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Everyone should know there is nothing more important than our health. Without health, we will not be able to enjoy our life with good friends or having good food. Steve Jobs is very wealthy. But because of his health, he passed away and left out many ideas and plans he wanted to do but cannot do anymore.

Many rich people decided to donate their hard earned money to charities. If they do not have good health that was required to help them do the things they wanted to do, it is not possible for them to make the money they can do to support other less fortunate people.

VBNF now found an excellent product that can help you maintain good health and at the same time create wealth and of course, we want to share with our friends and members.

This is simple. If there is a good restaurant that can provide great food, good price and services with great clean environment, would you not want to recommend to your friends? Of course, not.

So here it is:
Kangen Water Ionization machine - a certified medical device in Japan that has been around 40 years now.

I first ran into the product about 6 - 7 years ago and I have no idea if I need it at all. It is simple; I was quite healthy so a health product to me is not so important. It is not cheap either.

Then 3 years ago, I was invited by the top distributor to do the business. Again, I rejected the idea as I do not believe in MLM (Multi-Level -Marketing). I did not bother to learn about it either.

Many people like me, do not believe in MLM, simply because they do not understand the system and spend enough time to learn it. So whoever joined and ended up buying a bunch of the products they cannot consume all by themselves. The result is very negative.

However, for those who achieved great results, they were able to make millions of dollars a year without even having their own company to run. All they have to do is to educate people how to do the job and use their own resources to make money for themselves and you.

To me, that makes more sense. I worked as a high paid engineer in my life but I did not become a millionaire. Why? Most of the money we made goes to the government. That is why most millionaires are business people. These successful business people are the one who have a dream and they do whatever it takes to achieve their goal and never give up. Of course, having a dream and a goal is great. We do need to know how to achieve the goal the quickest way.

This will need some help from people who have the experience or some others to help you achieve the goal together.

If you are interested to learn about the program, please contact us for an information session. Learn about the program and why it can help your health and can create wealth for you. Time is money. I did not do the business 3 years ago and now I am a kind of regret. If I have started 3 years ago, my result would be many times better than what I achieve now.

Timing is everything. If you have health issues, you should learn about the product. If you want to establish a new business with little capital, you should definitely look into the product. If you failed to do well with other MLM program, you should also definitely learn about the program.

Give yourself a chance for: A healthy body, A Healthy Finance and a Healthy Mind.

Help yourself and help others. Life is beautiful, let's enjoy a good life together.

 


VBNF has been busy working on promoting one of the best health products that can help improve your health. It worked for me and many of my friends.

What is better than having good clean alkaline water every day that can give you high energy, and able to lower your high blood pressure, high cholesterol as well as giving control to your high blood sugar. It worked for me although I do not have high blood sugar. My regular blood pressure was about 130 - 140 and 80 - 85 with medication. After 3 months drinking the Kangen water, my measurement now is about 115 - 120 high and around 68 - 75 low. That is better than normal for my age.


Our BC water is supposed to be clean and great. What we did not know is that the water has 8 problems.

Plenty of good, clean water in B.C.? 8 things you don't know about our water
http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Plenty+good+clean+water+things+know+about+water/8750404/story.html

Don't drink another drop of water until you see this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi83kOB8ug

Kangen Water myth EXPOSED on CBS News
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_luHF6CA8A8

The REAL Truth About the Body's Acid/Alkaline Balance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMfTsyg6BeY

If you want to learn more about Kangen Water, please visit:
www.kangenwonder.com in English or
http://www.kangenwater-asia.net/page3.php in Chinese.

 


Far Infar-Red Hot Yoga

My son told me about this new technology of Hot Yoga with far-Infar-red rays. I did experience both separately.

One of the health products for housing is the use of Far Infar-Red radiator to warm or cool the house at low running costs. This technology is very popular in Japan. Many houses are using the system to generate heat or cool air for their house. The cost was a little bit high as the radiator is very expensive and so is the heat pump. A special heat pump is used to generate hot or cold water running through a large Radiator. The cost can be about $10,000 per unit serving an area of 1200 s.f. But for sure it is very healthy and there is no thermal shock to the body.

The basic idea of Far Infra-Red rays is that they run at a specific frequency that can excite your cells gently so the end effect is like making your body exercise without you doing any movement.
I went to Bikram Yoga too and surely very hard for the first timer as it is very hot and hard to breathe. People sweat crazy and some people can wet the whole bath towel. Therefore some people did worry about getting a heart attack from doing the Bikram Yoga. But if you survive the first round, you may love to go forever. Sweat is good for the body. It helps you push out your extra waste through your skin and push the entire toxin out of your body.

I like Yoga. It does no harm to your body like other sports. Slow motion sports like walking, (not Running that can cause damages to your knees with all the pounding from your body weight), slow exercise, Tai Chi, swimming or even ball room dancing are good for everyone.

Yoga helps you extend your muscle and ligament so you can move freely. We sit too much in the office or using the computers. Your backs are stiff and sore. Why not move around and do some slow harmless exercise to improve your health.

Heart Attack


I do like to talk about this life killing problem because two of my friend had experienced that. Luckily, they are now recovering but still not to have even a minor one in your life. We can work hard and try to make a living. But we need to look after our body. As we grow older, things changes in our body. All the food we consume may build up cholesterol and unwanted fat in our body. We did not learn much about nutrition in the old days and we may have ignored that until we have the problem. Well, many of us are not getting any younger and you can see things changes when you cannot read without reading glasses or you are running out of breathe walking or running a little bit playing tennis or other ball games.

Why am I talking about Heart Attack and Health anyway? Because I care about our friends. How can you live a good life if you do not have good health? How much money do you need to live a good life? What is a good life with luxury cars and fancy clothing or even big mansion, if you cannot enjoy them with good health? How much good food or drink can you eat or drink? They may taste good but can be harmful to your body. You may know it but decided to neglect it.

Well then you got a heart attack and the game is over. Don't let that happen to you because you are important to yourself and your family. Your family will be great negatively impacted by you that they have to take care of you. And if you lose your job, without income it can badly affect your family. Be careful.

My friends were both in their mid 50's. One with high blood pressure but did not do much control or exercise. The other has regular blood pressure but enjoys eating too much without doing any exercise. He is overweight. Both enjoy eating too.

Are you like that? If you are, you'd better think about this. Go to your doctor and get some advises if you have high Blood Pressure, high Cholesterol or high Blood Sugar.

Do exercise and have fun like I do (I do ballroom dance, do some light exercise like stretch your muscles often and play a little bit badminton,(I am trying to adjust my skill from Tennis and table tennis, etc.))
If you are over 50 and feel dizzy or light headed, that can be a symptom for heart attack. Do not wait. Do some heavy breathing and coughing to stop the attack (Because that can help bring oxygen to your brain and get the blockage moving), then go to the doctor. If not improving, call the ambulance and get help right away. Do not wait, otherwise it is too late.

Heart attack is usually caused by a temporary blockage from your blood vessel. I am not a doctor. Please learn more about Heart Attack with Google.

 


Health and Wealth

No Health No Wealth. We must invest on our health by being active, eat well and adopt healthier lifestyles. Social Dance, Hot Yoga, Infrared Hot Yoga, hiking, badminton, golf and Spanish dances can help get your blood moving and sweat. As we are getting old, we can be lack of exercise; especially we spend so much time on the computer and meetings. These activities not only can help us re-build our health, get our heart going but also can create business for us.

Go out and make friends through parties, dances and exercises. Who says social dancing cannot make you sweat. I did sweat every time. It is fun and it makes you look great too. Why not go out and "Shall We Dance".
Have you heard about Gangnan Style yet? Go to YouTube and learn about it. It is good exercise and fun.

I can teach you how. See me at YouTube.

 

Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

02/26/2013 Newsletter.

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Services and Offerings
Want to avoid the flu? Ask me about the natural immune boosting shot I offer.

Ask me as well about my new TCM Health for the Year Package.

This month's blogs:
Wouldn't you like a second chance? If you set health goals with good intention, but have yet to make a move, try again with the New Year of the Snake.
A recent editorial article in the Vancouver Sun has much of the TCM community up in arms. Find out what I have to say.
Goal-setting lessons from the Snowshoe Grind.

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com

Newsletter

 


Ballroom Dance

I recently learned how to do Social Dances. I am quite a sportsperson in my younger days. Ballroom Dances seemed to be a funny thing to me. Now I am not getting any younger and I was very busy with my work, I have not played tennis or other sports for a long time. Somehow I was introduced about Ballroom dance at the MSBCA. I started to learn how hard it is to remember the steps and look good when you dance. I like interactive sports. I found that Ballroom dance can be excellent exercise that helps your cardiac going. For an hour of ballroom dancing, I was sweating like crazy that I have to have a towel to dry myself and then have to change my t-shirt as it is now wet and smelly.

Ballroom dancing is fun and good exercise. I have a great time, fun and meeting new people. Some can also be a business partner.


Hot Yoga

My wife enjoys Hot Yoga very much. She hated so much she loved it. It is very hot and not so easy to do. I went a few times. For a 90 minutes session, I would be so tired and sweated so much that I had to rest for a few minutes before I can walk. Sweat is something to help you get rid of your toxin from the body. If you want to lose weight and look sharp, join the Hot Yoga and you will see what I meant.

 

 

Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

December 2012 Newsletter.

Services and Offerings
Want to avoid the flu? Ask me about the natural immune boosting shot I offer.

Ask me as well about my new TCM Health for the Year Package.

If you are a woman with hormonal issues causing "fatigue, mood swings, occasional PMS, menstrual cramps and difficulty losing weight", I have ordered too much of a natural product called DIM

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com

Newsletter

 


Health and Business

I have both topics together for a good reason: Because they can work together.

I have been learning social and ballroom dance lately and I find that is great for my health and business. Ballroom dance is an interactive sport (for me it is). You can exercise for a few hours with fun and you can sweat from the dancing. You can also build up your relationship with your friends and they can become your clients too. What can be better than having fun exercising and making friends, and at the same time getting more clients for your business? Who says business cannot have fun.

Click here to see more photos

I do have both. You cannot imagine how much I sweat during the practice. This helps me get back in shape. I love it. Want to join for the fun? Contact me.

 


Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

November 2012 Newsletter.

Services and Offerings
Want to avoid the flu? Ask me about the natural immune boosting shot I offer.

Come to Connect Health on December 4th if you have arthritiis or other joint health problem. For more information, click here.

Could your workplace use a health kick start? I've been busy prepping lectures for a variety of communities and workplaces--from UBC to David Suzuki Foundation--so let me know if you want to make arrangements for your location.

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com

 


Ballroom and Social Dances

VBNF has a couple Dance Instructors joined our membership. They are great Dancers and Instructors. They have group dance and private lessons. I find that Dancing is a good exercise for me. An hour of workout with good looking ladies isn't bad for the health. There are also business opportunities at the class. You can first get familiar with the people at the class and then learn what others do and create businesses. CMY Designs received requests for website designs without any advertisement. People come to us, and we just tell them what we do. They need what you can offer and a deal is made.

 


 

Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

October 2012 Newsletter.

A head's up, save the date announcement! October 24th (and maybe evening of the 23rd) Dr. Kelly Cmolik (my TCM colleague) and I will be hosting a TCM Day at Connect Health. Dr. Cmolik recently finished a gruelling exam to complete her training of her specialty in TCM Dermatology. She will be educating about this topic on that day. I will be offering some information about TCM in general, modern TCM (including biopuncture and integrative medicine with TCM), and doing mini consultations with some group acupuncture--sit side-by-side with fellow patients for some arm and leg acupuncture. I will send out details ASAP.

Healthy Apps and Sites

High BP: Know Your Options

More Lessons from the Grind

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com


 

Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

July 2012 Newsletter.

Summer's here! And so are the Summer Olympics! I'm excited about this as I love seeing the results of dedication, passion, and effort. It also brings me great memories of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the amazing feeling of community and togetherness that we enjoyed.

For those of us who are not Olympians, some things we can learn:
1. You may accomplish the seemingly impossible if you work hard, believe, and are persistent.
2. A support system is important when you are faced with challenges.
3. Acupuncture can help you recover faster from injury, improve performance, and have improved frame of mind. Athletes know this.

Acupuncture for Injury

Acupuncture for Performance

Detox Without Pills

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com

 


Eye Cataract Surgery Part II

My Cataract Surgery was not a perfect one as there are still tissues surrounding the lens that will need additional laser treatment to clear them. These tissues affect the eyes so you can see cloudiness at the images. I am not sure if it is the eye doctor's fault or just my eyes. This effect caused my eyes to get tired very easily and yet make me see things out of focus. A very bothering experience.

In fact, now my eyes get very dry and red easily and that irritates my eyes and makes me hard to read. So I think people who are ready for the cataract surgery needs to think twice before you do it. If it is the eyelid dropping that causes you not seeing brightly and clearly, do the eyelid surgery first. Never do the eye brows to lift the eye lid. It is not too useful.

Using the laser procedure for the eyelid instead of the regular cutting as the laser can also burn off some of the fat tissue on the eyelid.

As I mentioned in the last issue, I still try very hard to use the reading glasses. I have now 5 pairs (cheap ones) but still having a hard time to find them when I need to. Very bad, isn't it?

 

Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's

February 2012 Newsletter.

February is also known as "heart health" month, so I've written a short blog on TCM and its connection to the heart.

I recently did a talk on stress and its effect on your health.

Did you know that stress increases your risk for the #1 killer?
Did you know that increasing your social connections can reduce your stress?
Did you know that ahhhhhhcupuncture (read like a sigh) can help reduce your stress, both in the short-term and the long-term?

- What to do after the flu

- I heart TCM

- Foods for Dealing with Stress

- Heart your Breasts

- Allergies: Help! ...

See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com

 


 

Eye Cataract Surgery

I would like to share my experience with my Eye Cataract Surgery so in case you may need one, you would know what to expect. Sometimes the doctor may not have explained to you before the surgery. When you are getting old, you may experience Cataract.

Cataract eye surgery is a simple procedure that has minimum risk on the eyes. However, to do it safe, the doctor would advise you to do the eyes one by one just case something bad happens. This is OK. But it also has some implication to be aware of.

1. If you have both eyes done, you may request your doctor to make the separation period shorter. This is because the two eyes are not having the same eye sight and make both eyes get tired easily and give you double images with both eyes not the same corrected.

2. If you have cataract surgery. You will lose near sight correction you may have before. In my case, I was able to see near things clearly without my glasses. After the surgery, I was not able to see anything small or close, totally out of focus.

3. People who need cataract may experience not seeing things clearly because the built up cataract around the lens in the eye. With the surgery, you will see brighter and whiter images. However, if the surgery is not perfect, there may be little tissue that may stay in the eye to give you cloudiness. But you still can see clear for Far Sight.

4. Once Cataract surgery is done, it will take a few weeks (4-6) to heal. During the healing period, you need to add eye drops to prevent infection and your eye would need adjustment to focus. This will take up much energy for your eyes so you will get tired easily with your eyes that may also give you headache if both eyes are not seeing the same thing clearly. (This happens when you do your cataract at different time.) One way to fix this is to have a contact lens on the second eye once the first eye has got the surgery.

5. Again, after both eyes gets done, you will need to wait a month or more to get your reading glasses prescription and you will need to carry the reading glass anywhere you go. This is different from when you wear far sight glass all day and no need to wear reading glass like I do.

6. So, understand what you are up to and decide what to do correctly.

 




Rain=Pain?

By Dr. Melissa Carr

www.activetcm.com

Pain's job is to tell you, "Pay attention!" Your job is to discover how to address the cause of the pain. Do you need to rest or move? Should you use cold to decrease swelling or heat to relax muscles? What therapies can help?

I've been treating pain for 10 years, but because there are many types of pain and each can be complex, last month I attended the American Academy of Pain Management conference to find out what's new in the field.

What I saw was that there were a number of medications and surgical techniques and complicated monitoring systems and fancy machines and support devices...ahhhhh [deep breath]...all to treat or manage pain. What I also saw was that some of the longest standing and simplest methods of managing pain are still very relevant and effective: acupuncture, good food, restorative sleep, breathing practice, and exercise.

As the damp, cold weather of Vancouver sinks in, many feel the weather sinking into their joints. Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this Damp-Cold Bi Syndrome. "Bi"means "obstruction"in TCM, and that means "pain"because according to TCM, all pain is caused by blockage.

The connection between people feeling more pain in their joints or scar tissue when it's going to rain has long been reported. I used to feel impending rain via a scar on my lip! And changes in barometric pressure used to give me headaches. But, as much as I, and many others, have felt like living barometers, the research does not seem to explain it.

TCM, on the other hand, can explain it. We believe that elements in nature-wind, cold, summer-heat, dampness, dryness, and fire-can enter the body and cause blockages. Where there is "wind", the pain may move around the body. Where there is "cold", the pain can be severe and stabbing. Where there is "heat"or "fire", there is redness and swelling. Where there is "dampness", there is swelling, stiffness, and heaviness. Where there is "dryness", there may be insufficient lubrication for the joint and movement may be impaired.

The first key to preventing weather-impacted pain is to protect yourself from the elements. Get outside still to take in nature, get some exercise, and absorb some vitamin D sunlight when you can. But if you have neck pain, wear a scarf. Low back pain and/or menstrual cramps? You may like those low-rise pants, but prevent exposure of your low abdomen and back. Don't allow your feet to stay wet if stiffness, heaviness, and aching pain are troubling you.

Supplements and foods can help manage and treat your pain.
- Cooling foods to treat hot inflammation include cabbage, cucumber, celery, tofu, millet
- Warming foods to improve circulation include fennel, onions, pepper, quinoa, nutmeg, cinnamon
- Anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, ginger, fatty fish (mackerel, herring, sardines, wild salmon, tuna, cod, halibut), papaya, pineapple.

Of course one of the most recognized natural treatments for pain is acupuncture.
In fact, when I input "acupuncture pain"in the Google Scholar search box, the results numbered 75,000! Of course not all of those are going to show positive, but pain specialists almost always bring up acupuncture treatment as a treatment option because time and again it has been found effective for a variety of pains.

Click here to see the full version of Dr. Melissa Carr's Newsletter

The Gift of Pain by Anne Whitmore, from Dr. Melissa Carr's Newsletter.

Now you may be thinking, "Isn't that just like a coach to try to spin the good into every situation..." Pain is one way that our bodies communicate with us that things aren't going well. Regardless of the type of painphysical, mental, emotional, spiritual or how you experience itthere is information there.

The gift of pain is an awareness that all is not right in our world. It's like the fire alarm going off on one floor of a multi-story building. One alternative is to close off the floor and not go there anymore. Another is to turn off the alarm and continue business as usual. Or run around yelling about how the building is on fire. Or sit in hopelessness that the fire is probably going to spread and burn down the whole place. Or call in the firefighters... Or an electrician to examine the wiring... Or...

How we are with our pain is related to what we do about it. Emotional pain is often ignored or suppressed. The expression "Time heals all wounds" gives hope that the sharpness of the pain will fade and soon disappear. The thing is that unless the cause of the pain is resolved, it will eventually pop back up again, often when we least expect it and with a vengeance. Sometimes with physical pain, we take painkillers or try to 'push through it' hoping that our body will resolve the issue on its own. Or we can choose to seek out the help of a specialist, like a doctor of TCM, to find the source of the injury and heal it.

You get to choose. Coaching is one way to really feel your area(s) of pain, explore the possibilities and then choose how you want to address it. The ultimate gift of pain is the opportunity to connect with ourselves, choose a path and seek healing.

In Joy, Anne
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Anne Whitmore, Personal Coach & Corporate Trainer, Divafish Communications.
anna@divafish.com


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Luo Han Guo: The "Longevity Fruit"

A good friend suggested I try to take Luo Han Guo drink to help lower my blood pressure. So I did a some research on it to see how it can help. I have been drinking the Luo Han Guo water for about a month, and I find it helps for detoxification, and many more that I like to share with you:

Lo han kuo, or Luo han guo, is the fruit of climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae. In ancient China, Luo Han Guo was the tributes to the emperors. In addition, Luo Han Guo is known as longevity fruit and fairy fruit in ordinary people. What makes Luo Han Guo so popular?

Nature of Luo Han Guo

Luo Han Guo is of cool nature and taste sweet, entering meridians of lung and spleen.

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, dryness is the main characteristics in autumn. People are vulnerable to pathogenic dryness in autumn. Basic clinical manifestations are as follows:

  • Dryness in mouth and nose, or throat thirst;
  • Dry cough with little phlegm;
  • Dryness of skin in women, even chapped or ugly skin;
  • Withered
  • Malnourished hair, even resulting in hair loss;
  • Sometimes constipation.

To cope with pathogenic dryness in autumn, the key is to pick the food which can moisten the lung. All pathogenic dryness will remove once the lung is balanced and moistened. In terms of food to remove pathogenic dryness, Luo Han Guo is the priority option. Luo Han Guo is one of the best herbs that can clear lung, benefit throat, transform phlegm, stop coughing, moisten intestines and relax bowel.

What Luo Han Guo can do to us traditionally?

Since Luo Han Guo is so popular, it must have its own irreplaceable functions. Here are the traditional usages of Luo Han Guo.

  • Luo Han Guo can be used for clearing heat, cooling blood heat, promoting production of fluid, stopping coughing, detoxification, rejuvenation and skin care;
  • Luo Han Guo can be used for treatments of coughing due to phlegm-heat, sore throat, constipation, irritability and thirst;
  • Luo Han Guo is often used in treatments of dry coughing due to lung fire, sore throat and aphonia, intestinal dryness and constipation;
  • Luo Han Guo can treat effectively the diseases of acute bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, throat fire and acute gastritis and so on;
  • The root of Luo Han Guo tree can cure stubborn ringworm, carbuncle, sore boil, etc;
  • The hair of Luo Han Guo can be used for wounds;
  • A little bit of Luo Han Guo soaking with boiling water is an excellent drink, which can be refreshing and prevent from respiratory tract infection;
  • Luo Han Guo can promote longevity if taking it all year round.

Luo Han Guo usages in modern medicine

According experiments, Luo Han Guo contains Mogrosides 300 times more than sucrose. Drinking Luo Han Guo on daily basis and prevent many kinds of diseases. Modern medicine has shown that Luo Han Guo can help greatly in following diseases.

  • Luo Han Guo has a significant effect in treatments of bronchitis, high blood pressure and other diseases;
  • Luo Han Guo can prevent coronary heart disease, hardening of the arteries and obesity clinically;
  • Luo Han Guo has the ability to reduce blood sugar, which can be used in adjuvant treatment of diabetes;
  • Luo Han Guo is rich in vitamin C (per 100 grams of fresh fruit contains 400 mg to 500 mg). So Luo Han Guo is used for not only fighting aging and cancer but also skin beauty;
  • Due to Luo Han Guo has a very good effect in reducing blood sugar and weight loss, Luo Han Guo can be used as a adjuvant treatment for hyperlipidemia and restore the confidence in obese people.

Luo Han Guo receives a lot of praises from not only Chinese medicine but also modern medicine. This is because Luo Han Guo has what it takes to be the longevity fruit and fairy fruit. Even though we ignore all those functions of treating diseases by Luo Han Guo, the Luo Han Guo beverage is still a not bad drink for us because its tasty and unique flavor.

Please come back to watch a video recipe of the Luo Han Guo drink on your next issue VBNF Newsletter.


Help Earthquake victims, get healthy, and double your efforts!
by Dr. Melissa Carr

A QUICK REMINDER
I sent this email out last week and this is a quick reminder of the help I'm asking from you. Can you help me raise as much as possible for the tragedy in Japan?  Your part is to get healthier with a treatment and/or supplements.  My job is to help you do that... Together we can help some people in dire need. Read More

Active Life Health Clinic's April Newsletter.
by Dr. Melissa Carr

Say Adieu to Your Achoo!

April's showers bring May's flowers. But in Vancouver the flowers are already here and already causing many of you to sniffle and sneeze. Read on about how TCM can help manage your allergies.

Another thing that happens in April is Earth Day. April 22nd is the big day, so what are you going to do to show you care about our great Mother Earth? Read More


Eating Well As You Get Older
Monday, March 14, 2011, by Tara Landewee

Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes.

Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. Eating well helps keep up your energy level, too. By consuming enough calories -- a way to measure the energy you get from food -- you give your body the fuel it needs throughout the day. The number of calories needed depends on how old you are, whether you're a man or woman, and how active you are.

Consuming the right number of calories for your level of physical activity helps you control your weight, too. Extra weight is a concern for older adults because it can increase the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and can increase joint problems. Eating more calories than your body needs for your activity level will lead to extra pounds. If you become less physically active as you age, you will probably need fewer calories to stay at the same weight. Choosing mostly nutrient-dense foods (foods which are high in nutrients but low in calories) can give you the nutrients you need while keeping down calorie intake.

Eating well isn't just a "diet" or "program" that's here today and gone tomorrow. It is part of a healthy lifestyle that you can adopt now and stay within the years to come. Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today. Eating well can help you stay healthy and independent -- and look and feel good -- in the years to come.

Swallowing and Feeding Difficulties Can Prevent You From Eating Well

Swallowing difficulties, termed dysphagia, can occur for several reasons. They can result from problems with any part of the swallowing process. Common causes of dysphagia include problems related to the mouth or throat (pharynx) and the esophagus.

Swallowing difficulties can present several different types of symptoms depending on the source of the problem. Some people may have difficulty aligning their jaws to bite, closing their lips, chewing, and moving their tongue to maneuver food to the back of their mouth. Food and liquid may dribble out of the mouth or remain in the mouth after attempting to swallow. Food and liquid may accumulate in the space between the teeth and gums or the teeth and the cheeks. Further, some people may have problems with coughing and choking. Aspiration occurs if the food or liquid is not removed with coughing or choking, but instead enters the lungs. Aspiration can lead to infection, including pneumonia.


SAD and SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder & Standard American Diet

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ~ Confucius

SAD. What does it stand for? Seasonal Affective Disorder and Standard American Diet. It also stands for Search and Destroy; Single, Available, and Desperate; and Scotland Against Drugs, but I'll only discuss the relationship between the first two.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that most commonly occurs during the winter, particularly in areas where the days become darker for longer, so it is also known as the winter blues. It can, however, also occur with other seasons. People with SAD usually sleep more, feel more tired, feel depressed, and may crave more sweets and carbohydrates. Symptoms resolve with a change of seasons.

One major theory of the cause of SAD is a circadian rhythm disruption. There is a gland in the brain, the pineal gland, that responds to light and seasonal changes. When light is low, the pineal gland secretes melatonin, also called "the hormone of darkness", a hormone that helps regulate sleep and mood. During the dark days of winter, the pineal gland continues to produce melatonin, even during the daytime, thus leading to symptoms of sleepiness. One of the most common treatments is the used of SAD lights. These are specific lights that emit 10,000 lux of light to suppress melatonin during the daytime. Another theory behind SAD is a disruption in the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin in the brain contribute to depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Standard American Diet share more than their first 3 letters. The Standard American Diet causes chemical imbalances in our bodies that include a disruption in serotonin levels, and thus may contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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The Standard American Diet has the following characteristics:

  • High in animal fats
  • High in saturated and hydrogenated fats
  • High in processed foods
  • High in sugar and simple carbohydrates
  • Low in fibre
  • Low in plant-based foods
  • Low in complex carbohydrates

This diet increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, intestinal disorders, inflammatory disorders, and just about everything else. Think you don't eat the SAD?
Look carefully in your cupboards. Think about the foods you choose when you eat out. How many ingredients can you not identify or even pronounce? How many chemicals and modified food ingredients are present? Think those "Lean Cuisine"meals in your freezer are healthy? Check again. High fructose corn syrup, modified cornstarch, "enriched"(i.e. processing depletes many nutrients and then some nutrients are added back) flours, etc. Think about your sugary coffee beverage and giant muffin, scone, or other treat. One reason why this food lifestyle is so common is convenience. We're busy. We skip meals and then we're hungry and we're hungry NOW.

Time now for your action steps:

1. If you eat the Standard American Diet, change it.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat fewer processed foods.
  • Increase your fibre intake.
  • Choose monounsaturated oils, such as olive oil, and essential polyunsaturated oils, such as from flax seeds and fish, instead of animal and hydrogenated fats.

2. If you are eating healthy, but are still feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, you could consider trying an SAD light.

3. Traditional Chinese Medicine can restore the balance of serotonin and melatonin.

Many of you know that I speak of the effect of ahhhhcupuncture (said like a sigh) and many of you have experienced that relaxed feeling you get during and after an acupuncture treatment. One of the changes that occurs during acupuncture that contributes to this sensation is an increase in serotonin production.

My patient #1 request point is one located between the eyebrows, called Yintang. I also call it the "Aren't you going to do that point?" point. This point helps regulate pineal gland function, thus suppressing the continued production of melatonin during the daytime and boosting night-time secretion of melatonin to treat insomnia.

Chinese herbs such as wu jia shen (Siberian ginseng) which helps the body adapt to stress, can also treat SAD.

"Happy and Happy"
by Anne Whitmore, Success Coach
www.divafish.com

A few years ago, my friend said to me "Everyone is just trying to feel better." I was really puzzled. While the answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is not 42, as Deep Thought answers in The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I figured that it was more complicated than a feeling.

When I was asked to write an article for her newsletter about being intentional, Dr. Carr's topic of SAD and SAD (Standard American Diet and Seasonal Affective Disorder) sparked an idea of happy and happy. Dictionary.com defines happy as:

  • adjective, -pi·er, -pi·est.
  • pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
  • characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
  • apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
  • obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

What strikes me about #1-4 is that they are about a temporal state, impacted by the circumstances of the moment. Happy is an adjective. If you reach into the recesses of elementary school lessons on parts of speech, that means that it describes a noun. The noun in this case is a person: you. A happy you. So when are you most happy? When you are being hugged? When you get a raise? When you are singing in the shower?

What about when you aren't…? What if you could make happy a constant state of being?

The ancient teacher Paul, said, "I have learned to be content regardless of the circumstance…" His circumstances included being jailed, tortured and enduring public scorn – ok, so in a difficult circumstance contest, he wins most people hands down but the lesson is true for both extreme and minor circumstances. When we choose an attitude of joy, regardless of what we face, our whole world looks different and we feel better.

What does it take to learn that secret of choosing to be happy? I believe that the operative word here is ‘choose'. It is not always an easy choice. We must say yes to some things and no to others. Here are some places to start:

  • I say yes to choosing work aligned with my values, even if there is a financial impact.
  • I say yes to simplifying my schedule to make more time for...
  • I say no to relationships that constantly drain me…
  • I say no to overcommitting, even when I feel pressure from other people.

Douglas Adam's wrote: "He felt that his whole life was some kind of a dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." I believe our hearts continue to know what is right for us and also to dream. What, right now, is the thing that would move you towards having a truly happy 2011?

The fifth definition of happy is "obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated" as in trigger-happy. What would it like to be joy-happy?

Live your dream AND enjoy it. Feel Better. Choose joy.


簡簡 單單 洗洗 你的腎臟
只用蔬菜,可以在家裡嘗試。

Simple Kidney's CleanserHealth Care

It is vegetables, should try it at home.

CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS WITH LESS THAN $1.00

不用 $ 1.00美金 就可清洗你的腎臟

Years passes by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments.

經過多年來,我們的腎臟過濾血液,排除鹽,毒素及所有不需物進入我們的身體。隨著時日,鹽毒積累,這需要進行清潔處理。

How are we going to do this?

我們可以怎樣做呢?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley and make sure to wash it very clean. It is good idea to soak it in salt water for a little while, and then wash it throughly.

Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

非常容易,首先把香菜放在鹽水中浸泡一小會兒,然後徹底洗淨. 切小塊,用清水煮沸10分鐘,冷卻後過濾到一個乾淨的瓶子,存放冰箱.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. Also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

每天喝一杯,將你腎臟所有積累的鹽和其他毒素經排尿排出。並會發現從來沒試過有這麼大的差別.

Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

香菜已被證實為最好及天然的清洗腎臟治療用料.


The 12 Moves to Wellness by Dr. Melissa Carr

Winter may not yet be official, but there is no question that year-end is quickly approaching. Many of us feel overwhelmed by our to-do lists and do not want to add more to that list with New Year's resolutions or other such self-imposed undertakings. Being a fan of simplicity, I've composed a bit of a song. You'll probably recognize the format as "The 12 Days of Christmas", so go ahead and sing it! Or skip to the end of this article to read about the steps and why they are helpful.

For my 1st move to wellness my doctor said to me, Drink lemon water in the morning.

For my 2nd move to wellness my doctor said to me, Eat a real breakfast and drink lemon water in the morning.

For my 3rd move to wellness my doctor said to me, Laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink lemon water in the morning.

For my 4th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 5th move to wellness my doctor said to me,
Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 6th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 7th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 8th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 9th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 10th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 11th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Set an alarm to go to bed, be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.

For my 12th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Get acupuncture, set an alarm to go to bed, be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor.  Be here, right now!  Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and… Drink water lemon in the morning!

1. Drink water lemon in the morning

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid. Adding it to warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning helps stimulate the liver to produce bile which aid digestion. The vitamin C helps stimulate your immune system and promote the healing of connective tissue, bone, and cartilage.

2. Eat a real breakfast

As you may have already notice, "breakfast"can be broken down into the words "break"and "fast". So, breakfast breaks the fast that you have been on (unless you are a late night snacker!) since your last meal before bedtime. Many know that breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but many of you still don't eat a good breakfast. Coffee is not breakfast and coffee and a slice of toast barely qualifies. A good breakfast will consist of protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates. Go to my blog for my favourite breakfast, hot quinoa cereal. (http://www.activetcm.com/blog/2010/11/28/my-favourite-breakfast/)

3. Laugh at yourself

There are times when being serious is important. But sometimes we take things too seriously when it would be okay to laugh or at least take things in with a lighter mood. Being able to laugh at ourselves takes the pressure off a bit. We can't be perfect and some things will always seem to challenge us. I like the Q-TIP mentality: "Quit Taking It Personally". So use a Q-TIP and stop nitpicking yourself.

4. Try something new

We've all been on autopilot at some point in our lives. You get to work and then realize that you don't recall any of the journey. Routine can be good. But too much routine, too much structure, too much sameness is just that…”too much". You needn't turn your world upside-down to try something new (though you could choose to if it suits you). Perhaps it's as simple as taking a different route to work, going to that new restaurant that you've been meaning to check out, or even brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Doing something new will stimulate your brain and keep the world fresh for you. For more on this topic, check out coach Anne Whitmore's article: http://divafish.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/

5. Be here, right now

Trying something new has another benefit. We tend to be more present in the moment when we are doing something new. That makes sense because we have to focus more on something when we don't know it well. Well, one benefit of being present, being here at this moment, is that we are more likely to be happy. So, if you would like to be happy, be present.

6. Sit on the floor

One of my yoga teachers, Chris Duggan (the one who inspired me into a regular yoga practice www.chrisduggan.net), told me that when he asked one of his teachers what he thought would be the best pose for his knees and hips, he was told to sit on the floor. You might have thought he'd say pigeon pose or something to that effect. But no. Sit on the floor. It sounds simple, but it makes sense. Many populations spend a lot of time sitting on the floor and their elders move very well. They can squat, they can bend, they can sit on the floor, and even more, they can come to standing after sitting on the floor!

7. Take the stairs

It's easy to take the escalator or elevator, but it uses the wrong kind of energy. It doesn't use your energy. Climbing or descending the stairs powers up your legs and improves your cardiovascular health. Don't have time to go to the gym often enough? Take the stairs. The rain made you leave your bike at home? Take the stairs. You're feeling stressed and frustrated? Take the stairs. The exercise will give you a boost of endorphins, feel good hormones.

8. Make things fun

Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down. Mary Poppins said so. I'm not recommending you take a spoon full of sugar to help you do whatever you don't like to do, but you get the idea. I hate housework. So, when it's time to dust I call a friend and talk and dust. Need to vacuum? I dance and vacuum (thankfully with no one able to see me!). Dishes? Crank up the music and sing! I was inspired to write about making things fun and about taking the stairs because of this wonderful idea that someone had and put into action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpmhWXfHdM

9. Be inspired

And, speaking of inspiration, check out this 91 year old woman who is competing in track and field events and has been doing so since she was 77! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/magazine/28athletes-t.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimes

10. Be enamoured by your breath

Another yoga teacher said this in class. I'm enamoured with this quote. In yoga we are often reminded to pay attention to our breath. It is an essential part of yoga. But this description just made me think about my breath differently. Being enamoured by your breath is a more passive form of loving your breath or focusing on your breath. It feels more like the breath is in control of the mind. The breath is so entrancing that your mind can't help but focus on it. And we all know how important our breath is. So, breathe deep and be enamoured by your breath.

11. Set an alarm to go to bed

Many of us set an alarm to get up in the morning. Without that alarm we may sleep in and miss appointments or be late for work. But how easy it is to let time slip by us as we stay up too late and consequently do not get enough sleep. So, why not try setting an alarm to go to bed? When that alarm goes off, shut off the light and close your eyes.

12. Get acupuncture

Have pain? Digestion off? Sleeping poorly? Feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed? Tired? Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine may be able to help you. But, what if you're feeling well? Do you need to wait until you're sick before you get treatment? No, absolutely not. In fact, the ideal way to use acupuncture and TCM is to get regular check ups and treatments. That may be once a month or with a change in the seasons. Prevention is key!

If you want to comment on this article, click on this link to comment via my blog: http://www.activetcm.com/blog/2010/11/29/340/

What do the Alternative Flu Shot and S.A.D. Treatments Have in Common?

Both can be treated with biopuncture.

Biopuncture is the injection of microdoses of sterile biologic remedies. I use homeopathic-like medicines and B12. To read more about biopuncture, click here.

The alternative flu shot is a choice of the suitable immune system homeopathic remedy that suits you. It can be used in addition to the conventional flu shot or as an alternative. To check out my past article on this topic, click here.

S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a mood disorder in which people experience symptoms of depression year after year during a specific season, usually the dark winter months so it's often called the winter blues.

S.A.D. can cause severe depression, social withdrawal, fatigue and lethargy, sugar cravings, weight gain, and an increase in sensitivity to pain. For some, using an SAD light, a full-spectrum 10,000 lux (measurement of brightness) light box, is enough to make a significant change. For others, more is needed.

Biopuncture options include the injection of remedies that can help improve mood, regulate the hypothalamus and adrenals, improve energy, and improve sleep-wake cycles.

Contact me if you would like to learn more: drcarr@activetcm.com



Active Life Health Clinic's by Dr. Melissa Carr

October is the scary month (because of Halloween, of course)! Today I went to pick up some groceries with my husband and he nearly jumped out of his skin when for a split second he thought the fake spider and web hanging off of the till were real.

I like spiders. The "bugs" that I dislike are the kind that give us runny noses, sore throats, fevers, headaches, achy muscles, nausea, and just generally make us sick. If you want to avoid the flu and limit your experience with colds this fall and winter, read on for a flu shot alternative and treatment.

Please Click Here to see Dr. Melissa Carr's October Newsletter




Should You Worry About Cell Phones And Brain Cancer? Written by: Nicolas Cheung, VBNF

Have you ever wondered how your cell phone makes calls?  A lot of us will probably guess it has something to do with radio waves. However do you know where they come from?  These radio waves that cell phone uses to make calls from one end to another are generated by low levels of radio frequency energy: a type of radiation.  The exposure of this radio frequency energy depends on a couple of factors, such as call duration, phone position relative to the caller's head, and the area usage (i.e. city or country)


Based on some animal study, researchers found that this radiation can damage DNA which in the long term can cause cancer. There are those oppose this argument: they argue that, in comparison with X-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet radiation, the emitted electromagnetic radiation from cell phone are not strong enough to break the molecular bonds inside cells. Therefore would not cause any harm to cell phone users. In response to this, some researchers argue that they do have experimental data that proves cell phone usage is linked to brain damage, cheek cancer, and malfunctioning sperms.
So in the end is there anything concert proof? I'm not too sure. I would play it on the safe side than be sorry about it later on.  Here are some precautions that you can take.

  • Don't use your cell phone for extended periods of time
  • Keep the phone 6" from your ear
  • Use your land line for most of your calls
  • Use a headset, thus the phone is away from your body
  • Text more and talk less
  • Purchase a radio frequency shield for your phone

Disclaimer: This information does not claim anything to be true.  This information's purpose is to show the ongoing debate on this matter.

Reference
Dickinson, Boonsri (2010). Should you worry about cell phones and brain cancer? , http://www.smartplanet.com/technology/blog/science-scope/should-you-worry-about-cell-phones-and-brain-cancer/4712/
http://www.cellphonedangers101.com/cell-phone-dangers/cell-phone-dangers-are-you-willing-to-risk-cancer/


Health Tips from Dr. Melissa Carr

VBNF is happy to bring you some articles written by our good friend, Dr. Melissa Carr.
ABOUT DR. MELISSA CARR, Dr.TCM, R.Ac.,B.Sc.
Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine


 

Dr. Carr is a registered Doctor of  Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began her career in health with a Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in Ontario. After two years in Japan, one of which was spent doing research at Ehime Medical University, she returned to Canada to complete the 4-year training for Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of TCM in Vancouver. As part of the program, she interned at two hospitals in China: Acupuncture Hospital in Hefei, Anhui province and Jiang Yin TCM Hospital in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province. During her schooling in Vancouver she worked as a nutritional consultant where she advised people on the use of western herbs and supplements. She also taught nutrition at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

In addition to running her clinic, Dr. Carr also acts as a natural health and nutrition consultant for:

Make Your Body Stronger by Dr Melissa Carr

Eat Healthy

I'll say it again. Eat healthy. It will help your immune system to fight off viruses and bacteria. Eat less processed, sugary, and junk foods, which deplete the immune system. Eat more of the following foods.

  • Carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, and sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that makes these foods that nice orange colour.
  • Other brightly coloured foods--greens, blues, reds--are also rich in phytochemicals that improve immune function.
  • Red meat, oysters (don't overdo these two foods), poultry, pork, fortified cereals, and yogurt are high in zinc.
  • Mushrooms are immune power sources that make your white blood cells stronger in their fight against invaders. Shiitake and maitake are the best of the grocery store options. Cook them for optimal digestibility.
  • Black and green teas are both rich in antioxidants that help protect your cells. They also pump up your immune system.
  • Chicken noodle soup really works! The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain the results. The soup's broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do.
  • Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights bacteria and viruses.
  • Wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and other fatty fish rich in omega-3s created the highest blood levels of flu-fighting T cells and interferon-gamma cytokines.
  • Oats and barley contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study.

Exercise

Choose regular moderate exercise (http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/injuryprevention/a/Ex_Immunity.htm) to pump up more than just your muscles. Too much intense exercise can, however, lower your immune function.

Get Enough Sleep

Miss a few nights of good sleep and your immune system will get lazy (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/70954.php) and not fight infections as well as it should.

Rinse Your Nose and Gargle

You've heard of the neti pot, used for centuries, and more recently popularized by Oprah. Yes it sounds weird, but doing a saline nasal irrigation (http://www.cfp.ca/cgi/content/abstract/49/2/168) helps rinse out bacteria and viruses from our sinus passages.

Gargling with salt water will help rinse out bacteria from the mouth and throat. It's easy to do, inexpensive, and takes almost no time to do both of these things. I like the Nasaline irrigator, but neti pots are the traditional way and you could also sniff the water out of the palm of your hand (though I don't think it would work as well because you wouldn't be able to move the water that far).

Supplement

Vitamin C is the first remedy that often comes to mind to boost the immune system, but vitamin D is also vitally important and is a nutrient that many of us do not get enough of.
Other immune supplements include echinacea, oregano oil, olive extract, astragalus, bee propolis, mushroom extracts, plant sterols, and more. Talk to your natural health provider to find out what is best for you.

TCM Herbs

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for centuries to help boost the immune system, prevent illness, and treat viral and bacterial attacks. There are many distinctive types of colds and flu and TCM addresses each pattern of symptoms differently. So, a cold with a sore throat, fever, and dry cough will be treated in a different way than a cold with headaches, achy muscles, and runny nose.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition recommendations ("food cures"), and lifestyle changes are our main methods of treatment. All of our Chinese herbs are rigorously tested for quality and safety, and yes they do taste awful. But, you know what Buckley's cough syrup says, "It tastes bad and it works".

Laugh!

Laughter is medicine. Plus, if you are already sick, you could probably use a bit of a giggle. You've heard that you should cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Well, "22 Minutes"has another option for you:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv2AeGZ7mVA

What is the FIR?

Far-infrared rays are part of the sunlight spectrum which is invisible to the naked eye. It also known as Biogenetic rays (between 6 to 14 microns). Biogenetics rays have been proven by scientists to promote the growth and health of living cells especially in plants, animals and human beings.

Useful links for FIR study:

Cascadia EcoHome carries FIR equipment to enhance you health and save energy. Want to see the real thing? Contact us so we can set up a demo for you.

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STEM Cell Products

What are stem cells?

Stem cells can be thought of as "master"cells. You've probably heard about the controversy of embryonic stem cells in the news. Stem cells are found in human embryos, but are also found in adult tissue. Adult stem cells are most abundantly found in bone marrow. Stem cells circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural process of maintaining optimal health. StemEnhance supports the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow into circulation.

The recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health-related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.

What are stem cell enhancers?

Recent scientific developments have revealed that stem cells derived from the bone marrow, travel throughout the body, and act to support optimal organ and tissue function. Stem cell enhancers are products that support the natural role of adult stem cells.

Why do I need this product?

As you age, the number and quality of stem cells that circulate in your body gradually decrease, leaving your body more susceptible to injury and other age-related health challenges.
Just as antioxidants are important to protect your cells from "free radical"damage, stem cell enhancers are equally important to support your stem cells in maintaining proper organ and tissue functioning in your body.

How does it work?

When you take two capsules, the ingredients help to support the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. Through a natural process, those stem cells then travel to areas of the body where they are most needed.


Home Spa

I went to tried a new home spa the other day, and I felt like a brand new person. I sweated out all the toxins in my body, and the massage felt so good, and relaxing. You must try it for yourself, and no need to go anywhere when you can have a spa at you very own home.

  • Features: Ultrasonic, Ozone, Anions, Far-infrared Red
  • Benefits: Internal warming, Massage, Deep cleansing, Relaxation, Beauty/body contouring
  • High ouput: 46 litres of air laden with ozone and anions
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  • Energy saving: 110V/220V selection
  • Economical: 1/4 the price of imported Jacuzzi
  • One year's warranty and lifetime servising
  • Recommended time: 15 minute to 20 minute per spa

Want to learn more about the product, please contact us and we can invite you to a seminar about it.


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One of our members is specialized in Home Care and Health Care professionals. She has many qualified health professionals from Philippines who can help you taking care your elderly and youth.

Many new immigrants from Philippines are register nurses there but not in Canada. As such many of them either works on some other jobs or as care takers. They are well qualified professional. If you need to find nannies or caretakers, please feel free to contact us.


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