Volume 23 Issue 4 November/December 2017
Spice Up Your Holiday Season!
by Stacey Tress
‘Tis the season! With the winter cold upon us, we begin to turn inwards to our homes and that usually means to the kitchen. There’s something very nostalgic and comforting about walking into the house after say, shovelling the driveway, to be greeted by the wafting aroma of fresh baked apple pie, or homemade chicken soup, or butternut squash puree with coconut, or “insert your favourite comfort food here.” What is it about these dishes that bring back such pleasant memories?
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Take Charge of Your Bone Health
by Dr. Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly
Untreated, bone loss due to aging averages about 10 percent per decade of a person’s life. This gradual loss is essentially equivalent in men and women, except for the approximately 10-year period of increased bone loss in women after menopause. This hormone loss does cause bone density decline, ordinarily between 5 and 10 percent—but this does not have to become osteopenia or osteoporosis. Rather the culprit in the worldwide epidemic of severe bone density loss resulting in osteopenia and osteoporosis—and associated fracture—is nutrient deficiency aided and abetted by lack of exercise, stress, consumption of processed food, smoking, alcohol excess, a gut in poor health, and inflammation—all of which can trigger bone density loss. Certain compounds in plant-based foods also play a role because they trap minerals and can inhibit mineral absorption.
Helping Your Homeopath See the Iceberg
by Carol Thompson
One of the most common complaints I hear about homeopathy is that after taking a remedy for a select period of time, it did nothing. Quickly they come to the conclusion homeopathy does not work. It is true, a poorly selected remedy that does not resonate with an individual will not work. That does not mean homeopathy as a whole does not work. It usually means that your homeopath was not able to get a clear enough picture of you to make a better remedy selection.
Canora Business Releases Unique Natural Spray with Significant Health Benefits
—Reprinted with permission from Canora Courier
A Canora-based business has created a new oral spray which offers powerful benefits to the human immune system. MyShrooms Immunity, the latest product by Nick Martinuik of MySpray Therapeutics in Canora, has received interest from across Canada for its wide-ranging benefits since its release in August. Martinuik, who is a homeopath and a registered massage therapist, has practised natural medicine in Canora for 20 years. He has partnered with a pharmaceutical lab in Vancouver and formulated other health-promoting products in the past, including MyPain LiniMint, Vitamin B12 Energy, and Vitamin D3 Sunshine.
Planning Ahead For Supporting Good Health
by Susan Lee
Wouldn't it be nice to prevent health issues before they take hold. Preventative steps on a regular basis may be the answer to feeling well as we go through our day. There are hundreds of contributing factors to our state of wellness. Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are the most talked about but when was the last time you listened to your body? Tension, emotions, thoughts, and beliefs that no longer hold true need to be dealt with. A health care system like BodyTalk is able to identify and address these concerns. Once the mind has awareness of these interfering factors, the body's innate ability to heal itself is put into action.
The Way of the Bow: Three Seconds and Twenty Years Later (Part 1)
by Guy Hince and Nancy Tam
These three seconds changed my life forever. I (Guy) was 12 years old, living in a small town in Québec, watching a black and white film titled Seven Samurai. It was a Japanese movie with English subtitles! I only spoke French and was very intrigued by the story of the samurai who were protecting the farmers from the bandits. Three hours passed and I was lost in my own world. Near the end of the movie the bandits are making their last desperate charge, and under a torrential rain and in slippery mud, the older samurai took a yumi (Japanese bow) and drew it, keeping it in full Kai (draw) and then released and shot the arrow. The moment lasted three seconds, it took my breath away and I told myself, “I want to do that!” Later, I learned it was called Kyujutsu (the art of archery).
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Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing
by Laurie Gillies
It is exciting to watch the construction of Regina’s first cohousing initiative, Prairie Spruce Commons, at 1625 Badham Boulevard. Cohousing is a lifestyle that provides the perfect combination of privacy and community. It is a creative way for people to have beautiful private units and shared common space. Prairie Spruce is a neighbourhood in a unique green building and healthy environment. It is one of three cohousing communities in Saskatchewan, there being two others in Saskatoon.
We’Moon 2018 – La Luna
Datebook and Calendar
Published by Mother Tongue Ink
We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn, the iconic astrological datebook, is a best-selling moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms, and visionary collection of women’s creative work, now in its 37th year of publication. New this year: We’Moon is now available in Spanish!
by Melva Armstrong
What a delightful autumn we have had so far. I appreciate that there are no ticks, mosquitos, or bugs. There are, however, lots of flies inside and out. I love the coolness in the air when I go for my regular walk with the dogs. I think they like the seasonal coolness as well. This year our little garden was abundant in tomatoes, from tiny to large, and lots of Swiss chard. There was some spinach and arugula that didn’t last long before they went to seed along with a few peas that were delicious. A lot of the seeds we planted didn’t come up, which was unfortunate. It was fun, though, to watch everything grow and to have some fresh greens right from the garden to the table each day.
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Natural Reflections: Positive Thoughts
News of Note