May 2013

With Disease, Genetics Loads The Gun

As first published on www.huffingtonpost.ca

More than 15 years ago, at the start of my medical career and expecting my first child, the neurologist confirmed what the first clinician had suspected - the tremor I had been experiencing over the preceding year was Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Life changed forever as I now faced a progressive neurological disease in my twenties. Soon after my own diagnosis, my father also received the same news. He too had Parkinson’s, yet there was no previous family history as far as we could recall. But still, genetics seemed to have loaded the gun but what exactly pulled the trigger?
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Understanding Our Toxin Load


As originally posted on www.healthybabynetwork.com

When we have families, we take on the sacred responsibility of providing them with a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow and thrive.  And we do our best based on the knowledge that we have.  We hold our children’s hands as they cross the street and make sure they wear their bike helmets, but how many of us are aware of the daily dangers our families face from seemingly innocuous products?  The toxins in items that are commonly used and readily available?  Those in our environment?  These dangers lurk in what we eat and drink, the goods that we use in our homes or on ourselves.  Each and every day we face a toxin load that we may not be aware of.
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Raising Children To Make Healthy Choices

As originally featured at www.expertbeacon.com

When we have children, we take on many roles – protector, mentor, caregiver, chauffeur, financer, and educator to name a few. We want nothing more than to keep them safe and healthy both physically and mentally. So we teach them how to look both ways before crossing the street, remind them to wear their bike helmets, and try to bolster their self-esteem. But how do we instill these habits in our children so that they are compelled to make healthy choices throughout their lives, whether we are there to guide them or not?
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