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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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Working with what we have

In my semi-retirement, I have Wednesday to Sunday off. Talk about a long weekend!

It’s Friday and as I sit at my computer, I look outside at the grey skies that are no different than yesterday, except that yesterday it was snowing as well as cold. These are days that if you don’t have to venture out, you don’t, so I didn’t. At least not initially.

By early afternoon I started to get antsy and looked for something different to do, so I headed out to my workshop and puttered around out there. When I’d had enough of that, I came into the house and found something to do, of which there is always something that needs doing. Also, yesterday we went for a long walk.

In other words, I have an escape from being bored.

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Patience will eventually win the day

Being a Christian-run soup kitchen, we have always felt that we have something positive to offer in this troubled world.

But at the same time, we also know that many want nothing to do with any faith whatsoever.

We are constantly aware that we are under a very critical microscope in the way we ourselves act.

Whenever we have a meal, the only thing we ask of the clients is that we are able to have a short couple of minute’s devotion and prayer for the meal. Other than this short time, we do not force anything on anyone; if they want to know more, they can approach us. It is not a prerequisite to a meal.

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The top four children’s supplements to maximize health

Nutrition … there is nothing more important in shaping a child’s health than what they are, and are not, consuming on a daily basis.

Children’s nutrition is where most, if not all, effort should be focused, rather than supplementing them with a bunch of pills.

However, not everything can come from the diet, or at least not in high enough amounts for these young bodies that are developing so fast. This is why I recommend four basic supplements for all children in my practice, three of which should be started from infancy.

First and foremost is a probiotic, also known as the “good” bacteria that colonize the gut. These are important in both keeping healthy digestion and the development of a child’s immune system, which is especially critical during the first two years of a child’s life.

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