Are Canadians really that polite???

hockeyI am writing to tell you that I take great offense in regards to the characterization of Canadians as being extraordinarily modest and polite! It’s a well known stereotype avidly promoted on American talk shows, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert being a fine example! Last year during one of his monologues, Colbert talked about the Canadian government changing some of the wording to the national anthem … because there weren’t enough apologies!

Yes, it seems to be a common held belief that Canadians are extraordinarily nice people! But I ask you, have you been to a hockey arena in Canada … any day of the week?

When it comes to hockey, Canadians are … well … we’re a little nuts!

During the second world War, if they had put an arena over Europe and sent in a bunch of Canadians with hockey sticks, that war would’ve been over in a matter of hours! Same thing with the Alamo! If they had put a hockey rink over it and manned it with a bunch of hockey moms from Medicine Hat, as legendary hockey star, Tiger Williams once said, those other fellas would’ve been done like dinner!

The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge during the first world War after repeated attempts by British and French forces to take the ridge is another fine example of Canadian tenacity! As I understand it, the soldier leading the charge, was wielding a Sherwood!

Yes, we can be polite, and yes, we are careful about stating our opinion, particularly on matters that don’t pertain to us, but show us a picture of a hockey arena, put a hockey stick in our hands or let us listen to a recording of Foster Hewitt, and our eyes roll back in our heads and we become maniacal!

So the next time someone speaks eloquently of how polite Canadians are, suggest to them that they visit a hockey arena any Saturday morning between October and April, and remind them to take their protective headgear … and their protective cup! We’re not above kicking somebody in the stones!

And if that is insufficient evidence, have them watch replays of Mark Messier’s elbow during the 1987 Canada Cup championship game between Canada and Russia!

Oh, and if I have offended anyone with my take on Canadian disposition, please accept my sincere apologies 🙂


Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #6 … How to get off meds and return the body to homeostasis!

miracleOne of the most frequent questions I am asked, is how to get off medication. Be it PD meds, anxiety meds or both, there is a genuine desire to be medication free, and thus, free of side-effects and the inevitable loss of efficacy of the medication … it is well-known that over time PD meds lose their efficacy, eventually becoming completely ineffective, the outcome of which is quite grim. Moreover, for the vast majority of people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a disconcerting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #82 … My daily recovery protocol!

This past November, Mari urged me to get more dedicated to my daily recovery protocol. It’s a regimine I created three years ago before I retired from teaching martial arts and moved to Manitoulin Island. At the time, it consisted of 15 physical activities that were intended to support my recovery protocol; activities such as walking, doing push-ups and practising Qigong. I created an Excel spreadsheet to track my progress each day, putting a check mark beside each activity I completed.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #72 … The benefits of shoveling snow!

shoveling snowCall me crazy, but I quite enjoy shoveling snow! I love the fresh air, the exercise and I even enjoy the snow; white and fluffy as it is! Of course, if I had my choice, I’d be lounging about on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific! Unfortunately, that is not an option at the moment, so best to make the most of our Canadian winters!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #18 … Dissolving Anxiety!

calmnessFor many people experiencing the neurological condition known as Parkinson’s disease, anxiety is one of the more common and challenging symptoms.

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is an expression of fear, created by a thought. Given the challenges of the symptoms and given what the future holds for those who consider their condition to be incurable, it is no doubt that anxiety is so common.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #16 … The Beauty of Singing!

singingLately I’ve been focusing on topics and techniques meant to make our journey less stressful. Things such as laughter, karate techniques and spiritual practice. They have been very beneficial for me in managing my symptoms and keeping me in a positive frame of mind. In this post, I would like to touch on another stress buster … music … and more specifically, singing!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration # 9 … 4 common factors leading to recovery!

recovery2Dr. Joe Dispenza, chiropractor, neuroscientist and author of ‘you are the placebo,’ often talks about a study that demonstrated that people who have recovered their health [from a variety of health conditions] shared four common factors.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #2 … Positive Frame of Mind!

elationA positive frame of mind is critically important for managing the symptoms of, and recovering from, a neurological condition. I do three things every day that help me stay upbeat!

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 252 … Compassion!

edisonYou’ve probably heard the story of Thomas Edison’s quest to create the light bulb. I’m paraphrasing here, but supposedly Edison tried many, many times unsuccessfully to create the light bulb before he finally did it. When asked if he ever felt like a failure, Edison responded by saying, “No, I just discovered 1000 different ways not to make a light bulb.”

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