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A reminder that caring is not dead

As a caregiver and a care-receiver, they just about always come to the kitchen together, but now once in a while the receiver comes alone.

As they sit and eat, they converse with whoever is around them and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Once in a while, we will make up a take home meal for the receiver, and when they leave, it is never without profuse thanks.

I have known the caregiver for about 25 years and although she presents a jolly and carefree persona, I know her well enough that I am not fooled by her presented attitude. Underneath that facade is a caring woman who takes her work seriously, and it shows in her relationship with her ‘client.’

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Seven things to know about your cosmetics

How many personal care and hygiene products do you use in a day?

A recent consumer survey estimated that women use an average of 12 and men use an average of six personal care products daily. This adds up to an exposure of more than 80 unique ingredients!

The problem is that many of these ingredients don’t have a proven track record of safety. In fact, new research is making the connection between our health and cosmetic ingredients. With a few easy tips, you can avoid the most harmful cosmetic ingredients and find cleaner alternatives.

When we take stock of how many products we have in our bathroom cabinet, we can quickly see that our exposure to potentially harmful ingredients may be quite high. Many of us use some combination of body lotion, shampoo, perfume, soaps, deodorants, shaving creams, makeup, gels ... and the list goes on.

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Indifference allows violence

Somewhere in this country we have dropped the ball; furthermore, we have placed cushions all over, so the ball won’t make a noise or a harmful impact.

Confused? Well so am I!

I am still trying to wrap my head around what I see and hear in the media and the seemingly losing battle I see society struggling to cope with.

On the one hand, I see a country spending countless dollars and an infinite amount of energy battling violence against women, while on the other, we listen to a public figure declare that he is into violent sex, which involves beating, striking and otherwise demeaning women by indulging in his sexual fantasies.

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Services for impoverished are crucial

Often in my articles, I bash or ridicule the government.

I really don’t want to and sometimes feel bad when I do, but usually I have a definite reason for doing so.

So before I proceed with a discourse on this subject, I need to say that I fully respect and will do as levels of government legislate.

Even when they strip me of some rights that former governments have granted us within our Constitution.

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The thyroid test you have been missing out on

Fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair loss are common symptoms of a low-functioning thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). This is a fairly common condition, however, 70 per cent of patients through my clinic have not had the appropriate testing completed to confirm that their thyroid is actually working properly and efficiently.

For instance, a 42-year-old female patient visited my clinic with concerns of extreme fatigue, a low mood and an inability to lose weight — despite all her hard work, healthy eating and working out with a personal trainer.

This patient was extremely frustrated as she was working so hard to feel better and lose weight, but was not getting any results. In an attempt to get some answers, her family doctor ran a full panel of labs. However, the patient was told that everything came back normal, including her thyroid results. She was even instructed to be more physically active and eat better to lose weight, regardless of the fact she was doing both of these already.

On her first visit to my clinic, I had requested a copy of her most recent labs, including the thyroid result. After a thorough review, I noticed that only her thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) had been tested, which unfortunately is a very common situation and does not provide all of the needed information about thyroid function.

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