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Johnston Health & Laser Client Testimonial for Laser Therapy

As many of you are now aware, Johnston Health & Laser Center offers laser therapy from Bio Flex Laser.  Many of our blog posts and social media posts have outlined the benefits of this treatment.

Today, we are sharing a testimonial from one of patients who has benefited greatly from this treatment offer at Johnston Health & Laser Center:


The BioFlex system utilizes three stages of treatment, red, near-infrared and a near-infrared laser probe. With L.I.L.T., laser light penetrates the tissues and restores normal cell function. It enhances the body’s own healing process by decreasing inflammation, increasing the speed of healing and eliminating pain.

Bioflex Laser and LILT are approved by Health Canada for treatment of many conditions including sports injuries, arthritic problems, and back problems. This surgery alternative is available at Johnston Health Center.  It is a NON TOXIC, SAFE & NON INVASIVE method of using low power laser and super luminous diodes to successfully treat a variety of medical conditions. 

To learn more about the benefits of laser therapy, and how it may help you personally please book a consultation – Barrie: 705-728-3070 and NorthBay: 705-476-9111 or email us at info@johnstonhealthcenter.com

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Pumpkin All the Way!!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Many people go wild for “Pumpkin Anything” this time of year.  While pumpkin is delicious and has some healthy nutritional components such as vitamin A , vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese, the pumpkin craze that we see this time of year can be anything but healthy.  Watch out for added sugars and high fat content in pumpkin lattes, muffins and loaf cakes….just because they are labelled pumpkin, it doesn’t always mean a healthy choice.

This afternoon we came across two recipes that we plan on trying this weekend….we will try and let you know how they turn out!

Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte (source: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/homemade-pumpkin-chai-latte/)




coconut whipped creampumpkin chai

Homemade pumpkin chai lattes made with real pumpkin, almond milk, maple syrup and spices—rich and creamy, naturally sweetened and only 90 calories! cookieandkate.com

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Pumpkin spice chai latte made with natural ingredients: pumpkin puree, almond milk, maple syrup and spices. This creamy yet skinny latte clocks in at only 90 calories (without the totally optional coconut cream). Amounts listed below yield one latte so multiple up as necessary. If you want to save some time, I think you could use about ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices listed below. I think you could also make a big batch of this, store it in the refrigerator and rewarm individual drinks on the stove (whisk well to recombine).
  • 1 tea bag of spiced chai (or decaf spiced chai rooibos)
  • ½ cup plain, unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice*
  • 2 tablespoons real pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash cloves
  • Tiny dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch (optional, makes the latte super creamy)
  • Optional garnishes: 1 cinnamon stick or star of anise, coconut whipped cream
Optional coconut whipped cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) full fat coconut milk, chilled at least 10 hours (the coconut milk MUST be full fat and MUST be refrigerated for at least 10 hours. Put a mixing bowl in the freezer to chill while you’re at it.)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

 Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes – Source: (http://www.muffintinmania.com/2012/11/almond-banana-pancakes.html)


3 large eggs

1/3 cup low-fat milk or non-dairy alternative

2 medium sized ripe bananas

2 cups almond flour

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


1 cup pumpkin puree

Juice of 1/2 orange

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place all of the pancake ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide matter among 12 standard sized greased or paper lined muffin cups. Bake until set and lightly browned on top, about 20 minutes. Let cool several minutes before unmolding.

To make the sauce, place pumpkin, orange juice, maple syrup, cloves, and vanilla in a blender container and blend until smooth.

Serve almond pancakes warmed and topped with pumpkin sauce. I prefer to warm the pumpkin sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop.



Getting Active this Fall!


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We love to bike as a family.  It does help that we have amazing trails right out our backyard, but nevertheless, it is one of our favourite things to do as a family in the Fall.   Simcoe County has numerous trails to take advantage of throughout each season!    We really are quite lucky not to have to travel too far to enjoy the fresh outdoors and get some exercise as a family.

Here are a few trails that we have tried….we’ve taken the overview from http://cyclesimcoe.ca/

  1. Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail
  • Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 28 km (each way)
    Start: Woodland Drive (northern boundary of the trail, near Orillia) or 1st Line, off of Ridge Road (this marks the southern boundary of this trail, near Barrie).

    Embrace the outdoors; from active Osprey Nests to busy beavers in their Beaver Pond to quiet wetlands and Great Blue Herons; the flat and crushed gravel route, Lake County Oro-Medonte Rail Trail, linking the cities of Barrie and Orillia, definitely has something for those looking to connect with nature. And for those needing to cool off, take a quick detour to any one of our beaches and enjoy some of the cleanest waterfronts on Lake Simcoe!

2.  Rama/Ramara Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 5 km (each way)
    Start: Casino Rama

    The trail starts in the south at the historic fish weirs that were built by the Mnjikaning First Nation people. “Mnjikaning” is an Ojibway word meaning “the place of the fish fence”. The trail follows the abandoned CN rail line through pastoral countryside, crossing the Rama Road/Monck Road intersection, along Monck Road to the trail sign and extending to Mara-Rama Boundary Road. If you are coming from the City of Orillia, stop off at Casino Rama for some fun and excitement. If you are already staying at the Casino, be sure to take the trail in to Orillia and explore the beautiful downtown.

3. The Heather Pathway

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 17 km
Start: Sunset Point Park

The Heather Pathway is a series of Town trails linked together that creates a loop around the Town of Collingwood.  Millennium Park and Hen & Chickens boardwalk provide scenic views of Georgian Bay. Along the Heather Pathway you will find interpretive signs that describe the rich history of both the trail and the Town of Collingwood. For a break, stop at Sunset Point park; both food and washrooms available in season.

Hopefully the weather will stay warm enough that you will be able to enjoy the trails for a few more weeks at least…and then…well, you might be able to snowshoe them!!

Dr. Mercola, from http://fitness.mercola.com/ shares in a blog article that sadly, many families are not getting near enough physical activity in their day.  So, if biking isn’t necessarily something that you are able to do as a family, Dr. Mercola suggests 10 activities that will help your family get exercising together:

1. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of challenges (find an orange leaf, get a neighbor’s signature, snap a photo of a playground, etc.), split your family into teams, set a time limit and then head off (on foot or on bike) to see who can complete the most items.

2. Have a Water Day

Tossing water balloons, splashing in a kiddie pool and running through a sprinkler in the backyard are fun ways to stay cool and active on a hot summer day.

3. Set ‘Mileage’ Goals for the Weekend

Decide as a family how many steps, or how many miles, you want to travel over the weekend, then have fun trying to reach the goal. You can use pedometers to measure steps taken while running errands, going on hikes, playing tag and more, and can challenge the family to increase your goal each weekend.

4. Wash the Car

Washing the car uses key core muscles and can be a fun, bonding experience, especially if you take time to cool off with the hose, too.

5. Family Olympics

Get together with a group of families and compete in events like hula-hoops, 50-yard dash, relay race, basketball shoot, and an obstacle course. You can even make it an annual event!

6. Family Fitness Classes

If you like a more structured routine, try a fitness class designed for families, like stroller workouts, mom/dad and baby workouts or family yoga.

7. Do Chores Together

Vacuuming, washing windows, weeding the garden, raking leaves and even doing laundry work your muscles and burn calories while teaching your kids the value of responsibility. Make chores fun by setting a time limit and turning up the music while you work together as a family.

8. Plan Seasonal Outdoor Activities

Swimming, biking, canoeing and hiking are great in the summer, while sledding, ice skating, building a snowman or skiing are fun – and great for your fitness goals – in the winter.

9. Play Together

Tag, hide-and-go-seek, hop scotch, doing cartwheels and dancing in the kitchen are so much fun you won’t even realize it’s exercise in disguise.

10. Try Out Family Sports

A backyard game of softball or volleyball, shooting hoops or taking a trip to a golf course give you quality time as a family while staying active.

Just 10 things that you might be able to schedule into your routine this Fall!

Enjoy the colours and the great fresh outdoors this month!


The Johnstons


Fall Harvest in the Johnston Garden


We’ve had quite the garden adventures this summer in the Johnston garden!  Many of you have heard us chat about our squirrel adventures and then fun that we have had.  Gardening is a great way to get the whole family involved in an activity with the added bonus of getting lots of home grown veggies.
This year we have most definitely had some successes with various vegetables….the abundance of zucchinis and delicious fresh tomatoes.  With drought like conditions for an extended period of time, we have also had some challenges keeping things alive!  But all in all, it has been a really positive experience.

So now, as Fall is underway, we are harvesting some gourds and a few pumpkins, as well as thinking ahead for next year’s garden.

While many of wouldn’t think about planting in the Fall,  but, according to  http://smallfarmcanada.ca/ October is the best month for the best and biggest garlic, that’s the ideal time to get your cloves down into the ground. If you are starting with your own garlic stock (only perfect specimens, of course), it’s good to begin by figuring out just how many finished plants you want to harvest the following summer. Each separated clove will likely produce one good-sized, finished garlic bulb, and you may want some more for seed. Add on a few more for potential losses, or needy friends.

We might just be giving the garlic planting a try this Fall, depending on if the weekend brings decent weather.  Garlic is so good for you!

Each serving of garlic contains:

  • Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Fiber: 1 gram.

In addition, garlic can reduce the frequency of getting the common cold, it can help reduce blood pressure, lowers bad chloestral levels which can help reduce the risk of heart disease…and of course, it is a welcome addition to  many recipes!!

We look forward to sharing more of our garden adventures with you !

Enjoy the weekend!

And…still…happy gardening!!!

From the Johnstons


Cold and Flu Season


September brings with it beautiful Fall crisp weather, amazing colours,
a new school season…and the dreaded cold and flu!!!

So many times we end up finishing up September with a energy draining cold or flu, and it takes some of the joy out of the season.

Johnston Health Center has developed a little tincture that helps ward off the dreaded flu and brings some relief to those who end up catching it.

Made with coconut oil and shea butter along with eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender oil, all provide relief for the cold sufferers – It should be massaged into the upper back and the head as well. Being able to breathe more easily will allow the sufferer to sleep better, and a good night`s rest is important to the healing process.

Stop by our offices to purchase some of this soothing rub for your self or your family.

Additional tip – Melt some coconut oil into tea or broth to help soothe your sore throat and help reduce coughing!
A little goes a long way!