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A study released in October 2007 by a team of Italian researchers has shown that iron deficiency anemia can cause chronic cough and inflammation of the vocal cords in women sufferers. Women are more likely than men to suffer from both iron deficiency anemia and unexplained chronic coughs. It turns out that administering a simple […]

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Food security. Defined narrowly as access to adequate supplies of safe, healthy food, and more broadly as the societal and organisational responsibility to plan and provide for long-term food supplies that are not only adequate, safe and healthy, but also ethical and sustainable, it is a topic that few Westerners think about. Whether your concern […]

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A 2005 study has shown that extract of seabuckthorn leaves significantly hinders and counters the immunosuppression effects of chromium VI in test subjects. The test subjects (laboratory rats) were treated with chromium to suppress their immune systems. When subsequently treated with the leaf extract, they showed an increased immune response, and when they were given […]

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Sprouting beans!!

  Sprouts! They’re some of nature’s miracle foods. Through the magic of photosynthesis, foods with the capability of germinating (seeds, nuts, grains, peas, legumes and beans), when sprouted, offer a vast array of micro- and macro-nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and protein, in excess of the nutritional profile of the un-sprouted food. Furthermore, many such […]

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Decubitus ulcers, or bedsores, are a serious medical problem affecting an estimated 20% of hospital patients and costing billions of dollars (US figures). Particularly in the elderly and those with chronic diseases, these wounds can resist even the most aggressive healing intervention, and can remain with the patients for the rest of their lives. Not […]

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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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A recent CBC article has underlined the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids in maintaining and improving good health. As the article states, there are many natural sources of Omega-3s, and furthermore, many foods are enriched with Omegas to improve their nutritional profile. Joe Schwarcz, a chemistry professor at McGill University in Montreal, attempts to clarify some […]

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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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We all know what a nightmare feels like, right? My most memorable nightmare was unwittingly inspired by Anne of Ingleside, the sixth of the ‘ Anne’ books by L.M. Montgomery. In my dream, the green silk dress that Anne didn’t wear because she was angry at her husband Gilbert, came to life and danced on […]

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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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According to this article, published in 2005, the National Institute of Mental Health says that in any given year, nearly 19 million adults in America have a depressive illness – more than 9% of the population. Only 23% of sufferers get any treatment at all, and only 10% receive adequate treatment.

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Please, check out this compelling article on how the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) is approaching the misinformation ‘wars’ in the United States.  I am thinking the CTFA has a pro active and probably effective long term approach to articles appearing on a regular basis in the media such as the one that just appeared […]

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Half the pharmacists surveyed by Alberta researchers said they had seen evidence of dangerous interactions between natural health products and prescription drugs, a “startling” result that suggests… ????? – Tom Blackwell, National Post, Natural remedies ‘potentially harmful’, Published: Monday, July 23, 2007 Take a guess at how this sentence ends?  In fact, you pick the ending that you think […]

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The quiet Canadian is starting to refer to Health Canada the way more and more Americans are referring to the FDA as evidenced in this excellent article. I would not want to be on the business end of the reaction coming from the small Canadian manufacturers, their employees and their families and their millions of […]

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A recent CBC article states that resistance (strength) training reverses age-related muscle damage at the cellular level. Researchers in Canada and the United States recently published a study of 25 healthy seniors and 25 healthy younger people, which found that strength training restored the energy producing function of aging muscles to that of a much […]

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A while ago, I came across the most amazing story, of Priscilla Houliston and her husband Morton, who are cycling around the perimeter of the continental United States, to raise awareness of the importance of daily exercise. Priscilla, who had struggled with her weight for most of her life and as of May 2006 tipped […]

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Last time, I wrote about the culture of advocating major lifestyle changes to effect major health improvements. Today, I’ll discuss how I turned a few tiny lifestyle changes into a fitness plan.  Part 1 How do I know this? Because I’m doing it. A year ago, I decided to stop taking the elevator in my […]

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In a recent post, I put forth the suggestion that smokers who are either trying not to smoke, or who are taking a break to smoke, do 5 minutes of exercise: either to help curb the craving, or to do something healthful and positive while having a cigarette. Today I’d like to explore further the […]

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I’m not a clumsy person, I’m a graceful person who doesn’t look where she’s going. And thanks to that fact, along with walking in shorts rain or shine (or snow or sleet), walking with a big heavy dog who has her own ideas about when to stop or slow down, and exceptionally cold, humid mornings, […]

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Add this to the million other reasons to quit smoking: Smoking makes it harder to save face – and body. According to the article, observers in a study rated the skin of smokers as being wrinklier compared to the skin of non-smokers. The study used photos of the skin of participants’ upper arms. The article […]

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