ISSUE 28, NOVEMBER 2012

SHARE PERSPECTIVES


An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms

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If you have arthritis, you may have noticed that certain foods can aggravate your pain and inflammation while others help to ease your symptoms.

Foods that are known to decrease inflammation include salmon, herring, sardines, pacific oysters, flaxseed and walnuts, which are all rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids help by suppressing the production of cytokines and enzymes that erode cartilage.

In place of vegetable oil or butter, you may opt for olive oil, which contains antioxidants called polyphenols that protect the body against inflammation.

A diet that is comprised largely of colourful fruits and vegetables will also provide vital nutrients with various anti-inflammatory properties. Use turmeric, garlic and ginger in your dishes for an extra anti-inflammatory boost.

Finally, avoid the obvious triggers such as refined sugar, saturated fats and caffeine.

These are suggestions only. Make sure to consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

IN PERSON: Annette Campbell (continued from page 1)

Leanne explained that the change of definition clause is common to most disability insurance policies and, while the wording of each insurance policy will be slightly different, the general definition during the “own occupation period” is being unable to perform the regular duties pertaining to your own occupation due to injury or illness and not being engaged in any gainful occupation. After the change of definition point, otherwise known as the “any occupation” period, total disability is typically defined as being unable to engage in any gainful occupation for which you may be fitted by training, education or experience.

Leanne explained that insurance companies often terminate benefits at this point, even if the claimant is still unable to work due to their disability. She assured Annette that Share Lawyers had, in the last 25 years, helped countless individuals in Ontario to win back their benefits after the change of definition point, and they could do the same for her.

SHARE LAWYERS SUES THE INSURER

Annette was intimidated by the idea of a lawsuit, but she didn’t have another option. She decided to put her faith in the Share Lawyers team.

To her surprise, the legal process was not as stressful as she anticipated, and Annette was relieved to find that the lawyers and law clerks at Share Lawyers were compassionate, efficient and professional.

Less than a year later, Annette’s case was settled at mediation. Share Lawyers was able to secure a lump sum payment for Annette that would provide her with financial security for the next 11 years until she reached the age of retirement. Annette was now able to put the stressful ordeal behind her and focus on her health.

[All names have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals mentioned.]