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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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Foods That Lower Cholesterol
You don't have to run a marathon every day or eat like a bird to lower your cholesterol. Health studies point to several foods that can help lower your level - but what is cholesterol anyway? There are two main types: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered "bad" cholesterol, because it clogs blood vessels and blocks arteries, which can lead to heart attack. HDL cholesterol is considered "good" cholesterol
 
 
 
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There's no sugar-coating this
By Lisa Dooley B.Sc., R.D.

What do physical activity, healthy eating and medication have in common? They are the cornerstones of diabetes management and, if juggled correctly, may offer optimal diabetes control. Diabetes is an epidemic; presently, 7 million people worldwide have the disease. By 2025, medical professionals predict that number will escalate to a whopping 380 million.

The costs of diabetes, both personally and financially, can be devastating. Sufferers experience a reduced
 
 
 
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Saltwater Gypsy
By Ashley Colombe and Janice Stuckless

No one knows when they might get a lifestyle wake-up call, or what they'll say if they answer it. Not until it actually happens.

For Tina Lynnette Baird, the call came during a flash spring snowstorm about 10 years ago, while she was living in northern Ontario.

"I was a single mom... and I had to get from my office to my son's daycare," she recalls.
 
 
 
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Poison Prevention
Kids are curious creatures. They want to find out the facts about every little thing in life - including things that might harm them.
Poison Prevention Week in Canada is being observed March 14-20 this year, and it's the perfect opportunity to talk to your children about the potential dangers of everyday household products. According to Health Canada, more than half of all incidents with household chemical products involve children. By teaching your kids
 
 


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