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International Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur and Registered Psychologist Dr. Ganz Ferrance is on a mission to help you "Live Bigger so you can Give Bigger". Since 1991, he has helped tens of thousands people "Make More Money, Have Better Sex, and Live Longer Lives". Dr. Ganz prides himself on providing " Tweed-Free" consultation, education, coaching and therapy - giving you cutting-edge information and the "straight goods" without all of the psycho-babble, victim-making, or intellectual double-talk. Dr.Ganz holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan. He is the former Public Education Coordinator as well as the former Vice-President of the Psychologist's Association of Alberta. Dr. Ganz enjoys sharing how people can get more "mileage" from their lives. Whether one-on-one or from the stage, Dr. Ganz's easygoing, friendly and humorous style quickly makes you feel at home, comfortable and safe. This ability has made him a favorite with the media. For the past 5 years, Dr. Ganz has been delivering monthly segments on CTV Edmonton's News at Noon and has been interviewed several times for a variety of other publications, radio and television programs such as CTV's Good Morning Canada, Help! TV, Alberta Prime Time, CBC Radio, The Edmonton Journal .

What’s Your Issue?

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normalThe definition of normal is simply what the majority of society thinks, believes, or behaves. The fact is that everyone has issues. No matter how successful or well put together we or others perceive us to be, it is normal for us all to have issues.

What does it mean to have issues? It doesn’t mean we are broken. It really just means that there are things holding us back from the full joy, health, and happiness we are entitled to. We need to identify those things that are holding us back. It is critical to understand the place we are coming from. Often, we won’t even know these issues exist until we ask someone to help us evaluate our mindset. Once we know what the blocks are we need to remove them. This will require professional help. Most of us are not equipped to deal with these obstacles. That is one of the reasons we can’t identify them on our own. Stressful situations and other traumatic events may have been locked away in our systems and once we identify them they can be very difficult to deal with if we don’t have proper help to cope.

To have the freedom to be who we are, to explore who we are becoming, and to have the room to experience the joy, health, and happiness we are entitled to means to have identified our issues and gone through the process of understanding them and removing them from our lives.

In order to have the things we need to see to the needs others we need to first be true to ourselves. Once we achieve that, we can be true to others. As much as we would like to be able to figure it all out for ourselves the truth is, we can’t think our way through a feeling problem, we have to feel our way through it. That is why getting help to complete our experiences is so crucial. Not only can they help us navigate the emotions of the completion but they can also provide a safe place for us to express those emotions. Once we are able to do that we will be able to move forward to accomplishing our goals.

By practicing the Cascade of Care model in our lives we will be able to have the balance we need to move forward.

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There are three main principles of the Cascade that we need to keep in mind. They are:

  1. By feeding ourselves we feed everything that is important to us.
  2. Don’t try to go it alone, get help. Why try to swim the ocean when you can have a boat? Why go one on one with the LA Lakers when you can recruit a team to help? Recruit the right people to help you be more successful with less effort.
  3. Live by the example you want others to copy (especially your children).

Hanging on For Dear Life

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feardrownI would like to tell you a story about John. John had a good job and was a pretty popular guy. He also had a great family to go home to every night. He seemed to have everything. But John had a fear, an acute fear of drowning, which wasn’t a problem considering he worked in an office and didn’t live anywhere near water. Until one day, after reaching a high level position within the company, when John got sent on a business trip. Part of that trip required him to travel by boat to get to the destination. He was terrified but agreed to the trip as he saw it as an opportunity to move forward. John boards the boat which sits on a large body of water. The first thing he does is checks the safety equipment and then sits on the edge of the boat and holds on. During the journey John’s worst fears are realized and a storm comes up. It is such a bad storm that the boat breaks up and all the passengers wind up in the water. John sees a piece of wood from the boat, grabs it and clings to it and thanks to the wood he is able to keep his head above the water. The Coast Guard comes out to rescue the passengers and find John holding on to the piece of wood and treading water. They throw him a life saver but find it difficult to get him out of the water. They look down and notice that he is still holding on to the wood with the life saver in the other hand. To John the wood is too important to let go of because it saved his life. The Coast Guard pulls him on to the deck of their ship thinking he will let go of the wood once he is out of the water. But John doesn’t let go, he holds on tightly to his “life saver”. They put a blanket over him. Maybe he will let go when he gets back to solid ground. No such luck, John continues to hold on to the wood. Even when his wife comes running to greet him, he holds her with one arm and holds the wood in his other hand. In John’s mind the wood saved his life, he couldn’t just let it go. Times passes by and he is still carrying around his “life saver”. Trouble is, it’s getting old and covered in mold and mildew. It smells really bad but he is still dragging it around at work and at home. Eventually his coworkers can’t take it anymore and he gets placed in an office in the basement of the building. His wife kicks him out of the bed because the wood is just so nasty. Eventually his whole life begins to deteriorate but John just won’t let go of the piece of wood that saved his life.

Let me ask you a question; is the piece of wood good or bad?

Sometimes there are things in our lives that our important to us or necessary for our survival. But, as we learn more about ourselves and move forward they can become a hindrance to us. We have to let go to move forward and progress. John couldn’t let go of that piece of wood by himself and we can’t let go of those things in our lives that we think we still need. The only way to accomplish establishing our boundaries and making necessary changes is to seek professional help, before we wind up in the basement and on the couch with our moldy “life saver”.


Medically Induced Stress

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Vacations are usually supposed to be a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.  I often tell my clients that they need to take some Me Time before stress gets the best of them.  This stress beating strategy might not always work though. Especially if you are a Doctor.

Imagine you are the patient of a Doctor that is the sole health care provider in the office.  You rely on that one Doctor to administer your prescription refills, monitor your health, and see to any ongoing health concerns you may have.  What happens when your Doctor goes on an extended vacation and isn’t able to ensure there is a temporary Doctor to keep their clinic running?  We can’t fault your Doctor for taking vacation.  They have a high stress job and need time to unwind.  You need your health care though.  If the Doctor doesn’t take time, he or she may become so exhausted they make mistakes and that affects your quality of care.  They close their office to get time away and that can affect your quality of care.  The idea of seeing an unfamiliar Doctor or having to wait in an Emergency department just intensifies the stress of the situation.

Now imagine you’re the Doctor.  You tell all of your patients you’re going away, make sure all the prescription refills are handed out, ensure all your patients are aware of where they can go in case of a medical emergency and, with confidence, temporarily close your clinic and head for the airport.  You spend 4-6 weeks relaxing on the beach then return home.  You unlock the doors to your clinic and within moments have to face the reality of the full voice mail folder on your phone, the emails from concerned patients, and the non-stop patient parade of all those suffering from chronic illness and other ongoing health concerns fill up the day ahead.  At this point you really feel as though the time away was wasted and you begin to be concerned for your health and your patients’ health again.

There is also a negative Psychological factor to this scenario.  Many of the patients will feel as though the Doctor has abandoned them and left them in a situation where their illnesses can only be expected to worsen.  When we are not feeling cared for, that causes stress.  When we experience heightened levels of stress it affects our Physiological health.  That means that any medical conditions we are already suffering from will likely be affected and our health will decline.  

What is the answer to this?  Doctors need to rest in order to see to our health care needs properly. We need our Doctors to be available to see to our health care needs properly.  As Donna Wilson, one of the co-panelists the Lifestyle segments on Alberta Primetime notes, these issues are more prevalent in offices where there is only one Doctor.  Here are a few things to consider when looking for a Doctor:

  1. Are they a Solo Practitioner? If yes, find out if they have contingency plans for time they may need to spend away from the clinic.  Also ask what those plans are and decide if you’re comfortable with them.
  2. Consider your current state of health.  How often do you or your family need to see a Doctor?  If you’re a relatively healthy person or family chances are your Doctor’s vacations will be less of a concern for you.
  3. Find out how often the Doctor goes on vacation and what the usual length of time away is. Determine if you are comfortable with the answer you receive.
  4. If there are other Doctors within the practice, take time to meet them and ensure you are comfortable with them.  Chances are these will be the Doctors taking over your file while your regular Doctor is away.
  5. When you are notified that your Doctor will be away, make sure you ask for prescription refills and requisitions for any testing. Your Doctor will likely be on top of this but, they do have a stressful job and sometimes things get overlooked. By asking your Doctor, they will be reminded to check your file and make sure everything you need is taken care of before they leave.

Remember, your Doctor is only human, just like you.  They need time to relax and rejuvenate too.  It’s not really fair to be upset when they need time to unwind.  In this time of limited numbers of Doctors it may be hard to find a 100% perfect fit but, if we make ourselves aware of our options and take some responsibility for our own health we can make vacation time for our Doctors benefit everyone.  Just ask our other co-panelist Dr. Peter Nieman.

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Movement or Management?

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  baddiyWe hear so much about DIY these days. Do it yourself television shows, home projects, building projects, and so on. We also hear often of DIY projects gone bad and when this happens the only fix is to hire a professional. The same is true with our habits and patterns. We think we can just make a change on our own but too often find out the hard way that isn’t true. Generally what happens when we try to change ourselves is we just wind up managing ourselves. Coaches, mentors, or therapists can help us past the decision and move us into the action that will cause the change. They hold us accountable and help us continue learning about ourselves, which is something most people find very hard to do for themselves. Take weight loss, for example. Even if we are able to discipline ourselves enough to lose weight we still face the inevitable challenge of familiarity. Our bodies become accustomed to the exercises we have been using to achieve our goals and start to respond less to them. What do we do to overcome this obstacle of familiarity to continue to have positive results in reaching our goals? The best answer is to hire a Personal Trainer. Trainers have a greater knowledge base and are focused on keeping us accountable and on task. The same is true for therapists, life and business coaches, and other professionals that can help us. On our own, we might be able to defeat Wii active but, with a trainer we could run the Boston Marathon. The question is, do you just want to manage what you have and make it a little better or do you want to move to an entirely new and more productive place in your life? IMG_2742