Media Advisory - Unrelieved stress major health issue for Canadians

    EDMONTON, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Stress is part of an explosion in workplace
mental health issues now costing the Canadian economy an estimated $33 billion
a year in lost productivity, as well as billions more in medical costs. With
almost one million Canadians suffering from a mental health disorder,
according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper "It's now the fastest growing
category of disability insurance claims in Canada."(1)
    The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. However,
stress that continues without relief can cause damage to the cardiovascular,
immune and digestive systems, not to mention our overall mental health.
    Natural Health Practitioners provide health care services that work to
release stress and relax the whole person. These natural therapies instigate
the process of relaxation and in doing so set the body's innate healing
process in motion.
    Colleen MacDougall, Executive Director of the Natural Health
Practitioners of Canada, says "Many studies have shown the considerable
usefulness of non-invasive natural health therapies in reducing stress,
hypertension, which is believed to be the precursor to heart disease and
stroke, reducing heart rates, blood pressure and muscle tension. If Canadians
are interested in wellness and preventative health care - we encourage them to
visit a Natural Health Practitioner."
    January 18 - 24 is Natural Health Practitioners Awareness Week.
Practitioners from across Canada will be organizing demonstration events in
order to highlight the stress-reducing benefits of their health care services.

    (1) Ken MacQueen with Martin Patrquin and John Intini, Maclean's October
        15, 2007,

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