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Eating disorders: what to do

Last week BC Place, Science World and the Sails at Canada Place all lit up purple in recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Here on the Coast, the response has been lacklustre.  In my experience as a new locally-based therapist specializing in eating disorders, I can verify that our local youth are as afflicted by ... Read More »

Preventing and treating flu with homeopathy

H1N1, also known as swine flu, is having another round; the last outbreak was in 2009.  Prevention, by having a strong immune system, is the one of the best ways to combat illness of any kind, especially the flu.  As H1N1 is a virulent virus, those with weak immune systems will have a hard time ... Read More »

Take a break

Brief breaks during the work day can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on a task. A 2011 study published in the journal Cognition found that brief mental breaks can improve focus on a prolonged task. The study’s authors tested participants’ ability to focus on a repetitive computerized task for 50 minutes under various conditions. ... Read More »

Approach New Year’s resolutions from the inside out

Do you have a hard time keeping your New Year’s resolutions? New Year’s resolutions stem from a desire for better health and happiness in our lives. However, when we address changes from strictly an external or physical level, we may find that there is still an underlying feeling of imbalance and we slip back into ... Read More »

Avoiding the flu: a 10-point action plan

According to recent data  from BC Centre for Disease Control, there were 507 lab-confirmed cases of influenza up to mid-December. The elderly and children under 10 – two groups at higher risk of developing flu-related complications – were most affected. “If you have been planning to get a flu shot but just haven’t gotten around ... Read More »

Holiday preps: take care of yourself

The end of the year is a joyous time, but for some people it can be difficult. This year, instead of worrying about finding the perfect gift, attending all the parties or pretending everything is perfect, make sure you make time to take care of yourself and put your well-being first. The holiday season can ... Read More »

The importance of sleep

One New Year’s resolution I would recommend is, commit to getting enough sleep. Sleep is the body’s way of metabolizing excess stress hormones and one of the single most important ways of maintaining good health and happiness.  When adults and children are deprived of adequate amounts of sleep it can affect memory and concentration, weaken ... Read More »

An apple a day ‘does’ help

The phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is a familiar one that many people first heard as children. But some may be surprised to learn the phrase is as factual as it is familiar. Apples are among the most cultivated and consumed foods in the world. They’re also among the healthiest. Medical ... Read More »

What ‘won’t’ help the flu

Antibiotics are not effective in preventing or treating the flu. Antibiotics are used when bacteria is the cause of illnesses and help kill bacteria or stop them from reproducing, indicates Medline Plus. Influenza is a viral infection, meaning antibiotics will be useless against it. The only times when antibiotics may be prescribed during a flu ... Read More »

A new era of cannabis understanding

We are at the threshold of a new era of cannabis understanding brought on by the recent discovery of the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The human ECS plays an important role in regulating our body’s innate ability to self-heal. It works closely with our central nervous and endocrine systems to regulate the secretion of hormones ... Read More »

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