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A roadmap to healthy grocery store shopping

Choosing healthy foods in the grocery store can be quite the task. Reading nutrition labels and deciphering claims and taglines are just the beginning. Throw in organic options and ingredients lists, and anyone can be left overwhelmed with choices!

Fortunately, we have come up with a few handy tips for you to use as a roadmap for navigating your grocery store and making healthier food choices!

— Shop the perimeter: All of the essentials are found around the perimeter of the grocery store. Wandering down each aisle means you are more likely to buy prepackaged and processed food. Keep focused on the basics and go down an aisle only when you know what you are looking for.

— Never grocery shop when you are hungry: Feeling hungry in a store full of food can quickly lead to impulse buys and cravings. Always remember to eat before you go!

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Alberta’s vitamin D dilemma – what you need to know

Everything from migraines to cancers, depression, osteoporosis, poor immunity and heart disease can all be linked to low levels of vitamin D.

A survey conducted by Statistics Canada found evidence that two-thirds of the Canadian population has vitamin D levels below the required amount associated with optimal health.

With so many debilitating illnesses caused by a lack of vitamin D, why would Alberta Health Services no longer make this test available? Does it not seem important? I do think the test is vitally important and that’s why I continue to provide vitamin D testing in my clinic through a private lab for my patients.

A notice sent out by Alberta Health Services to all physicians, nurses and nurse educators stated that vitamin D testing is no longer available for population screening as of April 1.

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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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