Volume 22 Issue 3 September/October 2016
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Active Aging for Life
by Virginia Daninkiewich
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” —Betty Friedan
According to the World Health Organization, active ageing is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. (WHO, 2016) Active aging means full participation in all aspects of community life: social, economic, cultural, and spiritual. With lifetimes of experience and knowledge, older adults make valuable contributions to their families, friends, organizations, communities, and society in general. Active aging also means independence: the ability to live on one’s own terms and make your own decisions. By maintaining social networks of family and friends of all ages, older adults can build strong relationships across generations and combat isolation. Taking steps to stay healthy as you grow older can mitigate or delay physical problems and disabilities in later life. This can save health care costs and reduce long-term care needs.
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Beets – To Your Abundant Health!
by Stacey Tress
Beets or beetroots, as they are often called, belong to the Goosefoot family known as Chenopodiaceous. Within the botanical family, beet greens are factored alongside spinach, Swiss chard, quinoa, lamb's quarter, and a number of other wild plants, which means that beet greens can be placed in the “dark, leafy” category. Because they are a cool season crop, beets grow quickly and can survive almost freezing temperatures, making them a favourite of northern gardeners.
BreadRoot Farm: an Earth-centred Community
by Hélène Tremblay-Boyko
Farming, for Al Boyko and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko, has never been merely about the production of commodities. Rather, it has been a journey into the incredible world of the soil’s micro-biology, learning, with every step, how to live in relationship with the land and all its inhabitants. Hélène came to the agricultural lifestyle late in life. Having grown up in Northern Ontario’s shield country, she developed a sense of wonder at the grandeur of boreal forests and a love of pristine lakes, the call of the loon and wolf, and the wonderful aroma of pine needles and poplar leaves. In the early 80s, she met Al in Calgary, Alberta, and they soon began sharing their dream of living a simpler lifestyle, closer to the land. They moved to the Boyko family farm, near Canora, SK, in 1989 and began to live the dream.
Health Kinesiology – A Bio-energetic Therapy
by Shannon Andrews
Did our ancestors have it right when they tapped into subtle energy? Have we lost that age old knowledge? Or was it just folklore that legends were made of? When you go into the history of all religions and cultures, you begin to unravel many forms of healing using subtle energy. From the Chinese acupuncture to the sound frequency healing observed by the ancient Egyptians. Yes, even Christian faith, when you read the bible, shows evidence of energy healing when you look at some of the miracles of Christ.
by Carol Thompson
The word homeopathy has become a term frequently used to describe any number of holistic healing methods. This might include nutritional supplements, herbal tinctures and pills, specific diets, and cleanses to name a few. Often, I ask people who are experiencing health problems if they have considered homeopathy as an option. Typically, the response is a list of different vitamins, minerals, and herbs their “homeopathic” practitioner has them taking but none of which are actual homeopathic remedies. Clearly, their response indicates that many people are misinformed about this practice. While a homeopathic practitioner may occasionally suggest dietary changes or supplements, don’t be confused, these are not considered homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a separate discipline of healing in its own right. The same way acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and reflexology are separate healing systems, so too is homeopathy.
Digging Deeper with Word Association
by Jennifer Sparks
Have you ever felt a tad off, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on why? Or have you ever been triggered emotionally by something, but you didn’t quite know what the trigger was? Situations like these can be incredibly frustrating. When I work with clients, we begin with the examination of their belief systems and inner scripts, so we can explore the impact that these thought systems have on their actions and choices.
My Journey Into Medical Intuition
by Cari Moffet
It was nearly eighteen years ago when my life crumbled apart into depths of the unknown. I wasn’t sure I wanted to stick around and silently prayed vehicles would veer their way over to my lane. I was searching for belonging as my marriage ended, most of my friends left, and my family was unsupportive of my decision to divorce. I looked for answers outside myself to feel more settled, when all along these changes were developing me internally to find out more of who I truly was.
Sexual Abuse and Our Chakras
by Andrea Kehler
As I begin to work with my client, I can feel the power of reiki flowing through my hands. I align myself with love, holding the intention that my client’s body will reveal to us the suppressed memories behind the pain she has been experiencing in life. I gently place my hands over her sacral chakra, the energy centre located just below the belly button. This chakra connects to a woman’s sexuality, her womb, and her reproductive tract. As I listen to the story that is being suppressed there, I immediately recognize that I am working with yet another woman who has endured the toxic effects of sexual abuse. Having survived childhood abuse myself, I can now recognize the same signs in someone else immediately.
by Melva Armstrong
I have really enjoyed the summer with all her warmth and sunshine, along with the moisture that keeps things growing and green. Our little garden sprouted up and has been taken over by huge squash leaves. They are amazing plants with gorgeous trumpet-style yellow flowers. I can see some squash forming underneath the massive canopy and I am always fascinated by the magical ways nature works. The beans and peas have been enjoyed, along with heaps of rainbow Swiss chard and romaine lettuce. Nothing else grew because the squash leaves spread out and covered up everything else we planted. We’ll know better for next year. We also have another area with potatoes and we’ll have to wait and see how they produce. All in all, it is always a joy to plant seeds and watch them grow and produce our own nutritious food.
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Organic Connections: Connecting Organic Farmers
Healing With Energy – An Independent Study
Community Healing Initiative (CHI) Update
Introducing the 100-mile Diet: Buying and Eating Locally Grown Food
News of Note