Keeping Your Feet Healthy: Orthotics and Laser Therapy
Jun04

Keeping Your Feet Healthy: Orthotics and Laser Therapy

When it comes to our society’s overall state of health, the focus will invariably be on our aging population and the inevitable ailments that come with getting older. Therefore, problems with the function of our feet may automatically be attributed to the fact that more of us are hobbling into the twilight of our lives. Yet, it’s not that simple. It can be easily argued that feet take the biggest pounding of any of our appendages and...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Reversing Aging-Understanding Your Microbiome
Jun03

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Reversing Aging-Understanding Your Microbiome

I recently visited The Total Health Show in Toronto and had the great fortune to attend a lecture given by Dr. Stephen R. Gundry. He is an eminent heart surgeon as well as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the human microbiome, the gut reaction to the foods we eat and the products we use. The information in that lecture has led me to write this article, as it is essential to longevity and health.  I shall try to explain...

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Getting You Vacation Ready!
Mar13

Getting You Vacation Ready!

“Vacation Ready”? Or maybe “spring ready”? Or simply just ready to say “Buh-bye winter”? Well, whatever the reason, the talented team from Beauty Bar on Main, located in downtown Grand Valley, have what it takes to get you feeling beautiful from head to toe. When you walk through the door of this upscale salon, you’re instantly greeted with a lovely, soft scent, provided to instantly put you in a relaxed mood. “We’ve designed not only...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey
Mar13

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey

Here we are again, back in The Reading Room with the very lovely and talented Hazel McGuiness, discussing a topic that’s not only difficult to talk about, but also to explain. Hazel and I begin our conversation by admitting that the concept of “life after death” is not only a challenging one, but is a topic that not everyone will understand, accept, or agree with. Hazel tells me, “The idea of life after death is one way that some may...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol
Mar13

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol

Stress can come in many forms. We all have problems; busy schedules, deadlines, family responsibilities, but we are able to cope, however becoming “stressed out” is a different matter. Stress is related to many things, like relationships, work problems, family upsets, chemical imbalances, hidden infections, hormone imbalances, blood sugar problems, toxins, processed food and our modern lifestyle. The adrenal glands are...

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Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella
Mar13

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

If a cross-section of individuals was approached to compile a list of favourite activities, it is almost a certainty the list would not include going to the dentist. Over the years, however, we have learned that proper dental care means more than a strict regime of brushing and flossing. The rule of thumb is that it is important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. A dental hygienist or...

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Eyeglasses … Seeing Your Best
Mar12

Eyeglasses … Seeing Your Best

If they are not an integral part of your everyday life now, they will become one as time goes on and you grow older. As socially acceptable and understood as glasses are, some people surely experienced a degree of trauma when informed that their malfunctioning sight required they wear a pair. Young adults might have figured that eyeglasses were a one-way ticket to Nerd City. Thankfully, that is all in the past. Expert opticians like...

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Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down
Dec03

Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down

Recently I learned a lesson. While it was not directly from the “Reading Room”, it did lead to an incredible interview with the lovely Hazel McGuiness. My original lesson? Well, it’s that I was doing too much too fast, and essentially just spinning my wheels. While not paying attention to all of the signs telling me to slow down, the universe decided it would make that decision for me. I literally stepped into a hornet’s nest, and was...

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Ask the Health Expert – Keto
Dec03

Ask the Health Expert – Keto

The latest diet craze is the ketogenic diet. Everywhere people are burning fat, losing weight and increasing their energy levels. However, putting your body into ketosis is not so easy. Ketogenesis is a biological process whereby the body produces molecules known as ketone bodies. There are three of these water soluble bodies, acetoacetate, betahydroxybutyrate and their spontaneous breakdown product acetone. These ketone bodies are...

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