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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

Jekyll & Hyde or Just Hormones Gone a Wry

Throughout the medieval ages, women’s menstrual disorders were considered either irrelevant and not to be discussed or the result of sinful actions and punishment by evil spirits. This is obviously incorrect and tells a lot about the crazy minds of the “medical” personnel of that time. Today although we take pride in our higher level of medical knowledge, there is still much that is poorly understood about the complexity of the female menstrual cycle and …READ MORE

How to Shed Excess Pounds Safely

Obesity rates among U.S. adults have gone up 30 % since the late 1970′s. A staggering 61 % of American adults currently meet the scientific definition of obesity putting them at risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, depression and several forms of cancer. Obesity is defined as being greater than 25-30 pounds over one’s healthy weight. Most people who are obese are not happy about it and would like to change to a normal …READ MORE

Fumaric Acid an Effective Treatment for Psoriasis

Skin diseases can be physically and emotionally draining for patients because of the discomfort and cosmetic disturbance they produce. This has never been truer than in the case of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a common skin disorder, which affects between 2 – 4 percent of the population. A sharply bordered reddened rash covered with overlapping silvery white scales is the characteristic lesion. The scalp, nails, backs of elbows, knees and ankles are commonly involved, however any …READ MORE

Elbow Pain May be Helped with Prolotherapy

Tennis players and golfers are familiar with elbow pain. But carpenters, mail handlers, painters, waiters and computer operators also may experience the symptoms of “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow”. Tennis elbow is a painful condition on and around the bony prominence (epicondyle) on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow. This location gives this condition its technical name lateral epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow describes a similar condition. The pain focus is the knobby bump on the …READ MORE

Doctors & Hospitals Third Leading Cause of Death

For decades, complementary healthcare practices and practitioners have been disparaged by mainstream medicine. The public is warned that alternatives to the status quo are unscientific, a waste of money and dangerous. In the last few weeks, more of the same has arisen, as the media reported the concerns of a group of Canadian neurologists regarding chiropractic manipulation and potential stroke occurrence. Some medical camps have recently suggested a ban on the sales of certain herbs …READ MORE

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