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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ASK THE EXPERT: Beauty
Dec02

ASK THE EXPERT: Beauty

Where Does the Time Go?!! Written by: Sue Wagner, RD – Mosaic Spa, Fergus | Skin By Mosaic, Orangeville I don’t know about you but when I looked at the calendar I screamed in horror, I really did. WHERE DOES TIME GO?!! I am not done my “to do list” from August!!! So much of our day is spent trying to catch up on everything. We desperately seek some sense of control over our environment our bodies & our mind. Throw kids in...

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ASK THE EXPERT: Health
Dec02

ASK THE EXPERT: Health

Colloidal Silver … Armour for the Atom Written by: Nathalie McNeill, Fountain Head Health Store, Fergus For thousands of years silver has been known to have restorative and preservative properties and was used worldwide in many cultures such as the Ancient Greeks, the Roman Empires, Druids, Chinese, Australians, and many more. Around the 1800’s western scientists again discovered the properties of this powerful germ...

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Nail Fungus… more than just a nuisance
Dec02

Nail Fungus… more than just a nuisance

Written by: Dan Pelton If a survey was released to determine the three or four least glamorous things in the world, there is a strong possibility nail fungus would be among them. Nail fungus, clinically known as onychomycosis, is a condition that usually begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection spreads deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and crumble...

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Menopause and Self-Care
Dec02

Menopause and Self-Care

Written by: Kelly Nolan, Avita Weight Loss Clinic As women age and transition through Peri-Menopause and Menopause, they may begin to experience sudden inexplicable weight gain and other symptoms such as low energy, anxiety, depression, irregular cycles, heavy cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and more. As our weight and body shape shifts, we can become disheartened and our self- image suffers. During Menopause and...

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