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  • All About Inflammation

    To discuss inflammation and ways to treat it, we first have to define it. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation occurs over seconds, minutes, hours, and days, and chronic inflammation occurs over longer times. Acute inflammation begins within seconds to minutes ...
  • Should I get a PSA Test?

    The prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test measures inflammation that can be elevated for many reasons other than cancer, such as normal enlargement of the prostate with age or an infection. Prostate cancer screening can help identify cancer early on, when treatment is most effective. And a normal ...
  • Healthy Living - Diabetes

    By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed ...
  • Parkinson's and Homecare

    Parkinson’s is a complex progressive neurological disease resulting from the loss of dopamine in the brain. The three primary symptoms are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Other symptoms include difficulties speaking or swallowing, tiredness, depression and dementia. Because it is ...
  • Apples, Pears, Bananas and Strokes

    Research shows that apples, pears and bananas may reduce the risk of strokes A major research study published in the Sept. 15/2011 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that high levels of consumption of white-fleshed fruit and vegetables can protect people from ...
  • Diabetes Self-Check List

    ☐ Noticeable increase of thirst and urination: One of the most common and detectable symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination and excessive thirst. Excessive secretion of fluids by the kidney makes the body dehydrated, causing a need for essential aounts of fluid to be put back into our body. ☐ ...
  • Talking to Children About Your Cancer

    Why should children be told? A child has a right to know about anything that affects the family, as cancer does. Children know something is wrong. If you protect them by saying nothing, they may have fears which are worse than the real situation. Not talking about cancer may suggest it is a subject ...
  • Cancer Pain Management

    By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Alzheimer's Concern

    Question: My mother has Alzheimer's disease, and she is experiencing early and mid-stages of forgetfulness, disorientation, and all the rest of it. She is very stubborn in acknowledging that any of these problems are arising, and tends to bury them in platitudes and niceties. How do we get Mom to be ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Stroke/24 Hour Care Concern

    Question: My mother, in her 80’s, had a stroke a year ago; and since then has been requiring assistance at home 24 hours a day. My father has pancreatic cancer and is also living with her in the family home, but is unable to care for his wife; including assisting with Activities of Daily Living. My ...
  • Parkinson's and 'Wearing Off'

    Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disease which means that its symptoms will gradually change and evolve over time, becoming more severe. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s respond well to drug treatment, but over time, the response a patient may get from their medication and the way it controls ...
  • Exercises For The Home

    Stretching and maintaining basic mobility are a part of healthy living, especially in older adults. Here you can find a list of exercises you can do at home from standing, sitting, or in bed. download file: Qualicare Exercises.compressed.pdf
  • Parkinson's Caregiving Tips

    Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain break down. This means that the body makes movements on its own, without regard for how a person wants his or her body to move. The most common symptom is called tremor – the involuntary shaking of limbs. Other ...
  • Healthy Living - 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

    By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed ...
  • Ask a Qualicare Specialist: Non-natural Sweeteners and Diabetes

    Question: Dear Qualicare, I am currently taking care of my elder friend who has diabetes. She suffers with diabetic seizures regularly and I am concerned she is addicted to sugar, the worst substance for a diabetic, and adds brown sugar to everything thinking that is a safe alternative. Is there a ...
  • Healthy Feet

    A common side effect of having diabetes is developing foot problems. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause damage to blood vessels and peripheral nerves that can result in problems in the legs and feet. This is caused from too much sugar in the blood, which can lead to nerve damage and poor blood ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" Just Found Out My Father Has Liver Cancer

    Question: Dear Qualicare, I have just experienced something that I never thought possible, and I need to have some information to help me figure out what to do next. After waiting in the hospital for hours, we just found out that my father has liver cancer. They told us that my dad is dying and we ...
  • Vitamin D and Diabetes

    Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone, joint, and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. Many people have are inside too much with office jobs, and when they are outside they slather on ...
  • Is There Now a Cure for Diabetes?

    Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we wanted to share some incredibly exciting news about a potential cure for Type 2 Diabetes. OK. OK. Perhaps the previous sentence is a little dramatic, but studies published this year have presented some pretty compelling evidence that a surgical ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Parkinson's Disease

    Question: My husband is 82 and has had Parkinson's disease for over 10 years, however his care needs are increasing and I am finding that the strain on me as the primary caregiver is interfering with my being able to get a good night's rest and to tend to caring for my own healthcare and personal ...
  • A Moustache For a Cause

    For several years now, the month of November has been known as "Movember" in order to raise awareness for men's health. To date, the Movember Foundation has raised $650 million and is currently funding over 1,000 year -round programs in numerous countries. The efforts made as a result of this annual ...
  • Diabetes Education

    Signs of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) Cold, clammy or sweaty skin Pallor Difficulty concentrating Shakiness, lack of coordination (e.g. deterioration in writing or printing skills) Irritability, hostility and poor behaviour A staggering gait Fatigue Nervousness Excessive Hunger Headche Blurred ...
  • Palliative Care - Raising Awareness Key to Improving Access

    CBC News in Depth: Health Care - Dec. 7, 2007. If you're a Canadian suffering from a terminal illness, there's a good chance haven't considered palliative care — even if you're aware the services exist and have access to them. The primary goal of palliative care services isn't to heal or to cure, ...
  • Recognizing a Stroke

    Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple ...
  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to assist people to overcome various limitations in order to live more independent lives. People may need assistance due to injury ...
  • Spice Things Up

    Along with a healthy diet and exercise, there are many spices you can add to your food that help fight inflammation. Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals. Every time you flavor your meals with ...
  • Compassionately Managing Care

    by Andrea Nathanson, R.N. "Palliative" and "Care" are two words that may provoke fear and confusion in patients, their family members and loved ones. Palliative care is the compassionate care of a dying person by minimizing their suffering as they progress towards the end of life. Medically, this is ...
  • Facing The Fear Factor

    It is part of life to have times when we feel afraid. The uncertainties in life can leave us feeling out of control, at the mercy of forces that we can’t understand or predict. On the other hand, the certainties of life – the things we know we are going to have to face and wish we didn’t have to, ...
  • "Ask a Nurse" - Cancer/Colostomy Concern

    Question: Dear Nurse, My father had a colostomy to treat his newly diagnosed colon cancer. We were told that "since this is not a curable situation, he may only have six or seven months". My mother is not capable of dealing with the mechanics of the colostomy nor can she assist with his personal ...