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Spring clean your body — part 2

Spring has officially sprung! Many people have kicked off the season by starting to refresh and revive their lives.

Following up from my last column, where I discussed the importance of “spring cleaning your body” essentially from “the inside out” through an annual detox, I’d now like to focus on what you do to keep on top of the ‘toxic clutter’ in the meantime?

The key to detoxification is boosting your biggest organs of elimination‚ the liver, colon, skin and kidney’s. Below are some strategies to try at home that will do just that, and can be done every day!

• Castor oil liver rubs: Castor oil has been used for decades to increase circulation to any area where it is applied topically. When applied to the liver region of the body (upper right abdomen), it brings blood and nutrients to the liver, and increases the flow of toxins into the colon and out of the body. Warm a small dollop before rubbing it into the skin. This is best done before bed and kept on overnight for maximum benefit.

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Spring clean – from the inside out!

With spring in full bloom it is that time of year we start to come out of hibernating and think about the seasonal task of spring cleaning!

Many people seek to purge the mental clutter they have accumulated over the past year and view spring cleaning as an opportunity for less stress, more simplicity and an overall sense of peace in daily life.

However, most individuals often overlook the most important place to start spring cleaning … our body.

Every day we are exposed to toxic substances in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the foods we consume.

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Hope for the Future

I heard dozen times that the “youths are the hope of the future and the Fatherland...”

The youths are the ones to continue the past and present generations.

In a smallest unit of the society—a family—the children are the hope of the family’s generation.

They are the ones carrying the names, cultures, traditions and treasures of the family.

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Multivitamins — useful or useless?

Multivitamins come in all shapes, forms, sizes and colours. Some are chewable, some are liquid. Some promise to give you a longer lifespan while others guarantee they will help to ward off heart disease.

With so much advertising around the use of multivitamins, it may come as no surprise that most people presume they should be consuming a daily supplement.

However, is it really worth your time, research and investment?

Taking a multivitamin is a popular practice and many of our new patients coming into the clinic are already on a multivitamin supplement. Most people have one of two beliefs about multivitamins; either that they have all of their daily nutritional intake covered by taking one, or that multivitamins make “expensive urine” and have little benefit.

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Making it all add up

Whenever the education experts (including media pundits), government bureaucrats and parents would all line up to bemoan the latest international test scores of Alberta students — and then proceed to blame the teachers for them — I would always tell myself how glad I was that my kids were safely out of school.

And then I started having grandchildren. Does this mean I have to be invested in the next round of the “new math” debate, all over again? I guess so.

Here’s a question from an international Grade 8 level math test: Find 1/3 minus 1/4.

Four possible answers below the question are presented to test whether the student knows the method to finding the answer, which is 4 minus 3 over 3 times 4 (that’s 1/12 in the old math I was taught).

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