Join the Conversation about Mental Health, #BellLetsTalk

Today, January 27th, 2016 is Bells Let’s Talk Day. This social media campaign aims to raise awareness about mental health. Since 2010, Bell has committed more then $100 million to support a wide range of mental health initiatives. Did you know that by sending a simple text, making a mobile or long distance call or tweeting using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health. Each post on Facebook using the Bell Lets Talk Photo will not only spread awareness about this serious issue but Bell will also donate 5 cents for each post.

Bell is focusing on four key pillars:

  1. Anti-stigma – Eliminating the shame and fear that many face when dealing with mental illness, which often results in people dealing with the illness alone without seeking help.
  2. Research – Millions of dollars have been used to help fund research towards mental illness to help find a cure, find answers and find a safe and smart way to deal with the illness.
  3. Workplace – Educating our workplace to help support workers who are dealing with mental illness. Supporting workers dealing with mental illness will not only save companies money in the long run but will also provide workers with the support they need to succeed and thrive.
  4. Access to Care – Helping over 600 organizations around Canada including Kids Help Phone and various homeless shelters to give them the resources they need to help someone with a mental illness as well as education on how to deal with those affected.

 

So join the conversation, share the message, spread awareness and tweet with #BellLetsTalk. Remember, there’s no limit to the amount of texts, tweets, phone calls, or Facebook posts you send so continue throughout the day and be sure to tell your family and friends to join the campaign. Together we can help those dealing with mental illness.

Michelle Wolfe

Get the D-Tails on Vitamin D.

 

Unknown-3When I think of Vitamin D, my head immediately takes me to a beautiful summer day, lying out under the bright hot sun. I’m wearing a flowing bright sun dress with a styling pair of sunglasses and soaking up all the Vitamin D possible. Sunshine is definitely a fantastic way to naturally absorb this important Vitamin, however; once the cold winter sets in and the days get shorter and shorter, it is much harder for our skin to be exposed to the suns nourishing rays.

You always hear people say Vitamin D is so important but do you actually know why that is? Let me fill you in on all the D-tails.

What’s the big deal about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D plays an important role in the body to help absorb Calcium. The two work together to maintain strong bones and teeth. Without the right amount of Vitamin D, our bones become brittle, soft and thin which is also known as osteoporosis in adults and rickets in children.

Our muscles, nerves and immune system also depend on Vitamin D to help keep them working properly. Recently studies have started to show that Vitamin D may actually help reduce chances of acquiring certain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and heart disease.

How can you get your daily dose?
With direct sunlight your body produces Vitamin D. Unfortunately this does not work through windows or if you’re wearing sunscreen because the sunlight must hit your skin directly.

Although there aren’t many foods that naturally contain Vitamin D, there are some foods fortified with it (this means the Vitamin has been added to the food).

Here are a few foods that can help you get some Vitamin D:

  • Fatty Fish
  • Egg Yolks
  • Beef Liver
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Milk (fortified)
  • Yogurt (fortified)
  • Orange Juice (fortified)

If you have a high risk of Vitamin D deficiency you may want to try Ultraviolet Lamps and Bulbs. These bulbs do have similar health concerns to tanning beds so you would want to limit your time to only a few minutes a day.

Many people take a Vitamin D supplement to insure they are getting the right amount each day, specifically during the winter months. I would suggest talking to your Naturopathic Practitioner to determine what brand to use.

What are the recommended amounts?
This recommended daily dose chart according to www.eatrightontario.ca will give you a guide line, however; the amounts are subject to change depending on each individuals needs. I would strongly suggest speaking to your Naturopath to determine the appropriate amount.

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Now that you have the D-tails on Vitamin D, be sure to get your daily dose so you can stay healthy and strong all year round!

Michelle Wolfe

Not only did Juan wake up from a vegetative state but he remembers feeling trapped inside his own body.

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(Photograph by Cole Garside of Macleans Magazine)

Today’s blog post is about an Aim2Walk client’s progress story. Juan Torres has been with us since April 2014 and his remarkable experience is unlike any other. Juan’s progress has been outstanding and it shows his determination and drive for recovery while at therapy.

Two years ago, after choking on his own vomit, Juan was diagnosed by doctors as being in a vegetative state. This means, he was unable to speak, eat, and follow commands. His parents were told he would be like this forever, and this is generally true for most people diagnosed as vegetative. For reasons unknown, Juan woke up and astoundingly can recall people and situations that occurred while he was in the vegetative state. Juan has memories of feeling trapped in his own body, unable to talk, move and respond as if he was frozen.

Doctors have said this is a very unique situation and they are amazed that he is awake and seeing tremendous progress.

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(Photography by Cole Garside of Macleans Magazine)

Macleans Magazine recently featured an article on Juan and his mind-blowing story. It explains the rarity of his experience and the determination his parents had to try anything to help their son. They explain the hyperbaric oxygen therapy that Juan was doing as well as the different stimulating things they would do to hopefully trigger something to wake him up.

There is also a video that Macleans made to show more about Juan and his story. Although we all know Juan’s story at the clinic, it was incredible to hear in detail the journey Juan and his family have been through. In the video he mentions that while he was unable to communicate he does remember thinking to himself that he was convinced he was going to break through it, so he kept trying. At the end of the video Juan says, “I won’t stop till I can walk.”

Juan, all of us at Aim2Walk are so proud of the determination and dedication you have to heal. We look forward to continue seeing your progress and watching you achieve your goals!

Click the link  here to see Juans story in Macleans as well as the video.

Michelle Wolfe