#186 Sleep and Aging, Planning a Harvest Theme For Your Garden, Minimizing Covid-19 Vaccination Side Effects and Adopting Eco-Conscious Habits in the Home

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on May 29 and 30, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the connection between sleep and aging with Adarsh Shah, planning a harvest theme for your vegetable garden with Melissa Cameron, how to minimize the side effects of Covid-19 vaccinations with Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon and adopting eco-conscious habits in the home with Candice Best.

We specifically discuss:

Sleep and Aging

  • Sleep and life stages
  • Factors impacting sleep
  • SLIM
  • The stages of the sleep cycle
  • How does age impact sleep?
  • Sleep affecting age
  • Research into sleep and age
  • Sleep tips for aging adults

Planning A Harvest Theme For Your Vegetable Garden

  • The benefits and examples of themed edible gardens
  • Worms and worm castings
  • Composting
  • Space for themed edible garden
  • Timing of planting edible gardens
  • Maintenance
  • Tea gardens
  • Smoothie Gardens
  • Changing your gardens mid-season: cycling and sowing and reaping

Minimizing The Side Effects of Covid-19 Vaccinations

  • What are the extreme and common reactions to Covid-19 vaccines?
  • Are the mild symptoms to be expected?
  • Preventing the common symptoms
  • Are the side effects reason enough not to get the vaccine?
  • How do you deal with post-vaccine fatigue?
  • More serious side effects that require diligence
  • Meditation, Mindfulness, and relaxation techniques

Adopting Eco-Conscious Habits in the Home

  • The “little things” we all can do (if we want to)
  • Taking stock of our consumption habits
  • Avoiding single use plastics
  • Packaging and refill options, package free shops
  • Food waste
  • Growing your own food
  • Unplugging electronic devices
  • Reduce, Re-use, Recycle…Refuse…and Reimagine

For more information about show sponsor Ultramatic  and Adarsh Shah go here.

To learn more about Melissa Cameron go here.

To learn more about Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon go here.

To to follow Candice Best on twitter go here.

#172 Challenges in the Canadian Healthcare Sector, the Covid-19 Vaccines, Anxiety and Sex and the Intolerance of Uncertainty

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 20 and 21, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss challenges in the Canadian health care sector with George Barakat, the Covid-19 vaccines with Adarsh Shah, the connection between anxiety and sex with Carlyle Jansen and the intolerance of uncertainty with Tracey Soghrati

We specifically discuss:

Challenges in the Canadian Health Care Sector

  • What challenges face the Canadian health care industry?
  • Health equity, health care spending, evolving patient expectations and an aging population
  • What challenges face Canadian health care practitioners?
  • Telemedicine and the coordination of patient records
  • What challenges face Canadian patients?
  • The concept of “Patient First”
  • Technological solutions

The Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Which vaccines are Canadians getting?
  • The vaccination schedule
  • Does the vaccine inject a virus into our system?
  • MRNA technology
  • How is the Pfizer vaccine different from the flu vaccine?
  • Efficacy rates of Covid-19 vaccine
  • Is the Covid-19 vaccines working across all age groups?
  • What does the Covid-19 vaccine shot feel like?
  • How long does the vaccine take to work?
  • Do we have to wear a mask if we’ve received the vaccine?
  • Are the vaccines effective against Covid-19 variants?

Anxiety and Sex

  • Is it common for people to feel anxiety about sex?
  • Anxiety with new existing partners and existing sexual partners
  • How does anxiety manifest during sex?
  • Diminished desire
  • The 5-4-3-2-1 exercise
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Better Sex Through Mindfulness
  • Move the focus to pleasure instead of orgasm
  • Are we capable of learning how to experience pleasure?
  • Healthy lifestyle leads to confidence and lowering anxiety

The Intolerance of Uncertainty

  • What is intolerance of uncertainty?
  • Doubt and uncertainty is regarded negatively: worrying becomes a positive
  • Ruminating vs. worrying
  • How does intolerance to uncertainty manifest?
  • Preferring the certainty of a bad outcome over uncertainty
  • Fear of delegation
  • Avoidance
  • Set a goal to increase tolerance to uncertainty
  • Mindfulness: learning to accept, open awareness, practice being with uncertainty

For more information about show sponsor Jack Nathan Health and George Barakat go here.

To learn more about Ultramatic and Adarsh Shah go here.

To read articles by Carlyle Jansen in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here