100g pitted fresh dates. 140g roasted hazelnuts, skins removed. 75g digestive biscuits. 3 tsp. raw cacao powder. 1/2 tsp. vanilla. 150g dark chocolate, melted, cooled slightly. Place the dates in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes. Drain. Place 60g of the hazelnuts, biscuits and cacao in a food processor. Process until coarsely chopped. Add dates and vanilla. Process until almost smooth but mixture still has a little texture. Roll into balls. Press a whole hazelnut into the centre of each and re-roll to enclose. Coarsely chop the remaining hazelnuts. Place melted chocolate in a bowl. Dip the balls in the chocolate to coat. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Place in the fridge. Enjoy.
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines suggest adults should perform at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, as well as two sessions of muscle and bone strengthening activities, to achieve physical AND mental health benefits. With winter coming, and the challenges of leaving home, this can seem daunting! Your physiotherapist can tailor an exercise program designed specifically for you to do inside with minimal space (to help avoid the cold weather!), and with equipment everyone has around their home. At 30 minutes per day, the benefits of exercise are countless, while the side effects are minimal.
There are more and more references to the term ‘Free Play’ on social media, in newspapers and magazines. Play is important and is the work our children and youth need to do. In our structured and scheduled world, the need of free play for children is increasingly important. Free play is play that is unstructured, organized without adult involvement, and electronics-free, which gives children and youth the opportunity to develop their creativity, imagination and confidence. In addition to these benefits, young people will develop their motor, social, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Our young people need this opportunity to develop!
Do your hands look older than you feel? Sunspots, crepey skin, unsightly veins and tendons can all make your hands look ancient. A combination of lasers and injectable dermal fillers can rejuvenate your hands by quickly restoring them to a more youthful appearance. Lasers erase sun damage to return a smooth and even appearance to hands. Dermal fillers give back the tissue volume that hands lose over time, allowing them to have a full and elegant profile. Don’t hide your hands any longer; consider seeking hand rejuvenation treatment to take years off the appearance of your hands. Great skin at any age – Let us show you how!
Vital longevity is a strategy to extend lifespan while preserving function, or healthspan. As a result, patients find themselves enjoying more “good” years and delaying age-related frailty so they can continue to be active and engaged. Lifestyle medicine plays a key role in vital longevity by using evidence gathered from studying centenarians (people who live to be over 100) and applying the findings to everyday behaviours. Vital longevity also takes into account individual risk factors and supports patients in adopting proven strategies to live a healthy lifestyle now, so they can avoid many age-related diseases in the future.
Joint injuries are common and, far too often, people who experience them have ongoing pain and mobility limitations. The question that many ask is, “Why is this taking so long to heal?” The nature of injury to connective tissues like ligaments and tendons makes it difficult for the body to repair the injury. There is very little blood flow through them, and nerve supply is disrupted, which means that repair happens slowly, or poorly, resulting in instability, recurring injury, or chronic pain. Prolotherapy and Neural therapy treatments target these sites specifically to bring about regeneration and repair for resolution of the recurring injury or pain in about 80% of well-diagnosed conditions.
Stem cells are a hot topic in regenerative medicine. In fact, Health Canada has put a halt on stem cell procedures and now requires providers to submit a Clinical Trial Application and obtain formal approval. Despite this, some clinics are still advertising the use of stem cells sourced from amniotic fluid, placenta, Wharton’s Jelly and umbilical cords. The truth is that these products are heavily processed and contain no living stem cells. It is “ BUYER BEWARE”! To be sure you are asking the right questions and for updates on our clinical trial application please visit www.pagdinhealth.com
Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with Joy, Health and Wellness. ~ Luci Richards
One of the most underreported crimes in Canada is elder abuse. As of 2016 over 700,000 reports of abuse were recorded. Some abuse is invisible like neglect, psychological abuse and abuse of finances. The people most vulnerable are those who live in social isolation or suffer serious health conditions. And when it comes to physical abuse, data from statistics Canada shows 60% of senior domestic violence victims are female. Warning signs for elder abuse include: Anxiety or fearfulness about someone the elderly individual should trust. Dehydration, poor nutrition, or poor hygiene. Speak to your loved ones about elder abuse and learn more about the resources available to help victims in your community.
Total knee replacement is the most definitive treatment for advanced osteoarthritis. This procedure is typically done in a hospital setting, with 3-5 days of hospital stay. In recent years, it has become clear that healthy individuals can be discharged from the hospital on the day of their surgery, to safely and conveniently recover at home. Having surgery done at a medical centre provides a welcome alternative to hospitals. This can help reduce complications associated with hospitalization, and for many patients, the convenience and comfort of being at home with family is much preferred over the rustle and bustle of a busy surgical ward.
Occupational burnout has been defined as a recognizable syndrome by the World Health Organization. Burnout results in physical and mental fatigue, poor productivity and overall health. Employers and employees need to set healthy boundaries to create healthy, high performing workplaces. Here are some great ways to prevent burnout: Nourish a safe culture making it ok to admit if the workload is too high. Compromise and negotiate workload. Delegate. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Create a ‘not-to-do’ list. Take breaks. Practice mindfulness. Practice saying no. Offer flexibility or telecommuting options Find more workplace wellness tips at WellnessWorksCanada.ca.