Don’t Believe the Hype: Facts About the Flu

FluWith summer coming to a rapid end, the kids will soon head back to school and thoughts will turn to the long cold days of winter. Of course, along with winter comes flu season and for many Canadians, the flu can be either a mild annoyance or a serious illness.

Influenza is a virus that takes many forms. Prevailing strains of flu virus will differ from season to season and no two flu viruses are alike.

While there is a lot media attention paid to the dangers of the flu, the reality is most cases of the flu are relatively mild and tend to resolve themselves over time.

The flu virus is an opportunistic organism and tends to produce symptoms mainly in those with weak immune systems such as the sick and elderly.

One important fact that is often missed by the media is that healthy people can also be carriers of the flu without actually being sick or showing symptoms.

Its well known that in the young or old, healthy or sick, flu shot or not, the actual flu virus can live on hands, under fingernails, and within the respiratory tract of healthy people.

While the flu shot is often touted as the most effective way to prevent the flu, vaccination does not prevent an individual person from carrying the virus on their person and transferring it to someone else. Consequently, the flu virus can be spread by sneezing or through touch, with or without active infection.

Also, vaccination may not be the most effective way to prevent the flu in the first place. According to independent research conducted by the Cochrane Database Review: “At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10 percent of all circulating viruses.”

While there is some evidence showing the effectiveness of vitamin D and other natural supplements, the single most effective way to prevent the flu or any virus, is through good hygiene.

The Mayo clinic has recommended a proper hand washing technique of 30 seconds of vigorous scrubbing with warm water. Antibacterial soaps are not necessary to achieve this effect. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are somewhat less effective but still good when hand washing is not available.

When it comes to preventing the flu, it can sometimes be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Hand washing, proper hygiene, staying home when you get sick, and trying to keep your immune system strong throughout the winter months are time tested methods to prevent the spread of the flu. As always, your best defence against the flu is a good offence.

TDR 013 – Dr. BJ Hardick on Becoming a Cancer Killer

Dr. B.J. Hardick has dedicated his life to maximizing the health and human potential of his community. His Centre for Maximized Living in London, Ontario is one of the largest health care clinics of its kind in North America. In Dr. Hardick’s seminars and care for patients, he teaches and implements the principles of Maximized Living which he has championed his entire life.

Dr. Hardick received his Bachelor of Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, graduating with highest academic honors and the coveted Clinical Excellence Award.

Dr. Hardick has been a featured speaker and partnered with GoodLife Fitness, the Athletic Club, the YMCA, the Running Room, the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, Metropolitan United Church, the London Children’s Connection, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and the World Children’s Wellness Foundation to share his expertise. His strategies for nutrition, exercise, detoxification, children’s health, and stress & time management have become the foundation of the Maximized Living Makeover, in which Dr. Hardick has led over 2,000 Londoners to improved life management skills since he initiated the program 5 years ago. Dr. Hardick was recognized by the Maximized Living Foundation in 2007, receiving its Award of Excellence for his outstanding service to his patients and community. In 2009, Dr. Hardick co-authored Maximized Living Nutrition Plans with Kimberly Roberto and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ben Lerner. The publication is now used as a nutrition guidebook in over 300 health clinics worldwide.

In 2012, Dr. Hardick served as a contributing author for Maximized Living’s newest best-seller, The Cancer Killers – The Cause is The Cure. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Greenmedinfo.com, the world’s most-widely reference natural health database.

Dr. Hardick’s mission, through his practice, seminars, and outreach, is to help as many people as possible achieve the optimum levels of physical, mental, and spiritual health and happiness which are their birthright.

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You Are Probably Deficient in Vitamin D

Bring me to lifeHow important is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is essential for development, growth, optimal health and function. It is involved in proper muscle, immune and nerve function. However, studies have linked a deficiency in this important vitamin to cardiovascular disease, cancer, blood disorders, skin diseases and neurological conditions.

Vitamin D is actually a series of vitamins that act more like hormones. The most important forms of the vitamin for humans are D2 (mostly synthesized from plants) and D3 (synthesized in the skin when exposed to sunlight). D3 is the most usable form in humans.

Unfortunately, over 90% of Canadians will be deficient in at some point in the year. This is mostly due to our lack of sun exposure in the winter months. The amount of daily sun exposure required to synthesized adequate amounts of Vitamin D is equivalent to 15 minutes of midday sun exposure over 50% of your skin.

To put that in perspective: You need to be standing outside, in shorts and a T-shirt at lunch time for at least fifteen minute every day in order to get adequate sun exposure. Obviously, this would be very uncomfortable in Winnipeg from October to April.

So what’s the solution? While some vitamin D is available from foods like dairy, meats and fatty fish, food sources will not provide enough Vitamin D. For proper function, a healthy human body utilizes around 3,000-5,000 IU of vitamin D per day. As a result, you will need to supplement with Vitamin D3 over the winter months.

The Vitamin D Council of Canada makes the following recommendations:

• Healthy children under the age of 1 years – 1,000 IU.
• Healthy children over the age of 1 years – 1,000 IU per every 25 lbs of body weight.
• Healthy adults and adolescents – at least 5,000 IU.
• Pregnant and lactating mothers – at least 6,000 IU.

These values are much higher that the current recommended daily intake of 800-1000IU and you should always consult with your primary health care provider before supplementing. Vitamin D tests are readily available and are the best way to determine if you are

TDR 012 – 3% Neanderthal? Mapping Our Genes with 23andme.com

What does genetic testing tell us about our health? Are genes 100% to blame when it comes to illness and disease, or are there other factors at play?

Drs. Chris and Sukhi discuss the results of their personal genetic testing including ancestry, disease risk and ear wax type and what these tests can really mean for your overall health and wellness.

The company we used (no affiliation): www.23andme.com

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TDR 011 – Sean Coonce on Treating Epilepsy with a Paleo Diet

Sean has battled epilepsy since childhood, and making the right prescription cocktail only did so much in alleviating his symptoms. After only three months of following a Paleo diet including grass-fed meat Sean was able to cut his medication in half. And now, after four years of the diet, Sean had reduced that down to 75% of the initial doses, including cutting out one of the medications completely. Talk about food as medicine!

Contact Sean Coonce at www.pasturedkitchen.com andwww.twitter.com/pasturedkitchen

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Top Foods That Cause Inflammation

Inflammation

Inflammation is rapidly becoming one of the most studied topics in mainstream health care and with good reason.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer. Alzheimer’s and fibromyalgia, to name a few. In fact, inflammation is rapidly becoming the most widespread illness of the 21st century.

Inflammation was even featured on the cover of the Feb 2004 edition of Time Magazine where it was dubbed “The Secret Killer.” Secret, because where once, chronic inflammation was seen as the effect of these conditions, many in healthcare are now looking to inflammation as potentially the primary cause of these chronic degenerative conditions.

Unlike acute inflammation from trauma, infections, allergies, burns, or cuts which can heal within a short period of time, chronic inflammation is more systemic in nature and can become a repeating cycle of flare ups over the years.

The problem with inflammation is that it is almost entirely due to lifestyle and environmental factors. A toxic environment, poor of sleep, stress, lack of movement will all contribute to inflammation. However, poor nutrition may be the biggest culprit.

Many of the foods we consume on a regular basis, promote the spread of inflammation throughout the body. For example:

Sugar – Diets high in refined sugars tend to produce a large rate of inflammation throughout the body due to their acidic load. Refined sugars are found in almost all packaged foods especially in concentrated forms like high fructose corn syrup.

Vegetable Oils – Industrial fats and vegetable oils produce trans fatty acids that can increase inflammation and damage blood vessels. Polyunsaturated fats such as corn, soy, safflower and cottonseed oils are also found primarily in packaged foods and restaurant applications.

Grains – Most grains eaten today, including their whole grain varieties, are refined, processed and treated with pesticides and other chemicals. More importantly, wheat, rice, corn, etc. contain gut-irritating proteins that cause inflammation along the digestive tract. Gluten intolerance is an example of this process.

Food additives – Often used as flavor enhancers and preservatives. There is some speculation that these additives, such as MSG and colorings found in processed meats and packaged foods, will trigger an inflammatory response in people already suffering from chronic inflammation.

Reducing inflammation form food sources is potentially a simple solution to a number of different illnesses and chronic degenerative conditions.

By eating a clean, nutritionally dense, whole food based diet consisting of vegetables, lean organic meats, low sugar fruits, nuts and seeds, we can begin to gain control over a condition that has limited the lives of so many.

TDR – 008 – Sean Morong on Life, Music and Spirituality

Sean MorongIf you ask Sean where he gets his positive beliefs and inspiration, he’ll likely tell you all about his good fortune in having a wise and spiritually connected grandmother, who was his teacher, mentor and biggest fan.

Sean grew up on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago with big dreams of conquering the music industry. But he had a few things standing in his way. First, he wasn’t a good fit for the education system that favours those with good grades and second, he wanted to move to Canada but knew the odds of making that happen were low.

What Sean did have going for him though was BIG faith and a belief in God, thanks to his grandmother’s guiding hand.

Yes, he had some struggles along the way, like making sense of his divorce at an early age, and leaving his passion for music behind to chase money. Plus, he created a lucrative career, only to find he still felt empty.

But because Sean is reflective and sees life as an unfolding journey he has made it through those tough times to the life he has now full of purpose and meaning.

Sean now lives in Vancouver, B.C., having married the love of his life and has a beautiful family of 3 daughters.

He continues to learn from the experience of being a parent and had the privilege recently of taking 6 months parental leave with the birth of his 3rd child.

Sean’s struggles to find his purpose, his awakening and his new relationship with God are the essence of his collection of blogs called “Unique Perspectives on Life”. Whether Sean is speaking, creating music, writing or being with family and friends, it is this attitude of inspiration and joy he brings to his life that continue to open doors for him.

Sean speaks to parents’ groups on the importance of fathers being present for their children and families, and the value of parental leave.

He is frequently invited to be the Master of Ceremonies for corporate and community based events.

To see Sean in action watch “The Vancouver Dad’s Documentary” by Fairchild TV where he explains why parental leave for fathers is an important corporate benefit, and talks about the rising number of dads who are making the choice to stay at home, or work from home in order to be more connected to their families.

Sean can be reached at www.lifeandmusic.ca

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Is Sugar Toxic?

Sugar toxicRecently, a popular Canadian news program investigated the dangers of consuming too much sugar. What they found was disturbing: Sugar, in all its forms, can be toxic to human health.

While it is well-established that over-consumption of refined sugar has been linked to chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes, some researchers are now suggesting that sugar may also be the toxic trigger for cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

While, Canadians have often been warned against the dangers of consuming too much saturated fat, calories and salt, there have been few recommendations made for sugar. In fact, our consumption of refined carbohydrates in the form of sugar may be the biggest nutritional detriment to Canadians’ health.

The average person will consume 26 tablespoons teaspoons of sugar each day. Most will be in the form of non-sweet substances and package foods. This works out to approximately 40 kg of sugar per person, per year.

“The fat’s going down, the sugar’s going up and we’re all getting sick,” says Dr. Lustig, a pediatrician, medical professor and one of the leaders of the anti-sugar campaign. “This is not a hyperbole, this is the real deal. Everyone thinks that the bad effects of sugar are because sugar has empty calories. What I’m saying is no, actually there are lots of things that do have empty calories that are not necessarily poisonous.”

According to Dr. Lustig, the toxic effects of dietary sugar now put it on par with MSG, food additives and other chemical preservatives.

In fact, upon further investigation, the food industry (particularly the sugar industry) may have purposely withheld information about the dangerous effects of sugar over the years. This has lead some to accuse the sugar industry of utilizing the same unethical tactics in the past as the tobacco industry.

So why is sugar so dangerous? Whether it is table sugar, brown sugar, molasses organic cane sugar, or other sugar derivatives, sugar has a toxic effect on the cells of the body.

Insulin resistance, the method by which sugar causes an individual to gain weight and eventually become diabetic, has been observed to damage every organ in the body, including the brain.

It is believed that insulin resistance may be the initiating factor behind many diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. The over consumption of sugar and subsequent changes in the way sugar is absorbed and utilized by the body, can cause hormonal changes over time, making it difficult to bounce back.

Unfortunately, because of the food industry’s reluctance to provide clear labeling information about the hidden sugar content of packaged foods, it is up to the consumer to educate themselves on how to identify the different sugars and sugar-derivatives found in packaged foods.

The words: Syrup, ingredients ending in “ose,” such as maltose and dextrose, and corn derivatives are the most common hidden sources of sugar. Also, don’t be fooled by “organic” sugars such as cane, agave and molasses: They are still considered a refined sugar.

It will be a long time before the true impact of sugar’s toxicity is fully understood. In the meantime, it is easy for Canadians to begin reducing their sugar intake by carefully choosing the right products to buy.

TDR 007 – Top 15 Superfoods

15 Healthiest Foods to Stock in Your Kitchen Year-Round from mercola.com. http://bit.ly/1qoE1l0

1. Sprouted sunflower seeds
2. Pastured Meat and Eggs
3. Butter
4. Fermented vegetables
5. Avocado
6. Macadamia nuts and pecans
7. Organic coconut oil
8. Fresh Herbs
9. Raw Garlic
10. Bone Broth
11. Himalayan Salt
12. Atlantic Salmon
13. Raw Milk
14. Whey Protein
15. Cultured Dairy

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