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Prevention is Key? Yeah Right!

We’ve all heard that expression; but do we adhere to it?

You would think that we would learn from our mistakes and for something we have.  For example, years ago it was common that everyone smoked and no one thought of the health repercussions of smoking until years later people started getting diagnosed with lung cancer.  Today there is not a public place in this country that you can have a smoke and rightfully so; smoking is very bad for you and the people around you.

There are numerous examples of preventatives.  I remember as a boy, my brother and I could often be found rolling around in the back seat of my Dad’s big Ford LTD.  Now every province and state has very strict laws on seat belt use that everyone wears one.  This past week I took the training wheels off my son’s bicycle.  He was ready to start learning how to ride on 2 wheels.  First, we had to put his elbow pads on, then his knee pads and finally his cool looking shark helmet.  You know, just like when we were kids.  Sunscreen is another one.  I remember back in the 80s going away on those Spring Break trips to Florida.  We utilized Hawaiian Tropic oil.  It probably had an SPF of 1 if we were lucky.  You know what I’m talking about.  You came home looking nice and golden brown only to have your skin peel for the next few weeks.  Now when I go away, I don’t use anything less than 50 SPF.

Ultimately, you want to live a very healthy life full of joy and happiness.  Healthy physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

We are very blessed that we live in this information age.  Everyone pretty much has a smartphone and or a tablet that provides us with instant information on almost anything we could possibly need.

These smartphones and tablets (iPad, etc.) get their data through WI-FI.  The iPhone has been around now since 2007 and has totally revolutionized our society.  Everything is evolving at a very fast pace.  There is pretty much no place that doesn’t have WI-FI readily available.  But there is another side to this story that no-one talks about.  What could possibly be the ill effects of all this technology on our health?  What effects will there be in our health years from now, particularly our children?  Are we today’s society of smokers past?  Health Canada has implemented ‘Safety Code 6’ to ensure that it continues to provide protection against all known adverse human health effects of radio frequency fields.  Health Canada dispels all the myths out there and quite clearly writes that continuous exposure from multiple sources of RF energy does not cause adverse effects.  Please visit for more details.  That being said, Safety Code 6 is based on an ongoing review of published scientific studies.  They also have this to say on their website……..

‘Given that cell phones are used frequently and in close proximity to the body, Health Canada provides additional guidance to concerned cell phone users so that they may take practical measures to reduce their exposure to RF energy. These measures include limiting the length of cell phone calls, using hands-free devices, and replacing cell-phone calls with texting. While there is no evidence that children and teenagers are at increased risk, Health Canada encourages parents to limit their children’s use of cell phones, as children are often at increased risk from a variety of environmental factors.’

I don’t know about you but my wife, and I’s kids wake up wanting to go on the iPad or iPhone and those devices are pretty close to their bodies.  We both decided to limit the exposure and the distance of the devices from them.  These are the preventative measures we have initiated in our household with regards to cell phone and iPad use.  One thing for sure is that we don’t bring those devices into our bedrooms while sleeping.  Better to be safe than sorry.  I wanted to bring this to your attention so that you can do your own research and come to your own conclusion on what you think is safe and not.

Here’s another one that will get everyone steamed up!  In our city, the powers that be decided to eliminate fluoride in our drinking water against the professional advice from dentists.  As Larry David would say…..’ how’s that working out for you ?’  I don’t have any scientific studies but all I can say is that every Dentist I talk to is busier than ever filling kids cavities.

This one hits close to home.  What about all the individuals diagnosed with High Cholesterol and decide not to take the medication their Doctor prescribed because of the side effects that they heard from their friend.  ‘How’s that working out for them?’  What about the person who refuses to take their high blood pressure medication because they are in denial?  How’s that working out for them?  How about the patient who has been diagnosed with high blood sugar and refuses to take their medication and follow a diet and exercise plan.  How’s that working out for them?

I think you get the picture.  I could continue on and on.  The choice is ours.  The big word here is “choice”.  We as adults have a choice.  Children do not have a choice.  As an adult, if you decide not to take any preventative measures for yourself that’s your choice, but I beg of you; if you have children please try to take the appropriate preventative steps to ensure their safety for today and for their future.

By: Frank Murgic, President & CEO of Sunshine Drugs.