Aim2Walk on CTV

In case you missed it, Aim2Walk appeared on a segment of CTV News during their 6:00pm show on Friday night. Click the link below and check it out!

Aim2Walk on CTV

They wanted to cover a story on Briton Amos, the President and Founder of Humanitarian Mobility International (HMI). HMI is a registered charity based in Ottawa, Canada, with a mandate to provide mobility equipment to those in need across the globe.

Briton’s story starts tragic – he is a victim of a violent carjacking in California over 20 years ago during which he was shot. Briton was left paralyzed from the waist down from the bullet that is still lodged in his spine to this day. But Briton was able to turn this tragic event into good. Not only did he start HMI, but he was involved in the landmark court case helping to ensure that motor vehicle insurance companies provide coverage for “injury caused by an accident that arises out of the ownership, use or operation of a vehicle”. Basically, you are covered even if you are injured while not driving the vehicle. For example, a pedestrian struck by another car is covered under their individual motor vehicle insurance.

Briton’s next helpful endeavour? He wants to see a Lokomat in Ottawa.

If you would like to donate to Humanitarian Mobility International, click here. If you would like to help Briton with getting a Lokomat into our Nation’s Capitol, email me: matt@aim2walk.ca

Matt

Is the food we’re eating making us sick?

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Wheat Belly, by William Davis, MD

Did you know that eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar by more than two tablespoons of pure sugar can?

Wheat has become a staple in the majority of societies daily diet. I’m sure the majority of you reading this blog will or have already eaten something today with wheat in it. What if this common food is actually hurting us inside?

Recently I have been hearing more about William Davis, MD and his New York’s Bestseller book called Wheat Belly. William Davis is a cardiologist who studies the effects wheat has on the body. He has found that the so called ancient wheat that our ancestors ate many years ago has been genetically modified and is now a foreign object to our bodies. As said before, eating two slices of whole wheat bread (or any kind of bread for that matter) can increase your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of pure sugar can. What’s happening here is that the complex carbohydrate in the wheat is being broken down to glucose and going into the blood stream. With this instant spike in blood sugar you may see all sorts of short term and long term problems. Many will experience the “wheat belly” feeling. This is when you feel bloated and full. I personally also have a feeling of “brain fog” after I’ve eaten something loaded with sugar or wheat. This is when I can’t think clearly, feel foggy and am not able to think straight. When we think of an increase in blood sugar we think of diabetes. For many years now, doctors and health experts have been telling us to decrease fats and increase whole grains. Apparently this will help us stay away from diabetes and high cholesterol. What if it’s supposed to be the other way around? What if we should be eating more healthy fats and decrease, or even eliminate, the whole grains.

This book continues to identify many reasons why wheat is not good for us. Davis claims that many health related issues could be caused by wheat, including acne, asthma, hair loss, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cancer, celiac disease and so much more.

Davis focuses on wheat as the main culprit to these issues, although he has noted in the book that many other grains and foods could also be a factor. When he studied other grains, such as rice, kamut and quinoa, he found they had a factor in raising blood sugar as well. If we look at candies, cookies and sweets in general, it is known that they incease blood sugar. The problem is that wheat is in basically everything we eat, from crackers, muffins, granola bars, soya sauce and many other dressings. It’s hiding in places we wouldn’t normally think about. If we eliminate the wheat, we will be eliminating all these things that are generally affecting us as well.

After reading the book and talking to many people about it, I have found several people who have tried the wheat free “lifestyle”. We have a client at Aim2Walk who has currently lost over 30 Ibs in the past 6 months from just eliminating wheat from his diet. I personally stayed away from wheat for 2 months and lost over 10lbs. For myself, it’s not about the weight but about the way I feel. Wheat free for me means no bloating, limited gurgling noises in my stomach, a clear mind and that piece of mind that I’m helping my body stay away from possible diseases and illnesses that could be caused from wheat. I strongly suggest you to read Wheat Belly and learn about all the affects wheat is having on our precious bodies.

Remember, take care of your body! It’s the only place you have to live!

Michelle Wolfe, RMT

Passing on the torch of knowledge.

Volunteers and Co-op students are often roaming around the clinic at Aim2walk trying to soak up as much knowledge and skills as possible. For the past couple of weeks we have had a high school student named Mark volunteer here at Aim2Walk.  Mark is unsure of what path he wants to choose for his career so he offered to come see what the clinic was all about.

During Mark’s stay he was always busy looking for something to do and offering to help. I think many of our clients who are sports buffs enjoyed Mark’s knowledge and passion for sports.

Mark is an athlete himself and he proved it to us when he raced JP around the block. It was a hot and sticky day but the boys weren’t going to let that stop them.  I don’t think anyone was surprised when sweaty JP came trailing behind Mark who looked like he just went for a nice light walk.

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Thank you Mark for helping the Aim2Walk team!  We wish you best of luck in your future career and hope to see you again soon.

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If you or if you know anyone interested in helping out and learning at Aim2Walk, please call the clinic at 416-679-9255 or drop in with a resume. We are always happy to see new faces and pass on our wisdom.

Michelle Wolfe, RMT