Immunization

I had been contemplating lately what must I really do.

It had been few days now since I was handed a letter and a form to fill out from school.

It is an immunization form I needed to complete and sign for the upcoming school base immunization for grade 4 students.

My son happened  to be in Grade 4 and here in Manitoba, Canada they have a school based immunization program.

Since 1998, grade 4students have been given Hepatitis B vaccinations in the school.

In 2004, grade 4 students were offered two additional vaccines in addition to Hepatitis B.

The additional vacciness are Meningococcal C vaccine and Varicella vaccine.

Immunizations in Manitoba are voluntary and only given with the consent of parent or legal guardian.

I know what the purpose of vaccines are  but the effectivity of the vaccine is something that had haunted me for years.

I am in a crossroad.

I hope I can find the answer in the next few days to come, by then maybe I am ready to give or not to give my consent.

THE FLU SCARE!

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I am glad to be back finally here.

It had been long since my last post.

There had been numerous situation that denied me the time and opportunity to do what I love best- blog my mind out.

Fortunately, the flu scare at home is over.

One family member experience flu-like symptoms that sent us to panic  due to the current H1N1 pandemic  preparations here in Canada.

We thought it could have been it, one trip to the clinic solved the puzzle.

It was a sigh of relief to know it was just another normal seasonal flu.

The best part, I am finally blogging again.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HEALTH!

I want to share about this woman who had inspired me a lot  in my journey through finding true health and true wealth. Listen to her audio voice when you click her name. Collete Larsen

It’s been quite timing right now to talk about this issue.

I felt compelled to share something that had changed my life in so many ways  and I am obliged to do it just the way I learned about it in 2006 when a friend shared it. 

If you go back to my ABOUT ME  page , you will noticed that I openly shared that I am an Independent Usana Health Sciences Canadian Associate .

Aside from my daily work in the public elementary setting as a teacher assistant, I am an entrepreneur with a home base business which I started in 2006 when I decided to become an Associate for Usana Health Sciences.

Or if you want to know more about my journey through finding true health and true wealth you can check this out http://healthenthusiast09.blogspot.com

Enjoy.

FINDING TIME TO UNWIND

We live in times of incredible change, where the pace of life places more burdens on us.52080f9b-a4b0-4f51-b292-bf2daaea23c7

With so many things to do, so much to take care of, it is very easy to let life run away with us.

We may find our time is filled with with so many tasks that the effects of stress on our bodies, minds and emotions go largely unnoticed…that is until something goes wrong.

Our bodies are very good at telling us what is going on, but perhaps we have forgotten how to read the constant signals before a problem kicks in.

Stress is one of the major lifestyle factors of our times. It can be physical, mental or emotional or sometimes all three at once.

Stress often arises because we ignore the persistent signals our body is giving us about our environment.

Learning to manage stress is mostly a matter of learning to be aware of the signs, interpreting them, and doing something about them as soon as they arise. Ignoring a problem is not the answer; noticing it and learning how to deal with it is the way forward.

Taking time out in nature as often as I can really helps me to relax both body and mind.

I am very lucky to be able to live in an acreage in the city outskirt.

Now, that school is back, I usually walked with my bo to the main entrance way in our property where the school bus picks him up every morning.

As soon as he was gone, I normally started my walk back to the house, enjoying the immense green lush of the prairie grass as it stretches miles and miles in front of me.

The early morning mist soaked my feet in flip flops every step of the way back  to the house.

I love the tranquil feeling where all I could hear is the sound of my steps and the chirping of the birds.

The sound of the splashing water pond is so calming and the sight of the birds bathing and drinking is so inviting.

Most mornings I tried to take the pressure off my daily life and allow myself to feel, breathe  and get lost in deep thoughts.

Life is beautiful. That has to be said.

Six  years ago, when I first move to Canada, I didn’t think I could cope up with transitions in my life.

Transitions are tough, but I discovered it’s easier to uncover the lesson it has to offer me if  I stop thinking  that I should know how to play my role  from the start.

I remembered this lines from Charles Darwin that said:  It’s not the strongest or the smartest that survives but the ones who can best adapt to change.

Cancer- Killer Disease Nobody Is Exempted!

I think it is just timely for me to talk about cancer in this post today. 😉

Just recently, I  became a  mature student studying diet, fitness, nutrition and preventive medicine, I came to know about the deadliest diseases humanity is faced with today.

I am undergoing gruelling researching, reading and studying  just so I could pass my courses in a distant-study-mode.

Why I suddenly want to talk about it ?

The sad passing of the First Woman President in Asia, dubbed as the “Icon of Democracy ”  left me thinking that none of us can escape cancer.

We are all vulnerable to this disease, young or old, rich or poor, black, brown or white.

The Former Philippine President had been diagnosed suffering from colon cancer sometime in 2008. Since then, she had been battling with the disease and then underwent several therapies and preventions but was unsuccessful because it had spread to some organs in the body.

The death of the Former President sent the whole nation in utter grief. The President that the Filipino people came to love, respect and adore  who had been known worldwide for the famous non-violent  People Power Revolution is a nation’s lost, big lost perhaps.

She had been so instrumental in restoring peace and democracy and even in her retirement she was sought after for advice when the country’s political situation threathens  the freedom and democracy her husband died for and she fought for.

She was not an exception to the disease called cancer, like the rest of us.

As we all know, today, Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide.

There is a major concern that cancer may overtake heart disease as the number one killer.

After adjusting for factors like longevity, studies had shown that there are considerably more cancer deaths now than there were in the past.

Experts have proven links between diet, obesity and environmental factors for different types of cancer.

We know smoking increases the risks of lung cancer, eating too much red meat increases risks of colon cancer, chewing tobacco increases the risks of oral cancer, and sun exposure increases the risks of skin cancer.

Everyday we read in newspapers, magazines, the internet about a new carcinogen. Carcinogens increase free radical production, and when these free radicals bombard the DNA of the cell, the cell may undergo changes that allow a mutation.

The cell will replicate out of control, and then the cancer will become clinically evident.

The evidence is overwhelming that nutritional scientists that I know of  believe eating fruits and vegetables with their variety of antioxidants is a powerful defense against cancer.

To be honest, it can be quiet scary and disturbing to know how the human body can be so vulnerable to this disease that had plagued humanity for the last decade.

There had been numerous studies conducted that is related to cancer prevention and early detection but medical literatures barely showed no history that our modern science  and advance technology made constant and continuos  success at early detection period, which could be very beneficial in treating it at the onset and could provide more success rate for survival than late stage cancer discovery.

Humanity had yet to win the battle with this disease, even with the advent of popular chemotherapies worlwide still we are groping in the dark on how to stop the emergence of cancer as the deadliest disease worldwide.

The overabundance of  information on  “how to”  and ” what to” in our media left us all in a state of confusion, who do you trust your health to?

I guess, all of us need our very own sound mind and wise judgement in what would work for us in protecting ourselves  and decreasing our cancer risks.

Just my thought. 😉

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