At the risk of sharing too much information, I’m going to tell you a little of what happened with my husband earlier this summer. As you may have guessed from the title it’s not something that would come up in polite conversation, but definitely something many people have experienced, especi…

In a universe of self-help and “How to become a millionaire” books, there comes along a few that provide some health tips that may actually send you on the path to a longer and healthier life so that you can enjoy all those millions.

OVERVIEW: Seek a stable plateau or secure footing physically, emotional or in construction; it needs to be the No. 1 priority. Most things in life require a solid base. Reassure any who are nervous or uncertain in any of these areas. Trust those with a proven track record to be at the helm o…

How often have we been warned, we are what we eat? Now, a book by Dr. Chris Knobbe, “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration,” is an eye-opener.

It’s the August long weekend and here in the Okanagan that means camping trips, backyard barbecues, picnics, and organizing guest rooms for family and friends to come and stay. And, of course, food is a big part of all of these. In addition to the fresh, local produce our Valley is known for…

We are in the Dog Days of summer, and Hot spots are one of the most common skin conditions in dogs during the summer months. The sores appear quickly and can spread fast. Hot spots are red, moist, irritated patches of skin, which can be very painful for your dog.  They are caused by skin irr…

OVERVIEW: Emotions expressed will feel like stingers to those on the receiving end. Think of a calmer way to handle this so it won’t be so hard to make it better.

OVERVIEW: Power struggles on various levels bring feelings to the surface that need to be handled carefully. Some are not willing to let go or see the light of reality in relationships; competition is strong. An agreement can be reached so don’t be too idealistic. Settle things down.


New research coming out of UBC’s Okanagan campus demonstrates that upbeat music can make a rigorous workout seem less tough. Even for people who are insufficiently active.


The past week of outdoor recreation was a pleasurable mix of the familiar and something new.

Health is arguably our most precious resource. Physical, mental, emotional, financial, spiritual and environmental health all culminate together, resulting in our overall level of health.

There’s nothing like summer in the Okanagan, am I right? Long, lazy, sunny summer days spent at the beach, in the hammock under a tree in the backyard or relaxing with a cold drink on the deck.


Allan Gee, an announcer at EZ Rock, won the celebrity rib sauce competition at the Penticton Rotary Ribfest. Here is his winning recipe:

OVERVIEW: Fiery Mars enters the sign of Leo so we will see strong egos trying to capture the spotlight as they see themselves as entitled to do so.

Wednesday was National Canoe Day so it was appropriate that a close relative of the canoe was the focus of the past week’s outdoor activities.

OVERVIEW: Its a good idea to sleep in a bit longer if you need to recover; this will be a lesson for those who should cut back or quit. Discuss it with those affected by your behaviour. Take off rose-coloured glasses if you are expecting them to change. Know when to move on. There is still t…

Years ago, I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to attend a pain conference and initially declined. The meeting was about treating pain and other medical problems with low intensity light therapy (LILT).

Almond, coconut, cashew, hemp, soya, rice, oat, flax, and, of course ,dairy. All types of milk, but which one(s) promote health and which promote health problems?

The Okanagan Rail Trail was dusty on Monday as our Okanagan E-bikers Plus group cycled the 53 kilometres from Woodsdale Road in Lake Country to Coldstream and back. The Trek Powerfly 5 e-bike and its panniers were so dirty that they got a water spray wash at home, but quickly dried in the hot sun.

OVERVIEW: Those hanging on to what they see as tradition come across as narrow-minded to those who are trying to move with the times. Be willing to adjust to the new reality or be left in the dust.

Today, we face a recurrence of measles because some parents have refused to have their children vaccinated. This error reminded me of a time several years ago when I interviewed Professor Etienne-Emile Baulieu, a researcher at the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris. Today, parents and childre…


Most dog lovers know about the instant happiness that comes with sharing their lives with a Dog, but many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that also come with snuggling up to a furry friend. Studies have begun to show the benefits of the human-animal bond scien…

Abortion became legal in Canada in 1969. I faced a dilemma. I had written a book titled “On Being A Woman – The Woman’s Guide to Gynecology.” It supported a woman’s right to control her own body, including the right to abortion.

OVERVIEW: Expectation may not match reality as the week begins. Shine some light into grey areas to help with the decision-making process. Look behind emotional drama to find what’s causing it. They are doing this to get attention or leverage, so don’t be played. Some soul searching is neede…

This week’s column is a friendly challenge to doctors, members of parliament, senators, lawyers, and readers. The challenge is to inform me why a simple approach to medical assistance in dying (MAID) would not be fair to all Canadians and also apply to those in the U.S.

What began as a five-week pilot project to gauge demand for no-barrier mental health services has evolved into a permanent walk-in-wellness clinic on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Every year, for the nine years, Penticton resident Shawna Fletcher’s summer culminates with an annual two-day cycling weekend, one she trains for throughout the spring and summer. 

Whether or not you investigate food or even check out the occasional label, you've likely heard the terms GMO and organic. But do you really know what they are? Or the difference between the two? Don't worry, you're not alone. Most people regularly interchange one for the other when they are…

Including a charity in your will can be a great way to leave a lasting legacy. The South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation is teaming together with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to host a public Will & Estate planning seminar on Monday, June 3 at …

OVERVIEW: Those seeking adventure or excitement should consider the cost. If it seems worth it then go ahead while avoiding prying eyes. Dodge those asking too many questions that are none of their business. See if there is a future relationship or association, if so let it develop naturally.

Napoleon Bonaparte once required a soldier for a dangerous mission. The story goes that he ordered several soldiers to face a firing squad. He then chose the one who showed no tendency to move his bowels.

Chronic Condition written by the Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson argues that Canada's health care system needs to be dragged into the 21st century.

OVERVIEW: Check deadlines to make sure things are done within allowed time frames. Avoid aimless running around trying to get others to participate; matters need to be handled personally.

If you think about the last time you worked through a task that required thinking and performing, you were using three important brain processing skills:

Delivering just the right dose of radiation for cancer patients is a delicate balance in their treatment regime. However, in a new study from UBC Okanagan and Duke University, researchers have developed a system they say may improve the ability to maximize radiation doses to cancer tissues w…

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