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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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Preparing Your Pet for the Vet
Let's face it, most people don't look forward to a trip to the doctor, and our pets are no different. In addition to the poking and prodding, the fear of the unknown is probably the biggest hurdle your pet must conquer when visiting their friendly neighbourhood veterinarian. Keeping that in mind, Downhome has compiled these handy tips on how to help prep your furry friends for a visit to the vet.

A "Touching" Experience
 
 
 
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A New Way to Lose Weight?
Recent research at Memorial University of Newfoundland might breathe new life into weight loss in the future - literally. Led by Dr. Fabien Basset, a team of researchers from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation examined the effects of breathing air with a lower concentration of oxygen (called hypoxia) on overweight, unfit individuals.

Three hours a day, for seven consecutive days, 11 men between the ages of 19 and 25 inhaled hypoxic
 
 
 
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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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Short Circuit Dream Fund
The Short Circuit Dream Fund is a charity created by William Short, a 17-year-old Marystown Central High School student, that makes the dreams of critically ill children in Newfoundland and Labrador come true. To find out more about this story, see the April 2010 issue of Downhome.

Click on the video below to see Carter FitzPatrick of Little Bay, NL get his wish come true, and learn his touching story. Also, take a look at the video "My Brother, My Passion" about the Short Circuit Dream Fund.















 
 


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