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It is my pleasure to have been asked by the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors Magazine Editor of The Pulse to be profiled in this year’s Summer Issue.  If you happen to pick up this issue, do check out the … Continue reading

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Make Today the Day You Focus On Your Health

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York Region Character Community Awards 2014

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A week ago, I was honoured to be the recipient of the 2014 Business Person of Character Award.  This award was presented to me by the Character Community Foundation of York Region at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  The awards gala was attended by Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow and councillors, as well as mayors from the surrounding communities in York Region, with the inspiring evening ending with the delightful keynote speech delivered by 2014 Character Champion Award Recipient, Bill Fisch.  The event recognized more than 155 exceptional York Region nominees for demonstrating exemplary character and contribution to the quality of life of others based on the 11 Character Community attributes: compassion, courage, fairness, honesty, inclusiveness, initiative, integrity, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility.  I was touched by what was said and am humbled and grateful to those who nominated me to receive this award.  As a child I dreamed of pursuing a career in medicine, and every day I have been able to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor in our lively community has been a dream come-true.  It is my heartfelt pleasure to contribute to a healthier York Region.  Congratulations to all those who have, and continue, to contribute to our “Character Community”!

Weekend Warrior Alert

Are you a weekend warrior?  Though I applaud your enthusiasm, perhaps it would be in your best interests to consider participating in more consistent moderate exercise, as muscle and bone strengthening at least 2 days a week are part and parcel of a healthy exercise regimen to minimize self-injury.  (My confession – much to my own husband’s chagrin, I too, have participated rather gleefully in some weekend warrior action of my own!)

Weekend Warrior

This brings us to the following question – just how much daily exercise should you be getting?

The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the leading Canadian scientific authority on exercise physiology, health and fitness.  They are the governing body responsible for establishing the recommended exercise guidelines for all Canadians.  You can check out these exercise guidelines here.

To highlight some of the most relevant take home points for you:

Healthy adults between 18-64 years are encouraged to participate in a variety of physical activities above and beyond the physical activities accumulated in the course of daily living.

Just to remind you, exercise reduces your risk of premature death, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis (to name but a few of the health benefits).  In general, more exercise = higher level of fitness = improved lean body mass composition = better moods and to boot, a better ability to handle stress!

The CSEP recommends healthy adults between the age of 18-64 accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical exercise each week for a minimum of 10 minute intervals.

Over the course of the week, that means investing approximately 22 minutes each day, which isn’t so hard in the grand scheme of the day.  I am sure if we were all completely honest with ourselves, we could each find 22 minutes everyday and swamp putzing around with more beneficial time on what I like to call “project save your knees“!

Worried this may be too much to start?  Don’t be.  For one, you can still reap benefits even investing less than 20 minutes each day.  (Some movement is definitely better than none!) Secondly, your Naturopathic Doctor can help you increase your duration, frequency and intensity as part of your comprehensive total health care plan.  We can discuss with you strategies to make incorporation of exercise both manageable, sustainable, and something that becomes routinely incorporated into your lifestyle.

Moderate Activity May Be Key to Saving Knees

I was recently reading about a presentation put forth at the North American Radiological Society by a Research Fellow at the University of California San Francisco, which you can find here.  Though this article concludes moderate activity may be the key to saving knees, this article also suggests that too much exercise led to early degenerative cartilage changes in the knees of healthy people aged 45 – 60 and in those at risk for osteoarthritis on examination of the structural changes of the knee using MRI over a period of 4 years.

mike-twohy-the-knees-are-the-first-thing-to-go-new-yorker-cartoonI would argue, however, that for the average Canadian, sedentary lifestyles are perhaps more problematic and more prevalent in our North American population compared to those who participate in too much movement as evidenced by the numerous accounts of the increasing weight epidemic and diabetes, or “diabesity” problem.

Before you jump to the conclusion that too much exercise indeed predisposes a person to early degenerative knee changes, in defence of the importance of exercise, it may also be important to know that population in this study were at high risk for knee osteoarthritis because of family history, obesity, and/or a history of knee injury or replacement surgery.

Reference

Lin, W. et al.  (2012).  High levels of physical activity are associated with greater cartilage degeneration over a period of 4 years as assessed with T2 relaxation time measurements – 3T MRI data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative.  Radiological Society of North America.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all for the holidays, your health!

There are some things money can’t buy!  Your health…priceless.

This holiday season, give the gift of health!  Gift certificates for naturopathic services are available in any denomination of your choosing.

Just a friendly reminder regarding your own health, don’t forget to take advantage of your health benefits by December 31, 2012.

Pamper Yourself and Revitalize your Health!

Your health and the health of your loved ones, family, friends and colleagues are important to me and our team of healthcare practitioners.  I look forward to the chance to provide you with high quality, relaxing, compassionate and detailed-oriented care.

Naturopathic medical care is covered by most extended health care benefit plans.  For more information, I invite you to peruse www.drjudynd.com.  Should you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact me.  Before your appointment with us, you will be asked to fill out a confidential health history initial intake, which will help me get to know you and your medical background to ensure you receive comprehensive care.  If you decide you would like to utilize naturopathic medical care, you can contact us to have these forms emailed to you in advance of your appointment, or you can arrive 20 minutes prior to your first appointment to fill out these forms in-person.

Thank you again for choosing to revitalize your health from the inside, out with individualized Naturopathic Medical care.  See you soon!