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Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

I think of myself as someone who takes good care of my health. I eat nearly 100% vegan and mostly whole foods. I ride my bike to and from Source Centre on a daily basis. I get adequate rest. And I have regular Network Spinal Care. What more could I do? I was in for a shock when I stood in front of the camera lighting for a video shoot to answer frequently asked questions about Network Spinal Analysis. I squinted as my eyes adjusted to the brightness. Partway through the filming, I was fanning myself because of all the heat and perspiration! Most shocking though was how I felt standing in front of the lights. Yes, I was nervous, but I was much more alert than usual. I felt energetic and ready to take on anything. How could I feel so much more alive standing in front of these bright lights? How could I, unless I’ve been missing something? Maybe sunshine? Like many of you, I spend a lot of time indoors. Between all the responsibilities of running Source Centre and caring for my patients and practice members, I have limited opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I look for easy ways to maximize the benefits of being outdoors. Here’s my advice: Any time outside is better than none. Get outside even if you can only spare 30 seconds. Getting off your chair and away from the computer will give your body a break from the strain of sitting. Look for some green space near your office and home. Being surrounded by green multiplies the benefit of being outside. Being on grass rather than a sidewalk makes a world of difference. Being surrounded by tree and plants is much more calming than being around buildings. Studies show that time spent in parks ease stress and frustration. If you live or work near Source Centre or the Toronto Entertainment District, there are quite a few options nearby for green space. My top picks include: David Pecaut Square behind Metro Hall and Roy Thompson hall. Consider coming for Wednesday morning yoga starting July 2013. St. Andrew’s Market and Playground on Adelaide and Brant. Grange Park on John north of Queen. Clarence Square on Spadina and Wellington. Bike to work. It’s a great way to get exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and to reduce the stress of your commute. Expose your skin. Roll up you sleeves and wear short or skirts. Skin that normally doesn’t see the sun will generate more vitamin D. Get out in the middle of the day. The sun is the brightest between 11am and 3pm. How do you get the most of the outdoors? Share your ideas by leaving a reply. If you found these tips useful please share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers.    Tweet...

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Let’s Get Outside

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Let’s Get Outside

Let’s Get Outside

Heading into June finds us in the longest days of the year. This is it: the time to get outside and enjoy as many drops of sunlight and warm weather as possible. We wait through many months of darkness to get to here so what are you doing to make the most of it? I was inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation challenge this past May to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days. Sounds simple enough. However, according to the D S F website, the average Canadian spends more than 90% of their time indoors! Unless we make a deliberate and conscientious effort, it can be easy to miss the summer.  Do you find yourself saying “Where’s all the time gone?”I hear this from people quite frequently and especially so this past May. Perhaps you tell yourself that you’ll make it out to something eventually but never somehow quite seem to manage to. It’s so easy to lose track of time and let these days of light and sun slip through our fingers. Don’t let it happen! In the spirit of these beautiful long days of light leading up to the summer solstice, and inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation, I encourage you to commit to spending at least 30 minutes outdoors for 30 days in June. (Then, maybe continue it through to July, August – you get the picture.) There are many health benefits to being outdoors, including increased vitamin D which has a host of benefits (see Dr. Tara Andresen’s blog earlier this winter on the importance of Vitamin D http://www.sourcecentre.ca/vitamin-d-to-the-rescue-your-secret-weapon-during-the-cold-flu-season/ ) We experience greater peace and healing in nature; our stress levels lower, we are restored and feeling happier. We’re also more likely to experience greater fitness levels the more time we spend outdoors.  So are you ready to commit to more time outdoors this June (and beyond)?   Let’s walk, run, play, swim. The options are endless. Or why not take indoor activities and bring them outside? This could be office meetings…or eating lunch…or brushing teeth! Check out the great suggestions on the David Suzuki website and drop by and pick up a journal at Source Centre where you can track your outdoor adventures. Take on the great outdoors this summer, so that when it draws to an end and the days become perceptibly shorter, you can feel satisfied and satiated by all that you did. Enjoy this sublime season. See you outside. (photo by Lana, who got outside)  ...

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Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Living with Fibromyalgia can be an ongoing experience with pain, fog and fatigue. There may be no injury present, or compared to the symptoms the injury is small. Or, it may have healed long ago, so why does it still ache? Fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain do not happen because of muscles or joints alone. Some skeptics may even tell you it’s all in your head. So what is really happening? The latest understanding is that our nervous system plays a big role. What’s the nervous system? It is made up of nerve endings, nerves and the spinal cord. These are the sensors, wiring and switches for gathering, transmitting and processing input from all parts of the body. The nervous system’s largest processing centre is the brain. This is where the nervous system receives the signals and makes its best interpretation. For many people living with Fibromyalgia or other forms of chronic pain, the nervous system is miswired and distorts what should be benign input. The result is a painful misinterpretation, ouch! What this all means is that pain comes from our nervous system and in particular the brain. If the pain experience comes from a brain miswired, how do we address the pain and get back to health? Pain medication, usually the first resort, can quiet the nerves and the pain centres in the brain. Unfortunately, pain meds modify the experience only and not the underlying issue. Take away the medication and the pain returns. Why? The nervous system is still misinterpreting signals as painful. Reorganizing the nervous system is the key to health. How do we improve the health of the nervous system and correct the signal distortion? We need to reorganize the sensors, wiring and switches. We need to rewire the nervous system.   Network Spinal Analysis A gentle approach can be the answer. Network Spinal Analysis is leading edge chiropractic that has helped improve Fibromyalgia symptoms and achieve greater health using a system of light touch. Developed by chiropractor Dr. Donald Epstein, Network Spinal Analysis helps the body form new connections between brain and body. It is a gentle technique that is well suited to people living with Fibromyalgia. Light touch is used along specific areas of the spine causing large-scale changes across the entire body. The gentle touches, applied with as much force as putting in a contact lens, are made over specific areas called “spinal gateways”. Gateways are critical information processing centres for our nervous system. They’re how the nervous system can monitor and regulate on our inner and outer environments. They are focal areas for free energy and with light touches can help the nervous system to unwind, heal and growth. When a Gateway is contacted the body naturally breathes and moves, stretches, awakens, and releases stuck energy and stress. With regular care, this ability becomes deeply ingrained. The nervous system is the new cornerstone to health and well-being. Functioning optimally, it helps all parts of the body to communicate with each other. It allows us to sense and adapt to ever changing internal and external environments. For people living with Fibromyalgia or other forms of chronic pain, the nervous system can be miswired and can interfere with normal body function. Network Spinal Analysis makes possible a re-organized and rewired nervous system. If you could rewire ourselves for greater healing, growth and well-being, what would open up for you? Yours in health,Dr. Leo Quan  Tweet...

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About Maintenance

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on About Maintenance

About Maintenance

(Image: ‘Girl Doing cartwheel At Beach’ by imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Life in the western half of the world teaches us that if something’s not broken, don’t fix it. Therefore, when one is “healthy” there is no reason to go to the doctor. It’s only when one finds one’s self “unhealthy”, that it’s time to go find a cure, see a doctor, take medication(s), do whatever will “fix” the problem. This to many of us is the normal way of things. On the other hand, we’re told that we must have an anti-virus installed on the computer and always have it backed-up; we’ve got to change the filter in the furnace and regularly change the oil in the car. In these examples, we’re exhorted not to wait for something to get broken because it will cost us twice as much. Quite frankly, I don’t understand the logic! When we’re talking about our belongings we need to be proactive but not when it’s about our bodies and our health and wellbeing? Maintaining good health in our bodies is something we all can and need to do. It’s also something we ourselves can take the initiative on through the choices we make. What we put in – what and how much we eat and at what times – and what we put on our body. It’s vital to be physically active, to listen to our body’s limits, to ensure we’re getting enough sleep. These are only a few examples of how our personal actions can benefit our health. That being said, there are many therapeutic modalities out there to assist us in achieving and maintaining great health. Many of us are aware of the great benefits of Chinese Medicine in treating a wide variety of conditions, from pain relief to dealing with allergies, emotional stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, infertility, and much more. But did you know that, above all else, Chinese Medicine is a preventative medicine? Chinese Medicine as a whole, and especially the “Stems & Branches” method, is designed to be a preventative type of medicine, first and foremost. The ancient Chinese actually developed different techniques to prevent illness and maintain health, that differ from those used to treat a disease.  In the “NEI JING”- the main classic of Chinese Medicine – it is said that a good doctor will get rid of the symptoms and relieve the patient’s suffering. A great doctor will treat the root of the illness and prevent its recurrence. A real master, however, will identify the illness (by pulse diagnosis) before it manifests in the physical body and prevent it from occurring at all. Also consider, in this system the doctor only is paid as long as the patient stays healthy. When someone is sick or suffers from disease, the treatment is free! In our era where healthcare is so costly, think of how wonderful it would be if this was still the way we operated. So my advice to you is to take an active role in your health.  Live right. Eat right. Sleep right. Find the kind of physical activity that fits who you are and allows you to experience joy. And yes, you can use Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to make sure you stay happy and healthy. Don’t wait for something to get broken. Trust me, it’s much cheaper and more pleasant if you don’t.   Yours In Health, Yuval Blum...

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Internship Program

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Internship Program

Internship Program

SET THE TREND THIS SPRING Want marketing experience and leadership training? Accelerate your career in event planning? Work in the heart of Downtown Toronto in the health and wellness industry? Source Centre has 8-week internships starting immediately.   Get trained to grow a business and to develop your leadership skills.   Email drleoquan@sourcecentre.ca with resume.   Tweet...

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NanoWorkouts in May

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on NanoWorkouts in May

NanoWorkouts in May

Not enough time to fit in a full workout? I find a lot of people are in the same situation. 10 hour days at work. Meals. Commuting. Family. Chores. School. Is it exhausting to even imagine this? Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, so how can we fit in some activity and make a difference to our health and well-being? Joakim Christoffersson a busy professional himself saw the need for quick easy workouts in his life and created Nano Workouts. Nano Workouts are small micro workouts that we can do at the office, during our commute and at home. They’re quick exercises that stretch and strengthen our bodies. Pick and choose based on the situation you’re in. Take joy, no equipment is needed.  “A small amount of exercise many times becomes a lot when added up,” say Christoffersson. For the month of May, Source Centre is featuring Nano Workouts and sharing different workouts each week. Come by our centre to get your next workout! For more information, visit http://www.nanoworkout.com.   If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter or Facebook. Tweet...

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