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Act now to save the Canadian Wheat Board

Act now to save the Canadian Wheat Board

Feb 8, 2012

Or face the end of food sovereignty in Canada by Ken Larsen • While the popular media is full of stories of globalization and its corrosive effects on local communities, most are unaware of the back-story when it comes to the Canadian Wheat Board. In the grain trade, globalization is not a new story. In fact, it pre-dates the settling of Canada’s west...

Cholesterol the unknown healer

Cholesterol the unknown healer

Feb 8, 2012

If you think ‘bad’ or ‘high’ cholesterol contributes to heart disease, you have been deceived by the marketers of a mythical disease. The so-called ‘bad’ or LDL cholesterol is actually part of a natural healing process designed for repairing damaged arteries in your body. This damage is usually caused by inflammation and...

Educating doctors

Educating doctors

Feb 8, 2012

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels The people's briefing note on perscription drugs • A few years ago, I was invited to be the guest on an Ottawa radio talk show, the topic being something I was well familiar with, a book I co-wrote called Selling Sickness. The book explores how the pharmaceutical industry influences regulators, physicians and patients in order...

Money, meaning & mayhem

Money, meaning & mayhem

Feb 8, 2012

A memorable book about money sparks memories of an in-flight conversation by Geoff Olson • Back in 1998, I was sitting on a plane at Heathrow airport, thumbing through a volume on finance I had picked up in a London bookshop. It wasn’t my usual area of interest, but the title caught my eye: Frozen Desire: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Money. This...

Resolutions for life

Resolutions for life

Feb 8, 2012

If you could gain a decade or more of healthy years to your life, wouldn’t you grab the chance? “It’s the simple things that can make the biggest difference,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation lecturer Dr. Clyde Yancy, adding that up to 80 percent of premature heart disease is preventable. His prescription for more quality years of life:...

Enzyme supplements safe & effective

by Zoltan Rona, MD Enzyme supplements have been sold for over 50 years without incident. I have been writing about and prescribing various digestive enzyme supplements successfully for over 30 years. These over the counter products are manufactured by at least a dozen different companies and are sold in health food stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. The...

Reconnecting with body wisdom

For many of us, our body remains a largely untapped resource because we have forgotten how to listen to the healing messages of our body. By learning to reconnect with our body’s wisdom, we can tap into the healing resources of emotion, sensation, intuition, imagery, memory and mystery. The awakened sense of wholeness that results from this mind-body...

Northern Gateway money vs environment

Northern Gateway money vs environment

Feb 8, 2012

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The battle lines are drawn and Northern BC’s pristine wilderness is the latest front. With hearings underway into the proposed $5.5-billion, dual 1,172-kilometre Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat and imported condensate to dilute it from the coast...

Open-hearted communication

Open-hearted communication

Feb 8, 2012

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Imagine a kindergarten class about to have “show and tell”. Every student in the class has a hand up because each wants to be the first to have a turn. When one finally goes first, a few pay attention, but many are thinking about what they will say when it is their turn. Others are just waiting for the...

Going underground

Going underground

Feb 8, 2012

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • There have been many movies about the Holocaust. So much so there is a fear that filmmakers’ constant re-framing and re-imagining of it undermines and clouds the awful history they seek to convey. However, for Polish director Agnieszka Holland, there is still a sense the “main mystery” surrounding...

Save seeds, protect diversity

Save seeds, protect diversity

Feb 8, 2012

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. – Chinese Proverb • I often reflect on this wise proverb when thinking about the grassroots community seed shows we introduced to the West Coast over 20 years ago. The intention was to educate people on the imperative of preserving plant genetic diversity...

Star Wise

Star Wise

Feb 7, 2012

February 2012 - by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Cassius explains the law of karma simply and accurately when he proclaims, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are...

Chocolate for healthy hearts

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina • What can be better than a sweet treat with health benefits? As it happens, our favourite February food, chocolate, has a few glowing characteristics. It comes from the Theobroma cacao tree, from a bean that grows on that tropical tree. (Theobroma means “food for the Gods.”) Chocolate originated in Mexico and...