Surprising strategies to save your heart

The statistics are shocking but real: according to the American Heart Association, 43 million American women are affected by heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death among women. For too long, women have taken the “bikini approach” to their health, worrying about cancers of the breast and pelvic area. Yet heart disease…

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The hidden connection between stress and your weight

If you have been struggling with your weight, you have plenty of company. About two-thirds of North Americans are overweight or obese. Losing weight is not easy. There are many factors that affect our weight including dietary choices, activity level, hormones, genetics and even stress. The connection between stress and weight gain may come as…

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Five Weight Loss Myths – Busted

With the brand-new year, motivation is strong to lose weight and get in shape. In that quest, it is easy to get caught up with the plethora of confusing weight-loss myths. Which diet should you follow? Which gym tactics yield the best results? Which supplements can do what they say? Here is the low down…

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Coffee, tea (or both)?

I’m sometimes asked, “Which is the healthier beverage, coffee or green tea?” There is no right or wrong answer. Both naturally contain caffeine, although in varying amounts, and research has shown that both have beneficial properties. A recently published book, Green Tea Polyphenols, reviews much of the research about how the natural components found in…

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Surprising facts about three common summer fun busters

Nothing drains the fun out of summer faster than not feeling your best. We may want to spend more time outdoors, but summer’s hot, sunny days present unique challenges. Here are some surprising facts about three common summertime health issues as well as natural ways to either prevent or manage them. 1. Dehydration: If you…

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The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine is a definitive resource on complementary health care, combining everything you need to know about diet and lifestyle, supplements and nutrition with reliable medical information. This handy household reference contains sound, unbiased, scientifically grounded information you can trust, written in a friendly, easy-to-read style by one of Canada’s leading…

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Natural Solutions for Depression

Depression is the most common psychiatric ailment in Western society. Over 1.4 million people in Canada suffer with depression at any given time and it is the second leading cause of long-term disability among workers. It is much more than simply a case of the blues or feeling down. It is a true medical condition…

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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 specific areas of the body.…

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Arthritis and the Role of Natural Products

Over three million Canadians suffer with the debilitating symptoms of arthritis – pain and inflammation. Arthritis encompasses over 100 forms of inflammatory disorders with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis the most common. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by wear and tear of the connective tissue and cartilage that cushions the joint. It typically occurs later…

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