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Heading For a Fall Well folks, another summer has come and gone. It’s time to put the short sleeves away for another year and embrace your inner fall. I’m not too heartbroken about the change. Autumn is still a great time for taking in a fall festival or two or catching the doubleheader on Hockey Night In Canada. But there’s one thing many of us don’t enjoy about those chilly autumn months – yard work. Raking leaves, cleaning out eavestroughs, you know what I’m talking about. They’re all part of the Canadian rite of passage. Don’t forget, however, that yard work is serious business. Each year, many people hurt and injure themselves needlessly due to carelessness or overexertion. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to keep your property in shape – without damaging your own shape.

Take It Easy – Like many of us weekend warriors, we can tend to overdo it on the first go – pushing ourselves to the limit all for the sake of that ideal yard. That can lead to pulled backs, strained muscles – even heart attacks. Take it slow and the work will get done in its own time


Work As A Team – Getting your friends or family to pitch in around the yard can be a lot of

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fun. It’s also a smart idea. Having someone there to spot you while you’re on a ladder or help lift heavy objects is a great way to get the job done and avoid unnecessary injuries.

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Come Prepared – If you think you’re invulnerable, think again. We all need the proper tools if we want to protect ourselves. That means covering the bases like wearing safety goggles around weed eaters, ear protection with leaf blowers, and work gloves when using chemicals. Being the envy of the neighbourhood is all well and good. But play it safe and make sure that perfect yard doesn’t come at a high price. And now on to the latest issue of HWS Magazine! This time out, we have a cover story on the ever-popular Betty’s Restaurant (p15). We also have an interview with Lorna Vanderhaeghe (p27), a closer look at Senographe Pristina™, (p26) and a few tips on how to not get sick (p13).

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Cover Story p15 BETTY’S RESTAURANT Popular eatery in historic Chippawa continues to welcome customers from across Niagara with its fine home cooking and family atmosphere. Cover: Bettys Restaurant Photo credit: Sandra Ozkur

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Palliative Caregivers at Home


Immune Support


A Child Counsellor P.O.V


Ask the Expert


The Interview


Seniors Who Strive

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.






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WHOLE BODY VIBRATION (WBV) is generating a lot of buzz in the health and wellness industry. Doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and personal trainers are just some of the professionals who are promoting WBV to their clients. Here’s why:


Want to get stronger? If you want to see gains in muscle strength without the risk of joint damage that can come from working out with heavy weights, consider whole body vibration training. The best part is, you’ll see benefits in as little as three, 15-minute session a week. How is that possible? By increasing gravitational loading and putting your muscles through up to 28 reps a second, you’ll get through your workout in a fraction of the time. In addition, WBV is shown to be especially good at increasing muscle power, which is useful for many things from preventing falls to increasing athletic performance.


We’ve all been there—you get up after sitting for a while and your hands or feet start stinging. That pins-and-needles feeling means you’re suffering from reduced circulation, and it’s more than just an inconvenience. It could mean you have a significant health problem. If your job involves sitting for long periods of time or if you have a sedentary lifestyle, concerns about your circulatory health may be keeping you up at night. Studies have shown that just one session of WBV training improves circulation, which not only prevents that pins-andneedles feeling, but also can help maintain limb health and even reduce the appearance of cellulite.

3. VIBRATION MAKES QUICK WORK OF THE PRE-SPORT WARM UP Warming up your body is an important part of any workout regimen, but it takes time. If you struggle to squeeze your workouts into your schedule, you may be tempted to skip the warm up. With WBV you don’t have to succumb to the temptation. Spending just a few minutes on a WBV machine before your workout not only prevents injury to muscles, joints, and ligaments, but is also shown to improve workout performance.

4. IDEAL POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY AID Before you reach for that post-workout smoothie, be sure to cool down your body and stretch your hardworking muscles. This is another step in injury prevention. During a workout the muscles get little tears, which must heal. Stretching keeps healing muscles pliant, while not stretching your muscles allows them to stiffen up like a rubber band stuck in the freezer. That doesn’t make for happy hammies or quiet quads. Using WBV after a workout allows muscles to cool down and recover. Additionally WBV has been shown to reduce the day-after soreness typically experienced with traditional exercise methods. When you’re not sore, you’re more likely to work out again, and more workouts equals a healthier you!

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6. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN IMPROVED BONE DENSITY Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov discovered in the 1970s that cosmonauts who had lost bone density in the micro-gravity environment of space recovered much more quickly when they used whole body vibration than when they trained by traditional methods. The secret that helped them recover from bone loss incurred in space can help people here on Earth, too. Training with WBV has been shown to increase bone mass density in clinical studies, and is under examination as a possible treatment for better bone health.

7. IT’S GREAT AT IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY Flexibility is an incredibly important—but often neglected—aspect of fitness. Pliant, stretchy muscles and resilient ligaments allow the body to move through a full range of motion while protecting joints from harm. How does this relate to whole body vibration training? Stretching on a WBV machine has been shown to not only increase flexibility, but also enhance the retention of the flexibility gains versus stretching without WBV.

8. USE WBV AFTER YOU WORK OUT FOR MASSAGE & RELAXATION When used on low frequencies, whole body vibration machines act as a relaxing massage, gently easing muscles out of their workout. Try laying down on a mat in front of the machine and resting your legs on the vibration platform for a restorative massage. Many additional benefits build on these: increased balance, decreased risk

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I’VE ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR CLEANING. When I created bare. I wanted to provide a line of cleaning products that would be safe and effective, without the harmful effects of chemical cleaners. All bare. products are made with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, distilled vinegar and therapeutic grade essential oils designed to keep the home natural and smelling great at the same time. As a believer in clean living, I make it my mission to remove all chemical cleaners in each and every home. In the summer of 2017, I decided to give away complimentary bare. samples. In as little as one month, we distributed over 5,000 samples across the Niagara Region alone. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I was able to reach over 1000 households of people who were willing to take the leap with me! But my mission doesn’t stop there. I would like to give you a complimentary sample of bare.’s top cleaning products so you can also enjoy the benefits of a natural clean home. Your sample will include:

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Our moisturizing hand soap is what inspired our entire line. Many of us believe that the more suds there are, the better the hand soap is. However, many hand soaps are made with harmful ingredients that absorb into your skin and strip away natural oils, leaving your hands dry. The bare. moisturizing hand soap was created to safely and effectively clean your hands and naturally moisturize your skin, without any harmful effects.

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sweet potato Almond Soup Nutritional information per serving: Protein 6g Total fat 10g Saturated Fat 1 Carbohydrates 32g Sugars 9g

Calories 226 Sodium 561mg Cholesterol 0mg Fibre 6g

5 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes

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1 sweet onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed (about 4 cups) 4 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth 1 tsp ground ginger

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1 tsp ground thyme ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ◊ 1/3 cup almond butter ◊ 1 cup diced tomatoes ◊ salt and peper to taste

METHOD Peel and cut sweet potatoes into small cubes. In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic in ¼ cup vegetable broth until softened over medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, spices, and remaining vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender. Add the almond butter and diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat and puree in a blender to desired consistency. NOTE If you like thinner soup, add more vegetable stock or water. HWS

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Photo: Gord Duguay and wife Clémence

IT’S A “SUCKER-PUNCH OF REALITY” that connects with emotion and fear. It can feel paralyzing, says Gord Duguay. But weathering the blow of a palliative diagnosis, and whip-sawing back, also helped him stay on his feet. “My wife Clémence is more worried about this now, than I am,” said Gord, his eyes crinkling. “The more you laugh and talk about it with your family…the more therapeutic it is. Some people may put their head in the sand. We just dealt with this right away.” Gord and his caregiving wife Clémence are on that journey, as the 76-year-old Welland man and retired shopkeeper manages terminal congestive heart disease and lung failure. The couple says Hospice Niagara has been a steady support through it all. “There is no community without volunteers, we are surrounded by them,” Gord offers, inside their apartment. Volunteers are essential to Hospice Niagara, best known as a home in St. Catharines where terminally-ill Niagara people can spend last days in dignity. Hospice Niagara also offers in-home palliative care to help people like Gord stay at home longer and keep their independence. For people like the Duguays, these services also fill major care gaps, with an interdisciplinary team covering many bases. Gord has a nurse a few times a week. He also uses volunteer drivers for doctor and hospital appointments, has a palliative-care doctor, a bereavement counsellor, and attends dayhospice programs. Friends, and an extended family—including adult children from previous relationships- are another core of the Duguay support system. A devoted army stands behind them. “We’re getting a lot of help now, we’re grateful,” said his wife. Hospice Niagara’s Day Hospice in Welland is another element, adds Clémence, who continues to work part-time. The free program allows her to do day-to-day chores out of the home, knowing Gord will be okay. It’s a tough haul for most folks like the Duguays. The hospice community knows assisting dying loved ones, especially those with complex needs, is stressful. That’s the case even before end-of-life care happens in a home. The Duguays are not at that point yet. And they

turn their thoughts to the families, partners and friends of the dying who are confronted with even tougher issues. Caregivers are often thrust into these roles. It might mean a leave of absence, ending a job, family turmoil, or relocation. Financial stress can mount, even in Canada, which has noncomprehensive public health care, and incomplete supplementary private insurance. Hospices, hospital systems, non-profits and others give back-up, but complexities roll on. “Many people don’t understand until they’re in this situation, what it all means. They may not know what to do,” Clémence said. “They’re alone, or they feel that way.” In her situation, Clémence credits a nurse at Welland’s hospital for getting the ball rolling. She arranged for Gord’s home-oxygen, hospice and pressing needs. “She knew exactly what to do,” she recalled. “Amazing. Now the care team is trying to keep him out of the hospital and we don’t feel so alone.” Clémence is reflective about their managed troubles, and has perspective. “There are others dealing with much worse things, with tougher problems than us,” she said, quietly. “My Christian faith and counting my blessings keeps me strong when I need it most.” Attitude and calm is also paramount in these situations. “Gord and I are best friends; we’re open to each other. He has such a positive attitude and that’s made a big difference. And he doesn’t look sick,” she adds with a grin, eyeing him fondly. The two say others in these situations should reach out to hospice agencies if they’re in similar need. “It needs to be publicized,” Clémence said, with emphasis. “Many people may not even know they can get this help, and they really should.” HWS

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Why Meditation works for the workplace Meditation: a novelty or a necessity intoday’s workplace? By Angela Kontgen

ALL THE SKILLS AND attributes that make for a successful and engaged workplace are found in the minds of people. Yet we continue talking about creativity, focus, emotional intelligence, resilience, relationship building and other attributes that make up success and engagement as if they can be purchased in a book or a one off workshop. Here’s the truth, they cannot and I think we are coming to realize this. When I asked an executive recently – Why Meditation? They answered: I need a daily practice that will bridge the gap between knowing and being. It’s one thing to talk about focus and creativity, and quite another to intentionally harness it within our mind. That’s where meditation comes in and that’s why it is fast becoming a necessity in the workplace. There was a time not long ago when the word meditation brought visions of people in robes sitting quietly in remote areas. There was a time when a few workplaces thought it might be a novelty to add it to their stress management programs. Today, as the science and research mounts, meditation is shifting from a novelty


to a necessity for today’s workplaces. Even the reputable Harvard Business Review is sighting meditation as one of the top practices for the 21st century business leader. The reason for this is that the benefits of it extend far beyond relaxation. There is growing evidence that meditation is a powerful way to build leadership skills and advance goals. Google the science of meditation and you will see that it is having a positive impact on a wide range of areas – from our immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems to helping us create the space to really listen to employees and co-workers. You might not need another workshop on “listening skills” – you may find it much more powerful to press pause for five to 10 minutes, in your day, to unlock new levels of empathy. One of the biggest reasons that meditation impacts so many aspects of our life is because of how it actively shifts and changes the brain. In his amazing book, Evolve your Brain, Dr. Joe Dispenza explains that meditation takes us from Beta to Alpha and Theta brain wave states. Why is this so important you might ask? In a nutshell,

you are shifting the brain from overdrive and survival mode into creativity mode and what I also like to call the “all is possible and I can handle anything” state. Now that’s amazing! New levels of creativity, focus and fulfillment are possible when we actively shift our brain wave states. Deeply inspired by this knowledge, I imagine a time when leaders sit and breathe for five minutes before they go into an important team meeting. I see intentional midday meditations taking place to help shift people into that all is well and I can handle anything state. As I get approached by more leaders and more workplaces, I am coming to realize that meditation is no longer a novelty; in today’s fast paced world it is a necessity. I used to coach people on all aspects of their personal and professional lives; today I focus on one thing – meditation – that positively impacts everything! HWS Angela Kontgen is a meditation and mindset coach. For more information, email Angela at angela@angelakontgen.com or go to angelakontgen.com




IMMUNE SUPPORT Catherine Bradley, B.A., DMH, DMAH, Heilkunst Practitioner

THE COOLER WEATHER is making its entrance into the northern hemisphere. We focus our attention on dressing warmer, eating heavier, warmer foods and spending more time indoors. To protect and prevent ourselves from flu and cold season the focus of this article will be on the immune system. The immune system is the primary system in our body that affects our entire state of being and our functionality. It is a system that needs continual care throughout the year; it is the core of our being. It is an integral part of all the other systems’ functions in the body. If the immune system is not supported and balanced, it will alter the effectiveness of all the other systems and their function. On the flip side of this, if the organs and other systems are supported, then the immune system remains strong. The immune system resides in the blood, which is connected to all the organs. The organs are all part of the excretory system, that in turn, function to balance what is coming, with what is going out, through the digestion process. The key is to understand how important the role foods, minerals, vitamins, and other nourishing substances play in maintaining and sustaining our immune system, especially in the digestion process. Foods provide the nourishment we need, so crucial is the quality and type of foods we eat. Quality foods emphasize the importance of receiving essential vitamins and minerals that can support our resistance, by building the stores we need and breaking down the molecules we need to produce prebiotics/probiotics, enzymes, amino acids, red blood cells and more. It is essential the organs get as much nourishment as possible. The liver is responsible for removing toxins, and for producing red blood cell proteins, bile and cholesterol. It also acts as a barrier to protect the body from pathogens. It stimulates strength of the will and generates mobility in our body, literally. It works in conjunction with the gallbladder, the organ responsible for bile regulation that is responsible for digesting fats. The liver needs the support of the primary vitamins A, B-complex, plus additional B12 (Cobalamin), and D. The liver stores only the fat soluble vitamins of A, and D and the water soluble B12. It also needs nourishment from the minerals copper, manganese, selenium, zinc, iron, and sulphur. The kidney is responsible for purifying the blood, oxygenation of the red blood cells, and removing toxins as well. It stimulates our purpose from our soul. It needs the nourishment of vitamins C, D, B6 (Pyridoxine), and the minerals of calcium, potassium, and copper. The lungs are responsible for respiration, oxygenation of the body, and the removal of carbon dioxide. The lungs are intimately connected to the nervous system. It



is the first breath we take in, that of life. The lungs are part of the first defence of breathing in pathogens, particles and air born contaminants. The lungs are also the primary organ reacting to the body’s stress on all levels. It is essential the lungs are supported with vitamins A, C, D, E, minerals rich in salts and carbons, as well as mercury. The heart is responsible for warmth, primarily circulation of blood throughout the body. The heart is the organ that allows the upper (brain/central nervous system) and lower (liver, kidneys, lungs, and spleen – below diaphragm) bodies to connect in a spiritual rhythm of function. The heart’s nourishment comes from vitamins C, D, E, and B3 (Niacin), and minerals potassium, calcium, selenium, and magnesium, as well as metal minerals of gold, silver and tin. The spleen is a unique organ, as it is the only major organ you can live without. The spleen’s primary role is to regulate the rhythm of digestion, which works in conjunction with the other organs. The spleen’s nourishment is primarily that of digestive enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, and antioxidants. These are all needed to assimilate and nourish the whole body. Foods rich in these primary vitamins and minerals will assimilate nourishment through the breakdown process involved, of which digestive enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants carry on this role. Further in the digestion process are the Intestines. They introduce the healthy forms of bacterial and fungal culture that further enhance the production of vitamins, enzymes to fight pathogens. It is important the Intestines create, or are supplied with a sufficient amount of probiotics to carry on the cycle of digestion and immune support. In conclusion, the best defence against infection is to build immunity. Consume foods rich in vitamins, and minerals, including trace minerals, and Himalayan or sea salts. Foods rich in digestive enzymes, probiotics and amino acids (most of these are plant based) are essential in fighting off pathogens. Also key, consumption of quality water to keep hydrated and encourage the function of the organs to eliminate. Sound sleep, exposure to fresh air (one half hour per day), activity (physical and creative), and keeping with impeccable hygiene practices of using soap and water are the backbone for immune defence. For natural medicinal support, the use of homeopathics, metal minerals, herbs and several essences/oils, and botanicals are quite valuable, but should be recommended by a qualified professional to ensure appropriate use. HWS Catherine Bradley, B.A., DMH, DMAH is a Heilkunst practitioner. To find out more about her practice, call Catherine at 905.684.8013, email cbradley@cogeco.ca or go to www.bradleyheilkunst.com.



How to Not Get Sick By Sarah Midghall

THE SUMMER IS OVER, AND WE HAVE BEGUN A NEW SCHOOL YEAR, which means most of us are back to our regular routines. We will be spending less time living the good life by the pool with close friends, and more time in public spaces, exposed to more people and their germs. The best way to fight infections this season is prevention, through building strong immunity, optimizing vitamin C and zinc levels, staying physically active and managing life/work balance.

Building Strong Immunity The body runs on nutrients, meaning we actually become what we eat. Building immunity not only means feeding it plenty of vitamins and minerals by reaching our daily six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables, but also ensuring we are getting enough protein. Protein provides building blocks called amino acids which are utilized by white blood cells to create antibodies. Antibodies work to fight infection by identifying foreign pathogens and inhibiting them before illness takes over. Fitting in a daily smoothie full of raw, plant-based nutrition coupled with a protein powder is a great way to achieve both micronutrient and protein goals daily. Aim for about one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. Optimizing Vitamin C and Zinc Eating a whole food based diet is paramount to preventing illness, but optimizing these key nutrients is an additional preventative measure you can take to stave off infection. Vitamin C boasts an immunity boosting reputation since it is an extremely potent antioxidant. Vitamin C neutralizes damage in the body is anti-inflammatory and reduces stress at the cellular level. Add fresh lemon or acerola powder to your water in the to top up your Vitamin C levels. Zinc is another anti-oxidant and is a co-factor in hundreds metabolic reactions and cellular functions including apoptosis. Apoptosis is a natural process, pivotal to health where the body naturally destroys dysfunctional cells. Zinc not only improves the efficiency of the body at the intracellular level, it is key for skin health, the immune system’s first line of defence. Staying Active The cooler months encourage us to linger in the comfort of our warm sheets and shun our morning walk, run or gym appointment. The fact that we are more bundled up may perpetuate our lack of motivation, but there is more to exercise than weight loss. Staying active year-round boosts immunity through increasing blood-flow, oxygenating our cells, sweating out toxins and moving the lymphatic system, which helps damaged cells exit the building. Exercising also naturally causes us to hydrate more, further flushing toxins. Managing Work-Life Balance We live in a fast paced society that constantly justifies putting off rest in favour of productivity. However, there is no substitute for quality sleep, not even sizing up on your favourite caffeinated beverage. Managing your immunity is closely tied to managing stress. The immune system takes a hit when we sacrifice sleep and the additional stressor of a java induced adrenaline rush amplifies this. If you do not make time to rest, you may be making time for illness in the near future. HWS

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Wheels of Hope Niagara

Essential Canadian Cancer Society program offers transportation to and from cancer-related appointments. By Scott Leslie

EACH YEAR, OVER 85,000 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN are diagnosed with cancer in Ontario. That’s a sobering statistic. But sometimes these patients have another issue to worry about. Approximately one in five cancer patients in Ontario have difficulty getting transportation to their cancer treatments. That’s where “Wheels of Hope” comes in. Wheels of Hope Niagara is a Canadian Cancer Society initiative that offers transportation to and from these life saving treatments. That includes trips to St. Catharines, Hamilton and Toronto area hospitals. The society’s team of volunteer drivers provides these trips Monday to Friday for clients that would normally have trouble getting to their treatments. “It’s a critical service,” explains Kim Rossi, development officer at the Canadian Cancer Society. “With our aging population in Niagara, clients may no longer have the support system they once had to get to and from treatment. Sometimes they might require a year or even years of back and forth treatments. With our volunteer drivers, clients have one less worry with someone else behind the wheel.” In order to become a driver with Wheels of Hope Niagara, volunteers need to have a clean, smoke-free vehicle, a valid G class driver’s license, insurance and a safe driving record. Volunteer drivers must also be over 18, undergo a background check and attend special training and orientation sessions. These drivers are then reimbursed depending on the mileage they accumulate. “Often our clients and volunteers form a bond on their road trips,” Kim says. “Our volunteers are more than just drivers. They become a support system for those on their cancer journey.” The Canadian Cancer Society has been providing transportation services for cancer patients since the 1950s—and the Wheels of Hope 14


Niagara program has become an uncommon success in recent years. In 2016 alone, the program provided 16,183 trips for 793 clients including adults and children. Volunteer drivers drove a total of 689,784 kilometres during that time. But funding continues to be an issue. The Canadian Cancer Society doesn’t receive any government support for Wheels of Hope Niagara which costs just over $200,000 a year to operate. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Niagara chapter holds annual fundraisers like the Grapes of Wrath, a five kilometre obstacle and mud run that raises a large part of its funding. Clients who register with Wheels of Hope Niagara also help out by paying a one-time $100 registration fee. But Kim says individual donations are critical, particularly as the demand for Wheels of Hope continues to grow across the region. “Unfortunately, this is a program we’ll always need,” she says. “Approximately one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and there’s already an increased need in Niagara.” HWS If you’d like to make a donation towards Wheels of Hope Niagara or become a volunteer, contact the Niagara chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society at 905.684.6455 or niagara@ontario.cancer.ca. For more information or to register with Wheels of Hope Niagara, contact Cancer Information Services Hotline at 1.888.939.3333 or info@cis.cancer.ca.



Betty’s Restaurant celebrating 50 years

Popular eatery in historic Chippawa continues to welcome customers from across Niagara with its fine home cooking and family atmosphere. Photo: Betty’s Restaurant owners, Joe, Bernadette Julianne and Trudy Miszk By Scott Leslie

YOU JUST CAN’T BEAT HOME-STYLE COOKING – AND JOE MISZK WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO AGREE. Joe is the owner and operator of Betty’s Restaurant on Sodom Road in Chippawa. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Betty’s has become a tradition in local circles, serving generations of hungry Niagara residents for five decades. “We’re well-known for our great home cooking, friendly service and reasonable prices,” Joe says. “We have tried to keep our prices fair and our customers keep coming back time and time again.” Betty’s Restaurant was purchased by the Miszk family in 1967 and is celebrating its 50th year in business this year. When Trudy and Joe Miszk Sr. (Papa Joe) bought the business, it was just a modest 21-seat diner. But Trudy’s cooking soon built up a great reputation in Niagara and the business began to grow and grow.

“I have to give my parents full credit,” Joe says. “They worked very hard in the business, and had the intestinal fortitude to work with it as long as they did.” According to Joe, one of the other reasons for their success is the strong relationships they’ve built with their suppliers, contractors and providers. “Most of our suppliers have been with us a very long time­—some since day one,” Joe explains. “Our loyalties run deep, and we thank them for all their support and friendship.”

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NEW IDEAS AND EXPANSIONS When the Miszk family first purchased Betty’s Restaurant back in the 1960s, the small diner mostly served local customers. As their reputation grew, however, the Miszks developed more of a regional clientele and the restaurant continued to expand. Over the years, Betty’s became well-known to many tourists and Joe has developed strong working relationships with numerous tour companies both local and from abroad.

“They literally bring them in by the busload,” Joe says. Betty’s has also built up a solid catering business. The growth of their special function trade convinced the family to build additional banquet rooms to accommodate this growing market. As a result, Betty’s now has seating for up to 500 guests. “You’re always adapting to changing markets and looking for new opportunities to bring in guests,” Joe says.

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At Betty’s, their successful menu has a little something for everyone – from the freshly made soups to the tasty seafood and excellent prime rib. Betty’s even bakes its own dinner rolls every day. The most popular item on the menu is the homemade fruit pies – and the demand is phenomenal. During their busiest times for instance, Betty’s full-time bakers might bake over 100 pies in an average day. Their other signature item is the fish and chips dinner which has been a local mainstay for years with its tasty haddock, fries and coleslaw. Everything is made fresh daily at Betty’s – and that’s a real source of pride. “We make everything from scratch,” Joe says of their menu. “We do everything old school­—just how my parents did 50 years ago.” But Joe isn’t afraid to make a few tweaks to their winning formula. “There have been a lot of social and nutritional changes these days,” he says. “People are trying to eat healthier – so we’ve added vegetarian dishes and given people gluten free options. We’re even experimenting with sugar free pies and desserts.” When it comes to special events, Betty’s is also in a class by itself, hosting countless weddings, birthdays, graduations, bridal showers, staff get-togethers and business meetings year round. Betty’s also holds popular Sunday brunches for Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.


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“It’s so important to have community involvement,” he says. “I try to do my best.” But as Joe emphatically states, “The greatest gratification is a satisfied customer. To know how many hundreds of thousands of customers you’ve served over the years and realize how many friends you’ve made as a result is truly humbling. We really love what we do here!” Joe took over Betty’s Restaurant from his parents about 25 years ago when they began to step back and finally retire from the business. But Betty’s continues to be a proud family-run operation. Joe and his wife Bernadette have three children—Josh and twin daughters Emily and Julianne­—and all three of the Miszk kids have worked in the restaurant at various times while attending school. Joe can hardly wait for their grandson, Ronnie, to start helping at the restaurant. “It’s a thrill to work with your children,” he explains. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to work in the hospitality industry. It’s just a great learning experience, where you can pick up many important life skills.” Joe is quick to thank his family and especially Bernadette for all her support and patience. “The restaurant business requires long hours and many sacrifices,” he says. “I couldn’t imagine doing it without her. We have a great relationship—I cook, she cleans.” Under the Miszk family’s leadership, Betty’s Restaurant has developed into one of Niagara’s most successful restaurants, serving countless families, seniors and local business professionals over the years. And with over 60 full and part-time employees on staff, Betty’s has also become a major employer in its own right. Some staff

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Photo: Joe’s Mother Trudy helped launch Betty’s in 1967

If you want to know the biggest reason for our success, it’s easy,” Joe says. “It’s our staff.

members like Chris, Barbie, and Paula have been with the family for over 40 years. “If you want to know the biggest reason for our success, it’s easy,” Joe says. “It’s our staff. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most dedicated, hard-working and compassionate people you could ever imagine. I appreciate their dedication!” This Christmas, Joe is planning a reunion of all their current and previous staff to help celebrate their golden anniversary. “It’ll be a great opportunity to get together and share some great stories,” Joe says. The Miszk family and their staff would like to thank everyone for the last 50 years and they’re looking forward to many more. “We’re in the comfort business,” Joe says simply. “Comfort food is what we’re all about.” HWS

Betty’s Restaurant is located on 8921 Sodom Road in Niagara Falls. For more information or to make reservations, call 905.295.4436, email admin@bettysrestaurant.com or go to www.bettysrestaurant.com.


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LOW IRON IS COMMON—AND HARMFUL! An interview with health expert Lorna Vanderhaeghe By Jason Sebeslav

LORNA VANDERHAEGHE, MS, is a leading women’s health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 25 years. With degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, she is a popular lecturer and the author of 10 books. I recently had the opportunity to ask Lorna about a pressing health topic: iron deficiency. Jason Sebeslav: Lorna, you’ve researched and lectured extensively on the problem of low iron status and its negative effects on health. How common is this problem and why should we be concerned? Lorna Vanderhaeghe: Iron deficiency is common not only in women but in children, men, the elderly and athletes. According to a new Canadian study we should be getting 20 mg of elemental iron daily from our diet. Instead, we are getting about 8 mg per day, which means most Canadians are deficient. Low iron levels are linked with poor growth and development, poor test scores in kids, reduced memory and brain fog, hair loss, peeling fingernails, lack of energy, pale skin, and lack of appetite. JS: Shouldn’t routine blood tests be picking up these cases of low iron and anemia? LV: You don’t have to be anemic to have problems. In a 2003 British Medical Journal clinical trial involving non-anemic women, iron supplementation dramatically improved fatigue that could not be explained. Most doctors will tell you your iron is fine as long as you don’t have anemia, but low levels can cause many of the health concerns I mentioned. Always Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS ask for a copy of your test results. For the ferritin (iron storage) test, for example, the range is 15–160 ug/mL for women. However, women will begin to lose their hair if ferritin is below 70 ug/mL. JS: Many customers come to our store after a bad experience with prescription iron pills. What are the shortcomings of these pills and what are some alternatives? LV: Standard iron supplements prescribed by the doctor include ferrous fumarate and ferrous sulphate. They cause terrible stomach upset and constipation. Most women can’t take them for more than a couple of weeks. Yet it takes a full year on these iron supplements to raise ferritin. I recommend 1 teaspoon per day of IronSmart, which delivers 10 mg of elemental (actual) iron. JS: In your research on the various forms of iron, what did you find out that led you to settle on the liposomal form featured in your IronSmart supplement? LV: I had terrible heavy periods caused by fibroids. After only two menstrual cycles that are heavy, women develop anemia. I started losing my hair as a result and no doctor could tell me why. I started searching for an iron that actually worked. I am vegetarian and none of the vegetarian irons were raising my ferritin levels. Finally, I met researchers in Europe who had a special liposomal iron that did not constipate and raised hemoglobin and ferritin quickly. And it tasted great—like Werther’s candy! Compared to ferrous fumarate and ferrous sulphate, the liposomal iron found in IronSmart raised iron levels by more than double in only 12 hours of ingestion. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

JS: We’ve heard that supplemental iron may be detrimental to seniors, particularly men. What are your thoughts on this, and is this a concern for senior women as well? LV: Some men develop a rare condition where their iron levels get dangerously high. Thankfully this is rare and those men give blood to keep iron in check. The idea that senior women don’t need iron because they are no longer menstruating is ridiculous. So many senior women are losing hair, have poor memory and low energy because their doctor simply won’t test their iron! I think all senior women need 10 mg of IronSmart to ensure they are getting this very important mineral. HWS Jason Sebeslav is the owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market, a full-service 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. The approaches described in this publication are not offered as cures, prescriptions, diagnosis, or a means of diagnosis to different conditions. The Publishers assume no responsibility in the correct or incorrect use of this information as a form of treatment without the approval of your doctor.

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RETIREMENT IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING LIFE to the fullest. But if you’re living on your own and want to maintain your independence and quality of life, you owe it to yourself to come experience the Emerald Retirement Residence – Niagara Falls’ premier retirement development. Situated on Ferry Street in Niagara Falls, the Emerald Retirement Residence is a luxurious high rise residence with 110 private suites for couples and individual residents, and spectacular views of the majestic Niagara Falls. When it comes to comfort and care, residents and their families will find a lot to love at the Emerald Retirement Residence. In terms of accommodations, each private suite is designed to provide the ultimate in style and comfort with their spacious living areas, and warm and inviting décor. The suites feature large accessible ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers, kitchenettes and generous living spaces. All suites come equipped with cable, phone and wireless internet. There’s even full housekeeping and laundry services – and an emergency response system to offer the utmost safety and security. Another aspect that sets the Emerald Retirement Residence apart from other retirement communities is its comprehensive on-site health care services. At the Emerald Retirement Residence, their staff offers a variety of medical services including bathing, medication management and other daily assistance. They also have a team of caring staff who can provide 24-hour a day personal care. The Emerald Retirement Residence also boasts a wide range of amenities. That includes an outdoor pool and patio, a full exercise and fitness room, a billiards room, a fireside lounge, and a private dining room. There’s even live entertainment and a full slate of excursions and activities so residents can live life to the fullest. Served in a bright and airy dining room, meals are all home-cooked with fresh produce and plenty of daily choices. A private dining room is also available for family use. Choosing the right retirement home is never an easy decision. But if you or someone you love is looking to maintain their dignity with the greatest amount of care and comfort, the Emerald Retirement Residence has the feel of a cruise ship and all the amenities of home. HWS The Emerald Retirement Residence is located on 5807 Ferry Street in Niagara Falls. For more information, call 905.358.2500, email leasing@emeraldresidence.ca or go to emeraldresidence.ca.





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THE EMERALD RETIREMENT RESIDENCE is one of Niagara Falls’ gems – but it’s the hard work and enthusiasm of volunteers like Muriel Campaigne, 75, and Doris Liefland, 85, that help make the residence shine. A longtime Niagara Falls native, Muriel retired in 2009 after working for years as a nurse at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. She moved into the Emerald Retirement Residence a year and a half ago with her husband Harry – and they’ve been fans since day one. “We came for a respite and decided to stay because we love it so much,” Muriel explains. “The staff here are exceptional – and there’s always lots of things to do.” Not content to sit on the sidelines in her new environment, Muriel quickly volunteered to help out on several fronts. She helps coordinate the residents’ annual craft bazaars which take place in winter and spring. Muriel also organized a special Hawaiian Night that featured hula dancers and an authentic Hawaiian dinner. Her most recent project is a euchre tournament, arranging players for the tables and giving out awards to the participants. “We’re putting on a South Pacific show for Halloween,” Muriel says. “Last year, I had a Halloween party that I organized for Wizard of Oz. That was lots of fun and I had full participation from everybody in the home.” Doris is another one of the Emerald Retirement Residence’s busiest volunteers. Every Monday, she takes care of residence’s many indoor and outdoor plants, watering the numerous potted geraniums and petunias. She also helps Leasing Manager Linda Upham out by folding the monthly calendars and putting information folders together for prospective residents and their families. These days, Doris gets the biggest kick out of helping Activities Director Jane Widdicombe during their craft workshops, giving her fellow residents a hand with various tasks like pasting, cutting and gluing. Originally from Welland, Doris moved back to the Niagara area to be with family after she retired from her job as an assistant fly fishing lodge manager up in Georgian Bay in 1997. Doris eventually tried living at another local retirement residence before moving to the Emerald Retirement Residence in the fall of 2015. And she’s never looked back since. “I enjoy it here because it feels like home for me,” Doris says. “They’ve always got something going for us or little trips to go on. I couldn’t have found a better place to live.” WWW.HWSMAG.COM






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Willow’s Rest By Mark Richardson

“The world we leave our children tomorrow is inextricably linked to the decisions we make today. This is especially true when it comes to the environment.”

SINCE THE 1831 founding of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts, credited with inspiring North America’s public park movement, spaces of remembrance have played evolving, disparate roles in cities. Landscape architects have been instrumental in negotiating the uses of cemeteries as parks, memorials, arboreta, and, more recently, natural burial grounds. Today’s green burial is an iteration of the ancient practice of direct ground burial, which is still traditional in many cultures. In guidelines laid out by the Green Burial Society of Canada, an unembalmed body is placed in a simple wooden casket or shroud, which is placed directly in the ground, without a concrete vault or liner. To complete the process, the surface over the grave must be restored with indigenous plants, and the cemetery plan must minimize the disturbance that can come with digging new graves. Catriona Hearn, BLA, Senior Associate at LEES + Associates and vice president of the GBSC’s board of directors, “The burial industry has become more sustainable —environmentally, socially, and, on some levels, economically. It’s incremental, and largely based on people understanding the value of land in a broader sense, especially as space becomes more precious, notably in urban areas. This has led people to see cemeteries as park space.” While B.C. is clearly a leader in green burial, options for sustainable interment also exist in Ontario. On September 23, 2017, the City of 30


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