Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths are attributed to exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s report The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Both the Surgeon General and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have concluded that eliminating smoking from all indoor areas is the only way to fully protect people from exposure.

Policies that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas

Eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.

Improve indoor air quality.

Reduce negative health outcomes among nonsmokers.

Decrease cigarette consumption.

Encourage smokers to quit.

Change social norms regarding the acceptability of smoking.

In terms of specific health risks, the 2009 IOM report Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence concluded that secondhand smoke exposure can cause a heart attack, even brief exposure to secondhand smoke could plausibly trigger a heart attack and smoke-free policies result in fewer heart attacks.

Current evidence from more than a dozen studies in cities, states, and countries indicates that smoke-free policies yield immediate cardiovascular benefits. Jurisdictions that have implemented smoke-free policies have reported average reductions in heart attack hospitalizations of 8% to 17%. In 2010, Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin passed laws that made workplaces and public places smoke-free. The new laws represent clear and measurable progress toward saving lives and protecting people in these states.

By December 2010, a total of 25 states and the District of Columbia had comprehensive smoke-free laws that prohibit smoking in workplaces, restaurants, bars, and other public places. However, 88 million nonsmoking Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke, and many areas of the country do not have smoke-free laws.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an inflammatory condition of the wrist. The anatomy of your wrist includes a small tunnel – the carpal tunnel – through which tendons and nerves travel. Among these tendons is one particular nerve which supplies a significant portion of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when inflammation occurs in that tunnel. This causes swelling and puts pressure on the nerve, which can cause pain, numbness and tingling.

Common causes of CTS are pregnancy, side effects of medication, and repetitive motions (such as typing). Those who rely regularly on the strength of their forearms and wrists (i.e., mechanics, receptionists, cashiers, musicians) are prone to developing CTS.

CTS can be confused with the irritation of nerves in your neck, shoulders, and elbows, which can cause similar symptoms (radiculopathy).

How we can help:

  • Laser Therapy can reduce inflammation and help to accelerate the healing of the damaged tissue, which will help eliminate your symptoms.
  • Provide you with proper stretching, exercise, and icing techniques.
  • Provide you with additional strategies for complete healing, to prevent a recurrence of CTS

NOTE: As mentioned above, CTS has symptoms that are similar to the irritation of nerves in your neck, shoulders, and elbows. Laser Therapy can also be an effective treatment for this type of nerve irritation.

Call us at 1-888-258-6767 to schedule your free Quick-Start Consultation: a 15-minute appointment during which we will sit down with you to discuss your symptoms, possible causes, and what we can do to make you pain-free again.

green tea kasutera

.Japanese got the first taste of kasutera during 16th century when the Portuguese travellers introduced them to the art of baking this cake. Soon it became a Japanese favourite and evolved into a Nagasaki speciality.

Kasutera can be enjoyed in a number of flavours, green tea being one of them. The moist, smooth texture of green tea kasutera is a pleasure for the taste buds as the crumbs melts in your mouth. The mild sweetness of the cake strikes the right chord with the refreshing essence of the green tea. Apart from being a decadent indulgence, kasutera serves as a treat for the eyes. The traditional custom of serving the cake with its sides sliced off, reveals a pleasant greenish hue which contrasts with the dark brown surface and adds to the charm of this cake. Savour this with a steaming cup of unsweetened green tea and fall in love with green tea kasutera.

  • 1 tbsp green tea powder

  • ¾ cup flour

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  • Combine the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

  • Warm the milk in a pan and gently stir in the honey.

  • Beat the eggs vigorously with an electric mixer until they become almost white or at least light yellow, while the sugar is added in parts.

  • Fold in the whisked egg into the dry mixture, followed by the sweetened milk.

  • Stir them all together into a smooth batter and transfer it into the lined loaf pan.

  • Bake the cake in the oven at preheated temperature for 10 minutes before turning down the temperature to 300 degrees F.

  • Bake the cake for another 40 minutes before removing it from the oven.

  • Free the edges from the loaf pan and flip the cake on a plate.

  • Strip away the parchment paper and allow it to cool.

  • Slice the kasutera and enjoy!

The success of any company depends heavily on the productivity and performance of its human resources. The ability to function and perform consistently at a high level is greatly enhanced by instituting an Employee Health and Wellness Program. According to research, Employee Health and Wellness programs lead to a more productive work environment. These programs focus on the physical well being of employees, look after medical requirements and ensure personal health is a priority. Programs offer weight loss regimes, smoking cessation solutions, stress management and exercise, diet and fitness advice.

We can help provide choices for your employees that can ultimately lead happier and healthier lives. Contact us for a free 30-minute lunch and learn presentation. One of our doctors will come to your office and discuss health concerns with your employees and answer questions. Your employees will also be given our educational package called The Top 10 Wellness Techniques. This package explains ten things they can do right away to dramatically improve their health.

Top 5 reasons your company needs an Employee Health and Wellness Program:

#1 Reduced Absenteeism

There are many factors that influence a person’s health and wellbeing. These could be minor inflictions such as a cold or flu or major such as heart problems or obesity. Any of these could result in an employee taking time off work. The benefit of a Health and Wellness Program is that this time could be significantly reduced, if not avoided all together. There are many small changes in lifestyle that can influence overall health and wellbeing. A Health and Wellness Program identifies those influences, educates and implements them. Through education, training and professional healthcare a Health and Wellness Program can greatly reduce absenteeism. For your company this is the bottom line, reduced absenteeism equals a reduction in costs and an increase in productivity.

#2 Work Place Morale

Health and Wellness Programs cover a broad range of healthcare initiatives, from nutritional advice and exercise programs, to lifestyle and healthcare alternatives. The effectiveness of a Health and Wellness Program in terms of the office environment is simple. Employees are healthy, therefore a lot happier; this equates to maximized performance. They are also aware that the company is taking measures to ensure their health and wellbeing. This increases loyalty and responsibility.

#3 Increased Responsibility

An Employee Health and Wellness Program indicates to employees that the company cares about their wellbeing. While it is common knowledge that these programs benefit employers, the benefits are mutual. A well taken care of employee feels an affiliation with the company, as well as develops a level of responsibility associated with their work. This type of attitude within the work place is invaluable. An employee that feels like the company takes an interest in their wellbeing and health will also take an interest in performing to the best of their ability.

#4 Increased Productivity

The main aim of an Employee Wellness Program is to encourage employees to lead healthier lifestyles. This is affected through education, incentives and health care directed by the company and the Health and Wellness Program. It is proven that when an employee is healthy, they are far more productive. The fact remains, being healthy increases concentration, energy levels and output. It also ensures you are able to consistently perform at the desired level. Increased productivity in the work place is a by-product of the success of company Health and Wellness Programs.

#5 Reduced Overall Costs

Employee Health and Wellness Programs have a range of benefits for employers. Both quantifiable figures and intangible results highlight these. For the company as a whole one of the most significant benefits is the reduction in overall company costs. It is hard to quantify what you gain via increased morale, productivity and responsibility; however, the reduced sick leave and absenteeism can contribute to a sizable reduction in overall costs.

What?

We are constantly bombarded with messages about healthy nutritional choices, diet and exercise. We all know the health advantages associated with maintaining a healthy weight. But what exactly is a healthy weight, and is it the same for everyone? At some point in time you’ve probably thought about losing a few pounds, or at least making sensible nutritional choices. You want to live a “life without limits,” and you know that begins with making sensible choices. But no one has been able to show you a program that really works, not long term anyway. You want to get off the weight loss roller coaster, and you would, if you could only find a program that was easy to follow, inexpensive, and effective not just short term, but long term. Well now you have. We want you to share your weight management goals with us. We’ll listen, answer your questions, and help you to build your very own personalized plan for success.

Why is weight loss important to you?

Obviously maintaining a healthy weight can improve your health in many ways. You’ll not only experience an improvement physically, but also mentally. Increased confidence leads to improved self esteem, which can make a significant difference in your ability to set and achieve goals, stay positive and just feel great. When combined with the physical advantages, you can really begin to live a life without limits.

Here are some other ways losing weight will benefit your health:

  • Increased energy level
  • Lower your cholesterol levels
  • Reduce your blood pressure
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Improved mobility
  • Improve your breathing
  • Help you sleep better and wake more rested
  • Prevention of angina, chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  • Decreases your risk of sudden death from heart disease or stroke
  • Prevention of Type 2 diabetes
  • Improved blood sugar levels

How?

So, what makes us so unique? Well, exactly that! We recognize that everyone is unique, and so we work very closely with you to prepare a personalized plan that is as unique and exclusive as you are! Our drug free program incorporates the latest in laser therapy technology with an easy to follow step by step nutritional and lifestyle maintenance plan. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.

Three easy steps to success:

  1. Contact us to book your initial consultation
  2. Initial Consultation – Review health history and agree on a plan
  3. Implement plan and schedule follow up

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