What kind of medications do you have scurried away in your bathroom?
Maybe you have Midol for PMS, Advil Muscle and Joint for post-workout aches and pains, or Benylin leftover from your last cold? It may be prescription medications from your family doctor or psychiatrist like Zoloft, Paxil, Xanax or Ativan.
There’s a pill, cream, spray, powder, or drops for everything, and they’re not working for us.
All they do is suppress symptoms, and a suppression of symptoms isn’t a cure, it’s just a band-aid. If it was that easy, we’d all be prime specimens of health! By suppressing symptoms, all we are doing is covering up the signs that something is wrong. It’s like putting a sack over all the traffic lights on your route home, and deciding that’s a cure for traffic congestion.
It’s time to start thinking about things a little differently. Let’s imagine you get a splinter embedded deep in your finger. It hurts every time you use your hand, and with every tiny movement that tiny shard of wood is aggravating your finger. You could take a painkiller, as that would stop the pain temporarily but we all know the real issue here is that splinter. The splinter is what is called the root cause of this particular issue.
We all intuitively know to remove the splinter, to address the root cause. When you do this your symptoms abate, and your body can heal the wound with no “cure” required. If it’s a chronic issue you might need a Nutritionist or Naturopath to help you get to the bottom of it, just don’t accept your symptoms are a forever thing.
For more complicated things, you need to dig deep into your past health history; things like birth by c-section, frequent antibiotic use as a child, an exotic vacation, dental work, or looking for past traumatic events. The root cause may not be 100% clear even when you’re working with a practitioner, but their knowledge of the many possible mechanisms behind your symptoms, combined with some smart investigative work, will give them educated approaches to addressing your health issues.
At Truehope we’re always looking for the root cause, and encourage you to do the same. It takes some critical thinking on how to best address your health issues, but it always works out to be the most successful course of action.
If you’re anything like us, winter is a time to cozy up, store energy, and contemplate… and it’s been a long dark winter!
Now that Spring is officially here, you can sense a shift. This nature-led time of renewal is inspiring and powerful if we take a moment to be in the rhythm of the seasons. It’a a time of new beginnings and growth, and you get to see the transformation before your very eyes.
Tips of green appear from the earth, crocuses, tulips and daffodils give us hope, life, and colour. Even if you live downtown surrounded by buildings you can still find signs of Spring; the dandelions creeping between gaps in the sidewalk, and grass peeking through where it shouldn’t be. The sun greets you earlier in the morning and lights your day for longer, and the birds chime in at first light.
How do you feel yourself stirring from winter? Now is the perfect time to consider setting some Spring resolutions that focus on renewal and rejuvenation. How will you take inspiration from nature around you?
Consider committing to one new habit that recharges and energizes. Here are some ideas:
Then set one new intention on how you will pass on this Spring energy to others. For example:
There are all sorts of things you can do to follow the cues of nature, and find sense of renewal at this time of year. We encourage you to take the time, and be deliberate about how you will choose to mirror nature’s rhythms.
What is your favourite thing about Spring? What do you do differently when the season changes?
According to Health Canada, one in 66 Canadian children and youth (ages 5-17) have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 56% of children and youth are diagnosed by age 6, and more than 90% are diagnosed by age 12. This is according to 2015 data released by Health Canada.
"1 in 66 Canadian children and youth have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder "
Simply put, “Autism Spectrum Disorder, or autism, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts brain development causing most individuals to experience communication problems, difficulty with social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour.” Autism Canada
Every case of ASD is different, and symptoms can be mild ranging from having difficulties forming relationships, through to self-injury, and aggression in severe cases. As might be expected of such a complex condition, there are wide ranging accepted treatments and therapies to help. Today we’re going to focus on just one, but you can check out Autism Canada for a full variety of approaches.
Can ASD be improved with vitamins and minerals?
The results showed that both groups improved on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale and the Childhood Psychiatric Rating Scale. Both groups also showed decreases in total Aberrant Behaviour Checklist Scores.
At first glance it looks like the groups did equally well, but the Truehope EMP group improved significantly more. Self-injurious behaviour was less than in the group following conventional treatment, and the micronutrient group improved more in the Clinical Global Impressions Scale. This measures the severity of symptoms and the treatment response of mental health concerns that are often associated with ASD.
We can’t say for sure whether the improvements seen in the Truehope EMP group were affecting the actual ASD, or improving an associated mood disorder. Regardless, the results were very promising as the Truehope EMP micronutrient treatment resulted in:
Using micronutrients as part of a multi-faceted approach to work with ASD is a promising area of research and not one to be dismissed.
What have you found to help with ASD in your home? Have you considered nutritional supplementation to help your children?
For more approaches on how to help manage ASD visit http://autismcanada.org
Work, toxic relationships, kids, schedules, traffic, lack of sleep, and financial pressure can all cause you stress. They can also lead to poor brain function!
Do you have unhealthy symptoms of stress? Let’s see. No time for yourself? Not getting enough sleep? Always have a to-do list a mile long? No time to work out regularly? Not doing what you want with your life? Most of us will relate to some of these.
Stress promotes inflammation. Stress deteriorates the blood brain barrier. Stress is dangerous to your health, and especially to your brain.
Stress doesn’t just come from external forces, either. There are also physiological forms of stress. Conditions within your body that cause stress include things like elevated blood sugar, allergies, food intolerances, being overweight, parasites, gut infections and overgrowths, autoimmunity, anaemia, smoking and sugary, high carb diets.
Being under stress causes an elevation in the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is damaging to the hippocampus, an important part of your brain that helps you learn and convert short term memory into long term memory. It also helps regulate your circadian rhythms - the sleep-wake cycle - and if you’ve read any of our articles you’ll know how important sleep is! Chronically elevated levels of cortisol actually shrink your hippocampus. Basically, stress shrinks your brain!
Stress shrinks your brain!
Stress also damages your prefrontal cortex by shrinking brain neurons. This area of your brain helps you process emotions, regulate blood sugar levels, and helps you solve problems. It also affects your autonomic nervous system - all the things your body does that you don’t consciously tell it to do. These include your digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure.
The more you’re under stress, the more sensitive you get to it. Something that you could tolerate easily last year may now really stress you out. This is due to plasticity in the brain, and when put under enough stress it learns to favour the stress response.
If your goal is to slow brain degeneration, it is essential to tackle the stress in your life. While studies on Truehope EMP show it’s highly effective against stress, a supplement alone is not the solution. It might mean taking up meditation or yoga, but typically it means taking bigger action.
Stress is the hardest aspect of health to address because it takes personal courage, and making hard decisions. It’s up to you to decide which stressors to tackle first, but your brain will thank you.
We want to provide nothing but the highest quality information and advice for our followers to improve their health, which is why at Truehope Canada, we're happy to say our writer is a Certified Life Coach and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.