Mammograms have been considered the gold standard for early detection and greater success for treatment and cure. In 2009, the U.S. Preventative Task Force changed its long-standing advice and began recommending that women do not begin mammography diagnostics before their 50th birthday.
October, Breast Health Awareness month is long behind us now, in fact by the time this is posted, Movember will be wrapping up as well. And yet, I can’t seem to forget a Canadian Cancer Foundation campaign I spotted while travelling in a small northern Ontario town.
I am almost seven years past my initial injury. My life changing injury occurred in early March of 2007. It is in retrospect that I write about my experiences. And while I kept journals of throughout my experiences, I have not referred to them in at least 3 years. My journals sit on my bookshelf, […]
Women attribute their worthiness to their ability to simultaneously fulfill multiple roles including work, parenting, contributing to their partner’s life and career and being involved in their community.
I remember the day I felt the strangest sensation in my back; one I had never felt before. I had had back pain in the past. The variety that laid me up for a couple of weeks, stopping me from participating fully in work and life. The variety that with anti-inflammatories and chiropractic adjustment would […]
Anyone who has experienced a period of prolonged illness or injury will understand the impact such a condition has on the body. While the advice of doctors and therapists may include continuing to exercise in a modified capacity, in reality, the energy and physical ability to do so may not be available to the person at all times throughout the recovery process.
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.