January 5th, 2014

Is there really a cancer personality?

If you follow social media that focuses on health and well being, you will likely have come across posts or articles on the “cancer personality.” Some books addressing cancer also focus on or include material on this topic.

The premise is that certain personality traits can increase the risk for cancer, by causing oncogenes (the genes associated with the initiation of cancer) to switch on. For people whose personalities follow the description provided, this can be a frightening thought and can lead to people blaming themselves for becoming sick.

So just how true is the concept that certain aspects of who we are can give rise to a dreaded disease? Before we get to this, let’s take a quick look at how the so-called “cancer personality” is defned. READ MORE



September 24th, 2013

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many Canadians.  Dry, itchy and sore skin accompanied with flare-ups of painful scales occurs with this condition. It might be good to know that there are many prescription treatments available.
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In today’s post, I would like to highlight some skin care recommendations for people with psoriasis.

DON’T SCRATCH or PICK

  • Although scratching seems like the reaction to irritated skin, it can lead to open sores and possibly infection

MOISTURIZE

  • So easy, yet so effective!
  • Reduces itchiness, dryness, redness and soreness and scaling
  • Helps skin heal after a flare up
  • Choose products that are fragrance-free

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September 12th, 2013

Acid vs. Alkaline – what’s it all about?

Ste1jpgCelebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have recently brought the ‘alkaline lifestyle’ to the forefront, causing one to immediately wonder: is this another fad diet? What is alkalinity really all about?

Here are the basics: Your body must maintain a pH balance of about 7.4 to survive, and your internal systems work hard to maintain this balance. Your pH is impacted by the food and drink that we consume, which are either acidic (lower than pH 7) or alkaline (higher than pH 7). Over the last near century, our diets have changed significantly to incorporate large amounts of dairy, animal protein, processed foods, and sugar-laden drinks and desserts – all of which are acidic.
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August 9th, 2013

Hypertension & Sodium

shutterstock_98345939Hypertension (also called high blood pressure) affects upwards of 40% of people around the world.  In fact, the World Health Organization states hypertension is one of the most serious chronic diseases affecting mankind today.

Hypertension is serious because it can lead to a variety of problems, including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Hypertension is also found commonly in people who have diabetes. READ MORE



July 19th, 2013

Traditional Medicinals

Teas that help digestion

shutterstock_75091798A number of Traditional Medicinals® teas benefit the digestion, whether it be to soothe a troubled stomach, or relieve occasional constipation. Delicious Ginger Aid® tea helps calm digestive upsets including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, and discomforts caused by gas build-up. Eater’s Digest® tea is ideal after a meal that has you feeling uncomfortable, to help the digestive process and prevent further stomach distress. People who suffer from indigestion will also appreciate Classic Chamomile® and Roasted Dandelion Root teas. READ MORE



April 9th, 2013

Stress

StressHow it ages you. What you can do.

Almost everyone knows that heavy stress ages a person. We have only to compare the “before and after” photographs of US presidents to see how stress can accelerate the aging process. (Past president Jimmy Carter is perhaps the best example, appearing to have aged at least 10 years after only four years in office.)

But how and why does stress cause our bodies to break down faster? To answer this question, let’s take a look at how our bodies respond to a physical, mental or emotional threat to well-being. READ MORE



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