No One Knows Anything

I came across this video on YouTube. The hero in this story was told for years that he would never walk unassisted again. Over 15 years he gained more and more weight, and become increasingly disabled and unhappy.

Then one day, everything changed. He decided to begin a journey of healing. Over ten months he lost 140 pounds and was not only able to the walk but run! His transformation is remarkable.

Beating the “odds” isn’t that uncommon in health care. A person given six months to live with cancer, is still alive six years later. Someone told by doctors that he has no hope of surviving an operation, walks out of the hospital and back to a normal life. A lung transplant patient completes an Ironman triathlon.

The truth is, no one knows anything. Not for sure. The human body is capable of unbelievable healing and the human mind is capable of believing and striving for untold victories.

Don’t like the prognosis you’ve been given? Ask someone else. Don’t like that answer? Keep talking to people till you get the answer you want. The only one who can really find out what you’re capable of is you.

Improve Your Health With Toothbrush Philosophy

Brushing your teeth is probably not something you give much thought to. For most of us, no day starts or finishes without it—it’s just something you do.

It wasn’t very long ago that this wasn’t the case. Regular teeth brushing only started in earnest after the Second World War. Years later, we now know that regular brushing can decrease heart disease, respiratory illnesses like COPD and pneumonia, help you lose weight, think more clearly and make you more fertile as well. That’s a lot of benefit for something we take for granted.

Bring Toothbrush Philosophy to Your Life

The magic of brushing your teeth is how habitual and necessary it’s become. Not only do we do it almost without thinking as part of our daily routine, but if we forget, we feel uncomfortable.

Imagine if you could bring that to the rest of your life?

Exercise, for example, is something that I used to have to think about. I’d have to plan it into my day, think about when it would happen. Then, one year I committed to doing at least 30 minutes per day of exercise for an entire year. After a year of doing it everyday for one year, the practice just became part of my routine. It’s not a challenge to fit it into my day, I just do. Just like brushing my teeth, it happens without fail or things just don’t feel right.

Four Ways to Improve Your Health Using Toothbrush Philosophy

  • Start Small. Part of the magic of brushing your teeth is that it only takes a minute or two. Why not just exercise for a minute or two? Really–a minute a day is better than none. Once you develop the habit, you can slowly increase it.
  • Tie it to Another Habit. You brush your teeth after meals. Or before you leave the house for work. Before bed. When you wake up. Brushing your teeth is always tied to another habit. Can you tie exercise to another habit? Like lunchtime at work, or sending the kids to school?
  • Get Uncomfortable About Missing. It’s easy to feel uneasy about not brushing your teeth. Can you bring that to healthy lifestyle habits? You can try the “Seinfeld method” of not breaking the chain and apply it to not missing a day of preparing your own lunch. Or you can read the ever-growing body of evidence that being sedentary is killing you.
  • Keep it cheap. Toothbrushes are cheap. It costs a few pennies to brush your teeth. You don’t need to spend a fortune to cook, or to exercise. You don’t need a new kitchen or an expensive gym membership.

If you can brush, you can take 30 seconds to choose a healthy food. If you can brush, you can walk for 5 minutes. And before you know it, it’ll be a habit you’re afraid to miss.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

As awareness rises for just how connected food and health are, so has an increased interest in discovering what foods work best for our individual bodies. That’s led many people to look to food sensitivities—such as gluten intolerance–as the culprit for chronic illness, and mysterious-seeming complaints.

Many, however, confuse food sensitivity with food allergy. They’re very different creatures—here are a few differences.

The Symptoms are Different
Food allergies are actually allergies—they create an immune response, such as hives, difficulty breathing, itching or even anaphylaxis. Symptoms arrive quickly, and to very small amounts.

Intolerances, on the other hand, cause an inflammatory response, such as stomach troubles, fatigue, dry skin, weight gain, mood changes and a host of others. It may take a larger quantity of the food in question, and symptoms can even be delayed a day or two, which makes them much more difficult to diagnose.

The Testing is Different
Food allergies are determined by what is called a “scratch test”. A very small amount of a food is put under the skin and a reaction is monitored, and IgE antibodies are measured—they’re the ones that are present during an allergic response.

For food intolerances, a different antibody is present—IgG. Those antibodies stick around much longer than their IgE counterparts. To detect them, a small blood sample is taken as part of a three-step process and sent to a lab where reactivity can be determined by a biochemical process called ELISA testing.

Finding Your Sensitivities
To learn more about ELISA testing, and how to address possible food sensitivities, contact the clinic anytime at 705-444-5331, or book a complimentary meet-the-doctor visit here.

4 Facts about Cervical Cancer

Based on 2009 estimates, about 1 in 149 Canadian women is expected to develop cervical cancer during her lifetime. While not as prevalent as breast cancer, it’s not something you want to ignore. Here are a few stats about cervical cancer and prevention.

  • In 2011, 1300 new cases were diagnosed in Canada resulting in 350 deaths.
  • Incidence and mortality from cervical cancer has decreased dramatically over the last 50 years, due largely to regular screening with Pap tests.
  • You are most likely to be diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in your 50’s.
  • Most women with advanced cervical cancer are those who have never had a pap or who have waited too long between tests.

It’s common for many people to view cervical cancer as a young woman’s concern, but that’s not the real story. Although you are more likely to have an abnormal pap when you are young, that abnormality is not often associated with advanced cancer. Abnormalities in your 40’s and 50’s are often more serious and life-threatening. Staying on top of a regular pap test makes sure you are getting to it as early as possible and avoiding more significant disease.

The new guidelines for screening of cervical cancer in women aged 30-69 is every 3 years if you have a normal Pap result and no symptoms.

If it’s been a while for you, don’t wait.

Our next Well Women Visit Day is: September 8, 2014