North Values Telemedicine

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Telemedicine is critical when it comes to providing health care in Northwestern Ontario. Continue reading

Make Pesticide Companies Release Bee Death Studies or Ban their Products, Health Canada Told

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The natural ecosystem on Earth is being chemically engineered as pesticides pour into the environment, year after year. As crops soak up the pesticides into their roots, stems, flowers and pollen, wildlife is put at risk. Continue reading

Antidepressant Use Explodes among Developed Nations as Big Pharma Pushes Pills as Magical Problem Solvers

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Many of the world’s most unhappy and depressed people live in developed countries where rates of antidepressant use have skyrocketed over the past decade, says a new report issued by the U.S.-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Continue reading

Can Just 30 Minutes a Day Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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Would you be willing to trade in Alzheimer’s disease for activity? Because new research is showing it’s quite a viable trade. And if you ask me, 30 minutes of exercise a day is far better than living with the difficulties Continue reading

Calcium Health Benefits

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Did You Know…

… that calcium not only builds strong bones, but also helps you lose weight?

Calcium is truly a miracle mineral.  First, of course, it helps prevent osteoporosis, a disease that afflicts more than 40 million people in the United States alone.  But in addition, Continue reading

Salt Therapy

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Did You Know…

… that simple salt can effectively treat respiratory ailments, anxiety, and even cystic fibrosis?

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed saltwater inhalation therapy for bronchial and lung disorders.  Continue reading

Canada and Europe Fund Intelligent Senior Homes

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Technology may soon be helping seniors to live longer, healthier lives. A trio of researchers, including Simon Fraser University’s Andrew Sixsmith, is working to develop intelligent, interactive sensors to be embedded in seniors’ homes and used to support independent living.

The sensors will do everything from encouraging seniors to Continue reading

Analysis Finds Flu Vaccine Efficacy Lacking, as Flu Vaccines are Suspended across Europe and Canada

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  • A recent review found that flu vaccines may not offer protection as previously thought. The elderly, in particular, do not appear to receive measureable value from the flu shot. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines also didn’t offer much protection to children over the age of seven Continue reading

Rid the Body of Dangerous Bt-Toxin Found in Genetically Modified Food with these Tips

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are everywhere. Even when we make our best effort to eat organically, a GMO will slip through here and there — we eat out or cheat with a few conventional corn chips. Usually the body can handle a few mishaps every once in a while, but shocking information about the Bt-toxin found in genetically engineered crops has scientists (and consumers) worried. This toxin has the potential to turn our intestinal system into a literal ‘pesticide factory’ Continue reading

New Link between Salt and Bone Health Discovered

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A brand-new health breakthrough out of Alberta, Canada, shows that keeping a diet high in salt can deplete calcium levels in the body. This raises the risk of kidney stones, osteoporosis, and bone fractures.

When sodium leaves the body, it takes calcium with it. This new study helps explain why people on high-salt diets are prone to such issues as kidney stones and osteoporosis. It found an important link between the two common minerals. Continue reading

Dangerous Association Noted Between Mental Illness and Obesity CME

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Clinical Context

Obesity is common among patients with mental illness, occurring in up to 60% of patients with bipolar disorder, 70% of patients with schizophrenia, and 55% of patients with depression. A review by Taylor and colleagues in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry analyzes why mental illness is associated with higher rates of obesity. Continue reading

Rene Caisse – Essiac – Recipe

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Rene Caisse, while Head Nurse at the Sisters of Providence Hospital in northern Ontario town (Canada) she saw an elderly lady being bathed and noticed that one breast was just a mass of scar tissue. This lady told her that years before she developed cancer and an Indian told her to make a tea out of certain herbs and drink it.  She wrote down the 4 herbs: burdock root (Arctium lappa), slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus rubra), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), and Indian rhubarb root (Rheum officinale).  This was an Ojibwe herbal forumla, that she then called Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards).

She then started to treat cancer patients.  Various medical doctors sent her their cancer patients, and eight of them signed a petition to the Department of National Health and Welfare ( Canada; in Ottawa Ontario Capital of Canada)  asking that she be given facilities to do independent research of her discovery.

Dr. Banting (of insulin fame) advised her to make application to the University  of Toronto for facilities to do deeper research; he even offered to share his laboratory in the Banting Institute and work with her. He said “ Miss Caisse I will not say you have a cure have for cancer but you have  more evidence of a beneficial treatment for cancer than anyone in the world”.

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A Triple Threat for Beating the Flu Season

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Here’s some health news for those of you who seem to suffer every time the flu goes around: vitamin c, Echinacea, and zinc lozenges are the three best alternative therapies out there when it comes to beating the flu and the common cold. This latest bit of health advice comes courtesy of researchers at the Seekers Centre for Integrative Medicine in Ontario, Canada.

To see how well various alternative therapies have been holding up when it comes to preventing the flu and the common cold, the Canadian researchers scanned MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. They searched from January 1966 to September 2009, combining the key words/phrases “common cold” or “influenza” with the words “Echinacea,” “garlic,” “ginseng,” “probiotics,” “vitamin C,” and zinc. Clinical trials and prospective studies were included.

Not surprisingly, they found that vitamin C demonstrated the largest benefit for prevention when it came to fighting the flu and colds. Continue reading

Yoga Boosts Stress-busting Hormone, Reduces Pain: York U Study

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TORONTO-A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. The condition, which predominantly affects women, is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue; common symptoms include muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal discomfort, anxiety and depression.

Previous research has found that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than-average cortisol levels, which contribute to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity.  Continue reading

Scientific Mystery Connected to the Kava Plant

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There is a recent scientific mystery connected to a plant that was once used in dietary supplements.

Kava, a plant used in the U.S. in the 90s as an herbal supplement to treat anxiety, was found to sometimes cause liver damage in Westerners who consumed it. Pacific Islanders, however, have been consuming the plant in different forms for years with no side effects, and scientists continue to struggle to determine why.

The U.S., U.K. and Canada ban or regulate products that contain kava, while those living in the Pacific Islands consider it a normal part of an everyday diet. Researchers reviewed 85 different studies on kava toxicity and were unable to determine why the plant is sometimes toxic to Westerners and not to Pacific Islanders, where the plant is still used for holistic purposes.

“To date, there remains no indisputable reason Continue reading