Will & Can Masks cause cancer? And if so – Why & HOW?

Now by in no way shape or form am I an anti-masker, or anti-vaxxer, but there have been many false claims in regards to masks and their side affects, from breathing issues to cancer. As someone who regularly has had to wear one for work, before it became mandatory most places, I was somewhat concerned in hearing of the many health issues that may develop from use, so I delved into researching the best I could with the resources I have at hand.

Firstly, to actually block germs, one will need to use one without a filter as shown below – Non-Medical VS Medical. With that out of the way, we proceed to the ‘breathing issue’ created once the mask is fully sealed.

Non-Medical VS Medical

Personal experience with the breathing issue, I’ve a slight trouble breathing already due to a smacking my nose from an accident years ago which makes my breathing sound laborious however, I seem to have done just fine with the cloth masks and the N95’s, but…I do find the circle style makes me dizzy…thankfully, there are a few different designs, I chose the duckbill one instead which allows a bigger air bubble past my beak of a nose, and it lets me breathe just fine. (See below for the ‘duckbill’ design.)

You also should be made aware there is a difference between KN95’s and N95’s, however the CDC has authorized the use of KN95 as a suitable alternative to N95 for its response to Covid-19. See a few article references below:

Rolling Stone
Smart Air
Popular Mechanics

Breathing issue aside, I started writing this blog post to clarify the information put forward in this Instagram video in particular.

As I’ve worked in the medical field for 6 years, 2 of which I wore a mask to ensure the patients that had open surgery didn’t get infection from us. So naturally when this whole ‘masks give you cancer’ thing came up, I was like…um…so I used them for years and I have many friends who still do, was I in danger and are they?! What I discovered was the chemical that your speaking of, Ethylene oxide, a “known carcinogen” which is used to sterilize surgical masks. And ONLY in use for hospital settings, as they it sterilize the entire package, not the individual masks, and only in rare cases do they sterilize each mask, as it is ill-advised by the FDA.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.


According to the World Health Organization, ethylene oxide is a “potent neurotoxin, a known human carcinogen, a potential reproductive hazard, and an allergic sensitizer” that can cause health problems with acute overexposure and chronic exposure. Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most commonly linked to occupational exposure to ethylene oxide, although stomach and breast cancers may also be associated, according to the National Cancer Institute.

At the same time, “ethylene oxide sterilization is an important sterilization method that manufacturers widely use to keep medical devices safe,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ethylene oxide may sometimes be the only method of effectively sterilizing equipment that would otherwise be damaged in other sterilization processes, the FDA notes.

About 50% of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide, according to the FDA. The FDA encourages medical device makers to follow consensus standards to ensure residual levels of ethylene oxide are within safe limits.

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane. However, according to the FDA, face masks sold to consumers (including cloth masks) are generally not sold as sterile, and surgical masks are not typically provided as sterile.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

As with other medical devices sterilized using ethylene oxide, FDA guidance helps ensure any remaining levels are within safe limits.

Early on in the pandemic, Illinois-based medical supplies manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries sought FDA approval to resterilize used masks using ethylene oxide. Crucially, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends against using ethylene oxide for resterilizing single-use filtering face piece respirators — masks like N95s — due to risks associated with the chemical. 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment, also warns against using ethylene oxide to decontaminate masks because wearers could breathe in residual amounts.


Ok, you say, I found a website where it says they sanitize each mask!? Now note that these are the Chinese masks that aren’t approved for use by medical nor the movies….3M, the north American maker disapproves of this method as well as the FDA.

(Also, if you do take the time to read the article above, it does address this)

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane.


I feel we as humans are too quick to jump on things when we are afraid, and we end up with fearmongers stirring up the pot, when it is an issue that is already taken care of by the powers that be. Not saying they are perfect, just saying someone up the food chain thought of this problem before a keyboard warrior noticed a huge issue, which in fact isn’t allowable by the FDA. I’m not saying I’m an expert either, I’ve only done a month of online research before creating this post, I don’t work in the creation, packaging, shipping and any other part of the process of mask creation, but I’m just hoping those that say they are experts aren’t completely lying to millions with a lie so large it would kill us all off.

So with all that said, if you feel worried about your provided masks, do your own research, and buy your own N95’s if you wish to ensure that you’re not supplied incorrectly.

Now, all that being said – whether you believe in COVID or not, I’d like to just point out…I’ve only been sick ONCE this year, where I was getting sick anywhere from 3-6 times a year before COVID….it’s been nice people haven’t been spewing their germs, being a lot cleaner in general, and more germ conscious then they were before. I hope we continue to put care and effort into keeping things clean, as it’s nice not to be sick, COVID or otherwise!

What is Onsen Therapy?

Glad you asked!

This practical, no nonsense type treatment that is used to structurally balance all the joints in the body so they can open and close properly without pain.

Training in Onsen TherapyTM has provided me with the tools to help those who have not found help from other Forms of Therapy. Students can re-educate the joints by detailed assessment and correction of those joints.

As therapists, we accomplish that with this protocol:

  1. We assess Structure:
    • What’s out of place?
  2. We assess Muscles:
    • What is too strong or weak pulling our structure/joints out of place?
  3. We retrain and restore Muscle Memory, so that:
    • your muscles can once again hold
    • your structure is where it should be
  4. We re-balance the Muscle with:
    • a specialized muscle-energy technique
    • an isometric exercise treatment protocol
    • light transverse friction massage
    • 2-4 stretch/strengthening exercises at home

Onsen TherapyTM gives relief to pain conditions, for example:

  • -98% of all arthritic cases
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, burning, scaring, lesions
  • -Spinal bulges, herniation, fusions, frozen shoulders
  • -Repetitive strain, ie athletic and work injuries to the wrists and elbows
  • -Auto injuries, neck, foot, knee, back.
  • -Spiral Fractures
  • -Migraines, Sciatica, hip replacements, hip pain, and put simply other unexplained pain.

Please wear loose garments, such as a t-shirt and stretch pants or shorts when you attend an Onsen TherapyTM Session, where we will balance your structure for you to feel the best you can!

-Original Write up accredited to Linda Leeson, Therapist & Instructor.

Blood Based Dieting – Dieting for Your Blood Type

An important thing to consider when dieting is your Blood Type. Why, you ask? Well, something like cucumbers can make someone of Blood Type O decrease in microbiome diversity, which is bad! At the same time, cucumbers will increase this in a Blood Type AB person, while also making it easier for them to lose weight. (To understand more why lowering of this is bad, check out this article here.)

There are four main blood groups (types of blood) – A, B, AB and O. Your blood group is determined by the genes you inherit from your parents. Each group can be either RhD positive or RhD negative, which means in total there are eight main blood groups.


Keeping this in mind, I feel it is wise to check each item you ingest before starting a new fad diet. Something simple could be holding you back!

The Blood Type Diet

Story Twisters

I like to talk – SURPRISE! However, when it comes down to it, what I especially like is exchanging stories – you tell a story, I tell a story vice versa – I am fairly open and completely honest about my life, as I don’t believe in keeping secrets, or hiding how I feel, who knows maybe my stories will help you, as I know many people’s stories have helped me! However, if you are going to judge everything I say without an open mind, I probably won’t share anymore stories with you.

That being said, one day, I realized things I had said were coming back to me twisted through another in an effort to make the subject of my story look like an ass, this person also feeding the information to someone else I had already moved away from speaking to, as similar events had occurred. I’m all for sharing stories, but to manipulate a story for your own use! – It wasn’t just one story either, it was every single one that I told about this particular person, and they decided according to their finite knowledge that this person was a piece of garbage and that I shouldn’t associate. – I was appalled, and immediately cut ties with this person, removing them from Facebook and any other social site.

I’d like to be very clear. Just because your way of life is different then mine, and you don’t care or want to understand it, doesn’t give you the right to pass critical judgement behind my back and say what I should or shouldn’t do. I will tell you my opinion on a situation if you ask for it, based on my experiences, but I will NOT say you HAVE to follow what I say, it is your life.

Now I write this in hopes of making some soul feel better about doing the same. It is not right for others to twist your stories, and you have a right to say NO and to remove these harmful people from your life. ‘It takes all sorts to make a world!’ as my late New Zealander friend Alice used to say, and it is up to you which ones you chose to love, and why, not everyone else’s business.

P.S. If you feel I ever missed or misconstrued information in telling a story, please let me know!! I’m only human, so know if I did, it wasn’t in malicious intent.

Incentive Overtime Offered for Alberta Nurse

Looking for a job that comes with lots of money? Look no further! Become a nurse and work for Alberta’s healthcare, (as this practice below is not active in BC) and you’ll never have to worry again!

Incentive Overtime is being offered to nurses when no one can be found at straight time. What that means is that you offer out the shift to everyone at Straight time, then Over time, then once all calls have been exhausted, you send out a final call-out to everyone, regardless if you are straight time or over time, you will get Overtime when you go in.

Hearing of this practice petrifies me, I feel like patient care is being lost in the dollar signs. I hope this practice NEVER comes to BC.

Pharmacy Dispensing Fees

I went to pick up my prescription the other day, and realized it was a bit more expensive then I remembered. I had recently moved pharmacies as a new location had opened up conveniently under my work location. However, this location had been tacking on an extra 4 dollars for a dispensing fee! For the extra 5 minutes it takes me to go to the other location, I’ll keep my 4 dollars thanks!

So, word to the wise, ask what their dispensing fees are before hoping over to a more convenient location!

Catnip – A Cure Right Under Our Noses

So, we all know how good cats find catnip, but did you know it was good for humans too? To know why, let’s take a look at where it comes from.

There is a slight relation between cannabis and catnip, being that they are both of the mint family,  in fact, if you’ve ever smelled fresh catnip, you’ll agree. It is far enough away however in it’s family tree that I’ve seen those with mint allergies be able to ingest it. I grew up with this stuff growing on our family estate, and as I was fairly sheltered and didn’t really learn about weed till my early 20’s, it explained why it always smelled ‘stronger’ around the back pathway after the teens of the neighborhood had walked through. I recently brought some into work for someones cats, after an argument with someone who said there was no way it smelt like it, yet even after tying it up in two garbage bags I was still getting looks and questions, to which I replied ‘Told ya so!!’

An amuzing article from a study done back in 1988 points to “Nepeta cataria, is a chemical called nepetalactone that sets off in the cat’s brain the behavioral patterns usually connected with a variety of pleasurable or exciting things,” and that it’s the smell not the ingestion that triggers it,  according to research by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart. The eating of catnip by a cat is thought to be an effort to bruise the catnip leaves to release more of the nepetalactone.

Now while catnip does not effect humans the same way, as in we do NOT get high from it, it does have other beneficial properties.

Herbapathy.com lists catnip as Most Effective against non other then MOSQUITO BITES – That’s right, that plant that grows like a weed, something man tries to control, another one of nature’s wonders, and it’s reach out to HELP US!

That’s just the tip of the ice-berg!

For Cures, it’s considered Highly Effective against Anemia, Convalescence and Fever.

Effective against – Abdominal disorders, Acne, ADHD, Allergy, Anhidrosis, Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Ascaris, Bipolar Disorders, Bleeding Externally, Bloating, Bone Pain, Bronchitis, Bruises, Chicken Pox, Cold, Colic, Constipation, Convulsions, Cough, Cramps, Cuts, Dandruff, Depression, Diarrhea, Difficult Menses, Digestive Disorders, Diphtheria, Early Satiety, Eye Diseases, Eyes Bloodshot, Flatulence, Flu, Gastrointestines, Hay Fever, Headache, Hoarseness, Hysteria, Indigestion, Insanity, Insect Bites, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Keshan Disease, Measles, Menses Scanty, Migraine, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Multiple Scloerosis, Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasm, Muscle Sprains, Nausea, Nervous Disorders, Pain, Panophthalmitis, Piles, Pneumonia, Premenstrual Syndrome, Repeated Miscarriages, Respiratory Diseases, Restlessness, Rheumatism, Scarlet Fever, Sinusitis, Small Pox, Sore Throat, Stomach Ache, Stress, Swelling, Swine Flu, Tachycardia, Teething Problems, Toothache, Urine Retention, Urticaria, Water Retention and Wounds.

I’ve personally and successfully used it against items in bold in above list.

But WHY Sarah!? How does this ‘Weed’ have so many benefits for us?

The active ingredient list for this plant explains far better then I.

Acetic Acid, Alpha Humulene, Alpha Nepetalactone, Beta Elemene, Beta Nepetalactone, Butyric Acid, Calcium, Camphor, Carvacrol, Caryophyllene, Chromium, Citral, Citral Nepetalactone, Citronellal, Cintronellol, Dipentene, Essential Oil, Geraniol, Iridoids, Iron, Magnesium,  Manganese, Myrcene, Nepetalic Acid, Nerol, Phosphorus, Pipertone, Potassium, Pulegone, Rosmarinic acid, Selenium, Silicon, Tannins, Terpenoids, Thymol, Valeric Acid, Vitamin A(Or Retinol), Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C and Zinc.

As you read that list, did you notice it looked a lot like shelf of bottles in a Natural Health Foods store? If you’ve done any research in this topic, you’ll see the common result of too much of this stuff makes you sick. The reason people get sick after too much of this plant is it’s an active medicinal plant, and as your body has an easier time recognizing elements that will help it in natural form then in pill, you must keep this in mind when ingesting.  It took me a bit to get the tea dosage right, but if you always remember that too much of a good thing = not good at all and start with 1 leaf, 3 if dried, (yes I know it sounds small, but this stuff is strong!!) and slowly increase dosage to test effectiveness, you will know what is just right for you.

Note that each one of the ailments and ingredients listed above can be further researched here, if you click on an ailment it will provide you with a list of potential cures:


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Salt Scam

Some days, I like a cup of warm salt water, and on one of these such days, I used some ‘Himalayan Salt’. But as the pink dissolved into a film on the top and the salt itself dissolved layer of particles and dirt in the bottom, I started doing some research.

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I came across this article, which is full of misinformation, but it lead me to this, which has some interesting stats and information on how Himalayan salt is found mined and how to determine if you’re buying the real thing.

I found reference to a spectral analysis of this salt, in this article but as it points out ‘If you read down the list of minerals, you will notice that it includes a number of radioactive substances like radium, uranium, and polonium. It also includes substances that act as poisons, like thallium. I wouldn’t be worried, since the amounts are so small; but if anyone believes the trace amounts of “good” minerals in Himalayan sea salt are good for you, why not believe the trace amounts of poisons and radioactive elements are bad for you?’

On the flip side, I think we should be asking ourselves how ‘good’ really are the trace amounts of minerals?

While I don’t believe Himalayan salt in itself is a scam, as it is a higher quality then your normal salt, but the claims surrounding it’s extra properties are blown out of proportion. My research also indicates that the other salts that may be better for you, depending on your levels of iodine.

Well now what Sarah?? Thought I was having healthy good salt!! Well, I’m not leaving without sharing my solution. After years of searching for a salt that actually tasted right, I ran across Avena’s Pristine Sea Salt. Not trying to promote any company here, but their salt is by far the best I have tasted, and can fulfill a salt craving properly.

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How the Occupation I Never Thought I’d Practice Became the Passion I can’t let go

My story begins with a 2 year old me, swinging on a swing, looking at the blue sky, wishing I could go up into the blue…and I remember letting go… a shock to my neck…After that, I don’t remember much besides being sent away from the hospital being told I was fine. I had let go of the swing and had fallen on the left side of my neck onto a log that they had behind the swing. I had cried pretty much right away, and there was no concussion damage that they could see. They didn’t know then, but this would set me on a path of klutziness seen throughout my childhood and into my early 20’s.
My whole childhood I had the privilege of following around a farmer/logger/mechanic/handyman, and with no boys, my five sisters and I were tough nuts. So when I was 8, I remember waking up in pain, unable to get out of bed without much discomfort, and without question, my parents brought me to the walk-in/hospital and eventually I was sent to Okaped where they showed how my walk was wrong and how they could try to correct it with inserts molded for my shoes. These ‘Band-Aids’ helped, but I was still ‘discombobluated’, a term I used for the feeling I felt when I couldn’t figure out how to perform an action shown. This was extremely detrimental to my self-confidence, but it’s all about perspective, and my dad was a happy go lucky guy who made fun of everything, even himself, so I was able to learn to laugh at myself.
I ended up with glasses when I was 9. When I was 10 or so, I raced down a hill with a scooter to beat my peers, and when I realized I was winning, I looked back to see where everyone was, saw everyone had stopped, wondered why, and turned around to take a stop sign pole to the face! The impact was so hard, I even lost a glasses piece! (I did recover it and put it back together myself, so no one was the wiser). This impact shifted on of my right skull plates, which caused the blood vessel on the right side of my face to protrude whenever my blood pressure fluctuated, and if my blood pressure was super high, it would throb and get quite hot. Sometime before 13 but after 11, I took a GIGANTIC soccer ball directly to the same eye, and while not as concentrated in impact as the stop sign pole, moved my right plate even further back.
When I was 15, my mum and I were cutting wood on the chop saw, and it’s safety broke, causing a piece of wood to fling off in my direction. I took it directly in the bridge of my glasses, giving me a nasty hole and two black eyes. When the doctor stitched me up I’ll never forget his haunting words ‘Any higher, any lower, you’d be dead.’
I went to a chiropractor for many years, but his method was too text-book, and many times the week following the treatment I would be in pain till the correction slipped back to its original misalignment. I’d only go to him once every 6 weeks, and when he retired we started going to someone who was a little more willing to look outside of the box. His treatments felt more effective, less painful, yet I still felt they slipped back.
When I was 16, my mum bought me Figure skates, buuuut I had only ever used hockey skates, and having always felt the need for speed, I took off like a shot. But as I rounded the corner, I hit something – the toe pick, and it took me down so hard it took the breath out of me. I landed on my right side, shifting muscles from the right to the left and vice-versa. I remember getting up trying to catch my breath that had been knocked out of me, my shoulder blade stabbing pain, and my right hip and side so sore. But I pressed on, and sometime between 17 and 18, I took a baseball directly to the glasses.
My chiropractor tried in vain to fix my crushed right side, he took X-Rays for me showing the amount of arthritis that was starting to form, but as the focus was on the ribs and shoulder blades (bones), was unable to unhook the mess of muscles happening in the right side. I stopped going after 3 years.
In college, I exposed my hands to bleach for a half hour without realizing it, weakening the structure of my hands skin. This started them cracking painfully ever winter, the damage progressing further when I took up skiing, as a few times I did induce frostbite. My first attempt at skiing added another injury to the list, as I got my legs uncomfortably stuck doing the splits between two trees for about 30 minutes, and when it appeared no one was going down the trail I was on, I wrestled myself out, tearing things as I went.
Entering the working world, at 19 I got a job as an aircraft parts clerk, daily moving heavy parts around, started skiing more regularly, then as skiing costs went up, petered off from skiing, and turned to one of my dearest passions – swimming.
At this point, I had just gotten my eyes PRK’d , and for once I wasn’t worrying about contacts slipping around in my goggles!! (My eyes are allergic to Chlorine) I managed to hurt myself while doing this also however, I had just turned 22, and thought it’d be fun to learn to surf…and gave myself some fun whiplash!! I then decided to do something easy, but my off-centered body attempting a simple dive, simply could not make my right arm level with the left, and took the dive directly the right side of my face – yup, wearing goggles! This resulted in a very dizzying swim back to the surface, where I attempted to brush it off, thinking the searing pain in my eyes was just the fact I had taken a face full of chlorine as the goggles had shifted…
These last two injuries strung my body to the max. I started getting major migraines constantly, which up till that point I had only experienced every couple of years. But after this accident, each migraine gained intensity and the time between them went from yearly, to monthly, and after 3 months, I was starting to experience them weekly. It didn’t help that I had switched jobs and now at work I was sitting for 8 – 9 hours a day, with no sit stand, and wearing a left side headset, which put strain on one side of my neck. A new throbbing blood vessel started in the middle of my forehead, the pain so great it started to impact my day to day procedures. I started to experience things such as ovarian cysts, Kidney stones, heart burn, arthritis, bladder control and constant fatigue. My thyroid went from slightly Hypo to Hyper, causing me to drop weight rapidly, leaving my body with no cushion to block the pure pain of my injuries. I tried Acro-Yoga, which I had to stop after 6 months, as during a move I found myself on the floor in pain, my sciatic starting to give me grief.
After my last bout with Kidney stones, I can remember lying on my bed crying, ‘I’m 22, how is this happening?!’ This moment had brought forward the haunting realization; you don’t have to have kids or be that old to have all these medical problems. (My mum had seven pregnancies, 1 being a set of twins, 2 of them miscarriages, and I had always attributed her issues to the amount of pregnancies, but it was that, a combination of injuries throughout her lifetime, and the inability to let her body get the proper rest and alignment it needed which put her in the state she is in now). Firstly, if you rest for too long, then overdo it; you’ll induce a vicious cycle of trying to play catch-up for the rest of your life. Secondly, we have been ingrained with the mentality of treating each part of the body individually – even though we all know the song ‘Toe bone connected to the foot bone, Foot bone connected to the heel bone…etc’. The philosophy of ONSEN® is to treat the body as a whole, while most practitioners learn more about one area of the body and tend to specialize in that area.
“It is more important to know what person the disease has then what disease the person has.” Sir William Osler.
This is one of my favorite quotes, putting forward the idea that mentally, it’s willpower that keeps us going, and on the physical side, we see that flexibility has a major play on how we react to injuries. The body is an amazing machine, and when used properly, holds a potential many of us have yet to even catch a glimpse of.
So as I lay there, wondering if this was the end, I started to work on myself. I cut off a skin tag on my neck which revealed the amount of damage being held to my body since I first flew off a swing, and when I closed my eyes, I could create a map in my mind of my body – a phenomenon that I felt super odd talking about, but speaking with many massage practitioners, this experience is quite normal, and envied by some. This allowed me to trace out trouble spots, and my OCD made it simple to bring my body back to ‘One’.
As friends and family started to realize I was fixing them, they prompted me to get certified. I was recommended the ONSEN® course, and plan on getting my Physiotherapy within the next 2 years so I can be covered under extended medical.
While taking the ONSEN® course, I have had a few physical setbacks, with the nastiest ones being:
1 – Skidding off my bike, off centering my hips and scraping my kneecap, mashing the muscles on top underneath the cap.
2 – Fell on my tailbone while skating.
3 – Shot myself in the left index finger with a roofing nail gun, which my body tried during recovery to help my finger by hyper-extending the thumb.
4 – Fell off my bike again, this time completely turning my left arm backwards and sitting on it with a heavy backpack on.
5 – Major whiplash from a day of tubing
But with each injury, I learn something new which helps me be more relatable to my clientele. And having a construction worker for a boyfriend means even more practice for me!
With this insight into my past, my hope is that this will give you a better idea of what I’ve been through, what I can do, and make you more comfortable in letting me help you start your journey of rediscovery and wellness!
Thank you for reading, and hope you have a wonderful day!
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Fatigue – The Silent Killer

Fatigue is a condition which has been termed by the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety in an effort to reduce workers from injuring themselves or others at the workplace. Many people believe that this condition does not affect them and will try to work past the 16 hours posted on the OHS site.

If you are one of these people, please consider reading this below article, as I hope it will give you a better idea as to what this truly does to the human body.

When you stay awake for 24-hours