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Whew, there’s a lot of hoopla about the H1N1 vaccination program – such as it is – here in Canada. There seem to be different rules, different protocols and different levels of access from province to province, and even from health board to health board. I was able to get the H1N1 vaccine – and […]

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A recent case study describes an example of gastrointestinal treatment inducing full remission of rosacea symptoms. The authors of the paper hypothesise that GI tract bacteria may in some people cause a chronic inflammatory reaction affecting the blood vessels. Rosacea is a chronic disorder characterized by hypersensitivity of the facial vasculature, presenting with intense flushing […]

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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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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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Question:  Does anybody really understand the Health Canada regulations around Natural Health Products?  I am sure that not even Health Canada understands the regulations they are entrusted with implementing and enforcing. I am beginning to think we have another gun control ‘boondoggle’ on our hands.  This legislation has cost hundreds of millions of dollars to […]

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