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Healthcare Matters

Written by Ganz Ferrance on . Posted in Blog

Measles and more on Alberta Primetime.

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Measles
Unfortunately, people are more easily swayed by personal accounts and stories than they are by evidence and research. They hear “facts” from people they know, or think they know, like celebrities. It’s also hard to change the public opinion once an idea has been established. But I love what Dr. Peter Nieman said about the virulence of measles in particular and how easy it is to control and wipe out in a population with vaccines.

The Stresses of Language

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Stresses of Language

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The Kindness Diet
Experiencing kindness and acceptance is actually the best and most efficient place to start when making a change. When you can accept yourself the way you currently are (and feel that from others), your whole physiology and nervous system relax. This gives you the emotional and hormone profile that makes any change much easier. It’s basically the anti-stress formula. The opposite is also true.

Anatomy of an Apology

Written by Ganz Ferrance on . Posted in Blog

Click on the photo for the 5-minute segment on CTV News!

Click on the photo for the 5-minute segment on CTV News!

As we head into “the month of love” and Valentine’s Day, it’s good to look at not just the romantic aspect of relationships, but also what goes into building and maintaining a lasting relationship long after all the chocolates are eaten and the flowers have died.

One of the things I’ve noticed in my 25+ years of practice is that people don’t always get how, when, or even why to apologize—much less knowing how to do it so that it lands right (instead of triggering Armageddon).

Even though we as Canadians are known for saying “sorry” a lot, sometimes we don’t know exactly how, when, and why. Here are some thoughts and ideas that will help you understand the Anatomy of an Apology and say “sorry” right the first time (so it doesn’t keep coming back and biting you in the butt).

Feeling Down

Written by Ganz Ferrance on . Posted in Blog

Click here to view the segment on Alberta Primetime.

Click here to view the segment on Alberta Primetime.

It is common for many people to feel down during this time of the year. Aside from the holiday stress we are all much too familiar with, a few reasons is that, one, most people don’t get out and be as active in the colder weather as they did in the warmer seasons. Another reason is that we are not receiving the amount of light we need in order to stimulate the brain chemistry that keeps us focused and energized during the summer. This is due to the fact that the days are shorter and also that the angle of the sun is steeper so we don’t get the right part of the spectrum. We need the blue spectrum to stimulate our brain to make serotonin and other brain chemicals to keep us “up” at this time of year. The smart mammals hibernate during this time of year, but we humans just push through it.