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You may have noticed in the news lately and on ours, as well as other people's Facebook pages, that Moncton City Council has been considering adding Fluoride back into the city' water. For the past 5 years, there has been no Fluoride in our water. 

The Dental Association is for adding it back in, stating that decay is worse. However, no research is of the double blind placebo type, which is the gold standard for scientific and medical research. A group of citizens has been appealing to the Mayor and City Council, to not just go with the Dental Association, but do their own research on the internet. There is a lot!

healthy fats

Let’s start with a little history. Back in 1976, US Senator McGovern raised concerns regarding diet and health - people were eating “wealthy” foods - steaks, cheesecake, etc., heart disease was prevalent, and many of his colleagues were dying prematurely. He thought diet was the link.

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It's the holiday season and you want to enjoy it! Time with family and friends, parties, gifts, feasts and drinking - it should be fun, but many people find this time of year stressful. In fact, most of us live fairly stressful lives anyway. Stress is a root cause of almost every disease and ailment. The holidays add another layer of stress to our lives with gift decisions and buying, meals to prepare, eating badly at parties, etc.  We’ve compiled 5 special tips that will help you de-stress during the holidays.

Did you have a garden and just complete your harvest? Have too much of some vegetables? Grocery stores may have an abundance of some items, as well, and mark them down. Many people can their vegetables, but did you know you can ferment or pickle them for more health benefits?

Most of us are aware of sauerkraut, especially the delicious varieties we can buy right here in the Maritimes from Lewis Mountain. And many of us are at least vaguely aware that there are some health benefits to eating it. Here's the scoop.

Eat Dirt Book

I am reading Dr. Josh Axe’s book entitled “Eat Dirt”, published this past year.  It’s full of information that confirms what I’ve been learning over the past few years.

Most of our practice is based on chronic disease or diseases that are “new” in the last 40 years.  What we have been able to deduce over the 25 years of consultations with the general public, is how much is related to our gut, our intestinal system, from our mouth all the way to our anus, and everything in between.

back to school apples

School is starting and if you're like most parents, you're dealing with stresses of rushing, too many activities, and not enough time for cooking. It's important for the children to have nutritious meals, as a hungry child can't learn... and a child "full" on junk food is still hungry.

* Breakfast - Give your child’s brain the nutrition it needs to function at its best. Include protein and a healthy fat, such as avocado, nuts, olives. Keep the grains low and make them whole grain. 

enjoying beach

Part 2 of Living a Healthy Summer

Get some sun! The sun helps us produce natural Vitamin D, as well as other healthful benefits, and just makes us feel good, but it has harmful effects, as well.

In the last blog, we mentioned some ideas to help you live a healthy summer. The sun wasn’t mentioned because it deserves and requires a blog of its own.

There is so much controversial information regarding the sun’s benefits and harmful effects, it’s difficult to decide what to do.

family on pier

Summer has arrived, and with it, comes plenty of outdoor activities. Here are some tips to keep healthy during the summer.

* Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate- this means drink a lot of water, not pop, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages or other sugary beverages. If you consume sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated beverages, you'll need to add an extra glass of water for each. How much water should you drink? It varies with each person’s activity level, food, and climate, among other things. A general rule of thumb would be to drink in ounces, the amount equal to half of your weight in pounds. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you probably need 75 ounces or 2.25 litres of water.

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