We’re starting to get a better picture of what learning will look like for B.C.’s K-12 students as school resumed this week, following a two-week spring break in most school districts.

On the Moon, the sky is black and if you shade your eyes from the bright Sun and Earth; you can see stars in the daytime.

These are certainly unsettling days to say the very least. Yet it is in times of uncertainty such as this that we see the best of our community emerge.

Scouting has taken many forms over the 110 years that it has existed in our district. And yet it has stayed true to its founding principles.

OVERVIEW: Those seeking decisions on actions to be taken are feeling the pressure. Try not to be impatient with those you need on your side. There may be some hoops to jump through by you or them. Do whatever helps to make you relax while you wait.

Although I can still see some snow on the mountains when I look out my living room window, the buds on the trees and bulbs poking up through the ground are welcome signs of spring.

Brushing teeth after meals can prevent tooth decay, save dental bills, and avoid halitosis. But not many know that brushing the tongue helps the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, immune system, and prevents a shocking number of diseases. So, how is the tongue associated with so many diverse probl…

OVERVIEW: Consolidate data or messages so they can be viewed quickly. This is important to the end game. Discuss short cuts that can be cost saving measures when all is said and done. Those wishing to move on to other things should take their stuff and go. Sort out the emotional reasons for …

OVERVIEW: Those feeling out of sorts should get more sleep or stay home. Others around you don’t need to be put on edge by this. Do some soul searching to tune into where you should be placing your focus. Balance needs with wants. Flirtations can create a fun distraction if you have time on …

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, wrote “There is a stupid corner in the brain of every wise man.” The best current example is the appalling lack of action by the Chinese government to fight COVID-19 with high doses of vitamin C — both as a clinical treatment for those who are infected and a…

New research from the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Harvard Medical School and Michigan State University suggests that levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection.

If you’re one of the many readers who set their 2020 Vision for health and have been following along in this eight-weeks series, you should be right about the halfway mark.

OVERVIEW: The week begins under the influence of mercury turning retrograde so be ready for things to stall or back up. Avoid signing anything that is not already decided or drawn up, etc. This happens close to Neptune. There will be some fudging of the facts, masking the truth or outright d…

OVERVIEW: The week starts under the influence of waning moon energy during the night. Egos should be cooling allowing for some dialogue. There is no need to be a wrecking ball, as no one wins when everyone’s house is flattened. It’s better to convince others to give you the keys.

How long will patients, those dying in pain, have to endure the political nonsense surrounding the law, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)? The government has announced it will conduct yet another survey to determine if Canadians want to modify its incomplete law. Why another survey, another…

Over the many years that I’ve had the privilege to spend time reading and writing on various health care topics, the common theme, at least of the books and articles I’ve selected, is that you can live a longer and healthier life with a few lifestyle changes.

Congratulations for kicking off the new year right and setting your 2020 vision for health. If you've been following along these past few weeks and making some meaningful changes to your food and lifestyle, well done. Just a quick recap for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about

Harry Truman, when elected president of the U.S., was well aware of the potential hazards of his job. He famously remarked, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

What can we learn from history? Dr. John Yudkin, professor of nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College of London, made headlines in 1972 when his book, “Pure White and Deadly,” was published.

There’s never been a better year to see things clearly: committing to our best health should top our list of resolutions as we embark upon 2020 and embrace a new decade.

Another year has come and gone. I wonder how much readers learned about lifestyle in 2019? Here are 20 statements. True or false.

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is for many, a time to look back and reflect on all that transpired over the past year.

OVERVIEW: Toss around different ideas and solutions to problems as the week begins. Some are stewing in their corners about this before bringing it to the attention of those being affected.

I’m often asked, “Why don’t you stop working?” It’s a good question as many of my friends have left this planet. But I don’t want to get rusty, so I’m happy to have a work routine. Besides, an article from the Harvard Medical School indicates there are health benefits to working longer.

After posting a healthy holiday treat recipe in my 8 Weeks is All it Takes Facebook group, someone questioned the use of coconut oil due to its cholesterol content.

It’s been aptly said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.”

QUESTION: After the devastating loss of one of our cats, we’ve been looking to adopt a new cat. We think we have found one. Having said that I have a question.

Napoleon Bonaparte, John Wayne, and Peter O’Toole all succumbed to stomach cancer. Yet, when we talk about cancer, all the attention usually goes to lung, breast, prostate or colon cancer.

OVERVIEW: The feeling that time is short causes some to jump the gun. Make sure you have enough support before you stick your neck out. Keep key info in reserve as you may need it as leverage down the road. Sense where others are coming from before you bring things up. Use rules already in p…

It has been said that if the U.S. Constitution were rewritten afresh, it would not stress the pursuit of happiness, but the pursuit of health.

OVERVIEW: Many feel that time is of the essence as decisions seem to be coming down to the wire. Follow a path that resonates with your inner core beliefs. If in doubt, check your concerns with a wise adviser you have respect for.

Hike or cycle? With rain in the forecast last weekend, the Sheriff and Constant Companion Carmen joined friends for a trip down Memory Lane and did one of our favourite (and one of the top Okanagan) urban hikes.

This year, about 700,000 appendectomies will be performed in North America. And although the lowly appendix does not get the attention associated with other problems, each year nearly 3,000 people will die of appendicitis. But do all cases require surgery?

I love hearing from readers and was recently contacted by a woman who suggested menopause as a topic — more specifically what women can do to help minimize the often annoying and uncomfortable symptoms that often come with it.

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For the past 14 years the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation has promoted our annual Tree of Dreams fundraising campaign to help provide medical equipment for Penticton Regional Hospital. 


Fall is here and so is the flu vaccine. Pharmacies are becoming a very popular resource for people seeking to become immunized against the flu. Most pharmacies offer flu clinics or drop-in appointments for getting the influenza vaccine as well as other vaccinations that people may need.

If you are looking for a holiday tradition that has lost any semblance of common sense, look no further than Halloween. Today, it has few redeeming qualities.