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. 

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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.

OVERVIEW: The new moon in Scorpio adds intensity in most areas. Showdowns can cause a move for some by choice or not; defences are up.

Elora loves to jump on the trampoline, she is a master of the front flip and a soon to be master of the back flip with ambitions of bringing her talents to gymnastics.

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…

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