I’d like to introduce a new member to Dumbbell Daddies and that’s Dr. Giuseppe Caruana or “Dr. Joe” according to his patients. Dr. Joe is actually a personal friend of mine and we’ve known each other for years. The one thing that sets this guy apart is his passion for teaching and educating his patients. You will not find a condescending bone in his body. His style is to educate his patients by dropping out the heavy medical and science terms and explaining things in plain english so his patients don’t just leave his office feeling better, but better informed about their bodies and its condition. [Read more…]
Archives for June 2015
As the weather warms up, trees start budding and grasses turns green. For many, this signifies spring and more outdoor activities, but for others, this brings about uncomfortable symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat. More than 1 in 6 Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever and symptoms can last anywhere from March to November. Everyone’s immune system will react to different allergens and for someone who are susceptible or allergic to certain seasonal pollens/weeds/grasses/trees, exposure to these allergens will trigger an immune reaction. Antibodies are first produced and they migrate to mast cells lining the eyes, nose and lungs. Subsequent exposure will cause these mast cells to release chemicals including histamine, which irritate those mucosal membranes and produce allergic symptoms. Conventional treatment mostly involves anti-histamines which block this inflammatory response. [Read more…]
Sleep is a very crucial part of life. It provides rest, relaxation and rejuvenation for the body and mind, and is also involved in hormone regulation, stress management, detoxification and many more vital functions for the person to be at optimal health. Whenever someone has problems with sleep quality and/or quantity, it can drastically affect many aspects of health.
Some general statistics (1):
- 1 in 7 Canadians (aged 15 and older) have insomnia (issues falling asleep or staying asleep)
- Insomnia is linked to chronic diseases, stress and many conditions with pain
- A 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey found that over 20% of Canadians with asthma, arthritis or rheumatism, back problems or diabetes reported insomnia, whereas only about 12% of those without these issues reported any sleeping issues
- Insomnia also increases with age, with about 10% of people reporting this aged 15 to 24, and almost 20% for people aged 75 or older
It has been concluded that people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.A study using a nationally represented sample of men and women between the ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week (the national guideline) provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity. After controlling for many factors (age, Body Mass Index, health status, smoking status, and depression), the feeling of being overly sleepy during the day compared to never feeling overly sleepy during the day decreased [Read more…]
Last year was a big milestone in my aviation career. I successfully completed training to qualify me as a Captain at my airline. Just before my 30th birthday I finally accomplished a goal I had set for myself since first taking to the skies at 15. The whole Captain training process got me thinking a lot about leadership. It’s no secret that a great leader is someone that leads by example. People naturally have a little more respect for people that practice what they preach. Whether it be the owner of the business/CEO helping out on the ground floor, or the personal trainer that actually looks like a personal trainer. I’ve always had great respect for people in powerful or influential positions that can set the tone by taking the reins and leading by example.
First and foremost I wanted to start off with an apology. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging. I broke consistency! It’s been a while since my last post. I’ll start by firing off the excuses. Our family had a lot going on. We sold our condo and our house, bought a new one, moved to Europe (temporarily…more on that later) all within a little over a month. Yikes! Plus I was pretty busy flying at work, wrapping up the tail end of the busy vacation season. I should also mention our son Benjamin was getting busier and busier. Our families think we’re nuts. My wife Carly and I have always been the spontaneous and adventurous type, but they still think we’re bat shit crazy. [Read more…]