Surviving Stress

Stress has become a pervasive force in our lives. Today many of us are living life in the fast lane – running around from one commitment to the next with no time to relax, and feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Our modern day stresses have become so constant that many…

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The Carb Conundrum

Like fashion trends, fad diets tend to come and go but one that has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the dietary habits of North Americans is the low-carb craze. The concept of cutting carbs for weight loss has actually been around for decades however it wasn’t until the…

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Natural Approaches for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common, yet not well understood disorder that affects thousands of Canadians. The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek term for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). It is marked by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points on…

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Kiss Your Cold Sores Goodbye

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small lesions that appear on the lips or surrounding skin. They are primarily caused by infection with the herpes simplex type 1 virus although they can result from herpes simplex type 2 virus, which is the virus that causes genital herpes. Once…

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Kicking the Habit: Advice for Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death worldwide. Numerous studies have linked smoking to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease, and even erectile dysfunction. According to the World Health Organization, smoking is responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide…

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Going Green to Slim Down

With each new year there is an plethora of new fad diets offering promises to help us shed those unwanted pounds. Excluding food groups, drastically cut calories, eating pre-prepared meals or following a new celebrity trend, it may all sound enticing yet do these diets actually work? The answer is…

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Estrogen Overload

Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body’s endocrine system. They work together in harmony to regulate many body processes, from body temperature and blood pressure to governing sexual desire and fertility. Having proper hormonal balance is something that we often don’t think about yet it is essential for good…

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Cranberry for Urinary Tract Health

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the second most common infection that affects women, and the second leading cause of lost work days. Men can also get UTIs. Those with an enlarged prostate, diabetes, or cancer and those under stress are at increased risk. The symptoms—urinary burning, frequency, urgency and pain—are…

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Calming Inflammation

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s defense system or immune system (white blood cells and other chemicals) reacts to infection, contact with foreign substances, or injury. It happens when you stub your toe, contract a virus or are exposed to a harsh chemical. Your immune system mounts a…

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