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Top 10 Reasons why you need to make a Will – Numbers 5 to 1

May 27, 2010
5. By making a will, you can name the people or charities you want to benefit. This means that you know exactly how your estate will be divided in the event of your death.

 4. Without a will, you’ll have no control over who inherits what. Your estate might not be shared as you want it to be. Friends and unmarried partners definitely won’t receive anything. So if you want to make sure that your loved ones can benefit from your estate, then you’ll need to make a will.

 3. By having made a will, the legal aspects of dealing with you affairs will be much easier, for all involved.

 2. If you die without a will, you will have died intestate. This means your loved ones could suffer unnecessary financial hardship or additional distress.

 1. If you’re a parent, then you’ll want to make a will to ensure that you say who you want to bring up your children if you die. Without a will, your children become Wards of Court and the courts could decide to appoint someone else to bring up your children.

 Now you know just how important making a will is, isn’t it time you made one and reduced the amount of distress your loved ones will suffer in the event of your death?
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What have I been eating lately?

April 21, 2010

I havent been feeling well lately so decided to do a little investigating of my own by researching foods that make us healthy. You maybe interested to hear what I have discovered!

Backache – eat plenty of oily fish, cabbage, guava, pawpaw and kiwi fruit for vitamin C – cut down on – coffee, tea and other drinks containing caffeine, fat and sugar if you are overweight.

Joint Problems – Eat plenty of oily fish for essential fatty acids, fresh fruit and vegetables for beta carotene vitamin C, avocados, nuts and sunflower seeds for vitamin E and whole grains, shellfish, cereals and eggs for selenium

Menstrual problems and PMT –  Eat plenty of small, frequent meals high in starchy carbohydrates and low in fat, supplementary evening primrose oil and vitamin B6, foods containing vitamin B6 such as meat, fish and whole grains. Cut down on – salt and caffeine in tea and coffee. Avoid – alcohol

Thyroid Disorders – Eat plenty of foods rich in B vitamins, such as fish, whole grains, pulses and seeds. Cut down in – raw cabbage, turnips, swedes, peanuts and mustard which can inhibit the body’s ability tu use iodine and smoking, alcohol and caffeine, if the problem is an overactive thyroid gland.

Varicose Veins  – Take plenty of fiber-rich foods such as whole meal bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, water at least 2 litres a day and foods rich in vitamin E, such as seed oils, wheat germ and avocados and nuts.

What is Pagets Disease

April 16, 2010

I received an email yesterday about a woman who was diagnosed with pagets disease – I thought it was worth researching as I hadn’t heard of this type of breast cancer before! So this is what I found:

Paget’s disease is a chronic bone condition characterized by disorder of the normal bone remodeling process. Normal bone has a synchronized relationship of mechanisms that act to lay down new bone and take up old bone. This relationship (referred to as remodeling) is essential for maintaining the normal calcium levels in our blood. In bone affected by Paget’s disease, the bone remodeling is disturbed and not synchronized. As a result, the bone that is formed is abnormal, enlarged, not as dense, brittle, and prone to breakage (fracture).

Paget’s disease affects older bone of adults. It’s estimated that 1% of adults in the U.S. have Paget’s disease. There is an extremely rare form of Paget’s disease in children, referred to as juvenile Paget’s disease. Paget’s disease is also known as osteitis deformans.

What are the symptoms?

Paget’s disease commonly causes no symptoms and is incidentally noted when X-ray tests are obtained for other reasons. However, Paget’s disease can cause bone pain, deformity, fracture, and arthritis. The bone pain of Paget’s disease is located in the affected bone. The most common bones affected by Paget’s disease include the spine, the thigh bone (femur), the pelvis, the skull, the collar-bone (clavicle), and the upper arm bone (humerus).

The symptoms of Paget’s disease depend on the bones affected and the severity of the disease. Enlarged bones can pinch adjacent nerves, causing tingling and numbness. Bowing of the legs can occur. Hip or knee involvement can lead to limping, as well as pain and stiffness of the hip or knee. Headache, loss of vision, and hearing loss can occur when bones of the skull are affected. With very widespread Paget’s disease, it is possible to develop congestive heart failure due to an increased workload on the heart.

What is Paget disease of the nipple?

Paget disease of the nipple, also called Paget disease of the breast, is an uncommon type of cancer that forms in or around the nipple. More than 95 percent of people with Paget disease of the nipple also have underlying breast cancer; however, Paget disease of the nipple accounts for less than 5 percent of all breast cancers. For instance, of the 211,240 new cases of breast cancer projected to be diagnosed in 2005, fewer than 11,000 will also involve Paget disease of the nipple.

Most patients diagnosed with Paget disease of the nipple are over age 50, but rare cases have been diagnosed in patients in their 20s. The average age at diagnosis is 62 for women and 69 for men. The disease is rare among both women and men.

Paget disease of the nipple was named after Sir James Paget, a scientist who noted an association between changes in the appearance of the nipple and underlying breast cancer. There are several other unrelated diseases named after Paget, including Paget disease of the bone and Paget disease of the vulva; this fact sheet discusses only Paget disease of the nipple

Ovarian Cancer Whispers – so listen carefully . . .

April 13, 2010

Watch out for tell tale signs

Watch for Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort;    
·       vague but  persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and indigestion 
·       frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection; 
·       unexplained weight gain or weight loss 
·       pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling  of fullness; 
·       ongoing unusual fatigue; 
·       unexplained changes in bowel habits. 
If symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, ask your doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, 
CA-125 blood test, and trans-vaginal ultrasound. 

A Pap Test WILL NOT detect ovarian cancer.



Passion and Love

April 6, 2010

The forever inspiring Ana Scherer from NRG Coaching has given the WIC a run down on the finer points of passion and love.

What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life. Imagine for a moment that your life revolves around what you are passionate about; your family, friends, your ideal career, your favorite hobbies, etc. Everything that you do has the element of passion and love involved. How much different would your life be?

Living your passions is the secret to have more joy and love in your life. It seems like an easy thing to do, but let me ask you this: Are you passionate about your work? Are you making time for your favorite hobbies and sports in your life now? Are you spending quality time with your loved ones? How long since you and your partner went out on a passionate date?

The writer Viktor Frankl wrote in his book “ Man’s Search For Meaning” that “The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life.” We can only find meaning in our lives if we follow our passions. And how do we find our passions? Great question!

First you need to be clear about who you are – what your values are, what’s important to you, what makes you smile, what your strengths are and where your creativity lies. After doing the inner work, you will have clarity and clarity leads to the power to act. The clarity about who you are will lead you to the clarity about what your passions are.

Your passions are the loves of your life. They are the things that are most important to you. When you are living your passions you are aligned with your personal destiny. When you are aligned with your destiny, your life is joyful, delightful, exciting and fulfilling. That’s our natural way of living. That’s the way that leads us to experience true LOVE!

With energy and passion,


WIC Travel – Travel 4 Health Thailand

April 3, 2010

Travel 4 Health – Thailand  by Waltraud Bryan


The atmosphere was relaxing

There is lots of talk about medical check-ups in Bangkok, how quick and easy it is to have everything done under one roof and how reasonable the costs are. I was curious and went this year, and I wasn’t disappointed.

One of the hospitals that offers this service is the Bumrungrad  and I took their most comprehensive package for ladies aged 45+. I stayed in their Suites, right next door, in order to walk there in 2 minutes rather than staying in a better hotel and getting lost in the early rush hour traffic. Everything can be booked in their HK office.

It all happens on one floor, after registration one first goes to all the tests that need to be done on an empty stomach, then they provide a healthy snack, followed by the remaining tests. I registered at 8 AM and left at 1 PM with my results in hand. Not bad!

I then headed South to Hua Hin (a 2 ½ hour drive) where I had booked myself a retreat in the famous and wonderful Chiva Som  that keeps winning awards year after year, not alone for the extensive offer of treatments! The place is beautifully kept, they serve only the healthiest food that doesn’t contain fat, sugar or salt, and the same staff is there on a long-term basis, almost like a family. It was my third visit, and I was greeted by my name by the waitresses that remembered me. They even asked where my son and daughter were this time! Amazing!

Chiva Som offers packages that range from Fitness to Pampering, De-Stress, Detox, Weight Management and Holistic Health. Each one includes a daily massage plus many other treatments, relating to the topic. On top of that, there is a programme that starts at 7 AM (all included in the price) with Tai Chi, Yoga, Stretch, Water Aerobics, Pilates, Metabolic Breathing, to name but a few. After dinner there are usually talks by some health practitioners, but there is no other entertainment at all, apart from the Saturday night BBQ by the pool.

It’s a place to go when in need to re-charge one’s battery, for counselling, physio, recovery, life change therapies etc., and to meet like-minded people from all parts of the world. There is a ‘speaker’s table’ that can be joined by single travellers at dinner times, but one can also sit in quiet at separate tables, or mix it up, depending on the mood.

Children under 16 are not permitted. Last year I took my 20-year-old son and he thought it was amazing, having warned and prepared him for the lack of entertainment etc. We took a cooking class together, and he enjoyed himself getting fit in the gym with extra personal trainer sessions and extra food! Most people go to lose weight, but he wanted to gain! We enjoyed the best quality time EVER.

This time I started each morning at 6 AM, waiting for the magical sunrise on the beach, watching the monks in their orange gowns go by with their metal bowls, collecting food, flowers and other offerings in return of blessings for the donors and fishermen coming back after a night out at sea. I can see it all in front of me while I write, and hopefully this has inspired you to go and get healthy while having fun, too!


Julie Bolduc – DB Leading Lady for April

April 1, 2010

Julie Bolduc leads the Nutritional Consulting and BodyTalk™ practice at Holistic Central, one of Hong Kongʼs longest established and most prominent holistic healthcare clinics. Julie has over 15 years of experience in alternative healthcare and energy medicine. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) from one of the most highly recognized nutrition colleges in Canada, the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, with advanced studies in Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbology. She is also a Certified BodyTalk System™ practitioner, Certified Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner.

Prior to arriving in Hong Kong in 2008, Julie had a successful practice in Paris (France) and Brussels (Belgium) with an international client base. She was a senior BodyTalk™ consultant for the Family Hope Center in France, specializing
in the treatment of severely brain injured children. Prior to opening her own practice, Julie worked in a very busy healthcare clinic in Canada, alongside naturopaths, chiropractors and other nutritionists specializing in nutritional consulting, kinesiology and allergy elimination techniques (NAET).

Julie has been a frequent guest speaker, conducting workshops for several organizations across Europe and North America on topics of nutrition, applied kinesiology and treatment of special needs children. She lives in Discovery Bay (Hong Kong) with her husband and two children.

The BodyTalk System™

BodyTalk™ is a state-of-the-art approach to integrative mind/body medicine by combining Western medicine’s scientifically supported research in fields such as neuroscience and epigenetics, along with a large number of highly recognized
ancient and modern healing methods and principles of knowledge, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, yoga and meditation philosophies, chiropractic, consciousness studies and energy psychology.
BodyTalk™ is astonishingly simple and effective and allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Through the use of muscular biofeedback (applied kinesiology), a comprehensive protocol
and specific BodyTalk™ techniques, Julie is able to stimulate the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels.

Nutritional Consulting for Adults

The holistic nutritional and lifestyle program run by Julie Bolduc is truly unique.She takes into account all aspects of the client: lifestyle, diet, even their physical,mental and emotional well-being when creating a program that brings results.
The program helps those who have digestive disorders, blood sugar problems, trouble losing or gaining weight, allergies, stress or serious illness. The BodyTalk System™ is used regularly to get to the root of addictions and food allergies as
well as release unhealthy emotional patterns.

Nutritional Consulting for Children

For children, Julie educates parents on proper nutritional needs that are unique to their child. She addresses the role of nutritious foods and supplements in the development of the childʼs brain and body as well as the option of BodyTalk™
sessions as a tool to help address physical or emotional issues the child may be experiencing. This program is developed for neurotypical children as well as those with ADHD, dyslexia, autism and other developmental delays or handicaps.
Julieʼs program addresses learning issues (concentration, focusing, reading, writing, motivation, confidence), stress levels and mood, chronic illness, allergies and intolerances (food and environment).

Traveling 4 Health

March 29, 2010

Ilene Little is an entrepreneur who embarked on a new career at age 64, inspired by the limited and often lack of information available online regarding options for better health care and lifestyle abroad.

Her background as a newspaper reporter with several years experience in the travel and leisure industry prompted her to form Traveling4Health, Inc. available online now as a blog and launching in April as a social media site serving people seeking opportunities to build a personal network of resources for their own lifestyle abroad.

Why People Seek Local Contacts

One of reasons that a lot of people are hesitant about making a move overseas is because they’re concerned about being isolated. The world can be a cruel place, especially to newbies.  Even corporate expats can feel isolated within the closed garden community of company affiliation.

Sure there are the nomads out there who want to be left alone with their little slice of life in the middle of nowhere – or to remain a stranger in a metropolis -but most people crave some human interaction from time to time, especially from like-minded souls. 
Corporate expats as well as retirees enjoy the company of interesting, like-minded, and well-rounded individuals.

Connecting “seekers”  with “providers” of local knowledge, Ilene has provided a platform on Traveling4Health where consumers can ask questions and providers can build up their reputation with members, as trusted resources for specific locations. 

What Better Place to Network in Hong Kong

She is inviting our membership to register to blog on Traveling4Health, as a way to identify yourselves as accessible and responsive to consumers looking to know, before they go, local contacts in Hong Kong.  In this way you become a “go-to-person” for Hong Kong. 

It’s just one of the ways that you can advertise your business and reach out personally to those people seeking information about living and working in Hong Kong.  If you’re interested, there are directions on how to self-register on this blog

Green week at DBIS

February 22, 2010

We at Women In Charge decided to get behind and support green week at DBIS by coming up with some ways to go green!


  1. Walking to school, the shops, the ferry pier or perhaps we go one step further by walking everywhere we can in the city rather than taking a taxi. Let’s do our little bit about the pollution and get fit in the process.
  2.  Recycle, recycle, recycle!  It is so important that we recycle everything we can, we all know how important land is here in Hong Kong, so why fill it with rubbish?
  3. Why not help your own community by contacting DB Green – they are always running fantastic projects that definitely need extra hands, they can not do it alone so they need your help.
  4. Why use chemicals?, they are not only damaging our environment but also our health.  Why not ditch all of the nasty chemicals in your house by using either biodegradable products or products such as enjo – FYI – to clean bathrooms, in 3 years the average house-hold useds 54 bottles of chemical products costing $4,320 or $1,440 per year (this does not include paper towels, sponges, buckets, water usage etc). So you are not only doing something great for the environment but saving yourself money as well.
  5. Say “No!” to plastic, I know for most of us we take our own shopping bags to Fusion these days, but is this really enough? Why not buy all of the fruit we can and place them into a fabric bag rather than a plastic bag or grab the fruit and veggies that are not wrapped in plastic. Do you allow them to place all of your meat and frozen food in more plastic? Or are you able to resist and ask them to place it in the bag as it is?


Interesting Occupations – BodyTalk Practitioner

February 20, 2010

What does a Body Talk practitioner do?

A BodyTalk Practitioner explores the reasons behind their client’s illness or “dis-ease”.   Using a method of applied kinesiology (muscle testing), and following a comprehensive BodyTalk protocol, the practitioner is able to detect imbalances in their client- be it on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level…Once detected, the practitioner uses various techniques to “fix” these imbalances and bring harmony/homeostasis back to the body, mind and spirit.  The techniques are non-invasive and the session is extremely relaxing for the client.  Most of my clients feel less stressed, heal from various illnesses and are much more happy and confident with themselves.

What attracted you to the position?

In 2003, I wanted to find a modality that was more than just a band-aid solution to my family’s and client’s problems.  I had taken 3 levels of Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and was a certified reflexologist (and studying nutrition at that time) but found the sesssions didn’t produce long lasting results or really go to the core issues of the problem.  My own sons who were very small at the time had several food allergies and gastrointestinal problems so I needed to find a therapy that would help them but not just cover up the symptoms.

How did you come to this position?

I was working in a Naturopathic/Chiropractic clinic where allergy elimination techiques were used (NAET) amongst other modalities,  and I noticed that many clients were not experiencing long lasting results from the treatments.  I realized there was something missing from those treatments – exploring the root cause of the allergies.  I went on a search for a truly holistic modality that could get to the root of these issues.  When I found out from a friend in Calgary about the effectiveness of Bodytalk and that it really went to the core of so many issues, I was intrigued and needed to learn more. I went onto the International BodyTalk Association’s website ( and took a look. I signed up for the first 4 day course without even having experienced a BodyTalk session!

Did you need to study a certain course?

Yes.  The BodyTalk System offers a four day intensive course that is designed for those that want to become practitioners called Module One and Two.  The requirements to become a practitioner are that you need to take these modules twice (the second time at a discount) and perform 50 case studies (sessions for non-paying clients).  On the day of certification, a written AND practical exam are done in the presence of an instructor.  The expectations are set very high and you need a very high percentage to pass (90% I believe).

After Module One/Two , a practitioner can take other modules.  There are 9 basic modules and 2 “university” levels of BodyTalk (Called Parama College) along with many other courses (“Chinese Medicine for BodyTalkers” is one such course).  I have the 9 basic modules as well as 3 other BodyTalk courses and will soon complete the first Parama level.

It should be noted that there is a one day class for laypeople called “BodyTalk Access”.  In this class you learns the 5 most important BT techniques so you can use them for yourself and family.  Its offered in Hong Kong on a regular basis.  Laypeople can also take the regular Modules (1-9 and Parama) if you do not want to become a practitioner.  There are many people that take them just for personal growth.  Taking these classes is a journey of self-discovery!

What do you love about your job?

Many things… I’m a people person- I love the interaction I have with children, their parents and other adults.  I love being a witness to the power of the body to heal itself given the right opportunities.  I love being a facilitator in the healing process for my clients. I’ve had many clients who’ve had amazing results with BodyTalk sessions.  Crohn’s , Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Depression, ADHD and Aspergers- improvements could be seen and felt quickly.  BodyTalk practitioners assist the client’s body to heal itself-this is something I tell my clients all the time so that they know its the wisdom of THEIR body that does the work.  I’ve also had clients whose illness didn’t get better but their attitude to having the illness changed tremendously- it just didn’t bother them as much.

What are some of the negatives?

There aren’t really any negatives!  Well, maybe becoming too busy that I feel a bit guilty for spending time away from my own family!

Any advice for those considering becoming a Body Talk practitioner?

BodyTalk is the fastest growing modality in the world.  The courses are jam-packed with so much information that it will truly blow you away and expand your consciousness.  Anyone can take these courses!  You don’t need any specialty training, although many practitioners of other modalities take it.  A basic knowledge of anatomy would be beneficial but not needed. BodyTalk is taught all over the world in many different languages.  It is used in schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages, business organizations and many others. Please visit to get an idea how far-reaching this modality has spread.

Come in for a  session too!  Those that say they read about it on the WIC website will receive $200 off a session. Reg. price $600.