Insulin Resistance...
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
2M ago
The avoidable underlying problem of many chronic diseases , Infographic credit: BreatheWellBeing.in What if you could lower your risk of a slew chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and inflammatory diseases, just by making some changes to your diet and lifestyle... giving yourself extra healthy years to enjoy life? Would you do it? Would it be worth the effort? New research suggests reversing “insulin resistance”, through improvements in diet and adding some exercise, could prevent many diseases from developing and even reverse some at early stages. And if you make these ch ..read more
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Jeannie’s Rant...
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
3M ago
Well, I’m still reading about COVID... but I think too many of us are “up to here” with anything COVID these days. We should be paying attention to the news telling us that, as predicted, COVID cases—and deaths—are increasing this fall. In fact, the company my daughter works for is closing their Montreal office and requiring all employees to work from home because of COVID. That’s making me pay attention! Stats in Quebec show It’s mainly one of the newer variants, BA-5, that’s driving their current surge, but other new versions are being closely watched. So, it’s still a good idea to grab a m ..read more
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This is no Fairy Tale... it's climate change
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
4M ago
Our home was attacked by a giant dragon over the weekend. She circled our house for hours, shaking it and roaring to let us know how strong a monster she was. She threw buckets of water at our windows, and knocked down trees and power poles with her thrashing tail. She blew the sea 3 meters higher than normal with her hot breath. Her name was Fiona. But, like the house the 3rd little pig built, our house was constructed strong and high. The weather wizards told us Fiona the dragon was coming so we had days to prepare to fight back. Anything that could move was put away or tied down. We had ex ..read more
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Searching for the true cause of heart disease...
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by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
5M ago
"The mind is like a parachute—it only works if it’s open”. Anthony J. D’Angelo. I’m what you’d call a “lifelong learner”. But, you know, recently I almost feel like it might be time to stop reading health research—I’ve been finding so many articles and books that question beliefs I’ve held throughout my pharmacist career! But I always try to keep an open mind and it’s led me down some interesting rabbit-holes of research. One thing we need to remember about science is that it constantly advances. Accepted practices (like using leeches as a treatment in the days of Hippocrates and Galen) event ..read more
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Olivia Newton-John's Legacy
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
6M ago
This week, many are mourning the loss of Olivia Newton-John, talented actress and singer. But you may not know that she also worked tirelessly to bring awareness to breast and other cancers, publicly sharing her own breast cancer journey since her diagnosis in 1992 at age 44. During her 30 years as a breast cancer survivor, she also promoted research into causes, treatment and cures of these diseases, setting up and funding a cancer research center in her home country, Australia. As well, she was a proponent of natural medicines that could be added to standard cancer treatment, including medi ..read more
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Anxiety? Depression? Is medication the answer?
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
6M ago
Let’s talk about drugs, placebos, “talk therapy” and new research... Too many of us are anxious, depressed and stressed these days, with COVID worries piled on top of everyday stressors. We know COVID is here for a while yet, perhaps for a long while. So, how do we cope? Is medication the best answer? New research suggests that other treatments are just as effective, except in the most severe forms of these conditions. Let’s start with a simplified explanation of anxiety and depression: Depression is a low mood driven by dwelling on events of the past. Anxiety is a negative mood associated wi ..read more
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Art (and the Arts) as therapy
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
7M ago
You may not know that art (drawing, painting, sculpture) and the arts (like music, drama and dance) can be therapeutic. While I didn’t think of it as a treatment, in the past I have reached for my classical guitar, even after months of not playing, when hit with one of life’s blows, but was never sure why. I’ve always found familiar music, whether listening or playing myself, has a calming almost meditative effect... especially if I sing the words in a really loud voice! My cousin, who is a retired occupational therapist, would tell me stories of how doing art on a large canvas could help tho ..read more
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The Good Side of Fat
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
7M ago
Why (and How) You Should Increase Your HDL Cholesterol Studies show that having lots of HDL-cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, also referred to as “good” cholesterol) is strongly associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease... even more than the LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol we hear about more often. This could be because we have drugs that lower LDL, but none that raise HDL significantly. What are HDL and LDL? Cholesterol is fat-soluble and doesn’t dissolve in watery blood, so it’s wrapped up in a protein coating, called a lipoprotein. Think of it as a del ..read more
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ADHD: A syndrome that needs a new name
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
7M ago
Do you, or someone close to you, have problems completing tasks or staying focused at times, but find you're able to spend long periods doing something that interests you? Do you constantly misplace things or go to another room, only to forget what it was you wanted to do when you got there? Are you oblivious to the passing of time sometimes? If so, you may have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or its close environmentally-induced cousin, VAST (variable attention stimulus trait). I mentioned a couple of blogs ago that I’m reading “ADHD 2.0”, written by two psychiatrists, Edward ..read more
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Keto? Intermittent Fasting? Working on my metabolism...
Jeannie Beaudin
by Jeannie Collins Beaudin
8M ago
My hubby and I have decided to do the Keto diet for a while. For us, Spring is a season for a reset, considering improvements in diet and lifestyle, after a winter away trying delicious new foods (and the local wines!). We’re also trying to keep our “feeding window” to 8 hours a day, as recommended on the Intermittent Fasting Diet, and have reduced our alcohol intake. One side of our family is encouraging us, citing research that has found both diets are beneficial for health and longevity. The other side of our family thinks we’re nuts... too extreme. What... no potatoes??? No breakfast??? W ..read more
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