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Saturday, 27 October 2007
A Seminar On Fibromyalgia

 Today, my wife, Irene, and I attended a seminar on Fibromyalgia. 

The person giving the seminar (Dr. Whitcomb) is a chiropractor and not a doctor.

Fibromyalgia is a disease/condition of many symptoms that affects the nervous system in strange and painful ways. Lack of sleep, pains in different areas of the body and chronic fatique are a few of these symptoms.

Dr. Whitcomb and has had some success in treating this condition with chiropractic techiques in this office in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Three patients gave moving accounts of their condition before and after their treatment.

Dr. Whitcomb has written a book on the subject which I'm reading right now.

His treatments are on the expensive side ($7000 and up) which include hotel room and food. However, he certainly provides hope for people with this awful disease. Most doctors dismiss fibromyalgia patients as hypochondriacs.

More doctors and chiropractors should learn Dr. Whitcomb's techniques. Treatments should be cheaper and covered by public or private health insurance.


Posted by qualteam at 10:32 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 27 October 2007 11:04 PM EDT
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Good Tweet Or Bad Tweet?

Your Good Girl Is Going To Go Bad

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:47 PM EDT
Sunday, 21 October 2007
The Miracle Of Plumby Nut

I discovered "Plumby Nut" for the first time on 60 Minutes tonight. All I can say is WoW!!! The whole thing looked like peanut butter on steriods. It was tasty, cheap and didn't need refrigeration. Others had discovered what I knew for a long time. A person could practically survive on peanut butter alone. It was my favourite food since I was five.

Malnutrition is devastating millions of children both in the 3rd world and in North America. Kids can't learn or stay heathy until they've eaten properly (i.e. not from canned foods and junk food but nutritious supplements like Plumbly Nut)

Any crusade against poverty would include a crusade against malnutrition. That would include providing food banks in Canada, etc. with delicious power bars/paste like Plumby Nut. 

Get capitalists and politicians on board in the anti-malnutrition crusade. It concerns more people than poor Africans.


Posted by qualteam at 9:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 21 October 2007 9:21 PM EDT
Thursday, 18 October 2007
I Put More Money Into The Canadian Stock Market
Mood:  a-ok

It looks like Canada's TSX is going to beat America's Dow for the fourth straight year.

My favourite fund is TD's "Canadian Equity Fund". It's one of only five Canadian equities that beat "The Exchange Traded Funds" over a five year period.

As well as being a net exporter of energy and minerals, Canada also has a very sound banking system that was only minimally exposed to the subprime fiasco (Ninja mortgages: no job, no assets) in the U.S.

Canadian housing continues to maintain its value.

I'm an investor in the blue chip companies in Canada and the world.


Posted by qualteam at 10:48 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2007 11:19 PM EDT
Monday, 15 October 2007
Two Great Songs: One Old And The Other New

The Eagles are my favourite group of all time. They do any music genre  well.

With their latest single, "How Long", they return to their desert country roots.

The second song is an old R and B tune called "Fujiyama Mama" by the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. She was too hot for the 1950s, but she's still entertaining and touring at age 69.
Please enjoy both songs.

Posted by qualteam at 10:22 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007 10:40 PM EDT
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Feb/18th Is Now John Tory Day In Ontario
Mood:  a-ok

Premier McGuinty was so happy that Conservative leader, John Tory, gave him the Ontario election over the religious school funding issue that he named the Ontario holiday "John Tory Day".

Politicians can appreciate each other, especially, if they do things that make them an easy target.

Just call Dalton McGuinty "Mr. Nice".

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:03 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 13 October 2007 9:24 PM EDT
Thursday, 11 October 2007
I'd Like To Improve Productivity At The Post Office

Here are some definitions of productivity that could be used at Canada Post or anywhere:

Definition One: The degree of effectiveness of industrial management in utilizing the facilities for production ; especially : the effectiveness in utilizing labor and equipment.

Definition Two: Basically productivity is a measure of what one puts into something compared to what one gets out of it. You can usually get it down to a dollar value where if it costs more to employ a person, machine or process than you get out of it, there is no productivity.

It's always good to know how well or how badly your section is doing compared to others. We've never had a productivity meeting at the Toronto Exchange Office. Now is the time for one.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
I'm Voting For Green Empowerment In Ontario

Most of the parties and the media ignored "green issues" in the Ontario election. It's hard to ignore when we set a new record temperature for October 8th in Toronto (32 degrees C).

The "hot botton" issues like health and education dominated this election.

It's up to us as individuals to separate the hype/spin on the issues from what really matters in Ontario, Canada and the World.

Please cast a vote for the enviromental concerns of the NDP or the Green Party.


Posted by qualteam at 11:17 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007 11:39 PM EDT
Monday, 8 October 2007
We Have Lots To Be Thankful For

Today is Canada's Thanksgiving Day which started appropriately enough in Newfoundland around 1578. That beats the first American Thanksgiving by quite a bit.

I was born in Canada and the province of Ontario. I'm very thankful for that. I enjoy both the city and rural life of Ontario very much.

I'm also thankful for the multicultural aspects of our country that enrichs all parts of our life.

I'm also thankful that I have a good job and a good pension with Canada Post. This is something that many Canadians don't have.

I'm thankful for my late mother, Doreen Barron who helped me and my loving wife through troubled times. Bless you, mom. You're still missed.

I'm thankful to God for my good health and my ability to express my thoughts on paper. 

I'm thankful that I live in a democratic country where I can exercise my fundamental human rights.

Finally, I'm thankful that I have a sense of humor and that humor sometimes finds it way to this blog.

Have a good Thanksgiving eh!!! Have a Lakeport (It's a buck a beer.) to celebrate and keep cheering for the Leafs. They'll win the Stanley Cup in your lifetime or your kid's lifetime or......have another beer.


Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EDT
Sunday, 7 October 2007
The Modernization Of Canada Post And The Toronto Exchange Office

I certainly wish Canada Post all the best in modernizing Canada Post's post offices.

With some trepidation, I remember the last moderization moves of Canda Post
during the middle 1970s.
I was at Gateway just after it was built in 1976. I also have bad memories of equipment that didn't work very well like "Trailer Dumpers", "Bag Shakeouts" and "Automated MAPP Carts".
The Post Office "modernized" to the tune of an 800 million dollar deficit. This is scary stuff. None of us would want this to happen again.
As far as international mail is concerned, the U.S. Post Office has an international sorting centre that is the same size of Gateway. FedEx has just opened up a large building near the Pearson Airport.
In discussing upgrades to the Toronto Exchange Office, a Post Office manager stated a somewhat modest amount of less than 25 million dollars to do it properly.
Having the Customs people and TEO on the same floor is the ideal setup for this operation. It ran smoothly and quickly this way at Drew Road and the Lakeshore Road during the 1980s and 1990s.
Also, I like belts with auto dumpers rather than those that are loaded manually. An autodumper dumps more mail on a belt quicker than any human can. If you know how to operate an autodumper properly, you won't overload a belt.
I want to continue to see Canada Post grow and remain properous. Our pensions are dependant on this happening.

Posted by qualteam at 10:10 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007 10:18 PM EDT

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