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Primary love language

Primary love language

Feb 1, 2016

Part 1 – five ways to express love emotionally by Gary Chapman • After 30 years as a marriage counsellor, I am convinced there are five basic love languages – five ways to express love emotionally. Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved. Words of affirmation One time when my wife and I...

Healthy hearts happy people

Healthy hearts happy people

Feb 1, 2016

Heart, meet gut by Dr. Mercola • It’s becoming relatively common knowledge that your health is not just about your body, but rather the result of its symbiotic relationship with 100 trillion bacteria and other microorganisms. Your microbiome is unique to you, like a fingerprint, and represents a combination of lifestyle factors, genetics, environment and...

Optimism – a healthy boost to your heart

Optimism – a healthy boost to your heart

Feb 1, 2016

by Dr. Mercola • Mounting research reveals that you cannot separate your health from your emotions and numerous studies support the idea that having an upbeat and positive perspective can translate into living a longer healthier life. For example, in one older study, pessimism was linked to a 19 percent higher risk of dying over a 30-year period. After...

A tax on sugary beverages to tackle diabetes epidemic

by Rick Blickstead • Would you support a tax that reduced your risk of early death, blindness, amputation, stroke, heart attack and kidney failure? We know that excessive consumption of calories contributes to obesity, which is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as non-diet pop, sports drinks, energy drinks,...

Electrohypersensitivity disorder

The new name for an old problem by Magda Havas   • At the turn of the 20th century a mysterious illness emerged. The first people to be affected by it were the telegraph line installers and the telephone switchboard operators. The symptoms of the illness included nerve disorders – hence the name neurasthenia or nervous asthenia – depression, extreme...

Environmental rights are human rights

Environmental rights are human rights

Feb 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity. But Canada was different then, a racist country built on policies of colonization,...

Healthy snacks offer benefits

Healthy snacks offer benefits

Feb 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD   • Can snacking be a key ingredient in a healthy lifestyle? If your first response was “No!” here’s a chance to update your perceptions. Some of us were raised with the advice to “never eat between meals,” which makes sense in protecting our teeth from sweets. Yet there can be significant advantages to...

Choose to feel happy

Choose to feel happy

Feb 1, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young   A miracle is a shift in perception … it can happen in an instant. – A Course in Miracles Sometimes life events affect us in a negative way. I often hear my clients say, “It’s just not fair!” The way they are treated at work is not fair. The way mom treats her adult children is not fair. It’s not fair that...

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Jan 1, 2016

A vision for a repurposed Georgia Viaduct by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts • New York City had a brilliant idea. They took a viaduct and repurposed it into what has become a hugely popular aerial greenway park. Two years ago, while visiting NYC, I was one of first five million who had the delightful experience of strolling across this amazing,...

The benefits of nutritional supplements

The benefits of nutritional supplements

Jan 1, 2016

by Annette Dickinson • Nutrient shortfalls have health consequences that could impact daily life and overall wellbeing. National nutrition surveys show shortfalls in intakes of many nutrients. About one-third of American adults fail to get their average daily requirement for vitamin C even though vitamin C is relatively easy to obtain from foods; low intakes...