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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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Food Safety For Fiddleheads
Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the importance of properly cooking fresh fiddleheads before eating them.

Fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the ostrich fern. They are collected along the banks of rivers and streams and sold as a seasonal vegetable at farmer's markets, roadside stands and in some grocery stores.

There have been cases of illnesses in Canada and the U.S. associated with eating raw or undercooked fiddleheads. Studies to date
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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that can be fatal when individuals are exposed to high levels of what is termed, appropriately, "the silent killer." CO is released from a wide variety of sources, including gasoline-powered engines, generators, camp stoves, or by burning charcoal or wood. Everybody is susceptible to falling victim to CO poisoning - but there are preventative measures that can reduce your risk of exposure.

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Home Remedies
Before the advent of modern medicine, people turned to their kitchen cupboards and the great outdoors to find cures for common ailments. While many of these "cures" remain today only as memories, some people still swear by these pieces of folk wisdom. Readers have shared their families' traditional remedies with Downhome over the years - and now we'd like to pass them on to you and yours. While these remedies may seem harmless, many do
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Allergy-proof your home
For many of us, spring welcomes the end of another cold-and-flu season and the battle against sneezes and sniffles. For others, however, allergies begin where colds and flus leave off - and for some sufferers, allergies are a year-round struggle. To minimize the effects of your allergies, start by finding and reducing (or eliminating) the culprits in the place where you spend most of your time: at home. Here are some tips to help you

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