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Going raw

Going raw

Aug 1, 2015

• One question we often get asked is why cooked foods sometimes have a higher level of nutritional content. One of the main reasons for this is that the water content decreases, creating a food that is more concentrated and calorically dense. Consider a large bunch of dark, leafy greens; when raw, they take up a lot of space, but when cooked, that large bunch...

New cholesterol-lowering drugs coming

New cholesterol-lowering drugs coming

Aug 1, 2015

Watch for the sleight-of-hand • DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • If your aim in life is pursuing truth, one of the things you might want to study is why deception is so common in life. – American magician Eugene Burger Magicians are experts at directing our attention – basically manipulating and managing our perceptions. Maybe people like magic so much...

Holistic aromatherapy

Holistic aromatherapy

Aug 1, 2015

by Lynne Edel • Aromatherapy is more popular than ever, yet there is much confusion and misinformation about essential oil use today, with some companies advocating unsafe practices and synthetic and adulterated essential oils flooding the market. The British Columbia Alliance Of Aromatherapy (www.bcaoa.org) defines aromatherapy/essential oil therapy as...

Breastfeeding and herbs

Breastfeeding and herbs

Aug 1, 2015

It is quite possible that herbal remedies help increase milk supply. There are several drugs that obviously do increase milk supply, and, of course, it is reasonable to assume that some plants and herbs might contain similar pharmacological agents. Almost every culture has some sort of herb or plant or potion to increase milk supply. Some may work as placebos,...

Take a hike

Take a hike

Aug 1, 2015

and some food to keep you going • For short hikes, food is more of a nice to have rather than a necessity. But on long hikes, an adequate food supply is critical to success and safety. Whether going on a five-mile walk or a 500-mile-long distance trek, you should have some food along. If for no other reason than just-in-case. Having a good idea about how much...

Canada’s climate change crossroads

Hope in the summer of fire by Bruce Mason   • What are we to make of the sickening smoke that still lingers over much of Canada? And the toxic soup of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, suspended ash, water vapour and other particulate matter visible as far south as Tennessee? And the sheer size, intensity and enormity of its...

The Mount Polley disaster

The Mount Polley disaster

Aug 1, 2015

One year later by Rod Marining • Mining in BC could cost BC taxpayers more than a mine produces in its entire lifetime; that’s the bottom line. The Mount Polley Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, is a prime example. Most BC mines are like nuclear power plants in that mine wastes and toxic heavy metals must be managed for over a thousand years. As long as it...

Evolving beyond judgment

Evolving beyond judgment

Aug 1, 2015

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Judging a person does not define who they are; it defines who you are. – lifehack.org Judgment is ubiquitous in our culture. We hear it in the media, in politics, in the workplace, throughout the neighbourhood and within the family. Courts make judgements, but they are based on established laws. Personal...

Getting your omega-3s

Getting your omega-3s

Aug 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, with Angelina Lam, Gloria Ho & Kelly Bogh • Research suggests omega-3s can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. Fortunately, products with omega-3s – such as margarine, eggs and supplements – are commonly found in grocery stores. Omega-3s are a family of fatty acids that includes a-Linolenic...

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Jul 2, 2015

20 years of farm to table goodness • For the last 20 years, Vancouver Farmers Markets have fed people and created community. We are a registered non-profit society that supports small farm production, nourishes community and connects neighbours. Founded in 1995, Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) has grown to become one of Canada’s leading organizers of farmers...