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Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

Part One – Dirty Little Secrets

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You wander into the vitamin section of the grocery store looking for a supplement – for example, one for increasing your energy and fortifying your immune system – but you don’t have a specific brand name in mind. You take one look at the options and quickly become overwhelmed; after all, there are countless different products on the shelves promising vitality and increased energy. But you did your homework. You know you would like a vitamin B-complex.

However, when you get to the vitamin B section, you have the following to choose from: organic versus non-organic, gel versus capsule versus powder, synthetic versus natural, natural versus raw, this brand versus that, that promise versus other, and the list goes on.

Have you ever wondered why the natural health industry is so complex, why there are over 29,000 different herbal products and substances? The simple answer is money and profit. It’s for this very reason that industry giants are gobbling up all of the natural and organic companies: Tom’s of Maine (fluoride-free toothpaste) was purchased by Colgate for a whopping 100 million dollars, New Chapter was purchased by Proctor & Gamble, Clorox bought Burt’s Bees, Coca-Cola bought Odwalla, Pepsi responded by purchasing Naked Juice, etc.

For the most part, the natural health field is as profit-driven as the pharmaceutical and tobacco industry. Continue reading Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

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Beauty Becomes A Beast

Beauty becomes the beast 1The magical influence of makeup presents itself in two obvious forms: psychologically, makeup allows one feel attractive, beautiful, and self-confident; externally, it provokes a tempting, irresistible beauty to the onlooker.

There is, however, a third influence beneath the powdered mask that is unseen and unfelt by the consumer, and that is makeup’s ability to cause destruction: pre-mature ageing, deteriorating collagen production, and potentially in extreme cases, sickness and disease.

Consider the experiment conducted by Anna Pursglove, a journalist from London’s The Daily Mail, who embarked on a 30-day trial to not only leave her makeup on each and every night, but to apply more makeup on top of old makeup every morning.

The single most important observation: make-up disrupts the body’s natural cellular processes and functions.

In Anna Pursglove’s article dated July 29, 2013, she states, “By night three… I had developed a series of tiny white cysts around my eyelashes and my skin was so dry and taut, it felt like a mask.” As time progressed, her “lips became dry,” and she had “visibly blocked and enlarged pores” all over her nose.

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Don’t Dig Your Grave with a Knife and Fork – Part I

Granny Versus Food Pyramids, Food Charts, and Food Plates

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By Brent Leung, C.N.

PART I – Common Sense is Not so Common

Growing up, visiting my grandparents was always a harrowing experience. Inevitably, I would do something wrong, causing Grandpa to endlessly chase me up and down the hallways with his slippers. Granny would force me to sit and read Readers Digest. There were mandated nap times and Sunday school lessons (even if it was a Tuesday). Contemporary secular music was out of the question, with classical music and talk radio being the dictated choices. Yet, all of this distress paled in comparison to the dining experience.

Liquids were not allowed during dinner. Greens were in overabundance, dwarfing any hint of juicy, succulent meat. Dessert? Forget about it! I remember sometimes sitting for hours at the table refusing to eat my greens, waiting for that golden opportunity when no one was looking to surreptitiously discard contents from my plate into a napkin.

Later in the evening, once the food digestion process was firmly underway, I was finally allowed some H2O (no sodas) to quench my dry mouth. Granted, fruity fortified water had not yet been invented, but I’m pretty sure if it had, Granny would have had some criticism of it. Growing up, my grandmother had strong, but simple beliefs about what should and should not be eaten for vitality and health. This was not an isolated experience, but prevailing wisdom. Dining out, fast food and instant microwave dinners were not yet common lifestyle traits among my friends. Most brought mom-prepared lunches to school and enjoyed home-cooked meals around the dining room table in the evenings.

Fast-forward some thirty years and the diet of my childhood bears no resemblance to the daily fare of today’s youth. Continue reading Don’t Dig Your Grave with a Knife and Fork – Part I

Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

Frankenstein’s Food Masquerades as a Healthy Alternative

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How healthy is your child’s cafeteria food?

According to the B.C. Ministry of Education, very healthy. Boasting strict guidelines on their website, the ministry states that its school lunch program is “designed to maximize students’ access to healthier options and fully eliminate the sale of unhealthy foods and beverages in BC schools.”

Actions, however, speak louder than words, so I decided to investigate the adherence of the guidelines by visiting various public school food vendor websites. Vendors Products of Canada stood out amongst its competitors because it featured a special line of “healthy” foods, called Healthy Alternatives. Perusing their list of available foods, I randomly selected an item to research – a Nutribar Chocolate Brownie snack. Its nutrient profile: Only 100 calories, nine vitamins and minerals, and two grams of fiber. Moreover, it claims that indulging in this snack is “part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Falling under the unique category of healthy alternatives, it’s no surprise this treat appears to meet the Ministry of Educations healthy mandate. That is, until you turn the package over, and take a closer look at the ingredient list, which included components such as: Continue reading Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 2

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“A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.”  ~ CBS News ~

The guidelines for regulating Canadian drinking water identifies roughly 165 microbiological, chemical, and radiological contaminants that need to be reduced or eliminated to ensure the protection and vitality of human health. In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act identifies approximately 91 contaminants.

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Arming the Green Giant

The Old World Brings Healing to the New World

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As cancer spreads like a wildfire through society with brute force and destruction, arming ourselves with the best defensive and offensive nutritional weapons has never been more important.

While many marvel at the virtues of modern medicine and the constant birthing of new treatment technologies, perhaps an answer to cancer lies not in the present or the future, but in the past.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Does Revlon, Mac, and SK-II make you the fairest of them all?

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The answer is a resounding yes, according the Harley Street Clinic, a prestigious, private London hospital. Results from their 2013 survey uncovered that women in the United Kingdom sacrifice on average one year and three months (474 days) of their life scrutinizing and contemplating their image in the mirror.

Currently, skincare sales account for nearly 31 percent of the global cosmetic industry, with the greatest market share coming from the United States (U.S.) where sales exceed 53 billion dollars annually. A report titled Beauty At Any Cost from the YMCA stated that “if a woman invested the average amount of money she spends on a monthly manicure-pedicure treatment ($50) into her retirement account every year for ten years, she would have almost $10,000 in her account at the end of that time.”

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