Volume 26 Issue 1 September/October 2020
Taking Care of Our Mental Wellness
by Trina Markusson
Only in the movies did we see viruses taking over the world and bringing fear, anxiety, and worry to people everywhere. Who would’ve thought that this would one day be our reality? We are now living in a time of uncertainty, and slowly we are beginning to adjust to our new normal. We are being advised to take care of our physical health by washing our hands, social distancing, and staying active to keep our body and immune system healthy and well. But we also need to take care of our mental health.
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Eating Better for Your Health and Satisfaction
by Ben Martens Bartel
As the days get shorter and the weather cools, life on the farm turns, with a greater sense of urgency, to preparations for a long winter. Truth be told, we’ve been at it for quite a while. Cucumber season starts in July, so pickling began long ago. Peas ready in early August have been enjoyed fresh, then shelled into big bowls before being packed away into the freezer. The tomatoes are harvested, tomato paste is in the dehydrator, a big pot of stew bubbling on the stove top. The kitchen can barely contain our garden’s bounty, vegetables spill out littering the dining room table, our 3 boys bobbing and weaving over peppers, around pumpkins, snatch carrots as they chase out the door. This is what most autumn seasons look like around our house. Out in the pasture, I’ve just finished bringing the cattle back from the north pasture, now close to the yard, grazing tall stalks of mature grass from pasture they haven’t seen since May. A pig, in the adjacent paddock, lifts its snout to assess the smell of its new neighbour.
All Things Being Equal: Why Math is the Key to a Better World by John Mighton (founder of JUMP Math)—Published January, 2020, by Alfred A. Knopf, Canada
Review by Moira Theede, (March, 2020)
In 2010 John Mighton was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his playwriting, and for his development of JUMP Math. This book is about Mighton’s strong belief that all learners have the intellectual potential to succeed in mathematics. He outlines how a numerate society will lead to a better world.
Salt Therapy – Is This Right for You?
by Lynn Constantinoff
Knowledge is important when developing an opinion, or making an informed decision. With knowledge, you gather the facts, weigh them out, then determine what’s right for you. I built my own Salt Therapy room and use Himalayan salt lamps because they’re right for me. I’d like to share my knowledge of the benefits of Salt Therapy and Himalayan salt lamps, so you can decide if Salt Therapy is right for you.
The Broadway Health Collective Welcomes You
by Pam Fichtner
Welcome to Broadway Health Collective (BHC), just off Broadway Avenue on 9th Street in Saskatoon. BHC was originally opened in 2003, under the name “A Place Of Resonance,” by Mariah (Metis) and Raven (Nehiyaw) Sinclair. The space came about through collective will to provide a grounded place to quiet the mind, body, and soul, and open up to deep, meaningful wellness. We have grown in number over the years as a variety of independent practitioners sharing space and resources, with the vision of being welcoming to all who enter, regardless of gender identification/expression, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
The Cannabis Plant and Our Relationship with Nature
by Sue Letwin
Throughout human history cannabis has been an incredibly useful plant, and its cultivation continued despite becoming illegal. It was used for its nutrition, its fibre for textiles, its medicinal properties, its place in sacred ceremonies. However, people who wanted to put their financial interests ahead of using all of the earth’s useful plants, decided to make it appear to be an immoral substance, and in the process, these people also equated cannabis use with immigrants from Mexico and India, prisoners and lower economic classes of people. This is United States cannabis history; this is part of the history of the cotton and synthetic textile industry.
Fight, Flight, or Freeze
by Cari Moffet
It was the middle of March, a week before we were mandated to shut our wellness centre. My next client came into the treatment room and started relaying her fears of all that was going on. I listened, while designing her treatment plan for the hour, hoping she would find some relief. At first, I thought she was just overly stressed, but then I realized it was fear. Her body was holding a different tension than I had ever felt. I continued the session and didn’t feel very successful in relaxing her. The tension in her tissues felt the same at the end. My next client showed up and the exact same thing happened. I pulled out all my tricks and tools, but I could not relax this body. I was starting to doubt my expertise in stress and relaxation.
by Melva Armstrong
Wow! It’s quite the roller coaster ride we’ve all been on since mid-March! I was all eager to publish a May/June 2020 issue, but the world shifted gears and it wasn’t meant to be. Nor was the July/Aug 2020 issue. I found the abruptness of it all quite startling and unsettling. I was sure I could still manage putting out copies, but that was impossible with most businesses being shut down. I think I can safely say it has been an interesting and challenging time figuring out how to get on with life. Most of us were bumping along nicely, and then, “Wham!,” we were subject to a 180º turn in our daily routine. It certainly allowed most of us to slow down and smell the roses, which can be a good thing on one level. However, the fear level that the lockdown and virus brought on has had a huge negative affect on the health and well-being of most people. Through all of this, I am hoping and trusting you are finding ways to shift from being in fear mode to being in a mode of trust, healing, and love.
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Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These
How to Break Up with Your Birth Control Pill: A Naturopathic Approach
The Effects of Hair Loss
Growing Sunshine on the Prairies
News of Note