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Healthy Routes Column: Dandelions for Health – Again!

Those beautiful yellow blooms that brighten our meadows, pastures, ditches and lawns are really very pretty at the height of their season before those white puffs of seed raise their heads. If they weren’t so hard to remove from gardens, lawns, flowerbeds and even sidewalk cracks they could be appreciated for their fleeting spring beauty and then forgotten. However, we hoe them off, dig them out and even spray them in our lawns, hazarding our own health, our pet’s and the neighbours. […]

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Healthy Routes Column: Choosing a High-Quality Protein

You probably know one or two people who are very enthusiastic about the protein shake they are using or the protein meal supplement they have just ordered. Many people think of it as the “healthy” fast food. With so many choices and so many high-pressure sales people online it is sometimes hard to separate the powders that are healthy from the ones that are anything but. You need to remember that a lot of these very enthusiastic people are themselves part of the multi-level marketing program (what we used to call pyramid scheme). […]

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Healthy Routes Column: Keeping our hormonal balance healthy

We all have them; we wouldn’t be here without them (really), and we load blame on them for a myriad of troubles.
The first month of school is a perfect of example of the problems hormones can cause. Many teens and preteens seem to change personalities on a daily basis. The excitement and optimism of first day ‘back to school jitters’ […]

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Column: Healthy Routes

Whenever we have the opportunity to attend a training function, we jump at the chance. It is always a great learning experience, and we usually come back with additional reference material. One of these books is very timely in this season as we all want to look good […]

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Column: Healthy Routes

An article in the Science and Technology section of the September 20th edition of The Economist illustrates again how important our digestive health is to our overall health. We have discussed various aspects of this through a series of articles on the theme “Health through Digestion” … […]

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Healthy Routes Column: Maintain order and eject the freeloaders

by Gladys Kublik, co-owner Neighbors Vitamin Shop

We often compare our body to a vehicle on the journey of life. We like to think of it as a sleek sports car, but in reality it’s more like a bus. The science of genetics has discovered that we carry the DNA of a multitude of organisms besides our own. We are the vehicle for bacteria on our skin, microscopic mites in our eyelashes called Demodex, fungus between our toes and approximately a one-kilogram mass of organisms within our gut. We are the hosts of a world apart, a microbiome, and for the most part this is a good thing…. […]

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Healthy Routes Column: Health Through Digestion

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” is an often quoted line accredited to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, the author of the Hippocratic oath which still binds doctors to “. . . never do harm to anyone.” Famous for establishing medicine as an independent profession with governing principles, he acknowledged one of the fundamental precepts of good health – what we take into our body affects the health of our body. […]

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Column: Healthy Routes – There’s More to Us than What You See

By Gladys Kubinec, owner of Neighbors Vitamin Shop

The January issue of National Geographic had an interesting article about the invisible world which surrounds us and invades us, the Small, Small World of microbes. Microbes include bacteria and viruses which are present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the earth we walk… […]