I’ve been doing lots of traveling lately and one thing is becoming glaringly obvious. We’re more connected than ever before, yet we’re more disconnected than ever. Just sitting in the airport I glanced around and found that almost everyone was staring into their phones, iPads or computers. On the plane, they were either watching the TV on the back of the seat in front of them or passengers pulled out their computers to get work done. Kids from 2 years old and older had their own iPads, fully stocked with movies to keep them engaged and entertained while on the flight. On the shuttle to the hotel, I found the same thing. There were 5 of us all waiting to be dropped off at our respective hotels. Read more
Stress Management & Lifestyle
A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that combining omega-3, SAM-e or vitamin D with antidepressants increases the effectiveness of the antidepressants for people with clinical depression.
Researchers examined 40 clinical trials and found that people who took these supplements along with their antidepressants had fewer depressive symptoms compared to those taking the antidepressants alone.
The strongest finding was that omega-3 fish oil, in combination with antidepressants, had a statistically significant effect over a placebo.
Who are you spending your time with? Have you considered the connection between your relationships and health?
If you’re listening to people who are negative, critical, pessimistic and judgmental, can you be surprised when you feel deflated, depleted and uninspired? Notice how you feel once this negativity is dumped on you. Not only does it impact you mentally and emotionally, it impacts you physically too! Negative people or “energy vampires” create stress, which suppresses the immune system. When your immune system is suppressed, you’re not as able to fight off invaders like bacteria, viruses, etc. With a suppressed immune system, you’re less resistant to illness and disease. Read more
I have known Cathy since the 9th grade. A few years ago she was diagnosed with cancer. She wrote the following blog because she felt it was a life lesson that was worth sharing, especially since she was being approached by numerous friends and strangers who wondered how she beat cancer and was able to have a healthy baby after undergoing chemo treatments. Here's her story in her own words. - Paula
Four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 appendix cancer. I was only 37 years old at the time, a mother of 2 young children, a 5-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy, and at the peak of my career. Luckily for me, they surgically removed the tumour, but recommended I undergo chemotherapy treatments catered to colon cancer (the most harsh and aggressive therapy) since there were no known treatments for my type of aggressive cancer, and there still may be some cancer cells left behind. When I reached out to cancer organizations to find out more about the type of cancer that I had and what I could do about it, they told me they didn’t have any information for me because it was so rare. Even my oncologist told me that my cancer was a grey area, and they didn’t know if treatments were even going to work for me. Read more
We all know we need to move and if you’re like many of us, moving more may be on your mind as you begin this New Year.
Sometimes we need a little jumpstart, an incentive to get up and get going. Here are a few facts about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle that may just give you what you need to get moving:
• Increased risk of colon and breast cancer: One study showed a 40% decrease in cancer mortality in persons who were physically active compared to those who were inactive.
• An increase in insulin resistance: A recent study reported that for every 2 hours per day that a person watched TV, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased 14%.
• Decreased brain health: One study reported that there was a 50% reduction in the risk of dementia in older persons who maintained regular bouts of physical activity. Read more