Monday, January 31, 2011

The Shape of Weight Loss

The Shape of  Weight Loss is a 3 part series– health risks of obesity out-weigh surgery risks – body contouring and facial rejuvenation for bariatric patients, www.canadiancosmeticsurgery.ca

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Doctor's New Release Debunks Prevailing Theories of Cholesterol’s Role in Heart Disease

Book by Ernest N. Curtis, M.D., Released by Dog Ear Publishing

The Cholesterol Delusion, published byDog Ear Publishing, traces the development of the Cholesterol Theory, Lipid Hypothesis and Diet-Heart Theory, pointing out where they are based on “faulty evidence and unscientific reasoning,” the author writes. The book goes even further, attacking the foundation of the “risk factor” paradigm that has dominated cardiovascular research as well as other medical research for decades. A glossary, appendices on how to read medical journal reports, and actual reports on a lipid research clinics trial and a heart study prove to be helpful tools in comprehending this complicated issue. This book, written for intelligent laymen, will open the eyes of anyone who has been told he has elevated levels of cholesterol that must be medically controlled.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™

The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Can...: "The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ and the impact of your support – January 26th, 2011"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nu-Derm(R) Clear ™ the Best Overall Dark Spot Eraser



Obagi(R) Medical Products named the Best Overall Brand Sold at a Doctor's Office and Nu-Derm(R)  Clear ™ the Best Overall Dark Spot Eraser --

Obagi Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMPI), a leader in topical aesthetic and therapeutic skin health systems, has been honored with two Beauty Choice Awards from NewBeauty Magazine, featured in the publication's Winter 2011 issue. The brand is named as the Best Overall Brand Sold at a Doctor's Office and the Obagi(R)Nu-Derm(R)Clear ™ is titled the Best Overall Dark Spot Eraser.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

6 Ways to Soothe Foot Pain


By Elaine Russell

Sometimes foot pain has an obvious cause, such as a fungal infection (athlete's foot), corns, a callus or an ingrown toenail.

But if the discomfort you feel stems simply from fatigue or poorly fitting shoes, your best friend may be water – warm or cold, with or without herbal extras – or an invigorating foot massage. If no one is willing to give you a foot massage then read on – here are some easy ways to give your feet a treat.

 Soak Your Feet

For a refreshing and stimulating treat for the feet, fill one basin with cold water and another with water as hot as you can comfortably stand. Sit in a comfortable chair, and place your feet in the cold water. After 5 minutes, switch to the hot water. Repeat. This "hydromassage” alternately dilates and constricts blood vessels in your feet, boosting circulation.

To pamper your feet with essential oils, fill a bowl with hot water and add 2 drops peppermint oil, along with four drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary oil. Soak for 10 minutes.

If you don’t have any essential oils at home, brew up a very strong cup of peppermint tea and add it to the water.

Soak your feet in a warm-water footbath spiked with half an ounce arnica tincture. The improved blood flow almost instantly results in less pain.

 Massage Your Feet 

 Buy a roller specially designed to massage the soles of the feet (available from health food shops). Or roll your bare feet over a tennis ball, golf ball or rolling pin for several minutes. To make a stimulating massage oil to soothe foot pain, combine 3 drops clove oil with 3 tablespoons sesame oil.
Mix the ingredients well and massage the oils into your aching feet. Another tried-and-true foot-rub recipe calls for 3 drops lavender oil, 1 drop camomile oil and 1 drop geranium oil mixed into 2 teaspoons olive oil.
   
 Wear Shoe Inserts

Shoe inserts, or orthotics, help relieve foot pain caused by flat feet or fallen arches. They’re available at medical-supply stores or from a podiatrist. 

Give Your Feet a Workout
   

Scatter a few pencils on the floor, and pick them up with your toes. This little exercise helps relieve foot ache. Wrap a thick rubber band around all the toes on one foot. Spread your toes and hold the stretch for five seconds. Repeat ten times to relieve shoe-bound feet.

 Soothe Heel Pain
   

Heel pain, especially in the morning, may signal plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. To get relief, stretch the Achilles tendon. Stand about three feet from a wall. Place your hands on the wall, and move your right leg forward, knee bent. Keep your left leg straight, with your heel on the floor. You should feel a gentle stretch in your heel and foot arch. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
   
 Prevent Foot Pain

Apply a lotion containing urea, such as Eulactol heel balm, to rough spots before they turn into troublesome calluses. Start with a small amount, as urea-based lotions can sting.

Another way to prevent skin from toughening up is by soaking your feet in a bowl of warm water once a week. Afterwards, apply a moisturising lotion.

Also, choose shoes that fit well. You should have a thumb's width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Shoes should be wide enough so that your toes and the balls of your feet aren't cramped from side to side. But if shoes are too roomy, your feet will slide around and rub against the sides.
From: 1,801 Home Remedies

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brew Up a Cough Taming Tea

Sometimes things that feel good are actually good for you. A cup of hot tea can soothe your  throat  and tame your cough if you brew it with the right ingredients.
 
Thyme is an expectorant and also contains substances that relax the respiratory tract. To make thyme tea, place 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (1 tablespoon dried) in a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep, then drain out the herb, add honey if you like, and drink.
Sip a cup of marshmallow tea. When combined with water, marshmallow yields a gooey mucilage that coats the throat and also thins mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up. To make the tea, steep 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in one cup hot water. Have a total of three cups a day.
Add 45 drops of licorice tincture to a cup of hot water and sip. Licorice loosens phlegm and relaxes bronchial spasms. A caution: Don’t take licorice for more than a few weeks, as it can raise blood pressure.
Steep 2 teaspoons horehound leaves or flowers in 1 cup boiling water, strain, and drink.
Practitioners of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, recommend a spice tea that you can drink several times a day. To make the tea, add a half-teaspoon powdered ginger and a pinch each of clove and cinnamon powder to a cupful of just-boiled water and drink.

From: 1,801 Home Remedies, Reader's Digest Canada

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Sandra Freer Book Review of: The “Dung Beetle Manager”

The “Dung Beetle Manager” by Scott W. Dunlap is a soft-covered book published by Outskirts Press Inc. October 26, 2009.
Dunlap uses the world of dung beetles to entertain readers in a humorous yet articulate manner to describe, metaphorically, the similar behaviour of business management. The book is aimed at coping strategies in business; in particular for the middle management - “The Workforce.”



 "The workforce are those who are forced to eat dung, clean it, step in it, or get it thrown in their faces." The people who drop dung are called “Executives.” The lower or mid management are left to clean up after the executives with pressure from both sides.
   




The Dung Beetle Manager

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency -warning for Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sun Fung Foods (Canada) Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg, gluten, and soy not to consume Ideal Food brand Ideal Spicy Bake Mix described here. The affected product contains egg, gluten, and soy proteins which are not declared on the label.

See Product Details tab for specifics on the affected items.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency
This product has been distributed in Ontario.
Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg, gluten, and soy. See Hazard Details tab for more information.

The importer, Sun Fung Foods (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
http://www.healthandsafetywatch.com/HSWEvents.aspx?EventID=55a3417a-b517-4d9e-9920-adcbf9ad3323

Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Germs!

They're everywhere. Here are some simple strategies for protecting yourself while commuting, shopping, banking, or doing anything else that takes you out into public places.   

Germ Warfare

“If anyone ever dares you to lick something in a [public] bathroom,” says Charles Gerba, “lick the women’s toilet seat. Almost half of women put paper down or wipe the seat before sitting.”
 
Gerba, a microbiologist, knows the toilet seats in women’s bathrooms are among the cleaner things in there. He has studied the most germ-infested surfaces in public places. Among the worst: bus rails/armrests, shopping carts, escalator handrails, water fountain handles, public phones and gym equipment.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Have Fun Cooking With the Kids

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Probably one of the best and most memorable bonding experiences you can share with your children is preparing a meal or a snack with them. Letting your children help in preparing meals and snacks builds coordination, helps improve math skills, and establishes life skills. Besides that, it's also fun and a nice break from video games and cartoons. Below are some no bake and "low" bake recipes for snacks and meals you and your children will enjoy making—and hopefully, eating together.

Rice Crispy Treats have nearly become a traditional treat—or at the very least a small institution. With a little twist they can become new again to even the most experienced marshmallow treat veteran—like my 9 year old. Use fruity rice cereal, or chocolate rice cereal, or just about any cereal out there. Just make sure it's one you could easily cut with a knife after your confection has set.

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter 4 cups marshmallow cream (about 1 jar) 5 cups fruity rice cereal

Directions

Melt margarine in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallow cream. Keep stirring until the cream is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add fruity rice cereal, or chocolate cereal. Stir until well coated. Pour into a buttered 13 x 9 inch pan. Press down firmly using a spatula or piece of wax or parchment paper. Cut into squares after cooling.

For breakfast, few things top French toast. The question is: how do we involve the kids in a one person/one pan scenario? Try this recipe:

Baked French Toast Bites

Ingredients:

Approx. 1/2 loaf of stale bread 4 eggs 2 1/2 cups of milk (or half and half) 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup light brown sugar

Instructions:

Cut stale bread into 1 inch cubes and layer them on a cookie sheet or in a buttered baking dish, then set aside. Mix together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over bread squares and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Stir together butter and brown sugar with a fork until mixture is crumbly and butter is evenly distributed. Sprinkle this mixture over the soaked bread cubes. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

French Bread Pizza

This was one of my favorites as a kid. This is probably one of the easiest and most fun recipes for you and your kids to enjoy because your child will have a chance to express his/her self creatively and really get a chance to get their hands dirty.

Ingredients:

1 loaf of French bread Pizza sauce (canned) Shredded cheese As many toppings as you can think up!

Instructions:

Cut the bread in half length wise then again down the middle. It should resemble a boat. Start with the sauce, add cheese and then toppings. I suggest that you make your pizza first so that your children can see how it's done, and so you can get a pizza before they have a go at all the toppings!

They will enjoy comparing notes on pizza making and hopefully a pizza food fight won't break out! You'll be amazed at the combinations your kids will come up with on their own and your kids will be pretty impressed with themselves.

Cooking with your kids should be a given. In past days, meal time and meal prep were considered bonding and tribal rituals that brought families and tribes much closer together. In these days families rarely eat at the same time, much less together. Perhaps a step backwards is needed to regain some of what we've given up to technology and prosperity. Maybe just that little bit of "extra" time will last a lifetime.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

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