Telemedicine is critical when it comes to providing health care in Northwestern Ontario. Continue reading
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.
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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
- Whole Foods has announced it will make labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients mandatory in its American and Canadian stores by 2018. Many expect other retailers to follow suit
- About 20 major food companies, including Wal-Mart, recently gathered for a meeting in Washington to discuss potential lobbying for a national GMO labeling program
- The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently announced Continue reading
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
… 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
… 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
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
- 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
In some ways, mental health issues can be more worrisome than physical ailments. It can be a real challenge to get through each day during times of mental distress and emotional hardship. But the good health news in all of this is that mental health issues often resolve themselves with a little bit of support.
One of the best forms of Continue reading
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
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
“This is a very important finding,” says Sanjay Sharma (Ophthalmology and Epidemiology), Continue reading
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. Although the use of psychoactive medications is an obvious reason for weight gain in this patient population, there is also evidence that disturbance of the sleep-wake cycle may promote a resistance to leptin, which promotes satiety, and higher levels of circulating ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. In addition, depression is associated with higher levels of circulating cortisol, which promotes weight gain. Finally, both mood disorders and obesity are marked by dopaminergic deficits. Continue reading
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”.
For almost eight years Continue reading