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 motherTonya and 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.

Tonya - dadI 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.


Tonya received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.).  A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements.  Once certified, a Health Coach possess the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

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