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Joe Ingino

THE BROKEN BLUE MACHINE
The Conservatives will follow Andrew Scheer into the 2019
election, after the young Saskatchewan MP won an upset victory at the party’s leadership convention in Toronto Saturday night. So read the headlines of most newspapers…
Andrew WHO!!!
Really!!! Who is this Andrew Scheer? Who ever heard of him? You got to recognize when you are beaten and left for dead… The Liberal Party in my opinion got it right. During the last Federal election. They had no one in their stable of possible candidates that stood any chance of winning. So what did the Liberals do… revive a dead horse. The Trudeau brand was once again brought to the Canadian political spot light.
The Liberals put their bets on a dead horse written by a pretty boy with no real experience at anything. Just that his last name was Trudeau.
And much like Trump won the U.S. election on name recognition. Trudeau was crowned King of Canada.
A man that lived as the prince of Canada for years in the shadows of his father Pierre Trudeau. A man that revolutionized Canadian politics and gave the Liberal party a point of reference.
A point of reference that made his brand stand out as the champion of the people.
Like really… Who is doing the thinking for the conservatives? Do you really think that this Andrew Scheer has a chance?
Really…. Do you not think that Jagmeet Singh the upcoming NDP candidate could win? With the huge population of South/East and Central Asia population in Canada? Do you not think that this is the trojan horse awaiting on the side lines to truly change the face of Canadian
politics?
Really, nose bleed Andrew who… Poster boy for Wonder Bread is going to take out King Trudeau or stand a chance against the huge East/South Asian population in Canada?
Really… First question.
Who does Andrew appeal to? The conservative party? What party?
The conservative following? Where were they during the last election?
If I was at the helm of the conservative party I would have brought back Preston Manning to resurrect the conservative party. There is a candidate with a solid name and one that truly worked for the betterment of Canadians at large. A man that built a party from grass roots only to be taken out by the conservatives greed. Ernest Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is a conservative Canadian politician. He was the only leader of the Reform Party of Canada, a Canadian federal political party that evolved into the Canadian Alliance.
Sad to see this exceptional candidate not recognized for his true potential and shun out for being a one man show.
Something Canada truly needs. We do not need the NDP to strong arm us into the possible acceptance of Sharia law. We can’t afford to keep spending money we don’t have through the Liberals sponsorship of refugees and foreign aid to save the globe.
Come on people. We need true leadership. We need someone that is not about the party but about the hard working Canadian that struggles to pay his/her bills. To the Canadian that can’t afford the simplest of necessities. To the middle class families that work like modern day slaves to give their children an adequate way of life.
The best the conservatives could come up with is this “YES” man Andrew. Are you kidding me? Maybe Trump is right. The system is broken and the swamp of greed and pathetic politics needs to be exposed. Much as he is doing in the U.S. Go Trump Go. Invade Canada please before we are invaded from within.

The Doctor Game By W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

The Doctor Game

By W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Do I Get a Flu Shot?
Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats!” He was stressing humorously that there wasn’t any sure treatment for the common cold. Now, during the flu season, I’m often asked if I get a flu shot. But there’s a big difference between a cold and the flu. So read this column with reservation, and remember I am not your doctor.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi received the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his research on vitamin C. At the time vitamin C could only be extracted from adrenal glands and massive amounts of orange juice.
Life Extension, a medical publication, reports that, as we age, our blood and immune cells contain lowered amounts of vitamin C. This can have a major effect on a number of diseases.
For instance, diabetes patients and those suffering from gastritis show one half the normal amount of vitamin C in their blood. Cancer and arthritis patients one third the amount, and following a traumatic accident or a surgical operation, vitamin C levels can drop to as low as 10 percent!
So it’s vital to have sufficient amounts of vitamin C in the blood at all times to energize the immune system. Why? Because immune cells have vitamin C transporter molecules embedded in their membranes, and these actively pump C into cells when more is required.
It’s hard to believe that, when infection or surgery occurs, transporter molecules ensure that immune cells have as much as 100 X more vitamin C as normal in the blood. But this transfer isn’t possible unless the blood always has a big reservoir of C.
Never forget this fact as this reservoir can be life-saving. For instance, vitamin C can reduce the incidence of pneumonia by as much as 80 percent. This is important as the death rate from pneumonia in elderly people is 16 percent, even with the use of antibiotics! And flu kills thousands of people annually in North America.
Studies show that 23 percent of North Americans have low levels of vitamin C, affecting their immune system. Researchers say that unexplained fatigue may be due to vitamin C deficiency. And skin infections, such as boils, can be helped by even a small dose of 1,000 milligrams of C daily. And older people are particularly at risk of cancer as the immune system ages.
Dr. Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize winner, reported that high doses of vitamin C could prevent colds. Now, a new study shows that 1,000 mg. of C decreases the risk of a cold by 50 percent in soldiers and athletes undergoing heavy stress. And research also shows that high doses of C can even decrease the risk of heart attack.
So I don’t get a flu shot. But why? 19 years ago I suffered a severe coronary attack. I knew of Pauling’s research so I decided to take 10,000 milligrams of Medi-C Plus, a high dose of vitamin C available in health food stores, rather than risk the many potential complications of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
So my blood is always loaded with C. This means my immune cells can obtain adequate amounts of C if I suddenly develop a cold, the flu or other viral diseases such as meningitis or encephalitis. Big C will also help if I face the stress of surgery. And I have not had a cold for years.
I also realize that, as a senior, I need to maintain a high level of immunity for unexpected stress as getting old is a dangerous disease.
So what should you do? Remember, how I treat myself is one thing. You should take the advice of health authorities and your family doctor, realize that the flu virus kills, and get a flu shot. But it’s also prudent to have high amounts of vitamin C in the blood at all times for added immunity protection.
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Don’t “Dessert” Your Weight-Loss Goals

HEALTHY LIVING
By Dr. George Traitses
D.C., B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., C.H.N., C.N.M., A.C.R.B. 3, C.R.A.
Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association
Don’t “Dessert” Your Weight-Loss Goals
You’ve committed to losing weight and changing your lifestyle forever. So far, things are going great: You’ve lost 10 pounds and feel like a new person, even with pounds left to lose. Then temptation rears its sugary, carb-loaded head when your co-worker brings in leftover brownies from last night’s party. What to do? Here’s how to handle this type of temptation and stay true to your weight-loss goals without going crazy.
Click the delete button: Unless you’re a hermit, your weight-loss journey will take you through all sorts of tempting circumstances. Eat away and you’ll gain, not lose; indulge “just this once” and you may find yourself repeating the performance. While moderation is the key to weight-loss success, you also need determination and the will to “just say no.” After all, “yes” is what may have gotten you into this position in the first place. So, when that email circulates announcing, “Leftover brownies are in the break room – enjoy,” your first thought should be to delete the message from your In Box (and your memory) and move on with your day. If the announcement reminds you it’s time to eat, go prepare your scheduled healthy meal and leave the brownies for co-workers who don’t have your goals in mind.
Dig in (and then dig yourself out): Another strategy to stick to your weight-loss goals in the face of temptation is to indulge – but just a little. Haven’t had a brownie in weeks and feel as if you’re about to go crazy? Then respond to your co-worker’s announcement by eating one – or even a bite or two. Remember, healthy weight loss is about making healthy changes that keep you motivated; you’re changing your life, not eliminating all the “fun.” So dig in, savor the moment, and then dig yourself out.
One of the best strategies for achieving meaningful, life-altering weight loss is to remove temptation from the home. If your cupboards are overflowing with Twinkies and your freezer’s bursting with ice cream sandwiches, you’re in for a long haul. But if you remove it all, what do you have for the proverbial rainy day? When that brownie offer comes a ‘knockin, why not answer the door by saving one for a few days or a week – until you’re ready for it? Perhaps the brownie email came in on a Wednesday, but you’ve already designated Saturdays as your “cheat” days. And his brownies are your absolute favorite! So save one for then, when you know you’ll enjoy it instead of feeling guilty. Note: This does not mean hoarding dessert after dessert every time opportunity arises, or you’ll be right back where you started – in a house filled with temptation.
Don’t think of weight loss as a number; think of it as a lifestyle change that gets you to a healthy weight – and then keeps you there. Talk to your chiropractor about these and other common-sense strategies to reach your desired weight and health goals.

Dr. George Traitses, 416-499-5656 www.infinite-health.com

Ontario Providing Faster Access to Mental Health Services for Thousands of People

Province Investing in More Psychotherapy, Supportive Housing and Services for Youth
Ontario is providing faster access to mental health and addictions services across the province, with new investments that will ensure thousands more people can get the support they need when they need it.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Routes – Social Resource Centre today to announce that Ontario is supporting:
More access to therapy to help thousands of people living with conditions like anxiety and depression learn strategies to improve their mental health and be more successful in their daily lives. Ontario is working with Health Quality Ontario and other stakeholders to develop a provincial structured psychotherapy program, while also supporting the expansion of structured psychotherapy offered through existing partners. Structured psychotherapy offers evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to people online or in-person through individual or group sessions.
Up to nine hubs where young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment supports under one roof. These integrated youth service hubs help with early identification and intervention to prevent more serious issues from developing later in life. Funding will help expand and improve youth service hubs, while exploring the creation of up to five new sites across the province.
Up to 1,150 additional supportive housing units across Ontario for people living with mental illness and addictions, especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These housing units would provide a secure and affordable place to live, as well as services such as counselling.
The province is working to transform the mental health and addictions system into one that is equitable, high-performing and recovery-oriented, where every person in Ontario can access consistent, high-quality services, no matter where they live. This includes ensuring mental illness is treated like any other chronic disease.
Expanding access to mental health and addictions services is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.
QUICK FACTS
Ontario is investing $140 million over three years to support these initiatives, which will be followed by a sustained increase in funding of $50 million annually. This investment is in addition to the $3.7 billion that Ontario invested in mental health and addictions services in 2015-16.
These measures respond to recommendations released by the provincial Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council in its second annual report, Moving Forward: Better Mental Health Means Better Health.
Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge at some point in their lifetime.
With this new investment, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will provide almost 17,000 units of supportive housing for people living with mental illness or addictions, and other vulnerable people.
This investment is part of a cross-government effort to support people living with mental illness and addictions as well as their caregivers, which includes recent initiatives such as making the corrections systems more responsive to mental health and addictions and improving access to local mental health services for children and youth.
Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council was formed in 2014 and consists of representatives from diverse sectors, including mental health and addictions experts and people with lived experience.
“Ontario’s plan to transform our mental health and addictions system will ensure that every person in Ontario who needs it will have access to high quality, evidence-based care that is accessible and equitable. By expanding effective mental health and addictions services, people living with mental illness and addiction will be able to access services in their community earlier, helping to address challenges before they become a crisis.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Our government continues to work to address gaps in the mental health system, and increasing the number of Integrated Youth Service Hubs is one example of how we’re doing just that. These hubs are great resources for youth and their families, and will help improve outcomes for those most at risk.” — Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council has worked very hard over the past two years to provide our best advice to Minister Hoskins so we are very pleased to see his leadership on this important part of the health care system.” — Susan Pigott, Chair, Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council
“Today’s announcement is a welcome signal of the government’s commitment to mental health and addiction. It’s a great first step towards implementing the recommendations of the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council to address critical service gaps in the areas of supportive housing, psychotherapy and children and youth services. We’re pleased that the Minister has listened to the Council, and we look forward to continuing to work with all levels of government so that we can make positive, substantive change for the people in Ontario struggling to access addiction and mental health services and supports.” — Gail Czukar, CEO, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
“These investments in housing, psychotherapy and youth hubs indicate that the government has taken the advice of the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council, and prioritized its funding accordingly. We believe today’s announcement is evidence of a commitment to mental health and addictions funding, which will help us to better serve Ontarians who are in growing need of our services.”
— Camille Quenneville, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
“Today’s investment is a significant step toward improving access to mental health care. Making life-saving therapies and supportive housing available to more Ontarians, and supporting youth with the right tools and programs will put us on the right path.” — Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Government of Canada launches consultations and advisory committee

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today launched two initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty. By opening the dialogue on how to reduce poverty, the Government of Canada reiterate its commitment to find solutions to improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.

The nation-wide consultation process will give Canadians an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty through a Poverty Reduction Strategy engagement website, including discussion forums and online town halls. The online engagement will be complemented by roundtables with provincial, territorial and municipal governments; Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts and Canadians who have experienced poverty. The Government of Canada will also work with Indigenous organizations to ensure the participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in the consultations. The input and feedback collected will provide valuable information which will help shape the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Government also launched a call for nominations to invite interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply for the ministerial advisory committee on poverty.

The advisory committee’s work will complement these public consultations. The committee will act as a sounding board and a forum for in-depth discussion on issues related to poverty reduction. Specifically, the committee’s role will be to discuss and test ideas generated in the public consultations and provide independent expertise and advice on issues that could include:

  • identifying priority areas of action;
  • aligning federal government actions to reduce poverty with those of the provinces and territories; and
  • replicating innovative approaches to poverty reduction at the national level.

The committee will be composed of leaders, practitioners, and experts in poverty reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery and business, as well as international academics or researchers on poverty. It will also include people who have experienced poverty.

Another initiative to support the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy—the Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) research project—was announced in September 2016. Work is currently underway in Saint John, and will continue in Trois-Rivières, Regent Park (Toronto), Winnipeg, Tisdale, and Yellowknife. This analytical research project will involve case studies of six communities across Canada that are concerned about poverty issues. The project will assess the impact of federal poverty reduction programs locally in communities, based on the opinions of citizens including people with experience of poverty.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada has invested in a range of initiatives to support poverty reduction including: the Canada Child Benefit, increases to the Old Age Security’s Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Canada Learning Bond and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

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“Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. It has many faces—children and families, seniors, Indigenous people, people with disabilities and immigrants. We need to work together with our partners, and with all Canadians, to find a solution. Every Canadian should have the chance to build a good life for themselves and their families. We need to hear from you about how we can make it happen.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Passing of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond

Passing of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond

 

Whitby, Ont. – On behalf of The Regional Municipality of Durham, we send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and council colleagues of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond, following her sudden passing. She faithfully served her community for many years.

 

“Councillor Diamond was a formidable force in municipal politics,” said Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson. “She was a strong female leader at a time when it was less common to see women in senior public service roles. She also led many local community endeavours and will be truly missed.”

 

Nancy was born in 1941 and served as Oshawa’s mayor for 12 years from 1991 to 2003, after sitting as a city councillor from 1988 to 1991. In 2010, she returned to Oshawa City Council and Durham Regional Council, and was re-elected in 2014. Among her many accomplishments, Councillor Diamond championed the creation of a university in Oshawa, economic development and transportation initiatives. She pursued solutions to gridlock and the development of social housing with admirable determination. Councillor Diamond embraced multiculturalism, keeping taxes low, and the advancement of local and national prosperity.

 

A book of condolences will be available at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters, located at 605 Rossland Road East. Flags at Regional Headquarters have been half-masted in her memory. Her family will be in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult and private time.

Province Investing $7.2 Million to Support Healthy and Active Communities

Province Investing $7.2 Million to Support Healthy and Active Communities

 

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Increasing Opportunities for Ontarians

Ontario is helping to increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get active, stay fit and lead healthier lives.

Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the province is investing $7.2 million in 2016-17 to support local, regional and provincial organizations that offer quality programs and services to keep Ontarians active in sport, recreation and physical activity.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was in Tiny, Ontario today to announce that, as part of this fund, the province is providing more than $20,000 to Come Play with Us: Rev Up for Active Gaming in Tiny! This one-year project will encourage approximately 150 adults and seniors in the Township of Tiny and surrounding areas to learn about recreational activities and become more physically active.

This year, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is supporting 129 local, regional and provincial projects. These grants will help people across the province get involved in sport and recreation, improve their physical literacy, and strengthen their communities through coaching, youth development and volunteer development.

Investing in sport, recreation and active living in communities across the province is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2013, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has supported over 360 projects across the province.
  • Now in its fourth year, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has invested more than $28.8 million since the program was launched.
  • In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects are expected to reach over 220,000 people.
  • The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which aims to make opportunities available for all Ontarians to get involved in organized sport; the Healthy Kids Strategy, which is aimed at reducing childhood obesity; and the Stepping Up Framework, which aims to improve children’s health and well-being.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUOTES

“I’m very excited about the investment our government is making in community programming across Ontario. Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, we’re supporting our partners at the local, regional and provincial level to effectively promote healthy, active living for people of all ages and abilities. I’m pleased to visit the Township of Tiny to announce that Come Play with Us: Rev Up for Active Gaming in Tiny! will play an important role in this provincewide commitment and I look forward to the positive opportunities that it will bring to residents.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Township of Tiny is a small rural community, and thanks to funding received through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, is able to increase program opportunities for older adults and seniors 65+. The delivery of accessible and affordable sports – pickleball, bocce ball, tennis and shuffleboard – is enabling participants to become more active and providing a foundation for lifelong physical activities, a goal that was identified as a priority in Tiny’s Strategic Plan.”
— Bonita Desroches, Community Recreation Coordinator

Direct Answers 7.21.16

from Wayne & Tamara
I My House, My Rules
I am writing out of pure frustration with my brother-in-law, Tom.
Tom is a person who complains about everything. Nothing is ever good enough for him. While he seems to get enjoyment out of putting other people down and making snide comments, no one can tease or criticize him about anything.
If they attempt to do so, Tom leaves the room and avoids everyone for usually about an hour, accusing us of “ganging up” on him. Tom is almost 30 and the entire family walks on tiptoes around him, afraid to awaken the beast.
Tom, his wife and their child, recently stayed with my husband and me. We went out of our way to make sure everything was perfect—foods they like, comfortable bed and planned fun events. While Tom’s wife was a joy to be around, Tom himself was a monster.
He picked fights with me and my husband and generally attempted to ruin the weekend. This is not uncommon. Nearly every family get-together is ruined by Tom and his childish behavior. If Tom is unhappy, everyone is unhappy.
Tom is especially hostile to me. He is chauvinistic and believes men should control everything except cooking and cleaning the house. My husband, on the other hand, shares responsibilities equally with me, and this drives Tom crazy. He thinks I have too much power over my husband, his brother. There is nothing I can do to win Tom’s favor. I have been encouraged by just about everyone in the family to simply avoid him at all costs because he will never like me. That’s fine with me. But I must see Tom, and indeed invite him to our home, at least three times a year. I do not want to sever my relationship with him because then I risk losing a wonderful sister-in-law and nephew. How should I act around him? What should I say when Tom hurls yet another insult at me?
No one is brave enough to confront him. I am, but I am the last person whose opinion he would respect. Judy

Judy, an easement gives a person a right to cross or use someone else’s property for a specific purpose. It is a right granted in law. But sometimes, when people trespass on a property and the owner does nothing to stop it, the court may find that custom has created a new easement. That’s what Tom thinks. He is like ants at a picnic or the shark at a beach. But because no one has stopped him in the past, he thinks he has the right to act like a toddler. The family was wrong not to call him out earlier because now he will be doubly mad.
But for his sake, for his son’s sake and for your sake, his behavior needs to be challenged.
It’s fallen on you to be the grownup. The easy road would be to do nothing, but that can only reinforce his behavior. The hard road is putting your foot down when he is in your home. Often the hard road is the only road. Tell Tom the truth. “Nothing is ever good enough for you.” When he makes misogynistic remarks, remind him this is the 21st Century, not the 19th. Let him know that he may not need a cell phone because he is living in a bygone era. Let him know, “I am woman. Hear me roar.” If he sulks for an hour or goes home, let him. Tom needs to learn that he can no longer trespass on the rights of others.
Wayne & Tamara

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HEALTHY LIVING 7.21.16

HEALTHY LIVING
By Dr. George Traitses
D.C., B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., C.H.N., C.N.M., A.C.R.B. 3, C.R.A.
Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association
Healthy Aging
[Active living is important for your health and wellbeing, no matter what your age is, but it can be vital for older adults.
Being active and mobile can help prevent many chronic conditions that can impact you as you age. Even moderate exercise can contribute to your body’s balance and bone strength, which is why it’s never too late to start exercising.
By incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you can help prevent loss of bone mass, restore and build endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

Being active doesn’t mean you have to be a gym addict. It can be as simple as the following:
Brisk Walking
Walking doesn’t require any extra equipment apart from supportive shoes. Taking a walk every day is a simple and effective way to help maintain balance and strength.
Strength Training
Strength training can be adapted for your needs through simple exercises such as leg extensions. In a seated position, straighten out one leg, lift to comfortable height, hold for 10 seconds and put down.
Stretching
Stretching helps you move more freely and can improve your flexibility. Having flexibility helps with tasks such as bending to tie your shoe laces. An easy stretch is the soleus stretch, which helps stretch out your calf muscle. To complete this stretch you, stand in front of a wall with one leg ahead of the other, make sure both feet are pointed towards the wall. Place your palms on the wall at shoulder height for support, bend the knee of your back leg and press the heel into the floor. Lean your hips forward, pushing into the wall and feel the stretch in your back leg. Hold this for 30 seconds and repeat with the other leg. Remember to not stretch so far that it hurts.
If exercise in a gym setting isn’t for you, there are alternatives that can help keep you in shape. Activities such as swimming, cycling, yoga and golf can help build strength and improve balance. There are many low cost or even free activities tailored to older adults at local recreational centres, community health centres and other organizations.
Web site at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1877-327-2273
Dr. George Traitses, 416-499-5656 www.infinite-health.com

7.21.16 The Doctor Game

The Doctor Game

By W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

The Big T:

Could It Get Meto 95 +?

Should aging males use testosterone therapy to increase overall health and longevity? It’s a question I’ve pondered after interviewing Dr. Malcolm Crowthers, an early pioneer of testosterone therapy, in London, England, years ago. Now, Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Clinical Professor at The Harvard Medical School, agrees the benefits of “big T” should not be denied to men, even those with prostate cancer. And would big T get me to 95 +, I wonder?
I vividly remember talking to Crowther’s patients. They were happy campers, hoping to be shot by a jealous lover at age 95!
But sex is only part of the big T story. Low testosterone is present in 40 percent of men over age 45. Its loss is associated with fatigue, depression, insomnia, grumpiness, lack of interest in sex and problems at work.
So Dr. Morgentaler asks why not prescribe testosterone. Critics have always argued that aging is a natural process so why medicalize it. This is a bit hypocritical since male doctors have no problem treating menopausal symptoms in women with female hormones.
Morgentaler makes another point. He says no one argues against treating patients with bad hearing, poor eye sight, sore hips or blocked coronary arteries, so why not help men with low testosterone? “Besides”, he adds, “normal aging stinks”. I say amen to that.
However, I, along with other doctors, have had a major concern with big T. For years we’ve feared that testosterone, particularly when prescribed to a man with undiagnosed early prostate cancer, might make the cancer grow, like adding gasoline to a fire.
But Morgentaler is convinced this is not the case. First, he says, an earlier study linking testosterone to cancer was wrong. Dr. Charles Huggins, a University of Chicago researcher, showed that when he castrated men with prostate cancer a chemical, acid phosphatase, decreased. But an injection of testosterone in males with this cancer triggered an increase in acid phosphatase. Huggins was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the theory was born that testosterone caused prostate cancer. But Morgentaler later discovered this conclusion was based on just a single patient!
Morgentaler subsequently published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the risks of testosterone therapy after reviewing 200 medical studies. He could not find any evidence linking high levels of testosterone to prostate cancer.
Morgentaler then decided to give testosterone to men suffering from the effects of low T. But to make sure they were free of cancer he performed biopsies of the prostate gland prior to treatment. To his surprise he found several cancers which showed low T was not protective against this malignancy. Since this finding, he has reported, in the Journal of Urology, 13 cases of prostate cancer treated with testosterone for two and a half years. Biopsies showed none of the cancers have progressed. In fact, in 54 percent, biopsies could not find any trace of malignancy!
Morgentaler, ridiculed for his early research, is now not the only doctor who believes Huggin’s theory about testosterone was wrong. Namely, that low T is not protective against prostate cancer and high T is not the devil that triggers it. Recent studies in Germany and other countries show similar results.
Morgentaler no longer believes he’s making a pact with the devil when he prescribes testosterone. Rather, he’s convinced that low T is under recognized, underdiagnosed and undertreated and it does not make sense to deprive men of testosterone therapy when they have low T. What struck my eye in researching this column was the finding that men who normally have high levels of testosterone live longer. But it is still not known if prescribing the big T to men with low levels will have the same effect. This possibility has me thinking. In my 20s I considered 75 the ideal time to die and escape old age. But at 75 I had a change of heart. I aimed at 80, then 85, then 90. Now 90+ I’m still enjoying life and family. So why not 95?
Maybe it’s even time for a trip to Boston to see Dr. Morgentaler!

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Joe Ingino

THE BROKEN BLUE MACHINE The Conservatives will follow Andrew Scheer into the 2019 election, after the young Saskatchewan MP won an upset victory at the party’s leadership convention in Toronto Saturday night. So read the headlines of most newspapers… Andrew WHO!!! Really!!! Who is this Andrew Scheer? Who ever heard of him? You got to…

The Doctor Game By W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

The Doctor Game By W. Gifford-Jones M.D. Do I Get a Flu Shot? Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats!” He was stressing humorously that…

Don’t “Dessert” Your Weight-Loss Goals

HEALTHY LIVING By Dr. George Traitses D.C., B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., C.H.N., C.N.M., A.C.R.B. 3, C.R.A. Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association Don’t “Dessert” Your Weight-Loss Goals You’ve committed to losing weight and changing your lifestyle forever. So far, things are going great: You’ve lost 10 pounds and feel like a new person, even with pounds left…

Ontario Providing Faster Access to Mental Health Services for Thousands of People

Province Investing in More Psychotherapy, Supportive Housing and Services for Youth Ontario is providing faster access to mental health and addictions services across the province, with new investments that will ensure thousands more people can get the support they need when they need it. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at…

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Government of Canada launches consultations and advisory committee – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today launched two initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a…

Passing of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond

Passing of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond   Whitby, Ont. – On behalf of The Regional Municipality of Durham, we send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and council colleagues of Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond, following her sudden passing. She faithfully served her community for many years.   “Councillor Diamond was a formidable force in…

Province Investing $7.2 Million to Support Healthy and Active Communities

Province Investing $7.2 Million to Support Healthy and Active Communities   Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Increasing Opportunities for Ontarians Ontario is helping to increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get active, stay fit and lead healthier lives. Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the province is investing…

Direct Answers 7.21.16

from Wayne & Tamara I My House, My Rules I am writing out of pure frustration with my brother-in-law, Tom. Tom is a person who complains about everything. Nothing is ever good enough for him. While he seems to get enjoyment out of putting other people down and making snide comments, no one can tease…

HEALTHY LIVING 7.21.16

HEALTHY LIVING By Dr. George Traitses D.C., B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., C.H.N., C.N.M., A.C.R.B. 3, C.R.A. Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association Healthy Aging [Active living is important for your health and wellbeing, no matter what your age is, but it can be vital for older adults. Being active and mobile can help prevent many chronic conditions…

7.21.16 The Doctor Game

The Doctor Game By W. Gifford-Jones M.D. The Big T: Could It Get Meto 95 +? Should aging males use testosterone therapy to increase overall health and longevity? It’s a question I’ve pondered after interviewing Dr. Malcolm Crowthers, an early pioneer of testosterone therapy, in London, England, years ago. Now, Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Clinical Professor…