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This column is hosted by our Q and A manager Cindy Atkinson.

   

Cindy is passionate about health. Cindy is a Certified Rolfer ®, which is a type of deep tissue manipulation that realigns the body into it's most functional shape and form. Cindy learned about the body and it's cellular structure first while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University. Cindy has been involved in the health food industry since 2003 and was head of the Vitamin Department for 2 years. She has continued her education on the body and it's systems being certified as a Sports Nutrition Adviser as well as a Digestive Care Aid. Cindy enjoys sharing her knowledge of all things healthy and finds the greatest joy in helping people make positive changes in their lives.  

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QUESTION:
What is Permaculture

ANSWER: Permaculture? You’ve Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? The permaculture creed is perhaps best captured in the Mollisonian mantras of “working with, rather than against, nature” and of engaging in “protracted and thoughtful observation, rather than protracted and thoughtless labor.” On a practical basis, these ideas are carried out with things like chicken tractors, where the natural scratching and bug-hunting behavior of hens is harnessed to clear an area of pests and weeds in preparation for planting – or simply planting mashua under your locust trees. Locust trees are known for adding nitrogen to the soil, while mashua, a vining, shade tolerant root crop from the Andes, needs a support structure to grow on. Thus, the natural attributes of the locust eliminate the need to bother with fertilizer or building a trellis, while providing shade, serving as a nectar source for bees and looking pretty. By letting nature do the work of farming and gardening for you, one achieves another of Mollison’s famous maxims: “maximizing hammock time.”

More info: http://www.okinhealth.com/articles/permaculture
      July 6, 2019

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QUESTION:
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

ANSWER:
The summer solstice is upon us: June 21 is the longest day of 2019 for anyone living north of the equator. If ancient rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat.
Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° north latitude.
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?
Okay, most people know this one. Earth orbits around the sun on a tilted axis.
So between March and September, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day. The rest of the year, the Southern Hemisphere gets more. It’s why we have seasons.
In the Northern Hemisphere, “peak” sunlight usually occurs on June 20, 21, or 22 of any given year. That’s the summer solstice. By contrast, the Southern Hemisphere reaches peak sunlight on December 21, 22, or 23 and the north hits peak darkness — that’s our winter solstice.
People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and celebrations.
Happy solstice!
      May 28, 2019

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QUESTION

Is there an effective way to prevent or get rid of athlete's foot? Particularly symptoms like itching, burning and skin irritation/peeling? Thanks! From Adam, Surrey, BC

REPLY

Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, develops in the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the foot, as well. Please consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter anti-fungal ointment, lotion, powder, or a prescribed oral medication (depending upon the severity of your case). Though some natural healing practitioners suggest using tea tree oil for treatment of athlete's foot, this oil has not been proven to cure all cases.

The tips below may prove useful for preventing athlete's foot and easing discomfort of symptoms:

•Wash your feet with mild disinfectant soap and hot water twice daily. Dry feet with a cotton towel.
•Keep your feet dry, especially the spaces between your toes.
•Wear cotton or wool socks, which draw moisture away from your feet. Avoid wearing nylon or synthetic socks.
•Change your socks twice daily and wash them in hot water with a disinfectant.
•Wear waterproof sandals in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and other public areas.
•Don't share shoes, socks, or nail clippers.
•Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a vitamin E cream and apply to feet before you go to bed. This will help to reduce itching and burning.
      May 1, 2019

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Here is a fun Wellness and Anti Aging Quiz to try out.

Question:
What are some things you can do to help support your brain health?

https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/quiz/health-and-wellness-quiz
      January 30, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps. She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state.

She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure. Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something.

Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps. She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state.

She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure. Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something.

Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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QUESTION:

What ways could I boost my Immune System?

ANSWER:

Throughout our lives, our immune systems are under assault from environmental toxins. Living in crowded cities, traveling frequently in airplanes, and spending time in day care centers and schools all expose us to many more germs than people had to deal with in the past. We can protect and strengthen our immunity by eating right, getting enough activity and rest, practicing stress reduction, and cultivating healthy emotional states. There are also several herbs, such as astragalus, that can help enhance immune function. Obtained from the root of Astragalus membranaceous in the pea family, astragalus has a long history in Chinese medicine, where it is used to ward off colds and flu.
      December 4, 2018
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