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...
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
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:
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And the following produce items, the "clean 15" were found to contain the least amount of pesticides:
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
Resolutions Easy as 1, 2, 3
Resolution No. 1: Cut out ALL carbs. Resolution No. 2: Run for two hours EVERY day. Resolution No. 3: STOP making resolutions you can't keep!
So many people set themselves up for failure at the beginning of each new year, by attempting to change their lifestyles in ways that just aren't realistic. Remember that leading a more healthy lifestyle doesn't always mean making huge changes to your routine. And in some cases, the smallest
A Couple of "Charmers"
According to the book Home Medicine: The Newfoundland Experience by John K. Crellin, "charmers" were people "who offered magical treatment, or what was perceived by some people as faith healing, for a variety of conditions ranging from bleeding to warts."
Accounts of such people were once well known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, though nowadays such knowledge is mostly relegated to memory and folklore.
But for those who claim to have known such "healers"
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
Pet-Proof Your Holidays
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be stressful and sometimes dangerous for pets. Canada's veterinarians would like to remind pet owners that it's important to keep a close eye on their animals during this busy time of year.
"Encounters with strangers, bright Christmas lights, potentially toxic chocolate treats and fatty table scraps are just a few holiday dangers a pet may encounter," says Dr. Julie de Moissac, President-Elect of the Canadian
Back-to-School Tips By Anne Wareham
September brings a plethora of thoughts into the average parental mind - school supplies, homework, rushed mornings, new clothes, packed lunches, sports and activities, money and more. But is anyone thinking about the importance of a healthy lifestyle?
To lead well-balanced, healthy lives, we need to make time for nutrition, activity and mental health. In order for our children to live healthy lives, we must show them how by modeling