RG Magazines http://rgmags.com RG Magazines Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:01:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Money Makes the World Go Round http://rgmags.com/2019/02/money-makes-the-world-go-round/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/money-makes-the-world-go-round/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:59:48 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8139 Doesn’t It? Having read Dr. Klonz’s article (Do You Have a Money Disorder?) you are probably in a state of shock and bewilderment, wondering which of the “money disorders” he described you may have succumbed to- and why. How could it be? However, the better response would be to take a step back and do [...]

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Doesn’t It?

Having read Dr. Klonz’s article (Do You Have a Money Disorder?) you are probably in a state of shock and bewilderment, wondering which of the “money disorders” he described you may have succumbed to- and why. How could it be?

However, the better response would be to take a step back and do some mental stock-taking.

Yes, money and financial matters generally can create a real cognitive dissonance between what people say, what they do, and what they actually believe, or think they know.

As John Maynard Keynes (a “rock star” economist, before rock stars existed!) said:

The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease

And there lies the nub of the issue.

Money does not care whether you exist or not. It is neither good nor bad; it is simply a means or a tool which one can use, or regard, wisely or not.

In other words, it is your attitude to money that matters as much as how much or little you have.

Of course, those who are truly financially stretched and unable to afford a decent standard of living for themselves and their children have every right to feel angry, stressed and aggrieved- and there are still too many families on this expensive Island in that situation. However, beyond a certain level, money ceases to become a literal necessity, and appears to mutate into something to be desired, coveted and hoarded.

There are also, as DR. Klonz points out, a number of behavioural pathologies that either prevent an individual from having a healthy relationship with money, or cause behaviours that are harmful to them and/or others. As he also points out, these are symptoms of factors of which the individual may not consciously be aware, or which they deliberately block. Clearly, that is unhealthy.

So, what are the steps to addressing a money disorder?

1: Acknowledge it exists. Stop pretending to yourself and others that “it just ain’t so”. Some behaviours are clearly addictive and well as destructive

2: Ask for help. Oddly, given how much distress money issues cause, there seem to be very few professionals experienced in addressing the pathological and addictive aspects. Gamblers Anonymous exists and does fine work; but financial planners, bankers and the like are not really trained and equipped to help individuals develop a healthy relationship with money. Talking to someone whom you trust, who you know has your best interests at heart, and has demonstrable experience with money, investing and finance should help

3: Think about what would represent to you a healthy and sustainable outcome. Wishing to be a millionaire, or win the lottery, or receive a large legacy is idle nonsense. Look within (if necessary with the help of a trusted friend) and examine your needs, wants and desires. Only then, can you start deciding how to move forward.

We would be interested in readers’ comments (we suggest anonymously) on their own experiences; and will try to address or refer any specific questions.

We shall also write further articles on the fraught topic of “money and its discontents”.

Click here to learn more about money disorders and the affect it they have on health.

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Black History Month – Rev. Dr Kingsley Tweed http://rgmags.com/2019/02/black-history-month-rev-dr-kingsley-tweed/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/black-history-month-rev-dr-kingsley-tweed/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:47:58 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8124 From a simple protest to a mass movement A consistent theme for those of African descent living in various parts of the Diaspora is having to deal with anti-Black bigotry, racism and racial segregation. We have the common thread across various nations which have a person or persons who coordinated action that served as a [...]

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From a simple protest to a mass movement

A consistent theme for those of African descent living in various parts of the Diaspora is having to deal with anti-Black bigotry, racism and racial segregation.

We have the common thread across various nations which have a person or persons who coordinated action that served as a tipping point for oppressed African descended people in their nation to start down the path of racial justice.

In Canada, it was Viola Desmond. In the United States it was Rosa Parks. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In Bermuda, it was Rev. Dr Kingsley Tweed, who helped to lead the seminal event that ended segregation on the island. The June 1959 Theatre Boycott that put us on track to begin the process of creating a better, more racially harmonious society.

Rev. Dr Kingsley Tweed – a civil rights activist, the founder of the Bermuda Workers Association, and the covert organization, the “Brotherhood” – along with others such as, Kenny Ebbin, Richard “Comrade” Lynch and Robert “Jungle Bunny” Smith, delivered electrifying speeches outside the theatres that sparked determination in the hearts of listeners.

In 1959, the island was approaching the 350th anniversary of its founding as a British colony and was a thriving travel and tourist destination for wealthy Americans.

But the 28,000 Black Bermudians living here at the time chafed at the Jim Crow-like segregation they were subjected to in its hotels, restaurants, schools, theatres, hospitals and other aspects of Bermudian life.

Borrowing from the example of the African-American civil rights movement now playing out before the world’s press, Rev. Dr Tweed decided that it was time to end that discriminatory paradigm.

Since the entire island attended the six white-owned segregated Bermuda General Theatres, a group of Bermudians desiring a better government, universal suffrage and an end to segregation held a series of meetings to coordinate a boycott of those segregated theatres timed to start on June 15.

While the Progressive Group – the group behind the series of demonstrations – kept their identities secret for 40 years, Dr Tweed didn’t have those secrecy reservations. Quite the opposite, he used his image of “the dangerous trouble maker” to create change.

Once the boycott started on June 15, he was a frequent voice on the soapbox and rallied people to support the cause with arguments that proved the time, money and energy put into the theatres by Black Bermudians. He energised the crowds with his fiery street corner speeches.

Over the next eight days, the Theatre Boycott gathered steam thanks to Dr Tweed and Mr. Lynch’s rally oratory and the determination of Black Bermudians. The boycott crippled the movie theatres to the point they had to shut down on June 23.

Soon theatres were empty, and owners were left with no choice but to close them.  Victory came with a dramatic capitulation – owners announced that theatres would reopen on July 2, and that blacks would be able to sit anywhere they wanted. Hotels and restaurants followed suit. The peaceful revolution marked the beginning of the end of segregation. Shortly after, Dr Tweed was self-exiled to England because of threats to his life.

In 2016, Dr Tweed delivered a lecture at the University of Oxford on the Bermuda Civil Rights movement from a global perspective as part of a History of Race and Protest course led by Dr Imaobong Umoren.

“Dr Tweed welcomed his courtiers with an impromptu performance on the piano,” writes Alexi Virdi in a review. His poise seemed to show pride in the steps that he had taken in his life. This was followed by a screening of the documentary “When Voices Rise”, which premiered at the Bermuda International Film Festival in 2002, and won the Audience Choice Award.

The film, made by Guyanese filmmaker Errol Williams, powerfully documents actions taken by the brave Bermudians at that time. Rev. Tweed is shown throughout the documentary for his fearless and overt actions as a trade unionist and as chief articulator in the event.

“I have always heard of the stories of racial segregation in the US and South Africa. Talk about people who were willing to turn the other cheek to affect change. You hear a lot about violent protest and the actions that can come from the anger that comes from injustice

“It is refreshing to see how a place had been changed – not by laws or riots, but by changing people’s hearts. It is the harder road to take, but I feel that it is the most effective road to real peace.” Says a critic.

Of his appearance at Oxford Virdi says, “The ongoing legacy of this freedom fighter is something that every generation could learn a great deal from. Indeed, the audience, made up of students, academics and Bermudians, including the former Premier of Bermuda Dame Pamela Gordon, were deeply inspired by the apposite nature of his message for the injustices facing our world today.”

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What is CBD and how can it help you? http://rgmags.com/2019/02/what-is-cbd-and-how-can-it-help-you/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/what-is-cbd-and-how-can-it-help-you/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:54:45 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8120 Although the legality of CBD products still raises some eyebrows, they have surely made its way to Bermuda and have even become their own section in pharmacies. So, what is CBD and how is it different from Marijuana? Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the chemical compounds found in the Marijuana plant, and because it [...]

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Although the legality of CBD products still raises some eyebrows, they have surely made its way to Bermuda and have even become their own section in pharmacies. So, what is CBD and how is it different from Marijuana? Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the chemical compounds found in the Marijuana plant, and because it contains very low levels of THC, it lacks psychoactive properties and thus won’t give you a “high”. In Bermuda, Cannabinoid oil products with less than 1% THC were classified as an over-the-counter medicine in 2017, and ever since we have seen CBD products grow in popularity and become more accessible to locals.

Many studies have proven CBD oil to be effective in reducing pain, and although Marijuana has been used to treat pain for centuries, CBD’s accessibility and decriminalization in many countries has made it a very popular and natural way to treat chronic pain. It has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, becoming popular amongst athletes due to faster recovery time, and even those who suffer from acne, as it has made its way into skincare products as well.

But perhaps its most popular use is to treat insomnia, as studies suggest CBD can help with both falling and staying asleep, as well as anxiety and depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and 1 in 3 people globally suffer from anxiety. Anxiety and depression are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs that can have significant side effects, so it comes as no surprise why CBD, a natural alternative, is growing in popularity. Many CBD products market themselves as “relaxing” and claim to aid anxiety and depression.

Naturally, everybody is getting into the CBD hype and it’s seemingly anti everything-you-don’t-want properties. But it does come with some side effects. Cannabidiol can cause nausea, fatigue, and irritability, as well as potentially interfering with other medications in your bloodstream.

Currently, it is being marketed as a supplement, rather than medicine. And because we don’t know enough about it, it should not be a replacement for traditional medicine. But with the help of a physician, it can be very useful for relieving the symptoms of serious conditions.

Besides being the latest “it” ingredient, making its way into gimmicky products profiting off the hype, CBD has real potential to be here to stay, as more people prefer the natural way over pharmaceuticals that sometimes do more harm than good. Decriminalization has open the door for some much-needed research, to understand its full potential, as well as side and long-term effects. Taboo-aside, we cannot overlook scientific evidence and the potential CBD seems to have, not only as natural medication but to improve the quality of life for many.

Have you tried any CBD products? How do you feel about it? Let us know!

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What’s it Like to Age? http://rgmags.com/2019/02/whats-it-like-to-age/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/whats-it-like-to-age/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:31:12 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8112 Planning for the Future by Claudette Fleming You remember the days when aged forty was “old”. Well, for some of us, forty is still “old” but for many more, the milestone represents a significant part of our youthful days. And while, the law of reaping and sowing applies at all ages, there is something about [...]

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Planning for the Future

by Claudette Fleming

You remember the days when aged forty was “old”. Well, for some of us, forty is still “old” but for many more, the milestone represents a significant part of our youthful days. And while, the law of reaping and sowing applies at all ages, there is something about the timeframe between our forties and sixties that determines just how well we fare in ages sixty and beyond.

A healthy reality check is needed; let’s see if you pass the test. If you are over forty years old, have already saved to meet at least 70 percent of your anticipated expenses in your retirement years, have no health problems or concerns, are completely out of debt, have maintained the appropriate weight and body mass for a person of your build, are content in your relationships and feel as though you are enjoying a purposeful life, then this article is not for you. You are clearly extraordinary and represent a beacon of light in our community.

However, if not, then chances are planning for your ageing future needs immediate attention. Here’s where you can start.

Harnessing Physical Ageing

Now is the time! The ability to overcome significant health challenges is a significant factor in how well you age. If you are like me, you have put off that diet and exercise plan for far too long. If you are forty and older it’s time to literally get moving. Since there are physiological changes of varying kinds associated with the ageing process, health experts suggest regular exercise and a healthy diet filled with several servings of colourful fruits and vegetables daily.

It is likely that for most of us, health challenges will come, however you can reduce or totally eliminate your chances of becoming ill and/or the severity of illness by taking care of your body and mind today. Another helpful habit is to work on reducing stress levels and getting plenty of sleep. Hard work should be smart work and being in optimal physical form as you are ageing is one of the smartest things you can do. Make your health investment today and recoup the benefits in many years to come, when you’ll need these benefits the most.

Economic Security

Someone once said that “money may not buy you love but it doesn’t hurt to have a down payment just in case.” Many seniors today are living the consequences of the decisions they made in their younger years, particularly in the area of finances.

While many may have saved for a rainy day there are often more rainy days than sunny ones with life expectancies well into the 80’s. While I am not a financial expert, as a social worker I have seen enough over the years and, that there are a few critical pillars of finances that are useful in old age. These include: personal savings; pensions; investments; exchanges between family members and friends for goods and services; earned income and; additional sources of passive income.

While many people have some ability to at least commence a personal savings plan and a pension plan which is mandatory for every employed person; can ask for help or pool resources with family members; or can rely on income from an apartment; few understand how to make their money work for them. The mindset of the past has been “work hard, save, retire, spend and stretch it to the grave.” The problem with this formula however is that there are often way more retirement years than there is money!

One of the best things that you can do for yourself at any age is to learn how to make your money work for you so that you don’t have to work so hard in your later years for it. The earlier you start making money work for you the better off you will be.

Meaningful Relationships

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness in the UK, almost a fifth of persons (9 million) in the UK admit to feeling lonely. Over a half of people in the UK aged 75 and older live alone and 2/3’s indicate that the television is their main companion. If you are active and full of vitality then chances are you are looking for creative ways to spend some time alone from the children, the job and maybe even your ageing parents.

However, when you begin to transition from these roles and enter retirement, when the kids leave home, or your parents and maybe even your spouse has died, the threat of loneliness suddenly becomes a reality. It is true that the one constant in life is change and we must forever be preparing for it.

Learning how to adapt to change, particularly changing relationships, will be an important part of your ageing success. There can be a temptation in our younger years to take family and friends for granted, but around forty and sometimes younger, significant people in our life start disappearing. Your best couple friends are divorced, your children grow up and relocate, and your spouse prefers to stay at home more. It is often here that you’ll start to realize that relationships are the true currency of the old age economy. And, just like any other investment, you can only get out what you put in, so make sure you never stop investing into your relationships.

Positive Self-Identity

Your 40thbirthday may also be the time that you take a look at your life and wonder where it is going. It may be that there are more years behind you than there are ahead of you and you want to be at peace with the fact that the life you are living has a meaningful purpose. For some this introspection may spark a mid-life crisis and for others an awakening. If at 40 years or older, you look around and you are not happy with who you have become then make up your mind to change. Harbouring regret, frustration and unhappiness can have irreversible consequences on your mental and physical well-being, your finances and your relationships. Owning a positive self-identify means offering the best you, an improved you, designed to create, contribute and participate. A better life awaits at 40 and beyond. I dare you to go for it!

Dr. Claudette Fleming has been the Executive Director at Age Concern Bermuda for 19 years. She has helped to develop the organization’s platform for Successful Ageing. For more information on successful ageing  and Age Concern visit the research pages at www.ageconcern.bm.

This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the rg Encore Age supplement.

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A science experiment to save lives http://rgmags.com/2019/02/a-science-experiment-to-save-lives/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/a-science-experiment-to-save-lives/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:54:38 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8108 Bermuda’s Own Findings on Diabetes by Kameron Young and Dr Carika Weldon A sweet tooth is something we all have, but can it be genetic? This is the question, a Bermudian science duo, set out to answer for Kameron Young’s Internal Assessment for her Biology class. She started by asking the question, “How does the [...]

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Bermuda’s Own Findings on Diabetes

by Kameron Young and Dr Carika Weldon

A sweet tooth is something we all have, but can it be genetic? This is the question, a Bermudian science duo, set out to answer for Kameron Young’s Internal Assessment for her Biology class. She started by asking the question, “How does the TAS2R38 gene affect a person’s preference for sugar and sugar intake?”

What is TAS2R38?

TAS2R38 is a bitter-taste receptor gene and is the only known taste-receptor gene to have mutations in the DNA that affect taste perception. With 13 percent of Bermudians with diabetes, we wondered if there could be a potential link to obesity and the disease. Further insights into the causes are needed and underline the importance of studies like these, as they provide breakthroughs and lead the way to further progress in the management, treatment and potential cure for diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a chronic disease, in which the body is not able to efficiently use its form of energy, glucose. A healthy body produces insulin, which is a key to opening the cells and taking in glucose. Without the key,  glucose cannot enter, leaving the cells without energy. In T2D, the pancreas is not able to make sufficient insulin. Due to this less efficient use of energy, a very common symptom of T2D is tiredness. It should be said that no one is born with T2D; it is developed mainly due to poor diet. High sugar intake can lead to obesity which has been directly shown to cause T2D.

Our Original Study

The study was advertised via Facebook and garnered 100 participants at ConnecTech. Our initial analysis showed that there seems to be a connection between high sugar intake and having the mutation in this gene – a mutation that causes one to taste things more bitter. This suggested that genetics may play a role. If such a test was able to inform someone that, biologically, they had a higher preference for sugar, could they then change their eating habits accordingly?

What’s Next?

Unfortunately, in our original study, there were more female than male participants (80 percent female compared to 20 percent). In addition, there were not many patients with Type 2 diabetes (not to mention, those aged 16-45 and 56 plus were amiss). As science goes, we’ve decided to collect more data, through a second study in February, where we anticipate upwards of 500 participants.

February brings not only another trial for the study, it also brings a conference hosted by The Bermuda Principles Foundation Fund, a non-profit initiative at the Bermuda Community Foundation. The conference will bring international scientists to Bermuda to share their latest research on various diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

This education day will be a place for people, regardless of scientific experience, age or background to interact and learn from each other and a panel of experts. It’s here that we will be excited to present the complete findings of our extended study. What’s the link between diabetes and genetics? We’re looking forward to bringing these findings forward to advance the overall health of the island, and the world. Stay tuned.


Diabetes 101

What We Know About T2D

  • Represents 85–90 per cent of all cases of diabetes
  • Usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years;
  • Usually develops in Afro-Caribbean, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders
  • More common in girls than in boys during childhood
  • Is more likely in people with a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Is managed with a combination of regular physical activity, healthy eating and weight reduction.

Symptoms

  • Being excessively thirsty
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually putting on weight
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps

Diabetes 101, Bermuda Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.bm


Dr Carika Weldon is a 28-year old biochemist working at the University of Oxford, specialising in using DNA and RNA sequencing to better understand the genetic cause of disease in clinical patients. She is the Executive Director and Founder of the Bermuda Principles Foundation Fund.

Kameron Young is a 17-year old BHS International Baccalaureate student in her final year of study.

This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the rg Health & Wellness supplement.

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A coffee a day… http://rgmags.com/2019/02/a-coffee-a-day/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/a-coffee-a-day/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:09:36 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8102 The Latest Findings by John Manchester For some reason, coffee is a more controversial drink than tea (ignoring the slight misstep of the Boston Tea Party). It arouses passion and controversy; and the question of whether its consumption offers net health benefits has long been debated, with the suspicion being that the “coffee lobby” may [...]

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The Latest Findings

by John Manchester

For some reason, coffee is a more controversial drink than tea (ignoring the slight misstep of the Boston Tea Party).

It arouses passion and controversy; and the question of whether its consumption offers net health benefits has long been debated, with the suspicion being that the “coffee lobby” may be trying to influence scientific findings (a practice which is all too common in many areas of research on what we eat and drink.)

However, the preponderance of reputable evidence now indicates that coffee, drunkin moderation, is good for you.

In fact, the recent 90+ Study(of the oldest-old) published in late December by researchers from the University of California supports the view that those who drink moderate amounts of coffee (and alcohol) tend to live longer than those who abstain completely.

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance on the planet. When you drink coffee, the caffeine enters your bloodstream and travels to your brain, where it blocks a so-called inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. This allows other neurotransmitters to function, leading to increased energy levels, quicker reaction times and better mood. Of course, persistent and heavy consumption of coffee can lead to “withdrawal symptoms” if consumption declines or ends, so you do need to monitor how much coffee you drink. The consensus is that the equivalent of up to four cups a day is optimal.

However, the health benefits of coffee drinking are not confined to mental stimulation. It has been demonstrated to boost physical performance and break down body fat, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes(but lay off the five spoons of sugar per cup…)

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons – TS Eliot

Importantly, in an ageing world in which the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia presents an ever-increasing threat to a healthy retirement and enjoyable old age, several studies show that, when coupled with exercise and a sensible diet, drinking coffee can lower the risk of onset by up to 65 percent; while also reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease materially.

And while we would not condone the consumption of coffee as an antidote to the metabolic ravages of excessive intake of alcohol, there is evidence that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may combat the onset of cirrhosis of the liver. Similarly, while coffee is rich in anti-oxidants (and sometimes said to be the major source of these beneficial compounds for those on a standard Western diet), that should not be used as an excuse to avoid eating fresh fruit and vegetables!

For many years there was also debate over the impact of coffee consumption on the risk of heart disease. It now seems to be accepted that reasonable consumption does not increase that risk, and actually reduces the probability of a stroke.

If the results of the above-mentioned 90+ Study are replicated, they probably represent the most compelling case for regular, moderate consumption of coffee.

So, by all means, drink your Joe and boast about how healthy it is – but not persistently in the form of a heavily-sweetened, cream-laden Venti Caramel Latte! As in many other areas of health, moderation and quality matter most.

This article was written with the help of Luis E. Mazareigos, Coffee Expert and Head Barista at Devil’s Isle Coffee and originally published in the 2019 edition of the rg Health & Wellness supplement.

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Black History Month: Eugene Carmichael http://rgmags.com/2019/02/black-history-month-eugene-carmichael/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/black-history-month-eugene-carmichael/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 13:42:31 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8093 Charity and Purpose are a Way of Life Death is Not the End(2017) is a seemingly modest 88-page book that presents ideas to live by; ideas that promised a state of absolute freedom from the fear of dying. It was one of Eugene Carmichael’s last intriguing life projects before he himself laid to rest not [...]

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Charity and Purpose are a Way of Life

Death is Not the End(2017) is a seemingly modest 88-page book that presents ideas to live by; ideas that promised a state of absolute freedom from the fear of dying. It was one of Eugene Carmichael’s last intriguing life projects before he himself laid to rest not even a year after publishing (April 17, 2018).

I have been exposed to conventional thinking throughout my life, and I have obediently followed the paths of thought of the masses. However, I am a free and independent thinker at heart, so I question a lot, and I am not afraid to explore a path if it draws me. Needless to say, I have run into significant criticisms from time to time. Somewhere along the way, I came across a mantra that states: ‘Dare to be a Leader.’(Hood) It has stayed with me and is a principle guide in my life.” (p. 3)

Eugene Carmichael grew up in Scaur Hill, Sandy’s. He never set out to make a stir, but seemed to be moved by injustice. His first fight was to review the KEMH emergency room procedures in 1982 after the death of his first wife, and beloved Bermudian jazz musician Violeta Carmichael, whowas about to have her career launched in the USA.

Her unexpected death resulted in other black families coming forward with similar tales about their treatment (or lack thereof) in and by the hospital’s emergency department. The lack of real concern from the Bermuda Government health minister at the time prompted Eugene to call the then head of the World Health Organization and ignite a conversation that would lead to health care reform in Bermuda.

This also spurred Eugene to establish the group HealthWatch – a platform that allowed Bermudians to make sure their needs and views on healthcare were heard and supported.

Shortly after, in 1988, what was originally a “get-fit challenge between a group of friends” eventually became a formalised charity “fun raiser.” As the inadvertent co-founder of what is now one of the most well-supported charities on the island – the Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust – Eugene was able to live to watch its full growth. Now the Trust hosts thousands of people annually to walk, run and swim across Bermuda. From its website: “All pledges raised by our participants are distributed amongst that year’s selected charities.”

“The End-to-End committee has now acknowledged Eugene’s contribution by announcing that the three co-founders (Eugene, Anne Mello and Starla Williams) will receive recognition through a park bench dedication along the Railway Trail.

In June of 2018, the award was received by his daughters, Donna Carmichael and Carol Hendrickson, and, thanks to the Department of Parks, the bench has been permanently placed at Barnes’ Corner by the Department.

In 1999, Euguene was publicly recognised for his community service with the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour for his community service. He told Mid-Ocean News at the time: “I have happily given service over the years because I saw the need in the community. Frankly, I find it hard to say no.” Good for us.

The Bermuda-Spain Connection

Though his age could have encouraged him to stay in Bermuda, that same year, a trailblazing Eugene decided to move with his wife, Lorna, and his son, Nathaniel to Valencia, in eastern Spain. Reminiscing on his first experiences touring Europe with the Honda Goldwing Bike Club, Eugene told The Royal Gazetteat the time that he was “the only black man around.” Despite curiosity about his difference, Eugene quickly won the hearts of the Spanish residents of Pedralba, where he settled with his family. His beautiful home had a well-used hammock that looked out on the surrounding fields of Valencia orange trees.

From one small town to another, Eugene continued to givethe best parts of himself to everyone around him.He grew closely involved with the charity Valencia Acoge, which was set up to help move refugees and immigrants to Spain – many young Bermudians among them. He taught extensively about culture, climate and geography, and tried his best with the language.

This service was helped by his membership in the club Toastmasters International, where he constantly worked on his communication, public speaking and leadership skills, and enjoyed mentoring new members. Though away, he was forever invested in his island home, making sure to visit organisations such as The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and Bermuda Senior’s Islanders’ Centre, among others. “Eugene visited us at the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre and St. Paul’s Christian Education Centre…Eugene was a phenomenal Bermudian, a courteous and wise man with a genuine interest in philanthropy and charitable causes island-wise.” reads a letter to his family.
In 2000, Eugene’s reach went even further when he helped build a school in Gouria, a remote village in the far north of Cameroon, West Africa, as part of a programme called the Malima Project – which is committed to the support of high-quality education, basic health care and other social services in the region. His portrait now hangs in the school’s office.

Death is Not the End

Near the end, he never pretended to understand everything about life, but conducted independent research to find out, at least, the meaning of death. Whether for self-assurance or to be able to continue to guide those closest to him after his time, only someone philanthropically fulfilled at the age of 79 could find the courage to investigate such a deep topic.

Eugene Carmichael was an adventurous spirit, a teacher, a husband and a caring father. In his life, he worked for each community in which he found himself, without regard to race, religion or nationality; and showed that doing what’s right in your heart will always win. He was the connection between Bermuda Cod Fish & potatoes and Paella, and remains a role model for islanders, no matter the age, wanting to break free from the status quo and explore the world outside of Bermuda.

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Train your way http://rgmags.com/2019/02/train-your-way/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/train-your-way/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:26:26 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8079 Bermuda trainers to fit your lifestyle Have you ever made a commitment to movement? By now you know that no two people are built the same. Once you’ve figured out your wants, written down your goals, it’s important to figure out your individual needs — physically, mentally and spiritually. There is a trainer in Bermuda [...]

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Bermuda trainers to fit your lifestyle

Have you ever made a commitment to movement? By now you know that no two people are built the same. Once you’ve figured out your wants, written down your goals, it’s important to figure out your individual needs — physically, mentally and spiritually. There is a trainer in Bermuda that is a right fit for you, it’s just a matter of finding them. Here are some options for slow and fast-paced movement to get you started whether you’re 50+, postpartum, recovering from an injury or in need of high-intensity.

Samantha Pardoe

Rehabilitation training
Court House Squash & Wellness

Diploma Level 4 Personal Training, Level 3 Orthopedic Conditions, Level 3 Mat Pilates & Pilates Reformer with Orthopedic Conditions and Small Equipment & Various Group Exercise Certifications

Why rehabilitation training?

If you have a physical condition that inhibits you in everyday life, while playing sports or working out, getting checked out can uncover an underlying issue that requires an area to be worked on through stretching and strengthening, i.e. rehabilitation training.

What does it entail? 

Generally, there would be a session, or more, on the Pilates Reformer to discover where the member may require strengthening and/or stretching. I would then focus on making sure the muscles are working safely and effectively without assistance and introduce weighted workouts.

Philosophy

Start with the basics and work up! I ensure that technique is the priority and that clients know their limits. It’s about doing what’s right for you and your body.


Elinor Lucas-Quarterly

Swim Training
Head Coach, Dolphin Swim Team

American Swim Coaches Association Level 3 Certification

Why Swim Training?

Swimming is a non-impact total body workout that burns a phenomenal number of calories.  Although great both for cardiovascular and resistance work, swimming is very gentle and safe.

Suggested Frequency

Swim training has a strong emphasis on technique and is best done at least twice a week. Half-hour to one-hour sessions, one to three times a week work well depending on your level and goals.

Philosophy

I’m a very technique-oriented swim coach and work to correct. At the same time, I understand and respect that different people have different levels of comfort with the water and work with that to get them to their goals.


Kevina-Lorae’ A. Santucci

Sustainable Weight Loss
B.E.A.S.T & T.A.C

American College of Sports Medicine Certified; Turbo Kick Live Certified

Why Weight-loss Training?

A healthy body fat percentage can improve sleep quality, help balance hormones, improve sex drive, improve mood, ease joint pain, reduce stress, and increase energy levels. Not to mention improve confidence and overall quality of life.

What is Sustainable Weight Loss?

It requires healthy eating, strength training, and some cardio. You should shoot for 2-5 pounds a week for safe weight loss. The goal is to develop healthy habits and keep it off for good.

Philosophy

I would call my style fun, sustainable fitness. At my heaviest, I was 210 pounds, but eventually was pushing for the bikini category in a body building show. I like to find workouts that clients can enjoy, with functional compound movements that assist with everyday life.


Sophia Cannonier

Postpartum reorganization
Lotus Mind Body Spirit Wellness Center

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Certified Advanced Midwife Assistant, Certified DONA and ToLabour trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, and more.

Why postpartum reorganization?

After a baby, women are quick to want their “body back”, when what they really need is to move the body forward. Most recovery takes place before the birth, which is why it’s best that women start training in pregnancy.

What does it entail?

We observe breathing – the most important part of internal recovery. We look at where things have changed and reorganize from there. We work on simple movements – getting up and down off the floor, in and out of bed, etc., and then pelvic floor exercises. Together, we figure out nutrition options that are best for the individual.

Philosophy

To empower – knowledge is not knowledge unless you give it away. I encourage critical thinking. I work with kindness and patience to figure out fears and work towards goals.


Cara Bowen

Iyengar Yoga
The Club Yoga Centre Bermuda

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Why Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga is taught in over 70 countries worldwide. The high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of Yoga worldwide.

What is it?

This unique style of yoga encourages precise alignment and mindful movement, often utilizing a variety of props to help students safely achieve and hold poses for maximum benefit. Iyengar yoga provides an ideal foundation for new students, and offers a comprehensive platform for more experienced students to advance their practice.

Philosophy

I am one of only two certified Iyengar teachers on the island, and have been practicing for over 20 years.I have chosen to teach as a lifetime profession moving through art, dance and yoga, and find it a blissful and ever-rewarding commitment.

This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the rg Health & Wellness supplement.

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Small changes to live a more sustainable life in 2019 http://rgmags.com/2019/02/small-changes-to-live-a-more-sustainable-life-in-2019/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/small-changes-to-live-a-more-sustainable-life-in-2019/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:27:17 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8081 If you were looking for a sign to make some lifestyle changes, this is it! It is never too late or too early to think about our planet, and what we can do as individuals to contribute. You don’t have to live off the grid and move to the mountains to live sustainably, in fact, [...]

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If you were looking for a sign to make some lifestyle changes, this is it! It is never too late or too early to think about our planet, and what we can do as individuals to contribute. You don’t have to live off the grid and move to the mountains to live sustainably, in fact, it is probably easier than you think. Small changes can have a big impact in the long run, and with the state of the environment, every bit counts. Here are some small changes you can make right now, to live a more sustainable life

Reduce the meat you consume

The devastating effects the meat and dairy industry have on our planet are often overlooked. For example, raising animals for food requires enormous amounts of resources like water, food, land, and energy. Livestock and their byproducts account for 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year (51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions).

Although choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet is clearly the best option, not only because of health reasons, but because it would entirely cut all animal products out of your life, is not realistic for everybody. However, eating meat-less might be an option. Compromising and cutting meat and dairy out of your diet, even for a day or two, is by far the most significant lifestyle change you can make, so give it a chance! We now also have lots of meat substitutions, so the change doesn’t have to be so drastic.

Buy locally grown food

This is a great way to not only support local farmers and the economy, but also to significantly cut down the miles your food will have to travel, thus cutting down on fuel and excessing packaging as well. This will also mean your food will be fresher and you won’t be supporting huge companies that are often incredibly wasteful. So, consider taking a trip to the farmers market at Botanical Gardens which is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, or the Home Farm Market at Wadson’s Farm in Southampton, open Tuesday to Saturdays, before buying that same product at a supermarket.

Carry a reusable straw

During 2018 the no-straw movement really took off, and for a good reason. Did you know that plastic straws are too lightweight to be recycled in most places? Yes, and as of January 2019, they are the eight most-found ocean trash in cleanups, having a very negative impact on ocean wildlife.

We get it, they are fun and a great tool for people with disabilities, but you don’t have to ditch them altogether. You can find reusable straws made out of steel or glass at affordable prices at Naked Zero, The Chef Shop and Brown & Co, to name a few stores. Just ask for no straw the next time you’re ordering ice coffee or a fountain drink, and carry a reusable one instead everywhere you go.

Use reusable shopping bags

Most likely, there is a plastic bag filled with more plastic bags somewhere in your kitchen right now, and you’re not the only one. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, which is pretty wasteful considering how many resources are needed in order to manufacture them (It takes the same amount of the gas required to drive one mile, to produce 14 plastic bags).

Paper bags are not a sustainable option either, it takes 13 percent more energy to make a single paper bag than to make two plastic bags, and because they are heavier than plastic bags, more fuel is required in order to ship them.

So, shop without the guilt and carry reusable shopping bags wherever you go! You can find them at pretty much every store, they are super affordable and can fold small enough to be able to have them on the go.

Get a reusable plastic bottle

Globally, humans buy a million plastic bottlesa minute and that number is expected to increase by 2020. So where does all that plastic go? Plastic is not recycled in Bermuda,  so it is only used once and then discarded, or finding it’s way into our ocean, and because plastic takes around 400 years to naturally decompose, every single plastic item we have used in our lifetime will still be here long after we are gone.

When you take a second to consider how much plastic you use in a day or in a week, and then multiply that by the billions of people on the planet, it’s easy to see why this is such a big issue.

During the 2018 throne speech, the government of Bermuda committed to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022, and to educate the community on recycling and reusable-items, so why not make the switch a little earlier? Even if you only buy one bottle of water a day, you are still wasting over three hundred single-use bottles a year alone.  You can reduce your environmental footprint significantly by simply ditching single-use plastic bottles and switching to a reusable one instead. Not to mention you will save money in the long run so it’s a win-win.

It is too late to look the other way when it comes to your eating decisions. Taking baby steps to live sustainably can be easy and accessible to everybody if we give it a chance, so why not do just that?

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New Year, New (healthy) You http://rgmags.com/2019/02/new-year-new-you/ http://rgmags.com/2019/02/new-year-new-you/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:52:28 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=8067 Making a Lifetime Commitment to Movement by Cyril H. Whitter III Many people set out to make New Year’s resolutions around this time, but, according to Forbes, only about eight percent of people actually achieve their goals. It’s safe to say that self-improvement is a shared hobby among most of us; it is, also, for [...]

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Making a Lifetime Commitment to Movement

by Cyril H. Whitter III

Many people set out to make New Year’s resolutions around this time, but, according to Forbes, only about eight percent of people actually achieve their goals. It’s safe to say that self-improvement is a shared hobby among most of us; it is, also, for most of us, a far-off dream that never comes to life.

Why?

Most people set bars that tend to be higher than they realistically can reach. Just like we teach our children, we have to crawl before we can walk and if it’s been a while, you’ll need to take the time and put in the work to get your sea legs back – not to mention mentally. Keeping it simple, by making a lifetime commitment to movement, is key to fitness success that will keep you feeling healthy, clear-minded and build the stepping stones to go further. We’ve designed three tips to help you get started, get moving, stay on track, and be a part of the 8 percent of people who do achieve their goals!

  1. Take Small Steps

Make small, but meaningful, adjustments you will commit to. This can include parking further away from work, cutting out sugary drinks 4 out of 5 days a week, or taking the stairs instead of an elevator.

Commit to 45 minutes a day:

Walk Bermuda’s Beautiful Railway Trails

Pedal Biking

Swimming

Jogging / Running

Group Fitness Classes

Cardio Kickboxing

  1. Find Fun Activities

Pick an activity you’ll enjoy committing to. Whether it be joining a gym, picking up a new sport, or taking walks through nature trails, make sure it is an activity you will enjoy getting up and going to.

  1. Create a Buddy System

Find a friend (or make one along the way) you can share your goals with who can keep you accountable. Tell them your goals and how you plan to achieve them! Going to run for 30 minutes three times a week? Tell your friend and have them check up on you.

Getting into a new healthier lifestyle and implementing a new fitness routine does not have to feel like a life-draining, end-of-the-world experience. It simply starts with taking that first step towards your goals. Start by making that commitment to daily movement.

Cyril H. Whitter III is the President and Co-Owner of Aries Sports Center (www.ariessports.com). He is a Second Degree JiuJitsu Black Belt and Instructor from JCB School of Survival Arts.

This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the rg Health & Wellness supplement.

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