The wonder-drug of three decades, Is ASA (acetylsalicylic acid/Aspirin®) still considered an essential preventive strategy for cardiovascular and other diseases?
Once proclaimed as a super-drug that helped prevent heart disease, colon cancer and a host of other health conditions, daily low-dose ASA/Aspirin™ (81 mg) has recently become controversial. In fact, some media outlets have run with the headline that popping a low-dose ASA tablet every day may not result in the preventive benefts once touted, and could actually be harmful. READ MORE
Close to 50 per cent of Canadian women and 40 per cent of Canadian men are affected by a venous disorder. Symptoms of a problem with the leg veins include itching, heaviness in the legs, aching, cramps, leg/ankle swelling and restlessness or discomfort at night. READ MORE
Although the Canadian flu season has not yet started, it is never too early to begin your flu prevention plan…
Virtually every adult is familiar with the symptoms of flu. A runny nose, headache, aches and pains in the joints, fever and malaise are typical of a flu bout, as are a number of days spent in bed or on the couch while your body recovers. READ MORE
The flu shot
What is true, and what isn’t
Right about now, all across Canada, many families are in a quandary. The concern for some people, particularly those with school-age children, is whether or not to have a flu shot. While health authorities advise that having the influenza vaccine is the best way to avoid a bout with the flu—and possibly passing it on to others—alternative health proponents and magazines suggest otherwise, often saying it is “safer” to rely on botanical preparations, homeopathic immunity shots and healthy eating.
While we agree that healthy living makes a positive contribution to an effective immune response, flu viruses are ubiquitous, opportunistic, and unpredictable. Often, despite taking all the health-enhancing steps to avoid catching the virus, we fall prey to it, simply by being close to someone who coughs or sneezes on us, or touching something like a door handle that is contaminated with it.
As new labour-saving devices are invented, and as the digital world continues to expand, we are sitting more and moving our bodies less. Recent studies have pointed to the dangers of sitting, going so far as to suggest that even regular exercise is not protective.
“Secretarial spread” is the old-fashioned term for weight gain that occurs from hours of sitting. Unfortunately, this term doesn’t begin to describe the harms that actually arise. Studies have shown that excess sitting causes:
- a reduction in fat and calorie burning
- reduced circulation to the brain (resulting in a poorer mood)
- weaker muscles
- an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and death.
We live in a fast-paced society which interferes with many important aspects of life. We don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or leisure time and we rely on processed/fast foods. Indeed, this pace may cause us to lose touch with what our bodies really need for optimal health, and that can include losing touch with how, when, what and why we eat.
When was the last time you grabbed a fast food meal, or ate in front of the computer, television, or in the car? Have you ever skipped meals because you were too busy? Have you ever let yourself get so hungry that you ate too much? On the other hand, do you find you overeat at buffet restaurants or find yourself dialing for pizza after seeing the television advertisement? Have you ever eaten because you were angry or sad?