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April 04, 2014
Jackson likes the direction regional athletics is headed in

With a focus of promoting Caribbean athletics globally, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) is spearheading a 'Day in the Life' Series, featuring some of the best athletes in the region. The first stop on the regional tour was the island nation of Jamaica. Sheldon Longley is with the IAAF team, and will be bringing updates here in the Sports Section of The Nassau Guardian.
Whereas Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Dr. Warren Blake spoke about a possible coaching exchange between Jamaica and east African countries with the intention of broadening the athletic bases of both countries, particularly in distance running for Jamaica, former sprinter Grace Jackson has a different approach.
The Olympic silver medalist over 200 meters (m) from the 1988 Seoul Games said last week that as long as Jamaica maintain its status in the sprints, put a little more emphasis on the quarter-mile events, show a little more progression in the jumps and successfully move from junior prominence to senior success in the throws, the tiny island nation would move past countries like Russia and the United States (U.S.), and become the number one athletic country in the world.
Additionally, she said that the rest of the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, can do just as good as Jamaica by specializing and focussing on certain areas.
Jamaican sprinting came to the forefront at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, as they out-shone the U.S., taking four out of the six sprint titles, two in world record times. In total, they won nine sprint medals. The following year, Jamaica took three sprint titles, and both 4x100m relays at the Berlin World Championships. They duplicated that feat at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and at the 2012 London Olympics, with the exception of the women's sprint relay, and then last year, Jamaica won four individual sprint titles, and captured both sprint relays at the Moscow World Championships. The country is undoubtedly the number one sprinting nation in the world right now.
"I think that we were knocking on the door for a while," said former sprint sensation Grace Jackson. "Merlene (Ottey) was that first inspiration, and must be given credit as such. She took us through a period of years where she was dominant. Other males were also dominant, but not getting medals in the major championships, but the people who were beating them were not necessarily better.
"We would fall short in finals at big meets, but then turn around and beat those same athletes who were beating us in the next meet. So, the question is, was it mental - racing in a final? Our men, in particular, stayed above ground by making it to the finals, but we just couldn't win medals.
"What is happening now is that we are breaking through and winning medals. I don't think that we have a need for the middle distance events. We have won medals in a number of other events. We just have to nurture the events that we have done well in - put the support behind those events like the hurdles and the jumps, continue to support the sprints, and bring the 400 meters back on board. I do not see us at this point showing the talent in the middle distance. We need to work with the things that we have a history of making something big in.
"If we were to touch all of those and get more medals, we could move ourselves past countries like Germany, the U.S., and Russia. Individuals have to be able to have the desire to do those events. For instance, some of the 200 runners could be quarter-milers. They have to come to terms with that. We can move from a junior to a senior level in the throws, and then we have it made. Jamaica would be at the top of the medal standings at the world championships and the Olympics."
Jackson said that a major aspect of athletics is to have athletes running in the right events. She believes in the student-athlete concept, and is driven to develop a facility that allows an athlete to develop, become a different person, and then move on.
"I believe that universities are the answer across the region to be the feeder systems for national teams," said Jackson. "Universities have a structure that will always be in place. It's an ideal home for athletes. They offer academic and medical support. Universities help athletes to develop athletes into being elite, and to know themselves. At the end of the day, athletes need strong coaching, video playback, massages, medical services, nutrition, and an understanding of where they would want to go."
A number of top Jamaican sprinters opt against running indoors. Triple world record holder Usain Bolt doesn't run indoors, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce didn't either until this past March in Sopot, Poland. This year represented her first time running at the world indoor championships, and still she was able to come out with the gold medal, in the women's 60 meters (m). Jackson said that whereas it would be good for Jamaicans to add to their athletic resumes, generally, there isn't a need for them to run indoors.
"We could just concentrate on being the best that we can be outdoors," said Jackson. "Most athletes don't want to run indoors. It creates more opportunities for them to get hurt. If we are going to improve internationally, ultimately we would have to build the stadium, and build our athletes to be top athletes. We need to focus on being the best that we can be at all times, and make athletics the best that it can be."
Just this past weekend, the island nation of Jamaica concluded one of its most successful Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, commonly known as 'Champs'. Over 20 records were broken at the five-day high school meet. Jackson said that the excitement surrounding 'Champs' is extraordinary, but they need to be careful when it comes to the preservation of athletes, so that they could become successful on the senior level.
"When you look at a lot of our high school athletes, 'Champs' is their Olympic Games - only a small percentage of them will make it," said Jackson. "'Champs' produces top junior athletes, but how do we funnel them in different directions so that we have a larger catchment. It's a tough transitional period to the senior level. We need to create more opportunities for our junior athletes. High school competition is important, and it is a tradition that we love, and we now need a bigger stadium because of it, but we have to be careful not to overwork our young athletes."
As for the world relays this May, Jackson said that The Bahamas has a huge task ahead in staging a successful meet - the first event of its kind in the history of global athletics. The inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Relay Championships is set for May 24-25, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium here in The Bahamas.
"I'm very excited about it. It's a great event," said Jackson. "A lot of people in Jamaica, and the Caribbean, are inspired by relays. All of the athletes want to perform well. For Jamaicans, anything that has a baton in the hand we love. As a people, we are looking forward to competing in The Bahamas. I pray for a successful meet, and for it to continue to grow. I'm hoping that The Bahamas host well and create the kind of excitement that the IAAF is looking for. We love the relays in Jamaica, and The Bahamas is big on the relays as well, and so is America, so it bodes well that it is in this half of the world."
Jackson said that it is going to take a total team effort from the Jamaican athletes to go to The Bahamas and return with the desired results, particularly with triple world record holder Bolt most likely being unavailable because of a foot injury. Earlier last week, Jamaican athletes Yohan Blake and Warren Weir had hinted that they would be coming to The Bahamas to break the world record in the men's 4x200m. Without Bolt, who holds the individual world record in that event, the task becomes significantly more challenging.

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News Article

November 12, 2013
VAT bill revealed

The legislation and regulations the government drafted to guide its value-added tax (VAT) regime when it takes effect next July would tax over 80 different professions, cable bills and phone bills for all consumers, and electricity and water bills for businesses.
The Value Added Tax Bill 2013, and the Value Added Tax Regulations 2013, obtained by The Nassau Guardian, propose a flat tax rate of 15 percent on a long list of professional services, utilities and imported goods.
Financial services carried out for a specific fee, many financial transactions and insurance transactions and premiums, except for health and life insurance, will also be subject to VAT.
As has been widely reported, hotel rooms and food and beverage transactions would be taxed at a rate of 10 percent.
Condominiums that are part of a hotel complex, even if they're part of a rental pool, would be taxed as well.
However, some services and goods will be exempt from the new tax.
A variety of breadbasket items, educational institutions, daycare, after school, retirement, medical, and disabled facilities, religious institutions, charitable organizations and the sale or rental of a dwelling not part of a hotel complex would be exempt.
Games of chance, gambling and lotteries would also be exempt.
While the government has drafted over 160 pages of legislation and regulations, there are still a few things that have yet to be set in stone.
For example, the regulations propose a threshold for VAT being applied to electricity and water bills for commercial consumers.
This means that if a business consumes less than a certain amount of electricity per month to be determined by the government, it would pay no VAT; everything exceeding that as yet undetermined level would be subject to VAT.
The same is being proposed for businesses that consume public water.
While the draft legislation does not propose to impose VAT on these services for residential consumers, The Guardian understands that the prime minister will soon decide whether this will change, bearing in mind his party's pledge to lower the cost of electricity.
The government has also not decided on what the threshold will be for professional services to become VAT registrants.
The Guardian understands that currently the government is considering $100,000 or $150,000 as the threshold at which VAT will apply to those services.
The legislation also exempts professional services that are conducted for people who are not in The Bahamas in many instances.
Domestic transportation by land or water, other than in connection with a tour, would also be exempt.
VAT registrants who will be required to impose the new tax on retail transactions will be those businesses whose revenue exceeds $100,000 per year.
The VAT legislation and regulations are quite detailed and complex, but there are many areas that are quite straightforward.
What will you pay more for?
Expect financial transactions to impact your bottom line.
Financial services and transactions are not exempt from VAT if they levy a fee.
This includes, short-term insurance contracts; legal, accounting, record packaging services, and tax agency services, including advisory services; the provision of insurance, other than life or medical insurance; safe custody for money or documents; brokerage services; debt collection or factoring services and trustee services.
Also taxable would be the transmission of money or monetary value in any form; the issuance, sale or redemption of money orders or traveler's checks; check cashing; currency exchange issuance, sale or redemption of money orders and traveler's checks and currency exchange and pay day advances.
Loans to consolidate finances from bank to bank will be subject to VAT if the repayment terms are in installments.
However, financial services provided to a person treated as a non-resident for purposes of the Exchange Control Regulations are exempt.
Accounting and record packaging services rendered to these institutions would also be exempt.
What won't cost more
Many basic food items will be exempt from VAT.
Beef, chicken, pork, sheep meat, horse meat, smoked meat, dried meat, salted meat, sausage, sandwich meat, corned beef and fish will be exempt.
Fresh milk, milk products, concentrated and evaporated milk, cream, cheese, dairy spreads and butter will also be exempt.
VAT will not apply to fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit.
Rice, fonio, quinoa, triticale, flour, cereal, cereal grains, cereal groats (like oat, wheat, barley and rye), meal and pellets will be exempt.
Soybean oil, ground nut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, castor oil, other oils used for cooking and vegetable fats will also be exempt.
Margarine, imitation lard and shortening will be exempt.
Cane sugar, beet sugar and white sugar will be exempt.
VAT will not apply to bread, noodles, couscous, bulger wheat or foods for infant use.
Mustard and mayonnaise, soups and broth will also be exempt.
Mineral water for infant use will have no VAT applied to it.
Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, soaps and domestic utility goods will also be exempt.
Licenses issued by the government will be exempt from VAT as well.
Government agencies, ministries, departments, statutory bodies, local government councils, or other government entities that provide services that are usually taxable will be exempt from VAT if the services are of a nominal amount or they are not intended to recover the cost of those goods and services.
The Ministry of Finance will begin a series of intensive VAT workshops for the public starting tomorrow, Financial Secretary John Rolle said recently.
The workshops will come amid criticism over the proposed implementation date and questions about its impact.
The government has said VAT is necessary to bring down the government's massive deficit and get the country's spiraling debt situation under control.
Ministry of Finance officials estimate that VAT can generate about $200 million in annual revenue.Professions subject to VAT under draft bill1. Accountants
2. Actuaries
3. Acupuncturists
4. Advisors
5. Advocates
6. Aestheticians
7. Appraisers
8. Architects
9. Athletes
10. Athletic Trainers
11. Auctioneers
12. Audiologist
13. Barbers
14. Beauticians
15.Chemists
16. Chiropractors
17. Consultants
18. Contractors
19. Cosmetologists
20. Counsellors
21. Custodial engineers
22. Custom brokers
23. Dental Assistants
24. Dental Hygienists
25. Dentist
26. Dieticians
27. Electricians
28. Electrologist
29. Embalmers
30. Engineers
31. Entertainers
32. Financial Analysts
33. Foresters
34. Funeral Practitioners
35. Geologists
36. Hair Dressers
37. Hairdressers
38. Health Care Providers
39. Home Repair Service Providers
40. Interior Designers
41. Interpreters
42. Land Sales Developer
43. Landscape Architecture
44. Lawyers
45. Librarians
46. Massage therapists
47. Mechanics
48. Naturopathic Doctors
49. Nurse Practitioners
50. Nurses
51. Nursing Home Administrators
52. Occupational therapists
53. Occupational therapy Assistants
54. Optometrists
55. Orthodontist
56. Osteopath
57. Painters
58. Pharmacists
59. Physical Therapists
60. Physicians
61. Physicians (MD)
62. Pilots
63. Plumbers
64. Podiatrist
65. Professional fundraisers
66. Professional Planner
67. Professors
68. Promoters
69. Psychologists
70. Radiologic technicians
71. Real Estate Appraisers
72. Real Estate Professionals
73. Respiratory Care Practitioners
74. Salesmen
75. Scientists
76. Social Workers
77. Speech-Language Pathologists
78. Stock Brokers
79. Surveyors
80. Teachers
81. Technicians
82. Timeshare Developers
83. Timeshare Sales Agent
84. Transient Sellers
85. Translators
86. Veterinarians
87. Such other professions that the minister may add

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Primadona
Primadona

Thursday 17th June 2010  5:00 PM

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Primadona! The Ultimate Designer Shopping Party featuring brands such as Donna Morgan, Tory Burch, Shumaq, Ali Ro, Noir many more. Hookah Bar | "How To Wear It" Demo | Acoustic Sunset Guitarist | Open Champagne Bar | John Hardy Jewelry Raffle | Complimentary Mini Massages & Awesome Designer Shopping! SHOP ~ MUNCH ~ SIP ~ TREAT Admission Only - $15 Admission + Primadona Tote - $35 Start Time: June 17th at 5:00pm End Time: June 17th at 9:00 PM Where: A Stone's Throw Away, Tropical Garden Road & Gambier Heights


Event
Sparty Entertainers' Spa-Party
Sparty Entertainers' Spa-Party

Sunday 27th June 2010  1:00 PM

Sparty Entertainers invites you to a Spa-Party, the event of a lifetime for all exclusive ladies, mothers and daughters that includes a total spa experience, mini-facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. Cost: $170, includes complimentary appetizers and wine. Start Time: June 27th at 1:00pm End Time: June 27th at 9:00pm Where: Garden of Eden. For more information and to RSVP, contact 242-636-5474, 242-434-9421 or 242-324-2978 Email: alisey_tynes@hotmail.com


News Article

May 10, 2013
Get the Comfort you Need: Adjustable Beds from Island Bedding

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Get the comfort you need with an affordable adjustable bed at Island Bedding and Furniture!

With its upscale features and congenial price tag, it's no wonder the
S-cape adjustable bed base is one of our most popular. The bed adjusts
to your every whim, soothes you with luxurious massage, and incorporates
the very latest in comfort technology. We appreciate your
individuality. So there's no limit to the number of position
permutations. Adjust away until you find your bliss. And then stop. Take
a deep breath, and savor the moment.

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April 23, 2013
Get the Comfort you Need: Adjustable Beds from Island Bedding

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Get the comfort you need with an affordable adjustable bed at Island Bedding and Furniture!

With its upscale features and congenial price tag, it's no wonder the
S-cape adjustable bed base is one of our most popular. The bed adjusts
to your every whim, soothes you with luxurious massage, and incorporates
the very latest in comfort technology. We appreciate your
individuality. So there's no limit to the number of position
permutations. Adjust away until you find your bliss. And then stop. Take
a deep breath, and savor the moment.

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News Article

December 16, 2014
The temptations of the season

It's that time of year when food and drink are everywhere you turn, and the pots and punch bowls it seems are bottomless, which means it's that time of year when many people who have watched their diets all year long and got in their daily exercise, fall prey to the excesses that is everywhere for them to indulge.
And while you can have a few indulgences, certified personal trainer, Jimmy Mackey, says he sometimes tells his clients not to eat certain things, but at the same time is cognizant of the fact that when he tells certain people not to eat certain foods, they will do so; so he tells his clients to eat the foods, but to do so in moderation.
"We are in the holidays, and the temptation is basically free reign," said the proprietor of MacFit 360. "I encourage people to enjoy the holidays, but to remember that they have one life to live, and to enjoy it in moderation and to not forget to exercise after."
While he said he knows he has no control over what his clients are eating at home, there are a few staples in the Bahamian diet that Mackey said he encourages his clients to look out for and to indulge in sparingly -- peas and rice, potato salad and macaroni and cheese -- dishes he said they would probably find at every stop they make in the next two weeks.
"One of the things we love to eat is peas and rice -- that's like the head of the household on the plate, so I tell clients if they're going to eat peas and rice, to eat it in small portions [two spoonfuls] and to eat it off a small plate, because at every house they go to there's going to be peas and rice."
In most instances he said right next to the rice would be potato salad. He said the side dish will look good and that they will want some. He said they should make two spoonfuls suffice.
True-to-form the macaroni and cheese, which Mackey said he never recommends is always on the menu and he never advises his clients to add the dish to their plate with the peas and rice and potato salad. He described it as carbohydrate overload.
"I would normally tell them that if they can bypass it, to do so. But if they must eat it, to just taste it and walk away."
Knowing that taking a bite of macaroni and cheese and walking away is a tall order for most Bahamians, he said he tries to be realistic with his clients, knowing that they will indulge, and that a small portion is key.
"If they can subtract one, I encourage them to do so, and not do all three," he said. "I don't want them to deprive themselves, or to starve, but to choose wisely," said Mackey who through MacFit 360 looks to motivate, educate and inspire people to reach their optimal levels of performance and balance in life.
And if you can subtract one, and not do all three, subtract one.

Beware the alcohol and fruitcake
With alcohol and fruitcake at every party, Mackey said it's easy to pack in the calories without thinking about it.
"One beer is like 170 calories and people don't drink just one. They want four, five and six beers and the calories just add up...then we have the mixed drinks. I really don't recommend alcohol, but if they're going to drink anything, it should be a glass of red wine because studies have shown that red wine is good for the heart. If they have to have the beer, one or two is good, but the six-pack is a definite no-no."
After a six-course meal, the fruitcake, he said, is definitely a no. But for those people with a "sweet tooth" who don't seem to be able to resist, he said their slice should be no bigger than a deck of cards.
"The average meal for a Bahamian over the holiday, calorie count wise is definitely over 900 calories in one sitting, and if there's 3,500 calories in one pound of fat, you do the math -- it's going to be a lot of problems."

Protein and greens are good
The meat and seafood that people consume during the holidays are probably best because they're packed with protein, according to the fitness trainer. If you eat meat or fish -- whether it's chicken, turkey, ham, fish, or lobster, he encourages you to ensure that it's lean and that you opt for white meat portions. He said most people go wrong because they fry their meats and seafood.
He encourages his clients to not forget their greens and vegetables, and to use salad dressings sparingly.
"People really do go overboard with the dressings. I recommend a squeeze of lemon or lime over the salad because you're already going hard with the peas and rice, potato salad and macaroni and cheese, so let's try to cut back in certain areas."
While enjoying the indulgences of the season in moderation, he said they should not forget the exercise and that at least 30 minutes, even if it's in their own room at home is important.
"All you need is six-by-six -- do some jumping jacks, do some push-ups, do some crunches, do some jump squats," said Mackey. "I don't encourage breaks, because fitness never sleeps. I tell them I may be going on vacation, but they're not, so get up and give me 30 to 40 minutes of exercise and then have all the fun in the world. I encourage them to go out and dance because that's cardio."
Recalling a holiday horror story, he recalled a client who returned to the gym after taking a holiday break, and talking about all they had eaten in that brief period. On the scale he said the excessive intake translated into a 10-pound weight gain for that client.
With his core values to ignite his clients' passion for fitness, energize their spirit through fitness, and transform the way they look, feel and think, to make fitness a lifestyle, he said at the end of the day, it's about being healthy, and not about being skinny. He said it's about people loving the body they're in, but at the same time being conscious of how healthy they are.
"Once you live a lifestyle of health and fitness, everything basically falls into place," he said. "Enjoy the holidays, but remember that we have one life to live and to enjoy it in moderation, and do not forget to exercise."
Mackey who played basketball at the professional level in Europe for four years is the only National Academy of Sports Medicine certified master trainer in the Caribbean. He is also certified in nutrition, massage therapy and sports performance.
His studio is built around programs that combine personal training, sports performance, coaching, teaching and rehabilitation for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and motivations from elite athletes to weekend warriors.

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News Article

February 25, 2014
Healthy behavior maximizes the quality of life

In an effort to keep tabs on their health and financial health, people flocked to the annual Nassau Guardian Health & Financial Fair on Saturday in the Mall at Marathon where they were able to obtain all the information they would need to try to get their lives back on an even keel and restore some semblance of balance. From valuable health check screenings to aerobic demonstrations, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive skin analysis and massages throughout the day, people were able to partake in it all, free of charge.
Through its Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aimed to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies. And that to achieve balance people needed to take care of mind, body and spirit and that they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

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May 22, 2012
Sticking it to people

Finding a way to relax and control her weight was what originally led 49-year-old Porcia Fernander to try acupuncture. The first time she tried the treatment over the course of several weeks she lost 10 pounds and knocked a few inches off her waist. That was one of the most energizing periods of her life. She was thankful to the physician that advised her to try the Eastern alternative form of medicine. She had finally found the relief she sought and now has regular acupuncture therapy to cope with her occasional pain and aches related to her job.
"As a bus driver I don't get a lot of time to move around or exercise particularly since I have early mornings and late evenings. I also struggle to eat a proper diet as I don't really have any real breaks when driving a bus particularly since I run my own business, so it is easy to pack on the pounds with continuous poor eating as well as get cramped and achy due to sitting in the same position all day or having bad posture. I really needed to find a way to get my metabolism going and start a health plan that was more natural. So I was glad when I found acupuncture because it truly solves my problem."
Acupuncture therapy, a procedure that in previous years was met with lots of trepidation by Bahamians due to their fear of needles or their general misinformation about the procedure, is taking off in The Bahamas according to Dr. Nisha Armbrister, a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine at Alternative Care Center located on Dean's Lane. But she said that there are adventurous people or who are educated enough about what actually happens who are willing to try it and who have found that this Eastern alternative form of medicine really helps.
According to the doctor acupuncture is when disposable thread-like needles are inserted into the pressure points of the body (of which there are over 300 points) that are all connected to the nervous system. In stimulating the pressure points by inserting needles, a message is sent to the brain to produce more of certain hormones and natural chemicals. In a way this naturally accelerates metabolic processes in the body and in essence encourages more expedient self-healing from ailments or pains."
The procedure she said has been used for over 4,000 years worldwide, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America compared to modern western medicine which has only been around for 250 years she said. And contrary to belief, Chinese medicine is not just confined to acupuncture but also includes three other modules Chinese medicine practitioners like Armbrister use -- herbal medicine, nutrition and Tui Na or body massage which is used to increase circulation and vital energy (qi).
"A lot of people believe a myth that acupuncture is only for weight loss, but there is so much more to it than that," said the acupuncturist. "Originally acupuncture was intended to relieve pain, but in treating patients for pain by creating balance in the body, the patient's metabolism often increased and as a result weight decreased."
Another myth that Bahamians have she said is that acupuncture hurts. The wellness professional says while it may prick at times, it does not hurt in the same way that a traditional hollow needle used for immunization or taking blood may feel. The needles used are thin, solid and disposable. They are small enough to fit in a skin pore and are usually only inserted a half inch into the skin.
Undergoing acupuncture is a simple process that Dr. Armbrister said does have merit. Despite modern people having a deeper affinity for Western medicine she has found many people who are interested in the Eastern medicine and are willing to try it before trying surgical or synthetic means of pain relief. There are even people who choose acupuncture and other natural means of relief primarily over medications and developing dependencies on synthetic products.
"Unlike Western medicine where you expect immediate relief with the pop of a pill, acupuncture is not like that. If you have an acute pain or disorder you can get a session or two to get you back on track, but with long term illnesses and aches and pains you will need more sessions. After all, the illness didn't develop overnight so how can you expect it to be healed overnight. This is very natural and allows people to use their bodies' own natural healing defenses which is the way to go about things in most cases."
Dr. Michael Ingraham, a general practitioner who operates from the Natural Health Center said acupuncture does have a lot of merit due to modern science finally being able to monitor how it works. He said the medical procedure was first mentioned in the "Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine," an ancient text that is generally used as the foundation of Eastern medicine and that unlike many modern forms of medical treatment, acupuncture is all-natural.
"Acupuncture is a very useful procedure for most people with any kind of pain, chronic illness or bodily imbalance. This procedure is not hype like many people may feel and it's good for more things besides the popularized weight loss theory. I have successfully treated many patients with problems ranging from migraines, sports injuries, sciatica (ruptured disk), lumbago (lower back pain) and even chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. All of these illnesses may seem to have little in common and you may wonder how something like acupuncture can treat them all, but the truth is acupuncture is a means to stimulate the body to heal itself no matter what the problem is."
The doctor with 32 years of medical experience said that acupuncture in many ways is superior to modern medicine due to it being universally helpful for many illnesses. He said it should also be a preferable treatment method for people hoping to go a more natural route as opposed to using chemicals and surgery to cure or manage an ailment. He said such extremes like medicines should be a last resort as they actually alter the body's chemistry and in some cases end up doing more harm than good. He said using invasive methods like surgery to heal the body of non-critical chronic illnesses should not be done before trying alternative and more gentle means of healing like acupuncture and massage therapies.
Dr. Ingraham said acupuncture heals because it focuses on over 360 important points as well as the 12 essential meridian system or energy channels in the body and stimulates them. The points and channels closely align with other systems in the body like the lymphatic system and circulatory system. Because they even lie near important organs through massaging or treating acupuncture points they in turn assist in the circulation and healing to the area connected to the point.
Despite its usefulness many people may still be turned off by acupuncture due to its use of needles and a universal fear of pain but the physician said the procedure has evolved over time and people can be less fearful.
"When people think of acupuncture they may think of all the needles and pain that is said to be associated with it, but acupuncture, although ancient has become a very modernized thing," said Dr. Ingraham. "The point of acupuncture is to pinpoint areas of the body that are in pain or affected by poor or hyper-energy circulation. And the traditional way of doing it used to be needles but now we have advanced and there are electro-magnetic therapies that can target the same painful areas and give results. Another method is laser treatment which is a form of acupuncture that uses a gentle light to treat that is very effective on young children; so really acupuncture is not what people think about anymore."
Although the physician would recommend this procedure to most patients he warns people to be wary of who they are attended by. He said there are many people who claim to be acupuncturists but who are not certified or properly trained. Before opting to visit an acupuncturist he advises people to do their research on the practitioner and the clinic to ensure they are qualified and certified for the job. He said to also enquire about their proper sanitation of needles if they are used in the procedure. The doctor said while acupuncture can do wonders over time, if it is not done by a qualified practitioner it can do more harm than good.

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February 21, 2014
Restore balance in all aspects of your life

It's a tough world out there and people are suffering through so much stress that it's almost impossible to keep their lives and health -- much less their finances - on an even keel. In an effort to help people restore some semblance of balance, The Nassau Guardian hosts an annual Health & Financial Fair.
The Nassau Guardian's Health & Financial Fair takes place on Saturday, February 22, at The Mall at Marathon between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Health and financial information, aerobic demonstrations, Zoomba demonstrations, health screenings, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive, skin analysis and massages are all events that will take place on the day.
Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing. People all have times of good health, times of sickness and maybe even times of serious illness. As lifestyle change, so do levels of health.
People who participate in regular physical activity do so partly to improve their current and future levels of health as they strive toward an optimal state of wellbeing.
As lifestyles improve, health improves and people experience less disease and sickness. But physical health is only one aspect of overall health.
Other components that are just as important as physical health include social health (ability to have satisfying personal relationships), mental health (ability to learn and grow intellectually), emotional health (ability to feel comfortable expressing yourself and doing so appropriately) and spiritual health (which has the concept of faith at its core).
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth and potential through positive lifestyle behaviors and attitudes. By taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, people can improve their health on a daily basis.
Certain factors influence people's states of wellness including nutrition, physical activity, stress-coping methods, good relationships and career success.
With non-communicable diseases accounting for most of the global burden of diseases, doctors the world over are doing their best to stem the tide through stress prevention rather than cure.
In recent years medical professionals have been placing an even greater emphasis on health and wellness by encouraging people to take charge of their health and get on the path to wellness. They urge people to strive to live their lives fully with vitality and meaning.
Through its annual Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aims to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies.
To achieve balance people need to take care of mind, body and spirit and they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

Health and Financial Fair exhibitors
Ardyss International
Bahamas Wholesale Agency
Colina Insurance
CFAL
D.E.A.R.S (Blood Drive -2 beds)
Family Guardian
GNC
Handling Your Health
Primordal Touch
Ida's Plant Beverages
Life Chiropractic Center
Lowe's Wholesale (2 booths)
Nassau Agencies
New Life Natural Vegetation
PAS Pharmaceuticals
Redefining Health Ltd.
Skin Solutions
Sky Bahamas
St. Luke's Diagnostic
National Insurance Board
The Walk In Medical Clinic
Weight Watchers
Wellness Organics
Bahamas Foot and Ankle Institute
Peardale Seventh Day Adventist
Print Masters
The Nassau Guardian
Primordal Touch
Better Living Health Center
The Wellness Center
Pain & Wellness Clinic
Roscoe's Healthy Treats

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