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DASH diet is designed to reduce salt and lower your blood pressure

High blood pressure affects more than a billion people around the world. The American Heart Association says an estimated 103 million adults in the United States, nearly half of all men and women in the country, have hypertension. Statistics Canada estimates that around 18 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and older have high blood ... Read More »

Eat your way to better hair and skin

Millions of people across the globe deal with conditions that affect the skin and hair. Acne is a skin and hair ailment that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common skin condition in the United States. But what if the foods people eat could affect the health of their hair and ... Read More »

Why you should eat breakfast, even if you’re dieting

The secret to losing weight involves a careful balance. The number of calories that go into a person should be exceeded by the energy expended by exercise and the normal biological functions of the body. This often involves controlling caloric intake, which can be simple when people cut back on portion sizes. Some people believe ... Read More »

Let’s talk about anxiety

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, one in two have – or have had – a mental illness. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health challenges, but how much do we talk about it? On Friday, May 24, at 7pm, the Gibsons & ... Read More »

Treating hay fever with homeopathy

Do you suffer from hay fever?  Hay fever is a sign of a chronic hypersensitivity and a weakened immune system.  Even though symptoms may only appear when exposed to certain substances, allergic reactions are considered to be a chronic condition because they are recurring and the hypersensitivity remains. If you have tried over-the-counter medications and ... Read More »

There is no cure, but asthma can be managed

People with asthma often fear the next attack. As a chronic inflammatory condition, asthma causes the airways to narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This makes breathing very difficult, and also can cause wheezing and coughing fits, advises the Mayo Clinic. Asthma is a common condition, affecting an estimated 26 million people, including six ... Read More »

What stress does to you

Stress affects people of all ages from all walks of life. Though work is a primary source of stress for many people, a recent survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that stress is more than just work-related. In its 2017 “Stress in America” survey, the APA found that the future of the nation, ... Read More »

The Swiss model

The Feb. 14 Holistic View column said that one of the best ways to combat the swine flu is by having a strong immune system and that homeopathy can strengthen the immune system. This should not be taken to mean that homeopathy is an alternative to the flu shot; medical authorities say it is important ... Read More »

Are you getting enough sleep?

Many adults lament that even if they were solid sleepers in their younger years, by the age of 50, their quality of sleep has unravelled. Some cling to the wisdom that people simply do not need as much sleep as they get older. Even though that is partly true, sufficient sleep is still a vital ... Read More »

How wood smoke hurts your health

The BC Lung Association’s air quality and health workshop on Feb. 6 in Vancouver focused on the growing impacts of wildfire smoke on public health. Experts at the session warned that due to warmer and drier climate conditions, more wildfires and longer wildfire seasons are anticipated.  Smoke from these fires, or from wood burning appliances ... Read More »

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