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N.L. Group Enlists Nans to Promote Breastfeeding
A local group is enlisting the help of grandmothers to promote breastfeeding among new moms.

By Grant Loveys

There's no denying it - breastfeeding your newborn babies is not only the most practical method of feeding, but also the healthiest. There are other options, of course, but the science supporting breastfeeding is extensive. Studies have shown that breastfed babies are more resistant to illness and infection early in life than formula-fed babies...
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(l to r) Janet Murphy-Goodridge, Doreen Brown, and Felicie Young
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Queen of Green's Dirty Dozen
The David Suzuki Foundation's Queen of Green created a list of the harmful chemicals and additives, called "the dirty dozen," that are commonly found in cosmetics and skincare products. The list also reminds consumers to read and understand product labels. Watch out for the following 12 harmful chemicals that could be hiding in your cosmetics.

1. BHA and BHT
Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer
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Impressionable Moments
By Carla MacInnis Rockwell

Our first impression of another person is based on a visual inspection - the attractiveness quotient. Alas, that measure can be and often is misleading, and in many cases irrelevant when it comes to the quality and character of an individual.

Let me take you back to a time in my life when the first impressions held of me, a woman living with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, were totally
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Pesticides & Produce
People who enjoy an apple a day might want to start visiting the organic section of the supermarket. According to the American-based Environmental Working Group's annual "Dirty Dozen" list, which ranks fruits and veggies in order of how pesticide-ridden they are, apples are the most contaminated. The following 12 produce items, the "dirty dozen," were found to contain the greatest amount of pesticides:

Sweet bell peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers

And the following produce items, the "clean 15" were found to contain the least amount of pesticides:

Sweet corn
Sweet peas
Sweet potatoes

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Are Folk Cures Real?
Over the years we've heard from several readers who have shared stories of being healed by people who are sometimes referred to as "charmers." In particular, we are often regaled with tales of seemingly ordinary people who are said to have the ability to "charm away" warts. We recently revisited this topic in Downhome ("Their Mysterious Ways," October 2012 issue) inspiring reader Austin Elliott of Mount Pearl to call us with his own story of
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Lilies for Lillie
By Alyssa Fowler

Gord Delaney, 21, was headed out the door, eager to get to the lake for some rowing practice, when the phone rang. It was the doctor's office calling about the results of his mother's blood test. He wasn't aware his mother had blood work done recently. Couldn't have been important.

When he gave his mother the message, she looked concerned. The blood test was yesterday. They only call back this
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While You Were Sleeping
An average person will spend about one-third of his or her lifetime asleep. Getting an appropriate amount of restful sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. There are numerous disorders that disrupt normal sleeping patterns (and therefore our general well-being) and others that are annoying or embarrassing, but usually considered harmless. Here are several sleep disorders - but don't diagnose yourself. Some of these disorders can seriously affect health and quality of life
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Surviving in the Water
By Wayne Young

For the past 20 years I've been tasked with the arduous responsibility of completing the annual provincial drowning statistical reviews. And year after year, I am concerned by the high number of drowning victims in Newfoundland and Labrador - and the lack of safety being practiced, which leads to these tragedies.

We continue to witness far too many water-related fatalities in our province. I often wonder why so many of
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5 Cancer-Fighting Recipes
Cabbage is packed with antioxidants, which have been found to prevent cancer. But really, who is going to sit down to a heaping bowl of cabbage? That's right, no one. But doesn't Cabbage and White Bean Stew sound appetizing? Registered dietitian Amanda Burton of St. John's, Newfoundland has scoured the internet for tasty recipes that contain cancer-fighting ingredients. See the October 2010 issue of Downhome for Amanda's list of 10 cancer-fighting foods.


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