Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Relatively Speaking: What is the Risk?

September 25, 2012

We often feel we must address any risk of illness without looking at all the factors involved.  Assessing relative risk before taking medication is important.  For instance, if you are traveling, do some research into the risks associated with various immunizations and prophylactic medications.  For instance read this article on the relative risk of getting malaria on your particular trip vs. some of the dangerous side effects of malaria drugs.

We need to pay attention to risk of illness vs. risk of, and severity of, side effects from medications.  As a society we fear some things all out of proportion to the relative risk of injury or illness.  For instance there is a much higher fear of flying, a relatively safe method of travel,  than there is of driving a vehicle, a much higher risk activity.  I, for instance, like to hike and camp.  Often my family and friends indicate I should be careful of wild animals.  If I take a walk in my neigbourhood in the city there is less concern, but probably a higher risk of injury from vehicles, or criminals.  I also bike, recently there is concern that bike helmet laws prevent more active participation in commuting by bike. There is risk of injury on a bike and risk of attack by wild animals while hiking, camping etc. And, the risk of sitting on the couch and not exercising is the highest risk of all.

When it comes to treating illness, if you are considering taking medication for high blood pressure, hot flashes, a gastrointestinal disorder, or regularly have dental or other Xrays or other radiation involved tests, for example, look into the side effects or the risks involved long term. Assess the danger.  Think about how you might prevent, lower risk or heal through modifying your behavior or by finding a less intrusive way to treat what ails you.  There is a lot of information out there.  Some reliable, some not so much so.  It is important to do your research carefully.

Assess the risks, make an informed decision.  It is your health and your body. Take charge.

Antibiotics and your Health

July 3, 2012

ImageAntibiotic resistance is the ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of an antibiotic.  Multiresistant strains become  superbugs. Science Daily outlines the many ways that antibiotic resistance has grown to be the threat it is to our health today.

Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics, unnecessary prescriptions, improper use of antibiotics by patients, and the introduction of antibiotics  into our food through livestock have all hastened the resistance to antibiotics of infections that can kill.

In order to effect change in this cycle of antibiotic abuse we can eat organic meat, rest when we do become ill, resist the temptation to take a pill for every cough and cold, exercise and support our constitution with homeopathic and natural health care.

Natural Health Care Workshop

March 10, 2010

Self-care techniques through Energy Work, Homeopathy & Ayurveda

With Practitioners Kelly Gordon, Anika Harrer, Ming Dinh and Ocean

Come join us for an afternoon of community building and self-care. Learn natural techniques to reduce stress, sleep better and keep you and your loved ones happier and healthier. Bring home some non-pharmaceutical preventative and first aid remedies and leave feeling relaxed, educated & empowered.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 13th, 2010 from 12:00 – 4:30pm.

Where: Heart & Soul Studio in Kitsilano, 1955 West Broadway.
$80.00 for the full afternoon, $70 if you register before March 8th.

Registration: Pre-registration is required;
space is limited. Cash or cheque only. Please email to register at or call 604-876-1165.

Homeopathic first aid kits will be available for purchase ($75.00) plus Ayurveda Oils!

Workshop details:

Meditation and Tools for Self-care with Kelly Gordon

This workshop is for those who want to learn how to stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities with gentle movement and meditation. We will incorporate key principals from Energy Work and focus on deepening mind-body synchronization and developing your kinesthetic sense of energy. Experience an introduction into blending energy work with mindfulness meditation, learn more about your nervous system and gain new tools to help you deepen your yoga, dance or bodywork practice.

Explore the benefits of the healing art of homeopathy with Anika Harrer & Ming Dinh

Homeopathy is a powerful healing system that is uniquely able to restore health and well-being by correcting the energetic imbalance that lies at the core of all illness.  This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of health and disease from a holistic perspective.  Discover how constitutional treatment by a homeopath can stimulate your body’s own defense mechanism, and how homeopathic remedies treat the individual person rather than the disease.  Learn how homeopathy can be used effectively as a means of self-care at home for yourself and your family.  You will leave with simple first aid and acute remedy knowledge, and a homeopathic first aid remedy to be added to your own kit.

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Ayurvedic Oils & Self-Massage with Ocean

Abhyanga, the art of self-massage, is an essential part of maintaining a long and healthy life in the Ayurvedic tradition.  Your skin is the largest organ of your body; it is your interface with the outside world.  Daily—or even weekly—self-massage is great way to nourish the skin and stimulate the tissues and nervous system to create healthy, glowing, radiant skin.  In this session you will learn the basic steps of Abhyanga so that you can treat yourself to a daily massage as well as learn how to give yourself a foot massage that will help ground your energy at the end of the day so that you can drop into deeper sleep.  You will also learn about different oils so that you can choose the best oil for your skin.  Treat yourself, treat your body to the art of self-massage.