HWS - Issue 1 - 2020

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Keeping The Doctor Away There’s an old saying that says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than that if you want to stay clear of cold and flu season. Here are a few sure-fire ways to boost your immune system and keep those nasty germs at bay this winter: • Eat a balanced diet – What does that mean? Say “yes” to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, oils and proteins. Say “no” to excess salt and sugar – and stay away from deep fried or processed foods. • Get enough sleep – Adults need at least seven hours of sleep a night in order to be at their very best. Avoid using electronic device two hours before bed – and get up at the same time every morning to stabilize your internal clock. • Exercise, exercise, exercise – Experts recommend people get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week in order to keep healthy.

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Break that down to 20 minutes a day and you’ll be fit as a fiddle. • Think positive! – A great deal of the stress we carry around each day is brought about by the pressures we put on ourselves. Try to maintain a positive attitude. Do some deep abdominal breathing when you feel stressed or anxious. Practise yoga and don’t forget to laugh every day. Like they always say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means. But if you follow these simple steps – and have a bit of good old-fashioned luck – you and your G.P. won’t have to be on a first-name basis.

6 The White & Bright Affair 7 Acidic Environment Triggers Genes That Help Cancer Cells Metastasize 11 When Do I Need My Hearing Checked? 14 Knowledge is Power 20 Yoga & You

This magazine is intended as a general information source only, not as a medical manual. The information given is designed to help you make informed decisions about your health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed to you by your doctor. If you suspect that you have a medical problem, or if you are pregnant or nursing, we urge you to seek competent medical care. The supplements described in the magazine should not be given to children without the advice of your doctor. If you are taking prescription medications or being treated for a chronic health condition, it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.


Why is Everyone Talking About Copaiba? By Rachel Epp


here has been a lot of buzz around Copaiba oil lately and as a supporter of all things natural, I have tried it and it has been a game changer for me. While I can only speak of my experience, I want to share with you what I know about it and why it’s getting the attention it deserves. Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree and has been used for natural healing for many centuries. It often gets mixed up with CBD oil because they both contain similar cannabinoid properties including BCP (betacaryophyllenes), which is what gives the oils its health benefits. While CBD is derived from hemp plants, Copaiba oil is 100% drug free, as it does not contain any THC. Copaiba oil in its true form is safe when used topically, aromatically and internally. Because of its versatility, there are many great ways to use and enjoy Copaiba oil for overall health and wellness. More often, I have personally turned to Copaiba oil for the following: Pain Relief – I have found great relief in Copaiba for aches and pains caused by inflammation in the body. Copaiba can be applied topically when mixed with a carrier oil and massaged onto the skin. Most recently, we have partnered with a local business to bring in magnesium butter, mixed with Copaiba oil for a natural solution to relieve pain for our customers. Improve Skin Complexion – Copaiba has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, which makes it ideal for treating skin blemishes or other skin irritations. Add Copaiba to your toner or moisturizer to minimize the appearance of blemishes. Managing Stress – After a stressful day, diffusing Copaiba can help with any anxious feelings you may be experiencing. You can also try unwinding with a Copaiba bath. I have discovered that this is one of the best ways to experience Copaiba topically and aromatically. This oil blends so nicely with other essential oils and we have made bath bombs to create the ultimate calming experience. When added to water, the Copaiba bath bomb releases all its healing powers, while your skin also gets to rejuvenate and soak in all the benefits. Copaiba can also be taken internally to help calm the nervous system. However, it is only recommended to do so under the care and direction of a certified aromatherapist. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

While these are just a few personal examples, the benefits of Copaiba oil and its various uses are worth looking into. If you are thinking of using Copaiba, I encourage you to do your research so you can get the most therapeutic value for your needs. HWS Rachel is the owner and founder of bare. cleaning essentials. If you would like more information about how to use or purchase essential oils, please contact hello@cleanwithbare.ca.

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THE WHITE & BRIGHT AFFAIR Pathstone Foundation’s new signature event welcomes Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages. By Kim Rossi


o you find it more meaningful when someone sends you a sweet note or when they give you a hug? Would you rather just sit together with someone, or have them do something to help you out? These are the first few questions you are asked in the couples’ version of “The 5 Love Languages” quiz. The purpose of this “test” is to discover what your main love language is and learn more about your partner’s as well. We all have a dominant love language or two. “The 5 Love Languages” are acts of service, quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch and gifts. But “Love Languages” are not solely for couples. Singles, children and teens have their own version as well. I had my 13-year-old daughter take it to find out what her Love Language is. In the teen quiz, young people are asked a series of questions including “Which statement fits me better?”, “What someone does affects me more than what someone says.” or “Hugs make me feel connected and valued.” With her results, I gained a little more insight into what she needs to feel loved and supported. When it comes to connection and communication with the people you care about most, having this additional piece of knowledge can go a long way in strengthening relationships and gaining a better understanding of one another. This year, Pathstone Foundation is proud to bring a brand new signature event to Niagara – “The White & Bright Affair” presented by RBC. Guests are encouraged to go all white with their dress code, wearing white with a splash of their favourite colour.

Joining us on Friday, June 5th in the Grand Ballroom at Fallsview Casino will be New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Gary Chapman. He’ll share the simple truth. Relationships grow better when we understand each other. Everyone gives and receives love differently. However, with a little insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to communicate love well. His formula is true for all forms of relationships. That includes married or dating couples, children and teens, friends, co-workers and long-distance relationships – even brand new loves and ones that have lasted for decades. The White & Bright Affair is designed to connect us as a community through “The 5 Love Languages” which you’ll be introduced to at our Ice Breaker Reception. Following Gary’s chat, guests will be immersed in a mental wellness experience, hear from one of our Pathstone families in our Mission Moment, and enjoy exceptional food and drink. We hope our guests walk away with some unforgettable moments! HWS The White & Bright Affair takes place on Friday, June 5th at the Fallsview Casino’s Grand Ballroom. Ice Breaker Reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and tables of 10 are available. For more information or to order tickets, please go to www.pathstonefoundation.ca/thewhitebrightaffair. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Feel free to connect with Kim by calling 905.688.6850 x167 or emailing krossi@pathstone.ca.




Acidic Environment Triggers Genes That Help Cancer Cells Metastasize By Anne Trafton


cientists have long known that tumors have many pockets of high acidity, usually found deep within the tumor where little oxygen is available. However, a new study from MIT researchers has found that tumor surfaces are also highly acidic, and that this acidity helps tumors to become more invasive and metastatic. The study found that the acidic environment helps tumor cells to produce proteins that make them more aggressive. The researchers also showed that they could reverse this process in mice by making the tumor environment less acidic. “Our findings reinforce the view that tumor acidification is an important driver of aggressive tumor phenotypes, and it indicates that methods that target this acidity could be of value therapeutically,” says Frank Gertler, a MIT professor of biology, a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the senior author of the study. Former MIT postdoc Nazanin Rohani is the lead author of the study, which appears in the journal Cancer Research.

Mapping acidity Scientists usually attribute a tumor’s high acidity to the lack of oxygen or hypoxia that often occurs in tumors because they don’t have an adequate blood supply. However, until now, it has been difficult to precisely map tumor acidity and determine whether it overlaps with hypoxic regions. In this study, the MIT team used a probe called pH (Low) Insertion Peptide (pHLIP), originally developed by researchers at the University of Rhode Island, to map the acidic regions of breast tumors in mice. This peptide is floppy at normal pH but becomes more stable at low, acidic pH. When this


happens, the peptide can insert itself into cell membranes. This allows the researchers to determine which cells have been exposed to acidic conditions by identifying cells that have been tagged with the peptide. To their surprise, the researchers found that not only were cells in the oxygen-deprived interior of the tumor acidic, there were also acidic regions at the boundary of the tumor and the structural tissue that surrounds it, known as the stroma. “There was a great deal of tumor tissue that did not have any hallmarks of hypoxia that was quite clearly exposed to acidosis,” Gertler says. “We started looking at that, and we realized hypoxia probably wouldn’t explain the majority of regions of the tumor that were acidic.” Further investigation revealed that many of the cells at the tumor surface had shifted to a type of cell metabolism known as aerobic glycolysis. This process generates lactic acid as a by-product, which could account for the high acidity, Gertler says. The researchers also discovered that in these acidic regions, cells had turned on gene expression programs associated with invasion and metastasis. Nearly 3,000 genes showed pH-dependent changes in activity, and close to 300 displayed changes in how the genes are assembled, or spliced. “Tumor acidosis gives rise to the expression of molecules involved in cell invasion and migration. This reprogramming, which is an intracellular response to a drop in extracellular pH, gives the cancer cells the ability to survive under low-pH conditions and proliferate,” Rohani says. Those activated genes include Mena, which codes for a protein that normally plays a key role in embryonic development. Gertler’s lab had previously discovered that in some tumors, Mena is spliced differently, producing

an alternative form of the protein known as MenaINV (invasive). This protein helps cells to migrate into blood vessels and spread though the body. Another key protein that undergoes alternative splicing in acidic conditions is CD44, which also helps tumor cells to become more aggressive and break through the extracellular tissues that normally surround them. This study marks the first time that acidity has been shown to trigger alternative splicing for these two genes.

Reducing acidity The researchers then decided to study how these genes would respond to decreasing the acidity of the tumor microenvironment. To do that, they added sodium bicarbonate to the mice’s drinking water. This treatment reduced tumor acidity and shifted gene expression closer to the normal state. In other studies, sodium bicarbonate has also been shown to reduce metastasis in mouse models. Sodium bicarbonate would not be a feasible cancer treatment because it is not welltolerated by humans, but other approaches that lower acidity could be worth exploring, Gertler says. The expression of new alternative splicing genes in response to the acidic microenvironment of the tumor helps cells survive, so this phenomenon could be exploited to reverse those programs and perturb tumor growth and potentially metastasis. “Other methods that would more focally target acidification could be of great value,” he says. HWS Anne Trafton is the life sciences writer at the MIT News Office. Article courtesy of MedicalXpress.com.




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The Importance of Minerals By Catherine Bradley


he importance of minerals is often overlooked in our dietary and nutritional needs, as most tend to concentrate on vitamins. Minerals are the foundation of our nutrient source that allows vitamins to be readily absorbed in the body, as well as stimulate the proper function of hormones and enzymes for metabolic functions. Minerals belong to the etheric body of need. This is the part of the energy that connects the physical body to the higher bodies within us. Minerals are sourced from land (soils), water (sea and lakes), and plants. We used to obtain most of our minerals from the soil. But with soils being so deficient in nutrients, we’re forced to supplement as plants and animals are deficient in producing what we need to reach optimal nutrient proportions for healthy well-being. There are two categories of minerals – macro-minerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, chloride, nitrogen and sulphur. Macro-minerals are needed in considerable amounts and stored in large quantities in the body. They’re also responsible for the function of organs and the synthesis of RNA. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

Trace minerals include iron, iodine, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese, fluoride, molybdenum, and cobalt. Trace minerals are needed in small amounts and readily used in the body, generally not being stored. They are primarily responsible for DNA, cellular and glandular function. The primary difference is in the amount we need to obtain optimal health. We require more macronutrients daily (well over 100 mg) while trace minerals are needed in tiny amounts (a few mg) per day to achieve optimal health. Minerals work in conjunction with one another, and with the opposing function of different minerals, much like a polar opposite. The minerals encourage each other to function at their best. At the same time, each one competes for proper absorption in the organs, glands and cells. This allows the minerals to promote the function of one another. But it can also create a blockage if there’s too much of one mineral over another. Minerals can promote the function of vitamins or inhibit their ability to be absorbed, if imbalance is present. All minerals are an essential part of a balanced diet for true homeostasis to established. It is like gears of a clock. If one mineral is imbalanced, it throws off all the other mineral functions

and vitamin absorptions. This can lead to malabsorption of vitamins, toxicity or deficiency that can impair DNA and RNA synthesis, and amino acid production. It can also create metabolic issues, as well as promote a plethora of physical and mental or emotional ailments such as digestion, arthritis, dental decay, osteoporosis, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings and depression, to name a few. It is important to have a well-balanced diet of foods with essential nutrients. If there is concentration in a particular diet such as: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or keto, there is an inclination to have an imbalance of minerals over a period of time. Should there be preference of a particular diet, it is recommended to supplement to obtain the nutrients you are lacking, although not ideal; optimal absorption is obtained through food intake over supplementation. HWS Catherine Bradley is a Doctor of Medical Heilkunst for both humans and animals. To find out more about her practice, call Catherine at 905.684.8013, email cbradley@cogeco.ca or go to www.bradleyheilkunst.com.







By Mike Pihura


s an audiologist, here’s my personal opinion. I think that everyone needs a baseline test – just as you do for your eyes, teeth and blood pressure. So why should hearing be any different? A baseline test shows that at a certain point in time your hearing was “normal.” If it should change in the future, you have something to compare it to. In fact, all infants are checked at birth. School age kids should have their hearing tested for obvious reasons. A problem in one ear may not be noticed if the other ear is normal. Also, ear infections are common in school age children and can affect speech and learning. Teenagers will listen to loud music and go to concerts, which can affect their hearing and school performance. All adults age 50 and over should definitely be checked. Hearing deteriorates slowly with age but is accelerated with everyday living and noise exposure like power tools and traffic noise. This progressive loss can often go unnoticed, and affects you socially. A hearing aid can really help, especially if you’re still working. Lastly, all seniors should have their hearing checked before it deteriorates too far. So…now you know! HWS

Mike Pihura is the owner and an audiologist at Family Hearing Clinic on 33 Lakeshore Road, Unit 8 in St. Catharines. For more information, please call 905.938.2479 or go to www.familyhearing.ca.




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“It has not surprised us that the interest in our business would not be contained to St. Catharines alone.” according to Holly Ann Prince-Jensen. She and Bruce Keating McClelland are the owners & operators of Considerate Cremation & Burial Services. These two had noticed that there was a need for such a facility; they are the original Funeral Service Alternative in The Niagara Region. “We have noticed a steady increase of interest from all over the entire region seeking affordable service options from full traditional burial to basic cremation.” Holly states. “We have a low overhead. We do not have a large building to furnish & maintain and that was by design. That’s what drives the cost up … therefore, this is how we keep our costs affordable. Our prices are typically 30-50 % less than the traditional funeral providers. We have a family room that allows families to have some private time prior to going to the crematorium, cemetery or church and there’s no charge for the use of this room. We are transparent, practical, no pressure … just your wishes.” Bruce added. 12


There have been two families that had cited the fact that the prices charged by other providers 12-14 years ago were more than the charges of Considerate Cremation & Burial Services today. Entering their fourth year of operating Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, Holly & Bruce, have noticed an increasing demand for the services they offer. When a family decides upon the level of service they desire Holly & Bruce will fulfill their request whether it be a full traditional funeral or memorial service at a church, graveside service or a celebration of life if that’s the desired service requested. To provide services we contact existing venues such as churches, chapels or community halls to carry out public or private services as families request. Some families want a basic facility while others request something a bit more elaborate, we can arrange for those wishes quite easily. All services are held off site.” Bruce added. On their website they have created a very informative whiteboard video, CCBSCares.ca, that explains their entire process in a very clear manner. That difference in cost alone can provide great comfort to grieving families who don’t have life insurance or require a discretionary benefit to cover funeral expenses. “It forces people to say ‘Do I give up my rent money to pay for this?’ It puts people in a bad spot when that shouldn’t happen,” Jensen said. “We just felt there was a better way to provide services at these times of need.” Holly & Bruce feel that every family they serve should have WWW.HWSMAG.COM


the security of estate fraud protection to guard against the ever-expanding threat of identity theft. This step also includes support with all government related paperwork including CPP Death Benefit and Survivor’s Benefits and more. They feel it’s an important part of assisting the executor clear the estate at no charge to every family that they serve. Pre-planning & pre-arranging options are available. “Preplanning is making a record of your wishes and placing them on file with us at no charge while pre-arranging goes a step further and allows for the option to pre-pay for arrangements to lock in today’s price for need in the future.” Bruce explained. “There are multiple options for pre-paying. Arrangements may be paid at once or in monthly installments. When you decide to pre-pay you should be aware that your funds are deposited and protected like your bank account. You have the ability to transfer it to another provider should you move to another community or should you decide to transfer your arrangements to another provider for any reason whatsoever in your current community.” Holly stated. Travel coverage in case of death is something that may not be on your mind when planning a vacation, but there is such a service available. In this instance when death may occur more than 100 km away from home there is coverage for this situation; it takes care of covering all charges to bring the person home. This program is ideal for people that travel frequently for work, those that vacation in the warmer climates in the winter months and also has value to the person that commutes to work a fair distance. There are no health questions, no age limitations, no limit to costs incurred, no need to front any charges, no limit to days traveled per year, translation services if required, coverage 24 hours a day for the rest of your life. The value of this coverage WWW.HWSMAG.COM

is extremely affordable compared to the cost of arranging to bring someone back from Florida that would be approximately $2,500 - $3,000. This program is under $500. “It’s very important to have a Will in place so that when someone dies the appropriate steps are followed. This eliminates any issues within the process of making the arrangements appointing which person(s) oversees the wishes of the decedent for their final arrangements. Having Power of Attorney Documents for both Personal Care & Property are important to consider allowing things to happen as per the wishes of the person affected.” Bruce noted. You are welcome to contact Considerate Cremation & Burial Services for an appointment to review your options including burial, cremation, entombment, pre-arranging or transferring your pre-arrangements. HWS

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Knowledge is Power

Recent breast implant surgery a valuable learning experience for Ridgeway resident. By Alyssa Doherty

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we’re inundated with images of how the female body should look. If we don’t like our body, we can nip it, tuck it, inject it and change it. So that’s what I did. In 2009, I chose breast augmentation. It seemed like a relatively safe and common solution. So common that over 300,000 women annually make the same choice. So safe that consultations like mine only highlighted the side effects associated with the anaesthesia. I trusted my surgeon that there was no harm done so I got breast implants.



In late 2018, however, I learned that breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) cancer can be associated with textured implants. Since this was the type of implant used in my augmentation, alarm bells went off. Add to this was the symptoms I was experiencing. My right breast was swollen and tender, and I had a constant deep-seated body itch and night sweats that would soak a mattress. After addressing my concerns with my surgeon, he assured me the symptoms were unrelated to BIA-ALCL and that the associated cancer was rare. But my symptoms weren’t resolved so I sought a second opinion with my family doctor who sent me for an MRI. Fluid along my right breast was discovered but I had few other answers. Next, I found a Facebook support group for BIA-ALCL and for breast implant failure. These groups were filled with

women sharing similar firsthand stories. The possibility of developing complications with implants was much greater than I had anticipated. I exhaustively researched all the articles, medical journals, FDA and Health Canada documentation I could find associated with breast implants, all describing a wide range of risks. Risks that were not discussed with me during my 2009 consultation. I knew what I had to do. Through the guidance and support of these women online, I was directed to the right plastic surgeon and the proper testing. In May of 2019, I had my implants removed just as Allergan textured breast implants were being recalled by Health Canada. I had the chance to examine them. My right implant showed a sizeable tear and a silicone gel bleed, which I’ve since learned is very common and likely the cause of my symptoms. Symptoms that immediately improved upon their removal. Throughout my search for answers, I discovered that unfortunately, medical professionals are not always up to speed with the dangers that exist. Prior to my explant surgery, there were 22 confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL reported to Health Canada. Today there are 106. Prior to my explant, the risk of developing BIA-ALCL was thought to be 1:300,000. Today that risk falls somewhere between 1:443 and 1:3,345. In July, the FDA imposed a class one recall on Allergan textured breast implants, as they can cause harm, cancer and death. Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed worldwide. These are not rare numbers, these are emerging. I’ve since learned that removal doesn’t guarantee I won’t develop this cancer. If I’d been informed of risks as severe as these, as lifealtering, as life-threatening, I would’ve declined implants. Today I’m thankful for my improving health and the women who have supported me online. I also appreciate the newfound ability I have to see beyond the projected images of how a woman should look, to see me: someone who is willing to do the research, educate herself and advocate for her own health and the health of others. HWS Alyssa Doherty is the owner and operator of the Ridgeway Massage Therapy Clinic. She is an advocate of good health practices and believes in helping empower women to make more educated choices when it comes to their health and their bodies.


Inspiration Through the Ages

A Balance of Tears and Laughter By Sylvia Somerville Yesterday, I was a young girl standing on the street in front of my house, bare-footed, wearing a thread bare pair of blue pedal pushers and a pale yellow t-shirt, playing “Red Rover, Red Rover” with neighbourhood friends. When the streetlights came on, it was bedtime The next morning, I woke up and I was a senior! At least that is how it feels. Where did the time go? I am proud and happy to be a senior. Many people think seniors are just old people. Seniors are young at heart, more active than many younger people and full of wisdom and knowledge. We have seen and experienced more than most have or ever will. Age is only a number. We enjoyed the days when milk, bread and blocks of ice were delivered by horse and wagon. Now we share the expectations of people one day travelling to another planet to live. Wow! Just take a moment and think about that. Life is very different today – and in many ways exactly the same. (A contradiction to be sure!) This life journey we all share is filled with tears and laughter, sometimes difficult experiences. The loss of a loved one or spouse, health issues and other daily challenges can be devastating and sometimes you think it is too much to endure. The days, weeks and months are swallowed up in nothingness. You may find you lose track of

life. It feels like you are lost in a heavy fog. The days, nights, weeks and months just drift away. You don’t know if it is night or day and quite frankly, you don’t care. I am speaking about my personal experience. When my husband passed away, I thought my life was over. I felt a lion had ripped out a piece of my heart. I was giving up. I was sure there was nothing here for me anymore. I am sharing this with hopes to inspire and encourage others who have or may be going through this same heartbreak. My family and the amazing friends in my life were there to help me find my way back to happiness and joy. The key to taking the giant step back to a fulfilling life is to reach out. Talk to your family and friends. Tell them how you feel and share your dark thoughts and shattered heart. I can honestly say before you know it, you will find the “you” left behind during whatever trauma interrupted your journey. I am sharing a bit of my life’s journey because I want everyone from seniors to younger people to never give up on themselves or on others. Never give up on your dreams. Life is a precious gift! In the issues to come, I will be speaking with other seniors and bringing you their stories and experiences about life, happiness and wisdom. I hope these stories will inspire everyone and give you a balance of tears and laughter. HWS Sylvia Somerville is a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, and a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Her first book was published in 1977. Sylvia enjoys wildlife, cycling, photography and living life to the fullest.


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New complimentary kits a simple and effective way to treat someone suffering from an opioid overdose. By Scott Leslie Have you ever heard of a “naloxone kit”? If not, it’s time you did. For the uninitiated, a Naloxone kit is a medication that’s used to revive the victim of an opioid overdose until medical help can arrive. According to Sean Simpson, a pharmacist and the owner of Simpson’s Pharmasave in Niagara-on-the-Lake, naloxone is saving lives. It might even save your own. “They’re suitable for people who use opioids,” he says, “but it’s also a good idea for people who are close to them. Or people who might interact with opioid users in their workplace.” Often used to treat pain, opioid drugs come in a variety of forms including codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone and diacetylmorphine. These medications work by acting on specific receptors in the brain and the central nervous system. Unfortunately, opioids are also highly addictive – and are often taken illicitly by users in order to get high or self-treat their pain condition. It’s easy to detect an opioid overdose. Here, a victim can exhibit various symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, clammy skin, trouble breathing, passing out or falling into a comatose state. A dose of naloxone will stop the opioid from becoming attached to the brain’s receptors and temporarily reverse the effects of the overdose. However, caregivers may still need to give the victim additional doses of naloxone until an ambulance team arrives. Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Niagara as part of the new Ontario Naloxone Pharmacy Program. They’re also free. All you have to do is present your health card and a pharmacist will give you all the training you need to operate your kit. Each naloxone kit comes with two Naloxone devices. The government originally introduced naloxone in injectable form but it’s now available in a more convenient and easy-to-use nasal spray. (Naloxone will typically expire in 18 to 24 months so it’s important to replace your kit on a regular basis.) Although naloxone kits are widely available, Sean says it’s a good idea to contact your local pharmacist ahead of time and make sure there’s a kit in stock. 16


“We’d love to be able to provide a kit at a moment’s notice,” he explains. “But many pharmacies can get busy keeping up with the day-to-day. In our case, we keep one in stock at all times. But we always order one for the next business day, if we’re out of stock.” Studies show that there’s been a steady growth in the use of naloxone kits – and the timing couldn’t be better. Opioid overdoses are still a troubling issue here in Niagara. In the first half of 2019, Niagara’s emergency departments had to handle 480 cases of opioid overdose – or approximately 80 patients a month – and about 40 people died as a result. As a result, Niagara currently has the second highest overdose rate in Ontario after Brantford. Naloxone kits have yet to catch on like the universal first-aid kit. Still, Sean feels it’s essential for users, public facilities and business owners to have access to one in case of emergency. “It’s potentially life saving therapy,” he says. “Having one in the event to potentially save a life is a good idea for everyone.”HWS

Fast Facts WAYS TO AVOID A POTENTIAL OPIOID OVERDOSE: • Take opioids only as prescribed by your doctor. • Review all opioids with your pharmacist so you can minimize and taper off their use. • Store all opioids in a locked cabinet so they’re out of the reach of children.


Eating Smart Can Be Easy By Katherine Hoeller A common problem we almost all face as we age is a diminishing appetite. Too often, the response is to simply reduce the portion size of the meals we have always eaten or, sometimes, skip meals. Neither one should be regarded as a smart or healthy option. One of the biggest challenges facing health experts treating seniors is getting them to appreciate the need to take a fresh approach towards their dietary needs as they age. As we get older, it is necessary to modify our diet to ensure we can maintain a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating foods that have more nutrients and are better suited to our bodies. Three areas to consider when looking at your

diet are carbohydrates, protein and fibre. When it comes to carbs, we need to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, so try to spread your intake throughout the day. As we age, our muscle mass declines so we need to increase our levels of protein. And don’t overlook the need to adopt a high fibre diet – along with plenty of water. One of the benefits of selecting from Heart to Home Meals is that it caters for almost all dietary needs. These are meals that are specially designed for seniors and offer the correct nutrients. The meals come in three portion sizes (mini, regular or hearty) so most appetites can be satisfied. There is growing evidence about the health benefits of frozen foods but one of the greatest

lifestyle rewards for seniors is the convenience. You chose when you want to have your meal and what you want to eat. Seniors who want to maintain an independent lifestyle are only restricted by what they have ordered and is in their freezer. With no contracts and free delivery, this is a service that makes life a little easier for seniors and also offers their loved one’s peace of mind that good quality food is always available. HWS

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Making a Difference in Health Care

Provided by Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation


obody expects to be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or plans to become seriously injured in a motor-vehicle accident. Expectant mothers cannot foresee unexpected complications to their pregnancy and seniors cannot predict when they will slip on the ice and break a hip. Yet these things happen to people in your community every day. It could be a family member or friend. It could even be you. Excellence in health care is vital for everyone. At some point in our lives, we all rely on the expertise of doctors, nurses, therapists and other specialists for various forms of health care. That is why the diverse range of health care services available through Hamilton Health Sciences is so vital to helping our loved ones and neighbours thrive in communities throughout the region. Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is an essential partner in providing that specialized care. The Foundation raises funds to support the purchase of medical equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, essential redevelopment of clinical care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers. While operating costs are funded by the government, equipment costs are not. Local hospitals always play an important role in health care and many excellent services are available in the Niagara Region. However, within the Golden Horseshoe, many of the highly specialized clinical services are available only at Hamilton Health Sciences. Serving a population of more than 2.3 million people throughout southcentral Ontario, Hamilton Health Sciences is a regional and provincial leader in many areas of health care. For example, Hamilton General Hospital is renowned for its trauma and burn treatment, stroke and neurosciences, and rehabilitation programs. Ontario’s highest-volume integrated stroke program and an intensive rehabilitation centre are based at the site, which is also home to the leading cardiac surgery program in Ontario. Cancer programs are also vital to the health of the region. Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is the only site in the region treating all cancers in adults. It is also home to the region’s only stem cell transplant, acute leukemia and blood cancer programs. A comprehensive cancer clinical trials program is housed at its Escarpment Cancer Research Institute. Children and youth in our communities often have specialized health care needs that differ from those of adults. McMaster Children’s Hospital is the second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in



Ontario. The site is home to Canada’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit including supportive maternal care, the country’s largest child and youth mental health program, and the only pediatric trauma centre in the region. A range of specialized outpatient services also operate at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, as part of McMaster Children’s Hospital. At its shared home with the hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre offers a wide range of women’s reproductive health services including care for high-risk pregnancies. Another member of the Hamilton Health Sciences family is St. Peter’s Hospital, which is home to Canada’s largest adult inpatient Palliative Care Program and the Centre for Healthy Aging. St. Peter’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, and community-based programs and services for patients of all ages who have unique requirements associated with medically complex care needs, behavioural health, restorative care and palliative care. Whether you are a newborn taking your first breaths or a senior enjoying the golden years, Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to providing the spectrum of health care services required throughout the various stages of life. HWS Your support as a donor can make a significant impact on the lives of family and friends who may need that highly specialized care. Please make your donation at hamiltonhealth.ca/donate today.

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Your Home Remedy

Old-Fashioned Mustard Plaster

The Mysteries of Mustard By Scott Leslie If you or a family member have a bad head or chest cold, you can try this remedy without having to run out to the pharmacy to get an over-the-counter medication.


•One tablespoon of Keens mustard (dry) •Two tablespoons of flour

DIRECTIONS: • Mix the mustard and flour on a cotton tea towel and add (only) hot tap water to make a paste. • Spread the paste on the tea towel and fold it up in a long fold. • Now place the tea towel on your chest and watch carefully until the skin starts to turn pink. At that point, take the towel and place it on your back. (Follow the same routine.) Make sure you keep away from drafts and stay warm. You’ll sweat a lot but by morning, your chest and head should be open. - Rhonda G., St. Catharines

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Here’s something that might surprise you – yellow mustard is one of the healthiest condiments around! It’s a good source of nutrients like iron and magnesium. It can help enhance your digestion and boost your immunity. But the healing properties of mustard was no secret in ancient times. Centuries ago, mustard was first used to treat a whole host of ailments by the Egyptians, Chinese and Sumerians. The Romans even claimed mustard could cure everything from toothaches to snakebites. It wasn’t until the fifth century B.C. that the Greek physician Hippocrates developed mustard plaster as a treatment for heart conditions and rheumatism. By the 19th and early 20th centuries, mustard plasters had become a valuable defense against all sorts of illnesses, injuries and diseases – particularly out in the country where doctors were few and far between. When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865, the first doctors to reach him even tried using mustard plaster on the mortally wounded president in order to increase blood circulation and prolong his life. Today, mustard plasters aren’t the popular cure-all they once were. But if you’re looking to take the moxie out of that nasty chest cold, mustard plasters are still the way to go! HWS




The benefits of integrating yoga into your daily life are powerful and rewarding. By Alyssa Coman


y true dive into yoga began almost 10 years ago now when I was looking for an alternative to my regular gym workout and a way to destress after a long workday. I soon realized that my yoga mat was the perfect place to find that sense of contentment, selfawareness and the ever-alluring mind-body connection. A few years later, I took my practice even further and enrolled in teacher training, hoping to deepen my level of expertise. However, the more I learned as a yogi, the more my intention turned towards teaching and sharing the discipline I love with others. As a teacher, I like to remind my students that yoga will always meet them where they are that day. It’s never a “one size fits all” linear practice. Every person is on a different journey and I try to guide my students to honour their path in their own way and at their own pace. Here are just a few benefits to integrating yoga into your daily life.

Overall Fitness Whether you practice yoga once or a few times a week, it’s likely you will start to feel an improvement in your muscle strength, flexibility and balance as well as a boost of endurance. Each time you’re met with a challenging new pose, persevering through the discomfort fosters personal empowerment. 20


Mindfulness Yoga is known for its ability to soothe tension in the body and ease the incessant chatter of the mind. As a teacher, I guide my students through poses with our breath, moving from one pose to the next with every inhale and exhale. When thoughts arise and try to distract you from your practice, it’s important to bring your awareness back to the breath. As your practice grows, you will slowly notice a shift in your awareness and how it blends into your daily life. This is where you begin living in the tune of yoga on and off your mat.

Positive Body Image Yoga can transform harsh beliefs into compassion, self-acceptance and peace. Through your yoga journey, you will cultivate a better appreciation of your body and as a result, be less critical of it. The goal is not to perfect the pose. The practice is not to perform or compete with your neighbour. By respecting the physical and emotional sensations, we ultimately express appreciation toward our bodies. HWS Alyssa Coman is a certified international yoga teacher who is passionate about health, environmentalism and yoga WWW.HWSMAG.COM


An interview with W. Gifford-Jones, MD By Jason Sebeslav

W. Gifford-Jones, MD is a graduate of The University of Toronto and the Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the author of many books. His medical column “The Doctor Game” has been published for many years in Canadian newspapers, and across the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Gifford-Jones has visited The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market in St. Catharines and talked to customers and staff about many aspects of health, including heart disease. Jason Sebeslav: Dr. Gifford-Jones, in many of your columns over the years, you’ve been critical of mainstream medicine’s close-minded approach to heart disease particularly its focus on cholesterol and prescribing drugs to lower it. W. Gifford-Jones, MD: Prescription drugs have a bad track record for causing serious side effects, serious complications and killing patients. The widespread use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs) has caused liver and kidney disease, muscle degeneration, emotional disorders and is linked to certain cancers and unfortunately deaths. Common sense tells me it’s better to lower blood cholesterol by chewing almonds, getting more dietary fiber, exercising, taking Medi-C Plus and even having a pre-dinner cocktail (if you’re a moderate drinker). I’ve also found that Sytrinol, a safe natural remedy consisting of plant sterols, can lower total blood cholesterol, decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Why not try these natural remedies before resorting to CLDs? JS: You did exactly that! You’ve written about your own health crisis with coronary artery disease (CAD), and how you chose a rather unconventional therapy after meeting Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize-winning vitamin C researcher. WGJ: I had the privilege to interview Dr. Linus Pauling on two occasions. The most important thing he told me was that animals make their own vitamin C and that humans lost this genetic ability ages ago. He believed this defect set the stage for the current epidemic of coronary heart disease. Because of these convincing meetings with Pauling and other researchers, I decided to take vitamin C and the amino acid lysine, rather than CLDs, following a coronary attack about 20 years ago. In retrospect, this was a risky decision. Cardiologists said my decision was sheer madness. But I believed that the prescription of CLDs is driven largely by money, not by science. Then, luckily, Dr. Sydney Bush in England proved that high doses of vitamin C and lysine can prevent and reverse blocked coronary arteries. So, in retrospect, I made the right decision, even on incomplete evidence! Due to this discovery, I asked Preferred Nutrition to produce Medi-C Plus, a powder containing high doses of C and lysine. So as often happens in life, one thing led to another. JS: Is Medi-C Plus beneficial even for those adults without an existing cardiovascular condition, but perhaps a family history of heart problems? WGJ: Since there’s no way for most people to know if arterial plaque or atherosclerosis is present, any time is the prime time to start Medi-C Plus. This safe, effective natural remedy should be looked upon as an insurance policy to circumvent cardiovascular disease long before it starts. You will only know that it works when you reach 95 years of age and haven’t suffered from a coronary, stroke or other cardiovascular complications. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

JS: In your opinion, what are some of the other key factors in preventing or addressing cardiovascular issues? WGJ: There are several. I often remind patients that medicine is not like religion. I’m told that in religion one can commit several sins and at life’s end a loving God, if you repent, will forgive you. Medicine has no loving God, so you reap what you’ve sown. The sooner in life that you start a healthy lifestyle the more likely you are to live a long, healthy life. This means watching calories, moderate exercise, eating a healthy diet and tossing cigarettes away. I also believe too many people today have developed “Pill-itis.” It’s the taking of drugs they don’t need, such as minor painkillers, which have a deleterious affect on the liver and kidneys. As the comic-strip character Pogo once remarked, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” HWS Jason Sebeslav is the owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market, a health and wellness store in St. Catharines. He has worked in the editorial department of alive magazine and his articles have appeared in many natural health publications. For more information about the store, visit www.thepeanutmill.com

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Just The Facts!

By Scott Leslie

Test your knowledge of the following health, wellness and safety minutiae.

1) Which of the following old wives’ tales has absolutely no basis in fact? a) Eating carrots is a good way to improve your eyesight. b) An apple a day keeps the doctor away. c) Drinking coffee will stunt your growth. d) A long arduous labour means you’re going to have a baby boy. e) Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. 2) Trapper John M.D. was a medical drama that ran on CBS from 1979 to 1986. The part of Trapper John was played by actor Pernell Roberts – perhaps best known for his role as Adam Cartwright in the long-running TV western Bonanza. But Trapper John, M.D. itself was actually a spin-off of the classic ‘70s film ____________. a) Every Which Way But Loose b) Three Days of the Condor c) Marathon Man d) M*A*S*H* e) The China Syndrome 3) Brown sugar is better for you than white sugar. a) yes b) no c) yes but the difference is negligible d) no but it is a great Rolling Stones song

4) Underneath the human nose is a small indent that runs to the top of the upper lip. This often overlooked part of the body is known as ____________. a) the philtrum b) the mentolabial sulcus c) the uvula d) the Little Dipper e) it has no real name 5) Donuts aren’t good for us – but we still keep eating them. Canada currently has the largest concentration of donut shops in the world. What country boasts the second largest? a) Guatemala b) Japan c) Finland d) The U.S. e) France 6) Male pattern baldness has been around since the beginning of time. If you’ve lost your hair and need a new hairstyle, you might advise your barber to start cutting your hair like ____________. a) Margaret Atwood b) David Suzuki c) Justin Trudeau d) Peter Mansbridge

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With a need for thousands of volunteers to effectively run the Games, everyone in Niagara will have a chance to be part of the action!



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