Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wireless Technology - 5 Safety Tips

by Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND

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Are you concerned about the impact of wireless technology on your health?  The research is strongly indicating that we need to be more aware and take precautions in order to protect our health.  Wireless technology is ubiquitous.  It is almost impossible to find a spot that is not connected to the wireless world.  Even most of the provincial parks now have wireless technology. The problem with something that is all around us is that it's impact on health is often ignored.

Symptoms associated with wireless technology are diverse and include:
  • Neurological: headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, decrease in memory, irritability, anxiety, fatigue
  • Cardiac: pain or pressure in the chest, low or high blood pressure
  • Respiratory: sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma
  • Metabolic: digestive problems, thyroid issues, decreased sexual function and/or infertility, adrenal fatigue, problems regulating blood sugar
  • Other symptoms: skin rashes, burning in the eyes, deteriorating vision, nosebleeds, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances, numbness, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, bulging veins in the hands
  • Other conditions: multiple chemical sensitivity, increased risk of cancer and/or autoimmune disease, rapid aging syndrome.
Some people don't feel the impact of wireless technology, others can end up with very debilitating symptoms which can significantly decrease their quality of life.  Whether you think you are impacted or not; the following tips will help to protect you:

1. Avoid Wireless in the Bedroom

  • It is important to keep ALL wireless devices out of the bedroom.  Wireless technology can disrupt sleeping and the body's ability to heal.
  • It is important to not have your cellphone or wireless tablet near you when you sleep.  If you must have it in your bedroom - for example when you are travelling - put it on airplane mode or turn it off completely.
  • If you need an alarm clock, choose one that is wired.

2. Keep Wireless Away from Children and Pregnant Mothers

  • Children are very susceptible to the harmful impact of wireless technology. Their skulls are thinner than adults and their brains are still developing which can result in the radiation penetrating deeper into their developing brains. There is growing concern that wireless technology is contributing to ADD, ADHD, anxiety and proper development of children.
  • Keep cell phones and tablets away from small children other than in an emergency.  
  • If you are pregnant, avoid wireless devices.  Don't put tablets or any other wireless device on the belly.
  • Replace wireless baby monitors and other wireless devices with wired devices.

3. Keep All Wireless Devices Off The Body

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  • When it comes to wireless technology it is helpful to remember the simple rule, "Distance is your friend".  Do NOT carry any wireless device, such as a cell phone or iPhone, on any part of your body. That is, don't carry your cell phone in pocket, in your bra or waist band.  If you have to carry them on your body, it is important to power them 100% off even if you don't intend to use your phone.
  • When speaking on your phone use the speakerphone mode positioned as far away from you as possible.  The electromagnetic field (radiation impact) is one-fourth the strength at a distance of two inches and fifty times lower at three feet.  Text messaging is a better option than a phone call.
  • Avoid personal "wearable" wireless device, such as wireless earpieces, smart watches and Bluetooth devices.

4.  Limit Your Exposure In Your Home

  • One of the biggest exposures to wireless technology in the home is cordless phones. Replace cordless phones with wired ones and use your wired phone as much as possible. Consider forwarding your cell phone to your wired home phone when you are at home.  Corded landlines have no radiation emissions and are the best choice.
  • Replace wireless home Wi-Fi with wired options.  Consider turning off the wireless technology in your home at night. Ensure the router for your home Wi-Fi is away from high-use and sleeping areas.
  • Limit your exposure to wireless devices such as e-readers, wireless games, wireless keyboards, speakers, microphones etc.
  • Opt out of smart meters.  If possible, keep your analog utility meter or request its return. Avoid using 

5. Avoid Using Your Cell Phone When the Signal is Weak
  • When the signal is weak the amount of electromagnetic radiation is significantly higher as the phone or device repeatedly attempts to connect to the nearest network antenna.
  • Signals are weakest when you are in a remote area or when moving at high speed, such as in vehicles (car, bus, train or airplane) and elevators.  In metal enclosures, such as cars or trains, the metal reflects the electromagnetic waves increasing your exposure.  Avoid using your cell phone or wireless devices in these environments.
It is important for everyone to become more informed about the impact of wireless technology and its impact on health. To learn more check out the following resources:
Talk to your naturopathic doctor to learn more about what you can do to support your health and decrease the impact of wireless technology on you and your families health.

To book an appointment at Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic please contact us at 905-940-2727.




Friday, June 28, 2019

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

by Catalina Rahaianu

Avoid full body sun exposure between 11 a.m. and at least till 3 p.m. Make sure you apply the oil every 30-60 min as needed. Always have with you a spray bottle containing aloe vera gel (you can add rose water to it) to cool off the skin after sun exposure. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup almond oil
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil
  • essential oils  - use 30 drops of each lavender, geranium and frankincense (if allergic use either/or, or none). 

Never use citrus base essential oil

  • 2 TBSP non-nano zinc oxide (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the oils (not the essential oils) except zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of hot water and place the jar in it.
  3. Stir in the zinc oxide (optional).
  4. Leave for 5 min.
  5. Add the essential oils.
  6. Shake or stir the jar to mix the ingredients. Place liquid in a spray bottle.
  7. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.

Notes

  • This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
  • Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide. Use a mask if necessary!
  • Remove the non-nano zinc oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

*Raspberry seed oil offers UVA + UVB protection like titanium dioxide with an approximate  
28-50 SPF protection factor against UVB rays and 8 SPF against UVA rays. It is not suggested to use red raspberry seed oil by itself as your sun protection for a full day in the sun due to its low UVA coverage.
*Red raspberry seed oil may be all you need to protect your skin from everyday, minimal sun exposure. But for extended sun exposure a natural mineral sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient is recommended.

As always, check with your health professional or dermatologist before using any new products.

Catalina is an Advance Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, specializing in Ayurvedic massage, Marma therapy and Body Energetic treatments. If you haven’t tried an Ayurvedic massage yet, now is the perfect time to reset your system and treat yourself.  To learn more, contact Catalina at 905-940-2727 or send her an e-mail at catalina@naturopathicfoundations.ca  

To book your appointment, please call the clinic at 905-940-2727.


Stay Cool and Balanced this Summer

by Catalina Rahaianu

Summer - Pitta Dosha tips

Summer is here! It’s the Pitta dosha season. Pitta is associated with heat and its effects are especially felt during the hot Pitta season from July to October.

In the summer we have the advantage of the healing and nurturing natural elements being at their peak. It is truly the most favorable season to get strong and prepare the body for the fall and winter seasons to come.

Along with all the benefits of the summer we also have the disadvantage of the extreme high temperatures, high humidity, possible sun strokes and dehydration. The key is to plan how to draw all the healing capacity of the summer.

What is Pitta?

Pitta is one of the three doshas or basic factors that govern all activities of the mind and body. It rules metabolism, particularly digestion, and oversees all processes of transformation in the body.
  • When the first heat waves of summer roll around, most of us start to experience the effects of excess Pitta.
  • Signs of excess Pitta include heartburn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin rashes, acne, excess stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, irritability and/or anger. As you can see, these are very different complaints, but they are all related to the same factor — Pitta.
  • There are three powerful approaches for balancing Pitta: diet, daily routines and herbal formulas.
  • Follow some of these simple health tips and you'll be well on your way to enjoying a wonderful, cool summer.

Body and Mind Care

Maintenance is the secret.
  • The ayurvedic massage, abhyanga, if done regularly, intensively removes excess heat through sweat, urine and bowel movements from the body, corrects impaired doshas, and leaves you feeling fresh, full of energy and sharp through the day.
  • This hair oiling helps release excess heat accumulated during the day, as it works in calming down the mind. This hair oiling also nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth.
  • Abhyanga works as a temperature regulator for the body. In the summer it cools the body off, in the winter will reignite its internal heat. It serves as a balancing medium for all 4 seasons.
  • The base oils, essential oils and herbs used in the summer will differ from the ones used in other seasons and will be adapted to each individual state of mind and body.
  • The massage can be done everyday at home or in clinic by a professional. To ensure the proper self care protocol, make sure you check in with an ayurvedic massage specialist before starting the self treatments.

The Cooling Lifestyle

Emphasize activities that have a cooling influence, both emotionally and environmentally. Try to take the time to enjoy the outdoors. Leisure activities also reduce Pitta by mellowing intense, fiery emotions and increasing our happiness and contentment.
  • A walk in the moonlight is especially soothing to a Pitta-aggravated mind and to the emotions.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Being by the water, swimming, dipping your feet in the rivers, those are activities that are very effective at soothing Pitta dosha. Whether you are a Pitta type or not, really pay attention to excess heat during this time.
  • When working, give yourself plenty of time to meet your deadlines, and avoid over-scheduling and working long hours as much as possible.
  • Keep your bedroom well ventilated and cool to improve sleep quality.

The Cooling Diet

What is the first thing we reach for on a hot summer day — a cold drink? We instinctively know that cool drinks and cool foods help reduce heat or Pitta. However, if a drink is too cold, it will extinguish the digestive fire (agni) and spoil digestion, so avoid iced beverages especially during meals.
  • Many foods have excellent cooling properties: sweet fruits like melons, cherries, or grapes; vegetables like asparagus, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini; coconut milk, ghee, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup. Avoid honey and molasses (those are heating).
  • Cooled buttermilk (fresh, homemade preferably) with mint, cilantro, salt and a little ground roasted cumin. Avoid spicy hot foods. Take more sweet, astringent and bitter foods
  • The main principle is that you should favor foods that taste predominantly sweet, bitter and astringent.
  • Minimize your intake of hot and spicy foods, and foods with salty or sour tastes, such as yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, sour oranges, grapefruit or pineapple. You also want to minimize the intake of vegetables with heating properties such as tomatoes, hot peppers, radishes, beets, onions, garlic and spinach.
  • Be mindful of alcohol consumption as it will aggravate Pitta dosha.
  • Water is your best friend. Keep hydrated. Add cucumber and mint to your water for a yummy and refreshing taste.
Catalina is an Advance Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, specializing in Ayurvedic massage, Marma therapy and Body Energetic treatments. If you haven’t tried an Ayurvedic massage yet, now is the perfect time to reset your system and treat yourself.  To learn more, contact Catalina at 905-940-2727 or send her an e-mail at catalina@naturopathicfoundations.ca  


To book your appointment, please call the clinic at 905-940-2727