Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness – Simple Reminders
Feb26

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness – Simple Reminders

Welcome back to one of my favourite places, The Reading Room, and with one of my favourite people, Hazel McGuiness. In the last session, Hazel and I talked about kindness and how very important it is; not just while we make our way through this pandemic, but something that ought to be shown at all times. A gift that’s relatively easy to aspire to, yet sometimes very difficult to adhere to. In this session, Hazel speaks to us about a...

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Full Body Wellness, Inside and Out: IV Vitamin Infusions
Feb26

Full Body Wellness, Inside and Out: IV Vitamin Infusions

It’s undeniable, 2020 was a long year filled with a series of ups and downs, highs and lows, for all of us. With all of the uncertainty that this past year has brought – and the questions that the upcoming year still needs to answer – it is no surprise that, for many of us, our stress levels have been higher than ever. When there is so much on our plate to take care of, most of us don’t have time to make our health be one of our main...

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Ask the Beauty Expert: Skincare Trends 2021
Feb26

Ask the Beauty Expert: Skincare Trends 2021

After 2020, a train wreck of a year, we began to adapt to being our own hair stylist and aesthetician. We were hopeful that 2021 would have us back in the salon, spa & cosmetic clinics but we found that we still needed to continue to rely on our own resourcefulness. Professional treatments grinding to a halt in 2020 strongly influenced 2021 skin care trends. We see a return to the basics with an emphasis on prevention, skin repair...

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Ask the Health Expert: Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin
Feb26

Ask the Health Expert: Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, despite its name, is not technically a vitamin. By definition a vitamin is an organic compound that must be obtained from dietary sources as they are not produced by the body. Vitamin D is not one chemical but many. It is naturally produced by the skin from a form of cholesterol in the presence of sunlight, specifically the ultraviolet B energy (UBV) into vitamin D3. Most dietary supplements of vitamin D are manufactured by...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.
Nov30

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: Kindness.

Oh this feels nice. It’s quiet, warm, bright, and peaceful. I am back in The Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness, and over the course of just a few short minutes, all of the noise going on in the world has stopped, as I am grounded and ready to learn. “Wow” she says. “We’ve had quite a go of it this year haven’t we?” While the entire world has had a difficult time, both Hazel and I have, like many, suffered some manner of tremendous...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: The Greatest Pandemic of All: Mental Health
Nov30

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: The Greatest Pandemic of All: Mental Health

Charles Darwin, in his book “Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals”, explains how people everywhere have common emotional expressions some of which are shared with animals. A wolf baring its fangs uses the same musculature as humans do when angry or threatened. This same physiology of emotions has been preserved and used again and again over evolutionary eons and across species. The universality of this phenomenon led Darwin to...

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ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT – Investing in skin health and beauty options.
Nov30

ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT – Investing in skin health and beauty options.

Invest in your skin. Does that sound weird? I bet you have a shelf full of products that you thought were a good investment. The miracle wrinkle cream. The magic wand over acne. The foundation that says it will erase years away. Did they live up to the hype? Most of the time they do not or maybe they do, for a little while, and then they do not seem to do what they promised. Just as “one size fits all” is a lie (and boy is THAT a...

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ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT: Beauty and the Mask
Aug30

ASK THE BEAUTY EXPERT: Beauty and the Mask

We are living the new normal with masks and social distancing AND we know that those tactics are working to keep the virus at bay. As annoying as masks may be, it is far better to wear them and help protect others while we enjoy some social time. Thank you to all essential and frontline workers who continue to help keep our lives as “normal” as possible and keep our loved ones safe and cared for now and especially during the lockdown....

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Covid-19
Aug30

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Covid-19

Where to begin? First let us clarify! The virus itself is known as SARS-CoV-2. The disease that may result in having symptoms related to this virus is known as Covid19. SARS- CoV-2 is part of a large family of corona viruses that cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses. For Covid19 the data to date shows that eighty percent of infections are mild, fifteen percent can be severe infections and five percent are critical....

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Maintaining Your Water Quality
Aug30

Maintaining Your Water Quality

Without a doubt, 2020 will be remembered as the alarming year in history where the world’s governments and medical scientists grappled with the fluctuating Covid-19 pandemic. We have been well-versed in how the virus spreads and have experienced the measures taken to stop it. It is transmitted person to person, ramping up the call for face masks, and lives for extended periods on various surfaces; necessitating the need for regular...

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Dr Poretta: The road to success is never a straight line.
Aug30

Dr Poretta: The road to success is never a straight line.

This year marks my 40th Anniversary of looking into patient’s mouths. People and patients alike have asked me what made me decide to become a dentist. What I tell them is that fate decided for me, as I am the first dentist in my family. Here’s my story. My mother wanted to make sure I learned to work hard, so when I was 13 she took me to work with her in a fruit market on Bathurst Street south of Lawrence Avenue in the city. A year...

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Breaking the Silence: Why You Should Consider an O-Shot or Priapus Shot for Yourself.
Aug28

Breaking the Silence: Why You Should Consider an O-Shot or Priapus Shot for Yourself.

We all know it, the unwritten rule of society: there are some things that we just don’t talk about. Money, sex, reproductive health – they’re all considered rather taboo, at least when it comes to so called “decent” conversation. The problem with this stigma is that it has led to many people being ignorant of these topics, carrying on with their lives unaware of the complications that can arise from them and perhaps more importantly,...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness
Feb26

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness

Communication Series – PART II: Dementia/Alzheimers: Understanding and Communicating There are over 564,000 Canadians living with Dementia/ Alzheimers today and more than 1.1 million are affected either directly or indirectly by this disease. By the year 2031 this number is expected to increase by over 66% to approximately 937,000 people. Yet less than 5% of our health research budget is allocated to fund research and development for...

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Ask the Expert: Beauty
Feb26

Ask the Expert: Beauty

Are You Skin Treatment Confused? In our modern lives we tend to expect instant gratification & instant “fixes”. This may even extend to our idea of what beauty or rejuvenation looks like. With images of longer lashes, larger lips and puffier cheeks bombarding us from TV and magazine covers, we can be made to think that this is what we need to do to feel confident in our own beauty. In our impatience and haste we tend to forget the...

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Ask the Expert: Health
Feb26

Ask the Expert: Health

Wild Tree Resin A bottle of essential oil with fresh spruce branches and resin We usually do not think of trees as a source of medicine, as we normally turn to herbs and flowers as natural remedies, but a wealth of medicinal potential surrounds us in our coniferous and deciduous forests. Tree resins have long been known and relied upon as medicines since early times and have been used by every ancient culture on earth for thousands of...

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