Monthly Archives: October 2011

E-counselling can significantly lower blood pressure, improve lifestyle and enhance quality of life, says Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher Dr. Robert Nolan.

“E-counselling has the potential to strengthen the effects of medical treatment for high blood pressure,” Dr. Nolan told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, which is co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. “We found that it led to an almost double decrease in the blood pressure levels of participants compared to those who did not receive the e-counselling.”

The study investigated whether e-counselling contributes to improvement in blood pressure control over a period of at least one year and whether it helps to maintain improved quality of life as well as survival among persons with high blood pressure.

Dr. Nolan and his team from the University Health Network, University of Western Ontario and the Ontario Public Health Unit in Grey Bruce evaluated Heart&Stroke Health eSupport, a Heart and Stroke Foundation personalized action plan and e-mail support program developed to help people control their blood pressure and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Six million Canadians have high blood pressure − known as the silent killer due to its lack of symptoms. It is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease.

The researchers found that e-counselling motivates people to stay on track with diet and exercise plans, which leads to lower blood pressure.

The moods of people coping with high blood pressure also improved while they were participating in the e-counselling program. Depression is known to have an adverse effect on patients with high blood pressure, says Dr. Nolan. It causes them to lose interest in eating healthy foods and exercising — two lifestyle choices that can significantly improve their health. “Knowing this, we wanted to look at the effect of e-counselling in terms of improving lifestyle behaviours, as well as decreasing blood pressure.”

The study evaluated 387 people ranging in age from 45 to 74, over a four-month period. All had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and 72 per cent were taking one or more blood pressure medications.

One group was sent a standard e-newsletter from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, containing heart health information and general tips to manage their health. The second group received eight emails over four months that provided both educational information as well as motivational messages.

Prior to receiving the emails, the second group filled out surveys identifying what they wanted to change about their lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, improving their diet, or being more physically active. The emails then addressed their individual concerns and included tailored suggestions and personal encouragement to help them achieve their goals.

Participants in the study who received these emails recorded approximately double the amount of decrease in blood pressure, compared to subjects who received just the newsletter, Dr. Nolan reported.

“We found the e-counselling was associated with an improvement in both exercise and diet behaviour. The motivational component was therapeutic,” said Dr. Nolan. “E-tools to promote healthy lifestyles are becoming an established success — it’s the way of the future.”

He notes that study participants ranged in age from 45 to 70. “This was a powerful tool to provide a connection to some of the older participants who were once isolated,” says Dr. Nolan. “Seventy years ago someone would be standing in a doctor’s office — flash forward to now and people’s risks are being reduced in their own homes through the power of e-support.”

He says e-counselling may prove to be a cost-efficient way to extend the reach of healthcare programs to people in need, without overtaxing the resources of our healthcare system. He noted that this issue will likely become a research priority if long-term health benefits of e-counselling are established.

“If you know and control your blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 per cent and heart attack by up to 25 per cent,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Beth Abramson. “Lifestyle changes such as following a healthy, low sodium diet, being physically active, being smoke-free, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress all reduce your risk.”

She says this study suggests that e-counselling, paired with monitoring by a physician and the proper medication, is a promising trio for people dealing with high blood pressure.

With such encouraging results, Dr. Nolan and his team are currently exploring the benefits of e-counselling further with a larger and longer-term clinical trial.

“Our next goal is to study whether e-counselling may also help with adherence to medications for blood pressure control,” says Dr. Nolan. “Ongoing support from an e-counselling program may be an effective way to provide education and encouragement to help patients maintain the benefit of their medical treatment.”

The Foundation’s Heart&Stroke Health eSupport™ ( is a free, tailored email follow-up service which sends periodic emails to provide users with information and tips tailored to their current situation, helping them to move closer to making heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Developed by experts, this interactive program creates personalized action plans for users by guiding them through a personalized risk assessment and identifying their personal risk of heart disease and stroke, and provides tips, advice and support to help reduce their risks.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2011, October 23). E-counseling shows dramatic results in lowering blood pressure; Online tool motivates patients to maintain a healthier lifestyle. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 26, 2011, from­ /releases/2011/10/111023135644.htm

Rock Your Overwhelm: Live in Clarity, Balance and Freedom is the new book by Whitney McMillan.

Are you overwhelmed with living a hectic full-on life?
Do you feel your self-trust is “on vacation?”
What would it be like to live your life fully with clarity, balance and freedom?

As overwhelm becomes more common in our hectic lives, it consumes people’s lives. But how is this really living? With people increasingly expected to carry a huge weight of responsibility and pressure in various areas of their lives, overwhelm wreaks havoc in relationship breakdowns, challenging family dynamic, unsatisfying careers, financial stress, and/or failing health.

In her sassy transformational book, Rock Your Overwhelm: Live in Clarity, Balance and Freedom, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and life coach, Whitney McMillan walks you along the path to living free of overwhelm. Yes, you can!

Recognizing the beliefs you picked up throughout life, releasing the boulders that no longer positively serve you, and visioning your future full of lighter choices, Whitney guides you through seven proven steps to insightful clarity, increased balance, and inspired freedom. Lightening your overwhelm clears the way to live with greater self-trust by following your inner wisdom.

Whitney supports you to surrender struggle and find flow in your life. It’s time to get out from under your rock to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones – Live Overwhelm Freedom!

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Inevitable Grace: Breakthroughs in the Lives of Great Men and Women by Piero Ferrucci was published back in 1991. And it is now more relevant than ever.

Piero Ferrucci is a psychotherapist and a philosopher, who was trained by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. Ferrucci is the nephew of Aldous Huxley and Laura Huxley.

In Inevitable grace, Ferrucci examines hundreds of well-known people, including Einstein, Schweitzer, Thoreau, Monet, Isadora Duncan, Maria Montessori, Jacob Boehme, etc. He offers us glimpses into the workings of creativity, inspiration and spiritual growth.

Piero Ferrucci also wrote:
What We May Be: The Vision and Techniques of Psychosynthesis (1982, ISBN 9780874771923)

What Our Children Teach Us (1997, ISBN 9788804432234)

The Power of Kindness (2007, ISBN 9781585425884)

Beauty and the Soul (2010, ISBN 9781585428335)

The Child of Your Dreams (1992, ISBN 9780892813650) co-authored with Laura Huxley

The Human Situation (1977, ISBN 9780060120917), editing lectures by Aldous Huxley

Bhutan gross national happiness: journey of a country and its people’s well-being” is available on Amazon as Bhutan gross national happiness printed book and as Bhutan gross national happiness Kindle format. The assessment of gross national happiness was designed in an attempt to define an indicator that measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product (GDP).

This is a Gross National Happiness videos explanation:

Gross National Happiness in Bhutan – Erik Allgoewer movie

Gross National Happiness Bhutan

Gross National Happiness Bhutan

The Vancouver Health Show runs October 29-30. The Health Shows provide new, reliable and practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living. There’s something for everyone between the daily roster of inspiring seminars with Canada’s leading health experts. Explore the aisles enjoying an abundance of tasty food, learn about cutting-edge health products, services and fitness techniques, relax with a bodywork treatment, shopping with special event pricing and discover the latest trends.

For a chance to get Vancouver Health Show free tickets, check the websites of the sponsors on:—Sponsors Many of them are running free tickets draws.

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Andrew Harvey in Vancouver

October 26, 2011

Andrew Harvey is the author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Andrew Harvey is a mystic scholar, Rumi translator, and Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. And he is in Vancouver Oct 27th-30th for five empowering events.

Andrew Harvey Vancouver tour
Thurs. Oct. 27th
2-3:30pm Solidarity Speech/Q & A at Occupy Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery
6:30pm Banyen Books Talk and Book Signing featuring The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism & Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism

Friday, Oct. 28th
7pm Rumi Renaissance Temple Night – A celebration of the work of Rumi, the great 13th Century Mystic Poet through spoken word, poetry, music and dance. Andrew Harvey with Mahara Brenna and special guests artists and musicians.
6pm – V.I.P. Reception Meet Andrew Harvey. Partial Proceeds to Towards Eden -Canada’s First Sustainable Music Festival

Sat. Oct. 29th
10am-5pm Heart Yoga Weekend Karuna Erickson with Andrew Harvey

Sun. Oct. 30th
10am-5pm A weekend of embodying divine peace, divine passion, and divine love, Heart Yoga combines traditional yoga with the sacred light practices of many mystical traditions.

Oct 27th
6:30pm Banyen Books Talk with Andrew Harvey 3608 West 4th Ave $10 at the door

Oct. 28th
7:00pm Rumi Renaissance Temple Night Unity Church, 5840 Oak Street Advance tix $25, Highlife Records, Banyen Books or $33 at the Door

Oct. 29th & 30th Heart Yoga Karuna Erickson with Andrew Harvey Prana Yoga Centre
10am – 5pm 293 E 2nd Ave. $125 each day or $225 both days

Andrew Harvey: The Hope, A Guide to Sacred Activism

“Sacred Activism is that profound marriage of the two most noble fires in the human heart and soul—the fire of the mystic’s passion for God and the fire of the activist’s passion for justice. Together they birth the sacred evolutionary fire of the Sacred Marriage, the fire of love and wisdom in action.” Andrew Harvey “Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.” -Marianne Williamson “As a fellow Sacred Activist, I support and applaud the dedication of Andrew Harvey to bridge the gap between spirituality and activism … The Hope is a must read for anyone seeking to birth a new humanity.”
Deepak Chopra

Get your FREE PASS/TICKETS Vancouver Yoga Conference and Show. The YOGA Conference & Show in Vancouver runs November 4th-6th with free events and premium learning opportunities.

You Can Heal Your Life Conference: Las Vegas. You’ve Read the Book… Now Start Living It with an all-day You Can Heal Your Life Conference. Featuring Louise L. Hay and Guest Authors who can help Heal YOUR Life!

You Can Heal Your Life Conference: location
Las Vegas
Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
Saturday January 21, 2012

You Can Heal Your Life Conference: Las Vegas program
9:00 am – 10:30 am :: Louise L. Hay & Cheryl Richardson
You Can Create an Exceptional Life
You are an extraordinary being who is capable of far more than you know. Every thought, word, and feeling becomes the currency with which you purchase your life experiences. And, when you learn to direct your energy in service to your soul, life unfolds in miraculous ways. In this exciting keynote address Louise and Cheryl will show you how to do just that. They’ll share the spiritual tools that have shaped their lives along with the stories that provide evidence that they work. You’ll leave feeling inspired to use them in your life, too!

11:00 am – 12:30 pm :: Marianne Williamson
21 Spiritual Lessons That Will Set You Free
Join world renowned spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson and learn how to completely transform your relationship with yourself and your body. Marianne shares her groundbreaking holistic paradigm for self-love. Learn the true spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in conscious life changes and true self-acceptance. With her insight, you’ll dig deep into your subconscious mind and shine light on your emotional shadows—the unprocessed feelings, negative thoughts, and fear-based attitudes—that are keeping you from bringing peace and happiness into your life. Ultimately, you’ll get back to the truth of who you are— in both body and soul. With Marianne’s profound wisdom and support, you’ll learn to integrate all the incredible aspects of yourself—mind, body, and spirit—to finally become the beautiful and peaceful person you were created to be.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm :: Caroline Myss
Understanding The Global and Personal Journey Of Transformation
The word “transformation” has been a part of our vernacular for more than fifty years now. What few people realize is that “transformation” is itself an archetypal journey, a conscious grand cosmic force, spirited with intention, force, and the template of wholism, subtly as well as dramatically dismantling our familiar landscape through all means and channels. The archetype of Transformation is essentially a mystical journey. As such, it is scripted with stages of progression that even the global community is subject to as well as each individual. This journey that humanity is progressing through is unlike any that has been a part of human civilization. This is a journey that was initiated with the birth of the nuclear age and every living creature upon the Earth is a participant. In this workshop, I will describe the seven stages of this mystical journey of transformation, discussing them within the context of how they are unfolding within our society as well as within our personal lives. I will discuss how to work and live in harmony with this journey as we can be certain of one thing – there is no turning back. We can only move forward toward a new understanding of human consciousness.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm :: Robert Holden, PhD
Be Happy
In this fun and upbeat session, Dr. Robert Holden gives you a front-row seat on his 8-week happiness program—famously tested by independent scientist for the BBC-TV documentary called How to Be Happy. Step-by-step, Robert introduces you to his set of proven techniques, principles, meditations, and insights that you help you be happy now! Find out how to stop chasing happiness, undo emotional and mental blocks, increase your natural capacity for happiness and abundance, and use the power of happiness to bless your life and benefit others.

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Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom ended. The term generally includes people born in the 1960s through the early ’80s, usually no later than 1981 or 1982.

Quoting a University of Michigan report about Generation X happiness, well-being and social integration: Generation X young adults are happy with their lives. Given the array of activities discussed in this report, it would be appropriate to think of Generation X as a busy generation, but they report that they are also happy with the way that their lives are developing. In 2009 and 2010, the LSAY asked each participant the following question: Thinking about all aspects of your life, how happy are you? If zero means that you are very unhappy and 10 means that you are very happy, please rate your happiness. The mean level of happiness was 7.5 and the median (middle score) was 8. Only four percent of Generation X young adults indicated a great deal of unhappiness (a score of three or lower). Twenty-nine percent of Generation X young adults were very happy with a score of 9 or 10 on the scale. Although these results describe most of the members of Generation X as active, balanced, and happy, we know that some members of this generation are less happy and suf ering in various ways. Some are unemployed or have been forced into jobs at lower levels than their education or expectations. Some have disabling illnesses and some are in prison.

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