Detoxification a Missing Link in Healthcare

Since ancient times humans have incorporated detoxification practices to cleanse both the body and the mind. Fasting, dietary modifications, physical treatments, herbs, teas, meditation and prayer have to varying degrees been used to “purify” one self. To this day, most cultures and medical philosophies, except that of Western society, continue such customs. In fact, Western medical thought not only discourages such behaviour, but also relates it to “quackery” with no rational scientific basis. However, when …READ MORE

Cancer

Cancer has been present throughout human history. Egyptian and Inca mummies show evidence of the disorder. Greek physicians described it, and Hippocrates provided its name. In North America in 1900, cancer was the eighth leading cause of death after pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart disease, stroke and assorted other conditions. In the last half of the 20th century, cancer has become the second leading cause of death. Equally astounding are the corresponding rises in domestic pet, wildlife …READ MORE

Bypassing the Bypass

Chronic degenerative diseases continue to be North America’s primary killers with heart disease and cancer leading the way. These conditions are no longer an affliction of the aged, but are reaching into younger and younger age groups. A majority of chronic illnesses are usually not the result of a single cause but a complex of interacting factors. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians take high blood pressure and anti-cholesterol medicine, undergo angioplasty or coronary artery bypass …READ MORE

How to survive without having wheat.

Now that we have explained how and why modern wheat is so detrimental to our health, it is time to look at what safe alternatives we have left.  Once you get over the shock and realize that without wheat you will not starve, expanding your palate and trying some new food items may actually be quite pleasurable. Remember, like any other addiction, cutting wheat out can cause withdrawal reactions, cravings, mood changes, headaches, rashes, gastro-intestinal …READ MORE

OVERWEIGHT, OBESE…….WE CAN HELP!

Now that the gluttony of Christmas is over, hopefully everyone has had their fill of chocolate, hors d’oeuvres, chips, dips, alcohol and baked goods.  Christmas leads into New Year’s and what would the start of a fresh calendar year be without a resolution.  One of the top New Year’s resolutions consistently, is the desire to lose weight.  Let’s briefly discuss the basic facts about obesity. Okay, we all have been inundated with government reports, media …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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