Living : Life Style

Living an eco-friendly life

There is a myth that has been around forever that suggests living an eco-friendly lifestyle is expensive. The truth is that some ‘shop bought’ items that are labelled ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘organic’ certainly do have an increased price tag from the ‘standard’, highly processed till there’s nothing of value left in them, chemical laden items, but do you have to purchase those to be eco-friendly? In a lot of circumstances, no, you don’t. Many ways of eco-friendly living are more sustainable if you make them yourself so you know exactly what is used to produce them and where it came from, making them not only a very sustainable option, but also a very economical one too.

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Amazing Aloe Vera – A Natural Eco-Friendly Medicine

Many people with on-going health problems are willing to try alternative therapies and medicine in an attempt to reduce their reliance on pharmaceutical treatments, and perhaps to find a cure, or at least improvements to their health and well-being. Others are keen to find more natural, green health care, and reduce their reliance on chemicals.  However, there are so many claims by so many alternative therapists, that trying them can be

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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

There are moments in our lives we all feel nervous, anxious and worried. That is something we can’t help but feel; it just happens. There are a lot of reasons why we feel upset and anxious, like work, health, money, family and love. Probably every one of us can add at least one more reason why we are feeling anxious each day. For some, that is the visit from mother-in-law and for other that is an annoying colleague from work. Anxiety can come

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The Myers’ Cocktail – A Boost for Mood, Energy and Immunity

Written by Dr. Nicole Shortt, BSc, ND Looking for a way out of a fatigue filled funk, depressed state or recurrent infections? Consider an intravenous vitamin/mineral therapy called a Myers’ cocktail. John Myers, MD, was a physician from Baltimore, Maryland who pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of treatment protocols for various medical conditions. The “Myers’ cocktail”, as it is now known, is a

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How Meditation Improves Your Life

We live in a busy and hectic world. Our obligations and responsibilities pile on one another, and we have less and less time every day to focus on ourselves. Have you noticed how often do you try to squeeze some “me time” into another obligation you have? You create your weekly schedule while folding the laundry, reading a book while cooking lunch or trying to catch up with the work tasks while keeping an eye on your children. Who has the

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How to Sleep Better

More and more people are beginning to experience problems with sleeping. With time, this can have a big impact on their health. We all know how bad we feel after one restless night; just imagine experiencing that horrible feeling over and over again. The truth is that the quantity and quality of sleep significantly affect all the aspects of your everyday life. It is important to have a good night of sleep that will help you recover from the

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Keep Breathing this Summer: Protecting your Lungs Around Forest Fire Smoke

From warm and sunny Calgary, I am watching the forest fire season this year with concern.  As a naturopathic doctor who practices family and environmental medicine, I know that smoke from large forest fires can travel hundreds or thousands of kilometers from its source, affecting air quality and contributing to symptoms in vulnerable patients. Local weather patterns can also serve to trap smoke and pollution close to the ground, creating areas

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Delicious Bug Repellents

Summer is a wonderful time of year with its wall to wall sunshine and wide open spaces ready to explore, but as we become more active and get out and about having fun, so do the insects! Being vigilant against biting insects is a must but the chemical industry has settled on only one real option – DEET. DEET is diethyltoluamide, a 100% man made chemical that is extremely destructive on everything it touches, not just mosquitoes. Long term

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Organic Oil Pulling – A Barry Manilow Experiment

During my youth and young adulthood, Barry Manilow was a huge organic phenomenon (OK, so I lied. He’s not organic). Droves of middle aged women flocked to concerts, requested all his songs at every karaoke (yes, it was cool when I was young) and he appeared all over media, raised to the lofty status of ‘Uber Star’ by his army of middle aged women fans. He even reached the infamy of being the person who had the most sexy knickers thrown at

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Natural Remedies: Green Health

Life expectancy is now at an all-time high. Along with medical advances and access to health care there have been, and continue to be, developments in most areas of medical treatment.  People now are treated for relatively common illnesses which in previous times might have killed them.  Many bacterial infections are no longer life threatening thanks to the discovery of penicillin, and other anti biotics. Since the early days of modern

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Natural Pain Relief

It is hard to feel at peace with nature and at one with the world, or with any one at all, when we are in suffering with pain. Instead we may just feel tired, irritable and unable to function. Pain can be a symptom of any number of injuries  or illnesses.  It is one way our body can communicate with us that something is wrong, and that something needs to be done to make it better. It’s hard to carry on ignoring pain. We might be forced to

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