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Eye Health with Bryce Wylde Vision Health Month

Eye Health – An Interview with Bryce Wylde

Our eye health is far more than going for corrective lenses.

May is Vision Health Month. A few statistics from the CNIB:

  • There are more than 5.5 million Canadians with a major eye disease that could cause vision loss.
  • The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase nearly 30 per cent in the next decade.

As the CDC says ….. 80% of  our chronic illness could be prevented.  The same applies to our vision ……75%  of vision loss can be treated or prevented.

“Eat organic food. Drink pure filtered water. Identify eye health with Bryce Wylde on Best In Health Radiodeficiencies. Supplement for prevention. Practice mindfulness. Your health is an investment, not an expense………”

and….

“All of the cells in our body are constantly regenerating, cells die and new ones are formed. Look in the mirror – the person you see now will be totally different in a couple of years. Think of investing in our health as creating the next you, the best you. Self version 2.0 ➨2.5➨3.0″…………Bryce Wylde

Bryce Wylde is an Integrative medicine expert, clinician, television host, educator, author, and philanthropist, and host of Wylde On Health. Associate Medical Director at P3Health | CityTv Health Expert | Medical Advisor DrOZ show | Director My Health Report

We learn from Bryce:

  • Eyesight vs. eye health
  • Nutrition for eye health
  • Exercise & physical activity
  • Diseases of the eye…Glaucoma, diabetic neuropathy,
  • The eyes are the window to our souls, and our health
  • Digital eye strain use the 20/20/20 rule for all of our electronic devices
  • Sleep
  • The sun
  • Dry eyes
  • Medications and our eye health – both prescription and OTC – how often do you see a warning about effect on the eyes on the warning labels
  • When to see an eye health professional…optometrist, ophthalmologist, naturopath…

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – Founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: World IBD Day

Inflammatory  Bowel Disease: About 5 Million People Worldwide suffer from IBD

World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and unites people worldwide in their fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,  known as inflammatory bowel disease. 38 Countries on 4 continents participate in world IBD day to bring attention to these debilitating, yet far too common diseases. 

IBD, which stands for inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.

Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine). Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.

People of any age can get IBD, but it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.

Economic Cost of IBD:

Estimates of direct and indirect costs range between $14.6 and $31.6 billion in 2014. There is a significant healthcare burden associated with IBD. Although treatment expenses make up a significant portion of the cost of IBD, studies show that inappropriate treatment, lack of adherence to therapeutic regimens, or suboptimal treatment increase the cost burden. Costs for IBD include hospitalizations, the eventual need for surgery due to disease complications, and physician visits.

The staggering economic burden of IBD makes early diagnosis, coupled with effective treatment at onset, imperative.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 2017 Best In Health RadioDid you know Canada has the highest prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the world? 1 in every 150 Canadians suffers from the IBD, and this number is increasing, specifically among Canadian children.  A study published last month with data from five provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec — tracked children under 16 years of age who had been diagnosed with IBD between 1999 and 2010. The number of children under 16 living with IBD in Canada increased by 60% over the ten year period.  Why does Canada have one of the highest incidence of childhood-onset IBD in the world?

Part 1.

May 19th is World IBD Day, and Oshawa-resident Robert Cutting  opportunity to shares his personal IBD experience and how he manages his symptoms each and every day.

  • IBD and other autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Biologic treatment
  • The necessity of a healthy diet
  • The necessity of physical activity
  • alcohol consumption
  • Pursuing treatment

Part 2:

Dr. Eric Benchimol:  Dr. Benchimol specializes in the treatment and assessment of pediatric digestive disorders. His clinical expertise includes children with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). Dr Benchimol is Physician, CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.  Dr. Benchimol is also Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa

  • IBD vs. IBS
  • Our Microbiome – its reach – known and potential influences on our health

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease and our  Microbiome on Best In Health Radio
    Dr. Eric Benchimol
  • Early childhood – a critical stage for the development of our microbiome
  • Our gut as the first step in our immune system
  • Knowing the symptoms of IBD & IBS, typical and atypical signs
  • Nutrition & Diet: Diet could be the future of Crohn’s
  • Exercise – strength training for bones attacked by Crohn’s
  • Environmental influences thought to influence IBD & IBS
  • Inflammatory Cytokines
  • Medications, antibiotics and the microbiome
  • hygiene hypothesis…….
  • words of advice to parents

Part 1 –  Robert Cutting:

Part 2 Dr. Eric Benchimol:

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – Founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Family Day 2017 – Keep Them Exercising

Family Day 2017 – Making it About True Love – Exercise

For family day 2017, make it a true celebration of family love. Show each other how much you want to keep them alive and vibrant, for as long as possible. Make exercise a family affair.

I truly hope this true story, hurts you to action…….make this the most meaningful Family day…

Two and a half years ago my dad had fluke accident in our home, at the age of 87 he fell and broke his leg. Well, my dad is an avid tennis player, gym enthusiast, has a Nordic Track in his bedroom, and takes bike treks with his buddies (the ones 20 years his junior) for hundreds of kms. Even at his age, he had a fabulous recovery, blowing the minds of all health professionals who worked with him. Because he was (and still is at 89) an incredible athlete and remarkably fit, he had a full recovery, Thank God.

When this happened, as can be expected, my mother who is 8 years his junior, freaked out. She has always been, since I have know her, to be a chronic Jewish mother. Being the diligent, brilliant wife, she stood by his side, panicked with every movement, ache and pain. Let me mention a few minor details.
There is a live in housekeeper to help
There are 3 major exercise machines in that house: the Nordic Track, a treadmill and a recumbent bike. There are weights, resistance bands, lots of stairs connecting the 3 levels of the home ….zero excuse not to exercise
At this time, my mother also had a gym membership to a club 4 km from their home. She and my dad have a bicycle built for 2 that they regularly attracted smiles and coos from all, seeing a couple at their age, riding together. They actually looked like the hottest couple you could imagine.

I encouraged my father to continue to do exercises from his bed, knowing that irrelevant of his injury – his body was still depending on all that physical activity, and will not respond kindly if he just quit. Mom stood vigil by his bedside….worrying, nagging….as could be expected. I got after her to continue going to the gym – she loved her zumba class and had a few favourite machines. She refused to leave my father at all. He pleaded with her to go and look after herself (I think he also wanted the break!), being without any doubt the most stubborn person that ever walked this planet – she still refused. We all reminded her there are exercise machines in the house, multiple ways to exercise at home. BTW, my mother gets on a home machine, and suddenly 3 minutes converts to 30 minutes in her mind.

That was the beginning of the end, and nobody can convince me otherwise. Her physical activity came to a screeching halt, and since then she has had sporadic, at best, exercise and physical activity.

I begged, pleaded, showed her the studies on exercise against aging body and mind, chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, osteoporosis….we know the list goes on and on. She would try and convince me she exercised, I knew what she called a workout, I saw it many times. This is why I loved her taking the classes – it kept her going. I live 500 km from my folks, still,I skyped and spoke about it constantly with her. I got her to the gym when visiting me in Toronto, when I was in Montreal shamed her on to her home machines…. my dad was always after her – she always had a pathetic excuse….busy (really ?!?!?), tired (tired because she didn’t exercise) waiting for a phone call, the grocery delivery…..”I will exercise tomorrow!” – yes we all know what that means.

I have always said – there is one bad thing about exercise – that is, if you quit – your body has spiteful, retaliatory measures beyond the most devious, diabolical mind. Whether you have a broken leg, flu, busy schedule – your body does not care – it needs to circulate, refresh, respect and pamper that precious muscle mass……and yes of course modifications are necessary for every circumstance and condition. Exercise and physical activity are just as vital as breathing, eating, sleeping and brushing your teeth. Never quite exercising….if your child went missing, you would search with every breath inside. If you are short on time, have an injury,……You MAKE the time for physical activity. Not getting to the gym is NO excuse.

“The fitter you are, the harder you fall.”
– Harry Pino, a senior exercise physiologist at the Sports Performance Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

My mom had been a diabetic for about 30 years. She is a colon cancer survivor (23 years ago) – she is one of the great stories. Regular exercise, including both strength & cardio respiratory, are vital to diabetes and colon cancer prevention and recovery.

Family Day 2017 Celebrate with family exercise Best In Health Radio
Me and My Mom

Over the last 2 years, I have watched her fall apart, mentally and physically. It is now happening at a gasping speed. The neurodegeneration is devastating, clearly evident to all eyes. She cannot climb stairs, her biomechanics are so wonky that her walking is atrocious, destroying joints and causing intense pain. She is popping pain killers now, which my dad controls. She cannot get in and out of a bath, get off the toilet alone, her ability to remember, calculate, function is heart breaking. She was always the Scrabble queen…..that has gone with the muscle. Use it or lose it is a guaranteed fact about muscle mass. We have to use it much more (more does NOT have to mean intensity)  as we age……

This is not a necessity of “old age”.  A gentleman in my gym is in his late 90s and he runs up the stair master and makes us all feel like slack offs. Look at my dad. Sure, many of us know it gets more challenging as we age to keep fit, and the term fit is going to evolve and be defined differently as we age.

We don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. If you have time to breathe, you have time to exercise. If you have time to watch television or a social life, you certainly have time to exercise. Instead of that movie marathon on family day 2017, see how long you can all keep physically active together.
Someone keeps you on the phone? Get up and walk while they blab. You’re a busy mom? The very best gift you can give your child is you.

Ya know, my mom use to tell me all the time when my kids were young and I had to earn the living and raise my kids, I was terribly sleep deprived….she always told me:

“Shira you are no good to anyone dead.”

Author, My Mom

This is so unnecessary. Again, there is zero doubt in my mind this avalanche started when she quit exercising. I don’t believe in coincidence. My Rabbi once told me “coincidence was God’s way of remaining anonymous”. Maybe the exercise was staving off impending doom, we do not know. But I do know that this was the beginning of all of our heartache. I cry multiple times a day, as I work with people that were stricken by disease, and I watch the magic of exercise. I know I’m being a bit spoiled here – I am in my mid 50s and have my mom, unlike many of my girlfriends. This disintegration of her mind and body, was completely unnecessary – dare I say with my own mother – lifestyle induced. Then again, the CDC does tell us 80% of chronic illness could be prevented with appropriate lifestyle choices.

Exercise is truly our BFF in life. If you think “I tried exercise and it didn’t work” please think beyond the superficial. Think about muscles, bones, blood, heart, kidneys, liver, DNA, telomeres, cholesterol, immune function, brain, cognitive function, prevention of carcinogenesis, how many medications would be irrelevant with exercise……even if you don’t know what some of those are. Think about the very best possible Anti aging serum – we can all appreciate that.
I believe every miserable situation must have a silver lining that we have to seriously dig to learn. I am writing and publishing this with the hope it can be a silver lining to many people, and give them a massive kick in the … to exercise irrelevant of their excuses, or be successful in getting their loved ones to exercise.
Breathe life, exercise faithfully, be loyal to yourself and all those that you love. Exercise is beyond any shadow of a doubt, life’s breath.

The very best way to show love for another is by nurturing their health. Truly celebrate family day 2017 – celebrate your lives together as a family with exercise! I am spending family day 2017 with my mom  and dad and all grown up sons…there will be exercise (and Scrabble)!

I can’t make this stuff up – Check out the science….have a wonderful, meaningful family day!

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/preventing-alzheimers-disease/search-alzheimers-prevention-strategies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2917219/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8282588

http://www.livestrong.com/article/555339-the-effects-of-stopping-exercise/

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health, family day enthusiast

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

 

 

Proper Stretching for a Healthy, Functioning Body

Proper Stretching  – Imperative For a Functioning Body

Proper stretching is a vital, yet far too overlooked, component of maintaining efficient biomechanics, or body mechanics. Even if you are less active, which I hope you are not, Proper stretching on Best In Health Radiostretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, preserving flexibility to maintain  range of motion in the joints. Without proper stretching, muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when the muscles are called on for activity, they are weak and unable to fully extend,  putting us at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. These effects worsen dramatically with age from the biomechanical,  compression and postural destruction.

Proper stretching is imperative. However, many people either do not stretch, or stretch incorrectly. Many fitness trainers do not demonstrate proper stretching. We have many old myths on stretching we need to eliminate:

  • ballistic stretching (bouncy, yoyo stretching….sorry Jane Fonda)
  • over stretching  (hot yoga participants please listen)
  • mistaking strength training and stretching
  • when to stretch
  • how long to hold a stretch
  • confusing the muscle between contracting and stretching

With proper stretching, we can prevent many debilitating postural issues (such as Dowagers Hump), lower back pain, preserve muscle mass, and prevent chronic pain and joint and bone erosion.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, patients with musculoskeletal conditions incur total annual medical care costs of approximately $240 billion, of which $100 billion is from lower back pain. How many spinal fusion surgeries and other compression injuries can we  prevent with proper physical activity and stretching?

In an encore appearance….Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions. Please refer to our show with Marjorie on Scar Tissue.

 

 

 

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies

Scar Tissue  – The Damage and The Release

Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions.

 

 

 

 

scar tissue starts in childhood Best In Health Radio
A kiss and a bandaid on a BooBoo does not prevent future implications from falling off that bike!

Recognizing that a simple scar from a childhood fall to major surgery as an adult can have a lifelong physiological and psychological effect on the body, yet is the most ignored and misunderstood part of recovery. Marjorie Brook designed a scar tissue release system that approaches the multi faceted matrix of fascia three dimensionally.

 

 

 

 

Scar tissue from Mastectomy Best In Health RadioAccording to the CDC last year in the United States there were:

  • More than half a million heart surgeries;
  • Approximately 50,000 women a year mastectomies;
  • 307,000 breast implant surgeries;
  • More than 465,000spinal fusions;Scar Tissue from Spinal Fusion Best In Health Radio
  • 498,000Hysterectomies;
  • 1.3 million Cesarean sections;
  • 719,000Total knee replacements;
  • 332,000 Total hip replacements.

 

Despite the high number of surgeries, most patients are never given pre or post surgery protocols to prevent scar tissue formation. A recent study found that 9 out of 10 people who’d had a routine surgical procedure within the past 6 to 12 months were unhappy with their surgical scar, while 7 in 10 felt they were “more concerned than their surgeon was about the scar.”

Scar Tissue Release Best In Health RadioFor many people, Scar Tissue Release therapy is the last chance to avoid surgery or the answer to pain free recovery after all other therapies have failed.  Most are unaware that their body’s functions are being altered by scar tissue or that their ailments and physical limitations can be remedied without the need for surgery or pills. The reason for this is because you’re essentially held together by one huge single sheet of connective tissue, or fascia. This fascia wraps around your entire body like an intricate spider web and influences the way you function — from your muscles and your bones, to your organs, nerves, veins and arteries.  Any kink, pull or restriction in one area can affect everything else. If your movements are restricted, your muscles and your organs will be forced to work harder. If your nerves and vessels are trapped, your circulation can be restricted.

 

“[I] wanted to quickly share the Marjorie Brook love. After attending a seminar I shared my ‘cancer thriver with long term jacked up-ness’ story with Marjorie. It took about 2 seconds for her to invite me back to their room where Marjorie worked her ‘special brand of magic’ on my neck scar and jaw. After 16 1/2 years, I can once again feel cold and heat on my neck. My nagging left SI joint is now happy. I can speak like a ‘normal’ person. My face is thinner. My nose is back to the center of my face. My sinuses are clear. I can HEAR out of my right ear (had no idea I wasn’t hearing well out of that ear for 16 years). In short, Marjorie changed my life. Excuse me while I go bawl like a big ol’ baby . . . Again. If you or anyone you love (or even remotely care about) needs scar tissue work, Marjorie is the one to see.” Karen Rossler, Washington D.C.

 

Marjorie works with all ages and professions (from the corporate desk bound to serious athletes).  Issues such as breast reconstruction/implants/reductions, childhood injuries, C-sections and all surgeries, no matter the age of the scar (3 months to 50 years old)  can be released. Utilizing the S.T.R.A.I.T. Method, she is able to focus on releasing restricted tissues Scar Tissueto restore full range of motion and eliminating pain and congestion in the body. Marjorie’s private practice is located on Long Island and she travels throughout the US, Europe & Canada  sharing her work so others can learn this beneficial technique.
A previous client with arthritis in both shoulders came for treatment once she had tried all other types of therapy ranging from shots, exercises and acupuncture. She had this to say about Marjorie’s scar tissue work:

 

“I did not know that my life was about to change. I went to a vascular specialist and an acupuncturist, neither could alleviate my pain. Then I met Marjorie. Marjorie saw the condition of my leg and explained to me about scar tissue therapy and how it worked. She concentrated on my leg during the first massage and I was amazed at the immediate results. The pain had subsided and it was easier to walk. After a year of coming every other week I am completely pain free. The results of her treatment changed my life. Not only for my leg but because of the overall stress relieving therapeutic experience. This therapy was the best gift I ever received!” Donna Tally, Long Island, NY

Marjorie Brook, International Educator, Therapist, Author and creator of the STRAIT MethodTM is one of the most dynamic instructors in the manual therapy world today. Leaving the high-pressure, low fulfillment world of network television, Marjorie found her calling in health and wellness. Forever the innovator, Marjorie began blending some of the most proven and successful therapeutic techniques, eventually developing her own system for alleviating the trauma caused by scar tissue and fascial issues. Seeing a void in materials and information concerning proper stretching Marjorie released Flexibility First: A Fitness Approach for Life. Two series of stretching manuals which provide easy user-friendly guides for stretching oneself and clients to achieve balance throughout the body. Included are protocols for working with major diseases and injuries. A sought-after speaker, consultant and practitioner, Marjorie’s seminars have received glowing reviews from attendees of all experience levels. Her articles have been featured in Massage Today (USA), Massage World (UK) and American Fitness Magazine. Scar tissue is one of the most common, yet perplexing issues faced by massage therapists and other healing professionals. While several methods may work around the problem, Marjorie Brook will show you how to clear scar tissue with instant results.

Listen to our show…….please excuse my cold!

A few ways to reach Marjorie:

https://www.facebook.com/flexibilityfirst/      https://www.instagram.com/brookseminars/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/user/Brookseminars                https://twitter.com/marjoriebrook

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator, Speaker

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

New Year’s Resolutions With Mindfulness

New year’s Resolutions – Making them Mindful

Unfortunately, New Year’s Resolutions are often made flippantly – maybe we really do have

New Year's Resolutions with Mindfulness

the best intentions, but no plan goes into integrating them into our busy lifestyle. Let’s face it – we are all masters of resistance to change. Change can very often be good.  Personal growth comes from change.

 

Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~ Mark Twain

We all know what a new year’s resolution is – but let’s first talk about mindfulness – I think its become more of a cliche – rather than appreciating it for its full worth – kind of an oxymoron.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Focusing on this moment or topic, pushing aside other distractive thoughts. When we’re mindful, we observe our thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting our life pass us by, mindfulness means living in that moment learning  and awakening to experience.  In our world of priding ourselves on multitasking –  mindfulness, focus and most of all planning are tossed aside.

Only 8% of people who make resolutions attain their goal and  24% of people who make Mindful New Year's resolutions Best In Health Radioresolutions year after year never reach their goals. So this year – let’s be our own anomaly  – impress ourselves – and come up with a systematic plan – rather than flying by the seat of our pants.

For that decision to become a reality, it requires us to develop a series of habits, activities and supporting behaviors  that become second nature to us, and that will keep us moving in the direction of the goal.

1) Reality: we need to make them realistic – please no “I will learn to hate eating chocolate” or “I will lose 30 pounds by March.” So please make new year’s resolutions  realistic, sustainable goals. No setting ourselves up for failure.  Write out your plan – make sure it is realistic.

2) Choosing Our Best Support System:  I believe one of the most important of all is choosing carefully who we invest our time with. Example: Say we are really serious about quitting smoking this year. We know being around those who smoke is going to make it more difficult – for many reasons. Very often those people will try and talk us out of our resolution, as it makes them feel less guilty. Don’t go there. But share your new year’s resolution with people you know will support you, not lecture you, and cheer on your successes.

3) Ritualize: Psychology tells us on average it takes 2 months to form a new habit – of course this will fluctuate. Example: Let’s say we want to be physically active every day.. OK fine – we might not make it to that run, or the gym every day – but on those days we do not have a “workout” find something else to keep you in the activity mindset.  March in place standing at your desk, work with a resistance band while sitting down – pay respect to that resolution in some way every day, even if the activity isn’t for as long or as intense.

4) Expect to Hone Your New Year’s Resolutions: No my way or the highway – you might have to hone and modify your goal.  In the modification – add a timeline – how each month we can add a little something to fully reach or exceed the goal.

5) Inventory your Life: Take a good hard look at your life – what time zappers we can eliminate. No hoarding – clean up any clutter – emotional or material in your life.

6) Track and measure progress: It is well known and accepted that people who keep food and/or exercise journals have far more success with their goals. If the behaviour is worthy of a mindful resolution – it is worth tracking. Adding a section to your daily calendar – an app – whatever will be the most accessible for you to commit to.

7) Word Your New Year’s resolutions is a positive way: Design it as something you really want to achieve – not another miserable task you know you should do.

8) Add a Monetary Commitment: aka put your money where your mouth is. If you want to get in shape – hire a trainer – don’t just get a gym membership or an exercise machine at home. You know what the number one use of the home treadmill is? Hanging laundry. A trainer will keep you dedicated to your resolution, hopefully be fun and help you really love your resolution and want to continue.

9) Make New Year’s Resolutions You Actually Want to Achieve:  Only commit to a New Year’s resolution if it is something you want to do – not because you should do it. If it is something you should do – you first need to analyze it – and turn it into something that you mindfully – feel the worth and value outcome of the commitment. Change your mindset.

10) Identify Rewards: How do you know – how will you recognize you are achieving this New Year's Resolutions identify rewardsgoal? Will you feel physiological rewards? Example: Quitting smoking: focus on the reward of getting rid of the smoker’s cough, the self pride, visualize your lungs healing. Get those pictures of the smokers vs. non smokers lungs. Look up all those steps about how your body recovers from 1 day without a cigarette to 1 year and beyond. Add the mindfulness – know the rewards, track them, pat yourself on the back.

A healthy, happy 2017 all of us. Let’s remember, keeping healthy requires a mindful commitment, it does not just happen. May we become more mindful about ourselves, and the world around us. May we achieve all of our mindful New Year’s resolutions.

 

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & proudly speaker at the International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit December 2016:

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Breast Cancer Awareness = Alcohol Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Necessitates Facing the Realities of Alcohol

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The truth is drinking alcohol is a game of Russian Roulette for breast cancer.

Fuel to the fire, alcohol to estrogen..… Alcohol is a cause of breast cancer. There is no such thing as a little poison, poison in moderation. Poison is poison. Alcohol is NOT our friend. One in eight women will get breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness:

All major cancer institutions agree – the 3 most influential lifestyle choices paramount to maintaining breast health are:

  • controlling body fat level
  • limiting alcohol
  • Being physically active

They are all important – being vigilant about 2, does not ease the burden of onus on the  third.  All 3  of these lifestyle factors have a common theme – they all either add to the estrogen load, or estrogen exposure (body fat and alcohol) or they ease the hormonal strain from estrogen (physical activity).

Women who are carriers of any of the inherited defective genes, BRCA, PALB2, HBOC… have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Minimizing, even better eliminating alcohol would be an  outstanding prophylactic choice. Alcohol is also associated with an increased risk of recurrence of breast cancer.

 

Shira Interviewed on Rehabilitative Medicine, Doctor Radio Sirius XM, Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

A few myths to dispel and annihilate immediately:

  • A glass of wine a day is NOT good for you – not for your heart, not for any part of you
  • The health effects of alcohol start with the very first glass
  • Alcohol does not reduce stress, it causes physiological stress, oxidative stress, inflammation, cellular dysfunction.

“Moderation”, social drinking, are vague concepts perpetuated by those marketing alcohol       ….they are not representative of guidelines supported by  health professionals.  These are concepts people want to believe, and many health professionals believe they encourage people to drink more. True breast cancer awareness means we cannot hang on to old myths but must heed to current scientific research.

One drink equals:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

The National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. In 1988, the IARC (International Agency for Cancer Research) declared alcohol a carcinogen

The fact is that alcohol is a contributing factor to all of our major illnesses…heart disease, at least 7 types of cancer, liver disease, obesity, mental health issues, immune dysfunction,  with inflammation being at the root cause. I feel compelled to mention here heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, in fact, more women than all cancers combined.

According to the CDC, alcohol costs  each year:

  • 88,000 lives. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 20,000 cancer deaths in the US per year are attributed to alcohol. 15% of those deaths were breast cancer. This equals 6,000 breast cancer deaths per year in the US attributable to alcohol. What is even more shocking, studies in New Zealand showed that the majority of women whose breast cancer was attributed to alcohol, drank no more than “a glass a day”. A real slap of breast cancer awareness!
  • $223 Billion Dollars: health care costs, lost productivity at work, motor vehicle accidents, criminal justice system
Breast Cancer Awareness - Alcohol and breast cancer Best In Health Radio
The Many Health Effects of Alcohol: An interview with Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen, Surgical Urologist Dr. Andrew Siegel, Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Diamond & Public Health Physician & Author of the July 2016 study “Alcohol Causes Cancer” on Best In Health Radio

In July 2016, New Zealand Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist Dr. Jennie Connor released an extensive study commissioned by the Center for Addiction. The study was a compilation of thousands of world wide meta analyses studying the relationship between alcohol and cancer. The conclusion was that alcohol causes cancer in at least 7 sites in the body. I have had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Connor twice. Once on her own, and the second time with a panel of 3 other health professionals I assembled, discussing the many health effects of alcohol: Dr. Holly Andersen, Cardiologist,  Dr. Michael Diamond Psychiatrist, & Dr. Andrew Siegel, Surgical Urologist.

Breast Cancer Awareness……..There are a number of ways in which it is thought that alcohol causes breast cancer.

  • Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
  • Girls aged 9 to 15 who drink three to five drinks a week have three times the risk of developing benign breast lumps,  which are associated with a higher risk  (500% higher risk) of breast cancer later in life. One particular of these studies from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Dr Graham Colditz study author states ‘“If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 13 percent”. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 40% of college age women admit to binge drinking…..those that admit.
  • Alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde in our body, damaging the DNA, in a number of possible ways and preventing cells from repairing this damage
  • Alcohol causes rapid regrowth of liver cells, which frequently have altered DNA
  • Alcohol is a solvent. When someone consumes alcohol and smokes they exponentially increase their risk for cancer as the alcohol enables the mutagenic chemicals in the tobacco to be better absorbed into the body
  • Alcohol is a cause of oxidative stress, producing ROS – Reactive Oxygen Species which alter the DNA
  • Alcohol encourages the body to store fat. It provides the body with almost  as many calories as fat, yet there is no benefit to the body, only burden. We know body fat cells can be thought of as active endocrine glands, secreting hormones upsetting hormonal balance. Hormonal balance is critical in disease prevention.
  • Still being studied…alcohol interferes with folate metabolism – which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • As I try and mention in every article I write, our muscle mass is our BFF – Best Friend Forever – protecting us from illness in numerous ways, their great looks is merely a reward for good effort. Muscles are critical for immune function, sugar regulation, metabolism…just to name a few. Alcohol lowers testosterone levels (critical for both men and women to build muscle and as we mentioned earlier raises estrogen levels.  Alcoholic Myopathy – Alcohol destroys muscle mass AND interferes with protein synthesis, not allowing the body to build more muscle mass. In an alcohol free body – studies have shown us people have the ability to grow muscle mass well into their 90s. Alcohol also depletes the body of many vitamins and minerals critical to muscle growth.
  • Alcohol dehydrates, proven in numerous studies hydration is a key step in cancer prevention

Abstaining from alcohol for periods of time and binge drinking (defined as 4 or more glasses of alcohol per sitting (see measures of a glass above) is associated with pancreatic cancer.

A glass of wine a day is not good for the heart. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 500mg of Resveratrol ( used as the rationalization that wine is healthy) are necessary to provide health benefits. A glass of red wine has 12.5mg of resveratrol. To meet the potential health benefits of resveratrol would require drinking 40 litres of wine per day. Older studies which tried to claim that a glass of wine a day was good for you have been dissected, proving what was thought as a benefit of the alcohol, has been attributed to other factors, not the alcohol. The scientific methods in these studies was painfully loose. I think we can all think of a number of heart smart activities!

The bottom line is: Alcohol is a carcinogen and increases our risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. Breast Cancer awareness necessitates accepting the realities of alcohol on breast cancer. It increases our risk of most chronic diseases. We can still engage in the many social aspects of drinking alcohol, we can substitute the alcohol with other choices…….save our money and our health!

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & proudly speaker at the International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit December 2016:

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation – A cause I am very proud to say I am contributing to……..
A summit for healthcare practitioners:
Physios, physical therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Breast Surgeons, Oncologists, Radiotherapist, Exercise Physiologists, Mastectomy Prosthesis and Bra fitters, Breast Cancer Navigators, Yoga and Pilates trainers, Clinical Psychologists, Researchers
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Best In Health Radio

December 6th – 11th

Experts from across the world will speak about their work and their findings in the area of breast cancer rehabilitation. Health care professionals and researchers will present their experience with assessments and treatments designed to facilitate the process of recovery from: breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. Understanding and managing barriers to breast cancer rehabilitation will also be addressed by speakers.

This summit will help health care professionals understand the impairments experienced by many patients during breast cancer rehabilitation and learn more about current leading treatments and interventions.

Understanding the breadth of rehabilitation options and practices can help clinics and clinicians to better direct breast cancer survivors to the rehabilitation services that will enhance their recovery.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Online Summit Best In Health Radio
View the presenters for the online summit here:
Register for the Online  Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit and receive:
  • Emails about the summit presenters leading up to the summit.
  • Links to gain free day pass to the online presentations.
  • Email notice of new presentations over 5 days.
  • Purchase option for the entire summit to listen to in your own timeframe.
  • Access to presenter’s post summit masterclass information.

Online Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit Denise StewartDenise Stewart

Organizer of Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Denise Stewart is an Occupational Therapist and has provided rehabilitation services to people after breast cancer diagnosis for more than 25yrs.  Denise is a sole practitioner and has created several international projects over the last few years-  Share Cording Protocols project and Mastectomy Scar Assessment Survey.

Developing networks with like minded therapists and sharing information to others working in this field has been wonderful for maintaining creativity in a field where text books and research does not yet offer best treatment and assessment answers.

Watch it on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

 

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & proudly speaker at the conference:

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

The Many Health Effects of Alcohol

The Many Health Effects of Alcohol – Learning with  4 Health Specialists

Alcohol is the #2 cause of death worldwide.

The effects of alcohol reach every system of the body. Stats courtesy of CDC:

  • 88,000 deaths/year attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • 100,000 persons die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides and suicides.
  •  Approximately 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime.
  • Because of the astounding 80,000 deaths that are related to alcohol abuse every year, alcohol abuse is the third highest cause of death in the U.S.
  • Approximately 7,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16 take their first drink every day, which is a major problem because those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption cost the United States $223.5 billion in 2006. This amounts to about $1.90 per drink, or about $746 per person
    • Chronic Disease: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
    • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
    • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
    • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
    • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
    • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.
Effects of Alcohol Best In Health Radio
You don’t have to be an “alcoholic” to suffer from the health effects of alcohol

Alcohol kills tens of thousands yearly consuming health by many insidious routes through out the body. The effects of alcohol are far reaching, operating on many levels. A glass of alcohol a day is NOT good for us, it does not relax us, and yes even a small amount can have numerous, detrimental health effects.

The Many Effects of Alcohol was assembled to bring together health specialists from a number of different perspectives, to educate the public on the facts, and dispel the many myths associated with alcohol consumption. The effects of alcohol start with the very first drink.

Our goal is to educate. Alcohol is justified and rationalized into lives constantly. We all make decisions. Let’s base our decisions on scientific fact, not rumours and here say. One does NOT have to be an “alcoholic” to suffer the many debilitating effects of alcohol.

 Health Effects of Alcohol – our panel:
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Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen

 

Castle Connolly and New York Magazine have selected Dr. Andersen as one of New York’s Best Doctors every year since 2010. She speaks extensively on preventive cardiology, cardiovascular disease in athletes and in women. Holly Andersen is a medical advisor to the Ladies’ Home Journal. She has been an on-air medical consultant to ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Evening News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Fox Television Network, The Fox News Channel, The British Broadcasting Company, and MTV.

 

Effects of Alcohol on Best In Health Radio
Dr. Andrew Siegel, Surgical Urologist

Andrew Siegel, M.D. is an honor graduate of Chicago Medical School and completed a residency in urology at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He pursued a fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine in voiding dysfunction, incontinence, and female pelvic reconstructive surgery prior to entering private practice. Dr. Siegel is dual board-certified in urology and female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro area and Top Doctor New Jersey.

He is passionate about wellness advocacy and educating the community about healthy lifestyle measures. He is the author of many scientific articles and four books: THE KEGEL FIX: Recharging Female Pelvic, Sexual, and Urinary Health (www.TheKegelFix.com) ; MALE PELVIC FITNESS: Optimizing Sexual & Urinary Health (www.MalePelvicFitness.com), PROMISCUOUS EATING: Understanding and Ending Our Self-Destructive Relationship with Food (www.PromiscuousEating.com), and FINDING YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Health, Wellness, Fitness and Longevity (www.FindingYourOwnFountainofYouth.com).

Health Effects of Alcohol Dr. Jennie Connor on Best in Health Radio
Dr. Jennie Connor Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist

Dr. Jennie Connor,  Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology, and in research about the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual health. She has led two New Zealand studies on the health burden of alcohol in New Zealand, in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease alcohol group, and is an advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy. In July 2016, Dr. Connor was with us on Best in Health Radio sharing with us the details of her extensive study released in July 2016 …”Alcohol Causes Cancer

 

Michael Diamond Psychiatrist Effects of Alcohol Best In Health RadioDr. Michael Diamond, Psychiatrist: Dr. Diamond is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has been listed in the Washingtonian Magazine annual list of top doctors for the past two decases. Dr. Diamond maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He treats the full spectrum of psychiatric illness using his skills as both a psychopharmacologist and a psychotherapist. His areas of special interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders and psychiatric manifestations of neurological disorders including traumatic brain injury. Dr. Diamond has a longstanding interest in meditation and Chinese Medicine. He collaborates with a wide range of Western and non-Western practitioners in the D.C. area. Dr. Diamond is also a poet and has published a poetic translation of The Song of Songs. He is a passionate advocate for finding the spiritual component in his patients’ recovery.

Points of Discussion

  • Understand why the myths of a “glass of wine a day is good for you” is a MYTH
  • The Many ways Alcohol destroys the heart
  • The Realities of Resveratrol……
  • The social dynamics of drinking
  • Alcohol causes cancer
  • 1/3 people die of heart disease, more women die of heart disease than ALL CANCERS combined
  • Younger women and heart disease
  • “Holiday Heart” Binge drinking over the holidays
  • Alcohol and the Liver….fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, liver scarring, scar tissue
  • Alcohol  and sexual function, “Brewer’s Droop”, reproductive hormones, testosterone levels, Urinary frequency
  • Alcohol – NOT a good anti anxiety drug
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Alcohol and sleep disruptions, REM sleep,
  • Alcohol and cognitive impairment
  • The harm of the alcohol can be even greater on those people around them
  • personal and social damage
  • fetal alcohol syndrome

 

 

Watch it on Youtube:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bnWjM6vZSo

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

 

Myeloma Canada Patient Database

Introducing the Myeloma Canada Patient Database

On Thursday, September 1st, 2016 the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN)  launched  the first-ever Canadian Multiple Myeloma National Database. The database is unique in that it was created in collaboration with Canadians living with multiple myeloma and insights from over 20 frontlines myeloma researchers and clinicians across Canada.

Why a database?

The MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database will help inform current Canadian benchmarks for successes in treatment therapies using real world Canadian evidence

-Dr. Chris Venner, Chair, MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database

Myeloma Canada patient database on Best In Health RadioThis is a milestone moment in the support of people living with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. A growing cancer that tends to impact a 60+ audience; each day in Canada, 7 people learn they have multiple myeloma. It’s estimated 2,700 Canadians are living with multiple myeloma – over half of these Canadians will die this year.

 

Our guests today:

  1. Dr. Donna Reece, Director of Program for Multiple Myeloma and Related Diseases at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. Dr. Reece is currently the chair of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada
  2. Myeloma Canada, Aldo Del Col on Best in Health RadioAldo Del Col, Co-founder of Myeloma Canada in 2005. Diagnosed with multiple Myeloma in 2002 at a younger age of 48, Mr. Del Col has been focused on establishing the organization as the voice of Canadian Myeloma Community. More recently, he co-founded the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN) to accelerate the advancement of Canadian Myeloma research. contact@myeloma.ca
  3. Norma Lindner, Chair Halton -Peel Myeloma Support Group. Norma was diagnosed in 2012. She was seeing her doctor for anemia, and shares her story how it was discovered she had multiple myeloma.
The Goal of the Myeloma Canada Research Network Database:
  • Evaluate the outcomes of Multiple Myeloma patients in Canada
  • Identify the strengths and challenges in management of Canadian Multiple Myeloma patients
  • Understand the different regional needs to provide adequate care
  • Understand the outcomes of the novel therapeutics strategies
  • Support the development of centres of excellence for Multiple Myeloma Research

Major points of Conservation:

  • Blood tests: antibody levels, serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), protein levels
  • No apparent etiology for myeloma
  • How the Myeloma Canada database will help physicians and patients with multiple myeloma
  • Making research treatments available in more remote areas, providing guidelines
  • Educating front line physicians to test for myeloma in a more efficient, expeditious way
  • Made in Canada treatments
  • Derailing the potential development of myeloma
  • Symptoms Bone damage, vertebral compression fracture (VCF), back pain, cold sores, anemia, osteopenia, bone lesions, bone marrow biopsy
  • stem cell transplant
  • The role of Myeloma Canada, research
  • Advocacy for treatment funding,  Provincial health plans & private drug plans, funding new drugs
  • Living longer with Myeloma
  • Canada’s research on multiple myeloma
  • Managing yourself in the medical system, knowing how to be your own advocate
  • Exercise and myeloma, physical activity and lifestyle,  the new normal….not living life fully consumed by the myeloma, living life to the fullest!
  • The mental and spiritual of exercise, pride, accomplishment
  • Speaking to your physician about exercise and physical activity

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Myeloma Canada on Best in Health Radio

Alcohol Causes Cancer: Doubt Protection from CVD

Alcohol Causes Cancer in 7 sites of the body…and probably others…

Alcohol causes cancer was the conclusion of a study released in July, 2016 by Jennie Connor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand:

There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others

Listen to Dr. Jennie Connor,  Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology, and in research about the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual health. She has led two New Zealand studies on the health burden of alcohol in New Zealand, in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease alcohol group, and is an advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy.

Points of Discussion with Dr. Connor:

  • Methodology of the study commissioned by The Addiction Journal
  • How it has been determined that alcohol is a cause of cancer
  • The many ways alcohol contributes to disease/kills
  • Effects of alcohol from the first drink, and continue with each drink
  • Alcohol addictive and toxic, “even without getting drunk”
  • Neurotoxic effects……effects in utero
  • Cancers attributable to alcohol
  • Breast cancer leads alcohol related cancer
  • Heavy episodic drinking (binge drinking)  and pancreatic cancer
  • What guidelines for drinking really mean – there is no “safe” threshold
  • “Moderation”…evidence does not support it…there is no definition
  • Alcohol and hepatitis
  • “Glass of wine a day”…not without a risk….but not improving health
  • Head and neck, oral cancers from alcohol
  • Smoking and alcohol and cancer
  • Breakdown of alcohol to acetaldehyde
  • “Moderation” encourages people to drink
  • Alcohol in younger women and breast cancer

Cancer is thought to be only 8%-10% genetic. The remainder is thought to be exposures to mutagens in our lives. There are always exposures we are unaware of, however, there are numerous exposures that are within our control. The evidence of a causal role of alcohol in cancer is unfortunately smothered by the once thought protective effects of alcohol on cardiovascular disease.

The same, or similar, epidemiological studies also commonly report protection from cardiovascular disease associated with drinking but a high level of scepticism regarding these findings is now warranted.

And….I think its fair to say, most people do not want to accept the thought of alcohol causes cancer, and would much prefer to think of it having protective effects against CVD.

Denial is a psychological defense mechanism that helps a person avoid a potentially distressing truth.

Alcohol causes cancer Best in Health RadioThis is about choices. Our bodies are regularly bombarded daily by mutagens, toxins, carcinogens, viruses and bacteria. Some of these we are aware of their risk,  many are being studied, and some we are completely unaware of their potential health burden. It is our duty to be active participants in our health management.

Please make choices based on current scientific data.

Alcohol and Cancer – Statements from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

  • Metabolizing (breaking down) ethanol in alcoholic drinks to acetaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical and a probable human carcinogen; acetaldehyde can damage both DNA  and proteins
  • Oxidative Stress: Another byproduct of ethanol metabolism – free radicals- reactive oxygen species, which can damage DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats) through oxidation.
  • Impairing our ability to break down and absorb  nutrients  including vitamin A; B complex, such as folate; vitamin C; vitamin D; vitamin E; and carotenoids
    increasing blood levels of estrogen linked to the risk of breast cancer
  • Alcoholic beverages may also contain a variety of carcinogenic contaminants that are introduced during fermentation and production, such as nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons.
  • There are several mechanisms by which alcohol impedes immune function, including blocking neutrophil action

Other Carcinogenic Chemicals in Wine:

  • Pesticide Action Network (PAN)(Europe)….pesticide residues in European wine…glyphosphate – the chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup
  •  University of Washington study  tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.
  • Reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association: “findings from the Nurses’ Health Study exploring the relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. The authors’ principal findings were that the cumulative amount of alcohol a woman consumes during adulthood is the best predictor of her breast cancer risk and that low levels of alcohol consumption (as few as 3 drinks a week) are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. ” Author Dr. Steven Narod, referred to alcohol as a “third breast carcinogen.” Alcohol followed on his short list only after ionizing radiation and hormone therapy.
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HIV Transmission Treatment Prevention

HIV Transmission, Treatment and Prevention

HIV Transmission should be at the forefront of our global health concerns.

Globally, HIV is the 2nd leading cause of death 

A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms. Other reports have found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that.

July 18, 2016 the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa

Join us for a riveting interview with Dr. Adrienne Chan, Researcher Dignitas International. Dignitas International is a medical and research organization dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services.

Dignitas International evolved from Doctors without Borders, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.  Dignitas Founder Dr. James Orbinski accepted on behalf of Doctors without Borders.

In Malawi, in Southern Africa, Dignitas is supporting 174 health centres in six districts which covers a population of more than 3.1 million people. From a standing start in 2004, they have helped more than 1.6 million people get tested for HIV and helped 232,000+ people start lifesaving treatment. This represents close to half of the total number of people on HIV treatment in the country.

Dr. Adrienne Chan trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. She was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, where she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health.

She served as a technical consultant on the Commission to Investigate the Introduction and Spread of SARS in Toronto, Canada. Adrienne is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Division of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Adrienne’s research interests include HIV care and treatment decentralization, HIV/TB integration in resource limiting settings, and scale-up of initiatives to prevent of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Points of Discussion on HIV transmission, treatment and Prevention here on Best In Health Radio:

  • HIV Transmission on Best In Health Radio
    Dr. Adrienne Chan, Dignitas International: HIV in Canada and Africa on Best In Health Radio

    HIV transmission

  • suppression of the immune system
  • AIDS prevention, soldier cells
  • the 60yr. + age group HIV positive
  • HIV viral load – HIV positive to AIDS
  • HIV in Southern Africa, Malawi
  • Vertical transmission – Mother to child transmission
  • safe breast feeding
  • Child brides and HIV
  • Youth  HIV positive
  • HPV Virus and cancer, Oral Cancer cervical cancer
  • Wearing a condom for penetrative sex and oral sex
  • Donating Blood
  • heterosexual sex
  • male to male sex
  • injection drug use
  • Use of PREP treatment as Prevention of HIV transmission
  • Starting HIV medication earlier lowering the risk of HIV transmission
  • Living with HIV
  • Teen Club:  in Malawi, Africa to receive medications, learn about their unique health challenges and form supportive peer relationships.
  • How we can help Dignitas International and Teen Club  eradicate HIV one day
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Genetic Counselling BRCA Testing

Genetic Counselling BRCA Testing

Knowledge is Power. Now our job is to prove this to the world. Seeking genetic counselling BRCA testing could empower you to live a healthier lifestyle.
We so often want a crystal ball to gaze into our future. We have a number of crystal balls. These are crystal balls based on science and research, customized to our own unique DNA. I am referring to genetic testing, specifically BRCA testing.
With all of our many loves, accomplishments, dreams…they are all for not without our health – health is the very greatest wealth of all. There is a cliche out there – but it is most unfortunately Oh so true….Youth is wasted on the young, which goes hand in hand with hind sight is 20/20. My plea here is that none of you fall into this abyss, and you opt for earlier genetic testing.

If you were cruising along on a mountain road just beckoning us to speed, would you slow down if you knew there were a cliff with a 500 foot drop around the next bend? Of course you would.

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My #1 goal of this article is to empower people to take charge of their health’s destiny – speak to health care professionals – every one of us can prosper from a good MD and ND. Open dialogue with a number of health care professionals, and determine if genetic testing is right for you.

We have the power for genetic screening for BRCA1 BRCA2 and PALB2. All three genetic mutations are associated with a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

A breast cancer, BRCA gene test is a blood test to check for specific gene mutations that help control normal cell growth. Finding changes in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, can help determine the chance of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.

The BRCA gene is a tumor suppressor gene. The BRCA gene mutation is also associated with male breast cancer, fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer. BRCA1 & BRCA2 are responsible for producing a tumor suppressing protein. Tumor suppressor proteins help prevent cells from growing and dividing too rapidly or uncontrollably. When there is a mutation in these genes, they do not produce the protein, or it does not function properly, therefore threatening the stability of the cells by the cell not being able to repair damaged DNA. Our cells take hundreds of hits daily from oxidative stressors in our lives, our bodies must be equipped to repair, otherwise, serious illness results.

Let’s consider some data on BRCA and breast/ovarian cancer. (cancer.gov)

  • 12% of women in general population get breast Cancer
  • 55%-65% of BRCA1 carriers will develop breast cancer before 70 years of age
  • 45% of BRCA carriers will develop breast cancer before age 70
  • About 1.3% of general population will get ovarian cancer
  • 39% of women with BRCA1 and 11-17% with BRCA2 will develop ovarian cancer before 70
  • Mayo Clinic: BRCA gene mutations are responsible for about 5 percent of breast cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers.

Most women with breast cancer and/or a family history of breast cancer do not have an abnormal gene, and not all women who have inherited one of these genes will develop cancer.

Genetic testing is a subset of genetic counselling. I am NOT a genetic counsellor…but I do know the incredible power of proactively planning lifestyle choices over reactive planning. Genetic counselling is the process by which we can learn and understand relevant aspects of our own genetics, offering us assistance in clarifying options available for any decisions that might be necessary with the newly acquired genetic insight. The psychological component is emphasized equally to the physiological aspect – blood sampling. However, it is equally important to research where you would like to do your genetic counselling. Many doctors offer testing, however, please seek out in your community genetic centers, which can often offer more in-depth consultations by genetic counsellors.

There are a number of choices available if the BRCA1 or BRCA2 tests are positive. And I feel very compelled to remind everyone here, testing negative does NOT give you a get out of jail for free card. A life to prevent cancer is the healthiest lifestyle of all.

If the genetic tests are BRCA positive a genetic counsellor will help you plan and make decisions. Again, various options are available:

  • Prophylactic mastectomy -removal of both breasts,…has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women by about 90%. However, people need to be alerted breast cancer testing changes after a mastectomy. To be discussed with your counsellor.
  • Prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy, or removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes, reduces breast cancer risk up to 50% if done before menopause, as it takes away the body’s main source of the hormone estrogen. It also can greatly reduce ovarian cancer risk.
  • Hormonal therapies
  • Discuss pros and cons of modified screening procedures
  • Opt to modify lifestyle choices
  • A combination. a woman who is tested in her early 20s might decide to modify lifestyle choices, and opt for prophylactic surgery later….this is what genetic counsellors will discuss with you.

One of the many perks of having genetic testing at a younger age, is having the knowledge and power to make lifestyle decisions that can impact your life. These lifestyle choices will not only help prevent breast and ovarian cancer, but are guidance to prevent all of our chronic illnesses.

Please remember, screening does NOT replace a proactive lifestyle and vice versa.

Some of the well documented choices to prevent breast cancer include:

  • Limiting alcohol. Even one drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, and it takes very little more to dramatically increase the risk.
  • Don’t smoke, and this includes “vaping”
  • control body fat levels
  • Exercise and physical activity. However, I feel compelled to mention that excessive, strenuous exercise can be a source of oxidative stress. This is where you need to consult with a qualified exercise professional – specialized in cancer and medical fitness. Many exercise professionals are completely unaware of this. Our outer being does not necessarily reflect our cellular health.
  • Breast feeding: Many women choose not to breast feed. Another potential reward of earlier testing is making the choice to breast feed. According to the Mayo clinic breast feeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer. The longer we breast feed, the greater the reduction.
  • Far too overlooked – learn about potential oxidative stressors, mutagens, viruses, toxins in your life that could potentially lead to DNA damage. Every one of us need to evaluate our level of oxidative stress.Genetic counselling BRCA testing could give you that push to learn about one of our greatest threats to our cellular health.

Most unfortunately, in this world we must consider legal implications of genetic testing. One more aspect of genetic testing I urge everybody to look into in GINA….Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, prevents your insurance company from denying coverage or changing premiums on the basis of your genetic testing results. It also protects from discrimination by employers on the basis of the test or its results. However, it is not as clear cut with other insurance policies, such as life insurance. I urge everybody, as part of planning to look at:

United States:  Cancer Legal Resource Center’s national Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC)

Canada: May 3, 2016 – Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination was tabled in the House of Commons. A number of provinces already have legislation – best to check with your MPP office to see where the genetic discriminatory laws stand.

The “deer in headlights” refers to being caught off guard – eyes opened wide and forcefully, but no ability for motor response. A terrifying thought. Genetic counselling BRCA testing can prevent the deer in headlights. There are many of us who can live longer, happier, healthier lives, more confident lives, my consulting with a genetic counsellor. A counsellor can help you weigh out the decision to have or not have testing, based on YOU. And for many reasons, our chances are increased dramatically the earlier we have this knowledge and can be encouraged to make wiser decisions.

Genetic counselling BRCA testing………Knowledge is power.

Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

 

Stroke Prevention: June is Stroke Awareness

Stroke Prevention:  Save a Life – Know the Signs of a Stroke

#1 Rule of stroke prevention and stroke recovery: You have less than 3 hours to get to an emergency room to be administered tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a clot busting IV medication to help minimize the long-term effects of stroke and improve recovery outcomes.
Stroke prevention for stroke awareness month on Best In Health RadioDr. Anita Madan is a neurologist and expert on stroke rehabilitation and management at the Assistive Technology Clinic located at Baycrest Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Listen with us – stroke prevention can save a life – yours or a loved one.

 

 

Heart & Stroke foundation of Canada –  Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in Canada
Stroke.org, part of the National Stroke Association:   80% of strokes are preventable
 C-SPIN – Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network:

Every 10 minutes a Canadian suffers a stroke, resulting in over 50,000 strokes each year.

Approximately 25% of these strokes cause death within the first year and a further 35 % are disabling. And….A recent insight in clinical neurology estimates that even more patients may suffer from silent (covert) strokes which can lead to cognitive impairment and dementia

Points of Discussion with Dr. Madan:
  • 2 types of strokes…ischemic stroke & Bleeding from the brain
  • Signs of a stroke…TIA Trans Ischemic Attack
  • Strokes are preventable
  • high blood pressure
  • Diabetes, diabetic nerve damage
  • The effects of high blood sugar and insulin
  • tPA – The urgency of calling 911, getting to the emergency for you or a loved one immediately…clot busting!
  • smoking – nicotine and blood pressure
  • Effects of alcohol on the brain
  • Why even moderate drinkers have strokes 5 years earlier (studies)
  • Cancer and strokes – heightened alert
  • Stroke spasticity
  • Stroke Prevention starts when we are younger
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Exercise for stroke recovery
  • Being an advocate for someone recovering from a stroke
  • The Assistive Technology Clinic, Baycrest Hospital Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Sexual Health Urinary Health – Pelvic Floor

Sexual Health and Urinary Health – Pelvic Fitness

Men: Learn about your “netherlands” – command central for your sexual health…. with Dr. Andrew Siegel author of

Male Pelvic Fitness – Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health

The pelvic floor muscles – the “hidden jewels” of the pelvis that work diligently behind the scenes – are a vital partner to the male sexual organs, whose collaboration is an absolute must for optimal sexual functioning    …..

Dr. Andrew Siegel on Best In Health Radio Sexual health from the pelvic floor….Dr. Andrew Siegel,is a practicing physician and urological surgeon who is the author of:

 

Yes…Real Men Do Kegel Exercises for their sexual health too………

Major Highlights of our interview with Dr. Siegel:

  • Penis Size, the Physics & Physiology of an Erection
  • Male Sexual Health
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Getting into shape
  • Pelvic floor health  Pilates Kegel exercises for sexual performance
  • Pelvic floor muscle training for improving ejaculation and orgasm…Her Pleasure too!
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic floor training – levator ani muscle – not part of mirror musclesmale pelvic fitness Best In Health Radio
  • “My penis is shrinking!”
  • Ageing and keeping an erection
  • Post Void Dribbling
  • Bowel function
  • Viagra and other Medications for erectile dysfunction
  • 4 lines of treatment (hierarchy)  for erectile dysfunction
  • penile implants
  • Erectile Saboteurs…..tobacco, medications (blood pressure medications, anti depressants) alcohol. excess body fat
  • Erectile dysfunction and heart disease – The penis as the “Dangling Aorta”
  • Prostate health  PSA test, prostate surgery keeping sexual function
  • Kidney cancer…..being proactive finding kidney cancer
  • My Private Gym – specialized tool for strengthening Pelvic muscles…”Penis 90X”
  • Resistance program for the penis
  • medical penile vibratory stimulation device….building your erections “male vibrator”…prescribed for many forms of male sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic Myalgia – Tension Myalgia, genital, urinary and rectal pain
  • Keeping Your Mojo….health sexual and urinary ageing

 

 

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Join us and learn from Dr. Andrew Siegel – always fun, entertaining and packed with learning. By respecting the pelvic floor, we can truly maximize enjoyment of life!

Learn more, read Dr. Siegel’s blog

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Pelvic Floor Muscles: Female Sexual Health

A Celebration of Our Pelvic Floor Muscles …

Join us with Author Dr. Andrew Siegel, practicing physician and urological surgeon. After the incredible success of his book “Male Pelvic Fitness Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health” he has now completed  “The Kegel Fix”.  Learn how important our pelvic floor muscles are to our quality of life and pleasure.

Pelvic Floor Muscles the Kegel Fix author Andrew Siegel on Best In Health RadioWe exercise (hopefully!) but far too often ignore our pelvic floor muscles – which are truly our pleasure muscles in many ways.

The Pelvic Floor Muscles, also known as the Kegel muscles, are a hammock of muscles that form the underside of the pelvis. They are part of the core muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the pelvis and holding the spine erect.

We engage in exercise for every other muscle group in the body. When properly and mindfully trained, the pelvic floor muscles can become toned and capable of supporting the pelvic anatomy and function.

Topics of Discussion with Dr. Siegel:
  • Pelvic floor muscles: The Kegel Fix author Andrew Siegel on Best in Health Radio
    “The Hood”

    His experience with patients as a surgical urologist

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse:  dropped bladder, vaginal deliveries, chronic constipation, harsh impact, excess abdominal fat…the many potential causes.
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • pelvic floor exercises, the hip rotators and hip exercises
  • kegel exercises
  • female sexual health, sexual pleasure, vaginal dryness, vaginal contractions, the female orgasm, loss of sex drive
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence, urine leakage, bladder control, leakage from sneezing and coughing
  • Overactive bladder…reduce urgency to urinate!
  • neurological issues with emptying the bladder
  • voiding the bladder,  urinary retention,  bedwetting
  • menopause
  • using a vibrator maintaining sexual and pelvic health
  • core muscles
  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • pelvic pain  Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia
  • lifestyle tips to protect the functioning of our pelvic region..muscles and organs
  • Getting properly diagnosed
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Join us and learn from Dr. Andrew Siegel – always fun, entertaining and packed with learning. By respecting the pelvic floor, we can truly maximize enjoyment of life!

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Vision Problems: There is Prevention

Vision Problems? May is Vision Health Month

More than 836,000 Canadians  have significant vision problems.

In the United States: According to Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute Diabetic Retinopathy has increased 89% over the last 15 years and Age Related Macular Degeneration has risen by 25%.

Vision Health Month raises awareness about the importance of protecting our vision health. This event is supported by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is recognized throughout the whole of Canada.

Vision Problems and prevention Dr. Allyson Tang interview on Best In Health RadioListen to an Interview with Dr. Allyson Tang, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky for her Optometry externship, where she gained a stronger background in diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disease management.
Dr. Tang completed her second externship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Department, with an emphasis on Myopia Control or research in methods to slow down progression of near-sightedness. Her special interest is in Accelerated Orthokeratology or AOK.

Topics of Discussion with Dr. Tang:
  • Vision problems and prevention
  • The need for Vision Health Month
  • Going for regular eye checkups
  • The role of genetics vs. lifestyle habits in vision problems
  • Diabetic Retinopathy, AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration), cataracts, glaucoma
  • Myopia Control – near sighted – reduction….Orthokeratology in children and adults
  • Oxidative stress and vision problems
  • UVA UVB
  • Apple Night Shift
  • Circadian rhythms and melatonin
  • Nutrition and exercise for vision health
  • The effect of technology on our eye health and potential vision problems
  • Potential effects of a number of common medications on vision health
  • Potential for supplementation
  • Children and corrective lenses
  • what to discuss with your eye doctor
  • Integrating eye health into corporate wellness programs
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There is much we can do for our vision health……beyond correcting vision. Listen in with Dr. Tang.

Glycemic Index with Dr. David Jenkins

Glycemic Index- Mastering our Master Hormone Insulin for Every Aspect of our Health

The Glycemic Index, the creation of Dr. David Jenkins, revolutionized the health industry. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jenkins back in 2010 – and given that it is still popular on iTunes – thought I would share it again here on Best In Health Radio.

Insulin is truly the master of our metabolism – this master hormone is produced by the pancreas and used by the liver, muscle cells, and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood (from the food consumed) and is stored in the muscle & liver cells as glycogen. Therefore, insulin controls the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood by taking it up into the cells. Insulin our of control reeks havoc on every cell and every organ system in the body. Now you know why it has earned the name “the master hormone”.

Of course at the top of everyone’s list of concerns is weight management. When we eat carbohydrates (sugar) our bodies release insulin in order to take that sugar out of the blood and into the cells.

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I urge everybody not to think strictly about weight management. Managing our insulin by respecting the Glycemic index, is proving repeatedly to be a key aspect of chronic disease prevention and management – yes – including cancer. Insulin management is one of those tasks that truly reigns as an omnipotent factor in our health including:

  • menopausal weight gain
  • breast cancer, colon cancer…….
  • mood
  • heart disease, kidney disease…….

When there is no insulin in the blood – body uses fat as an energy source.

Most of us want to burn body fat. Therefore, don’t have insulin surging through our blood. Therefore, ditch the empty sugar, keep it complex – carbs that is.

Type I diabetes = the pancreas is unable to produce insulin

Type II diabetes = (aka insulin resistant) body does not respond effectively to insulin

This use to be called “adult onset” diabetes, however, with the obesity epidemic & horrible eating habits & yes “move” has become a four letter word- many kids are now dealing with diabetes.

Insulin allowed to flow wildly destroys the heart, kidneys, liver, cognitive ability, sexual performance, nervous system, high blood pressure, stroke, cholesterol, and can lead to certain cancers. Insulin resistance can reduce our bodies ability to absorb magnesium – a critical mineral – one of its many responsibilities is the relaxation phase of the heartbeat. Insulin resistance can also lead to osteoporosis & Alzheimer’s. Insulin controls all of our other vital hormones – ghrelin, leptin, thyroid, growth hormone, cortisol….you get the message. Therefore it is the master control behind much of our metabolic function.

OK – so hopefully we get it and we have to control our insulin levels.

Enter the Glycemic Index: We all owe tremendous thanks to Dr. David Jenkins, from right here in our beautiful Toronto. Not all carbs affect blood sugar levels. The genius of Dr. Jenkins – he came up with a ranking of how different carbohydrates manipulate the release of insulin into our bodies.

Low GI = below 55

Medium GI = 55-69

High GI – Above 70

Clearly, we want to aim for eating lower GI foods. FYI= white bread = 100GI. The Glycemic Index is the MOST logical way to choose the foods we eat. The GI not only helps us manage our weight, but helps protect us against disease of every system in the body. Hint: eat high fiber foods – that’s a really good start!

And……don’t forget those muscles! Strength training – cherishing your muscle mass – is a co-powerhouse with the glycemic index for blood sugar control an every aspect of our health.

 

Medical Marijuana And Cancer Care – Interview

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care – Interview with ReThink Breast Cancer

The topic of medical marijuana and cancer care – or medical marijuana conjures up a range of fiery opinions. Make an educated decision based on fact with MJ DeCoteau of ReThink Breast Cancer, Toronto and  Dr. Marni Brooks, an expert on addiction and cannabinoid medicine.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care on Best In Health Radio with Shira Litwack
Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care Founder ReThink Breast Cancer MJ DeCoteau and Dr. Marni Brooks, an expert on addiction and cannabinoid medicine on Best in Health Radio

Medicinal Marijuana when deemed medicinal is NOT an excuse to smoke pot. Our goal is to alleviate concerns and misconceptions, and enable people to make their own decisions on this very controversial topic. Fact is, pain management and quality of life in cancer patients must be a priority.

 

 

 

Mackie Research:

The Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), overseen by Health Canada, authorizes three key activities: (i) the possession of dried marijuana (or oil) for medical purposes by eligible patients, who have the support of an authorized healthcare practitioner;

(ii) the production of dried marijuana or oil by licensed producers;

 (iii) the sale and distribution of dried marijuana or oil by licensed producers to eligible patients. By strictly regulating the medical marijuana industry, MMPR helps ensure a safe and consistent product.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care – A few key points covered in the interview:
  • Who is ReThink Breast Cancer
  • The ReThink Breast Cancer Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care program
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer In Younger Women
  • Appropriate times and decisions for medicinal cannibis
  • “weed” vs. Medicinal marijuana
  • Medical Marijuana broken into chemical components
  • Legalities of medicinal marijuana
  • Studies showing potential side effects of usage
  • Address some of the more debated, controversial issues
  • In combination with other lifestyle factors
  • more resources on medicinal cannibis
  • Cannabis use disorder
  • cannabis vs. opiates

 

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Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

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Breast Cancer Recovery with Pole Walking

Breast Cancer Recovery with More Cancer Exercise

Breast cancer recovery demands a solid, safe cancer exercise program. Yes, exercise and physical activity are vital to any healthy lifestyle, disease prevention or recovery program. Please may I introduce you to another great exercise partner – pole walking.

I have had the pleasure of a new walking buddy – a set of 4life poles from Urban Poling. I would like to share with you some of the wonderful health benefits, especially as part of a  breast cancer recovery program. Even better…Urban Poling donates 2% of all proceeds to breast cancer research…..And….Urban Poling donated poles and training to cancer wellness centres in Ontario, BC, AB and Dalhousie university in NS.

Lymphedema is a possibility in breast cancer recovery as with any cancer treatment involving lymph node removal or radiation. Survivors should always consult their health care professional for:

a) Permission to resume exercise, and be aware of any contraindications

b) Recommendations for compression garments and proper fitting

c) Cancer exercise is different. Contraindications must be avoided. Maximize the benefits. Many stereotypes over exercise can be dangerous. Work with someone who is specialized in cancer exercise.

Yes, caution and vigilance are a necessity, but a thorough, carefully planned fitness program is a crucial part of disease recovery, and a healthy lifestyle for all.

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The obvious that stands out about pole walking for breast cancer recovery is helping people (men and women) with range of motion challenges often faced after treatment. However, there are many other aspects of pole fitness I would like to point out. Far too often in recovery from breast cancer, or any surgery, the immediate surgical area is focused on, the truth is the entire body, is the immediate surgical area.

Think of our body as an ecosystem. Every part of the ecosystem has a crucial function, and when one part is struggling, the entire ecosystem is compromised. When trained properly in form and cardio respiratory management, pole fitness can be a valuable partner in balancing and optimizing the ecosystem by:

  • a wide range of cardio respiratory training options
  • Range of motion and flexibility training
  • metabolic support
  • Development of the Power pump muscles
  • Body fat management and lean muscle mass development
  • affordable and attainable
  • Balance, core strength & postural training
  • hormonal ….mood balance
  • minimizing side effects of treatment – during treatment and beyond
  • Social aspects
  • Fun = adherence

All of these are performance partners in an  effective exercise program, but are also beneficial to lymphedema prevention. Let’s remember lymphedema can happen any time after treatment…even 20 years later.  Unfortunately as a person ages, fitness levels are much harder to maintain. Changes in body fat percentages, lean to fat ratios, can be dangerously conducive to lymphedema.

Cardio respiratory training is vital – and it is critical to include a broad range of training – target heart rate zones are far too often over looked. Health care professionals might recommend a particular target heart rate zone to be respected faithfully. Even for those ready to train in higher zones, it is still important to vary training from easier demands of 40% capacity up to the higher ranges of 75-80% capacity. Constantly training in the more vigorous range can be a source of physiological stress and oxidative stress. Far too overlooked in conventional training – we should all make disease prevention a focus of our training. Many traditional training beliefs are not wise for disease prevention.

Something that women are often far more guilty of is appreciating our muscle mass. Simply put, out muscle mass is our BFF(best friend forever)  in life. Besides the obvious functions, little known is our immune system is helpless without strong muscles. Muscles are the pump of the immune system. Our power pump muscles as I refer to above are our gluteal and leg muscles. Strengthening the power pump muscles is vital for heart health, venous return (VR) to the heart. VR is the flow of blood back to the heart. Muscles are also vital for metabolic control, adiposity management, hormonal and mood control.

The 4Life poles are fully adjustable – allowing a proper fit. It is a very difficult exercise for me to be at the gym, watching MOST people destroying their posture on the machinery. Most people have compromised posture due to their day to day activities – screen time, driving, poor muscle balance…rounded shoulder syndrome, spinal subluxation (misaligned back), exaggerated pelvic tilt.  Good posture affects every aspect of bodily function, comfort, and healthy aging.

A feature of the 4Life poles I especially appreciated was the lack of vibration. Many poles you feel a rippling through the body – not cool. Those vibrations add up to stress on the joints over the years. At every age, we must prioritize keeping our body “young” flowing smoothly.

The handles do not have straps – personally I find straps a nuisance as well as a potential danger. There is no hand cramping or sweaty palms due to the shape.

Every major city has pole walking clubs – and if you do live in a town without, or there are no groups near you – start one. We are social creatures. An analysis by Stats Canada provided convincing data highlight “the importance of frequent social participation to maintaining quality of life.”

“The greater the number of frequent social activities, the higher the odds of positive self-perceived health, and the lower the odds of loneliness and life dissatisfaction,”

Physical activity within a group – being part of a pack – greatly increases chances of adherence.

Breast Cancer Recovery with Cancer Exercise Specialist Shira Litwack
Shira Interviewed on Sirius XM “Doctor Radio” for Breast Cancer Awareness month

And speaking of adherence…….the fun factor with the 4Life poles…..I have never met anyone looking for another torturous, miserable thing to do in their life. Pole walking is fun and exhilarating.  It becomes a focal point of our schedule. And yes, living in Canada – the weather is a brutal reality. I actually used the poles with indoor training with clients. ………We called it – Dancing with the Poles!

I leave the 4Life poles in my front entrance – they are always clean and sparkling as they are durable and very washable looking brand new. They are a source of intrigue (unfortunately I find most people are unaware of pole walking) and motivation for the many people of all ages that come through my home.

Exercise should not be an intrusion in our lives, and should be something we look forward to. After using the 4Life poles  for a few months – myself and within my medical fitness practice – whether it be outside winter and spring or inside Dancing with the Poles” …..they provide hours of invigorating and fun, complete exercise. Get trained with them properly, and reap the benefits for years!