Whose digital revolution is it?

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

It’s not a question of whether or not we can have a digital media revolution; the question is what kind of revolution do we want to have? The signs of a media system in transition are everywhere, both in our use of media and in media policy. Canadians now spend more time online than in front of the TV; the government has collapsed the Canadian Television Fund and the Canadian New Media Fund into one $350 million dollar “Canadian Media Fund” with a focus on content for “multiple platforms” and government is about to embark on a national consultation concerning Canada’s digital strategy.

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Should you go raw?

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina

Going raw is a big trend! Across North America, raw restaurants are serving up delicious versions of pizza, lasagna, wholesome burgers and desserts, along with their green smoothies. So before you rush out and buy a fancy, new kitchen range, consider that many folks are tossing out the microwave and covering their entire stovetop with a cutting board. This trend makes some sense. After all, plant foods are the healthiest foods in existence. And what can be better than eating them just as nature serves them up – raw?

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Container gardening

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

When you know how many vegetables thrive in containers, you’ll realize you don’t need a garden to grow food. Try lettuce, radishes, green onions, zucchini, tomatoes and bush or pole beans in planters. Food plants need a maximum of 12 inches (30cm) of soil to grow in; those that are shallow-rooted require only six inches (15cm). Herbs, being mostly Mediterranean plants, are perfectly suited for planters in full sun. Imagine being able to pick sprigs of fresh mint, parsley, chives, oregano or basil from pots just outside your kitchen door.

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Research and your health

The latest science in accessible, everyday language

The studies cited here have been excerpted from the inaugural issue of Research and Your Health, a new quarterly publication of the CHFA, which contains selected abstracts that focus on the value of natural products and health foods for both the prevention and treatment of cancer. The Canadian Health Food Association (www.chfa.ca) and InspireHealth (www.inspirehealth.ca) have partnered to create this educational resource. Translating the large and growing body of evidence in support of integrative care into a language and format that is readily understood by the average person – in simple, clear language with clear simple conclusions for action/self-care based on this evidence – is essential in engaging the public in their own health and healing and integrative approaches to care.

Herbal & specialty supplements

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