And Now For The Benefits of Yoga

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Here is the List

1.Better Posture

2.Improved Peace of Mind

3.Slower Breathing Resulting in a Sense of Less Stress

4.Increased Lung Capacity

5.Increased Libido

6.Increases Metabolism and Helps Digestion

7.You become Grounded with Better Focus

8.Decreases Lactic Acid in Muscles and Reduces Joint Pain

9.Improvement in Oxygenation of the Brain

10.Improves Arm Strength by 12 % After 16 Classes

11. 35 % Improved Flexibility After 5 weeks of Classes

 

So, What are you Waiting For ????

 

 

drV

 

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Sleep Deprivation and The Anatomy of an Illness

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Sleep Deprvation is a Serious Concern in This Crazy World  that We Live in

It is a world that is accellerating and we all seem to be going faster and faster…..

Where exactly are we all going ?   Rgardless I will List The Price We Are Paying

1.Higher levels of anxiety

2Disruption of the Circadium Rhythm ( The Normal Body Clock)

3.Highers Levels of Depression

4.Impaired Cognition

5.Higher Risk of Hypertension

6.Higher Risk od Stroke

7.Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

8.Unhealthy Cravings

9.Higher Risk of Diabetes

10.Higher Risk of Injury

60,000,000 Souls From North America Have Chronic Sleep Disorders ( Sleep Apnea,Narcolepsy,Restless Leg Syndrome,

Periodic Leg Movements)

 

This sounds like a very high price to pay to be sleep deprived. I think we should all focus on getting more deep seated ZZZZZ’s

Your Mind and Body will Thank You

 

Sweet Dreams

 

 

drV

 

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The Four Agreements Internalize Them And Live By Them

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A Guest Blog By a Bold Woman ….. www.1UpOnCancer.com ( Mesothelioma )

Enjoy this guest blog by one bold woman.

Surviving cancer is one of the greatest triumphs anyone could face.  Being a long-term survivor of a terminal cancer called mesothelioma, I should know.

Many doctors are amazed I am still here and to be honest I am amazed myself. I have no idea how I keep dodging the bullet of doom, and I hope that I will continue to do so for years to come.

My journey started badly in 2000 when I was struck down with mesothelioma, although at that time and for another four years it went undiagnosed. Young women (well nearly young I was 40) didn’t get what was then considered An Old Man’s Disease.

So my diagnosed journey commenced on 26th August 2004, when I was given a name to blame all my pain on, mesothelioma.  We had to ask for the spelling as neither my husband nor I could pronounce it.

 

I was given less than 12 months

But thankfully a new chemotherapy was on the final trial stage and I was given a trial dose. This gave me nearly two years of peace, and I lived a normal life with plenty of holidays thrown in.  I didn’t write a bucket list of things I wanted to do; instead I wanted to be “normal.”

 

Pain started again, but my x-rays showed nothing. I even went to see a heart specialist, as every 10 weeks I had an episode, where I thought I was having a heart attack. Again nothing; my heart was extremely strong.  I felt terrible one day and went to see my general practitioner. He listened to my lungs, heart, etc. and phoned the hospital; a CT scan was ordered immediately.  My oncologist said in hindsight there had been changes on the x-rays that weren’t picked up. Know that CT scans should always be used to monitor mesothelioma.

 

This cancer didn’t want to give up and I had to up my game

I had growth around the pericardium; in the early years this wasn’t recognised as a place that mesothelioma would grow, but my pericardium was covered.  In 2007 I was rechallanged with chemotherapy, and the second round did what it said on the bottle. But it only gave me the minimum of four months reprieve.

I read an article about trials in the USA for cryoablation; they freeze the tumours, so a few weeks later I was on a plane heading out for some new treatment.  One of the tumours that was causing pain was situated by my aorta, pushing into the diaphragm and encroaching on the space above my kidney.  I was pleased to say it was blasted, and I then took a leap of faith, putting myself in the hands of a surgeon, and had my chest once again opened.

I thought, stupidly, that removing everything in there would knock the mesothelioma out, but a year later four tumours had appeared. I gave them a year before once again I flew back to America and had them removed.  The growth, thankfully, has been slow this time but by 2012 I was starting to suffer more.

There isn’t much to choose from with mesothelioma, so it was thought I could rechallenge with the only chemotherapy we have, Alimta.  I have a low tolerance to drugs so the dosage was made to 50% of what it would otherwise have been. I still had a bad reaction, and my treatments were stopped.

To my utter amazement I actually managed reduction of tumour by up to 75%. There are some stubborn areas in my chest but overall I would say this was and is a success.  I live to fight another round, and would like to hope the mesothelioma took such a defeat I won’t see it for a few good years.

 

I started my blog late 2008 and have shared every feeling I have with cyber space

I think at times it is more for my benefit than for others.  It’s a place to lay it all out  with no worries about what I have written. My husband doesn’t read it, so I can let loose on feelings I can’t let him know about.

I look to the future, although most plans are made only thee months in advance. I plan projects that will take no more than a year. For instance I recently wrote my first novel, “The DreamWeaver’s Choice” where proceeds will go to charity.

 

Even if you have terminal cancer you can have life, turn anger into something useful

Pull together all those projects you never get to do but can manage now. Start a new hobby and include your partner; they too are having a tough time of this prognosis and could do with some relief.

Don’t think you should do this now because you are dying. Do it now because life gets in the way of finding time to enjoy what we never find time to do.

You can find out more about me or follow my journey on jansjourney

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The Greatest Medicine of ALL is to Teach People how not to need it !!!

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The Benefits of Meditation

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After Hours Medical Care Contacts For My Office

After Hours Medical Care

Barrie Medical Clinics

121 Wellington St. W., Barrie, ON Mon to Thurs – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fri – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barrie Medical Clinics

505 Yonge Street, Barrie, ON Mon to Thurs – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fri – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat, Sun & holidays – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barrie Medical Clinics

125 Bell Farm Road, Barrie, ON Mon, Tues, Thurs – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wed – 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fri – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sat, Sun & holidays – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barrie Medical Clinics

555 Essa Road, Barrie, ON Mon to Thurs – 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri – 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sat – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CLOSED Saturdays during the summer months CLOSED Sun & Holidays

Contact Telephone Health Advisory Service

The Telephone Health Advisory Service (THAS) is an after-hours telephone health advice and triage service for enrolled/registered patients of a Family Health Team (FHT) in Ontario.

Based on the information you provide the nurse will provide health care advice or advise you to see your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner within a few days. In addition, for enrolled/registered patients, THAS nurses will have access to the FHTs’ on-call physicians and when appropriate will call the Physician to discuss your symptoms and determine the most appropriate course of action. With your permission, your doctor will receive a written summary of your call the next day, so that your doctor is informed of the nature of the problem and the advice you received.

Free Access to a Registered Nurse:

  • Mon to Fri – 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Fri 5:00 p.m. to Mon 9:00 a.m.
  • Recognized holidays 24 hours a day

 

1-866-553-7205; TTY 1-866-250-3379

For further information, you may also visit the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care www.health.gov.on

A call to Telephone Health Advisory Service does not replace 911 – that’s always the first number you should call in emergency situations.

Contact Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential telephone service you can call to get health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse. That means quick, easy access to a qualified health professional, who can assess your symptoms and help you decide your best first step. They can help you decide whether to care for yourself, make an appointment with your Family Physician, go to a clinic, contact a community service or go to a hospital emergency room.

Free Access to a Registered Nurse:

24 Hours a day, 7 days a Week

1-866-797-0000; TTY : 1-866-797-0007

For further information, you may also visit the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care www.health.gov.on

A call to Telehealth Ontario does not replace 911 – that’s always the first number you should call in emergency situations.

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Throat Cancer is On The Rise Due to HPV Infection

About HPV and cancer

According to Dr. Nichols( Canadian Cancer Society), HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. “The incidence of throat cancers has increased dramatically in recent years due in large part to widespread infection with HPV.The increase is thought to be because of changes in sexual practices that began in the 1960s.”

These cancers typically take more than 20 years to develop. Some strains of the HPV virus cause cervical cancer as well as ano-genital cancers. More recently, HPV infections have been found to cause cancers of the oropharynx.

It is estimated that 75% of sexually-active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime. The body’s immune system usually gets rid of an HPV infection on its own. Most HPV infections (about 70%) go away without any treatment within 1–2 years. Persistent infection with high-risk HPV types over many years can cause precancerous changes and cancer.

HPV infection is associated with about:

  • 25%–35% of oropharyngeal cancers
  • 40% of vaginal and vulvar cancers
  • 40%–50% of penile cancers
  • 80%–90% of anal cancers

Dr Nichols says that throat cancer patients whose disease was caused by an HPV infection tend to be diagnosed in their 40s and 50s, as opposed to patients whose throat cancer was caused by smoking and alcohol (these patients tend to be diagnosed at 60 or older).

A vaccine is available in Canada to prevent HPV infection. It protects against the types of HPV that cause 70% of HPV-related cancers. For more information, visit cancer.ca

or  http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/for-media/media-releases/national/2013/clinical-trial-robotic-surgery-may-reduce-side-effects-of-throat-cancer-treatment/?region=on

 

drV

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HPV Vaccination For Girls and Boys …. The FACTS

Gardasil was the first HPV vaccine approved in Canada. It is a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against 4 different HPV types: HPV- 6, HPV-11, HPV-16 and HPV-18.

 

Gardasil helps protect females between 9 and 45 years of age against:

  • precancerous conditions of the cervix, vagina and vulva
  • cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer

 

 

In females and males between 9 and 26 years of age, Gardasil also helps prevent:

  • precancerous conditions of the anus (anal epithelial neoplasia or AIN)
  • anal cancer

 

 

Gardasil also helps protect females (9–45 years of age) and males (9–26 years of age) against anogenital warts.

Cervarix Cervarix is a bivalent vaccine that protects against 2 high-risk HPV types: HPV-16 and HPV-18.

 

Cervarix helps protects females between 10 and 25 years of age against:

  • precancerous conditions of the cervix
  • cervical cancer

 

 

Cervarix does not protect against genital warts.

 

How the vaccines work

Both vaccines work by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against the types of HPV they target. The aim of the vaccines is to prevent HPV infections and therefore the diseases associated with these HPV types (prophylactic vaccines). The HPV vaccines do not treat HPV infections, diseases or cancers related to HPV infections.

 

The vaccines work best when given to young people before they become sexually active (which includes sexual intercourse, genital skin-to-skin contact and oral sex). The goal is to protect young people before they are exposed to the HPV types that the vaccines cover.

 

The vaccines are not live (they do not contain the active virus), so a person cannot get HPV from the vaccine.

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Effectiveness of the vaccines

Studies have shown that Gardasil and Cervarix are both highly effective in preventing infection with the types of HPV they target. Evidence from many clinical trials shows that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing persistent infection from HPV-16 and HPV-18, as well as precancerous cervical lesions associated with these types of HPV.

 

In clinical trials, researchers have found that Gardasil is effective in preventing precancerous conditions of the vagina, vulva and anus. It is also very effective in preventing anal and genital (anogenital) warts caused by HPV-6 and HPV-11. At this time, Cervarix is not approved for preventing precancerous conditions of the vagina, vulva or anus.

 

Some research shows that both vaccines may also provide partial protection against other high-risk types of HPV, such as HPV-31, HPV-33 and HPV-45, which are similar to HPV-16 and HPV-18. This is called cross protection. However, more research is needed to determine the degree of effectiveness and the duration of protection against these other HPV types. Also, researchers are working on new HPV vaccines that protect against more HPV types.

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National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations

Both HPV vaccines have been approved and recommended by Health Canada and Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Health Canada approves vaccines based on their effectiveness and safety, while NACI makes recommendations for the use of vaccines including identifying groups of people at risk for diseases that can be prevented with vaccines. The most recent NACI recommendations on HPV vaccination were made in 2012.

 

Vaccination of girls and women

NACI recommends that either HPV vaccine (Gardasil or Cervarix) be given to prevent cervical cancer and precancerous cervical changes in:

  • females 9–26 years of age
    • The vaccines are most effective when given to females before they are sexually active.
  • females 14–26 years of age who have been sexually active, have had genital warts or previous abnormal Pap tests, including cervical cancer
    • Vaccination could still help these females because they may not have been infected with all the HPV types covered by the vaccine.
  • females over 26 years of age
    • Gardasil is effective in females 27–45 years of age.
    • The effectiveness of Cervarix has not been directly tested in this age group, but there is some evidence from immune responses in younger women to suggest that the vaccine would have similar effectiveness in older women.

 

 

Only Gardasil is approved for girls and women aged 9–45 to prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer and the precancerous conditions associated with these cancers, as well as anal and genital (anogenital) warts. Gardasil is also the only vaccine approved for girls and women ages 9–26 to prevent anal cancer and the precancerous condition associated with this cancer.

Vaccination of boys and men

Only Gardasil is approved for boys and young men to prevent anal cancer, its precancerous condition and anogenital warts. The vaccine is most effective when given to males before they become sexually active. NACI recommends that Gardasil be used for:

  • males between 9 and 26 years of age
  • males 9 years of age and older who have sex with other males

 

 

There is some evidence that Gardasil may also prevent penile, perianal and perineal precancerous conditions (intraepithelial neoplasias) and their associated cancers, although it is currently not approved for this use.

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How the vaccines are given

Gardasil and Cervarix are given by an injection into an arm muscle. The manufacturers of both vaccines recommend the injections be given 3 times over a 6-month period. The schedule of doses makes sure the vaccines are as effective as possible. If all 3 doses of the vaccine are not given, or they are not given at the right time, you may not get the full benefit of the vaccine.

 

HPV vaccine Vaccination schedule
Gardasil
  • first injection on day 1
  • second dose 2 months after the first injection
  • last injection 6 months after the first dose
Cervarix
  • first injection on day 1
  • second dose 1 month after the first dose
  • last injection 6 months after the first dose

In the last ten years there has been an explosion of oral/head and neck cancer. Studies are showing a

high association with the HPV virus (possibly associated with oral/genital sexual practices) More

research is being done in this area and whether immunization with HPV Vaccines will reduce the

incidence of these types of cancer .As always,much is to be learned.

 

For PARENTS…….

 

HPV Vaccination Does Not Lead to Increased Sexual Activity

10/15/2012
For Release:  October 15, 2012

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In 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that all girls ages 11 to 12 receive the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recommends the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls at ages 11 to 12. HPV strains are the most common sexually transmitted viruses, and HPV causes a large number of cancers of the mouth and throat, cervix and genital organs. In the study, “Sexual Activity-Related Outcomes after Human Papillomavirus Vaccination of 11- to 12-Year-Olds,” published in the November 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 15), HPV vaccination of girls at the recommended ages was not associated with increased markers of sexual activity, as measured by pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease infections and/or contraceptive counseling for up to three years after vaccination. While early onset of sexual activity and multiple sexual partners are risk factors for HPV infection, the study authors say these findings are the first to validate surveys where young women say they do not plan to modify their sexual behaviors after HPV vaccination

About the HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine Gardasil is the vaccine used in Ontario’s HPV immunization program. The vaccine protects against four types of HPV — types 6, 11, 16 and 18. Two of these cause 70% of cervical cancers and the other two cause 90% of genital warts.

Three doses of the vaccine are required for complete protection.

In Ontario,the Grade 8 HPV vaccination program was introduced in September 2007 and, since then, almost 700,000 doses of Gardasil have been distributed.

The HPV vaccine has been approved for use in over 100 countries, and over 40 million doses of vaccine have been distributed worldwide.

HPV vaccine safety

The HPV vaccine is safe. It has been approved by Health Canada and recommended for use by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Before obtaining approval for use in Canada, the vaccine went through rigorous testing and evaluation. The HPV vaccine is approved for use in over 100 countries, and over 40 million doses have been given worldwide. After a vaccine is approved for use, ongoing monitoring is conducted to ensure its continued safety.

You cannot become infected with HPV from the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine does not contain any preservatives, antibiotics, thimerosal or mercury.

Vaccine ingredients

It’s important to know what goes into each injection. The Gardasil vaccine contains proteins of HPV Types 6, 11, 16 and 18, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate (aluminum salts), yeast protein, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, and water for injection. The vaccine does not contain any antibiotics or preservatives, including mercury or thimerosal.

The vaccine contains aluminum salts, a common substance (called an adjuvant) added to a vaccine to enhance the immune response. Adjuvants make it possible to reduce the amount of antigens (particles that mimic HPV in the vaccine) needed to achieve immunity. Aluminum salts have been safely used for over 70 years. They are found in other vaccines, such as the tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis B immunizations.

Vaccine testing

The vaccine was thoroughly tested in order to meet Health Canada’s standards for safety and efficacy. Clinical trials for Gardasil involved around 33,000 people worldwide. Safety information was collected on over 13,000 individuals who received the HPV vaccine. These studies were large enough to detect reactions occurring as infrequently as one in several thousand. The reported reactions to this vaccine are typical reactions seen with most vaccines. These typical reactions include redness, soreness and swelling at the injection site. Gardasil is safe and effective, and it continues to be the HPV vaccine used in Ontario’s publicly funded Grade 8 program.

Canadian vaccine safety standards

Vaccine safety is a high priority.  Health Canada thoroughly tests vaccines using the highest standards for safety and efficacy. Each new vaccine must pass a rigorous licensing process by the government before it is introduced and, once in use, it continues to be monitored for safety and quality.

Vaccines are continually monitored through the Canadian Adverse Events Following Immunization Surveillance System (CAEFISS). Timely information is provided to the public about any side effects.

Ongoing vaccine monitoring

Ontario monitors vaccine safety by reviewing reports of side effects — referred to as adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) — submitted by healthcare providers or parents to local Public Health Units. Between 2007 and 2011, almost 700,000 HPV vaccine doses were distributed in Ontario. During this same period, there were 133 confirmed adverse event reports. The most commonly reported events were rashes, allergic skin reactions and local pain or redness at the injection site. Ten serious AEFIs were reported (7.5% of all reports), which included two seizures, one case of thrombocytopenia (abnormal bleeding) and one death. Further review found that the reported death was because of a preexisting cardiac condition. Overall, these findings are consistent with HPV vaccine safety data from the United States and Australia.

In addition, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in collaboration with Public Health Ontario (PHO), considers new scientific information about HPV as it becomes available.

Vaccine side effects

The HPV vaccine has side effects similarly seen with most other vaccines. These include redness, tenderness and swelling at the injection site and, less commonly, dizziness, nausea, headache and fever.

Severe allergic reactions are rare.  However, as with any vaccine or drug, severe allergic reactions may occur with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or mouth, wheezing and hives or rashes. Public health nurses administer the vaccine and are present at school clinics at all times. They are trained to recognize and manage side effects, including any severe allergic reactions.

Who should not get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine should not be given to anyone who

  • has been fully immunized with the HPV vaccine;
  • has had a serious reaction to a previous dose of the HPV vaccine;
  • has an allergy or hypersensitivity to any ingredients of the vaccine; or
  • is pregnant.

 

It’s also recommended not to give the vaccine to those with a fever or anything more serious than a minor cold on the day the vaccine is to be given.

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How About Some Peppermint? … For IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome )

 

This is a re post of a blog by Dr Gifford-Jones    I reproduce it here with attribution to him, because this might

help some of you with IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrom )

 

drV

 

April 18, 2013

                                                   How About Some Peppermint?     

   As kids we’ve all enjoyed peppermint ice cream and candy. But peppermint is an age-old herbal medicine and for years has been used to treat a diverse range of problems, such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence and gallbladder disease. Moreover, in clinical trials peppermint has fared much better than other herbal remedies.

   Studies show that peppermint oil appears to be effective and safe in easing the symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. This is associated with abdominal bloating, pain, constipation or diarrhea. A study  by Italian researchers showed that 75 percent of patients who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks showed a decrease in their symptoms compared to 38 percent given a placebo. This approach is worth a try before using prescription medication.

   But don’t try peppermint oil if you suffer from heartburn. Peppermint relaxes the muscle at the end of the esophagus. This may allow food in the stomach to enter the foodpipe triggering heartburn.               

   I’ve been lax lately on medical tips due to travel. I just returned from speaking to the Canadian Health Food Association in Vancouver and a visit to Owen Sound. Now I’ll be visiting Kitchener,  Belleville and Kingston. For locations see my web site http://www.docgiff.com/

Gifford-Jones 

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