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Aging: Planning Makes A Big Difference

Get in tune with the aging principle By N Oji Mzilikazi Aging is an inevitable aspect of living. Its absence from general school curricular has generation after generation of young adults living in the moment, not thinking or planning too far ahead, thus ignorant and unprepared for retirement and old age. The unpreparedness is exacerbated when leadership couldn’t be bothered to dispense advice regarding planning for old age and there are no peers to encourage same. Add to the mix expressions and idealised notions regarding aging, like “aging gracefully,” “golden years” “good old age,” and “age brings reason,” and entrenched …

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Why we should donate blood

BHM annual Blood drive on February 16. Bring a friend with you Contact Staff Ultimately, at some point in our lives we or someone dear to us may need to receive blood for medical or even life-saving reasons, that’s why all who are able to, should answer the call to donate blood. That call is now being sent out to our community to meet this act of civic responsibility at the annual Blood Drive organized by HEMA Quebec and The Round Table For Black History Month taking place February 16th. Even as they put this call, organizers are quite aware …

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Beware of the ‘’silent thief of sight’’

WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK. MARCH 11th to 17th Marc Renaud Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that slowly damage the optic nerve, the part of the eye that carries the images you see to the brain. Once damaged, irreversible blind spots will develop, resulting in less peripheral (side) vision and potentially blindness. (World Glaucoma Association). It is on the World Health Organization list of priority eye diseases. During the week of March 12th there is a concerted effort, organizing a wide range of publicity-seeking activities around the world, involving ophthalmologists, optometrists, eye care workers, hospitals, universities, clinics, private practices and …

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Embrace Natural and Organic Beauty Trends

Cherish your health, cherish your life…. cherish beauty on Nov. 25 You no longer have to make big sacrifices for beauty. Once upon a time, most women had to live with very hard choices: lead acetates in hair dyes,  lead in lipstick, dyoxane in shampoos, formaldehyde and parabens in many cosmetics … In short even today, your lipstick and mascara may still be harmful to your health. Furthermore, too many of these cosmetics you buy are tested on animals. That’s cruel, because too many of them have died from these experiments. Many companies have made pledges to remove carcinogens (cancer …

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Dealing with A TABOO: MENTAL ILLNESSES

“It’s nothing more than the devil possessed you, pray it out…” Abena Bentley On the weekend of Sept 16 I had the opportunity of attending the screening of a documentary called “One Shalt Not”. This solo project that was put together by one of Montreal’s emerging stars Trisha Henry a.k.a “Miss Trish”. I gracefully tip my hat  to her. She literally went out on the edge and brought to the forefront the issue of Mental Illness known to be a “TABOO” topic especially within the Black community. Tricia went about it by interviewing several Black women and men of different …

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IT’S NOT REALLY YOU. BLAME YOUR BEHAVIOUR ON the PARASITES in you

Did you know that microscopic organisms living and multiplying within you can have a powerful impact on your behaviour.  You are likely unaware of them but according to research, they can alter your personality. In a 1996 study, a total of 224 men and 170 women were tested for toxoplasmosis infection and their personality profiles were measured. Highly significant differences between toxoplasma-infected and uninfected subjects were observed. An estimated 22% of adults are hosts for this parasite. Based on studies, individuals who are infected are significantly more outgoing and carefree than individuals who are infection-free. But there is a downside. …

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OBESITY AND CANCER

Obesity is a reversible condition. Awareness is key. Courtesy Weight-Loss-Montreal.ca Our rates of obesity are significantly lower compared to our American neighbors however, according to Stats Canada 2015, obesity is on the rise in Quebec. One out of two adults are now considered overweight and the rate of obesity grew by 3% over the past few years. Furthermore, an alarming number of people have no idea they are overweight or obese. Most of us know that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, studies also show that compared to individuals who have a normal weight, those who …

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The Link Oral Health to Overall Health

Article courtesy of Weight-Loss-Montreal.ca Cavities and gum disease are emerging as important indicators of an unhealthy diet, which predicts the future onset of many diseases. While most of us know what cavities are, many are unaware that gum disease is caused by inflammation of the gum tissue and progressive loss of bone around the teeth, which leads to tooth loss. Researchers are investigating correlations between cavities, gum disease, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, certain cancers, bacterial pneumonia, and even adverse pregnancy outcomes. Many studies have already shown a correlation between poor oral health and poor overall health. A Korean study …

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LETTING IT GO

Beverley Benskin Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to LET GO at some point in order to move forward. [C.S. Lewis] Letting go of past circumstances, hurts, pain, disappointments is not always easy; but sometimes it’s necessary in order for you to begin to move forward. You may have a perfectly valid excuse to continue holding on to your hurt, but the thing to ask yourself is how is holding to the pain benefitting you now? Think about it… What comes to mind when you think about letting it go? Do you want …

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What Are You Telling Yourself?

Coaching Corner, Back to Basics Beverley Benskin What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up or tear you down. What you’re thinking about today will create the life you experience tomorrow. Take some time to think about what you say to yourself and about yourself. You might be surprised about what you discover, and remember just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s true. You CAN change the way you think. But… “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” [A. Einstein] If you’ve noticed that what you normally …

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