Stewardship – a deeper meaning of health

It is true that the simple act of a vote we cast (or not) is quite insignificant when considered in its singularity. Ironically though, from a matter of democratic principle, nothing could be more important and ultimately potent, to both the citizen and society alike. It is a human thing, a principle to live by, that each of us can make a profound difference through seemingly trivial and singular acts…

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Shockwave Therapy – presented with Dr. Taha on Global TV Monday

Gord Grant brings a complementary therapy or practice on to Global TV at 7:40AM the last Monday of every month.  This month Gord introduces his followers to shockwave therapy, and Dr. Hassen Taha, a chiropractor who uses this technique. I had heard of shockwave therapy some years ago — a technique which uses externally applied, focused, high-intensity acoustic pulses — being used for breaking up kidney stones into small pieces. …

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Injury free – the secret of a Hiro

Both athletes and inactive people alike, come to me with similar accumulated injuries of life: it is as if we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t! But for me, meeting Hiroshige Watanabe has changed the game. He really has influenced my perspective on pain, injury and rehabilitation, both as a therapist and a runner dealing with injuries myself. Before Hiro, as he is known by his…

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NeuroKinetic Therapy: MY Missing Link

The monthly Global TV interview on complementary healthcare for October was with Kendra Tootill.  Gord investigated NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) with Kendra Toothill.  This modality helps her find and retrain muscles that are not firing properly due to old injuries.  Read Kendra’s blog about here story of NKT. Enjoying a St. Paddy’s day celebratory beer with a friend was a pivotal moment that catapulted my career into the diversely complex world…

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Short, frequent massage lowers pre-hypertension

      A recent study shows that massage three times a week can actually lower elevated blood pressure in woman (men were not studied, but I am sure it would work for them too!). They studied woman with “pre-hypertension” (BP is lower than 140/90 and higher than 120/80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733180/.   This group referred to another study, (Vasan et al. 2001) with a 10-year follow-up of pre-hypertensive people and compared them…

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Heart Disease: what we eat impacts our risk

      Revive Wellness is located at 3728 91 St. Edmonton, AB, T6E 5M3 and you can contact them by phoning 780-450-2027 or go to their website at http://www.revivewellness.ca/ By Loreen Wales, nutritionist There is a common misconception that consuming too much fat increases our risk for cardiovascular events. However, when we look at the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to be the most successful diet for lowering…

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Gord investigates Osteopathy

This month I investigate osteopathy, a diverse discipline that has many facets.  Like chiropractic, this discipline evolved over 100 years ago and has persisted as a complementary therapy to mainstream medicine.  However, unlike chiropractic, its focus is on the body as a whole system, and not on the spine per se.  The traditional practice of osteopathy seeks literal fulcrums, or balance points, when addressing a physical imbalance, and then restores…

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Moxibustion is turning babies upside-down!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Moxibustion, the therapeutic burning of a special herb near or on a patient, is an ancient oriental practice that goes back thousands of years – it may even predate acupuncture!  It seems like a shamanistic and ritualistic practice at first, but science has turned this notion around, or rather, upside down – literally! Recent rigorous reviews of clinical research (Cochrane Reviews…see link below) have demonstrated…

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The Paleo diet revisited

The idea of a paleo diet is compelling and simple. Loren Cordain, founder of the paleo diet movement, has put forward an argument to eat more like hunter-gatherers did 15,000 years ago — before as a species we became societies of farmers. The theory claims that we have not had enough time to genetically adapt to our relatively “new” agricultural-based diets, and especially not to the processed food diets of…

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The key to pain-free acupuncture – precise electro-stimulation

Here at The Acupuncture Turning Point,  we learned acupuncture from a traditional school of Chinese medicine. As with most oriental acupuncture colleges, we were taught techniques that can create a deep achy sensation (or “de Qi” in Chinese). This is not always painful, but can be uncomfortable, especially if we come back every few minutes to twist and turn the needle as indicated! There are other traditional techniques that are…

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