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Food Ingredients a Giant Question Mark

Source: HANS e-News - August 15, 2007

On August 8, 2007, Greenpeace activists made a 61-metre long question mark in a field containing genetically engineered (GE) corn near Abbotsford, BC to highlight the absence of GE food labelling in Canada. Greenpeace located the question mark in the riding of BC minister of public safety and solicitor general John Les, and s...

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For Cancer Prevention, Diet Not Enough

By: Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, FRCP (C), RNCP
Source: HANS e-News - November 15, 2007

The front page headline in the Globe and Mail on November 1, 2007, was "Poor Diet Ratchets Up Cancer Risk". This is based upon a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. By and large, this is a ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Good Calories, Bad Calories

By: Dr. Abram Hoffer
Source: HANS e-News - December 1, 2007

In his recent book Good Calories, Bad Calories (Knopf, 2007) Garry Taube debunks the hypothesis that a low-fat diet is the solution for good health. This severe case of mistaken consensus, Taube explains, was foisted on us by a process called "cascade" in which a ...

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Pthalates and Parabens in Personal Care Products

By: Jim Chan, ND
Source: HANS e-News - December 1, 2007

NDP MLA Gregor Robertson recently made headline news about a future bill that mandates the disclosure and sets limits for toxic substances in food and personal care products. Robertson listed a variety of different compounds including PCBs, formaldehyde and phthalates. Of great concer...

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Introduction to Integrative Energy Healing

By: Marija Djordjevic, Certified Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner
Source: HANS e-News - December 15, 2007

Many people say they feel "empty" and "half alive", get anxious and worried in the absence of any apparent reason or feel "trapped", "tied down" or "suffocated" in relationships ...

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Global Health

By: Dr. Warren Bell, MD
Source: Health Action Magazine, Spring 2006

I am writing in Health Action for the first time, in what is planned to be a regular column in each issue. So some introductions are in order. I'm a family physician living and working in Salmon Arm. Because of a congenitally open mind (just short of the point where my...

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My Thoughts on Dental Health

By: Dr Rex Fortescue, DDS
Source: Health Action Magazine, Spring 2006

Oral health (the mouth's health) is vitally important to your body's health and vica versa. Teeth cavities, as well as periodontal disease (gum disease), are a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and the build up of toxins. Periodontal disease has been official...

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Are vitamins safe?

By: Bayne Boyes, President, Health Action Network Society
Source: Health Action Magazine, Spring 2006

I think most reasonable people would agree that healthy lifestyles are a key component to maintaining good health. That includes, of course, exercise, clean air and water, and nutritious food. Many years ago a person could maintain good he...

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Microwaves... Safe?

By: Sandra Tonn, RHN
Source: Health Action Magazine, Spring 2006

Is it safe to microwave food? The question is valid, despite the fact that microwaves have been on the market for close to three decades now. Unfortunately, little research has been done on the concerns and questions consumers have. Why? That's another good question. Cons...

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Jury's Still Out on Vaccinations

By: B. E. Boyes
Source: Health Action Magazine, Spring 2006

Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water quality and sanitation, less crowded living conditions, better nutrition, and higher standards of living. Typically the incidence of a disease was cle...

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UPDATE: Biotech Canada SLAPP Scandal

By: Joseph Cummins, PhD
Source: HANS e-News - September 1, 2007

SLAPP is the acronym for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, a litigation used by large organizations, or sometimes even individuals to intimidate and silence less wealthy critics by so severely burdening them with the cost of a legal defence that they abandon thei...

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Are Canadians Physically Active?

Source: HANS e-News - September 1, 2007

A rising percentage of Canadians have become at least moderately active in their leisure time during the past decade. Even so, a new study shows that almost one-half (48 percent) of the population aged 12 or older, some 12.7 million people, were classified as "inactive" during their leisure time in 2005, meaning t...

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Why the Title 'Global Health'

By: Dr Warren Bell, MD
Source: Health Action Magazine, Autumn 2005

In my first column, I introduced myself, and also introduced the concept of "integrative" medicine, in which the patient is central, and all therapeutic modalities are considered, as patient and care-giver work in partnership towards the goal of healing. Now I'...

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Arghh, A Migraine.... What to Do

By: Dr Ingrid Pincott, ND
Source: Health Action Magazine, Autumn 2005

I was reading an Oprah magazine recently and was shocked at how many advertisements there were for the treatment of migraine headaches with prescription medications and realized how many people must suffer from them. Migraines result from a genetic predisposition, combin...

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Salvestrols -A Natural Defence Against Cancer?

By: Professor Dan Burke, PhD
Source: Health Action Magazine, Autumn 2005

Eating fruit and vegetables is good for our health. We all accept this, and medical advice is to eat at least five portions of fruit or vegetables each day. The medical and scientific evidence shows that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables helps to combat cancer, amon...

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Credit to the Cranberry

By: Sandra Tonn, RHN
Source: Health Action Magazine, Autumn 2005

The fields have been flooded and the red seas of cranberries have been harvested. This month, bags of fresh Canadian berries will show up in the produce section of the grocery store, as well as at farmer's markets and festivals alike. While cranberry sauce is an excellent...

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