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How to prevent a disabling fall

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018

By Dr. George I. Traitses As we age, our risk of falling increases.  Falling puts us at risk for serious injuries, including broken bones and muscle damage.  There are many choices that you can make that will reduce your risk of falling and protect your independence.  Check out these tips for simple things you can do to stay safely on your feet: 1) Remove your reading glasses when you are walking. Always slip them off before you take a step. 2) Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance. 3) If you have a pet such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar. It’s easy to stumble across an affectionate or sleeping pet that’s in your path. 4) Take your time. If you frequently find yourself rushing to pick-up the...

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UPDATED: Family still needs help for mom to provide stay-at-home-care for “Haileybird’s” leukemia fight

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017

An East York family is making the most of Christmas with ten-year-old daughter Hailey, a Gledhill Junior Public School student who was diagnosed with leukemia on November 2…

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You better watch out!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

Health officials warn that warmer than usual weather could lead to ticks, which can cause Lyme disease and problems for pets, showing up on Christmas trees.  They advise you shake the tree vigorously before bringing indoors and if possible hose it down...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine offers autumn health fillips

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017

By Emily Babaris R,TCMP, R.AC. BES As the days become shorter and cooler and the beginning of sniffles and a tingle in the throat start up, what can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) do for you. In TCM, each season is connected with different organ systems and emotions. Fall is connected to the lungs and large intestine, acceptance and moving forward. With the shift of season also comes a shift within our bodies. Autumn is a time of harvest and preparation for winter. This is a season to strengthen the body, maximize nutrition and mindfully think ahead to the coming cold winter months. The main factor at this time of year is to focus on strengthening our immune systems. This can be achieved using a combination of exercise, nutrition, sleep and TCM. TCM helps each patient strengthen and protect their...

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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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Kids orphaned after Courtney Sayliss loses cancer battle

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Two-and-a-half years ago [Issue 006, December 2014] we told you about the brave fight against cancer being waged by east TO resident Courtney Sayliss, who was struggling to have a good Christmas for her two boys. Sadly, her tale this spring took a tragic turn as the brothers, Joey, 7, and Jonny, 3, lost first their father, Joe Parum, to a massive and unexpected heart attack in May and then, on June 24, Courtney, perhaps devastated by the loss of her main life support, succumbed to her disease. The boys are being cared for by their maternal grandmother Sharron, who needs support to meet all the various expenses involved in taking on this responsibility. Community members have put together a GoFundMe page to assist, which at press time had raised just over half of its $50,000 goal. You can...

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