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Choosing the right natural supplement for you

A 2010 survey showed that 73 per cent of Canadians regularly take natural health products like vitamins and minerals, herbal products and homeopathic medicines. However, choosing a natural heath product is often times overwhelming and not all products are created equal!

There are so many options available to the consumer, both on the Internet and in stores. Which ones are safe? Does it really have the ingredients and amounts it claims? Can you mix more than one supplement together safely? Is it going to really have an impact on your health?

These are all important questions that need to be answered before spending your hard-earned money on any supplement.

Many Canadians are buying poor quality products that are not making any positive impact in their health, and are only negatively affecting their pocket book.

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Climbing the ladder of life

She sashays into the kitchen looking around to see who all is there, eventually turning to me with a coy hint of a smile in acknowledgement of my existence.

I have known her since she was about two or three, and now she is a beautiful 15-year-old.

Three years ago she only came to the kitchen with her mother, a very loving woman who herself has issues. But eventually any influence the mother might have had wore away and this petite young woman now is making wrong decisions without restraint.

Many were the efforts by countless people to help this mother learn how to raise her child, but she was either not able or just blocked by her own issues to act on any of it. Without being taught any coping and or battling skills the daughter, who has already had an abortion, is only two steps from becoming a permanent resident of the street.

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The struggle to keep children on the right path

Every part of society is comprised of people from birth to death and all ages in-between. In order for a community to remain in force, this means that you need to keep up the numbers by supplying new blood.

One of the principal reasons for my stepping down from the kitchen on Saturday mornings was because it needed new blood. If as a volunteer I am always there, then no one else will step up to the plate, so to speak.

Also, it allows me to pursue one activity that I really enjoy and that is to stroll the farmers market. I love seeing all the different sights, smelling all the different smells and listening to vendors talking up their product and buskers playing their tunes.

Not only that, I get to meet and greet a lot of friends and acquaintances both old and young. It, in my mind, is one of the activities that develops, builds and maintains community spirit.

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Fight the cold and flu season naturally

Are you prone to colds and flus? Want to get through the fall and winter months with the least amount of sick days possible for you, your family and/or employees?

Act now and get a head start on the winter season with a natural, safe and effective immune booster that both you and your entire family can use, regardless of age.

Did you know that each flu season in the United States, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu? That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and countless hours of lost productivity.

According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to colds alone and 38 million school days are lost each year due to the influenza virus.

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Music can both destroy and build

We live on a very busy road with lots of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. This gives me a great opportunity to observe people as they walk by, mostly kids on their way to school.

Often there are small groups and also twosomes who will walk by chatting with each other. Their faces are animated and they seem to be quite happy as they go on their way.

Then there are the solo walkers, many of whom have a device plugged into their ears, with an expression on their face that suggests that they are engrossed in what they are listening to.

This is also what I observe at the kitchen: Many come in by themselves wearing some kind of listening device.

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