The Politics of Healthcare

Virtually every day, the media, government officials, hospital administrators, etc. remind the public about the desperate state of the healthcare system in Canada. Inadequate financial resources to fund the needs of an aging population, lack of specialists, long surgical waiting lists and high drug and equipment costs are examples cited about how this has become a national crisis. Recently, the B.C. Liberal government has announced that they will de-insure the services of supplementary healthcare practitioners …READ MORE

The Bugs From Within

In this era of sterilization, disinfection and sanitization, it is surprising for many to learn that their body is a huge reservoir of bacteria. A healthy person lives in harmony with these organisms in a state of symbiosis. Some times this happy balance becomes altered and is referred to as dysbiosis. The term normal or indigenous flora is used to describe microorganisms that are frequently found in or on the body of healthy individuals. Microbiologists …READ MORE

Natural Hormones: Theory and Practice

One of the greatest areas of confusion in complementary medicine today is the subject of natural hormones. Consumers, practitioners, educators, manufacturers and the media all contribute to the misinformation and misunderstanding. This article will attempt to clarify this topic as well as explain the functions hormones play in our health. What is a hormone? Hormones are chemical messengers produced by a variety of glands and organs in the body. Hormones course throughout the blood stream …READ MORE

Mercury Fillings Affecting Dentists

Once again more research has surfaced regarding the health concerns associated with silver dental restorations. In the May issue of The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Scottish researchers studied 180 dentists. The investigators found the dentists had up to four times the normal level of mercury in their urine and nails and had more kidney disorders and memory lapses than the general public. The results of psychomotor skills, response times, word recall and health …READ MORE

Male Menopause Does Exist

Once they hit middle age, men can experience a phenomenon comparable to menopause. This is referred to as the male andropause. Between the ages of 40-55, bodily changes and mood shifts begin to occur in men. A decline in sexual desire or libido, erectile dysfunction, urinary difficulties, fatigue, reduced muscle strength and mass, fat gain, memory loss and insomnia are a few symptoms characteristic of this change. A man frequently begins to question his values, …READ MORE

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    Coffee…Not All Bad!

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     Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve.
    Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights….

    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

    Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. It can increase energy, memory, mood, reaction time and physical performance. It inhibits the brain chemical adenosine, which makes us sleepy and relaxed, but increases dopamine and norepinephrine, which are “feel good” chemicals. Caffeine stimulates fat burning and increases metabolism by 3-10 %. Consequently, it is found in all supplement “fat burners”.

    Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of getting some diseases. They are: type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, liver cirrhosis, depression, stroke and liver/colorectal/prostate and uterine cancers.

    Not all people do well with coffee. Some are allergic to the roasted bean, which can cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, headaches and just a sense of feeling unwell. Others, it may temporary raise blood pressure and heart rate, increase anxiety and restlessness and worsen insomnia. Coffee should not be drunk late at night and ideally, not when pregnant.

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine in it than lighter roasts. Drip coffee has more caffeine in it than espresso. Black coffee is best, minus the sugar, dairy products and flavorings.

    Buy high quality, fresh, organic whole beans when possible. Grind the beans before use. Like all things in life, moderation is best.

     

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