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October/November 2012

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Welcome to Canadian Healthcare News Hello Readers and Distributors, Thank you for staying in touch with us! We have grown to a stapled, 12 page version with the addition of our “Healthy Homes” section providing readers and distributors with information about expert green home services in your local community. We have also expanded to Vancouver West Side effective November 15th and we are excited to develop referral partnerships between our advertisers and distributors in all three communities of Langley, South Surrey/White Rock and Vancouver West Side. To that end, we will be hosting a Business Referral and Networking Event in November so please let us know if you haven’t received your invitation and you would like to attend. Our November issue will feature information from experts regarding Diabetes and December issue will feature a group interview with Mary Pollak, Minister of Transportation, Adriane Carr, Vancouver City Councillor and Dr. Allison Patton, Conservative Party Candidate, South Surrey White Rock. We look forward to your questions and comments. Sincerely, Marilyn Lawrie, Publisher 604.533.0376

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CRYSTAL VISION & HEARING CENTRE is a family owned business and has been operating for the past 16 years. Located in 6 cities in the Lower Mainland, they have put in great effort for being involved with the community. Co-owner, Steve Wiens wears hearing aids and personally tests each type of hearing aid available to choose the best selection for the hearing centres. They also have world-class optical labs right within their centres, so that customers don’t have to wait long for their glasses to be made to order. Two of their most popular locations are located at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, only 3 stores apart. They are experienced in optics and hearing aids, which means that they can offer the best service, quality and price. They even provide hearing evaluations, medical eye exams with an Optometrist .They can be considered a one-stop shop, where you can get yourself evaluated and order glasses / hearing aids. They also have a selection of exclusive Zeiss lenses in the White Rock/South Surrey area.

Crystal Vision & Hearing Centre has worked with a number of senior organizations, nursing homes community events in British Columbia over the years. They have been sponsoring events for senior citizens such as Senior Star for many years. After all, most senior citizens suffer from hearing or vision loss. Crystal Vision and Hearing Centre wants to make a difference in their communities. You can visit both Crystal Vision Centre and Crystal Hearing Centre at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre to get your eyes and ears evaluated. Their friendly staff are always ready to assist customers with or without an appointment.

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NEW DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM OR ADHD? WHAT NOW? Your child has been diagnosed with autism or ADHD and you need a plan. Keep in mind the services you hire should fit well with your child and family. You will be working closely and frequently with service providers, so you need to know whether their philosophy and values fits well with yours. The interventions should have two goals 1) reduce the symptoms related to the disorder which stand in the way of learning and 2) increase adaptive and academic skills which encourage safe, appropriate, age related behavior.


Neurofeedback can be expensive in comparison to medications which have a relative low cost. Medications are easy to administer whereas neurofeedback requires a commitment to visits with a practitioner over the course of several months. A concern with medications is once treatment is terminated the symptoms come back and there are often undesirable side effects that accompany their use. Neurofeedback has few or no side effects and the treatment benefits continue after training sessions have discontinued. Whichever fits best with your family values, reducing the symptoms will improve your child’s ability to learn in all areas of their life. Always make these choices in consultation with your physician.

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YOU CAN PREVENT BREAST CANCER – NOW! By Dr. John Cline MD, BSc. CCFP “You Have Cancer” are the three most dreaded words in the English language. Every week I receive calls from people who are desperate to find effective ways to deal with their cancers. It is true, that the rates of cancers in general have increased over the last several decades and that cancer is the second leading cause of death in North America1, thus concern about cancer is a top health issue. One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime, with estimates that cancer will surpass heart disease becoming the number one cause of death by 2018.2 Cancer still accounts for more deaths than heart disease in persons under age 85 years.3 Although breast cancer can affect both women and men, the vast majority of breast cancers occur in women. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women as North American women stand a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer.4 In contrast, 8 in 100,000 Thai women will develop breast cancer. Of great concern, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in nonsmoking women ages 35 - 54 years old.5 The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure holds true when it comes to all chronic disease - especially cancer. Each one of us, every day, has altered or mutated cells in our bodies. If our defense systems are working properly, and if the internal environment is a harsh one for cancers to thrive, then these abnormal cells are dealt with promptly. For most cancers, it takes approximately 1 - 40 years for them to develop from the early stages of a few cells to the diagnostic stage – thus, giving most of us time to put preventive strategies in place. The vast majority of cancers are directly caused by our interaction with the environment (external and internal). Genetically driven cancers account for the minority of cases. 50% of environmental causes are related to poor diet, limited exercise and cigarette smoking.6 Most Canadians think that cancer is a death sentence, yet this need not be! We can choose steps to prevent cancer! Since 85 – 90% of cancers stem from interactions with the environment, we must begin there! Reducing exposures to environmental toxicants such as arsenic, lead and mercury; pesticides, household cleaning agents, cell phones and similar technologies will significantly decrease risks of cancer. Cessations of smoking and alcohol abuse, replaced with new habits of optimizing nutrition, high-quality exercise, positive relationships and spiritual practices will make a huge difference in health. Healthy lifestyles impact our body’s internal state, which will prevent the growth of cancer cells. What effective steps can a person take to prevent breast cancer? There are foundational things that each one of us can do. Certainly, the most important foundation is diet. “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food” was an important principal taught to us by Dr. Hippocrates in 400 BC. This principal is still true today. An excellent resource regarding diet that I prescribe for my patients is a recently published book “Foods That Fight Cancer”7 and its companion recipe book. My favorite cancer prevention spice is turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin – which is the most potent and profound anti- inflammatory compound on earth. Over 200 studies have been published on the use of curcumin and breast cancer with a current review demonstrating the preventive and multi-targeted biological and molecular effects of curcumin in breast cancer.8 A current review of multiple studies on diet and breast cancer concluded that “both low-fat and high-fiber diets may be weakly protective against breast cancer, whereas total energy intake and alcohol appear to be positively associated. Fiber may be weakly protective possibly through modulation of estrogen. Obesity is a risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer, and adult weight gain should be

avoided to reduce risk. In survivors, diet has the greatest potential influence on overall mortality.”9 Another foundational principal is that exercise alone promotes better health. A recently published review10 of 34 randomized controlled trials in patients with cancer demonstrated that exercise was associated with clinically important positive effects on physical functions and quality of life. Exercise was also associated with significant reductions in insulin-like growth factor-1. This factor is significant in cancer and exercise may reduce the risk of such cancer reoccurrence. A most important foundational strategy to prevent breast cancer is maintaining excellent levels of 25 (OH) Vitamin D in our tissues. All Canadians should be taking adequate Vitamin D3 supplementation on a year-round basis. A recently published review of Vitamin D and breast cancer concluded that “studies in human populations and the laboratory have consistently demonstrated that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of breast cancer. Vitamin D supplementation is an urgently needed, low cost, effective, and safe intervention strategy for breast cancer prevention that should be implemented without delay.”11 The current recommended dosage for Vitamin D3 supplementation in adults is up to 10,000 IU per day. There are many other strategies that we can implement into our lives in order to prevent cancers in general. I will be covering these in an upcoming internet video series entitled You Can Prevent Cancer – Now! Here is to a bright future. References (Endnotes) 1 National Vital Statistics Reports, Deaths: Final Data For 2006, Vol 57;14, April 17, 2009 2 Jamel A., et al. Cancer statistics 2006. CA Cancer J Clin. 2006 Mar-Apr;56(2):106-30. 3 Jamel A., et al. Cancer statistics 2009. CA Cancer J Clin. 2009 Jul-Aug;59(4):225-49. Epub 2009 May 27. 4 American Cancer Society. Breast cancer facts & figures 2007–2008. Atlanta (GA): American Cancer Society, Inc.; 2008. 5 Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Welch HG. The risk of death by age, sex, and smoking status in the United States: putting health risks in context. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008;100:845-53. 6 Eyre HJ. Winning the cancer fight: a look at the future. Prim Care. 2009 Dec;36(4):859-65; table of contents. Review. 7 Beliveau R, Gingras D. Foods that Fight Cancer. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.2006. 8 Najaraju GP et al. The impact of curcumin on breast cancer. Integr Biol (Camb). 2012 Sep 21;4(9):996-1007 Epub 2012 July 6. 9 Thomson, CA. Diet and breast cancer: understanding risks and benefits. Nutr Clin Pract. 2012 Oct;27(5):636-50. 10 Fong DY, Ho JW, et al. Physical activity for cancer survivors: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMJ. 2012 Jan 30;344:e70. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e70. 11 Mohr SB et al. Does the evidence for an inverse relationship between serum vitamin D status and breast cancer risk satisfy the Hill criteria? Dematoendocrinol. 2012 Apr 1;4(2):152-7.

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ARIES: MAR. 21 to APR. 20: Even though this is not usually the best time of the year for most Aries, this year, your energy level will be appreciated. It seems as if you have discovered style, and it will gain much attention for you and improve your popularity, especially with the opposite sex! Don’t rush! Chill out! Be cool. Smooth moves will work in your favour. TAURUS: APR. 20: to MAY 21: By Oct. 7th you will regain your composure and will leave a six weeks of impatience and irritation behind. It will be much easier for you to get things done this month. However there is a specific challenge for you if things are to get better. Don’t complain about the things that have past. If you haven’t got something positive t o say, be quiet and courteous. No one wants to about know the bad things that have happened. Use you charm and be flattering! GEMINI: MAY 21 to JUNE 21: Opportunities will continue to abound for Geminis this month but in your enthusiasm you will be inclined to trip over petty issues. There will be, if anything, too many choices and options for your best interest. You will also be inclined to make poor choices and over spend. Don’t make promises or set deadlines that you are unlikely to meet. Smile and laugh!

LIBRA: SEPT. 23 to OCT. 23: CANCER: JUNE 21 to JULY 23: Follow your visions and don’t sell out! Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and benefits will accrue. to make some sudden necessary Speak calmly and pleasantly and you will be heard. If you try to announce your visions, the greater express anxiety you will create it! Accentuate the positive but SEDATION FREE TEETH will occur. This willCLEANING be a good month be discriminating about who you are talking to, A small circle of and verbally quiet. If there is somet FOR YOUR “PAMPERED PET” intimate friends will be more supportive than a larger audience. just do it yourself! www.pamperedpets& Stick to what is familiar and enjoyable. Moderation will bring more rewards than excess. • SCORPIO: Dog Grooming OCT. 23 to NOV. 22:

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VIRGO: AUG. 23 to SEP. 23: You cannot rely on luck this month. Yo for this through the use of charm and p The first week of October you will be things into action. The longer you w will result. Strive to be patient, give places, and above all be courteous a

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P. 23: his month. You will more than make up charm and practical communications. er you will be in a good position to put onger you wait, the more aggravation atient, give yourself extra time to get courteous and charming!

SAGITTARIUS: NOV. 22 to DEC. 22: Confused priorities will prevail this month. Problems will come from two directions: when you are absolutely sure of what you want, and when you haven’t a clue! Either way you will be inclined to overspend. You will also be hyper-sensitive to criticism! A new understanding is dawning. Try to listen to it and adjust your behaviour accordingly. CAPRICORN: DEC. 22 to JAN. 20: Style and content will prevail. If you know what you want, then a smile will close the deal! Speak to people privately rather than in fron of others, especially if you have something serious or private to say. Discretion will win hearts and open previously closed doorways. The lights are green in front of you. Go with the flow!

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AQUARIUS: JAN. 20 to FEB. 19: Don’t sweat over the little things. Hold to the higher picture and keep positive progress moving. If and when you run into dissention say as little as possible. Definitely keep sarcastic comments to yourself. If you haven’t got something good to say, just keep quiet. More will be gained from listening than from talking.

CT. 23: don’t sell out! However, you can expect necessary changes. The more you the greater the chance of disruption good month to keep physically active re is something that you want to do,

NOV. 22: gs. This month you will be inclined to you start talking it will be hard to shut nergy. Trust your inquisitiveness and ll be very perceptive and this will lead sions. A positive attitude will lead to

PISCES: FEB. 19 to MAR. 20: Too much of a good thing will spoil it! This will be a good month for communications and expressing your inner depth. The difficulties this month will come from personal preferences and indulgences. Trust your mind over your instincts. Over indulgence will cost you. Be discreet and don’t force issues! Robin’s predictions are meant for entertainment and insight. Any serious decision made by astrology requires a full personalized horoscope to be calculated and studied. For a personal consultation with Robin Armstrong, or to inquire about his School of Astrology or speaking engagements, or to be put on his email list, email Robin at info@thewakingdream. net or phone (905) 841-8565, or visit the website at www.

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Healthy Homes for Healthy Living When you’re buying a new home, you’re looking for a well-built, comfortable home that fits your way of life. It has to be affordable and, because it’s the single biggest investment many of us make in our lifetime, it should be a smart investment. Living in a healthy home, one that is designed, built and regularly maintained to support a safe and healthy lifestyle should be a high priority for all Canadian families. Some unhealthy conditions found in many homes include lack of proper ventilation and airflow, buildup of moisture leading to mold growth, and especially in older homes built prior to 1980, insulation containing asbestos and lead based paint. These conditions may contribute to ongoing illnesses in children and adults like asthma and respiratory problems. Over 20 years ago the R-2000 program was introduced by National Resource Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency to promote the use of cost effective energy efficient building practices, better indoor air quality, and the use of environmentally responsible products and materials. New homes built using the requirements of the R-2000 program use at least 30% less energy than conventional new homes. The ultimate goal of R-2000 qualified builders is to make homes safer and healthier for Canadians. The first thing you will notice when entering an R-2000 home is the feeling of fresh air. Eliminating stale humid air from the home and introducing fresh outdoor air is very important. Humid air can cause condensation that supports mold growth that in turn releases toxic spores into the air. By incorporating a whole-house ventilation system into every home, a continuous stream of fresh, filtered outdoor air is delivered to every room in the house. Homes need to breathe air in and out to stay healthy and fresh. By using a heat recovery ventilator, homes feel fresh and inviting throughout the year.

An R-2000 home means less chemicals in the air. These homes are built with water-based paints and sealers, formaldehyde free cabinetry, and chemically friendly adhesives. Right from the start, these homes are more friendly for those highly sensitive to chemicals. R-2000 is a better way of building for those who are committed to building the best. Don’t compromise on your family’s health and comfort. Consider an R-2000 home for your future home. Jonathan Zerkee, Sonbuilt Custom Homes Ltd.,

Gardening Organically The goal of organic gardening is to have a balanced, healthy ecosystem. Here are a few things that you can do to have a chemical free garden. Firstly, start with the soil, as everything grows from the soil so everything is dependent on how healthy your soil is.

You can have a soil test done at your local Ministry of Agriculture office to determine if there are any deficiencies or an abundance of one or more elements in your soil. You can however tell a lot about your soil by just getting down and dirty with it! Run your fingers through the dirt and then take a handful and squeeze it – does it hold together? If it does then you have soil that has a good amount of organic matter in it. If it crumbles apart then you need to add organic matter such as compost to the soil. To make sure that your soil has proper drainage, a simple water test will tell you how good your soils drainage is. Dig a hole about 1 foot by 1 foot deep and then fill it with water. If the water drains away immediately then you have


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very gravely, sandy soil, which is good for drainage but will not retain much moisture for the plants needs in the heat of the summer, so again, organic matter will need to be added to the soil. If the water takes more than an hour to dissipate out of the hole, then soil drainage is very poor and indicates a lot of clay content. By adding sand and compost to the soil you will be able to break down the clay and create better drainage. For both sand and clay based soils the best way to improve the soil is by digging in lots of compost in the spring and top-dress your gardens in summer and fall with a composted mulch. Knowing the pH level of your soil is important too, it will help you to match plants with your soil conditions – acid lovers or alkaline lovers will grow best in the conditions that they are best suited for. A soil test will also tell you if there are any soil deficiencies of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. By adding these products to the soil you will be able to bring a more neutral balance to the soil: Nitrogen – blood meal, hoof and horn meal, canola seed meal Phosphorus – bone meal Potassium – wood ash, kelp meal Always remember that healthy soil and plants are less likely to have pest and disease problems, so the use of chemicals and labor is greatly reduced. Facts: The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. Soil with a pH of 7 is neutral; less than 7 and it is acidic; more than 7 and it is alkaline. Most plants grow in the 6.5 range. When composting remember that - green materials are rich in nitrogen; grass clippings and food waste. Brown materials are rich in carbon; straw, dead leaves, and sawdust. For best composting results you need to mix these materials in the compost bin, if you have trouble finding carbon rich material in the summer, use some shredded newspaper. Remove insects such as spider mites and mealy bugs from your plants by blasting them with the water hose. To keep cutworms away from your vegetable plants, remove both ends of a tin can and insert it in the soil around the plant making a collar. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, chives, onions, and garlic repel many insects so plant these amongst your vegetable garden. Susan Watson The Landscape Consultants 604.825.3474

Soapnuts Green Cleaning Products No toxic chemical mix with soapnuts! These wonderful nuts are the fruit of the Ritha tree. Really easy to use they come with a small muslin bag. Tie it closed and throw it into the drum of your washing machine. You can reuse them for about 4 loads of laundry. Use leftovers as a compost for your garden. Great for anyone with septic tanks. Soapnuts are perfect for front load washers as they don’t create suds! They are available at Sweetgrass Naturals in Fort Langley (778.298.0016). Soapnuts for Personal use: Boil 12-15 whole soapnuts with 6 cups of water for 30 minutes. When boiled down you will have about 4 cups of liquid left. When cooled, remove the soapnuts, and pour into an airtight jar. It is better to make the liquid in smaller batches as it can spoil. If you prefer a more concentrated version, using 3 cups water instead of 6 cups. Some prefer the concentrated solution for handwashing and shampoos. Hand Soap: Fill a foaming pump bottle with the liquid for a hand wash. It will not create lather like traditional soap, but it will get your hands clean. Consider adding some tea tree oil to make your hand wash antibacterial and antifungal. Shampoo: Use the liquid instead of your regular shampoo. It will not create a lot of suds, but it will work! Other uses: All Purpose Cleaner Keep it in a spray bottle and use to clean the bathroom, kitchen, floors etc. Window and Glass Cleaner Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water, 1Tbsp.vinegar and 1Tbsp. soapnuts liquid. Spray and wipe windows or mirrors clean. Dishwasher Fill the soap dispenser with the liquid. Add vinegar as a rinse agent, and your dishes will sparkle! Carol Kershaw Sweetgrass Naturals 778.298.0016

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HEALTH ADVANTAGES OF MAKING YOUR OWN WINE Most people who like wine have never seriously considered making their own, but wine making wine is an interesting, enjoyable and surprisingly easy hobby and offers many advantages over buying wine from the store. The most obvious health benefit is that the winemaker can control the content of the wine. Store bought wines often come from a vineyard that has been sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals, and many additives are used in commercial wine which are not listed on the label, including sulphites, enzymes, tannin, tartaric acid, and gum arabic to name a few. Self made wine therefore offers a great advantage to anyone who wishes to go organic, is generally concerned about their intake of harmful chemicals, or who has a sulphite allergy. And self made wine is not only healthier, but often tastes better than store bought wine because of these features. The second most obvious advantage is that it saves money. To make a batch is fairly inexpensive, and the final product will probably cost less than four dollars a bottle. Making wine is therefore a great way to enjoy one of life’s pleasures without breaking the budget and saves on expenses for oc-

casions such as weddings and seasonal celebrations. Thirdly, making wine can save time. Since it is made in five gallon batches, each batch will provide 30 bottles of wine to keep conveniently on hand. Making several batches of different wines will produce a veritable wine cellar, doing away with the need to make special trips to the store for something to serve guests, to take to a party, or to give as a gift. In addition, having a ready supply of wine on hand allows the winemaker to easily enjoy the known health benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day. These include a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Wine making is a hobby that not only provides health benefits, but is something to share with friends, a topic of conversation, and a great sense of achievement.

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DENTAL PREVENTION IS THE KEY TO GOOD HEALTH Ever heard the saying the eyes are the window to the soul? Well, the mouth is the window to your health! Ignoring oral health has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, endocarditis (harmful bacteria that enters the bloodstream causing infection), Sjogren’s syndrome and other immune disorders. Our mouth is responsible for our ability to chew (take in nutrients from healthy food choices), speak and smile. Neglect can lead to gum disease, decay, abscesses, halitosis (bad breath), loss of taste, loss of appetite, acute and/or chronic pain and yet we only ever spend on average 35 minutes a day taking care of our mouth! The condition of our mouth plays a major role in our self-esteem and behaviour.

Have your teeth cleaned regularly by a professional dental hygienist to remove adhered deposits like calculus (otherwise known as tartar) especially from under the gumline Don’t ignore symptoms and take care of problems before they get out of hand and contact a dentist or dental professional who can refer you to a dentist if you have pain, sensitivity or any other unusual signs or symptoms (many conditions can be dealt with more comfortably and easily if they are dealt with early) Take pride in taking care of your mouth. It is an investment you will be thankful for when you are much older! Hasina West , RDH ( HW Dental Hygene Services & Education 604.771.5014

The intimate relationship of our mouth to our bodies is being realized more and more each day by researchers and scientists. As we age these factors become very magnified and can cause tremendous discomfort. What can we do to take care of our mouth: Brush your teeth and gumline (focus the bristles on the gumline) Brush your tongue…yes, brush your tongue. It is teaming with all kinds of bacteria (good and bad) and travels easily to the gumline where it attaches itself to leftover food debris between teeth and creates a sticky harmful matrix called plaque Floss daily (but only the teeth you want to keep) Limit sugar and starchy snacks, and make healthy food choices


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