Volume 29 Issue 1— May/June 2023
We Believe in Miracles
by Peg Beaton
On November 2, 2021, my husband John was sent home from a hospital in Regina, SK, and told that he would die peacefully in his sleep. This was after he had a blood clot removed from his right arm, between his elbow and wrist, in an emergency surgery. He was struggling to breathe and his heart rate was registering extremely low between 22 and 35. The surgeon called in four specialists to deal with his heart and lungs. They couldn’t come up with any answers as to why he could not breathe, other than he had water on his lungs. The only option the doctors came up with was to have a pacemaker put into his heart. He refused the pacemaker because five years earlier he had received a seven-bypass open-heart surgery. We were sent home – a 2.5-hour drive from the hospital. John truly believed he was coming home to die, so we called the family.
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Ama-Deus: A Loving Gift Out of The Rainforest
by Kristoffer Bergen
Living in the jungles of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, the Guarani are one of South America’s oldest societies. Indeed, they are even one of the world’s most ancient people, extending over 6,000 years in language, culture, and spiritual healing practices. Described by many as the theologians of South America, the Guarani kept life simple, though rich in spiritual experience. Indeed, the entire mental life of the Guarani turns toward the beyond. Through millennia of soul communing, they have maintained a celestial path to the spirit realm, bringing guidance and harmony to their earthly journeys.
What is Manual Osteopathic Therapy?
by Eleanor Baldwin
Osteopathy was founded in the United States by Dr. Andrew Still in 1874. After the loss of his children to meningitis, he sought to find answers within the systems of the body rather than just treating symptoms to facilitate the body’s natural propensity towards healing. Still was guided by four founding principles.
- The body works as a single entity.
- Structure influences function.
- The body is self-regulating.
- The body has the ability to protect, repair, and regenerate.
Wild Rice – Home Grown Goodness
by Hélène Tremblay-Boyko
Although I was raised in Northern Ontario, I did not truly embrace the goodness and benefits of wild rice until I moved to the farm here in Saskatchewan in the late 1980s. Since then, our family has completely converted to wild rice instead of imported white and brown rice. Wild rice, a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, is an antioxidant-rich whole grain excellent for heart health. Besides its many benefits, buying locally grown organic wild rice is just one small act of resistance to the global agri-food system, and a significant step toward food sovereignty. Supporting our community growers and harvesters keeps our grocery dollars in the province, growing our neighbours’ initiatives.
Behind Closed Doors
by Susan Weinheimer
To fully understand the topic of intimate partner violence (IPV), it is helpful to note that our society has been shaped by history. Ingrained societal belief was established in the 1400s through an English law which allowed a husband or father to beat his wife and children with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Women were viewed as property of the dominant male in their life; typically, their father or husband. This ideology is reflected in the British North American Act of 1867 which stated: “Women are persons in matters of pains and penalties, but are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” According to this law the term “person” was legally understood to refer only to men. While women were declared as “persons” in 1929, the ideology that what happened behind closed doors was considered a “private” matter to which extended family and neighbours turned a blind eye.
Emotional Health and Hair: The Vicious Cycle
by Jennifer McCowan
Fun Fact: Your hair is the second fastest dividing cell in your body and has a huge appetite. When we are deficient in any mineral or vitamin, our hair is often the first thing to suffer. Hair is a barometer of health. As spring settles in, quite a few of us are beginning to shed our seasonal affective disorder and winter blues. When we go through darker, more stressful days, it creates stress in our lives and being stressed can cause hair loss. Just the same, hair loss causes stress, so what do we do when we are in a vicious cycle? Here is how the cycle work.
How Could Something So Little Be So Big?
by Sussanna Czeranko, ND
The body’s myriad moving parts are harmoniously synchronized without missing a beat. Three particularly important elements significantly influencing that coherence and widely studied in recent medical research, included the mitochondria, microbiome, and vagal nerve. They have in common a miraculous minuteness. Mitochondria are specialized tiny power plants whose primary function is to produce life giving Adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP), the energy to drive cellular biochemical reactions and regulate each cell’s life cycle. There are approximately 10 million billion mitochondria, comprising about 10 percent of the body weight, despite their infinitesimal size. Having ample ATP ensures the maintenance of the conditions of health that improve the quality of life, slow down the aging process, and prevent inflammatory conditions and diseases.
by Melva Armstrong
I am grateful to be celebrating WHOLifE Journal’s 28th Anniversary May/June 2023 issue, which you are holding in your hands and reading! Thank you so much to everyone who supports the Journal and I in so many wonderful ways, over all these incredible and changing years. As I look back, I’m delighted at how each issue has been unique and exciting in its own way. As each new one is born into this world, it’s like creating a new “baby” every two months. But I don’t do this alone, for the beauty and attractive design and layout of the Journal comes from the creative genius of Cheryl McDougall, the designer, who has been creating the journal for 20 years. I always say to her, “You’re the best!” and she certainly deserves that title. There are many folks to thank for all the blessings and support you have given to me over the years. I am forever grateful and I send you all much love and wish that you have great joy and good health in your lives.
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