jeopardized, making their denture wearing ability and comfort harder to achieve. The need for regular visits is due to changes occurring in both the bone structure and soft tissues of your mouth over time. Usually a simple reline or rebase can refit the denture to the gums causing a more comfortable and tighter fit. However between the five to eight year mark, the actual denture teeth may be worn down enough to cause damage to your Tempo mandibular Joint from over closing. This over closing can also lead to cracking of the corners of the lips, aging of the face, or even headaches. Denturists are your Denture specialists and are trained to spot these problems and correct them.

Kent Roberts

Sleeping, Snoring, Always Tired?

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and benefits your heart, weight, mind, and more. The cost of poor sleep is much greater than many people think; it can have profound consequences for our long-term health. People who consistently fail to get enough sleep are at an increased risk of chronic disease.  One potential cause of inadequate sleep is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Multiple arousals each night are a result of the closing of their airway when asleep. This causes decreased oxygen levels and increased blood pressure. Over time, this leads to the chronic elevation of blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Fortunately, when sleep apnea is treated, sleep quality improves, blood pressure may decrease and so do the associated risks. Testing for Sleep apnea is done in the comfort of your own home.

Shelley McCulloch, RRT

Doula Support Spotlight

Doula Nancy Murphy offers prenatal, birth and postpartum support to pregnant women and their partners/families from Victoria to Duncan, both in a home birth and hospital setting, with midwives and physicians. Having a doula on hand to coach you through your pregnancy and birth adds an extra level of support throughout your entire pregnancy journey and offers great peace of mind. As a graduate of the Pacific Rim College Holistic Doula Practitioner program in Victoria, Nancy utilizes integrative holistic approaches such as Thai massage, yoga, acupressure, and herbal medicine, with her clients. Also a visual artist in Victoria, Nancy embraces the beauty of pregnancy by sculpting belly casts as a beautiful keepsake for expectant mothers, with each cast being finished with art designs chosen with her clients. Another fun service that Nancy provides is belly henna – which is perfect for baby showers and other celebrations.

Nancy Murphy

Protecting Your Vision

We strive to maintain our health today with exercise, diet and preventative care by visiting our general practitioners annually, but what about our eyes? How often should you see an optometrist? Today eye exams are recommended once a year for a multitude of reasons, and having good vision doesn’t exclude the need. A person can have 20/20 vision and still require prescription glasses to help with symptoms such as fatigue and headaches caused by binocular or accommodative disorders. An optometrist is not only trained in detecting ocular diseases, like glaucoma macular degeneration and tumors, but also systemic conditions, that often times have changes within the eyes, such as diabetes, hypertension and multiple sclerosis. Many of these diseases may be asymptomatic in the early stages, but can cause permanent vision loss if not detected early. So if you’ve never seen an optometrist, or it’s been a few years, you’re overdue.

Clean Eating: Pumpkin Chia Bars


2 ¼ cup rolled oats
½ cup honey
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup chia seeds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add pumpkin, honey and vanilla extract.
Mix until combined.
Fold oats and chia seeds into batter, mix until incorporated.
Press evenly into baking dish.
Bake for 20-30 minutes.
Let cool and cut into 8 bars and store in air tight container.

Using Therapeutic Oils


When you go for a massage do you ever ask your therapist what kind of oil or lotion they use? Do you care? Some therapists are purists and others not so. For example Holly Oil, which is actually petroleum based, tends to be used due to its cost effectiveness. A popular and more natural option to try is fractionated coconut oil, which is a light carrier oil, fragrance free and much better for your body. With fractionated coconut oil, the lauric acid component is removed leaving it liquid at room temperature. As with all oils and lotions, make sure you are purchasing from a trusted supplier. Quality and freshness differs greatly. Buy organic when you can and stick to natural ingredients whenever possible. Up to 85 % of the product is in the top three ingredients listed. Your body deserves the best.

Roxanne Derkson RMT

Xylitol for Dental Health 

Xylitol is a sweetening agent used in foods since the 1960s. It is an odourless, white crystalline powder with the same sweetness as sucrose, but one-third fewer calories. It is found in many fruits and vegetables (strawberries, raspberries and plums) and is produced by the human body during normal metabolism. Xylitol currently is approved for use in foods, pharmaceuticals and oral health products in more than 35 countries. It is a naturally occurring sweetener available in chewing gum, candy, and toothpastes, and is an effective preventive agent against dental cavities. A series of studies have concluded that the full or partial substitution of xylitol for sucrose or the addition of xylitol to the diet reduces cavities. The between-meals consumption of xylitol-containing chewing gum has been demonstrated to reduce cavities in teenagers by 30 to 60 percent in studies conducted in Canada, Thailand, French Polynesia and Belize.

Mary Ellen Breckenridge

Hire a Wellness Coach

If you need support to make positive changes for your health, then consider seeking out a certified health and wellness coach to help you on your journey. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, adjust to new hearing aids, get stronger, say “no” more often, learn to live well with chronic pain or any other condition, a coach can help you meet your goals. A certified health and wellness coach uses evidence-based behavioral psychology, counseling, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, adult learning theory, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients identify the areas in their lives that they want to change or improve and help them create a plan to get there. Coaches then provide structure, accountability, expertise and inspiration to enable clients to grow, increase self-awareness, commitment and confidence beyond what they can achieve on their own.

Juhree Zimmerman R.N., B.Sc.N., M.Ed., C.P.C.C., O.R.S.C.