BTHC Foundation banquet raises thousands

The speaker this year was Timothy Caulfield, a lawyer and professor at University of Alberta and the star of NetflixÕs ÒA UserÕs Guide to Cheating Death.Ó (LAUREN MACGIL/Morden Times)

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The Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation received a bump in funds after their annual banquet on October 26 at the Access Event Centre.
The banquet, which is the BTHC Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, raised around $75,000.
This year the Foundation didn’t have any specific plans for the funds, so all money raised will go toward equipment and programming.
Since its inception, the BTHC Foundation has given over $6 million to the hospital for equipment and to fund various programs. For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Foundation has committed to fund over $180,000 in equipment.
The two major programs being funded are palliative care and spiritual care, as those two programs don’t get any funding from the government.
BTHC Foundation executive director Shannon Samatte-Folkett said it feels good to see planning for the event pay off. “I’m super excited when I see a full house and people enjoying themselves,” she said. “It’s overwhelming, the support that we get from the communities. The people are not just [from] Morden and Winkler that come, we have lots from the R.M. and surrounding that come as well. It’s just heartwarming that they still come after all these years.”
The speaker this year was Timothy Caulfield, a lawyer and professor at University of Alberta and the star of Netflix’s “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.”
Caulfield presented on a topic he is very passionate about: how science is represented in the popular sphere. “It really has become pop culture versus our health,” he said. “There’s a lot of crazy stuff out there. There have been so many different ideas that have been presented to us about how we’re supposed to stay looking young.”
Some examples he used were cryotherapy, frequent colonics, supplement use and cupping, all of which are touted by celebrities but have little to no evidence that they actually benefit people in any way.
Caulfield used Gwyneth Paltrow as a frequent example, especially because of her ‘modern lifestyle brand’ called Goop. She caused a controversy when she started selling $66 jade eggs that women were supposed to insert into their vaginas and keep them there for varying times to do things like ‘boost positive energy and love.’ Many doctors came out against the eggs and news outlets all over the globe covered the story, but the eggs still sold out.
Despite all the claims by professionals about most of Goop’s products, the website is still worth around $250 million.
In the end, Caulfield said healthy living comes down to six steps. The first step is a major one: don’t smoke.
“If you smoke, almost nothing else matters,” he said. “It’ll kill 50 per cent of people who do it, stop smoking. In Toronto this woman came up to me and she yelled at me, right in face, about my position on gluten. What was she doing? She was smoking. I wouldn’t worry about the gluten.”
The second step is to get real exercise and live an active lifestyle, which leads into the third step of eating real food. “That sounds like a cheat because there’s so many diets out there, but it really isn’t,” he said. “Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, there really is no magic.”
Caulfield said step four can be tough, but maintaining your weight is part of the healthy lifestyle.
Step five is to take obvious preventative steps to keep yourself healthy, like get vaccinated and wear a seat belt when you drive.
Sleep is the last step to round out a healthy life, but Caulfield said he’s considered adding a step seven. “Number seven would be good relationships,” he said. “Surround yourself with people that you love and I think that is increasingly important.”
Caulfield said the steps are obvious, except that no one seems to be actually doing them. “In the United States they say only 5 per cent [of people] do any vigorous exercise, I think that’s generous,” he said. “What is the most common moderate exercise in the United States? According to a study, it’s food preparation. In the United States, that is an exercise.”
“That’s the world we live in,” he added. “We don’t need jade eggs, we don’t need supplements, we need people doing the healthy basics. That’s what we need to do.”