Category Archives: Health

Free Dental Care, Seniors

This is great news. Well over do. Seniors have suffered for years with bad teeth. I can’t express enough, how happy I am to hear this. Not that I need help, but there are hundreds I do know that does need help. Some go through excruciating pain as they can’t afford to get things looked after. I also hope they cover it so Seniors can get new dentures. If Seniors can’t eat properly, they get sick. If they get sick, it costs millions more to treat them. Food for thought. Way to go Doug Ford.

Free dental care for low-income seniors to be announced in budget.

Click Link above for the full report.

Life is too Short

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Oranges For Health

I was searching through my notes the other day and found that a new study says that Navel oranges can boost your immune system, and aid in skin health. They are also very good for your heart, and there is mounting evidence that suggests eating oranges may help reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, different ulcers and kidney stones. The vitamin C in oranges may also boost a person’s immunity which could help with infections like the common cold and ward off flu’s. I kind of figured that. They also found that vitamin C in oranges may help in preventing certain cancers. But as anything, too much of a good thing isn’t always good. One orange a day is all you need. Kind of like the apple saying. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. GW

Tomatoes

With tomato season almost upon us you are about to enjoy a treat.  Some say they can’t eat tomatoes which in some cases is true.  I found though that tomatoes are delicious, either raw or cooked.  Actually cooked tomatoes have benefits that most don’t know about.

It’s all about the lycopene – the antioxidant that causes the red color of tomatoes – a powerful antioxidant known for preventing the formation of certain cancers like prostate cancer and breast cancer. They also lower your risk of heart disease and are naturally anti-inflammatory. The secret to getting the full benefits of tomatoes lies in the preparation. Lycopene is released when tomatoes are cooked. In fact, preserved tomatoes if organic have even higher concentrations of lycopene than fresh.  Myself I can’t wait, .  What better way to stay healthy than to walk out into the garden an pick a nice red tomato, set back with a touch of salt and take in what nature has to offer.

Build Your Immune System

T cells, also known as T lymphocytes, are a white blood cell of grave importance to your immune system; they allow your body to adapt a response to any pathogen. There are also foods you can eat to trigger production of these critical cells.

3 Ways to Boost NK Cells

Here are a few easy ways to boost our naturally occurring killer cells so that we can fight one of the biggest diseases of all time:

3. Take More Vitamin C – This vitamin is not only good for fighting colds and flu, but it boosts the activation of both T-cells and NK cells so that your immune system has extra armor to protect you against a host of diseases, including cancer. The Journal of Immunology confirms that ridiculously high doses aren’t required. Just 1000 mg a day can help boost the immune system.

4. Get Your Daily E – In addition to boosting the production of killer cells, vitamin E also supports the making of B cells – also utilized by our immune systems to produce antibodies and kill bacteria. You can get the recommended 60 mg a day from nuts, grains, seeds and vegetable oils. Further, vitamin E intake lowers the risk of heart disease.

5. Eat Your Beta Carotene – As the name suggests, this important vitamin found in carrots can help boost killer cells as well as helper T-cells so that your immune system can fight a number of diseases. Foods full of beta carotene include sweet potatoes, kale, turnip greens, spinach, dried herbs, and mustard greens, just to name a few.

Preventing cancer may be as simple as eating whole, natural foods. Who knew?

Foods to Improve Your Immunity

Carrots
The vitamin A in carrots helps trigger white blood cell production; a 1-cup serving of chopped carrots has 21,384 IU of this vitamin, many times the daily recommended intake. You also take in a small amount of vitamin C in a serving of carrots — 7.6 mg — as well as small amounts of zinc and selenium, all of which contribute to T cell counts.
oysters
Packed with selenium, this tasty shellfish helps boost your body’s production of cytokines, a protein that’s known to ward off illnesses.

Yogurt
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Yogurt that contains live cultures is rich in lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis (read: good bacteria), which fight bacteria that cause diseases and raise your white blood cell count.

Green Tea
Green tea is a great source of L-theanine, an amino acid that triggers the release of germ-fighting compounds from your T-cells. (Green tea also helps to boost your metabolism.)

Oranges
One of the best sources of immunity-boosting vitamin C, oranges cause your body to produce higher levels of antibodies and white blood cells.

Crab
Like oysters, crab meat is rich in selenium, a nutrient that strengthens your immune system.

Garlic
Including garlic in your meal plan to increase your T cells is a good option. A study published in the February 2009 issue of the journal “Planta Medica” indicates that compounds in garlic trigger the growth of lymphocytes. Garlic also contains a small amount of zinc — 0.1 mg — and 2.8 mg of vitamin C, another vitamin useful for your immune system. The vitamin C in garlic pumps up your body’s production of white blood cells; adults need 75 to 90 mg of vitamin C per day.

Carrots
Carrots are crammed with beta carotene, a phytonutrient that increases your body’s production of T-cells and natural killer cells.

Spinach
The high amount of antioxidants found in spinach help boost your immune system.

Sweet Potatoes
Like carrots, sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, which boosts your body’s T-cell and NK-cell count.

Mushrooms
morels Rich in compounds called beta glucans, mushrooms boost the production of NK-cells and T-cells in your body to help prevent infections.

Salmon
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which cause your body’s phagocytes to fight bacteria more effectively.

Kiwi
Like oranges, kiwis are high in vitamin C, which helps protect your body against infections.

Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, which prompts your body to produce more interferon. This antibody covers the surface of cells and fends off viruses.

Broccoli
Broccoli is a great source of glucosinolates, phytonutrients rich in sulfur that stimulate the natural antioxidant systems in your body.

Brazil Nuts Or Almonds
Eating more brazil nuts, a large South American nut, may improve your T cell count, thanks to the selenium content. A 1-oz. serving of these nuts provides you with 543.5 mcg of this mineral, and research indicates that selenium positively influences T cell proliferation and activity, according to a study featured in the June 2010 “Journal of Nutrition.” Adults require 55 mcg of selenium each day. Brazil nuts also supply small amounts of zinc and vitamin C.

Vitamin and Mineral Rich Food
Folic acid, vitamin B 6, riboflavin and thiamin are particularly important to the proper functioning of t-cells and their quantity. The list doesn’t stop there. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals are essential to keeping t-cell count up, and that means eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables are the best way to get a maximum amount of these nutrients. Dark leafy green vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, strawberries and carrots are all nutrient rich produce that may increase t-cells.

Papaya
Papaya, especially the Carica Papaya, has recently been found to increase regulatory t-cells, but it has been used to treat many diseases and cancers for centuries. The fruit, its seeds and even its leaves are found to be beneficial. Try eating some ripe fruit, dried fruit or even drinking some papaya leaf tea. The stronger the tea, the more effective it is said to be.

Back Pain

Back pain: we're treating it all wrong

Here is an article that I think explains the exact nature of back problems.  I have been saying for years that surgery for backs is all wrong in most cases.   Most problems can be fixed with exercise and left alone.  Click on picture for the full article. It’s worth reading.

More On T Cells

So what are T Cells?  T-cells are essential for human immunity.  A type of white blood cell that is of key importance to the immune system.
I am thinking this is one item that should be looked at very closely when trying to combat any disease.  I also think it should be looked at very seriously by the healthy.  Preventative medicine so to speak.
Myself I wished I found out about them years ago as I would have made some drastic changes in my lifestyle which I am sure would be helping me today.
The T cell is a good guy who searches out and destroys the bad guys like cancer cells and other diseases.  One item that promotes healthy strong white cells is Garlic, fresh homegrown garlic not covered with pesticides.  Wild leeks are also very beneficial too.  Remember buy local when possible, avoid foods from other countries other than Canada or USA.  We have at the very least some regulations on food that is grown in our own country, and we know what soil they are grown in.  My Opinion only of course.

T Cells

Now here is an interesting item that I am thinking everyone should be looking at T CELLS
I have always said eating right is a great defence against disease.   Foods that we should be eating to promote more Vitamin C which helps our White Cells (T Cells) would be grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, and clementines.   I think they should be eaten on a daily basis, especially this time of year as this is when the good ones are readily available.  I would stay away from the ones from countries other than the USA.  Not that I am picking sides, it’s because of the water and waste control that one might be subjected to.  In other words, there are more regulations protecting us when dealing with foods and fruits grown in the USA or Canada.  These are better than any tablet and easier on the stomach.
My opinion only.

Benefits Of A Beer Now & Then

 

Interesting maybe I should pick up a case of Bud.

A few Benefits of beer

1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy A Finish study singled out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding that it was better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

2. Beer for better digestion Beer and especially dark beer contains up to one gram of soluble fibre* in each 30 cl glass – unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhea).

3. Beer to lower your bad cholesterol The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol, i.e. the “bad” type of cholesterol.

4. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods.

5. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

6. Beer as a cure for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both in beer, can promote sleep!

7. Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.

8. Beer helps prevent blood clots The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming.

9. Beer boosts your memory According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

10. Beer helps combat stress Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety.

11. Beer as a cold remedy Drinking warm beer is an excellent cold remedy! When barley is warmed up it improves blood circulation and helps you breathe when you feel congested. It also provides relief for joint pain and boosts your immunity. So, how do you prepare it? Heat a bottle of beer in a double boiler and then add four small teaspoons of honey.

12. Beer makes skin more beautiful Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can regenerate the skin and have a positive impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.

Salt Is Good For You

I have been saying this for years that salt is a good thing in ones diet not a bad thing.  As our body needs salt to survive.  Years ago we used to have salt tablet dispensers in the work place for those that worked hard.  Reason being that when one sweats he looses salt at a drastic rate. Loosing salt one gets weak and opens up the door for other problems.  I will say this though that one should eat only good raw salt not the white salt that most find in the stores today.  Pink Sea Salt is a good choice. When bought it is moist and needs to be dried and ground.  Here is the article that came out today.

Headlines declared the news this week that low-sodium diets don’t benefit health. The stories were based on a new study in the Lancet that concluded cutting back on sodium doesn’t improve health for most and that it may, in fact, increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. The findings run counter to messages repeated for years by groups like the World Health Organization and the Heart and Stroke Foundation: that the vast majority of us consume too much sodium and it’s contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and other health problems. They also highlight an increasingly contentious battle between the health experts who advocate for sodium reduction and the small but vocal group of researchers who say big decreases aren’t a good idea.

Eye Surgeons

Eye surgeons were the highest paid doctors in the province, based on billings to Saskatchewan’s Medical Services

Not only in Saskatchewan as seems to be trend all over Canada and the USA.  For most parts, My Opinion Only Of Course, is that most eye problems can be simply treated at home without going through all this surgery that once again, My Opinion Only is not necessary.  I have talked to numerous folks who had surgery done to their eyes and the findings weren’t good, resulting in some very serious side effects from the work that was done on the eyes itself.  Like a lot of things I am in belief that natural is the way to go.  Modern medicine has its place for sure but it has gotten out of control.  Things that should be promoted and taught are nutrition, exercise, information informing folks of healing plants and the many many benefits of breathing in fresh air loaded with oxygen.  Mix that all together with the sun and one will be on the road to having a healthy body and mind.  Remove the blinders, do what you feel is right in your own being, not to be instigated by others.  Life is really amazing and should be let alone for most parts to thrive.

ADHD

 What is your views on ADHD..  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. That was a question I was asked.

First off let me tell you this.  I don’t believe there is any reason what’s so ever, for prescribing drugs for children with their so called ADHD drugs.  If a child has a problem of not communicating with the teacher or whom ever or causing a bit of a problem in class, usually it is because they are bored. If the teacher can’t control the children then they should be sent home and their parents notified of what is happening and let the parents fix the problem. Drugs should not be not be brought into the picture what’s so ever.  Also our Powers That Be should be taking steps to make the classes interesting enough to keep the children wanting to go to school.  You are always going to have a bully or some one that causes a bit of trouble.  They are kids, they crave attention and to get attention will go to any lengths. We as adults should see this.   A lot of children comes from broken homes, not an easy way of life on a child’s view of things.  I know, I came from a broken home.  Had all kinds of different folks looking after me, until one couple took the time to help me get my mind back on the straight and narrow.  I was probably one of those young ones that would be a candidate for these so called prescription drugs today.  Thing was I made out OK in life, without them.  Also… there is no scientific proof of what these drugs will do to the young ones mind later on down the road.  Seems to me that the Powers That Be today are trying to fix everything with drugs these days.  The more zombie us humans becomes the better it is for those that want control.  Altering a child’s mind with drugs is not the answer.  My Opinion Only

GMO…What You Can Do To Stop It

Hi Everyone,

Environment Canada has recently given AquaBounty, an American company, permission to produce genetically-modified salmon eggs on a commercial scale. Now, there is only one step left before mutant fish hits our dinner plates — approval from Health Canada to allow GMO salmon for Canadian consumption.

If Health Canada approves GMO salmon, a new breed of farmed fish will soon be at your local grocer or seafood restaurant without you even recognizing it. Let’s tell Health Canada to reject mutant fish for human consumption in our country.

You can tell Health Canada that we don’t want GMO fish in our stores and restaurants here: http://action.sumofus.org/a/gmo-salmon-health-canada-rejection-franken-fish/?sub=mtl

Between allowing GMO salmon and the licensing of Norwegian fish farms on the BC coast, our government seems to be doing everything it can to destroy one of our great resources – wild salmon.

Please sign this petition to try to prevent the sale of GMO salmon in Canada.

Flu Shots

Well another year is upon us that the Powers To Be are out there promoting and pushing these Flu shots on folks.  First off as most of you know, I don’t believe in them.  All the hype that has been put out to folks getting them to take this shot as far as I am concerned isn’t worth a grain of salt.  The day is coming I believe that a lot of folks will pay dearly.  In saying this I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think so.  The best defence against the cold and flu is to stay warm, eat right,, fresh air, don’t touch your hands anywhere near your face and wash your hands for two minutes when arriving home from being out in public.  Also one can take some extra precautions by taking a good brand of vitamin D 3.  I have done this for over forty years and have never caught the Flu.  Colds is hard to eliminate though as most folks never stay home till they are well.  Seems folks today just don’t care any-more, other than for themselves.   Harsh point but the truth.  Enjoy your day my friends.

Antibacterial Soaps & Things

Well been awhile since my last post.  Not that there is anything wrong, just been busy with other things.  Today in the news they now are saying something that I have been trying to tell folks for years.  If anything it causes more problems than it fixes.  In saying this I am afraid it has already done a great deal of harm to us humans.  Take a look at the article.

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government said Monday it has no evidence that the antibacterial chemicals used in countless common soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks.
The best thing one can do to prevent colds and flu’s is wash your hands using a good natural soap, don’t touch your eyes, ears or mouth when out in public, eat right and stay warm.  Never I an I say never let yourself get cold.  Head especially along with your throat and feet.  Do this and you will stay relatively healthy through out the winter months, when there is no sun to protect us.  For your counter tops when cooking use straight vinegar. Nothing on this planet is any better.  Enjoy your day.  GW