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We believe in providing information on the abundant choices that are available in order to fulfill a healthy and whole lifestyle. We believe there is a need to maintain a connecting link among all those who have a common goal of good health and well-being. We believe that communication is a vital element in our community's growth and development. We know that the mind is unlimited in its potential and we thus encourage our readers to share their ideas and thoughts with us for the good of all.


Volume 26 Issue 4 — March/April 2021

The current issueSeed Shortages and Seed Saving
by Howard Boldt

I had no idea there might be vegetable seed shortages this year, due to unprecedented consumer demands. I didn't hear about it until my sister sent me an article about it in early February. I mean, as a prepper, as one who thinks we're heading into hard times, I expect this sort of thing to happen at some point, but didn't realize it might already be happening. However, a quick internet search revealed many more such articles. Okay, it's probably real. Many people are warning of possible shortages. A part of me feels delighted about it, as I love to see more people gardening, and a part of me feels concerned. Of course, we'll find out how real it all is, as we approach and enter the 2021 gardening season.

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The TWO Pandemics That Have Collided!
by Polly Schindel

Does the pandemic impact how you think about your health? The “stay at home” order may have affected your waistline with the proverbial “COVID-19 lbs!” Yes, surveys are revealing that an alarming number of people have gained weight through the pandemic. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has compounded the already existing obesity pandemic in North America. Although not widely reported, obesity is a main risk factor for getting severely ill from the virus. Why is obesity so prevalent and what can we do about it? Now more than ever, good health matters.

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What Does It Take to Grow Quinoa?
by Lane Christiansen

Looking for a new crop to add to your rotation? Would you like to decrease disease and pest severity, while increasing your bottom line? Struggling to find a profitable crop? Quinoa may be the crop to help address these challenges. At NorQuin we specialize in growing quinoa locally. In this article we will discuss what it takes to grow quinoa on the Prairie provinces.

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I replaced coffee, improved my mood, and fell in love with cacao
by Albert Surjik

Every morning, before the sun is up, I drink cacao. It smells so good when I mix in spices and honey. My fiance always smiles when I pass her a frothy cup before we have to leave for work. My mood improves immediately. There’s more than that to cacao, though. It’s a gateway to a kinder, more grounded way of life. I would like to answer some common questions—What is cacao, and why are so many people using it to replace coffee? Why does it feel so good to drink? Where does it come from?

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How Does Reiki Healing Help Us Treat Mental Health Concerns?
by Jenine Boser

What is reiki?

Reiki is a 100-year-old energy healing technique from Japan that focuses on seven main chakras in the body. What is a chakra, you ask? A chakra is a centre for energy in our body that relates to physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our life and body. During a reiki session, whether we meet in person, or on a Zoom call, the client remains fully clothed and relaxed by laying down, or sitting comfortably. From there I “tune in” to your unique energy and may start asking questions about your health. I feel the client’s pains, emotions, and concerns in my own body, as a healer, and will “move” any blocked energy the client is experiencing, to alleviate symptoms and stressful emotions.

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What Do Weight Loss, Detoxing, and the Immune System Have in Common?
by Susan Lee

If you guessed the body uses the lymphatic system to unload excess weight, due to toxins that have built up in your body, as well as getting the immune system activated, then you are correct. As an Advanced BodyTalk Practitioner, I am constantly reminded of how all the systems in the body are interconnected. One of the “Aha” moments I have had in doing this type of work, is how often lymph or lymph circulation is highlighted in a session. The lymphatic system is key to the body being able to clear away compromising factors such as toxins, or the chemical compositions that emotions have created. The health of the other systems fall into place after the lymph clears the path.

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Hair Loss and Body Health
by Jennifer McCowan

Did you know that hair loss is a sign that your body is giving you, when something isn’t right?All sorts of triggers and disorders of the body can cause hair loss along with medications, hormone imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and STRESS. Hair follicle cells are some of the fastest reproducing cells in our body, and they are in constant activity. It is critical to follow a good diet plan, or healthy eating strategy, to keep them working at an optimal level.

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by Melva Armstrong

It is still winter with snow covering the ground, and yet I know it will soon be spring. As each day passes and we get closer to that next delightful season, we surely feel excitement in our hearts, knowing what’s in store for us. It’s such a beautiful feeling when the daylight is longer, the sun is warmer, and everything starts to awaken, and we burst out into the great outdoors, arms stretched to the sky. I trust everyone has had a happy and healthy winter and that you are soon ready to shed the coats, boots, hats, and mitts and enjoy wearing shoes again. I love this feeling.

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