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POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms, treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!*

Vol. 4, No. 7, Monday, May 13th 2013

TITLE: “POST PARTUM DEPRESSION: Symptoms,  treatment, screening, scale, guidelines, support, onset – I need to speak out!*”


Since we just celebrated Mother’s Day and motherhood is on my mind, I thought that I would consider the important subject of Post Partum Depression.  Therefore, my book of the week is “Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Post Partum Depression” [Paperback] by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)


My View: After giving birth, a mother’s body has gone through a traumatic experience. This is a time when a mother should be excited about a new born baby. But this period is very hard on her. Unfortunately, there is little time to enjoy this experience – she’s busy breast feeding around the clock and she gets limited hours of sleep. Post Partum Depression just adds to the stress. A feeling of being out of control and isolation takes over.

This is one of the common forms of depression for women In certain situations, it  can affect the mother and child bonding. Post Partum Depression should be addressed quickly. In many instances, it gets cured on its own.

My Mother: My Mom gave birth to my brother eleven months after giving birth to me.  Although she spoke about this when the subject came up, she never complained how difficult it must have been.

Motherhood: My first pregnancy was a very difficult experience as I was having fraternal twins.  Unfortunately the second twin had complications and died.  Not only did I have Post Partum Depression, but I was also grieving the death of my second twin. It took me over a year before I started to feel myself again.

Real life story: I remember hearing a story about a gentleman. After the birth of their son, his wife began suffering from Post Partum Depression. One day, he got an urgent call informing him that his wife had jumped off the balcony to her death.  It was so sad!

Next generation mothers: After my daughter gave birth to her children, she was exhausted in the first few months, but stuck to a schedule and this seemed to help her.

THE AUTHOR: Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) 

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D. (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular Radio Show has  earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a Ph.D. and is licensed as a clinical psychologist. She is a pioneer in the field. Surviving two life-threatening, undiagnosed Post Partum Depressions, she founded Post Partum Assistance for Mothers in 1987. She is a former president of Post Partum Support International.

She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars. As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, Dr. Shosh travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat Post Partum Depression and related mood and anxiety disorder.

She is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. National TV shows including “20/20” and “The Doctors” feature Dr. Shosh as the postpartum expert and news stations consult her.

Dr. Shosh has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. She is interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune.



Several are:

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett and Pec Indman (Jul 2003)

Beyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, a Treatment Manual by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Feb 2002)

THE BOOK: Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression [Paperback] by Shoshana S., Ph.D. Bennett (Author), Pec Indman (Author) 

Beyond the Blues contains the most up-to-date information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. Straightforward yet compassionate, it is required reading for all who work with pregnant and post partum women, as well as for those suffering before or after the baby is born.


Post Partum Depression is a very serious issue. Both the mother and her child are at risk. Please listen up!

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That Post Partum Depression occurs more often than usually thought;
  • That with time, this condition usually will pass;
  • That greater understanding of this condition will bring comfort to all mothers;
  • That while women are generally more aware of Post Partum Depression , there are those still in the dark about this condition;
  • That after giving birth, a mother needs to be healthy mentally and physically, since caring for a baby can be very demanding on her;
  • That there now is medical assistance and medication available for Post Partum Depression; and
  • That having a supportive husband does make a difference!

The Point

Women everywhere, young and old, need to become informed and get up to date information about Post Partum Depression and care … before it’s too late!


  1. Be aware that Post Partum Depression could happen after a pregnancy
  2. Recognize the signs of Post Partum Depression – several are:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue
  • No joy
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Thoughts of harming your baby or yourself
  • Keeping to yourself and keeping away from everyone

3.     Be proactive and

  • Set aside time for yourself each day, even if it’s only 30 minutes
  • Pamper yourself for a few hours – get a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, etc.
  • Accept help, if offered, by a family member
  • Do physical activities such as aerobic exercises, yoga, pilates or a stretching regimen every day
  • Have a schedule for the bab
  • Make sure you’re bonding with the baby

4.  Explain how you’re feeling to your husband and ask for his help- it’s important for him to know what you’re feeling – that’s the first step to his becoming supportive.

5.  Talk about your symptoms with family and friends

6.  Seek assistance, if feeling overwhelmed, especially if the symptoms persists.

Let’s talk…about Post Partum Depression! This post is my contribution to the conversation. I would appreciate hearing what you think and have to say!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
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PREVIEW: (tentatively scheduled for May 20th 2013): Post Partum Depression Volume II. I’m not all talked out. I have even more great information. Come by and become even more informed. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on women’s issues.)

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S & R* QUOTE #1: Antoinette La Posta

” It’s important to make mothers and expectant mothers aware of the problem of Post Partum Depression.”

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “postpartum Depression”;

“Postpartum Depression (PPD), also called postnatal Depression, is a type of clinical Depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, typically after childbirth.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


“Age at first birth and the educational attainment of new mothers have changed over time. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show that the mean (average) age at first birth increased 3.6 years from 1970 to 2007, from 21.4 to 25.0 years.7 The percentage of first births that were to women aged 35 and over increased nearly eight times between 1970 and 2006, from 1 percent to 8 percent. At the same time, the percentage of first births that were to women under 20 years of age dropped from 36 percent to 21 percent. Although not available by birth order, educational attainment among all mothers has also increased since 1970. In 2007, 24 percent of mothers had completed a bachelor’s degree or more, compared with 9 percent in 1970.”


“Symptoms of PPD can occur anytime in the first year postpartum.[6] These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sadness[6]
  • Hopelessness[6]
  • Low self-esteem[6]
  • Feeling less loved by partner
  • Guilt[6]
  • A feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Sleep and eating disturbances[6]
  • Inability to be comforted[6]
  • Exhaustion[6]
  • Emptiness[6]
  • Anhedonia[6]
  • Social withdrawal[6]
  • Low or no energy[6]
  • Becoming easily frustrated[6]
  • Feeling inadequate in taking care of the baby[6]
  • Impaired speech and writing
  • Spells of anger towards others
  • Increased anxiety or panic attacks
  • Decreased sex drive – see Sex after pregnancy

Attachment study

“A study by Edhborg on mother-child attachment looked at 45 randomly selected mother-child pairs. These pairs were chosen using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale[27] (EPDS) form, measuring postpartum Depression in the community. 326 women returned the form and of the 326, 24 scoring above twelve were recruited and 21 women scoring less than nine were recruited. A score above twelve is considered “potentially depressed” and a score of less than nine is considered to have no form of Depression. The 45 mother-child pairs were videotaped, in their homes, for five minutes in three different situations. Mother and child were first put in a room with a standard set of toys, to represent a control play. In the second situation, mother and child were allowed to play freely in an average toy room. In the third situation, the mother was asked to leave the room as if she had to check on something, like she would regularly do in their home environment, and then return.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Talking saves lives for those with eating disorders

“Public announcements regarding the numbers of people suffering from debilitating Depression, anxiety, phobias and so on seem to be on the increase. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness, with one in 12 experiencing an anxiety disorder. One might begin to question the research on which these astonishing numbers are based.

The explanation is simple, suggests Suzanne Phillips, program co-ordinator of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre ( NEDIC oversees the national hotline that is often the first port of call for those concerned about having an eating disorder the mental disorder cited by experts as having the highest mortality rate at 18 – 20%.

The stigma of mental health challenges is finally being addressed, she says. There is greater awareness among educators, health practitioners and parents. Individuals are more likely to self-identify their condition. Better screening, identification and treatment options have led to help for more individuals with these troubles.

Talking saves lives, says Jenni Morrow, unconsciously mimicking the slogan on a NEDIC poster that encourages individuals to break the silence around their eating problems. After a suicide attempt (which is common among individuals with eating disorders) Morrow’s 33-year-old daughter, Kaelie, admitted her mental anguish and her struggles to cope through focusing on controlling her food and weight to her mom. Now in treatment, Kaelie confirms that reaching out for help takes courage.

It’s still not easy to step up and say that you have a problem, especially an eating disorder, Morrow points out. Research shows that a high percentage of both the general public and health practitioners still see this as a self-inflicted problem that the individual can ‘just get over’.

But it’s worth it, she concludes, as not getting the treatment that one needs can lead to serious physical and emotional problems, all of which impact school, work and relationships.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

“Who hasn’t joked about misplaced keys or a forgotten word being the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? Don’t kid yourself. Alzheimer’s disease is a serious condition that will affect 1.4 million Canadians within the next 20 years, more than double today’s figure.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The term dementia generally refers to a group of brain disorders that are progressive and degenerative – and eventually fatal. It interferes with a person’s ability to remember, think and process information.

The disease progresses differently in each person but will gradually make it increasingly difficult for a person to care for themselves and perform tasks or activities previously taken for granted.

Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It can affect people as young as 40, but the risk doubles every five years after age 65.

Some forms of dementia can be treated, even reversed. These forms result from medical conditions such as an infection or the side-effects of medication. But most types, including Alzheimer’s disease, are still incurable.

A diagnosis doesn’t mean a person has to change their daily routine or stop working immediately. But diagnosis is essential for getting the right treatment and support which will help people live more fully longer and will allow families to plan for future needs.

More information is available online at


Top 10 signs of dementia

According to a 2011 Alzheimer Society poll, 50 per cent of Canadian baby boomers identified memory loss as the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease, while a quarter couldn’t name any sign. Do you know the symptoms? Changes in behaviour and personality can also indicate the beginnings of the disease. Recognizing these signs is important for getting a diagnosis and to make the most of the available support and treatments:

·        Memory loss – forgetting recent events or difficulty retaining new information

·        Difficulty performing familiar tasks – preparing a meal or shopping

·        Language problems – finding the right words or using inappropriate words

·        Disorientation – getting lost on the way to work or being confused about the time of day

·        Poor or decreased judgment – neglecting personal hygiene or safety

·        Problems with abstract thinking – difficulty balancing a cheque book or not understanding what the numbers mean

·        Misplacing things – putting things in odd places like storing an iron in the fridge

·        Behavioural changes – sharp mood swings, from calm to tears to Depression that are hard to explain

·        Personality changes – becoming unusually withdrawn, suspicious or anxious

·        Loss of initiative – withdrawing from friends and family and losing interest in activities

If you’re concerned about dementia for yourself or someone you care about, there are many people who can help you, including your family and friends and community resources. Your local Alzheimer Society offers free counseling and many other services to help you live well with dementia now and throughout its progression. More information is available online at “

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HEALTH (MEDICAL) CARE & INSURANCE: I want you and I to make it better!*

Vol. 3, No.19, Monday, August 20, 2012

TITLE: “HEALTH (MEDICAL) CARE & INSURANCE: I want you and I to make it better!*”


In my home province, Quebec, Canada, we are currently having a general election. Health (medical) care & insurance is a major topic. In the United States, Medicare is a key issue in the U.S. presidential election now in full swing. I am not sure whether it’s what the doctor ordered, but I have SOMETHING to say on the subject. Here it is

Politicians have a lot to say about health (medical) care & insurance … with good reason – it plays such a crucial part in our lives.  And everyone is concerned about it. If we have a system, people ask if it will collapse in the next years when Baby Boomers are really going to need it especially in their declining years. In Quebec, while our system has many good points, we have complaints.  In the U.S., some of the buzz words are: “controlling spending” and “providing a safety net.” There are commercials shouting the differences between the main parties. When it comes to health care, Romney and Ryan want to cut from the system, 700 billion – yes, that’s right … with a “B” … that’s a lot of money … I think that it’s more than many many million times what I spend weekly at the grocery store.  If I understood correctly,Republicans want to take it and keep it in Medicare to fund it longer and differently. On the other hand, Obama and Bidon also want to cut 700 billion, but shift it to ‘ObamaCare’.

I therefore can’t help, but think about health care.  Hence, my subject is the health insurance system. My book of the week is “Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada” [Paperback] by Gregory Marchildon (Author).  (Editor’s Note: This is a part of a continuing series on health.)


My Health: In Quebec, Canada, we have a universal public health insurance system. It’s good, but it could be better…, a lot better. There are many issues. Wait times is a huge problem. Also, while I have a General Practitioner (GP) – it’s not easy to find a family doctor as many exceed their cap and therefore will not take anymore patients.  In addition, it’s difficult to get many tests without cost. A friend had to pay $1000+- for an MRI.   Finally, funding for health care is a biggie! People are concerned that it won’t last as we Baby Boomers age.   

My Mother’s health: My experience with my mother was a real eye-opener!

Hospital: Last January 2010, my mother became very ill and she spent most of the year in a hospital.  The medical and nursing care that she received was excellent … all professional and dedicated.   Not only was she given every test possible to determine her health issues, but she was kept in the hospital until it was safe to discharge her. This is the positive part!

Home care: Our local community health service centre followed up, visiting weekly. (This was at NO cost except for some home care medical equipment.) This service was to check into mother’s medical condition, ensuring that she was properly cared for and looking for signs of abuse.  One day, I received a call from the nurse who had my mother’s case.  He asked questions about the bruises she had on her arms and chest.  Needless to say, I was there instantly to verify how my mother was doing and if she was being properly looked after.  At first, I imagined the worse, but soon it came to mind that she had fallen during the weekend.  I also remembered that I got a call about it when it happened. So much for the good news. 

Emergency: When my mother needed to go to the hospital, we did not want to call 9-1-1 and ask for an ambulance. Instead, we first drove her in our own car. Big mistake!!!! Since at triage, it was determined that she wasn’t going to die in the next ten minutes, we waited and waited. One time, we waited about SEVEN hours and finally gave up, leaving without care being administered. The long hours in an emergency at a hospital for my mother were very irritating.  It seemed that the only way to get around this was to call an ambulance.  Then once at the hospital, she would be brought from the back directly to the care station area and then reasonably quick into the patient care cubicles, this without having to pass the waiting room lounge!

Family Doctor:  I was unhappy with the GP that my Mom had. I thought that his treatment was weak and in part, her poor condition was his fault. Finding a new GP for my mother was very difficult.  I called every clinic that I could find within ½ hour drive, but to no avail.  Finally, I found a doctor who was taking new patients.  It was winter and I waited in line for one hour outside the clinic in freezing cold temperatures – my mother waited in the car.  When we were admitted, there was at least 3-4 hours wait before we were seen by the doctor.  By the way, there was a staircase to the basement, which was so hard for Mom to use. I have always said that doctors should make house-calls for seniors who are housebound. 

Prescriptions: Almost all seniors in Canada have some form of public or private sector drug coverage plans.  The cost of prescriptions is covered. There is an amount allowed per month.  Although this helps but due to the high cost, some seniors, needing on-going medication, do without. How sad is that?  

THE AUTHOR:  Gregory Marchildon  

 Gregory P. Marchildon thinks about health systems – he sees them in continuous change. He is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He is also Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History

He was recognized with major awards and honors: (a) Institute of Public Administration of Canada Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal, 2006; (b) Distinguished Alumni Award (Professional/Business), University of Regina, 2003; (c) Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing, 2002.  Indeed, he wrote the book: Health Systems in Transition. When this guy speaks … we should listen.



Several are:

 THE BOOK:  Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada [Paperback] by Gregory Marchildon (Author)

Medicare in Canada was a very hard fight. It was and is a huge accomplishment. It still is a big deal! Tommy Douglas, Premier of Saskatchewan initiated the Canadian health care system – he thought that it was the right thing to do. The federal government decided to implement the Saskatchewan health care model, from Newfoundland through to British Columbia.  In this book, there are  numerous essays by key individuals who implemented Medicare and the Royal commission on Health Services.


HEALTH (MEDICAL) CARE & INSURANCE (we call it Medicare) is still our most popular program … it’s an essential need for every citizen in our country. Health care is VERY important!

Personal Comments

I say:

1.      That I’ve always considered myself fortunate to live in a country where everyone is covered by a medical insurance program.  No matter what the income, employment status, age or state of health, if you meet residency requirements, you have access to health care. I believe that no Canadian resident has been turned away from our hospital doors due to lack of money.

2.      That while it may seem to many that our health care is free, they’re wrong…VERY WRONG. It costs a lot. We pay taxes …. I think the taxes in Quebec are the highest in North America. There are also many services that are non-insured – therefore, these are out-of-pocket payments.

3.      That although I complain about our health care system and there has been a lot of talk about its flaws and needing improvement, I do realize that overall, we have a good one.

4.      That the emergency room is a big problem as patients must wait and wait. And when they are treated, and as there is insuffient patient cubicles, patients on gurneys are in the hall ways and even the waiting room. Now how sick is that?  I cannot stomach when a senior person in pain is left unattended in a hospital for long periods of time – we must fix this!

5.      That Canada’s Medicare is transportable. If we are travelling anywhere in Canada, we are also covered for necessary medical care.

6.      That in the future, I foresee:

6.1  That there will be more and more out-of-pocket payment for treatments that will no longer be covered by the government health insurance. 

6.2  That people, who can’t afford to have the treatments, will probably do without. 

6.3  That seniors will be affected the most. 

7.  That every citizen in need should have access to medical assistance. 

8.  That doctors and nurses should not be overworked. 

The Point

When it comes to heath care, we must do much better and fast! It is true that more information is required on the development and implementation of Medicare. However, we all must tell the politicians to cut ot the ‘blah blah’ and make REAL improvements NOW!


Here are my pros and cons to the Quebec version of HEALTH (MEDICAL) CARE & INSURANCE:


  • No hospital bills or doctor bills
  • Everyone has access to Medicare
  • Doctors do not recommend unnecessary surgeries
  • Free home nurses for the elderly and chronically ill
  • Free mammograms, colonoscopy, etc.
  • Free ambulance transportation for the elderly


  • Long waiting periods for elective procedure
  • Must get a referral from a family doctor to see a specialist
  • Basic hospital rooms
  • Shortage of doctors and nurses
  • Doctors are allowed to opt out of Medicare

I don’t know whether this post is what the doctor ordered, but I hope that it will make the medicine go down easier! Oh by the way … before I leave, since I gave you an appointment to come today and you came, now I can assure you there won’t be a charge … You thought that I was just kidding … well you’ll never know!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (now, tentatively Monday, August 27th 2012): With Labour Day next week, I thought that it would be interesting to look into the history of this holiday- it is celebrated in many parts of the world. Of course, I will share some of my feelings about this day, more or less,  as a season changer and a time to getting down to work. I would like you to come by. Don’t worry…it will not be too serious and dry. We’ll relax and get into the easy-going mood for Labour Day.  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)

PREVIEW (now, tentatively Monday, September 17th 2012): I will return to the romance theme. I am hearing a lot about Fifty Shades of Grey by T.L. James. I say: “Now, that’s a VERY spicy  meat ball!” I want to add my two cents to the discussion. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)

P.S. WOWEE the first big changes have FINALLY come to and thus to my blog. Check them out on the home page. I am told that there is much more coming: images, videos, book links and even an on-line  store selling products under my very own brand. I can’t wait! Please stay tuned.

P.P.S. #1 I have a TWITTER page. Consider becoming a follower? Visit –   saveandread
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P.P.S. #3 I am on Linkedin. Consider becoming a connection? Visit – Antoinette La Posta


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*TM/© 2012 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.



S & R* QUOTE #1: Albert Einstein

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Benjamin Franklin

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Theodore Roosevelt:

“Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “health diet”; “health care”; Medicare; etc.

Healthy Diet

“A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve general health. It is important for lowering many chronic health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.[1] A healthy diet involves consuming appropriate amounts of all essential nutrients and an adequate amount of water. Nutrients can be obtained from many different foods, so there are numerous diets that may be considered healthy.”

Health Care

“Health care (or healthcare) is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well as in public health.”


“Medicare (French: assurance-maladie) is the unofficial name for Canada‘s publicly funded universal health insurance system.[1] The formal terminology for the insurance system is provided by the Canada Health Act and the health insurance legislation of the individual provinces and territories.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


Under the terms of the Canada Health Act, all “insured persons” (basically, legal residents of Canada, including permanent residents) are entitled to receive “insured services” without copayment. Such services are defined as medically necessary services if provided in hospital, or by ‘practitioners’ (usually physicians).[2] Approximately 70% of Canadian health expenditures come from public sources, with the rest paid privately (both through private insurance, and through out-of-pocket payments). The extent of public financing varies considerably across services. For example, approximately 99% of physician services, and 90% of hospital care, are paid by publicly funded sources, whereas almost all dental care is paid for privately.[3] Most doctors are self-employed private entities.

The first implementation of public hospital care in Canada came at the provincial level in Saskatchewan in 1946 and in Alberta in 1950, under provincial governments led by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Social credit party respectively [4]. The first implementation of nationalized public health care -at the federal level- came about with the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services act (HIDS), which was passed by the Liberal majority government of Louis St. Laurent in 1957 [5], and was adopted by all provinces by 1961. Lester B. Pearson‘s government subsequently expanded this policy to universal health care with the Medical Care Act in 1966.[6] Some have argued[citation needed] that these developments towards public national health care came as a result of the Saskatchewan government’s health plan in 1961-1962 by Douglas and Woodrow Stanley Lloyd, who became premier of the province when Douglas resigned to become the leader of the new federal New Democratic Party, though the medicare legislation itself was actually drafted (and first proposed to parliament) by Allan MacEachen, a Liberal MP from Cape Breton [7]. (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Medicare is a national social insurance program, administered by the U.S. federal government since 1965, that guarantees access to health insurance for Americans ages 65 and older and younger people with disabilities as well as people with end stage renal disease.

In 1965, Congress created Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history.

In 1972, Congress expanded Medicare eligibility to younger people who have permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments and those who have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Congress further expanded Medicare in 2001 to cover younger people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Initially Medicare consisted exclusively of Part A, which covers hospital and other inpatient services, and Part B, which covers outpatient care, physician visits, and other “medically necessary services.” Congress then added Medicare Part C (originally called Medicare+Choice, then later changed to Medicare Advantage), which allows enrollees to receive their Medicare benefits through a private plan, under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, while Medicare Part D was created under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Cuts to neurologists’ fees could mean longer wait times

“If you are the 1 in approximately 100 Ontarians with epilepsy, you may find yourself waiting longer than ever for essential medical tests thanks to recent cuts to the OHIP fees payable to the province’s neurologists.

In addition to a 10 per cent decrease in technical fees, the government is proposing a 50 per cent reduction in fees for tests it deems self-referrals, which in reality are just tests being done by doctors in their own practices.

The chair of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Section of Neurology says that while the Liberal government talks about a commitment to improving the quality of care in Ontario, the new changes being implemented unilaterally suggest the opposite.

If the only timely way to provide care is for a doctor to do the test himself, I don’t see how cutting the fees for a test done in a doctor’s office rather than somewhere else is going to improve care, says Dr. Edwin Klimek.

While the wait time to see a neurologist in Ontario varies, six months is not unheard of. Quite often, doing the test in the specialist’s office speeds things up, and also saves the patient from having to travel to a different clinic, to a hospital, or in smaller communities not getting the test at all.

Neurologists care for patients with a range of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, headache, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and of course, epilepsy. To diagnose and treat a patient with epilepsy, a neurologist must conduct a 20-minute test called electroencephalography, or EEG, which can identify seizure-prone areas of the brain.

The technical fee reduction claws back the fees for EEGs to the same rate payable in 1992. Dr. Klimek calls this a real bone of contention for his members, who say technical fees have been inadequately funded for years, with many neurologists paying out-of-pocket to purchase the necessary equipment and subsidize lab expenses so their patients get the care they need. He says it’s possible some neurologists simply won’t be able to afford the tests anymore.

A neurologist is already going to break even or lose money on a test, and now they are going to be subject to a further 10 per cent reduction, says Dr. Klimek. Why would they choose to keep providing that test, aside from loyalty to their patients and their technician? Can you really keep providing a service at a loss? At some point you have to say ‘uncle’.

Neurologists are calling for the Premier to rescind the fee cuts to physician services and to resume negotiations with the OMA. They say they are willing to work with the government to find savings in the health system, but never at the expense of patients.

I’m professionally accountable every time I talk to a person. They should expect the best care possible, every time I see them, says Dr. Klimek. Poor outcomes cannot be justified by inadequate infrastructure.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2:Surgical assistants says cuts could jeopardize patient safety, access to care

“The doctors who help make surgery safer in this province by acting as an extra pair of hands and eyes for lead surgeons, are deeply concerned recent cuts to OHIP fees unilaterally imposed by the government will jeopardize patient safety and access to care.

Our surgical assistants are alarmed about the impact these changes could have on patients and the care that is provided to them, says Dr. David Esser, Chair of the Section of Surgical Assistants at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). When a mother is in trouble at 2 a.m. because her baby is in distress, the surgeon needs to have qualified assistants on hand to provide the care that will save both their lives.

The government’s decision to eliminate funding for neural monitoring during surgery on or near the spinal cord is one area surgical assistants believe will seriously impact patient safety and quality of care. This monitoring of critical nerve pathways is done to identify early, any damaging operative technique that the surgeon cannot detect, helping prevent paralysis and other irreversible damage.

Another key issue is the cut in the premiums payable to those who work in the evening and overnight hours: a 20 per cent reduction for the 5 p.m. to midnight shift, and 13.5 per cent for midnight to 7 a.m.

Dr. Esser and his colleagues say the reduction means fewer doctors may sign up to be on call, when patients often need them the most. This could lead to gaps in schedules and a push to do in the daytime, emergencies from the night before, resulting in longer waits for patients needing either emergency or elective surgery.

There is currently a shortage of surgical assistants in the province. A recent survey of 340 Ontario surgeons by the OMA Section of Surgical Assistants showed a high percentage of these surgeons having to either postpone or cancel surgeries after hours, or use unqualified staff to perform emergency surgeries, a situation some of them describe as dangerous.

I believe the majority of surgical assistants will continue to work in spite of the cuts because they care about patients, says Dr. Esser. But the impact of a few who may reduce or stop doing evening and weekend on call may be irreparable.

Dr. Esser says surgical assistants want the government to rescind the cuts and get back to negotiations with the OMA before the changes impact patient access and erode the quality of care in Ontario.”

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Posted by on August 20th, 2012 4 Comments

CHILD OBESITY: It’s on the rise and I have some facts, causes, statistics and also opinions – I want to fix this!*

Vol. 2,  No. 34, Sunday, January 15th, 2012
TITLE:   “CHILD OBESITY: It’s on the rise and I have some facts, causes, statistics and also opinions – I want to fix this!*”
This week, l will write about obesity in children. It’s a challenge of one family at a time. It’s also a problem, in many countries, of society at large. As a mother and grandmother and someone with lots of cooking experience, I have some opinions. This subject is serious and urgent – I will try to ruffle your feathers and dislodge you from your do-nothing perch. My book of the week is: “Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic”
[Paperback] by Dr. Carolyn Ashworth. (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on child rearing and education.)

PREVIEW:   Valentine’s Day is coming  …Valentine’s Day is coming. There are many people looking for love. Next week, l will write about dating sites. For many, they are part of the solution.  (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on dating and relationships.)

Growing up, I witnessed my mother struggling with her weight.  She tried many diets.  It was a seesaw  …  she lost some weight, then she gained it back.  For her, weight has always been a difficult puzzle. At one point in her life, she gave up trying to lose weight and accepted the fact that she would never be a thin person.  

As a child, I liked to play. As an adult, I soon realized that I had to eat healthy and exercise. 
With the birth of each of my daughters, I was in charge of a new mouth to feed. I knew that it was important that she be at the right weight. In the pre-internet age, I spoke to my Mom and relied upon my pediatrician.  I paid attention to nutrition for normal growth and development. My young children were healthy and average body mass. I guess I got it right. As they grew, I wanted this to continue. But good food is VERY important in an Italian family.  And I like to cook and I know my way around a kitchen.  I prepared hearty meals and wanted my family to eat their fill.  As I was conscious of portion control, I watched what I put on their plates. I encouraged my kids to play outside and also particaipte in soccer and other sports. I did my part and watched my children grow up healthy and slim.   
My daughter is also of the same mind as me. She feeds her two very young children only healthy meals.  They are not allowed junk food or sweets on a regular basis.  Their dessert is fruit. 
She also knows that activity is very important for children. She keeps her kids active. As a result, both are at an ideal weight.    
The other morning, I was watching a television show and the subject was child obesity. The journalist reported that “one in four children in Canada are obese”.  I was shocked. That’s a high number.  Obesity among children is a big threat. 
THE AUTHOR: Dr. Carolyn Ashworth (Author)
Dr. Carolyn Ashworth is a mid-west girl. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Georgia State University. In 1973, she received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (she did her first two years at the medical faculty school of Emory University in Atlanta).  She did her three year pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, She was chosen as Chief Pediatric Resident for an additional year. She was a Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Medicine, at UT Southwestern. She has been: (a) Chief of Staff at The Medical Center of Plano (1996); (b) Member of Board of Trustees at TMCP; (c) President of the Plano Patient Physician Network. She is an award winner: (a) Health Care Hero of the Year Award from the Alliance for Excellence in Health Care; (b) Texas Monthly Super Docs for the last 7 years; (c)  honored in D Magazine for best pediatricians, and each year has been listed in America’s Top Pediatricians; (d)  Health Care Hero of the Year Award from the Alliance for Excellence in Health Care; etc.  She is also an author, having written “Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic.”In this regard too, she is an award winner: (a) Finalist for the Independent Publisher’s Award; (b) 2006 Writer’s Notebook Award in the category of Home-Family-Parenting books; (c) 2005 Texas Dietetic Association Bluebonnet Award. All of this to say is that she is a REAL expert. She knows of what she speaks.  Listen up!

* “Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic.”
Eating properly and being active contributes to good health.  Children obesity has become a global epidemic.
THE BOOK: “Defeating the Child Obesity Epidemic” [Paperback] by Dr. Carolyn Ashworth (Author)
Obesity is a sad condition. One obese child spells heartache. Obesity in many children spells a disaster.  Let’s talk turkey … but first, put away your knife and fork…it’s not time for eating…it’s time for learning. This doctor knows the symptoms, makes a diagnosis and a prognosis and makes recommendations. This is not ivory tower stuff. This is a practical “How-to” for everyday folks like you and me. If you want to know how, in this book, you will get a some answers to questions like this: (a) How to tell if your child is overweight, or obese; (b) How to move your family from junk food to healthy eating; (c) How to get your kids off the couch and into action; (d) How to emulate obesity fighters across the country; (e) How to become a good role model for your children; (f) How to be successful without fad dieting; (g) How to make changes and not drive everyone crazy; (h) How to parent for the long term; etc. Read it and give our kids a chance. I take it that you love your kids. Show it by listening to the good doctor.  I am counting on it.


Eating properly and being active contributes to good health.  Children obesity has become a global epidemic

Personal Comments

Here are my ABCs of child obesity.

As a person, you will get hungry, then you will eat food. When you’re full, you will stop. It is important for everyone to eat healthy in moderate amounts. If you eat good foods, you will have more good calories.  Less fats ingested will mean less fat accumulated and less girth on the body.  Psst. I have a secret. I will tell it to you. You don’t have to promise not to tell anyone else. But it’s still a secret because it works. My son-in-law and his brother, a personal trainer, say it very succinctly: …to lose weight – you need to eat less and be more active.  
Teaching children these lessons will help them be at an average weight.  Oh … nearly forgot…loving your kids showing your love, will make them, feel loved and give them self-confidence and self-esteem. That will help them in maintaining weight levels.     
Being overweight is a tough place to be.  Obesity causes many health problems – high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, depression, low self-esteem, etc.  Ultimately, it will bring a shorter life span. Furthermore, big people may also have emotional issues.  My heart goes out to them.  Some critics say that they lack discipline and self-control.  It upsets me when I hear such negative remarks. If an adult, being obese is sad- it’s also very tough.  If involving a child, it’s a problem that keeps on giving.
I am worried … no… very worried about our children.

It is the duty of parents to teach the children to eat healthy. Some parents indulge their children with food as a sign of love.They really need to recognize that if overfeeding, they’re killing their children with kindness. Instead, it is especially important to feed the children properly.  They also need to become aware that today’s children are on their way to become chair-sitters or couch potatoes. They are growing up in an age when electronic technology, (e.g., computers and technology gadgets), is their main activity and entertainment. We need to get them to be much more active. Playing is a necessity for children.  It teaches them to be imaginative and also to communicate with other kids.  Being outdoors and playing sports gives them an appreciation and a passion for nature and life.  

My generation had its problems. The current generation in infancy and childhood has another.  It is a fact that obesity among children is on the rise – it is a veritable epidemic. Going through life with obesity, a child suffers tremendously.  Their self-esteem is low; they have health issues.  Most of them feel they don’t fit in with the rest of the children.  

besity is a tragedy that does NOT have to happen. You can change the future. Are you up to the challenge? I hope so…not only for you, but also for your kids. Please…pay attention…get with the program…    

My trio to fight child obesity is to encourage healthy eating, active living and loving your child without limits. More precisely, I say to parents everywhere to: 
The Point


1. Fix standard meal times especially dinner – a family should have their meals together as family eating habits contribute to better health; in addition,
1.1 Recognize the benefits from good nutrition – I say that when you lose, you will gain much!
1.2 Prepare healthy foods in a healthy way;
1.3 Keep to reasonable portions;
1.4 Provide healthy snacks;
1.5 Give your child a healthy, nutritious breakfast every day to jump start his/her day;
1.6 Encourage your children to eat healthy;
1.7 Stop giving pop drinks except on special occasions
1.8  Suggest that your child,if back for seconds, wait 15 minutes to see if he/she is still really hungry;
2. Encourag/ your child to be active; in addition,
2.1 Limit his/her time watching television, playing with electronic games and using computers;
2.2  Encourage him/her to play;
2.3 Organize play groups with other kids;
2.4 Enroll him/her in an organized (team) sport activity of his/her choice;
2.6 Register him/her in an activity in which he/she can participate; and
3. Love your child without limits. 
I have  a dream: Every child should be well fed, lean, active and loved. 
Are you with me?* 
And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Tubby President
“When he moved into the White House in 1909, the 325-pound William Howard Taft found many of the building’s fixtures (including hundreds of doors) “inadequate” for his needs and ordered renovations. In particular, the president was prompted to order the installation of a special jumbo bathtub (large enough to accommodate four average-sized men) when, after using the original bathtub for the first time, he got stuck and required considerable assistance to get out!”
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Luciano Pavarotti: Industrial Appetite
“The opera star Luciano Pavarotti certainly enjoyed eating. While staying in Miami, he reportedly demanded that his hotel’s management outfit his room with an industrial-size butcher’s slicer. Pavarotti traveled with his own supply of meat, it was explained, and wanted to ensure that he would be able to fix himself a snack.”
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Oprah Winfrey: Heavy Thought
“Oprah Winfrey once recalled the moment that she realized that she had to lose some weight. She attended a World Heavyweight bout in Las Vegas – and realized that she weighed more than the winner. (“Coincidentally,” Conan O’Brien once joked, “the same thing happened to Pavarotti at the Kentucky Derby.”)”
S & R* QUOTE #1: Sir Julian Huxley
“There are two ways of living: a man may be casual and simply exist, or constructively and deliberately try to do so. The constructive idea implies a constructiveness not only about one’s own life, but about that of society, and the future possibilities of mankind.”
S & R* QUOTE #2: Greta Crosby
“If I could give you one key, and one key only to more abundant life, I would give you a sense of your own worth, an unshakeable sense of your own dignity as one grounded in the source of the cosmic dance, as one who plays a unique part in the unfolding of the story of the world…”
S & R* QUOTE #3: Thomas F. Healey
“Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead. When Death claims the light of my brow,No flowers of life will cheer me: insteadYou may give me my roses now!”
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “childhood obesity”;
Childhood Obesity
“Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
“The first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological.[5] Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep problems, cancer, and other disorders.[6][7] Some of the other disorders would include liver disease, early puberty or menarche, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, skin infections, and asthma and other respiratory problems.[8] Studies have shown that overweight children are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults.[7] Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase mortality rates during adulthood.[9] Obese children often suffer from teasing by their peers.[10][11] Some are harassed or discriminated against by their own family.[11] Stereotypes abound and may lead to low self esteem and depression.[12] A 2008 study has found that children who are obese have carotid arteries which have prematurely aged by as much as thirty years as well as abnormal levels of cholesterol.[13] Childhood obesity can be brought on by a range of factors which often act in combination.[17][18][19][20][21] The greatest risk factor for child obesity is the obesity of both parents. This may be reflected by the family’senvironment and genetics.[22] A child’s weight may be influenced when he/she is only an infant. Researchers did a cohort study on 19,397 babies, from their birth until age seven and discovered that fat babies at four months were 1.38 times more likely to be overweight at seven years old compared to normal weight babies. Fat babies at the age of one were 1.17 times more likely to be overweight at age seven compared to normal weight babies.[45] Exclusive breast-feeding is recommended in all newborn infants for its nutritional and other beneficial effects. It may also protect against obesity in later life.[43] Rates of childhood obesity have increased greatly between 1980 and 2010.[53] Currently 10% of children worldwide are either overweight or obese.[2]”
 S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Help your child to have a healthy mind and body
“To keep kids healthy on the inside and out, here are some tips from the National Eating Disorder Information Centre at
Focus on health and wellbeing, not appearance; e.g., is your child energetic and healthy regardless of size?
Eat together as a family. Research shows that kids who regularly eat dinner with their families have fewer emotional and eating problems. Encourage healthy eating and physical activity for the entire family.
Make sure that your child knows that you love them regardless of their size or weight.
Expect fat and thin children to eat similarly.
Build children’s self-confidence by encouraging exploration and learning from setbacks.
Build good self-esteem in all children for who they are and what they do, not how they look.
Be creative and assertive in finding the right clothing and equipment for your child’s body.
Don’t comment on your own or others’ weight or body shape; don’t admire or belittle thinness or fatness.
Limit looking at media that emphasize thin models or put a high value on physical beauty.
Discuss with children their ideas about beauty, and encourage enjoyment of their natural features.”
 S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Help available in overcoming obesity
“Canadians who are severely obese losing weight can be a lifelong battle, but what some may not realize is that it’s not for lack of trying. The good news is that there are variousmedically-assisted weight loss procedures that can help. Gillian Taggart, a 40 year old mother of two, knows firsthand the impact of living with severe obesity. After spending nearly $10,000 on different weight loss methods, Gillian decided to undergo a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure. From weight loss programs and diet books to gym memberships and diet pills I had tried them all. I just couldn’t find the right weight loss method for me. I recall having a real moment of truth one day, when I could no longer participate in everyday activities like grocery shopping or walking my children to school. At that moment, I realized how unhealthy I was, that I would not live to see my children grow up. After discussions with my physician I decided to undergo a medically assisted weight loss procedure which helped me end my cycle of obesity. Since my procedure, I’ve lost 120  pounds and am now able to travel and participate in a more active lifestyle.In Canada, there are different medically assisted weight loss procedures available, including the gastric balloon, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass. Additional information is available online at
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Posted by on January 15th, 2012 17 Comments

PHYSICAL WORKOUT: I have a plan, program and schedule – I love the happy endorphins!*

Vol. 2,  No. 33, January 8th, 2012
TITLE: “PHYSICAL WORKOUT: I have a plan, program and schedule – I love the happy endorphins!*”

It’s that time of the year when most people are thinking about getting fit and losing a pound or two. This follows the never-ending eating fest over the holidays. This week, my subject is physical exercise. I will speak about a do-it-yourself project of the gym kind. Thank you for joining us. My book of the week is: “101 Ways to Work Out with Weights: Effective Exercises to Sculpt Your Body and Burn Fat!” [Paperback] by Cindy Whitmarsh (Author), Kerri Walsh (Foreword) . Let’s do it! (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on health and fitness.) 
PREVIEW:   Next week, l will write about obesity in children. It’s a challenge of one family at a time. It’s also a problem, in many countries, of society at large. As a mother and grandmother and someone with lots of cooking experience, I have some opinions. You can access this table talk, starting late next Sunday night. (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on child rearing and education.)
My physical fitness routine has changed through the years.
Early phase: As a youth, I was energetic. Physical activity was a big part of my life. As a young woman, I started exercising at home. I bought a stair climber, a weight machine and some free weights.  I aimed for four to five sessions a week, each of ½ hour. 
Middle-age: Once I turned 40 years old, I knew that it would be harder to maintain my youthful physique. In order to do so, weight training would become my focus along with cardio. I joined a gym and trained after work. This was very difficult since the gym, in the evenings, is crowded at its full capacity. Further, my energy level was down.  I needed a new routine. 
Workplace phase: Luckily, exercise classes were being offered by my employer at lunch time and in the evening. I joined circuit-training and pilates and I chose the noon sessions. The circuit training class was great. A qualified-trainer set up posts. Each person trains 30 seconds at each post and then moves onto the next until the cycle is complete.  We repeated the cycle until out of time. I also had female co-workers with whom I worked out. I loved it. I also felt energized.  
Retirement phase:  After I retired, I didn’t exercise for four months. I felt tired, sluggish and generally miserable.  Although I didn’t gain weight, I felt heavy and out of shape.  I started looking around for a good gym.  My better half and I found one close to home and we now train four times a week for a maximum of 1 1/2 hours each time. Our program is:  (a) 30 minutes of running/walking machines: Cross trainer, Treadmill, Elliptical,Stepper, stationary bike, etc.; (b) 30 minutes of machines: 1st day – Arms & shoulders(Biceps, triceps, etc.); 2nd day – Legs and thighs; 3rd day – Front & back; and 4th day: Mix of this; (c) 10 minutes of free weights (dumbells);  (d) 5 minutes of barbells; and (e) 10 minutes of mat exercises (abdominals) and stretches.

THE AUTHOR: Cindy Whitmarsh
Whitmarsh is a licensed sports nutritionist and fitness instructor. In 1997, she founded Ultrafit Nutrition Systems in 1997. She is also the founder of Ultrafit Kids and Ultrafit Food on the Go! She also writes books. To learn more about this lady, I invite you to visit


Some are:
“Ultrafit Cooking”

  • “UltraFit”
  • “101 Ways to Work Out on the Ball”
  • “101 Ways to Work Out with Weights Effective Exercises to Sculpt Your Body and Burn Fat”
  • “Ultrafit Challenging Workouts — Amazing ResultsDVD Video”
  • Ultrafit Fat Burning Workout”
  • �10 Minute Solution&#65533″  (a target toning DVD)

 THE BOOK:”101 Ways to Work Out with Weights: Effective Exercises to Sculpt Your Body and Burn Fat!” [Paperback] by Cindy Whitmarsh (Author), Kerri Walsh (Foreword)
This book is written more for women; but men are still welcome to pick it up. It is perfect for someone wanting to start or improve a weight-lifting routine. It
is about dumbbells …not those with nothing between the ears, but that old reliable piece of workout equipment. They are a common part of a home gym, because they are low tech and inexpensive. But more often than not, due to lack of knowledge, they`re not used correctly or not at all. With her direction, they could be just what you needed to  get you to the fitness promised land. I agree. The words of this lady are so powerful, they could firm you up and slim you down. It’s win win!  

Getting and staying fit is a very good thing.
Personal Comments

It is common knowledge that people start the New Year with the resolution of joining a gym and getting into shape. As a result, gyms get lots of new members in January, but many drop out a short time later. 
Physical exercise is a big part of healthy living. Exercise affects every aspect of our day-to-day activities.
The benefits of exercising are enormous. Besides the physical, there are many emotional advantages – some are: self-confidence, overall mood, stamina, etc. 

Physical training should include:
(a) Cardio – this addresses your cardiovascular system. The program may be with gym machines or by outdoor workouts. Routines target endurance, calorie-burning, etc. Sweating is good.   
(b) Resistance machines;
(c) Weight training : Free weights (dumbells) & Barbells – It is important for losing weight, raising your metabolism, body strengthening, etc.
(d) Mat exercises and stretches – These are to build strong, stable and firm abdominal muscles (abs). Abdominal exercises are important. There are abdominal plyometric, stretches, flexibility, etc.
With my current gym program, I feel stronger and tighter. I also have a happy and postive feeling of well-being. This is due to happy endorphins. I get my share …do you?
A gym has a particular ambience. Ours is located in a strip mall drug store size. Besides the training equipment, there are TV screens with newschannels and sports channels. There is an aerobic studio; but, it’s not my thing at this time. The snack counter has healthy shakes and bars plus health store packaged foods; I am thinking about soon ordering something. For me, gym chic doesn’t mean T-shirts and sweat shirts with the gym logo – I prefer my personal style no-name gym wear. I particularly liked the wall of fame. The gym owner as a young body builder is prominently featured. There were several signed photos of gym goers who made good: elite athletes, professionals,  etc.      

Gym community:  
There is also a social dimemsion. The gym staff and personal trainers are helpful and cheerful – I find this surprising as I am not a morning person. Ours is a popular place – it has an eclectic group of people.  I rekindled several old acquaintances and also met some new people.
Seniors should make exercise part of life – it’s the key to longevity and keeping young. It’s also something that you can do with your mate.  
The Point
Physical exercise is the way to go. It’s a surefire way to get your endorphins up…
1. Ask yourself, “What’s the good with exercise? I thought that you would never ask. I say that there are many benefits to exercising. Exercise will:  
1.1 Improve your health;
1.2 Improve your mood;
1.3 Give you stamina;
1.4 Boost your energy;
1.5 Control your weight along with proper eating habits;
1.6 Improve your sex life;
1.7 Improve your sleeping pattern;
2. Find out what type of exercise that you prefer; to this end,
2.1 Try aerobic classes to see if they are your cup of tea;

2.2 Walk or run to get the systems green to go;  
2.3 Discover and use the various resistance gym machines
2.4 Pump some iron on a regular basis for strength   
2.5 Concentrate on abs
2.6 Top it off with a few good stretches.  
3. Commit to what works for you – this is how to continue
4. Make exercise a lifelong habit to achieve the good life! 
Any gym sense? If not, get some. You’ll be better for it. And you might even have some fun! 

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
P.S. Big News: There are big changes coming to my blog – Please stay tuned.
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Young Richard Simmons
“Before Richard Simmons’ hand was turned to fitness, it was often turning a fork. As early break came while Simmons was studying art in Italy, when he was cast in the famous food orgy scene in Fellini’s Satyricon. Simmons also once appeared in an early Italian TV commercial. His role? A dancing meatball.”
(Source: Anecdotage) –
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Angelina Jolie: Jolie Fit?
“Angelina Jolie once explained how she had slimmed down to play Lara Croft in the film Tomb Raider. While Jolie also worked out with weights, she explained, “having sex with my husband Billy Bob Thornton keeps me in much more shape.”
(Source: Anecdotage) –
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Ben Stiller: Bench Press
“While doing bench press exercises at the gym one day, Ben Stiller found himself pinned beneath a barbell, screaming for help. He was pleased to have another bodybuilder help him out. He was less pleased when that bodybuilder – a dainty woman – offered him a word of advice: “Use less weight.”
(Source: Anecdotage) –
 S & R* QUOTE #1: Sharon Salzberg
“As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life — delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay — I hold this question as a guiding light: “What do I really need right now to be happy?” What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –
S & R* QUOTE #2: Sir Julian Huxley
“There are two ways of living: a man may be casual and simply exist, or constructively and deliberately try to do so. The constructive idea implies a constructiveness not only about one’s own life, but about that of society, and the future possibilities of mankind.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –
S & R* QUOTE #3: Barbara de Angelis
“No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “physical fitness”; “health club”; “health”; “physical exercise”; etc.
Health Club
“A health club (also known as a fitness club, fitness center, and commonly referred to as a gym) is a place which houses exercise equipment for the purpose of physical exercise.”
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Exercise machine
Climbing machine
“Also named stair-climbing machines, they work the user’s legs as he/she pumps pedals up and down, much like climbing stairs. Some climbing machines have handles to push and pull to exercise the whole body.”
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Resistance weight machines
“Weight machines use gravity as the primary source of resistance, and a combination of simple machines to convey that resistance, to the person using the machine. Each of the simple machines (pulley, lever, wheel, incline) changes the mechanical advantage of the overall machine relative to the weight.”

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Physical Fitness
“Physical fitness, a general state of good health, usually as a result of exercise and nutrition.”
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“Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”).[1]”
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Physical Exercise
“Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, as well as for the purpose of enjoyment.”
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“Physical exercise is important for maintaining physical fitness and can contribute positively to maintaining a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bone density, muscle strength, and joint mobility, promoting physiological well-being, reducing surgical risks, and strengthening the immune system. Exercise reduces levels of cortisol[13], which causes many health problems, both physical and mental.[14]
Frequent and regular aerobic exercise has been shown to help prevent or treat serious and life-threatening chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, insomnia, and depression.[15] Endurance exercise before meals lowers blood glucose more than the same exercise after meals.[16] According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity contributes to approximately 17% of heart disease and diabetes, 12% of falls in the elderly, and 10% of breast cancer and colon cancer.[17]
Too much exercise can be harmful. Without proper rest, the chance of stroke or other circulation problems increases,[46] and muscle tissue may develop slowly. Extremely intense, long-term cardiovascular exercise, as can be seen in athletes who train for multiple marathons, has been associated with scarring of the heart and heart rhythm abnormalities.[47][48][49]Inappropriate exercise can do more harm than good, with the definition of “inappropriate” varying according to the individual.”
Types of exercise
“Physical exercises are generally grouped into three types,[7] depending on the overall effect they have on the human body:
• Flexibility exercises, such as stretching, improve the range of motion of muscles and joints.[8]
• Aerobic exercises, such as cycling, swimming, walking, skipping rope, rowing, running, hiking or playing tennis, focus on increasing cardiovascular endurance.[9]
• Anaerobic exercises, such as weight training, functional training, eccentric training or sprinting, increase short-term muscle strength.[10] Categories of physical exercise
• Strength training
• Agility training
• Eccentric Training”
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S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Stay in shape with winter exercise
With the cold winter months upon us, we can choose to hibernate or we can make the best of it and discover a winter wonderland that is full of possibilities. While bundling up in front of a crackling fireplace has its appeal, taking a brisk walk on a crisp, sunny day beforehand will make it that much more enjoyable. Staying active year-round has many health benefits. Properly designed activities can keep your weight in check, increase your flexibility and overall fitness, and do wonders for your state of mind. When it comes to your joints, physical activity can provide direct benefits. When you’re active, you’re actually feeding your joints. Cartilage depends on joint movement to absorb nutrients and remove waste. Cartilage, ligaments and bone also become stronger and more resilient with regular exercise. Physical activity and exercise actually help keep joints healthy. Even if you haven’t been physically active in a while, it’s never too late to start. Physical activity doesn’t have to be difficult. The Arthritis Society offers the following winter tips:Stay warm. When heading outdoors, remember to wear a hat even on moderate days. If it’s very cold, breathe through a balaclava or scarf.Take to the trails. Consider taking a lesson in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Both activities have a low impact on your knees, yet work the whole body and can burn an incredible 480 calories per hour even at a relatively relaxed pace. Many winter resorts, ski clubs and provincial parks offer equipment rentals, as well as instructions. Play in the snow. Build a snowman or a snow-fort, or make snow angels. Or challenge the neighbours to a game of snow-pitch. Don’t forget your shovel. That snowy sidewalk has to be cleared anyway, so why not turn shovelling into an impromptu workout? Shovelling snow requires as much energy (read: burns as many calories) as running at 15 km per hour. A fully-loaded shovel can weigh up to 25 pounds. But you can minimize the
strain on your muscles and joints, and still get a great work out by taking your time and stretching beforehand. Drink plenty of fluids. Remember to stay well hydrated when exercising in cold weather just as you would when exercising in warm weather. Even if you’re not thirsty, remember to drink water or sports drinks before, during and after your workout. You can become just as dehydrated in the cold as in the heat from sweating, breathing and increased urine production, but it may be harder to notice during cold weather.
Speak to your doctor before you start a vigorous activity to ensure it’s suitable for you. You can learn more about managing arthritis online at”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Keep your children fit while they play
“(NC) Toys that encourage physical fitness are a great way to keep your children fit, active and having fun all year-round. Therefore, putting just the right activity-gift under the tree will not only ensure your kids have fun, but will also stay healthy without even realizing it.What is an activity-toy? One of the most popular activity gifts is the ride-on-toy. Aside from being fun, ride-on-toys offer many additional benefits such as developing a sense of balance and coordination, and make a big contribution to a child’s overall physical fitness. This year, take a look at the PlasmaCar by Plasmart Inc. It’s a mechanical marvel that can be driven on any flat surface, indoors and outdoors, and is powered solely by kid-power. This
attractive vehicle is a fun way for kids to ride around the neighbourhood, keep their bodies fit, and have fun at the same time. It requires no batteries or fuel, just the occasional cookie or two for the driver. What makes a good outdoor gift? Outdoor toys need to be well made. Not only do they need to stand-up to rough and tumble kid treatment, they need to be able to survive all types of weather. Outdoor toys should also have rounded corners to help prevent scrapes and cuts that go hand-in-hand with outdoor fun. Makers of the PlasmaCar say it’s highly durable and can handle a load of up to 100 kg (220 lbs) on a smooth, flat surface, and 55 kg (120 lbs) on a rough, flat surface. Not only will it handle the daily abuse at the hands of your children, it’s so durable that parents can have fun riding it too. The colour is highly appealing to kids and with its rounded curves, seat and steering wheel, this design will help reduce summer bumps and bruises.”
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