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Unilateral Spinal Rotation Exercise to Improve Posture and Back Health

This is a simple spinal mobility exercise that you can use to improve and maintain good posture and back health.

Start on all fours. Extend one leg behind you and keep it relatively straight with the balls of that foot anchored on the ground. Read more about Unilateral Spinal Rotation Exercise to Improve Posture and Back Health

 

What To Do If You Fall Through Ice

In a suburb of Ottawa, there's a river that mostly freezes over in the winter and becomes a trail for snowmobiling enthusiasts. This river narrows as it runs past the backyard of a friend of mine. Narrowing translates to faster water flow, which makes it less likely that the river will freeze over in that location.

My friend tells me that just about every year, one or two unsuspecting snowmobilers come ripping down the river trail and end up going through thin ice and drowning. Just a few years ago, a man and his young daughter tragically died in this way.

Even if you aren't into snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or other popular outdoor winter activities, it doesn't hurt to know how to maximize your chances of surviving if you fall through ice.

In the following videos, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht - a thermo-physiologist and professor at the University of Manitoba - shares tips on how to survive after falling into icy cold water. Below the video, you'll find a summary of a few key points to share with loved ones. Read more about What To Do If You Fall Through Ice

 

What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

This is a simple routine of spinal mobility exercises that I have long found useful to those who have a tendency to "throw out" their back or experience chronic and intermittent back pain from various sprains and strains, including those involving intervertebral discs. Read more about What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

 

Hip Mobility Exercises

Active Hamstring Stretch / Knee Extension:

Standing Hip Circles:

Swivel Hips:

Sole Frog Stretch: Read more about Hip Mobility Exercises

 

Gentle Rolling and Deck Squats to Improve Spinal Mobility, Core Strength, and Balance

If your circumstances are such that tumbling on foam flooring isn't possible, I would suggest making use of a mattress or even a stack of gym mats that gives you about 6 to 8 inches of stable cushioning. Read more about Gentle Rolling and Deck Squats to Improve Spinal Mobility, Core Strength, and Balance

 

Portuguese Love Theme from "Love Actually"

Though this video doesn't have any lyrics to sing along with, I'm posting it under "Music & Singing for Health" because taking a 3-minute breather to listen to it with closed eyes, an uncluttered mind, and an unguarded heart is most definitely good for your health. I promise. Read more about Portuguese Love Theme from "Love Actually"

 

Strengthen Your Immune System With Oyster and Crimini Mushroom Soup

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If you're a believer in making every mouthful of food count in nourishing your cells from the inside-out, this oyster and crimini mushroom soup should be right in your wheelhouse.

Oyster and crimini mushrooms are abundant in vitamins B-1, B-2, niacin, and folate, plus a number of minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Combine these nutrients with the wide range of minerals and fatty acids in homemade broth, and you have the perfect meal for nourishing your digestive tract, immune system, and skeletal system. Read more about Strengthen Your Immune System With Oyster and Crimini Mushroom Soup

 

Adult Freeloaders Mailbag

This past summer, in sharing some thoughts on how to deal with adults who regularly take advantage of others, I received a number of thoughtful replies, two of which I share here with for added perspective for those who may benefit. Please note that these messages are being shared with permission.

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Dr. Kim, Read more about Adult Freeloaders Mailbag

 

How To Deal With Adult Children Who Take Advantage And How To Prevent Your Child From Becoming A Freeloader

Updated on December 3, 2019

In last Monday's newsletter, I shared some thoughts on the growing trend of adult children financially abusing their aging parents, and how such behaviour is often carried out by those who show sociopathic tendencies. By the end of the week, I received hundreds of e-mail responses, the vast majority of them from people sharing their experiences with such adult children or asking for suggestions on how to disentangle themselves from said circumstances. I don't recall receiving such a high volume of emotion-laden messages in response to a newsletter, which I take as a strong indication of how ubiquitous financial abuse of the elderly is in today's society. Read more about How To Deal With Adult Children Who Take Advantage And How To Prevent Your Child From Becoming A Freeloader

 

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