Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Today people of all ages struggle with stress to a lesser or greater degree. Some of those who suffer to a greater degree may be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is important to understand it, identify its source and then make an...

Mental Health

Mental health is in the news these days. It accounts for a vast drain in our workforce. For those who have noticed the recent TV educational reports, it is estimated that 500,000 people call in sick each day, many suffering in silence. Edmonton Police reported...

The Christmas Season

Another Christmas season! From past experience I am all too aware of how, for some people, Christmas can be a most painful time. There can be many reasons for this, such as the death of a loved one, breakdown in relationships, job uncertainty, health challenges,...

The Dalai Lama re modern stress

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not...

Consumer’s Choice Award for Alternative Medicine

I recently found out that I have been awarded the 2013 Consumers Choice Award in the category of ‘Alternative Medicine’ for southern Alberta. This award recognizes excellence in business and service. Reflecting on my journey to arrive at this milestone, there are many memories which come...

How safe is our food?

October 2012 by Mary Anne Lema Recently I was in a conversation with a gentleman regarding farming practices of today. He was of the strong opinion that the world would not be able to feed itself without the use of artificial fertilizers, and that the development...

Technology and Food

I recently attended an educational presentation by Dr. Stephen Nugent, regarding the state of food today, how vitamins are made, and how and why health is compromised to such a degree that children today are destined for a shorter life span than their parents. While...

Stress and the impact it has on health and aging

Today, people of all ages struggle with stress to a lesser or greater degree. In a recent news broadcast, it was reported that 26% of emergency room visits are anxiety related. Given that research indicates it is responsible for over 90% of all health challenges,...

Forgiveness

All the major religions of the world teach that forgiveness is important for us spiritually, physically and psychologically. When one holds onto anger, bitterness, or hatred, it sets into motion an internal stress reaction affecting the hormones, tissues, organs, psychological wellbeing and behavior. Recently, my daughter’s father-in-law...

Care of a Care Giver

Who is a care giver?  Someone who devotes a large portion of time and energy, supporting someone in physical or emotional need, be it an invalid family member, a disabled child, a friend in crisis etc.  The emotional or physical needs of the attendant, be...