Welcome! My name is Tonya Canada. This website, Your Health Is A Gift, is about providing you with health information and knowledge. I have learned that knowledge is powerful but only if you use it. I do not have a medical degree and cannot give medical advice. However, I am a school teacher who has been researching information from doctors and health experts for nearly 20 years on disease prevention and keeping your immune system strong. I can share what I have learned from them for educational purposes. I believe my body was designed to heal itself but only when I provide it with what it needs along with reducing the load of what causes it stress. I consider it a gift I give myself and those I love when I make wise choices to give my body what it needs to do its job. After retiring from teaching, I decided to become a certified health coach. I love teaching and sharing what I have learned with those who are interested in learning this information.
I lost my mother to cancer when she was 35 years old. My dad lived to be 86 but suffered with dementia and Alzheimer’s for many years. I know the physical and emotional suffering that comes with illness and loss of loved ones to a disease.
This page is dedicated to my parents. After my mother died, I believed for nearly 30 years that I too would probably die of cancer someday. The month I turned 40, my doctor informed me that test results showed I had dysplasia which means pre-cancerous cells. My first thought was, “This is it. I wonder how much longer I will have with my family?”
In 1998, my mother’s sister sent me some information which lead me to a book written by John Lee, M.D. This book introduced me to the idea that I could prevent many diseases including cancer. I started on my journey of researching and learning more about prevention and the things I can do to take charge of my health. I know genetics and DNA play a part but I have learned that it is less than 5%. I also believe you can change your DNA.
I began my health journey with reducing the amount of sugar I consumed, increasing the nutrition in my diet and learning how to avoid chemicals in my foods and products I used. I was later introduced to knowledge about how my attitude, emotions and thoughts affect my health. With the knowledge and skills I have developed, the fear of cancer and other diseases is now gone. I still have goals and areas I want to improve but I believe I am now as healthy as just about anyone I know. I look forward to a very long, happy, productive and enjoyable life with my family and friends. My health is a gift I give myself and those I love with the positive choices I make each day. I can choose wisely or deal with the consequences.
Although there are several doctors I follow and respect, doctors don’t agree or recommend the same thing. I have seen their recommendations change over the years as they learn of new research they consider valid. I respect that in any person who is willing to listen and consider new evidence to see if it makes sense. I understand that everyone forms their opinions from the research and information they have been exposed to but it can get confusing with so many opinions. I decided to become a Certified Health Coach through the Dr. William Sears Wellness Institute which I found to be a solid base foundation on where to begin. It can be enough for many people and others will want to build to a higher level. Dr. Sears has done an excellent job studying the latest scientific research and presenting the complicated health information for these classes in a fun and simplified manner. Although he is a doctor with extensive medical knowledge and training, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 1997. He began a journey to find out why he developed cancer in the first place. He has written many books and developed this training to teach others what he has learned. I invite you to consider including one of our on-line classes on your health journey as you learn and decide what you feel is best for you and your health.