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TUMMY TROUBLES 7: HOME CARE FOR HEMORRHOIDS If you have been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, and surgery was not recommended, the following ...
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No Funny Business: World Toilet Day

  https://youtu.be/K1pjvFBZ8dM The next time you do your business, give some thought to these facts: There are more cell phones in the ...
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Vaccines and Homeopathy, Redux: The Nosodes Debate Continues

Nearly two years ago, Carly Weeks wrote an article about how nosode use in place of vaccines is compromising public ...
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Building A Healthy Body – Start With Your Frame

Build A Strong Frame Our bodies are the homes we live in throughout our lives. Houses built on strong frames can ...
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Sweet Poisons

  You've heard the expression "pick your poison".  When it comes to sweet stuff, you need to do just that.  Sugar, ...
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7 Keys to Living Successfully With Chronic Conditions

Roughly half of the people around you are living with chronic illnesses.  Perhaps you are one of them.     ...
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Warding Off Winter “Beasties”

   A Scottish Prayer May the good Lord protect you From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night. With ...
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Prostate Cancer Screening: The Role of PSA Testing

It's prostate cancer awareness month and prostate screening has been making news recently.  One of the standard screening tools, the ...
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Asbestos: An Indefensible Export

Asbestos was first discovered in North America in the province of Quebec in 1860. By 1898, the medical community was ...
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Healthy Skepticism

From time to time, I get asked about health information that is circulating in emails on the internet.  Some examples ...
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22 Billion Reasons To Make Workplace Stress Go Away

We all know that stress can undermine health. It won't surprise you that workplaces have been found to be a ...
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Reflections on Health, Happiness and Getting Older

My brother recently shared a short essay that pertained to topics that I also write about often: gratitude, cultivated happiness ...
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The Most Important Health Goal

Whereas resolutions, such as the ones we make on New Year's Eve,  can seem punitive ("I resolve to give up ...
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Rx: Laughter

Laughing is one of the best things you can do for your health.  This web search produced over 74,000 scholarly articles and ...
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Vitamins and Minerals: When Enough Is Not Enough

NDs in Ontario have been criticized for wanting to preserve their scope of practice, and some so-called "experts" have ignored ...
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Things Happy People Do

Research has shown that people who consistently perceive themselves to be happy engage in certain behaviours on a regular basis ...
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Liam LaTouche: Is Exercise A Waste Of Time?

As an authority on fitness, I always get asked my opinion on what’s the “best” exercise to shed fat.  I ...
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Flying Pigs and Affordable Healthcare

No matter where you live, affordable healthcare has become an area of concern, discussion and debate. Whenever healthcare costs come under ...
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Getting Real About Sustainable Healthcare

  Healthcare costs are a big deal.  We all want timely access to the best possible services; most of us object ...
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GMOs: Are There Health Risks?

George Noory's Coast To Coast show recently featured a segment on the topic of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Concern about ...
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Celebrities, Junk Food and Crapola

It seems many people are raising questions about what's in the stuff we eat, and how it's being marketed to ...
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Metabolic Madness

How does Ferrero get away with implying that Nutella is a healthy breakfast food? I've talked about the impact of salt, ...
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Thinking About The End

People in North America live in denial of death.  We don't like to think about it, much less talk about ...
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The Commercialization of Illness

André Picard is a great health columnist .  Today's column is no exception -  Sack the hysteria: Men’s shorts aren’t filled ...
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Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

Invisible illnesses are not a rarity.  Approximately half of North Americans have a chronic condition; over 90% of these are ...
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Living Twice In A Lifetime: The Value Of Public Health

Why Are You Not Dead Yet? is an insightful look at the things that have contributed to the lengthening of ...
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The Healthcare Implications of Power Policies

Gwyn Morgan is a highly respected Canadian business leader who has steered such well-known corporations as EnCana and SNC-Lavalin.  He ...
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TUMMY TROUBLES 6: PROBIOTICS  Some of us feel like we "live" in our minds, others in our hearts.  But all of ...
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The Reality of “Reality”

I have a friend who is inclined to be negative.  This person always sees the glass as half-empty (GHE).  Being ...
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The Gratitude Experiment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg The pursuit of happiness through the experience of gratitude is one of my pet projects. Gratitude not only improves your ...
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30 Days of Gratitude

I've posted on the subjects of gratitude and positive thinking before.  The purpose of today's post is to promote  the ...
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Worried Sick: Healing Anxiety

It is often said that everything we feel originates from two basic emotions: love and fear. On an everyday basis, fear ...
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Celebrities, Addiction, Gratitude and Health

Cory Monteith's recent death from a drug overdose has resulted in a stew of sadness inside me as I think ...
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The Tools of Happiness

Happiness is a choice.  People who are happy understand this.  People who are not happy often don't.  Abraham Lincoln once ...
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Toronto Flood HealthWatch

Like thousands of others here in the Greater Toronto Area, Monday's torrential rainfall left me with a flooded basement to ...
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Celebrity Health

I was getting caught up on some reading today when I came across this article about the health practices of ...
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Big Pharma and Medical Ethics

It's not a secret that pharmaceutical companies have been seeking to influence prescribing practices for decades.  It's not a secret ...
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“Better Living Through Chemistry”: The Dark Side

I love chemistry.  It was my favourite subject in high school and university.  Which is a good thing, because when ...
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12 Health Trends That Deserve Your Attention

In December and January of every year, various types of pundits provide us with their "hot or not" lists, purporting ...
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Tummy Troubles 5: Diverticular Disease

In this edition of Tummy Troubles, we're going to look at a condition that becomes more common with age: diverticular ...
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Tummy Troubles 4: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease refers to conditions in which either the small intestine, or the large, or both, undergo changes due ...
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Tummy Troubles 3: Gluten Sensitivity

People frequently ask me if they should be concerned about eating gluten.  The short answer is no, unless you are ...
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Tummy Troubles 2: Stomach Acidity

Whether you call it acid stomach, reflux, GERD or upset tummy, it's just plain nasty.  The burning, gnawing pain can ...
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Vaccines and Homeopathy

In today's Globe and Mail, Carly Weeks wrote a commentary on the debate about the use of homeopathic nosodes in ...
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Tummy Troubles 1: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This is the first of a series of articles on naturopathic care for digestive problems.  I'm starting with Irritable Bowel ...
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Amazing Grains: Quinoa

Quinoa ("kin-wa" or "keen-wa") is a seed that looks a bit like millet.  It has been proclaimed a "superfood" and ...
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Mysterious Maladies 4: Multiple Chemical Sensititity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), sometimes referred to as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance, is a poorly understood and controversial condition in which ...
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Mysterious Maladies 3: SLE

SLE is more properly known as systemic lupus erythematosus.  While it's a little less mysterious than CFS or fibromyalgia, it ...
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High Blood Pressure

New research shows that Canadian baby boomers are experiencing high blood pressure at epidemic levels. Canadian Newswire reported yesterday, April ...
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Remembering Past Meals May Promote Weight Loss

If you've spent time dieting, you've probably encountered the advice that you should pay attention to what you eat, how ...
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Count Your Blessings

It's my  birthday today.  Birthdays are a time of reflection for many people, and certainly are for me.  Among my ...
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Saving Ourselves From The “Unholy Trinity”

Sugar, salt and fat are hot topics in the media these days thanks to the release of a new book ...
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Mysterious Maladies 2: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The second in a series of articles pertaining to poorly understood conditions that change people's lives, this post will cover ...
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Of Quacks and Conspiracies, 3

It seems National Post's series on alternative medicine caught the attention of Steve Paikin at TVO.  The Agenda featured a ...
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Mysterious Maladies 1: Fibromyalgia

This article on fibromyalgia will be the first of a series on "mysterious maladies", those poorly-understood conditions that affect people ...
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Of Quacks and Conspiracies, 2

The National Post ran a four-part series purporting to examine how pseudoscience is undermining our health.  The articles are authored ...
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Of Quacks and Conspiracies

The National Post presented an op-ed piece on January 22, 2013.  It was entitled The Nothing Doctors in print, while ...
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Natural Medicine Works

Those who watch Dr. Phil (McGraw) are very familiar with a pearl of wisdom along the lines of “People do ...
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Detoxify Your Home and Garden

Are You Cleaning Or Polluting? Common household cleaning and garden products can make the air in and around your home thousands ...
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Allergies – They’re Nothing To Sneeze At

The Challenge of Hypersensitivity Allergies are common, annoying and sometimes dangerous. Seasonal allergies, often called hay-fever, are an example of ...
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You Are What You Eat: 3 Easy Ways to Improve Digestion

"You Are What You Eat"  That is literally true. But beyond that, you are also what you digest, absorb and assimilate ...
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You Are What You Absorb

 The Value Of Clinical Nutrition You’ve no doubt heard the old maxim “You are what you eat”. From a naturopathic point ...
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The Right Stuff

The term “orthomolecular medicine” was coined years ago by Linus Pauling. He defined it as the right substances (vitamins) in ...
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Cholesterol: The Right Level Can Come Naturally

  Is Your Cholesterol Level Too High? In the last 25 years or so, cholesterol has become a substance that has ...
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Anxiety and Depression

Clinical depression is estimated to affect as many as one in twelve Canadians in their lifetimes, and 4 – 5% ...
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Fever: Facts and Fiction

Parents and caregivers instinctively want to intervene whenever a child or someone they care for is ill. But in the ...
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