Co-Living for Seniors: An Opportunity for Health Promoting, Affordable, Supportive Housing

According to the Business Insider article titled  – Millennials are paying thousands of dollars a month for maid service and instant friends in modern ‘hacker houses’, by Melia Robinson; some critics see co-living as a fringe “dorms for grown-ups” trend.

In Rockwood, Ontario a shared ‘dorm like’ home is taking shape with the construction of Oak Hill Co-Living. The Oak Hill shared home experience will be for seniors.

Co-Living for Seniors: What is it all about?

Co-Living provides an opportunity to design your desired retirement lifestyle, ‘having it your way’ as you age. Co-living focuses on a genuine sense of community and creates a more convenient, supportive and fulfilling lifestyle opportunity. Co-living provides opportunities for supportive ‘co-care’, neighbourly mutual support, a social equity asset which can help to reduce social isolation and promote positive, active aging.

Oak Hill Co-Living was designed with the goal of an ecologically reduced footprint. Living smaller in shared spaces, sharing resources is an environmentally responsible approach to ‘aging in place’ that comes with economic benefits. The six co-owners of Oak Hill will each own a 1/6 share of the property and house, much like being a part owner in a ‘private retirement home’. Other than the individual private bed sitting rooms they will have access to all other parts of the property and house. Each share will be sale-able should the co-owner decides to leave, or it will become a part of their estate should they pass while living there.

The term co-living is often interchanged with shared home, shared living, homeshare or co-housing, Every co-living arrangement will be unique as the result of type of housing (rental, ownership), location, residents and shared philosophies, goals and commitments.

Benefits of Co-Living: Varied

The benefits of each co-living home situation will be varied depending on the of co-living type, location or arrangement. The following are some possible benefits.
  • Economic advantages of sharing resources (taxes, utilities, maintenance)
  • Reduced environmental footprint
  • Maintained independence
  • Privacy and companionship
  • Joint decision making in all household matters
  • Co-ownership allowing for equity retention
  • Co-ownership shares which are individually saleable or become a part of your estate
  • Social equity (benefits of living in community) promotes healthy longevity
  • ‘Lock & leave’ lifestyle allows you to actively live your life and travel knowing your home is secure
  • Healthier diet due to cooking and sharing of meals
  • Walkable communities provide daily movement an important ‘health ingredient’
  • Opportunities for joint initiatives – neighbourhood associations

Co-Living for Seniors: How is it affordable?

Sharing monthly expenses provides the most significant cost savings of shared living to the individual residents. Instead of living alone and paying 100% of the monthly costs of living, each member of a co-living arrangement pays an equal percentage of the costs. Residents could share the costs of a cleaning service, cook, bookkeeper, gardener or personal support worker.

Many seniors live alone in older uninsulated homes with high energy bills and ongoing maintenance costs. Sharing the monthly expenses and ongoing maintenance costs jointly in a shared home can leave enough money for travel or pay for other desirables.

Older Women are especially in need of alternative affordable housing options. Statistics show that women tend to outlive men.  In Canada 38.3% of women 65+ live alone, compared to 16.8% of men. Many women were traditionally ‘stay at home’ mothers, arriving at retirement without CPP income; and find themselves financially unable to afford the transition to retirement home living. Affordable housing options for this segment of the population will be in increasingly diminishing supply because a large group of ‘boomer women’ are now in their sixties and entering their retirement years. Many older women living alone in older homes are challenged to pay for household expenses, including maintenance and to have enough money left to pay for quality food to maintain good health.

Shared living and shared expenses provide individual cost savings as well as cost savings to the government.

An Affordable Alternative ‘Age in Place’ Housing Option

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Six people living alone:

  • 100% of household expenses paid by each person in each home
  • Inefficient use of resources to operate and maintain each home for one person
  • Inefficient use of ‘age in place’ care supports for one person in each home
  • Large gas emissions and environmental footprint to support one person living alone in each home
  • Many household deficiencies in older homes require cash investment or increased expenses to become sound, suitable, safe and sustainable for one resident
  • Isolation and loneliness come with increased risk of decline and health care costs

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Six people living together in a shared home:

  • Each of the residents pay an equal percentage of the total home expenses (16.6% for six people), allowing for economical monthly cost of living per resident
  • Efficient use of resources to operate and maintain a home for several people, improving housing affordability over the long term
  • Efficient use of ‘age in place’ care supports for several people in one home location, a savings to the home care system and individually
  • Reduced risk of health decline due to living alone – a definite cost savings to the health care system due to a reduced need for movement into a LTC facility
  • Retained equity as co-owners = available funds for future private or shared personal support care if needed = a cost savings to health care system and reduced need for movement to a long term care (LTC) facility
  • Reduced cash investment requirement into one shared home to become sound, suitable, safe and sustainable for several residents to ‘age in place’ as opposed to the cash investment for those people to live in separate homes alone safely
  • Improved living conditions for seniors living together through financial assistance to repair deficiencies, retrofit, and renovate one existing home to accommodate them together to ‘age in place’
  • Realized savings of sharing one home, resources and expenses
  • Realized healthcare savings and reduced need for movement into a LTC facility as the result of co-living under one roof.  Co-care, a social capital asset, provides companionship reducing social isolation and promotes positive, active aging
  • Reduced demand for services and institutional living by increasing and extending independent living for seniors
  • Extended useful life and long term physical sustainability of shared homes through shared maintenance
  • Shared cost of incorporating accessibility features into the building or renovating design of shared homes in preparation for ‘aging in place’ needs
  • Increased housing inventory with the movement of residents from single occupied households to one shared home. This leaves additional homes to transition into affordable shared housing or single traditional family homes
  • Movement of single household seniors into one shared supportive home frees up waiting list numbers for individual apartment rentals (where they may have been headed), retirement home suites (where those that could afford may have been headed) and eventually long term care facility rooms.

Co-Living for Seniors: How is it health promoting and a health care cost saving?

Co-living homes provide an opportunity for governments to support a unique housing model that can provide groups of elders a way to focus on living full and vibrant lives in small, intentional communities. From the words of Dr. William Thomas, geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project in the United States, “We can use the historic strengths and values of elderhood as the basis for creating real homes and communities that can protect, sustain and nurture the most vulnerable among us. The driving force behind the Green House Project is the idea that our current nursing home system tends to create sterile, lifeless environments for our elders, which in turn fosters loneliness and boredom. Fundamental changes to the way we build and operate senior housing can make our loved ones’ lives healthier, livelier and more meaningful. “

Co-living provides additional health care savings. Co-living provides an opportunity for co-care, a social capital asset, through neighbourly companionship and care under one roof – lessening the health costs associated with seniors living in isolation. Co-living requires daily ‘crossing of paths’ to access exits and meals, leading to interaction – a health promoting benefit missing for many seniors living alone in homes, condos, apartments and even family granny suites. According to The Government of Canada Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, “Socially isolated seniors are more at risk of negative health behaviours including drinking, smoking, being sedentary and not eating well; have a higher likelihood of falls; and, have a four-to-five times greater risk of hospitalization. Research also indicates that social isolation is a predictor of mortality from coronary heart disease/stroke”. The report goes on further on the impact of social isolation: “Social isolation also affects the psychological and cognitive health of seniors. It is associated with higher levels of depression and suicide”. Statistics Canada, Trends in Social Capital in Canada reports “the individual benefits of social capital, which are often considered public policy goals, are many, including positive health effects”. The UK, Campaign to End Loneliness Network states, “co-living provides opportunities to develop the social capital that creates and maintains a sense of community”.

Co-Living provides residents with an opportunity to benefit from the Blue Zones strategies, taken from the longevity hot spots of the world where people live the longest and healthiest.

#1 Move naturally – possible in a ‘walkable’ community
#9 Right tribe – living with a supportive ‘family’ of like minded people

More of the National Geographic Blue Zones Project strategies could be incorporated into the co-living homes to maximize healthy longevity. As co-owners, residents have a say in implementing health promoting strategies like healthier meal planning.

Co-Living for Seniors: How can governments help?

Seniors living together in shared homes can help the government to meet the objectives of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors “We will harness the potential and maximize the contributions of our seniors by promoting the development of age-friendly communities that weave together services and policies to enhance seniors’ well-being and participation”.

In keeping with the principle requirements of Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and the Social Infrastructure Funding Program (SIF) key objectives:

  • Co-living homes are people centred housing solutions based on a ‘people first’ approach that focuses on positive results for the individuals and the newly formed family living in the homes. Co-living in a shared home provides a combination of companionship and privacy; a necessary mental health support for aging seniors.
  • Co-living homes provide an opportunity for partnerships to build healthy, sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods. Partnerships between seniors who desire to remain active and independent, supporting each other daily through friendship and neighbourly care under one roof. Partnerships between housing authorities and groups of seniors to create shared, supportive housing solutions in familiar ‘age friendly’ neighbourhoods and communities.
  • The co-living opportunity in Rockwood is locally driven and provides an optimal supportive environment where services like doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, optometrist and amenities like pharmacy, churches, library, grocery store, hardware store, restaurants, bakery and go transit stops are within walking distance.
  • Co-living provides opportunities for those in need of housing to move into permanent, supportive, long term affordable homes where they have the option to ‘age in place’, and cost effectively share the costs of living and support services.
  • The option of co-living provides a housing option that is free from all discrimination especially that due to financial circumstances. The opportunity can be made available for those with or without equity, as co-owners or renters.  Although the focus of the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group has been to highlight the need for and possibility of co-living and co-housing as an alternative housing option for seniors, it can be made available to all people of all ages.
  • Co-living provides an opportunity for governments to be fiscally responsible, using their spending and lending power to maximize real outcomes like long term housing affordability and supportive environments; particularly for the rapidly aging senior population. Providing financial supports to allow for the creations of co-housing homes for groups of seniors makes financial sense, not only short term but also long term. Supporting groups of seniors, many of whom may be living alone in individual houses in the same community and who have some equity; to transition into cost effective shared housing options like the proposed Oak Hill home, provides long term affordability and savings. Co-living in a shared home provides an opportunity for groups of seniors to be fiscally responsible, reducing their environmental footprint by sharing the cost of resources and household expenses including care supports as needed. These savings translate into savings for the government long term.
  • Co-living provides an opportunity for seniors to maintain better health as they age, a definite cost savings to the health care system. Isolation and loneliness are a common mental health challenge facing seniors living alone in communities. Lonely seniors are more likely to decline requiring more in home and health care supports. Statistics show that seniors who live in community, like that provided in a shared home, live longer and are healthier than seniors who live alone.
  • Older Women are especially in need of alternative affordable housing options. Statistics show that women tend to outlive men. In Canada 3% of women 65+ live alone, compared to 16.8% of men. Many women were traditionally ‘stay at home’ mothers, arriving at retirement without CPP income; and find themselves financially unable to afford the transition to retirement home living. Affordable housing options for this segment of the population will be in increasingly diminishing supply because a large group of ‘boomer women’ are now in their sixties and entering their retirement years. Many older women living alone in older homes are challenged to pay for household expenses, including maintenance and to have enough money left to pay for quality food to maintain good health. Providing financial supports for groups of six women living alone in six possibly uninsulated, energy inefficient, inaccessible homes to one shared insulated, energy efficient, accessible home where they can share household expenses and supports; can translate into cost savings to government coffers long term. Savings realized by not having to pay out for ongoing supports for six women living and ‘aging in place’ separately, alone in six separate homes would be significant.
  • Co-living meets SIF objectives:
    • Reduced number of households in need by improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable, and sustainable for priority households.
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions as a result of increased energy efficiency.
    • To improve the living conditions of households in need through financial assistance to repair deficiencies in affordable ownership.
    • To foster independent living of seniors and persons with disabilities by providing financial assistance to support modifications and renovations to increase accessibility of affordable rental and ownership properties.
    • To increase the supply of affordable rental housing by providing assistance to create secondary suites in existing single family homes.
    • To respect the environment and to realize savings that will improve housing affordability over the long term through the use of energy-savings products or systems.

According to the SIF key objectives, “municipalities can offer funding for an array of housing options that address affordable housing needs for identified priority groups across the housing system and increased resources are available to address housing needs of households by encouraging contributions by others including the private and not-for-profit sectors.” Through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program, “municipalities have the flexibility to invest in a range of housing programs and initiatives”.

A co-living, shared home project is a ‘novel’ alternative affordable housing concept for seniors. It may not yet fit into the traditional definition of ‘affordable housing’ in terms of a parallel ‘apples to apples’ comparison. People who are able to become co-owners of a co-living home will be a fortunate group in that they will have real estate equity. There are many seniors who do not have real estate assets to be able to ‘buy in’ that would benefit from this type of supportive, independent shared living. Co-living, shared home projects are considered ‘purpose built’ and not viewed as an ideal investment opportunity by most financial institutions.

The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group’s goal is to promote the creation of co-living shared homes for seniors and to have the government see co-living as an alternative supportive ‘age in place’ housing solution that qualifies for financial support.

Thinking long term! Thinking BIG!

The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group likes to think ‘possibilities’ and big! What could the future hold for co-living, shared home living for seniors? What would we like to see?

  • Establishment of a Seniors Co-Living/Co-Housing Buyer Grant similar to the First Time Home Buyers Grant to allows seniors to recover some of the costs associated with their ‘age friendly’ co-ownership purchase; such as legal fees, land transfer taxes, accessibility and ‘age friendly community’ real estate location premiums.
  • Establishment of an Age Friendly Community Planning Micro Grant for Co-living homes forming small ‘age friendly communities’ for seniors to age in place, providing funding similar to grants that are provided to municipalities to create ‘age friendly communities’.
  • Establishment of an Age Friendly Walkability Micro Grant for co-living ‘age friendly’ homes planned and created in ‘walkable’ communities.

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Seniors are competent individuals, a knowledgeable resource. The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group helped bring Oak Hill Co-Living from an identified senior housing need in 2014 to a reality in 2017. Seniors are very capable of helping themselves, with supports; which enables them to help each other. A win, win for all.

“Older people are a wonderful resource for their families, communities and in the formal or informal workforce. They are a repository of knowledge. They can help us avoid making the same mistakes again … The societies that adapt to this changing demographic can reap a sizeable ‘longevity dividend’, and will have a competitive advantage over those that don’t.”

— World Health Organization – “About Aging and Life-Course”

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself,ca, https://www.facebook.com/HealthbyDesignForAHealthierYou/

Member of the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group that has supported Janette Ledwith, the owner of 125 Richardson Street in Rockwood, with the launch of Oak Hill Co-Living.

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Holistic Women’s Wellness Retreat: Embracing Change for a Healthier You

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The butterfly effect is the concept that small changes can have large effects.

Implementing small changes daily in your way of thinking, accepting, believing and doing can have a profound ripple effect on your body, mind and life balance; improving well-being. This wellness retreat experience will help get you started on holistic self-care strategies for a healthier you. Your body and mind can heal itself – with a little help. Your body is already created with many amazing abilities to heal. I share my holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol that has helped many of my clients as well as me to recover from multiple health challenges. Learn how to follow my road map for improved health! I will help you navigate your well-being journey!

Body + Mind + Life Balance = Resilience = Ability to ‘rock and role’ = Overall Whole Person Well-being

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Spend a holistic well-being weekend retreat with your women friends and learn how to  identify and manage your body, mind and life balance disruptors; and how to improve your health using natural, holistic strategies. Your retreat can be customized to suit your needs and desires and those of your group. 

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BACK TO ‘BALANCE’: Body, Mind & Life Balancing Self-Care Strategies

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“Everybody’s a work in progress, I’m a work in progress.

We are all on a well-being journey”.

That’s the message I tell my clients. If I had waited until I was 100% ‘fixed’ before sharing my holistic protocol, there would be a lot of people who would have missed out on the well-being gains they have seen. You can read some of my clients’ testimonies on my website at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htm.

My journey through multiple health and life challenges has taught me that ‘change in believing, thinking and doing’ (paradigm shifts) are necessary components to surviving and conquering what life brings you.

In my practice as a holistic wellness practitioner I share the strategies that I have found to be most effective on my well-being journey and through counselling my clients; refined through many years of trial and error. My well-being journey continues! Requiring daily reviewing of what to hold onto and what to let go of.

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go!” – Rumi

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Busy lives come with many life challenges, potentially ‘rocking your boat’ and leaving you feeling unbalanced. Einstein’s definition for insanity was: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Long understood by Olympic athletes; the first step toward achieving greater levels of success is understanding that you need to change your behavior and approaches to attain more. If you are not moving forwards in terms of your well-being, then it’s time to reassess your ‘game plan’.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

George Bernard Shaw

Just as a car runs more smoothly when the wheels are perfectly inflated and aligned, you perform and feel better when your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self are in balance. When one tire goes flat in a vehicle the vibration throughout is profound and can result in further structural distress. Imbalances in your body (blood sugar, ph, brain chemistry) and life (stressors) have the potential to impact your whole body and person via a ripple effect.

The Whole Person Well-being Body, Mind and Life Balance work sheets and Self-Care Balance work board prompt you to take ‘a helicopter view’ of your life to review what areas need your attention to bring you back into balance. The information provided directs you to select supportive strategies to reach your goals. Regular use of the work sheets and work board (chalkboard so you can change up your strategies) will help you to restore and maintain balance in your body, mind and life. Whole person well-being (optimum health on all levels) is a reflection of your inner and outer balance.

“I like the concept of a workbook because I know from my experience to make changes you have to show up for practice.  If you can learn to care for and about yourself the tools available here will enhance your life and body’s potential for healing”

Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing’s comment about my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

A balance work board in combination with THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION workbook is an effective tool that can ‘enhance your life and body’s potential for healing’ and promote healthy longevity. My holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol is your instruction guide for ‘a healthier you’.

The Back to Balance Workshop experience equips  participants with knowledge about practical techniques and strategies to help them restore and maintain balance in their bodies and lives: balance between work, family, and everything in between – inner and outer balance – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. Ultimately translating into greater resilience and ability to rock and roll with life’s challenges.

Participants will start the workshop with a partially completed work board (everything you see in the first picture is done for you in permanent chalk marker). You will customize your board (see my second board image above) with self-help strategies you select from the provided material at the workshop. I added my sample strategies with regular chalk. You will be able to use an erasable fine point chalk marker on the board giving you lots of room to add strategies. There is additional space on the board to add your motivational words or quotes. Keep your completed board beside your favourite relaxation spot at home to help remind you often that you may need to regularly re-evaluate and implement alternate strategies to achieve your goals and maintain balance.

The first Back to Balance, Balance Board workshop is scheduled for October 1, 2016 at Abbey Gardens in Haliburton.

This event is our Back to Balance Workshop launch. Our special introductory rate for this workshop is $100 per person.

Back to Balance Workshop, Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Abbey Gardens, Haliburton, ON.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so book early.

We are looking forward to sharing our body, mind and life balancing strategies with you.

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CANCER: A Result of Your Body’s Polluted Chemical Equation?

YOUR BODY’S POTENTIALLY HARMFUL CHEMICAL EQUATION

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THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION in 2012.

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Although there are cases of cancer that are attributed to a specific gene mutation or predisposition, many cases of cancer are now thought to be the result of environmental toxins. Healthy genes can be turned into oncogenes, found in cancer, when triggered by environmental factors. New research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is revealing that the combination of specific toxins are risk factors for breast and other types of cancer.  The Canadian-led “Halifax Project,” including 174 scientists from 26 countries, is rocking scientific approaches to causes of cancer with its series published in the peer-reviewed journal, Carcinogenesis.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Read my recommendations for assessing and addressing your body’s potentially harmful chemical equation in my blog post PROTECTING BREAST HEALTH – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2104.

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The Path to Healthy Longevity and a Healthy Environment

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Healthy longevity is on every person’s wish list.

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Greening your healthcare and gifting is good for you, your family and friends and the environment. A healthy environment is crucial to healthy longevity. Contact me to order your Health by Design Gift Certificate at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.

The strategies reflected in the poster above are not only good for you and your family, they protect the environment. Learn how to adapt strategies from the BLUE ZONES of the world, where people live the longest with good health.

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Consider changing to more ‘longevity promoting’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ choices! Visit the blue zones website to learn how. https://bluezones.com/2016/11/power-9/

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For natural strategies to help you get there:

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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Look Within – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=54

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As a holistic wellness practitioner I use neuromuscular biofeedback to assess organ weakness to various factors including food, personal care products, supplements and drugs.  People are always surprised at what items have the biggest impact, creating distress to their liver. My recommendation is always to green their diets, personal care, laundry, cleaning and medicine cabinets.  Reassessment after clients have made these changes always reveals improved liver strength.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1603

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BACK TO ‘A Healthier You’ SCHOOL – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2094

Symptoms Iceberg Analogy

SYMPTOM RELIEF: How To Get To 100% Symptom Free Naturally – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1155

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SYMPTOM FREE LIVING: Restore Your Body’s Default Settings – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1199

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Essential oils are a great ‘green gifting’ idea, safe for your loved ones and the environment. Order your therapeutic grade essential oils at www.mydoterra.com/elisabethlines.

ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF: Skip Harmful Drug Side Effects For Healthy Longevity – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1380.

GREEN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET for a Healthier Liver, a Healthier You and a Healthier Environment: See my recommendations for stocking your ‘green medicine cabinet’ at http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?page_id=2914

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DETOXING YOUR VEGGIES WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: A Novel Idea

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I have a client who I have been seeing for about 10 years.  She has had health challenges over those years as well as a serious health crisis. She has always been a ‘health nut’ so to speak, like me,  and yet was faced with a major health challenge a few years ago.

Body pollution and harmful substances in the foods we eat, the water we drink and bathe in, the personal care and cleaning products we use and the air we breathe; can alter a person’s DNA and turn normal healthy genes into oncogenes, present in persons with cancer. Body pollution can also interfere with the body’s normal healthy and accurate immunosurveillance and tumor suppressor response.

My client has been very vigilant in protecting her self from any foods or products with the potential to add to her body pollution or interfere with her body’s healthy immunosurveillace, healthy genes and healthy tumor suppressor response.

One of the services that I provide to my clients is a ‘weak list’.

For anyone suffering from chronic or life threatening conditions and disease (especially cancer); determining a WEAK LIST is mandatory to recovery and maintaining remission. Determining and addressing your ‘weak list’ can allow you to maintain a strong immune system and body, and become and stay ‘symptom free’. Avoiding the items on the weak lists, by substituting ‘non weak’ items can help to keep the immune system and other body functions operating normally.

What does a weak list mean?

Sometimes it means you are allergic to the items. The resulting biofeedback ‘weak response’ can be indicative of an association your body has made about a product, substance or situation in the past at a time of extreme trauma or duress. A ‘weak response’ can also mean that something is going on in the body at this time, which added to the use of the product or substance or recall of a past similar association (from your body’s ‘black box’); is a temporary bad combination (e.g. during detoxification, rapid growth, healing, recovery, hormone change, distress, treatment, medications, your body’s present chemical equation). Generally speaking it means that the item or factor is causing confusion, interference, imbalance, disruption, malfunction or damage. The item could be toxic to the body due to the presence of harmful substances like pesticides or VOCs. Sometimes it is to the immune system, sometimes to the nervous, endocrine or other systems, and sometimes to the liver or heart; all necessary to stay strong and healthy. If this happens on a daily/weakly basis the results can be catastrophic.

Back to my client’s experiment:

So every time I met with my client she had me test her foods and personal care products for safety. She was being very vigilant. Every time I tested her beans she tested weak to them, so she put them back into the freezer, hoping to be able to eat them sometime in the future. After months of the same results (since last summer) she decided to do some research and on my last visit she was all set up for an experiment. She was determined. Her beans were organic and she had paid $70 per bushel for them. She had set up 3 bowls of beans, each with a different ‘potential detox solution’ that she had read about.

#1 – Water + organic apple cider vinegar (1 cup) + 1 tsp baking soda + grapefruit seed extract (New Roots herbal – 250 ml cost $59.49) 20 drops

#2 – Water + lemon essential oil (4 drops)

#3 – Water + apple cider vinegar (1 cup)

#4 – Sea salt added to water used to cook beans (boiled till tender)

Each bowl of beans was allowed to sit for approximately 5 minutes.

I tested the beans on my client before the experiment and she tested weak to them.

Testing after the experiment revealed that beans detoxified in method #1 and #2 resulted in no weakness. Testing of  beans detoxified in method #3 and #4 resulted in a weak response. Results were interesting, especially after months of my client testing weak to her beans.

Detoxification solution #2 was the most affordable as the bottle of grapefruit seed extract used in solution #1 cost my client over $50. The 100% certified pure essential lemon oil was under $16 Canadian and contained the cold pressed essential oil of 45 lemons. Learn more about using third party certified 100% pure therapeutic grade oils ‘for a healthier you’ by contacting me. Many essential oils are adulterated.

So why would organic beans need to be detoxified? Organic products do test weak sometimes and sometimes contain harmful substances. Rain washing down air pollution above organic crops, and herbicides and pesticides carried by the wind, can pollute organic fruit and vegetables.

Conclusion: Use 100% pure therapeutic grade lemon oil to soak your vegetables and fruit. Detoxifying your vegetables and fruits is a wise health decision.

My client is very happy. She is a true ambassador for healthy living and loves and uses 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils daily. I think that she is an amazing ‘wellness advocate’

Would you like to determine your weak list?

Would you like to learn muscle response testing ‘for a healthier you’? Contact me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.

 

 

INFLAMMATION: Friend and foe!

Inflammation is crucial to healing, essential for our survival, and not necessarily an indication of something gone wrong. It helps protect our bodies from infection and injury, but it can also cause severe damage and contribute to disease when the inflammatory response is inappropriate or excessive. Chronic inflammation has been found to promote cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, periodontal disease, allergies, asthma, depression and osteoporosis.[1]

The body’s internal pharmacy produces inflammatory and anti-inflammatory products that are distributed throughout the body.  Inflammation brings body fluids to a site to provide necessary nutrients and healing substances, and removes waste. The body’s normal healthy inflammatory response should be offset by a normal healthy anti-inflammatory response. Inflammation can also be a result of body pollution and toxicity or the result of a ‘skewed response’ that the body/mind is making due to a past association (injury). Toxic chemicals contained in personal care, household and laundry products can cause chronic inflammation, in part due to your body’s attempt to remove them. Resolving body pollution and reprogramming the body’s faulty responses can help remedy these types of inflammation. Inflammation produces free radicals.

Inflammation – the diet factor – fats:

The body requires a mix of both saturated and unsaturated fats in the diet to be healthy. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect (1). It isn’t a matter of one is “good” and the other is “bad.” Each fat performs distinct biological functions and offer their own unique health benefits.  You need a mix of plant and animal-derived fats for optimal health.

Fatty Acid Content

For healthy, symptom free longevity, it is important to have a balance of healthy fats including essential fats in our diet. The ideal recommended ratio is 2:1 of omega 6’s to 3’s instead of the standard American diet which is more like 20:1! The need for essential fatty acids (EFA) will vary for everyone, depending on age, health status and other factors.  People eat much less Omega-3, but they are eating large amounts of processed seed and vegetable oils, which are loaded with Omega-6. Large body fat stores of Omega-6 fatty acids are a part of the overall body pollution with resulting symptoms and it can take years to get rid of them.

Omega-3’s, with the anti-inflammatory effect, plays an important role in brain function as well as in growth and development. They are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for memory and performance. They are found abundantly in flax, fish such as salmon and walnuts. The best and healthiest way to increase your Omega-3 intake is to eat seafood once or twice per week. Fatty fish like salmon is a particularly good source. Wild caught fish is best, but even farmed is better than no fish at all. Plant sources of Omega-3, like flax and chia seeds contain a type of Omega-3 called ALA. Humans are inefficient converters of ALA into the active forms, EPA and DHA.

The standard American diet is excessively high in Omega 6’s as a result of grain fed meat and processed oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut and soybean oil, which are primarily 6’s and found in many processed foods. Processed foods also contain high amounts of unhealthy partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

Animals are usually fed grain-based feeds with soy and corn which reduces the Omega-3 content, so the polyunsaturated fats in the meat are mostly Omega-6. Some conventionally raised meats like chicken and pork are particularly high in Omega-6. To bring your intake of Omega-6 down as much as possible choose the leaner portions of those meats. Grass fed meat is a healthier choice. Buy pastured or Omega-3 enriched eggs, which are much higher in Omega-3 compared to eggs from hens that were fed grain-based feeds.

Inflammation in the brain:

A high Omega-6 intake is associated with violence and depression, possibly due to the inflammation that it causes throughout the body, while Omega-3s reduces inflammation, linked to almost all brain problems like autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder[1].

David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, author of the Grain Brain. In his book Dr. Perlmutter aims to expose the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar – your brain’s silent killers. Dr. Perlmutter advocates a gluten free, sugar free and low carbohydrate diet for disease prevention including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Essential Oils for Inflammation:

Essential oils are a safer option for symptom relief, including inflammation and pain, to over the counter and prescribed medication which comes with potentially harmful side effects.

Frankincense is considered the best essential oil to handle inflammation both topically, internally and diffused. Research shows that it can actually cross the blood brain barrier. Melaleuca, eucalyptus, oregano and soothing blend are also recommended for inflammation. For pain associated with inflammation deep blue, peppermint and marjoram are recommended. Use only 100% pure third party certified essential oils for therapeutic use. Learn more about managing inflammation contacting me

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C.C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

[1]The Ultra Mind Solution, Mark Hyman, M.D., SCRIBNER, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

[1]  J. South, America’s Inflammation Epidemic. The new “plague” of our times. Vit Res News. November 2006; 2011.

GOD’S MEDICINE CABINET: Stocked to Heal What Ails You

 The best six doctors anywhere

And no one can deny it

Are sunshine, water, rest and air

Exercise and diet

These six will gladly you attend

If only you are willing

Your mind they’ll ease

Your will they’ll mend

And charge you not a shilling

~Anonymous author

The strategies in the preceding poem were, in the not so distant past, prescribed strategies for the sick. Many doctors were heard to order their patients to ‘drink plenty of fluids and rest in bed’.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was quoted to say; “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

Your complex body was created by God (your Creator) with many amazing abilities. Every moment of every day, without any action on your part there are hundreds of processes taking place and abilities available to you, even while you are asleep. The healthy human organism, with its complex high-tech operating system; is continually self-detecting, self-diagnosing, self-renewing, self-healing, self-repairing, self-cleaning and self-protecting. The human body has an internal pharmacy, which when functioning properly produces natural analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-stress, sleep-inducing, immune system strengthening and gastrointestinal normalizing chemicals.[1]  Many of the body’s processes and abilities are automatic and are often taken for granted.

God’s ‘farmacy’, (no not pharmacy), nature’s bounty, is stocked with an abundance of healing foods, medicinal herbs and therapeutic essential oils.

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A variety of spiritual beliefs and practices, including prayer, attending religious services, meditation and faith, and faith in God (your God) – have been scientifically shown to provide healing and shorten recovery time.[2] [3]

Why then is the first stop for symptom relief often the medicine cabinet, over the counter drugs and a walk-in clinic or emergency department?  Modern medicine, with its drugs and medical interventions do save lives and are a necessary recourse at times. Has society strayed too far away from ‘God given’ provisions for primary healing strategies?

Combining the body’s amazing abilities with God’s provisions, self-help therapies and tools can result in a powerful healing response. Consider God’s Medicine Cabinet as your first stop the next time your health is challenged – you will be pleasantly surprised at the possibilities. Start your cupboard, refrigerator and medicine cabinet makeover today. The healthcare savings are a bonus!

Let me know if you have any questions. Contact me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com. Interested in getting started with your own Family Wellness Kit?
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My first choice is always nutritious foods.
Sometimes there is a need to supplement during times of health crisis and recovery.
People all over the world are scrambling to find alternative solutions to their health problems. Essential oils are the hottest trend toward discovering health–a trend that’s here to stay. These precious oils are the ‘life blood’ of the plant and bring with them the plant’s ‘life essence’ with many therapeutic healing properties. For more on the amazing therapeutic properties of pure essential oils visit https://www.mydoterra.com/elisabethlhines/#/
Essential oils are created by nature, from God’s bounty!
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You feed your body quality foods why would you not use pure essential oils with therapeutic properties for your ailments?
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Empower yourself to be ready for anything with pure therapeutic grade essential oils!

For more on the amazing therapeutic properties of pure essential oils contact me by visiting https://www.mydoterra.com/elisabethlhines/#/.  Let me help you get started on ‘a healthier you’ today!

Healthcare-makeoverDon’t forget about changing over your personal care products for improved health. Many of the ingredients in your personal care products contain harmful ingredients.

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Check out your products by entering the product name in the search bar of the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  You may be shocked to find out how these harmful ingredients may be impacting your family’s health.

Consider creating a GO GREEN HEALTHY BEAUTY KIT as a gift for some of the people on your shopping list. Each kit can be designed to provide enough supplies for the number of people sharing the kit.

Let me help you get started on ‘a healthier you’ today – https://www.mydoterra.com/elisabethlhines/#/. Host an ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF/healthy & beauty workshop and receive hostess gifts. Workshops are available in southwestern and central Ontario – London, Woodstock, Hamilton, Minden, Peterborough, Haliburton, Calgary, Vancouver. Other areas – inquire – I will hook you up. Host a webinar!

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GO GREEN HEALTH AND BEAUTY for HEALTHY LONGEVITY

THE ULTIMATE NATURAL CURES: Mind Body Healing Found Within – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=755

NATURAL FIRST AID: Stocking Up On Natural Cures – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=525

NATURAL CURES: An Alternative To Supplements – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=632

ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY: Skip Harmful Drug Side Effects For Healthy Longevity – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1380

ESSENTIAL OIL IMPURITIES: Make Sure You Know What You Are Getting http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1444

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Author of THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

Sources:

[1] Clinic for Mind Body Medicine, Alberta Health Services, http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/programs/cmbm/journey.htm, 2009.

[2] Larry Dossey, M.D., Prayer is Good Medicine, How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer, New York, NY, Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.

[3] Scientific Evidence of Prayer, http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/prayer.html#1tBzinhMmc34, visited March 2009.

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QUICK HEALTHY NUTRITION BOOSTS FOR YOUR FAMILY: Mixed Greens

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Getting your family to eat enough healthy nutrients on a daily basis can be a challenge. Dark green leafy vegetables are probably the most concentrated and versatile source of nutrition of any food, calorie for calorie.  Rich in minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. Packed with phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect your cells from damage and your eyes from age-related problems.

You may say my family doesn’t like salads, or salads are so much work.

I have found that using mixed greens regularly in a variety of ways provides healthy and convenient nutrition. Consider using mixed greens in more ways to amp your family’s nutrition.

  • Chopped or whole in your soup bowl just before serving
  • Chopped or whole under pasta and other sauces just before serving (blend if desires)
  • Chopped or whole under stew just before serving
  • Chopped in a cup of hot bullion. Blend if desired
  • Chopped or whole folded into mashed squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips – along with minced garlic (conveniently comes in a bottle), just before serving
  • Added to your smoothie
  • Added to your omelet just before folding

I always buy organic greens and organic minced garlic.

Enjoy healthy nutrition with your family today!

ENJOY better health today!

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STRATEGIES FOR A HEALTHIER YOU IN 2014

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New for 2014 – Holistic Well-being Coaching Drop Ins

Do you need a little help in your well-being journey?  Do you need some direction? Do you need a fresh start? Do you need some new strategies? Do you want to be a ‘healthier you’?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then attending a well-being coaching drop in session may be for you. This is not a supplement sales event.

Each session will start with a short talk and be followed by a question and answer period. Sessions are free and held in my home. My new location is Rockwood, Ontario (on Highway #7 between Guelph and Acton)

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – Understanding and eliminating food allergies. The importance of determining your weak list for improved health.

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – Determining your body pollution risks and implementing elimination strategies

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – Understanding and managing gluten intolerance

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – Entertaining new strategies to eliminate depression

Event list on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/list/2014/January

Please email me with your intention to attend (moms with children welcome). Seating is limited. 

All January 8 attendees will receive a free Botanical Spa Therapy Essential Cleanse Bath Tea Bag.

Appointments will be available immediately after the drop in sessions starting at 2:30 for anyone interested in determining their weak list or a consultation.  Please use my email contact information elisabethlhines@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in January to help you achieve your ‘healthier you’!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Well-being Coach

www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

Copyright © 2013, Elisabeth Hines

All rights reserved. No portion of this post may be copied and distributed in any manner without the written permission of the author or publisher and associates.