OVERVIEW: Sudden communication glitches cause some confusion. Check equipment or wording before you take action on speculation. Some like to say or do things for shock value and are entertained by how others are reacting; its immature.

What is being labelled as alternative with regards to health care today actually started out as our only source of treatment and medication.

Would you be upset if you found out that bottle of spring water you just paid $3 for was from the tap?

OVERVIEW: Its OK to think big this week as long as we keep plans in the actual realm of possibilities; its fun to speculate.

Migraine attacks have plagued humankind for centuries and they are still a major cause of disability worldwide.

It’s that time again, back to school. Kids are enjoying their last few days of summer vacation while parents are picking up last-minute school supplies and doing the grocery shopping for the first week of school lunches.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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