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March 2017

Nobody Walks With Another Man's Gait

A Kenyan proverb says that “Nobody walks with another man’s gait.” GAIT is the way in which someone walks. Each of us is born with a unique biomechanical combination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skeletal structure which is designed to carry us through a lifetime of walking. This gives us our unique, natural way of walking. But sometimes, we are forced to change the way we walk, whether it be due to an injury, accident, weight-gain, surgery, habit, aging or simply over-use.
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October 2016

Pumping Up Your Iron

Feeling overly tired or weak? Have pale skin and feeling cold? Experiencing chest pain or a rapid heartrate? Feeling an uncomfortable tingling or a creepy-crawly sensation in your legs? Getting the urge to nibble on some ice or dirt? Fighting infections frequently? These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of iron deficiency and if you experience all of these, you should speak with your doctor. Iron is a very important mineral in our bodies as it is an essential component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues.
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February 2016

Elise for Incontinence

Mapping every available washroom along one’s daily routine is a reality for many women of all ages who experience some form of urinary incontinence. It is estimated that nearly 10% of Canadian women are affected and although it is often assumed that incontinence is a normal part of aging and only the elderly are affected, this is not always the case. “Stress incontinence”, the involuntary leakage of urine when a person coughs, sneezes, strains or makes a sudden movement, can result when the muscles and tissues around the opening of the bladder get weak.
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August 2015

A Skin Rejuvenating Machine

Our body is made of numerous atoms. Each atom is made of electrons circulating around a nucleus. Electrons are negatively charged particles circulating around the nucleus that is positively charged. This system creates electro-magnetic forces radiating around the atom. Our body in turn is made of multiple systems of these electro-magnetic forces. These systems are being utilized in both diagnostic and therapeutic devices. An electrocardiogram (EKG) reflects the condition of our heart through recordings of the electro-magnetic waves of our heart. Electro-encephalogram (EEG) records brain waves and offers invaluable diagnostic information to neurologists. TENS machines are widely used by physiotherapists to help relieve musculo-skeletal pains. Electro-magnetic resonance machines utilize the same principle. Magnetic bracelets, copper bracelets, even gem stone therapy utilize the same principle. Who knows, may be homeopathic medicine also work on this principle.
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August 2015

Beefy or B-Fe?

Iron is a mineral that is an essential component of myoglobin and haemoglobin, the molecules in the body that are responsible for carrying oxygen to where it is needed. Iron is also essential for development, growth, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissues. Humans must obtain iron from their food, either in the heme form (from meat, seafood, and poultry) or non-heme form (found in plants, fortified foods, and the sources listed above). Women, vegetarians, those with Crohn’s or Coeliac disease and those who frequently donate blood are at greater risk of iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include general fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, cold hands or feet, headache, dizziness, tingling in the extremities, swollen or sore tongue, and in some cases, cravings for non-food items such as dirt, ice, and clay. As there are different forms of anemia, talking to your doctor about getting a blood test is the best way to determine whether you have anemia and if so, what type.
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May 2015

Miracle Arthritis Remedy from New Zealand Waters

The Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) from New Zealand has proven its effectiveness for 25 years and remains one of the most time honoured natural arthritis remedies. The flesh of the mussel is made of 9 different glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s, or mucopolysaccharides) and is more effective than a glucosamine or a chondroitin alone. In herbal medicine we believe that the synergistic effect of small amounts of 9 different ingredients is more effective than a large amount of one single ingredient. In the past 25 years, I have seen Perna work better than glucosamine alone. The first generation of mussel supplement was made by drying, freezing and lyophilizing the flesh of the mussel and was marketed under the name of “Perna Caps®” by VetriScience. These are still highly in demand.
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April 2015

Natural Approach to Allergies

It’s that time of year again when the sneezes we hear around us are due to seasonal allergies rather than the common cold or flu. Traditional remedies such as antihistamines carried by conventional drugstores may sometimes lose their original efficacy over time or their use should be minimized, as in the case of pregnancy or in patients with certain cardiovascular conditions.
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April 2015

Gelling Up Your Joints

Why is it that as we age, our joints become annoyingly “creaky”? Part of it is that our joints are a dynamic, ever-changing structure; new tissues are synthesized while at the same time, older tissues are degraded. As we age, the balance of building up and breaking down goes in favour of breaking down and our bodies are not able to “fix” damaged tissues as readily. In the case of our joints, 1) cartilage may be damaged with wear and tear over the years, and 2) the synovial fluid, which cushions the joint, is not as viscous and lubricating as it used to be. Both of these can result in the creakiness or decreased range of motion in our joints. We need ways to maintain the “jelly” in our joints.
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March 2015

(Un)pleasant Interactions

“Do not take dairy products, antacids, or iron preparations with this medication.”; “Do not take with ASA.”; “Avoid use of alcohol.” You may have noticed similar messages affixed to your prescription bottles warning against consumption of certain foods and/or other medications. Hopefully, your pharmacist would have taken a moment to highlight these precautions. But, why are we concerned?
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February 2015

Cold Sores

Q: I always get cold sores in the winter months. Is there anything natural I can take to help them heal faster? A: Yes, the amino acid L-LYSINE is an effective treatment for cold sores as it antagonizes the growth of the virus, thus limiting its spread.
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February 2015

Natural Protection for Your Heart

"Exercise, eat well, keep your cholesterol levels down, watch your blood pressure…" it’s likely that many of you have heard one or more of these phrases at a visit to the doctor’s office or even the pharmacy because these are the things that can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke.
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February 2015

Protecting the Hearts of the Young and the Old

More than 1.4 million Canadians have heart disease and approximately 90% of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease which includes smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stress. That’s right; no longer is heart disease a concern of the middle-aged and elderly, with today’s hectic lifestyle making it difficult for us to find time to take care of ourselves, even the young have to start thinking about what we can do to protect our hearts.
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