At each stage of life, we face different health challenges. From the special care and diet for infants to staying healthy on the go for working adults, our health is always a changing landscape. But the stage of life that is becoming more and more important, health-wise? The senior years.
People are living longer than ever nowadays. Our average life expectancy in Canada is now 82.4 years, an increase of 5 years just since 1986. Advances in medicine play a big part in this improvement – however, just because we’re living longer, are we still living well?
What makes you happy? Ask ten different people this question, and there’s a good chance you’ll get at least seven different answers (a couple of people are bound to say something about family…). Well, science claims to have found a way to measure happiness.
Spring is when Vancouver comes back to life. The days are noticeably longer, the crocuses and daffodils have been around for a little while now, and the plum and cherry blossoms are starting their annual show that transforms our city streets. Unfortunately, for the approximately 1 in 6 of us that suffer from seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis – this spring beauty can be associated with a feeling of dread.
Quick survey - do you suffer from most or all of the following?
Happy New Year! One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make is that they will finally quit smoking.
Whatever your reasons for doing so (for your health, financial reasons, providing a good example for your kids, no longer wanting to go around smelling like an ashtray), they are your reasons, and they’re crucial to your success. Unless you truly want to quit, you probably won’t be successful. Even IF you truly want to quit, you might not make it. But the single more important contributing factor to your success? Turns out it’s the number of times you try! If at first you don’t succeed…
...without trying the natural alternative first.
Natural supplements, or nutraceuticals, have been given a bad rap lately – which, in some cases, has been absolutely warranted. But natural formulas that actually contain what they claim to contain, and that are formulated to have maximal efficacy can be equal to their pharmaceutical counterparts – but without the laundry list of side effects.
“I’ve tried (insert popular natural health supplement here) before, it didn’t work for me”.
“I’ll just pick them up at Costco, I can get them cheaper there”.
These are variations on phrases every naturopathic doctor has heard from a patient at some point in their practice and it can sometimes be hard to explain to patients why our supplements cost more than most brands sold over the counter.
"Doctors in North America write, on average, 13 prescriptions per person, per year. With all these medications, shouldn't we be getting healthier?"
Take a few minutes to watch the video below. It outlines how one average couple realizes the importance of including a naturopathic doctor in their personal health team.
Credit to NaturMedic and Dr. Michael Prytula, ND. Video created by www.TheDrawShop.com.
Happy Movember! Or, "Happy that Movember is Almost Over" for some. Since Movember exploded out of Australia about a decade ago, this month has become synonymous with an excuse for men to grow bad facial hair (in some cases) in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness. But regardless of their varying levels of success - in my opinion, anything that gets men talking about their health is awesome.
Reuben Dinsmore is a naturopathic physician in Vancouver, BC interested in opening up the lines of dialogue around health.