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Will I Be A Healthy Senior?

She’s not a senior she’s my mom!   Part of my regular routine now involves looking after my mom and it’s not so much “caring for her” as it is “caring about her” and it’s turning out to be quite fun!  It’s also making me pay attention to my own health in a new way.  How do I see myself as a senior? Let’s face it, ain’t none of us getting any younger!

Do you think of what it’s going to be like when you’re a senior?  I know I didn’t.  But now I’m planning, learning, asking about the future in a very new way.  Is the advice and care that is given seniors the best it can be and do I believe it is the only way?  Can I (you) be a better advocate?  These are new waters and I am approaching it with an open mind but a firm heart.  After all this is my Mom we’re talking about!

A day in a seniors life

  • Community Living
  • The day to day
  • Navigating a medical mindfield
  • Having fun

A few years ago my mom decided to move into a senior’s residence.  We (the family) thought it was a great idea. It’s a lovely residence with community rooms, activities, outings and a well balanced meal plan.  But that same community brings it’s own challenges.  So many people in close quarters sharing not only their stories but their struggles and of course their illnesses.

So many medications, so many aids.  It becomes a dialogue about what’s wrong and not about what’s right.

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Headaches – Synergy Chiropractic Kanata

Headaches can be brutal.  They can kill your social life.  Make you take medications that make you feel worse.  Cause you to miss school or work.

I recently had a patient describe her headaches like this:

“This headache makes me feel like someone is hitting me in the head with a baseball bat over and over again.” ~ H.G.


Millions of people swallowing pills for years, possibly suffering from the side effects of long-term


“The negative impact of chronic headaches on quality of life, families, and productivity can be
significant and is generally underrated by the medical profession.” ~ University of Maryland

medication – are not getting any better, only temporarily feeling better.  Surely, that’s not a healthy way to live.  Sadly, for many, they don’t know any other way to function and get through their day.

Most people treat their headaches with over the counter medications such as aspirin or Tylenol.

In fact, Canadians ingest some 8 billion aspirin tablets each year. Acetyl-salicylic acid (found in Aspirin) is the active ingredient in more than 50 over the counter medications, may temporarily relieve the discomfort of the headache, but it does little to correct the cause of the problem.

Aspirin use has been strongly associated with bleeding ulcers, Reyes syndrome and kidney disorders.

Regular painkiller use can make subsequent headaches even worse, causing “rebound headaches”.


Headaches – A Hidden Epidemic.

Millions of headache sufferers look for natural, drugless approaches to treating headaches.  They are frustrated with the lack of resolve from medications.

Among the many things contributing to your health are: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation.  A healthy spine is absolutely essential.  In some people, it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.

When you think about someone having a headache, you probably think of an adult. However, an increasing number of children experience chronic headaches

The National Headache Foundation estimates that over sixty percent of all children suffer from occasional headaches. 

The majority of school-age children get headaches, and many have headaches on a recurrent basis. Even before entering school, roughly one-third of children experience a headache at some point. Children miss more than one million days of school each year because of headaches.  Recurrent pediatric headache is a common disorder that may affect half of the population.

A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that children who experience frequent headaches are more likely to develop health problems in adulthood, including psychiatric disorders. The findings follow a survey of a random study group over 40 years and could have implications for the health of today’s children and their future well-being. The research team found that children with frequent headaches were more likely to experience psychosocial problems and to grow up with an excess of both headache and other physical and psychiatric symptoms. These findings confirm that children with headaches do not simply “grow out” of their physical complaint, but may instead “grow into” others, say the authors.

The “ache” in a headache comes from veins and arteries inside the brain and skull, membranes that wrap around the brain and certain nerves in the head called the cranial nerves.  When these are pulled, stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected, headaches often result.

There can be many triggers that can cause a headache, including strong smells, intense lights, sinus trouble, high blood pressure, dental problems, ear or eye/vision conditions, fevers, infections, tumors, seizures, lumbar punctures, alcoholic drinks, drugs, accidents and other causes.

The most common headache of all is the muscle tension, worry or “stress” headache that accounts for 90% of all headaches

Although headaches are not caused by just one specific source, a large amount of research clearly demonstrates that the majority of headaches are caused by problems in the cervical (neck) region of the spine.

The vertebra of the cervical spine can become misaligned because of excessive or repetitive stress.

These misalignments, also known as “vertebral subluxations” irritate the nerves in the neck and cause excessive muscle tension, all of which can contribute to a wide variety of headaches.

In a study of 6,000 long-term headache sufferers (experiencing headaches regularly for 2 to 25 years) revealed that neck injury (whiplash or falls) was the most important factor in the cause of the headache and should be suspected in every nonspecific case of headache.

In my 12 years of private practice, I’ve helped hundreds of patients who struggled with headaches.  I’ve learned from them over the years, and I’ve put together a special health report to help my patients, and I want to share it with you.

I’ll teach you more about the possible triggers affecting you and there hidden sources.  You’ll learn what you can do now to help yourself and how a little known cause of headaches has been known for over 100 years, and how you can get to the root of your headaches once and for all.

FREE 12 Point Headache Report!



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Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE.  After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas.  He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario.  A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

Flu: Why I came down with it & how you can avoid it

I rarely get the flu. This morning however, Facebook reminded me that 7 years ago I had to miss receiving my Master’s diploma thanks to a flu. A flu so bad that I passed out in my hallway and fell against my bedroom door handle, leaving a gash on my forehead. I went to the doctor to see what they could do, only to fall asleep while waiting. Depleted of all possible energy, I couldn’t eat or drink and all I did was sleep for days. The worst part was my parents also had it so as much as I knew they wouldn’t make it to my graduation, I held out hope for myself until right before I had to leave, then I conceded defeat.

If you know me now, this probably seems completely out of character because I rarely get sick. The reason for that is that I’ve been under Chiropractic care for 9 years now and I take care of my immune system in order to ward off the year’s colds and flu. I know what to do to ensure that I don’t miss anymore important events in life. This was the last time I was really sick. That is, until October 1, 2016. Earlier this month, I


Ward off the flu with these simple tips

came down with an intense cold that lingered for a week, then just as that was finishing up, I got hit with a nasty flu for another week! Two weeks of ugh.

I know what you’re thinking. “Um don’t you tell people how not to get sick?” We do. But we’re also human and we make mistakes. My mistake was allowing my immune system to weaken. How did I do that? I let stress get the better of me. Mental and emotional stress can have a direct effect on the physical body. As soon as I allowed myself to succumb to the stress I was experiencing, my immune system weakened and altered my state from defensive to defenseless. To make matters worse, instead of doing what I could to nip it in the bud, I gave in to my lack of willpower and it lingered for longer than it should have.

So what did I do wrong and how can you avoid getting the flu?

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Nutrition: Get the Edge Kanata

If you want to be an elite hockey player, it takes lots of dedication and hard work, strength and conditioning, dry-land workouts and plyometrics.  All of this is critical; however, without proper nutrition, your dedication to achieving optimal hockey performance can be deterred with poor eating habits.

Since you’re serious about being a top athlete, you’ll find it difficult to achieve your goals without proper cellular nutrition. It is simply that important, so start building a solid foundation for long-term sports fitness and health.

In order for your cells to function optimally, they must be able to absorb the nutrients you


To reach the elite level of performance requires the right fuel.

Carey Price and other hockey players understand how important nutrition is to their performance
consume. Starting in the digestive tract, you need both balanced nutrition and receptive cells to accomplish this. When either or both of these systems are impaired, memory, clear thinking, problem solving and even mood can be affected. This is why cellular nutrition is essential for your good health.

Tying Nutrition to Your Hockey Performance

For hockey, nutrition is a key link between physical preparation and improved game performance. No matter how hard you work on and off the ice, without the right nutrition you’ll never achieve optimal hockey performance.

Learn how to delay fatigue, speed post-game recovery, promote prevention of illness, and assist the rehab process after an injury. Once a player realizes the power of certain food choices and how they can eat for hockey success, they can turn to nutrition as a competitive edge.

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