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Are Your Brown Eyes Blue? –natural remedies for the winter blues.

The happy holidays are approaching but some of us get S.A.D.  Did you know that in 2002, Columbia University conducted a study confirming that people with brown eyes suffer more from S.A.D. than those with blue eyes? Apparently blue irises admit more light into the eyeball.   That means that when days get shorter and darker I have an excuse to be tired and cranky. Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a term first coined by psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal after he moved from sunny Johannesburg to New York city and sank into a deep depression. He went on to discover that latitude affects your attitude as the incidence of S.A.D. increases the farther people live away from the equator and also that three to four times more women than men suffer from S.A.D. Symptoms associated with S.A.D. are lack of energy, low concentration, sleep problems, anxiety, panic attacks, carb cravings, overeating, and lowered immune function. S.A.D. is treated conventionally with a light box, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and anti-depressant medication.  The medications are supposed to help with mood chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, which helps with brain cell communications, and dopamine, the chemical released during pleasure such as when having sex or eating. What are some more natural ways to prevent or reduce S.A.D symptoms, besides the two activities just mentioned? Crawling under the covers for the next four months is an option, and your family may appreciate it, but when your immunity is at stake it’s a better idea to be proactive.  Heading south for the winter is not available to everyone. So, here are some other... read more

Healthy Steps to a Better Memory

It has been said that life without memory is no life at all.  We are fascinated by memory.  Our memories define our personal autobiography.  Shared memories are the glue that holds society, groups and families together and form the basis of culture. Drawn from our past, they help us create our future.  We all have memories.  It’s just that sometimes we can’t find where we put them. Anytime we experience real or perceived memory loss it is troubling.  We tend to imagine the worst and are tempted to try the latest fad brain supplement.  Shooting from the hip when it comes to brain biochemistry can lead to random and potentially damaging results. Each new chemical discovery provokes the marketing of a new enticing cognitive enhancement supplement with names like phosphatidylserine, gingko, bacopa, huperzine, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).  It boggles the mind. Where to start and what to choose? Here are some tips you could keep in mind, or in your reminder notebook 😊, to help you navigate the path to better cognition. Brain research has shown that stress interferes with the synthesis, storage and transport of memories at the molecular level.  You can minimize memory loss, by reducing your physical, chemical and emotional stress. Get plenty of rest, fun and exercise. Eliminate the toxins in your environment and food supply as best you can. Give your brain a rest from the strain of constant interruptions from cell phones.  Pay attention to the quality of your relationships and release whatever emotional conflicts you are holding onto.  Meditation, regular exercise, yoga, time spent in nature, focused attention and intention, maintaining a positive outlook... read more

5 Day Diet Challenge

Fall is an ideal time to assist our bodies in cleanup and recovery from a summer of processed snacks and treats such as ice cream, hotdogs, soft drinks and alcohol.  This year especially, we have the added burden of inhaled pollutants from forest fire smoke to be concerned about.  Many people still have coughs and congestion, itchy eyes and other allergy type symptoms, unusual tiredness, brain fog, crankiness, stiff joints and an overall feeling of unwellness.  These are all classic symptoms of toxicity.

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It All Starts in the Mouth

When scientists first discovered microbes as a factor in disease, the initial reaction was fear.  For the next 100 years or so, the prevailing notion was that the only good bacteria are dead bacteria.  We tried to kill all bacteria, using antibiotics in medicine, dentistry, and in our food supply (meat, fish, eggs, and dairy) and even in our cleansers, cosmetics, and toothpastes.

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Your AMAZING Body and You

Do you identify yourself as and by your body?

Close your eyes for a moment and sense the outside edges of your body.  Now close your eyes again and sense the outside edges of YOU, the Being, not the body.  Are you inside your body or is your body inside of you? The truth is, you are an infinite being, and you have a body. A truly miraculous body.

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How Can We Cope With Forest Fire Smoke?

Forest fires throughout the BC interior have exposed us all to health risks from breathing smoky air and many people are concerned about the potential harm to their health.

Humans have been dealing with smoke from fire for eons. As a result, there is a wealth of indigenous information as well as modern science from which to draw advice.

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Sun Smarts for Your Health

Sunshine time is here and like all living things we need it. Much as plants harness the sun’s rays through photosynthesis, our bodies benefit from sun exposure in many ways, probably only some of which we are aware.

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Managing Your Cholesterol

355 million prescriptions for statin drugs were written world wide last year for lowering serum cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, heart disease remains the number one killer after decades of statin use.

There is no doubt that statin drugs do lower cholesterol but what if cholesterol is not the risk factor of heart disease we have been taught to fear?

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The human body contains enormous quantities of potential energy. The average adult has 9000kcal of energy stored in each kg of fat. That’s enough energy to hike half-way across the continent burning 100kcal/hour.

You might be wondering, if I have so much potential energy why do I feel so tired? Most of us think we need to produce more energy by eating more food when we are tired. But what if we are tired because we are holding back our energy instead of releasing it?

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Recently a global news agency reported that in a study of 13 modern countries, Canada ranked 3rd for the most sleep deprived. It also stated that 1 in 3 Canadian men are getting only 4 to 6 hours of sleep per night. Canada’s ParticipAction Report card scored poorly with 1 in 3 children testing lethargic from not getting enough sleep. Clearly lack of sleep is epidemic in our society.

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