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 30 seconds to Predict Your Heart Disease Risk

Statistics show that in your lifetime heart disease will affect you or someone you know. Studies show that waist circumference and waist/hip ratio is one of the best indicators of heart health.

So take the test, do your calculation, and remember whittling down your waist isn’t just vanity it’s healthy!

Step 1: Get a measuring tape (or use string then hold up to ruler)body

Step 2: Measure in inches around the thinnest part of your waist and the widest part of your hips, compare your waist measurement to the charts below to see if your waist is ideal/overweight/obese

Step 3: Waist to Hip Ratio (waist/hips= ratio)

-      I have a smaller waist compared to my lovely wide set hips that I was teased about as an adolescent, but there helping me out now… Ladies, being a little ‘hippy’ will actually improve your score!

Here is my Example calculation

Waist 27 inches / Hips 38 inches = 0.71 score (see chart below)

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Resource

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/14/waist-size-matters.aspx?e_cid=20121114_DNL_art_1

 

 

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5 Ways to Feel Great this Cold/Flu Season

Does the change of season have you feeling robbed of energy, like you might catch a cold at the drop of a hat?

Follow these easy steps to feel healthy and energized this fall season!

1. Sleep Restoration: Your immune system needs time to re-charge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you probably need more sleep then you’re getting. The days are getting shorter and we all need our own version of hibernation at times. Hours before midnight are super restorative; your best bet for sleep restoration is from 10pm-7am. Keep your room cool and dark.

2. Vitamin Revitalization: Vitamins such as D3 and C are essential. Are you getting them in the right doses? These nutrients help support immune function on various levels.

3. Mineral Support: Minerals like zinc have been shown to increase the number of WBC’s your body produces and this strengthens immunity and keep us feeling great. Ask your Naturopath what dose is right for you.

4. Wash your Hands: Studies show that regular hand washing, even with non-anti-bacterial soap, is a vital step in reducing the spread of germs and keeping illness at bay. Use warm water and remember to get the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.

5. Sneeze etiquette: Please for the sake of all bystanders use proper sneeze and cough etiquette. Meaning, cough into your elbow; you don’t open doors or shake hands with your elbow do you? Exactly.

If you would like details on nutrient dosing, a custom immune program, immune shots, or help for your little one book an appointment to see me at my clinic!

February 2011- Tales of a Nicaragua Medical Brigade

on Sunday, 09 September 2012. Posted in Kendra's Blog

327232 388646877867644 1183729544 oLife changing would be an understatement of how I would describe my ten day medical brigade to the small island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Seventeen female CCNM students on the adventure of a lifetime travelling to Central America to work with Natural Doctors International; living with local families, treating local patients. We raised over $21 000 for the non-profit organization/clinic and treated over 191 patients. The culture shock and witnessing the extreme poverty first hand was just a preview to the devastating health conditions we saw working in the clinic. The sometimes seemingly impossible language barrier was challenging at first but we learned small talk and medical terms quickly. The little clinic we worked in served as the walk in clinic, family general practitioner’s office, women’s health clinic, and even emergency services. Here’s a preview of what we treated in our time there;

-        Septic dog bite to the foot, severe infection, potential rabies (patient needed immediate tetanus and rabies vaccinations and anti-biotics)

-        8 yr old boy who cut the tip of his thumb off while opening a coconut with a machete

-        12 yr old boy with chemical burns to the face; his family put strong pesticide on their dog and it shook and splashed the chemical all over the boys face and in his eyes

-        Female with pelvic inflammatory disease and possible Chlamydia or gonorrhoea (we did a gynaecological exam, sent out labs and prescribed anti-biotics, botanical tincture etc)

-        Spider in the ear on the ear drum….the ears Oh the ears!! Every other person I did an otoscopic exam on had either a fungal infection in the external ear canal, an insect in the ear, impacted cerumen (ear wax), or scarring of the ear drum from previous infections

Resistance to pharmaceutical medications is becoming a widespread problem in Nicaragua due to non compliance and incorrect self dosing; you can by any pharmaceutical drug without prescription from the corner store! As a result, the patients we treated responded very well to botanical medicine, nutritional supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture. Most just needed multi vitamins and protein powder due to severe malnutrition, diarrhea and parasitic infections.  Naturopathic doctors have full scope of practice down there to prescribe pharmaceuticals and there were definitely some cases where drugs were indicated as well.

It was so rewarding on so many different levels to help patients in the NDI clinic. The people of Ometepe are such loving, giving, happy people! The family I stayed with who took such great care of me and all of the locals I got to know taught me about the simplicity of life and being at peace.

“The things that you own end up owning you” unknown author

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