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In addition to fonts, I love birds. One of my favourite pastimes is sitting quietly in my garden listening to the busy chatter and watching the hypnotic movement of birds.  While I do have a lot of glass in my home and deck, my home must be situated just right because, thankfully I do not […]

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Oops! They did it again! Researchers have removed another card from the house built by the beer, wine and spirits stakeholders who are trying to convince consumers that alcohol consumption confers a net health benefit. Yes, research still shows that heart disease (by the way one of the easiest syndromes to improve or avoid through […]

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According to a recent Vancouver Sun article – We’re told to go easy on students, B.C. teachers say – school principals are ordering teachers to ensure good grades to students, even if it means never giving a zero on an assignment or allowing a student to take a test as many times as necessary to […]

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I am not a particularly good student of history but I do remember that we spent considerable time studying the violent and bloody history of Europe. As I recall the obscene wealth and land holdings of the few were built on the virtual slave labour of the many. The many were called serfs. They worked […]

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According to this CBC article, a recent study of 1.3 million women concluded that as much as 13% of cancers in British women may be accounted for by alcohol consumption.The study, which followed the women (most of whom were light to moderate drinkers and 25% of whom were teetotallers) for an average of 7 years, […]

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Remember the 80s movie Big? In it, a 13 year old boy makes a wish to be ‘big’, and wakes up an adult. In the movie, the experience was fun, embarrassing, and understandably traumatic. Imagine a magic hockey helmet that could instantly make you 10 years older? Sound fun? Well as youngster Miller Donnelly explains […]

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“The conditions under which migrant and immigrant farmworkers live and work in B.C. are as bad as in any Third World country, activists said at the release yesterday of a study called Cultivating Farmworker Rights.”  The study, by Arlene McLaren, economist David Fairey of the Trade Union Research Bureau and Mark Thompson of SFU’s Sauder […]

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In November of 2006, the World Trade Organisation ruled in favour of Canada, the United States and Argentina that the European Union was unreasonably delaying approving the sale of genetically modified organisms to the European market. As Canadian author and activist Murray Dobbin says in recent Tyee article Food Fight: Canada vs. Europe, the EU […]

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We already have hand-cranked laptops; now Canadian and US researchers have developed a leg harness that generates electricity from its wearer’s leg movements while walking. It’s not exactly the Hoover Dam (it generates enough electricity to power a cell phone), but it’s yet another example of technology turning a human being… Into this: I’ve long […]

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There were two interesting news items relating to alcohol this week. First, The Vancouver Sun reported that the BC Provincial Government is considering keying the price of alcoholic beverages to their alcohol content. The idea is that higher-alcohol drinks should cost more, to both reflect the social impact of the alcohol, and to deter heavy […]

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Now science has confirmed what Bill Maher postulated (see my recent post, Television pundit Bill Maher weighs in on big pharma). According to the CBC, a recent study of 20,000 healthy adult UK residents tracked the effects of four major health practices on longevity. The study, mounted by The University of Cambridge, showed that the […]

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According to The Simpsons, and apparently it’s true, all the non-lethal individual Guinness World Records have been set already, and in order to get a new record into the books, you have to do a group activity. Homer Simpson did at one time maintain his own web page, so he might have been interested in […]

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Advocates for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (this city’s Skid Row and Canada’s poorest community) have found an unique way to communicate information regarding legal rights – lightweight, waterproof blankets printed on the inside with the rights and responsibilities of homeless people and authorities. Originated by Pivot Legal Society and manufactured by Mountain Equipment Co-op, […]

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In May of 2007, we had the opportunity to develop a rewarding relationship with the health and wellness magazine VISTA, when they published the first of a series of articles on seabuckthorn written by our CEO, Susan McLoughlin. The article, Seabuckthorn: The Unsung Herb, provides an overview of the plant’s history, as well as both […]

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Mmmmmmm, coffee!! Almost every conventional weight loss diet tells you to stop drinking it, but if you eat for your blood type and you’re AB, you’re supposed to drink it! This CBC News article uses a fun slideshow to outline six reasons to love coffee, and two reasons to leave it! As a serious coffee […]

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A few days ago, Bill Maher came down hard – in his own inimitable way – on Big Pharma, critiquing pharmaceutical companies, the politicians that enable them, and the people who obligingly turn to pills first rather than lifestyle changes. Some memorable sound bytes include: …But none of the plans address the real problem: we […]

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Friday afternoon I was lucky enough to catch Dr Alan C. Logan on the Christy Clark Show (audio available after free registration on CKNW.com). Dr Logan is the author of The Clear Skin Diet so as you might expect he and Christy focused on the role of nutrition in healthy skin. Not a surprise to […]

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Kyoto Hot Seat Or Hot Potato

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that his upcoming throne speech is intentionally designed to create an impossible and embarrassing dilemma for Stephane Dion, the Liberal Party Leader. Mr. Dion has loudly proclaimed his unswerving support of the Kyoto Protocol and has been very vocal in his criticism of the Government’s disregard for Canada’s […]

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If you’re diabetic, carrying extra weight is dangerous for several reasons; it increases your reliance on insulin, it adds to the stress on your organs that are already suffering due to your diabetic state, and it makes blood sugar management more difficult. If you are diabetic and overweight, your doctor will suggest weight loss. If […]

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In Zhangjiakou, Hebei, China, 200km northwest of Beijing, the desert has been encroaching for dozens of years. Up to 20% of China’s territory is being threatened by desertification, particularly in the areas around windswept Inner Mongolia. However, since the year 2000, teams of foresters with the Chinese government have been working to beat back the […]

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