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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:

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines
Cucumbers
Potatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers

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

Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas
Pineapple
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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4 Smart Smoothies
Registered dietitian and Downhome's April "To Your Health" columnist Amanda Burton has found four smoothie recipes that contain brain-boosting ingredients for a healthier, smarter start to your day. For more about foods that give your brain a boost, see "To Your Health" in the April 2011 issue of Downhome.

Morning Energy Booster
A sweet concoction that's sure to get your day off to a bright start.

1 cup frozen blueberries, slightly
 
 
 
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Preventing Insect Bites
The warm weather brings with it backyard barbecues, outdoor sports and other summer fun - but it also brings annoying insects. The following tips will help you avoid being a host to these irritating critters.

Choose clothing carefully. You might like your bright orange T-shirt - but so do the insects that haunt your yard. Bugs are attracted to brightly coloured or dark clothing, so choosing a neutral colour in a light shade
 
 
 
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Transitions
By Carla MacInnis Rockwell

At 57, I am entering yet another life phase as I age with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, a fixed neurological condition affecting, in my case, mobility. I am still uprightly mobile, much to the consternation of many around me who felt I should have taken a seat (in a wheelchair) years ago. I continue to stand and move, one clumsy foot at a time - causing myself considerable pain -
 
 
 
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Back Tips For Expectant Mothers
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for most women, filled with many hormonal and biomechanical changes that are fascinating to observe. I can attest to this firsthand; as I write this column I am eight months pregnant myself.

During the nine months of pregnancy, as these rapid changes take place, the body's pelvic joints and ligaments prepare themselves for labour and delivery by widening and relaxing. The spine must also adapt to these changes
 
 


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