Benefits Of CBD

CBD oil benefits

CBD oil benefits are now becoming mainstream. But what exactly is CBD oil and how does it work?

CBD oil is short for Cannabidiol and is found in the oils of the Cannabis plant species, including marijuana and hemp. Cannabis oil is the concentrated liquid extract of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa – sativa being the “euphoric” type of Cannabis. Similar to the herbal extracts, the chemicals in CBD oils vary depending on how the extract is made.

Many have worried that CBD oil will give you a “high” feeling which marijuana is believed to do. However that part of the marijuana is called THC which is not used in CBD oil.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana and usually what people search for when they want to feel “high”. But unlike THC, CBD isn’t known to cause psychoactive effects. So, if you want to avoid the “high”  but still want to feel the outcome, CBD oil is a good option. Especially for those just looking for the medical CBD oil benefits and effects of cannabis.

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How Does CBD Oil Work?

Usually the method of extracting the oil from the plant for consumption is done using CO2; a temperature control applied to force concentrated CO2 through the plant. As such, the CBD molecules are confined from other plant nutrients and compounds. Thus avoiding ruining the final product, leaving a pure, distilled form of CBD which can then be put cautiously in food-safe oils.

All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. Our brains have specific receptors designed to accept cannabinoids, known as CB1 and CB2.

Such receptors are responsible for the consumption of cannabinoid molecules into your system. Resulting in psychoactive and immune responses corresponding with cannabis consumption.

When these receptors are activated within the body, serotonin and adenosine receptors are reached. Thus allowing your mood to enhance and regulate your central nervous system.  The brain can then suppress perceptions of pain and reduce stress on the mind and body.

CB1 receptors in the brain affect;

  • Coordination and movement
  • Pain
  • Emotions and mood
  • Thinking
  • Appetite
  • Memories and other functions

Whereas CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system which affect inflammation and pain.

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Ways To Take CBD Oil

There are many ways to take CBD. However, it’s important to note that the effects can vary from person to person. CBD oil is the most common form of taking pure CBD for medicinal purposes and is generally used for the purpose of either oral ingestion or through food.

Also, it can be consumed in a variety of ways which includes;

Examples include;

  1. Ingesting oil-filled capsules
  2. Eating edibles which is food infused with the oil
  3. Sprays and Creams which allows the oil to soak into your skin
  4. Vapes or Inhalation type of Pens which allows smokers to have a higher affect and get into your system quicker and are easy and quick to use
  5. Powders can even be used to mix into liquids such as protein shakes

However, the most commonly used method is with a Tincture.

A tincture allows you to easily distribute drops into your mouth or on food. A tincture may also help distinguish the bad taste. However the downside is that you cannot use it in a vape. It is not only dangerous when lighting up the oil but it also means constantly imbibing a small amount of alcohol whenever you’re trying to get your CBD. In addition, using a tincture can actually alter the quality of your food.

Click here to read more about the Dangers Of Vaping .

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What CBD Oil Benefits

First off, in addition to affecting the brain, CBD influences many body processes. Thus help to maintain a numerous amount of medical, neurological and physical conditions and appearances.

Secondly, CBD Oil can be used as an:

Moreover, help general conditions such as;

How CBD Oil Impacts the Body

Overall, CBD oil has been studied to prove the remarkable effects it has on people trying to maintain a healthy life. Whether from acne to glowing skin, or from back pain to being able to move more…CBD oil can help it!

Operation Gratitude

operation gratitude

Science has shown that gratitude is the single greatest correlation with human well-being than any other character trait. Operation gratitude is an in depth look into the affects of gratitude on your well-being and a guide to finding your inner happiness. So, to begin we must first understand, what is gratitude?

Gratitude Synonym

“Grace, gratefulness, appreciative, obligation, acknowledgment, thanks, recognition.”

Grateful Definition

“Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness.”


It’s been wisely said that, “life is a journey, not a destination. It’s not about getting there, it’s about who you become along the way.” So, this begs the question, “how do I become the best version of myself along the way?” Well, the best place to start is actually through gratitude.

  • Gratitude and appreciation for life
  • Being grateful for what is, as it is

The Science of Gratitude

An Attitude For Gratitude

  • Emotional swings
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Depression

These are all common reactions to daily pressure(s), chronic stress and broken relationships. Understandably, these are the challenges and chaos that can evoke a life of ingratitude, ‘heaviness’ and despair.  However, it’s precisely these times when you need to dig down deep and find away to transform these life stresses into grateful states of gratitude and order.  But how??

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How To Achieve Balance

We usually experience an ‘emotional charge‘ when we see more positives than negatives, or more negatives than positives in:

  • A person
  • Situation
  • Circumstance

And, the greater the charge the greater the emotion.  So, when we begin to experience lopsided emotions, we get further from our true nature. We lower our self worth and can assume a false persona such as:

  1. Self righteous and cocky when we see more positives than negatives
  2. Self deprecating and bummed out when we see more negatives than positives

However our true self is neither. Our true self is a:

  • Centered
  • Poised
  • Stable
  • Humble
  • Open hearted being

One that seeks the hidden blessings and balance in every situation.  Therefore, when we are in a state of gratitude, we are better able to balance our perceptions.

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The Art Of Gratitude

The best place to start in developing the art of gratitude is by taking some time each and every day to write a list of that which you are grateful for in a gratitude journal.  Initially this may seem difficult and perhaps repetitive. But with daily practice, new neural pathways will develop in your brain, pruning away old negative thoughts that were holding you back. In time you will create a new state of mind and eventually gratitude will be a part of your new identity.

“Many psychologists now believe that emotional intelligence is more important than IQ—both at work and at play.”

It’s All About Perception

Practice being mindful of your thoughts (metacognition) each day. Eventually you will develop the skill of balancing your perceptions by asking yourself what are the benefits (positive) and drawbacks (negatives) of the situation, circumstance or person. By doing this, your certainty and non-judgement will rise proportional to your level of gratitude.

So, now that you understand the connection between gratitude and perceptions of mind, you can now work towards:

  • Becoming more inspired and unconditionally loving
  • Decreasing the divisiveness in your mind
  • Increasing your self worth

Ingratitude is often associated with depression and despair. Whereas gratitude increases your dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain, acting as a natural antidepressant. Also, YOU must address all areas of your health for your body to heal such as your:

Many people make it all about one thing (i.e., Nutrition or exercise) and neglect the rest.  However this alone will not give your body the opportunity it needs to heal.

Looking for additional support on finding inner happiness? See how meditation can benefit your health and assist you in finding enlightenment and gratitude along the way.

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Operation Gratitude – The Key To Happiness

In conclusion, everyone wants to be loved and appreciated.  And, the appreciation you have for others is directly impacted by the appreciation and love you have for yourself.  So, once you implement operation gratitude and achieve a ‘grateful state of mind’ you, will begin to unconsciously fulfill your purpose in life by attracting the right kind of:

  • People
  • Places
  • Things
  • Events

Remember, be grateful for what you are given and you will be given more to be grateful for.

Click here for a simple action plan to work on developing an attitude of gratitude today. 

What’s Next?

In my next blog we will continue our talk about controlling our emotions.  How thinking is the language of the mind, and feeling is the language of the body. Therefore if we don’t keep our thoughts and feelings in check, our bodies eventually become the mind.

Daily Meditation And Its Place In Modern Medicine

daily meditation

Do you often feel stressed? Struggling with an ongoing eternal battle of  feeling ‘tired’ and yet ‘wired’  at the same time.  There is nothing more frustrating then lacking the ability to turn off the brain and quiet mind during times of rest. In fact did you know that being able to decompress mentally and emotionally is just as important to your overall health as it is physically for the body? This is why I want to introduce you to the practice and perks of daily meditation.

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I’m certain, many have heard about mediation in one aspect or another and how the effects can be life changing for some but how do you know if the benefits of meditation will work for you?

Well, if you’re serious about attaining better health, and not just physically, I’m talking the whole package, then take a look into the benefits meditation.

This ancient practice when done correctly:

  • Makes it easier to cope with the demands of modern life
  • Relieves stress
  • Keep your brain sharp
  • Eases pain and improves overall health

Honestly, what more could you ask for? So, let’s dive deeper into what it actually means and how to achieve the best benefits from mediation.

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The Scientific Power of Meditation

What Does Daily Meditation?

Meditation involves controlling your breathing while focusing your attention on;

  • A word/phrase
  • Mental image or object

It’s a state of thoughtless and awareness that allows you to connect with your inner self. Meditation has been practiced across different religions and has been part of many traditions for thousands of years.

In ancient times, it was used as a way to understand the mystical forces of life.  Allowing you to get closer to God and/or other higher entities. Today it commonly serves as a tool for relieving stress and achieving a state of relaxation and calm.

Throughout the day adults will be functioning in Beta; a brain wave frequency that can best implement the skills of planning, logic and reason. However as the stress of every day life begins to pile on, this frequency becomes faster and is associated with a stress response in our bodies. However, if our brain is in that state for a prolonged period of time it can lead to sickness and even chronic diseases.

The practice of meditation helps to reduce the frequency of our brain waves to a very slow pattern. It is in this state that the body will not only benefit from the feeling of relaxation but also ‘turn-off’ the stress response that we are experiencing.  This helps us return to a state of balance in the body referred to as homeostasis.

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The Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

People who practice meditation have noticed complete relief and/or management of symptoms associated with many health conditions including but is not limited to;

  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

The benefits of meditation have been repeatedly confirmed through many research papers detailing the positive impact on physical, emotional and chemical well being. Some of the benefits from meditation include;

  • Help in balancing emotions
  • Increase self awareness
  • Effective for stress management
  • Relieves the symptoms of asthma, allergies, heart disease, pain and many other stress-related conditions
  • Helps reduce blood pressure
  • Prevents and reduces depression
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Enhances mental focus and concentration
  • Supports endocrine function
  • Helps stop addictive behaviors

Harvard Study: Clearing Your Mind Affects Your Genes And Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Brain Health

Most health experts agree that meditation has a positive impact on the performance of our brain. In fact, it can alter the brains structure and boost cognitive function in as little as eight weeks in addition to:

  • Increasing attention
  • Enhancing memory
  • Help to prevent atrophy of our brain tissue

By taking all of these benefits into consideration, it comes as no surprise that the practice of mediation is becoming more and more common. If you are wondering where to start, there are many helpful tools out there via websites and apps that are readily available to guide you in the right direction.

The great thing about practicing meditation is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. This practice requires no special equipment or fancy devices. All you need is a quiet space and a few minutes of your time.

Begin taking back control of your life and your health.   Start reaping the benefits of meditation by introducing this habit into your life today!

Want to learn more ways to help alleviate stress?  Check out this article about 23 Instant Mood Boosts You’ll Want to Make a Habit.  

Effects Of Anxiety Can Disappear Just By Doing This!

effects of anxiety

With all the uncertainty that everyone has been experiencing this year, one of the most common concerns that I have been seeing in my practice lately is anxiety. Experiencing the effects of anxiety, stress, or fear are not necessarily problematic if the right coping strategies are in place.

Examples of coping strategies and tools for dealing with uncertainty include:

  • Exercise
  • Creative outlets
  • Mindfulness/prayer
  • Proper nutrition
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal support

Since we’re nearing the end of gardening season and I have herbs on the brain, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about herbs. These can help calm the mind when anxiety gets to be a little too overwhelming.

Here are five of my favourite herbs for helping to calm the mind and ease the effects of anxiety.

lemon balm herb

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm or Melissa officinalis, is a great herb for bringing some calm. In fact, the great thing about lemon balm is that it can help address stress and bring a sense of calm typically without any feelings of drowsiness. This makes it great to use in stressful situations where you may want some calm but still want to stay alert. My favourite way to use lemon balm is as a calming tea. Most people find the taste of lemon balm to be quite pleasant so it tends to work very nicely as a tea.

If you have any thyroid concerns, take some caution when it comes to lemon balm as it may interfere with the production of thyroid hormones (1).

passion flower herb

Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Passion flower, like lemon balm, is another great calming herb to use during the day when you may still need to be alert. The two actually combine quite nicely to make a calming herbal infusion or tea. Passion flower has also been studied for its effects on easing symptoms of anxiety disorders and has even been compared to pharmaceuticals used in conventional treatment of anxiety disorders (2).

Like any of the herbs mentioned here, it should not be used as a stand alone treatment for anxiety disorders but can be quite helpful when used in conjunction with other treatments.

chamomile uses

Chamomile (Matricaria recucitata)

Chamomile is a herb most people have heard of or have had experience with. However, this herb can cause some drowsiness so is best used before bed. While chamomile has shown to be helpful in managing symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (3), it also helps with digestion. This digestive aspect of chamomile makes it great for those with “anxious stomachs” especially before bed or after dinner.

My favourite way to use chamomile is as an herbal infusion or tea but it can also be used as a tincture or dried herb capsule.

Lavender Essential Oil: Best Uses & Benefits + Quick How To

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

This is another herb that many people are familiar with. If you have ever smelled lavender, you have probably experienced the relaxing effect that comes from simply smelling it. While I generally do not recommend extensive use of essential oils because of the huge amount of plant matter required to make them, lavender essential oil is one that I make an exception for. This is because of its strong calming effects.

A couple drops of lavender in a diffuser, on a pillow, or in a bath can be quite helpful in calming the mind. Please do not ingest the lavender oil, use for smelling purposes only.

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Valarian (Valariana officinalis)

Valarian or Valariana officinalis is a herb that has very strong calming or sedative properties. This is definitely one that is best taken before bed as you may not have the most productive day if you were to take it first thing in the morning.

When it comes to trying herbs for the first time, I usually recommend an infusion (like a tea) or decoction (boiling the herbs) before trying a tincture (alcohol extract). Although all three are great ways to diminish the effects of anxiety, stress and fear.

Valerian is one of the herbs I make an exception for mainly because it stinks! I’ve heard the smell described as “sweaty gym socks” and “my son’s hockey bag that hasn’t been cleaned for a week”.  Therefore, consider yourself warned. Valerian is a smelly but effective herb best taken as a tincture or dried herb capsule, especially for a restless mind that keeps you up at night.

What herbs have you tried that help you calm down? Are there any I missed? Comment below!

Remember to talk to your Naturopathic Doctor or Herbalist before using any herbal medicine

References

1. Auf'mkolk M, Ingbar JC, Amir SM, et al. Inhibition by certain plant extracts of the binding and adenylate cyclase stimulatory effect of bovine thyrotropin in human thyroid membranes.
Endocrinology. 1984 Aug;115:527-34

2. Miyasaka LS, Atallah AN, Soares BG. Passiflora for anxiety disorder. Cochrane Database Syst
Rev 2007;(1):CD004518 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17253512/

3. Amsterdam JD, Li Y, Soeller I, et al. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral
Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin
Psychopharmacol. 2009;29(4):378-382 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19593179/

Orange Essential Oil Uses And Top 5 Health Benefits

Orange Essential Oil

The benefits of essential oils can be experienced in many ways.  Have you ever walked into a room after someone just peeled open an orange?  Remember that sweet citrus aroma that filled the room?  What feelings and thoughts come to mind when you smell that aroma?  For me, I feel uplifted and refreshed. The air smells clean and usually makes me want to open an orange and eat one. Same can be experienced when using orange essential oil.

Those thoughts and feelings that you experience when smelling orange oil happen because of tiny little receptors in the nose that react to the aroma.  Those receptors speak up to the olfactory bulb where signals are sent into the limbic system and amygdala of the brain. This is where your brain does emotional learning and memory.

Click here to read, Essential Oils are More Than Just Herbs.

Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Orange Essential Oil

Benefits Of The Citrus Sinensi Orange Plant

The essential oil often called sweet orange or wild orange is from the fruit of the citrus sinensi orange plant.  The orange essential oil is pressed from the rind of the fruit.  Many studies have been conducted on citrus sinensi proving the essential oils benefits.  Here are just a few benefits from this impressive essential oil.

Boosts Mood & Improves Anxiety

Orange oil is uplifting because of its high content of limonene.  Limonene has many benefits and one is its ability to uplift mood.  Often, I will sample people with orange oil.  I ask them to think of something they don’t like and then inhale the aroma in the palms of their hands.  I can visibly see the effects this essential oil has because as they inhale you see their eyes raise, a smile appears, and their body language and posture improves.

Aromatherapists and natural health practitioners have used orange oil as a mild tranquilizer and natural antidepressant for centuries.  Because of its anxiolytic properties, you can alter your mood and enhance motivation in as little as five minutes of diffusing orange oil.  In a 2015 published study women’s stress and anxiety during labor was studied using orange oil.

One group had diffused water and one group orange oil.  The women with the orange oil reported feeling less stress and anxiety during labor than the group with water.  In this study orange oil was observed to reduce salivary cortisol level and pulse rate when diffused during pediatric dental procedures showing a reduction in anxiety during the dental procedure.  This oil has a powerful effect on emotions, you can see that by simply experiencing the oil and evidence in these studies listed.

Click here to read, Get Your Body Ready For A Baby.

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Infection Fighting Orange Oil

Like many essential oils, orange oils have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. One in vitro study discussed 10 essential oils and their ability to kill 22 different strains of bacteria and 12 strains of fungi.  Orange oil was able to kill off all strains.  Now that’s impressive!

In another study orange oil was found to prevent the proliferation of E.Coli Bacteria.  E. Coli Bacteria is a dangerous type of bacteria that present in contaminated foods.  It can cause serious reactions when ingested, including kidney failure and even death.

Click here to read, I Can’t Believe I’m Sick AGAIN – 5 Things You Need to Do to Stop the Cycle!

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Natural Surface Cleaner

Because of orange oils effectiveness against microorganisms it happens to be a fantastic oil to clean with.  Putting the oil in a glass bottle with vinegar and water can be a great non-toxic way to clean your home.  I make all my cleaning products with essential oils.  It’s safer for my pets and family and in my opinion, does a better job!

Click here to read, Are you poisoning your family?

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Provides Pain Relief

In this study from 2008, it was discussed using orange oil with ginger oil as a way to reduce joint pain in a group of elderly people.  The group received six massage sessions over six weeks and reported an improvement in pain levels at the end of the 6 weeks. Orange oil may be effective because of its strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Click here to read, How our perceptions affect our pain.

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Improves Sleep

Because of Orange oils limonene component, its calming effect can be beneficial for sleep. It was shown in this 2015 study as one of many essential oils effective for insomnia.

Try diffusing this essential oil 15 minutes before bed.  When picking your essential oils to use there are many on the market.  It’s important to understand that there is no FDA regulation on the labeling of essential oils.  Many companies are adulterating their essential oils that they sell to get more bang for their buck.

When choosing who you purchase essential oils from be sure that the company is proving to you the purity.  Not by what’s on the label but what’s in the bottle.  They should be showing you the GCMS testing of their oils.  This is the only way to know the purity of the oil.  If you choose an oil that is not pure your results may not be as effective.  Also,  you may be causing more harm than good.  Contact me to learn more about how to use essential oils for healthcare!

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Alzheimer Society of Canada

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Today you’ll discover the support system provided by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Alzheimer’s Association in the United States. You will also learn how important it is to seek Alzheimer’s help, especially if you’re a caregiver for someone suffering with Alzheimer’s.

This is the 5th and final article in a series where you have now discovered:

  • How prevalent the risk of Alzheimer’s is to everyone
  • What a deadly disease it is
  • How completely ineffective medicine is at dealing with it
  • The role of both genetics and epigenetics in both early onset Alzheimer’s and late onset Alzheimer’s
  • The link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum
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Alzheimer Society

In my first 4 articles you’ve discovered just how important it is to take a new and proactive approach when it comes to preventing the nightmare of Alzheimer’s from ever occurring in the first place.

Currently, over 5 million people suffer with Alzheimer’s in the United States who desperately need support that goes well beyond what any doctor or hospital can provide. This is where true angels can be found in the incredible efforts put forth by Alzheimer’s societies, caregivers and support workers.

Alzheimer Society Of Canada

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is located at:

20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tel: 416-488-8772 or Toll-free: 1-800-616-8816

Although there are also chapters across Canada in many major cities.

Its functions are many including to:

  1. Represent Alzheimer’s patients and their rights
  2. Provide support groups
  3. Provide education and information
  4. Encourage research and financial donations
  5. Provide support to caregivers and family members

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has gone so far as to have developed the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia.

“The landmark Charter is the culmination of over a year’s work by the Society’s Advisory Group of people with dementia, whose members represent different walks of life from across the country. The Charter defines seven explicit rights to empower Canadians living with dementia to self-advocate, while also ensuring that the people and organizations that support them know and protect their rights.”

They have also taken the position that “Canada needs a fully-funded national dementia strategy”.

Support and services for people with dementia and carers: The dementia guide

Alzheimer Association

In the United States it is the Alzheimer Association that plays this same role. One of their goals is to educate the public on the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s. According to them they are:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2.  Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3.  Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6.  New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7.  Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality
The Science of Brain Health – The Simple 7 Step Solution to Prevent the Nightmare of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer Help and Alzheimer Caregivers

My book “The Science of Brain Health – The Simple 7 Step Solution to Prevent the Nightmare of Alzheimer’s”, would seem to refer to the nightmare experienced by the person with Alzheimer’s. However, it also applies to the nightmare experienced by the caregiver.

The non-stop daily toll that is both physically and emotionally exhausting for caregivers, often family members, is heart-breaking. It can be 24/7 for 365 days of the year and go on for years. As such, it is essential that caregivers reach out and get support whenever possible. I have seen this personally and tell many of these stories in my book.

Is Alzheimer’s Communicable?

I know what you’re thinking. Alzheimer’s is not caused by a virus or bacteria so of course it’s not communicable. However, I and many other experts would disagree.

Alzheimer’s is not communicable in the sense that you’ll catch it from someone if they sneeze on you; rather, if you’re a caregiver it’s the endless stress, lack of sleep and emotional distress that do in fact play a major role in contributing to many of the 6 major causes of Alzheimer’s.

As such, the health of the caregiver (or any family member) dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient must be a priority in order for the caregiver to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer Society

What Needs To Change

As you’ve read, I can’t say enough good about the Herculean efforts put forth by these societies and especially caregivers. But here’s what has to change.

Firstly, it’s great that the Alzheimer Society of Canada has taken the position that “Canada needs a fully-funded national dementia strategy” but what strategy?

Will it be the same drug approach that is looking to reduce plaque? Even their most proactive doctors believe that their drugs failed only because they weren’t given to the patient early enough.

Or, will they continue to collect donations that go towards the same failed approach?

Furthermore, will the Alzheimer Society in the United States continue to promote the 10 warning signs that are typically way too late?  As these are not early warning signs; rather, they are indicative of someone who is already likely in stage 3 Alzheimer’s.

Therefore, if we are truly ever going to prevent this dreaded disease, we need to understand what health and prevention really mean and we must take a new approach.

Alzheimer's Disease

So What’s Next?

If you’ve got to this point in my 5 article series, likely you’re:

  1. Concerned about early warning signs that you’re personally experiencing, that a loved one is experiencing (that you may be caring for)
  2. You’re proactive enough to appreciate that you must take action to both optimize brain function and prevent the nightmare of Alzheimer’s from ever occurring in the first place.

We need to understand the true definition of health and prevention and we need a new approach. I invite you to share these articles with your friends and loved ones. Also, I invite you to discover what true health really is and a new approach to preventing Alzheimer’s by reading my book,

“The Science of Brain Health – The Simple 7 Step Solution to Prevent the Nightmare of Alzheimer’s”

Also, for those who wish to work with me, watch my masterclass “Brain Health for Life – The New Science-based Approach to Maintain Razor Sharp Memory, Laser Focused Learning and Prevent Brain Decline without Drugs Even if Your Genetics and Age Say Otherwise”.

Top 5 Brain Exercises To Improve Seniors Health And Happiness

brain exercises for seniors

So, you may be wondering, why are these brain exercises that important? Well, traditionally we work for about 40-45 years of our lives to build up enough wealth so when we’re ready, we can enjoy the sweet bliss of retirement. However, by the time retirement is in full swing many retirees, now seniors are dealing with a host of health problems. Because of this, a large portion of their time is spent visiting different doctors trying to fix their ailments rather than enjoying their fruitful ‘golden years’.

This is why it is more important than ever to encourage seniors, and really anyone you love to stay mentally active. This can help to reduce the chances of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.

The following list of activities were complied to provide seniors with hobbies or activities that they can do to help their cognitive function abilities. So let’s get to it!  Here is my top 5 brain boosting activities to help maintain and even boost cognitive health.

music therapy

Brain Exercise #1 – Musical Therapy

Musical therapy has been extensively studied in all age groups and has been proven to have a wide range of health benefits which include:

  • Heightened IQ
  • Improved mood
  • Relaxation
  • Energy
  • Increased cognitive function

Listening to music can bring up past memories and be a great form of comfort and enjoyment for seniors.

arts and crafts for seniors

Brain Exercise #2 – Arts And Crafts

Maintaining dexterity and good hand eye coordination should also be an important goal as we age. Therefore consider a variety of arts and crafts which may include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Quilting

You can even suggest partaking in the latest trend of adult colouring.  These are all excellent inexpensive options to help preserve cognitive function. Also, it’s been shown that unleashing your creativity can reduce depression, which can be an issue for isolated seniors.

Click here to explore, Crafts for Seniors: 52 Fun and Simple Ideas That Inspire.

best physical activities for seniors

Brain Exercise #3 – Physical Activity

Remaining physically active allows seniors to be more independent to care for themselves and partake in activities outside of the home. Therefore, encourage activities such as:

These all provide an engaging form of exercise that helps to not only strengthen the body but also maintain posture and agility. Furthermore, regular physical activity has also been linked to a lower risk of cognitive decline.

Now, if mobility is already a concern, chair exercises and stretches can also be incorporated to minimize further loss of mobility.

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Brain Exercise #4 – Learn A New Language

Learning a new language at any age is incredibility stimulating to the brain. In fact, when we learn a new language it stimulates the brain to multitask and can even improve memory. There have even been studies on using bilingualism as a strategy to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Click here for Oprah’s 11 Best Language Learning Apps for 2020.

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Brain Exercise #5 – Puzzles And Brain Teasers

Try including brain teasers into your daily routine to help keep your mind sharp. These can include:

Even playing cards is a fantastic way to keep the mind sharp and active. Who new brain exercises could be so much fun!

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Consider This

If you are still in the workforce, prevention during the working years is the key to a happy, healthy retirement.

Now, I understand for many this may be easier said than done! Several jobs are high pressure and high stress which over time negatively impacts our health. But remember, utilizing the brain exercises that were highlighted in this article is excellent for individuals of any age! So give it a try and begin reducing your stress and improving quality of life.

Aluminum And Alzheimer’s

Aluminum And Alzheimer's

Discover the link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum. A specific factor that affects us all.

This is the 4th article in my series. You have now discovered:

  • How prevalent the risk of Alzheimer’s is to everyone, what a deadly disease it is
  • How completely ineffective medicine is at dealing with it
  • The role of both genetics and epigenetics in both early onset Alzheimer’s and late onset Alzheimer’s
  • How essential it is for everyone take new, proactive and completely different approach regardless of your age.
aluminum and alzheimer's

Aluminum And Alzheimer’s – Is There A Link?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the science was actually science? What do I mean by that? Well, we’ve been raised to believe that science is… science. That it’s truth, factual and non-debatable. But unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

I go into far greater detail on this in chapter 7 of my new book “The Science of Brain Health – The Simple 7 Step Solution to Prevent the Nightmare of Alzheimer’s”. However, in a nutshell what we believe to be science is actual full of:

  • Bias
  • Opinion
  • Ulterior motives
  • Financial ties
  • Belief

Even the choice of the question being studied. This is exactly the case when it comes to Alzheimer’s and aluminum.

On the one hand, scientists agree that aluminum is a known neurotoxin. It’s been shown to have adverse effects on more than 200 important biological reactions and causes negative effects on the central nervous system. In fact, certain experts have gone so far as to say “without aluminum there would be no Alzheimer’s”.

On the other hand, even the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada has been quoted as stating, “current research provides no convincing evidence that exposure to trace elements of aluminum is connected to the development of dementia”. But how can both be true?

Scientists agree that aluminum is a known neurotoxin…and causes negative effects on the central nervous system.

Alzheimer's brain

Alzheimer’s, Aluminum And “Science”

Let’s get silly for a second. If you were suddenly to be pierced with a spear through the centre of your chest, would you go to the hospital and expect to have it surgically removed? Obviously you’d say yes but why? There’s never been a scientific, double-blind, randomized controlled study that “proves” that this would be the “scientific” way to go.

Now I did say we’d get silly but it illustrates the point. Some in society have become so skewed in their thinking of what constitutes evidence-based or science-based that they have lost all logic and common sense.

Does that mean we ignore science or try ridiculously unproven forms of care? Of course not; but it also means we don’t become so arrogant that we become blinded by a false understanding of science.

So, what does all this mean? Just think about. Why would any rational person want a known neurotoxin in their brain? Also, the exposure to aluminum may affect people differently dependent on their specific genetic make-up as well as other combining factors unique to that individual.

This would explain why certain people are more susceptible while other studies fail to confirm a connection. Susceptible groups would include children, patients receiving antacid or aluminum containing drugs and people with reduced renal function.

A perfect example of this is the position from medical authorities. They state “there is no consistent or compelling evidence to associate aluminum with Alzheimer’s disease. Although a few studies have found associations between aluminum levels and Alzheimer’s risk, many others found no such associations”.

So, why assume that since certain studies failed to find a connection, the ones that did must be wrong? Is it not possible that the ones that failed to find a connection were wrong? What we know for sure, as discussed in my book, is that there are 6 major causes of Alzheimer’s. One of which is in fact toxin accumulation in the brain.

have you been exposed to aluminum

Have You Been Exposed To Aluminum?

Aluminum exposure can occur through:

Diet can include food, food additives, water and aluminum equipment. For example, pans, pots, utensils and foil.

Your exposure is likely guaranteed as exposure also comes from many vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs. Even if you try to minimize these, recent research shows that these toxins can actually be passed on from previous generations.

Aluminium in Daily Life - A Health Risk?

Alzheimer’s Brain

As previously discussed, toxin accumulation is in fact one of the 6 major causes of Alzheimer’s. In today’s day and age, it’s simply next to impossible to avoid exposure to toxins and the accumulation over our lifetime. In addition to what has been passed on from previous generations.

This accumulation can have serious adverse effects on normal brain function. As such, to optimize brain function and counteract this toxin accumulation, it is essential that one properly detoxifies their brain.

There is new and significant research in this area that is highly specialized. Such programs require a minimum of 90 days (no –they’re not the 7 or 21 days “specials” that you see on the internet or infomercials). For serious exposure can sometimes take a year or longer under professional supervision.

what's next for Alzheimer's

So What’s Next?

In my 5th and final article in this series, I’ll talk about all the good that Alzheimer’s societies do. Discussing both the national and local levels in terms of support for both patient and caregiver. Also, how they must fundamentally change if they ever hope to prevent the nightmare of Alzheimer’s from ever occurring in the first place.

I’ll also discuss the tremendous burden experienced by the caregiver and the steps they must take if they are to avoid the same fate. If you’d like to skip ahead you can go to my website to:

  • Read my book “The Science of Brain Health – The Simple 7 Step Solution to Prevent the Nightmare of Alzheimer’s”
  • Watch my masterclass “Brain Health for Life – The New Science-based Approach to Maintain Razor Sharp Memory”. Or, “Laser Focused Learning and Prevent Brain Decline without Drugs Even if Your Genetics and Age Say Otherwise”.

Spring Cleaning For The Mind, Body And Spirit

spring cleaning

Spring is a time for cleaning out the cupboards, drawers, and purging any unneeded items.  Plus, let’s be honest, what else is there to while we all patiently wait for the end of COVID-19?? With that said, it is also a time to take a look at ourselves as our minds, body, and spirit deserve some self ‘spring cleaning‘ as well.

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Spring Cleaning For The Mind

The first step in spring cleaning for the mind is to throw away destructive self-talk. In other words, anything that depletes you of energy and ambition.

Start off by unplugging from negative outlets that bring your energy down. This can include:

  • Social media
  • The nightly news
  • Low energy television shows
  • Movies
  • Toxic relationships

Next, say ‘no’ to activities in your life that feel more like obligations. Don’t do something because you’re afraid to say no.  Instead, attend events that you look forward to going to.

Finally, spring is the perfect time of year to start a new project or activity that will bring joy and excitement to your life.

let's get physical

Let’s Get Physical

The warmer weather finally allows us to get outside and enjoy some much needed fresh air and Vitamin D.

Spring is the perfect time to focus on shedding excess weight that is slowing you down and putting strain on your joints. Visit the local farmers markets and enjoy the fresh produce that we will soon have access to and make refreshing smoothies, salads, and green juices.

By increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, you will naturally encourage your body to eliminate toxins and weight.

Click here to read, Are You Eating Enough Colour?

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Dry Brushing For Detox

Have you ever heard of the technique of dry skin brushing? If not you are not alone however it’s an effective way of stimulating the lymph system to detoxify the body.

How To Dry Brush

Starting at your feet, VERY gently brush your skin in upward or circular motions with a very soft bristle brush. Then, slowly begin to bring your movements up your body, along all surfaces of your skin toward your heart. Next, start at your hands and work up to your shoulders and upper back. Lastly do your chest all the way to your heart.

It feels fantastic and is a great thing to do first thing in the morning to energize your body by getting your blood flowing.

How to Dry Brush | goop

Hydration

Remember to stay well hydrated with spring water and naturally caffeine free teas.  Homemade teas can easily be made by utilizing fresh ingredients including:

Click here to read more about the health benefits of tea.

how to free your mind

Rejuvenating And Renewing Your Spirit

When we aren’t living our true purpose in life, it can be very draining on our spirit. This spring, take some time to meditate on what your true calling is and make movements to align with your calling.

Find forgiveness in your heart for people and situations that have offended you. Focus on feeling gratitude for the little things in your life. Engage in acts of kindness, whether that be for people or animals in your life. Explore new opportunities and experiences, travel, and find new ways to feed your spirit.

Regardless of what type of spring cleaning you are doing, enjoy the longer days and the warmer sun. Be fascinated with all of the miracles of new life that spring gives us.

Attitude Of Gratitude Linked To Achieving True Happiness

Attitude of Gratitude

As the late Dr. Wayne Dyer would say; “it is this attitude of gratitude that is the answer to all unhappiness in life. Focus on the things that are going well in your life, or the things that make you happy in your life, and have immense gratitude for them.”

It’s in the smallest pleasures that you can find the most to be grateful for. Spring is the perfect time of year to develop this overwhelming sense of gratitude for the beauty that begins to surround us. Take some time over this beautiful Easter weekend to focus on the people, things and special things within yourself that you are grateful for.

key to happiness

The Key To Happiness

Maybe it’s colourful sunrise or sunset. Or possibly a budding flower and the sound of birds singing. It could even be the availability of fresh produce or the warmth of the sun’s rays. The list of things to be grateful could go on and on and is going to be different for every individual. 

We are all guilty of having self doubt from time to time. However, in order to achieve true happiness, we must toss aside self doubt and focus on being your own biggest cheerleader. Don’t see an obstacle as a problem, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow.

This is a mindset that anyone can achieve, but it takes dedication to self growth and development. Talking about having an attitude of gratitude is an easy statement or piece of advice to give, but how does someone develop this attitude?

The Science Of Gratitude

How To Develop An Attitude Of Gratitude

Here is a simple action plan to work on developing an attitude of gratitude today!

  1. Dedicate 5-10 minutes every single day to sit quietly and focus on your breath. If you are a person that enjoys to meditate, this time could be spent meditating. However, you find that meditating isn’t for you, just sit quietly while focusing on your breath. Then, list 5 things that you are grateful for in your life.
  2. Start a gratitude journal to write down the things that you are thankful daily. This is often best done right before bed as a means of quieting your mind and focusing on the positives that you experienced in your day. All too often we get trapped by the negative events going on around us. However, it is more beneficial to your health if the last moments before falling asleep are focused on positive things.
  3. Review your gratitude journal regularly. Note what items tend to get repeated in your journal as this can be a good indication of what you value most in life. Then, you can focus on manifesting ways to have more experiences or interactions that you are grateful for.
  4. Detach from the outcome you expect in life. In other words, have faith that the universe is conspiring to make your dreams come true. 
  5. Spread the attitude of gratitude. Share your gratitude with the world by simply allowing the interactions you have with people to be guided by your new sense of gratitude. Also, teach your children how to keep a gratitude journal. Make a habit of talking about what you are thankful for every night before bed.

Click here to read, Gratitude – An Attitude For Success for additional information on how gratitude links to living a happy life.