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Give body the help it needs

By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed.

For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ

Time to stop dieting and start living

“Don’t start a diet that has an expiration date. Focus on a lifestyle that will last forever.” READ

Study sees drop in major diabetes complications

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. READ

Put your body back into proper balance

OK, this may be weird but just do it: go to the mirror and take off your shirt. Don’t look in the mirror! At least not yet. Close your eyes, take a really deep breath, let it out slowly and really relax. Now looking straight ahead, open your eyes and look at your shoulders. Notice if they are level with one another, if they are the same size and shape and if your head is straight, turned or tilted. READ

Have we forgotten how to eat?

We now live in a world that has more diets out there than ever before. Everything from the Paleo diet, the Hormone diet, to juicing and 10-day diets. READ

What makes winners like golfer Bubba Watson weep tears of joy?

When golfer Bubba Watson won his first major tournament — the 2012 Masters — the shaggy-haired Floridian dropped his head on his caddy’s shoulder and sobbed. READ

Free app helps recovery from jet lag

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when? “If you get light in the wrong time or wrong way, it’ll send you the wrong direction,” said University of Michigan math professor Daniel Forger, who led the research published Thursday. READ

Why are Canadian measles outbreaks so much larger than U.S. outbreaks?

It’s an inescapable reality: As long as measles is infecting children in other parts of the world, Canada is going to have occasional outbreaks. The same is true in the United States, but public health officials there typically have managed to more quickly extinguish spread of the virus when it comes from abroad, leaving some experts on this side of the border wondering: Why does Canada have such large measles outbreaks? READ

Preferred seasonal dining

Many traditional cuisines espouse the wisdom of eating seasonally. This style of dining is my preference. On a winter’s day, hardy stews and soups simmer in my crock pot. With long dark nights, their savoury scent fills the house, and promises warmth for my body and spirit. As the light returns, and the sun’s warmth begins to melt the snow, I crave salads. In particular, flower petal salad. Yet before adding flowers, I always begin with mineral-rich greens. READ

Protein – how much?

Next to water, the next highest source of molecules in the body is protein — an essential macronutrient required for growth and repair of cells, including hair, skin, organs, and of course muscle. It is required for stabilizing blood sugar levels, building strong bones, balanced brain chemistry and needed for endurance and strength. When broken down into their building blocks of amino acids, they are required as precursors to hormones, immune response, and even the formation of nucleic acids such as your very own DNA. READ

Disease detectives spring into action

Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? READ

No pointless funeral, please

When it comes to matters of mortality, Bill Taylor says he is “in no hurry to go,” but there’s one thing he’s sure of: when the time comes, he wants no formal service held to mark his passing. READ

Medical groups produce list of overused tests

A new campaign has been launched that aims to give Canadians appropriate medical care, but not excessive care. READ

Food introduction for your child

Preventing allergies in babies and issues such as colic, eczema, asthma and digestive problems are growing priorities for many parents. One of the most common topics that parents want to discuss in my practice is regarding the process of food introduction with their infants. READ

Marshmallow a long-time friend

One of the first medicinal plants I planted in my garden was marshmallow (Althea officinalis). It thrives along the fence line, enjoying the southern exposure and the company of elecampane (Inula helenium) and lovage (Levisticum officinale). READ

Time to sprin outside the box with detox

Fairy dust, fancy powders, pricey supplements, and complicated cleanses. The modalities of detoxification can seem like complex, witch-doctor-like quackery at times as people struggle to find salvation from their overindulgences, fatigue, irritability, brain-fogged, achy, tired, somewhat depressed state of being. READ

Woman loses over half of her body weight

Alicia Snell stepped on her new scale and stared at the number. 28 pounds. READ

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