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Did you know that Health Canada now requires providers offering stem cell procedures to obtain formal approval through submitting a clinical trial application? Pagdin Health is the first clinic in Canada to submit a clinical trial application to Health Canada for using stem cells in osteoarthritis. If you are considering a stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis to a major joint (excluding neck and spine), we’ll give you a no obligation second opinion! Book your call with Dr. Pagdin by calling 250-717-3200.

Time for Change

It’s time to change the way we think about mental health and addictions care in BC. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in BC has launched its five point manifesto for better mental health and addictions care. As part of CMHA’s year-long b4stage4 campaign, the manifesto lays out a set of concrete and practical actions to improve the lives of people living with mental health and addictions problems. We would never knowingly wait until Stage 4 to intervene for cancer; we educate, screen, and take action in the early stages. b4stage4 is about preventing mental illness and addiction, and for those who are experiencing symptoms, intervening in the early years before people reach a crisis point. CMHA is calling on the public to take part in this conversation and support the b4stage4 campaign British Columbians are encouraged to register their support and sign the manifesto at www.b4stage4.ca

Surgery for ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is commonly seen in sports such as soccer, rugby, and skiing. Although many individuals initially recover well, the ongoing instability often prevents return to sports and leads to further knee injury, and the risk of developing future osteoarthritis becomes increased. Bracing is rarely sufficient. Surgical reconstruction performed early, within 3-6 weeks, helps to minimize the risk of further injury. ACL surgery should be treated as an urgent matter: assessment, diagnosis, and surgery can usually be completed within a few weeks. The athlete, elite, or weekend-warrior can then start early rehabilitation to maximize the benefits of the knee reconstruction.

Back to Basics

When trying to lose weight, we go back to basics, planning meals and tracking performance. The same strategy can be applied to your investments. Baby boomers accumulated their wealth because they employed a buy-and-hold strategy, something we need to go back to. Investors need to increase their time horizons, and go back to a five-year plan instead of a one-year plan. In this age of instant news and information overload, we have lost the concept of long-term planning. Be a buyer far more than a seller of your stocks – this may mean some underperformers, but the overperformers will offset those.

You Overindulged – Now What?

The average weight gain over the holidays is only 1-2 pounds, so there’s no need to stress! Weight gain is usually associated with an increased consumption of rich foods and alcohol. The best course of action is to get back on track ASAP. Other important ways to support your detoxification systems are by drinking plenty of filtered water, increasing your vegetable intake (especially dark leafy greens), and avoiding rich foods. A seasonal detox can also help with detoxification and flushing toxins out. By getting your health back on track, there’s no reason to fret about having overindulged during the holidays.

Clean Eating Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a no-cook oatmeal that you make by letting them rest overnight. Enjoy this decadent (but healthy) recipe! Ingredients: 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats, 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, Pinch of salt, 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut. Instructions: Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Close and refrigerate overnight.

Words to Live By

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Keller

Community Event

Join Sources Community Resources Society on February 22nd for a evening time walk in solidarity with White Rock’s homeless hungry, and hurting community. Sign up for an engaging evening of social action to help the people in your society who need it the most. The evening will include a light delicious meal, and a chance to meet and connect with the community you’ve come to support. This is a family friendly event, appropriate for all ages! For event details or to volunteer, walk by yourself, join a team or start a team at CNOY.org/location/whiterock

Book Club: Regaining Who You Are

By Cindy Matychak, Spiritual Author, Advanced Life Coach, Reiki Master. You are not who you think you are. There is much more to you and your world. Each of us has come into this lifetime to expand our consciousness and find our true place. In Regaining Who You Are you will discover why you are here and what you are being asked to heal in this lifetime.

Healthier ‘Ferrero Rocher’ Balls

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.