Herbal tea offers so many benefits. It provides minerals and antioxidants and is calming to the digestive and nervous system. Some studies have suggested that tea’s polyphenols may reduce the risk of gastric, oesophageal and skin cancers. Tea builds our immune system helping to fight off colds and flu in the winter.
At one point I considered making a t-shirt, which read I Prefer Standing, (actually at one point I though about getting something else printed on a t-shirt, but I won’t use those words here)
It is not easy to maintain the commitment you have to self-care and nourishing foods while travelling- in fact it’s very challenging! There is limited convenience in terms of access to healthy food or refrigeration and there are so many temptations with food and drink.
When a condition doesn’t respond to treatment within the expected time frame, it is considered to become chronic. The change in labeling from acute to chronic signals an important distinction to healthcare providers, but more importantly to the person with the condition and those that love them.
Travel is a privilege. Not in the sense that it is very expensive to travel by plane or even by car, but in the sense that it can be very difficult to do for people with health challenges. The challenge can exist for a myriad of issues including muscular-skeletal issues, pregnancy, digestive or autoimmune conditions; virtually any condition that requires day-to-day attention, makes travel difficult.
It is estimated that about 70% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives. There are muscle strains and sprains that can arise from overuse, skeletal issues such as joint damage or wear, arthritis, scoliosis, spondylitis, sciatica and of course degenerative discs.
I needed a way, many ways actually, to calm my mind- which was often racing with thoughts propelled by fear. Chronic pain plays havoc with the human mind- sending it into a downward spiral of fear and bewilderment.
Estimates vary significantly on the use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Canada and the US. Current stats indicates that approximately 72% of people have used some form of alternative medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture.
Over the next year and a half I would endure seven more rounds of injections. Each time they became easier to withstand and each time the benefit was greater. My pain was diminishing and I was becoming more stable. In conjunction with the injections I worked regularly with the physiotherapist that had confirmed my hypermobility. […]
Dr. Ko is a physiatrist and pain management specialist with a private practice. He also works at Sunny Brook Hospital and teaches at the University of Toronto in the Faculty if Medicine.
My ultimate wakeup call came on March 7, 2007 in the form of a herniated disc and severe sciatica- so severe that I was hospitalized to manage the shock and pain my body was enduring. I’ve chosen to start my story here because this is really where the healing for my life started.
As a starting point for my blog I’ve decided to describe some of my personal experiences with my own health. I’m hoping this is helpful to readers. When I found myself in my challenging situation, I needed the assurance that others had overcome similar situations. There is comfort in knowing that what was possible for […]
Welcome to Healthy Vibrant Living. I’ll be writing about health, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle on my blog.