Monthly Archives: January 2010

  1. Can your emotions affect your baby?

    While most expectant mothers wouldn’t think of harming their child with smoking or drinking, how many actually consider what their emotional state may be doing to their unborn child? The connection between mind and body may have been controversial in the orthodox scientific realm once, but more and more evidence is confirming what most individuals instinctively knew all along, that the mind and body are connected.

    Good emotion is just as important as proper nutrition
    Scientists know that we are linked via direct nerve impulses and that our emotional state is directly translated to the body through the release of neurotransmitters. No one doubts the

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  2. Cholesterol, sex and biology 101

    Hardly a day goes by without someone coming in asking for advice on how to manage his or her cholesterol levels. The advice given by so many health care professionals has reached the state of a religious mantra that rarely gets questioned, “lower your cholesterol levels or else”.

    Despite the ever-mounting data discrediting the entire premise on which the cholesterol theory is based, it remains stubbornly entrenched in the minds of the public, whether they are professionals or not.

    Little or no mention is often given to the consequences of having too low a cholesterol level.

    Cholesterol is Good!
    Yes, you heard correctly. Cholesterol is necessary for the biosynthesis of a wide range of cellular components. It acts as a cellular transporter delivering f

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  3. Exercise and diet to prevent the common cold

    Beyond Echinacea and Vitamin C:
    If you’ve had your fill of taking your child to the doctor’s office for upper respiratory tract infections or ear infections, you might want to see if it’s a lack of exercise, poor diet or too much body fat.
    Echinacea, Vitamin C and a course of antibiotics are the ‘cure’. Albeit, these compounds have their place, but to really employ preventative measures, get your children exercising.

    What research has shown
    In 2003, Brock University researchers (Cieslak et al) in St. Catherines published an interesting study titled “Effects of ph

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  4. Histadelia - A primer on Histamine, Folate and Methylation

    Histadelia - A primer on Histamine, Folate and Methylation

    How do you know if you have histadelia? Histadelia is characterized by insomnia, gastric pain, nausea, and persistent headaches. There's a tendency towards depression, a state of chronic inner tension, and an obsessive-compulsive-like mood with a short temper and even phobias. If you’re lying in bed at night hoping for sleep, but your brain won't stop, this can be the chatter of histamine expressing itself.

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  5. SILICA as an anti-aging superstar

    Silica’s role in enhancing overall optimal bodily function has been recognized for quite some time. It’s the second-most-common element on the earth’s crust, surpassed only by oxygen, and yet we still cannot seem to get enough from our diets. Its role in maintaining overall health cannot be understated as many of the diseases of aging are the result of the collagen-based breakdown of our tissues. Silica is absolutely essential as the foundational matrix for the formation of collagen, the primary connective tissue of the human body. Yet this simple element is often missing from most anti-aging protocols.

    Here is what we know:

    1. The average human body holds approximately 7 grams of silica, which is
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  6. The link between milk and recurring ear infections in kids

    Let’s explore the relationship between milk and recurrent ear infections in infants.For this analysis, milk refers to cow’s milk and recurrent otitis media with effusion means that there is fluid in the middle (inner) ear and that the inner ear is inflamed (swollen). Effusion in this context refers to fluid. However, this fluid often does not bother the child and often goes away on its own.

    How does the fluid build up?
    Depending on whom you ask, the fluid build-up may happen for a few reasons. When a child has a cold, the middle ear may produce fluid (as it does in the nose) but the fluid does not drain out of the middle ear as it does f

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  7. Eating for a healthy pregnancy and baby

    One of the most exciting times a woman will experience in her lifetime is when she finds out she’s expecting a baby. However, preparing to raise a child involves a lot of planning and knowledge. Beginning a family ushers into a couple’s life another phase of learning as well as changes and commitments that have not yet been explored.
    Because of this precious new life and because the mother and child will undergo several months of changes hormonally, emotionally, as well as physically for nine months, it’s important to be well informed of factors that contribute to a successful pregnancy.
    Even before conception begins, a woman should start providing her body with adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Eating for two people for nine months can be very demanding on the body and may deplete the mother’s normal stores of vital

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  8. Nettles for detoxification

    Nettles for detoxification

    Late spring is a time of green leaves, blooming lilacs, and kitchen-gardens. It’s also time for one of my favourite tasks: harvesting stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). Yes, stinging nettles.
    Some of us may remember our grandparents reminiscing about those tall, dark green nettles whose ability to sting made these plants the subject of often rueful memories.

    Stinging nettles are also famous in herbal medicine.
    The ancient Romans used to beat arthritic areas with freshly picked nettle plants since the nettle sting, produced by the fine hairs covering the stems and leaves, is similar to that of a bee sting and raises small white welts via a histamine

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  9. STABILIUM 200 for nutrition and cognitive function

    If you’re under stress or are want to improve your brain functioning, you may want to try Stabilium 200. It’s designed to support the body’s response to stress and it may also provide nutritional support and help cognitive function.

    What is Stabilium 200?
    It’s composed of Garum Armoricum that comes from the Blue Ling fish. Still not clear? A history lesson can help explain what Garum Armoricum is. During the third century BC, the Celts of Armorica, Ireland discovered that an extract from the deep-sea Blue fish could improve resilience to physical and emotional

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  10. Botanical medicine for pregnancy and lactation

    Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a time of bodily discomfort. Botanical medicine can help with many of the common ailments.

    1. Replacing lost minerals
    Pregnancy can be demanding on the mother’s body, taking away a lot of nutrients from the mother to help the baby grow. So, what can you do to help replace these nutrients?
    Plants like stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) have earned the title of “nutritive tonic” due to their high levels of iron and trace minerals, and can be used during pregnancy to help the mother meet the nutritional requirements of their growing baby.
    Drinking up to 3 cups of nettle tea per

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