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IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS... Pimachiqwin Aki..................................................................................Page 8 Protecting The Best of What’s Left of the Natural World By Dr. David Suzuki Food for Thought..............................................................................Page 10 By Melissa Noronha


Our Journey through Autism........................................................ Page 12 By Daniella Barsotti

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. David Suzuki; Dr. Jen Webster, MD; Dr. Natasha Turner, ND; Jaye Yarrien, Tanya Bent, Alison Kemp, Daniella Barsotti, Alicia Brunton, Kerry Culp, Amanda Boldrick, Heather Grey, Martha Farrell, Melissa Noronha, Amy Doyle, Andrea DiRocco-Supryka.

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IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS... Ask Dr. Jen........................................................................................... Page 22 By Dr. Jen Webster, MD Retail Therapy.................................................................................... Page 24 Fashion Focus - The Bootie.......................................................... Page 25 By Martha Farrell Book Review....................................................................................... Page 26 By Kerry Culp Success Story - Steve Paul............................................................ Page 27 WORKOUT - 6 Moves to a Strong Core.................................. Page 28 By Amanda Boldrick 3 Benefits of a Strong Core.......................................................... Page 29 By Tanya Bent Picture This - 6 Healthy Living Moms.......................................Page 30 Events to keep you movin’............................................................ Page 33 UPDATE: Breast and Prostate Cancer......................................Page 34

WELCOME DR. DAVID SUZUKI Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 26 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.

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Dr. Natasha Turner, ND is one of Canada’s leading naturopathic doctors and natural health consultants. Best selling author of The Hormone Diet and The Supercharged Hormone Diet, Dr. Turner is a regular contributor to many publications from Elle Magazine to Today’s Parent. She is the founder of Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique in Toronto.

Daniella Barsotti is a writer by trade employed with Quinte Broadcasting. We are honoured that she chose to share her personal story with us!

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Jaye Yarrien is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who is passionate about helping others to heal themselves. After suffering for over 23 years with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, she knows and understands pain. Jaye also loves to cook, Nordic Pole Walk, swim, meditate and create new products that are good for the body.

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Welcome to Healthy Living Now - your regional source for all things healthy, active and environmentally sound! We are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Suzuki as a regular contributor - and suddenly we have quite the list of heavy hitters to present for you regularly. Watch our next issue for more fabulous local contributors joining the HLNow roster! (Shhh... we can’t spill the beans yet.... but stay tuned!) We hope you have as much fun reading Healthy Living Now as we have had creating it. We’ve added some fashion and beauty features, a cancer trends page and some public health notes. We are honoured to bring you the James’ families personal journey through Autism, as well as some great nutrition tips to add a little spice to lunches and dinner! Dr. Natasha Turner sheds some light on reducing belly fat, while Dr Jen Webster answers reader questions on menopause and Vitamin D. Since we focus on our middles in this issue - we’ll help your tone up and slim down with our core workout! A special shout out to Steve Paul on his big success on page 27.

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According to a study published several years ago in the journal Science, few places on our planet have been untouched by modern humans. Satellite images taken from thousands of kilometres above the Earth reveal a world that has been irrevocably changed by human land use over the past few decades. From Arctic tundra to primeval rainforest to arid desert, our natural world has been fragmented by ever-expanding towns and cities, crisscrossed with roads, transmission lines and pipelines, and pockmarked by pump jacks, flare stacks, and other infrastructure used to drill, frack, and strip-mine fossil fuels from the ground. The need to supply food, fibre, fuels, shelter, and freshwater to more than six billion people is driving the wholesale conversion of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other ecosystems. Researchers have discovered that farmland and pasture now rival natural forest cover in extent, covering 40 per cent of Earth’s land surface. And although advances in modern agriculture have brought millions of hectares of once-unsuitable scrub land into food production, the environmental consequences of our growing “foodprint” have been severe in some regions, resulting in the loss of wildlife habitat, de-

graded water quality, and widespread soil erosion. Worldwide fertilizer use alone has grown by more than 700 per cent over the past 40 years to sustain crop yields over an ever-increasing area. On the other hand, Canada’s rugged and inaccessible terrain, small and concentrated population, and relatively recent history of urban and resource development have spared us from the scale and intensity of land-use change that many other regions have experienced. A review of the state of Canada’s forests and woodlands by Global Forest Watch Canada concluded that we are one of the few countries with large tracts of forests relatively undisturbed by human activity. They found that about half of Canada’s forests are still intact. Most are found in the greenbelt of northern boreal forest that stretches across the country. One of the largest areas of untouched boreal wilderness left in the world straddles a significant section of Eastern Manitoba and Northern Ontario. The local Anishinabe First Nation calls this massive 43,000-square-kilometre region Pimachiowin Aki (Pim-MATCH-cho-win AhhKEY). In English, it means the “the land that gives life”. Home to such threatened species as woodland caribou, and dotted with fresh-


all new vegetarian entrees water lakes, wild rivers, and biodiversityrich wetlands, Pimachiowin Aki has remained more or less unchanged for some 5,000 years, roughly as long as recorded human history. It is the very absence of clear-cuts, mines, hydroelectric dams, transmission lines, and other industrial infrastructure, along with the region’s rich cultural landscape, that makes Pimachiowin Aki so exceptional, and it is for this reason that First Nations communities want to protect it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As Sophia Rabliauskas, a Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson and leader from the community of Poplar River, says: “As First Nations, we already know the value of this land – because we live on it, and live with it every day. Now we want our neighbours, people who live in cities and people around the world, to understand just how important it is.” Fortunately, the Manitoba government has listened and is working with First Nations to protect the area for its unparalleled ecological and cultural richness. If they succeed, it would join other worldrenowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and the

7.7 million-hectare Ténéré Nature Reserve in the Sahara Desert region of Niger. However, obtaining international recognition for Pimachiowin Aki as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is no easy task. The Manitoba government and local communities have had to make difficult decisions to sustain the ecological integrity of the region in the face of industrial pressures. Most notably, the government decided to reroute a planned multi-billion dollar hydro transmission line away from the area. It would have cut through the heart of the World Heritage Site. The controversial decision has become political fodder in the current Manitoba election campaign. Many environmental groups and scientists, including the David Suzuki Foundation, support the government’s difficult decision. We believe Pimachiowin Aki must be protected as a special place where rivers run wild, caribou roam unfettered by industrial development, and the centuries-old values of its indigenous peoples are honoured and respected. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Terrestrial Conservation and Science Program director Faisal Moola

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In a society where we are bombarded with information about nutrition and lifestyle, it is astounding that we do not look more closely at what we feed our kids every day for lunch. One recent study completed in the UK with 2000 participants worldwide concluded that less than 5% of children ate a nutritious lunch. A nutritious lunch would be one that meets the standards of the Canada Food Guide or The American Dietary Food Association. The study found that the majority of the student’s lunches contained more than an extra 10 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar. Sugar is the No. 1 food additive. It is found in a wide number of packaged foods, from yogurts and cereals to salad dressings, pop and ketchup. If sugar makes it to the first or second item on an ingredient list, the product is likely very high in sugar. The number of overweight and obese Canadian children has doubled in the past 26 years according to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, with a full 26% of Canadian children ranking as obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and

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stroke, not to mention increased rates of diabetes and its host of health problems. The increased sugar in our children’s lunches also contributes to dental decay and disease, and may well be linked to reduced cognitive function as we age. (Check out content/63/4/E9.full for that story in Neurology). Any Mom can attest to “sugar crash”. A sugar crash can cause irritability, loss of mental clarity and fatigue. As a parent I would hate to think my kids where sitting through math class after lunch wanting to fall asleep because of the lunch I packed for them. Most elementary school aged children require around 2200 calories per day. Ideally, very little of these calories should come from sugar or sneaky sugar substitutes (high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, glucose, dextrose). With a little planning it is easy to pack a nutritious lunch. Below is a comparison of common lunch foods and there sugar values. I hope this gives you some food for thought. Visit for more healthy lunch ideas.

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14 grams sugar

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Fruit Roll Up

7 grams sugar

Cut up Carrots & Cucumber

2 grams sugar

Granola Bar

7 grams sugar

Small Apple

13 grams sugar

Bag of Chips

3 grams sugar

Air Popped Popcorn

0 grams sugar

Fruit Juice Box

22 grams sugar

Carton of Milk

0 grams sugar


51 grams sugar


15 grams sugar


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“Spice up your Life”, it will make a difference in the health of your body. Spices offer much more than just flavour to your food, they also provide you with added health benefits. Take Turmeric for instance, it is known for treating the skin, heart, liver and lungs. It offers protection and relief from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Taken from the orange fleshed root of a plant native to Indonesia and southern India, Turmeric is a miraculous herb. It is thought to prevent colon cancer and even inhibit the growth

of certain cancer cells such as prostate and breast cancer. It also aids in digestion, reduces “bad” cholesterol, contains antibacterial properties and studies have indicated that it may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Try it in soups, casseroles, curries, dhal or in a marinade. Try putting 1 tsp in your morning shake, yummy! Then there is Ginger! I love it for its versatility, not to mention its flavour. It warms the body and is a great soother for the digestive tract. It helps with nausea and aids in the di-


gestion of fat. Ginger also stimulates blood flow, enhancing circulation. It can help lower your cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have indicated that ginger has powerful anti-cancer properties actually reducing cancer cells in patients with ovarian, colon and rectal cancers. Use ginger as a tea or in smoothies, as a condiment or in your main course. For maximum benefits of the healing properties of ginger try to buy it as a whole, fresh root and grate it into your meals. Isn’t it time you spiced up your life?

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Autism BY DANIELLA BARSOTTI I knew my son Adam was autistic when he was 14 months old. He was officially diagnosed by a developmental pediatrician in Calgary on September 25th 2002. He was 2 years 8 months old. In the past, I had marked September 25th on the calendar for my sister’s birthday. Now it signifies so much more. And while finally getting an official diagnosis of autism was a relief in one aspect, it was devastating in others. My husband Tom and I never had grandiose dreams or plans for our kids. We have children because we love each other and want to raise happy, healthy and independent kids who would be respectful and kind to themselves and to others. The diagnosis of autism almost made the simple things we wanted unattainable. Our long grieving period included periods of denial, narrowmindedness and fear, filled with self-blame


and guilt, impatience and even disdain for friends with “normal” kids. At one point, I turned my back on my religion and lost all tolerance for well-meaning relatives who never seemed to do or say the right thing. Living with an autistic toddler and a colicky newborn, across the country, far from friends and relatives put a huge strain on our marriage and we contemplated divorce a couple of times. Sometimes when Adam hits a rough patch, I sense that, in a way, I’m still grieving as I did during those first few years, but now I am able to hold on to all the good we’ve uncovered while on our journey with him. As we sought ways to help Adam navigate his way out of his strange and puzzling world, we quickly discovered that with autism, one size certainly does not fit all. The experts advised us to immediately enroll

him in a pre-school for autistic kids where he would receive Intensive behavioral Intervention (IBI), speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and assistance from an aide. The doctor said early intervention was key, so off he went on a little blue and white school bus at two years nine months for six hours a day. Anyone in Ontario with an autistic kid would consider us lucky and jump at that opportunity, but after three years, little improvement and a whole lot of built-up frustration in our then 5 year old, it was time to move on. Adam had begun to display very odd, disruptive and sometimes aggressive behavior and disliked being corrected. He would come home and rip the PECS (Picture-Enhanced Communication System) off the wall and toss it on the floor. We tried rewarding good behaviour, communicating with sign language and even ignoring certain behaviours to no avail and consequently things became worse. For two years Adam was angry, agitated and inconsolable. For two years, he screamed anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day and we were at our wits’ end. Unlike the kids in his class, IBI did not work for our son. He left the school and we enrolled him in the neighbourhood Catholic school where he was placed in a special class with four educational assistants (EA’s)

gave him a great sense of calm. Giving Adam a distraction-free place to do what he needed to do to cope with his environment opened a door that allowed him to emerge out of his autism and engage in the world around him in the ways we’d hoped he would. In that little playroom in the basement of our Calgary home, we heard Adam’s voice after years of silence, when during a session of endless pacing, he stopped, looked at me and said, “All done walking Mommy.” Three weeks later, Karen, one of his aides who stayed on to help me run his new program, bounded out of a session, crying and grinning from ear to ear at the same time. Adam graduated from rolling a ball past her Adam playing with his brother Logan at The Sandbanks beach. to looking at her in the eyes and telling her, “Catch, Karen. Catch ball.” who were trained in IBI’s brother ABA (Ap- us how to figure out and understand why Leaving the funded IBI/ABA programs plied Behavioral Analysis) - a very structured Adam was doing what he was doing. By meant that we no longer felt the need to program. The new environment seemed to joining him and taking the time to try and distract him or at least stun him for a while see things from his perspective, we would stay in Calgary. Tom said goodbye to the but by the end of the first year of senior show him that it was okay for him to be the job that took us out west five years before. kindergarten, the disruptive behaviour re- way he was and do the things he needed We sold our house, packed everyone and turned with a vengeance. We didn’t know to do to calm himself. So we flipped our the dog in an RV and drove back to Ontario. where to turn and then one night while fingers in front of our eyes, rapped on the No job or house waited for us, only family and the promise of settling down surfing the net, I stumbled upon somewhere where we could continue a forum of parents discussing the Son-Rise Program, another methWE HEARD ADAM’S VOICE AFTER YEARS OF SILENCE, WHEN to heal Adam through the program. As luck would have it, things fell into od of treating Autism. place en route to Ontario. My husDURING A SESSION OF ENDLESS PACING, HE STOPPED, After a lot of research we reband received a job offer in Belleville arranged our work schedules, LOOKED AT ME AND SAID,“ALL DONE WALKING, MOMMY”. and when we arrived, we bought a dropped out of the ABA promodest home and quickly settled gram, pulled Adam out of school in and resumed Adam’s program. After so and settled on giving the Son- Rise Program wall with our knuckles in varied rhythms many years of helplessly watching our son a try. For Adam and for us, it was the light and displayed all sorts of unique ticks and trapped in a world of repetitive behaviors, at the end of a very long and dismal tunnel. behaviours over and over again. Things bestrange noises and lots of tears and resisThe program gave us the opportunity to let gan to click. We learned that pacing back tance, we had clarity and hope. The proAdam teach us about his autism. We set up and forth, much like the hours he spent on gram addressed a lot of the issues I faced a small, simple playroom in our home with the backyard swing, soothed him and that due to my grief and it helped me see our a few toys on a high shelf, a mini trampoline jumping from the middle of the staircase and a little desk. We placed two of every- to the floor, much like rubbing his legs with Adam for who he is instead of seeing only thing in the room and we literally did what sand, helped him “feel” them. And while his diagnosis. Our journey began nine years ago. Today, he did. Rather than stopping the disruptive watching the wheels of his truck spin for behaviours, the Son Rise Program taught minutes at a time made us nauseated, it Adam rides his bike around town with his


brother Logan and me and he is known in our neighbourhood for scooting around the crescent at high speed while singing hits he hears on the radio at the top of his lungs. He speaks in phrases and sentences now but rarely starts a conversation and prefers not to talk but knows he is expected to. He still parallel plays with his peers and is only just learning how to play with his brother. He has performed in two school plays since Logan and Adam Daniella and her men... Tom, returning to school at James. the age of 10 and can play simple tunes on the piano. He has a keen sense of rhythm and played in the percussion section of the school band’s rendition of “Yellow Bird.” He diligently uses facial scrub to rid his face of his “terrible pimples” and he has learned to lie about eating the occasional snack that is not part of his special diet. He has also been known to use foul language when frustrated—a behavior that is typical of his age, I’ve been told. The interesting times and perplexing and difficult phases will continue, but for the most part, our journey has been and still is the most fascinating and rewarding one I have had the privilege to embark upon. We look back at videos of our unique little family and shake our heads and smile at the things we struggled through when the kids were younger: those tough times that are now just distant memories and the things that Adam can do so easily today that we just take for granted. Autism can be the tornado that spins your life out of control and scatter your hopes and dreams for your family if you let it. And while some stand firm in the belief that it can tear your marriage apart, I believe autism has made our marriage and family life stronger. Our younger son, Logan, displays a capacity for acceptance and tolerance of all people, far beyond his nine years. He gives our special family a regular dose of “normal” and is the best “support worker” Adam will ever have. If it weren’t for autism I would not have met some of the great people


from Alberta to Ontario who have been a part of helping Adam become who he is today. Autism helped us discover who our true friends really are. Most of all, autism made me learn not to sweat the small things in life and to really appreciate the little things that bring great joy and fulfillment, things that cannot be bought, like witnessing Adam tie his shoes after practising for an entire summer, watching him swim, speed skate and run track in Special Olympic meets or seeing him make a sandwich and plop himself in front of the TV and channel surf for his favourite show. I have learned that love, patience and perseverance can move mountains and though dealing with Adam (who’s currently going through puberty) some days makes me want to run screaming from the house, I feel blessed that he is our son. My favourite times spent with Adam have been the quiet times, laying on the playroom floor, listening to music, staring at the dust that danced on the stream of light coming through the window. It seemed he was deciding whether he wanted to slip back into his safe little world or if it was worth staying with me. On those days I admit, I was afraid he would choose to let me go but I found comfort in the lyrics of one of his favourite songs: “Oh, child, things are going to get easier/ Oh Child, things will be brighter/ …Someday we’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun/ Someday when the world is much brighter.” Thank you son, for staying with me and being my teacher. Thank you for making me see more, feel more, think more and do more. You have made Mom a better person and my world, darling, is brighter because of you.

Mommy and Adam, age 6, in Calgary.

AUTISM QUICK FACTS Below are stats from The Autism Society of Canada, a national autism advocacy group. • The prevalence of Autism has doubled in the last decade in Canada. • It is estimated that 1 in every 165 Canadian children is born with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. • There are approx 200,000 Canadians living with an ASD. • Four times as many boys than girls will be diagnosed with an ASD. • Costs can be $80-$100K annually to treat someone with autism.

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• There is no medical detection nor any known cure for autism. • Autism is a lifelong condition.

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In keeping with Autism Awareness Month, the best thing you can offer a family affected by autism is support. A hug, a listening ear, respite, a hand with the shopping or laundry or a casserole and a visit from time to time can make a huge difference in their lives. Pity merely brings to the fore that life for the family dealing with autism is difficult. The most wonderful and important thing you can do is teach your children that it takes all types of people to make this world the interesting and colourful place that it is. Teach by example that staring and judging is not only rude but unproductive and alienating. Ask someone about their child’s condition rather than distance yourself from them. It will make a world of difference.

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SUPERCHARGED WAYS TO BEAT SUMMER WEIGHT GAIN AND BELLY FAT With summer barbeques, parties, and fun coming to a close, many of us think of autumn like New Year’s – time to get back on track and drop a few pounds before the next feast of turkey and pie – or at the least, a flatter tummy. Pesky belly fat; it seems this is the first place it goes when we gain a few pounds and it is the last place to leave. Believe it or not, your love handles aren’t just unattractive, carrying weight around your abdomen is bad for your health-worse than carrying weight on your hips or thighs and a key indicator of a hormonal imbalance. Excess fat around the waist, or an apple body shape, is suggestive of insulin resistance, a condition that is linked to the development of heart disease and diabetes. It is also indicative of an imbalance in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which, if chronically high, can result in increased deposition of fat around the abdomen – even in people who are otherwise thin! To further complicate the situation, feeling stressed out or depressed may worsen the problem. Insulin Resistance: The Down and Dirty Facts Insulin is the chemical signal that allows sugar to enter your cells to be used as fuel. Insulin levels also have a direct impact on body composition, as these sugars are later stored as fat if they are not consumed as a source of energy. Insulin resistance causes levels of insulin in the blood to increase. This


increase is related to a reduced sensitivity of the body tissues, like muscle, to normal levels of the hormone. As a result, the body tries to overcome this by secreting more insulin from the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes ensues when the pancreas fails to sustain this increased demand for insulin production. It is currently estimated that one out of every four North Americans has insulin resistance. A primary cause is excess intake of sugar or carbohydrates typical of many diets today. This includes foods such as pop or candy as well as cakes, muffins, pastries, chips, crackers, pizza and many other processed foods. Insulin resistance may also be attributed to lack of exercise, overindulging in alcohol, stress, a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and excess body fat, especially around the abdomen. Implement these six tips to lose your love handles and beat belly flab: 1.To put you on the fast track to fat loss, bump up your protein. Sticking to about 20 to 25 grams of protein each per meal and about 15 to 20 grams per snack is probably a good place to start, depending on your body size and workout schedule. Men should add an extra 10 g of protein per meal and 5 g per snack. Higher protein intake keeps your blood sugar balanced and your insulin levels low—a metabolic must for appetite control and fat loss. Protein also packs a hormonal punch


because it stimulates the activity of many of our fat-burning and appetite-controlling hormones when we consume it in the right amounts. A higher-protein diet helps to shed stubborn belly fat, according to a study published in Diabetes Care (March 2002). Researchers compared a high-protein diet with a low-protein diet in 54 obese men and women with type 2 diabetes. Those on the high-protein diet had significantly greater reductions in total and abdominal fat mass and a greater reduction in LDL cholesterol. 2.Take essential fatty acids in the form of fish oils. They possess documented insulin-sensitizing effects. Since each and every cell membrane in our body is made of fat, our dietary fatty acid intake determines the healthy composition of all our cells. When we eat fatty acids such as those in fish oils - eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - our cell membranes become more fluid and more receptive to insulin. The more insulin receptors we have on the surface of our cells, the lower our insulin levels. The lower our insulin levels, the less hormonal messages telling our body to store energy as fat. Healthy cell membranes allow us to enjoy greater wellness benefits and weight loss as we prime our body for better insulin balance. I most commonly prescribe 2-3 capsules twice daily of a fish oil supplement for optimal fat-burning effects. 3. At least six days a week - skip sugar

completely and chose to eat low glycemic carbohydrates to keep insulin levels low. While many of us readily think of bread, pasta, rice, cereals, cookies, cakes, pastries, chips, pretzels and potatoes as the usual suspects when it comes to carb or “starch” sources, most of my patients are surprised to learn that vegetables, fruits and legumes (beans) are also sources of carbs. But by far the sneakiest of all carbs are the plethora of sometimes-hidden sugars that make their way into common food items like syrups, jams, jellies, juices, candies, chocolate milk, flavored yogurts, flavored waters (flat or sparkling), sodas, sauces, energy drinks, energy bars, specialty coffees, granola and other cereals or granola bars. All carbs, regardless of their form, eventually become sugar (also known as glucose) in our bloodstream. Essentially, there are two types of carbs, and what differentiates the two is the rate at which the body converts them into glucose. The so-called “good carbs,” or complex carbs, are converted into sugar in much smaller amounts and at a much slower rate than their not-so-good counterparts. Complex carbs contain more fibre than their bad cousins and, as a result, spark less of an insulin release. The “bad” carbs initiate a fast and furious rush of sugar into the

bloodstream, a situation that can result in mood swings, cravings, fatigue and even headaches. 4. Take conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is one of only a few supplements that has actually been proven to stimulate loss of fat and increase lean muscle mass. CLA is naturally present in dairy products and beef. It has anticancer and antidiabetic properties and may be useful in reducing arterial disease, as well as osteoporosis. “Dietary Fat Intake, Supplements and Weight Loss,” published in the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology (December 2000), reported that CLA is one of only a few supplements proven to reduce body fat and assist in increasing lean muscle mass without a change in caloric intake. CLA also shows anti-inflammatory benefits and seems to reduce fat storage in the fat cells while also increasing fat-burning activity in the skeletal muscle. The minimum dosage is 1,500 mg twice daily with food for at least 3 months. Clear CLA (available through clearmedicine. com) contains green tea to enhance its metabolic effects. Take two capsules at breakfast and dinner. 5. Get started on an exercise plan that incorporates cardiovascular exercise

along with weight training. Do not overdo cardiovascular exercise as it can damage the muscle fibres that you are working so hard to build and maintain. Do your weight training first, followed by your cardio if you are performing them both on the same day. This will ensure your strength is at a maximum for lifting and you will continue to burn fat during your cardio session. 6. Keep stress levels balanced. Elevated levels of stress hormone (cortisol) can have a negative effect on body composition by increasing the breakdown of muscle mass and increasing abdominal fat. Relora is an herbal compound found to be effective in keeping stress hormone levels balanced and especially for sleep disruption due to stress. Take one on rising and two before bed. I have found Relora products which also contain vitamin B6 and folic acid are more effective. Natasha Turner, ND is the author of two books. Her newest title, The Supercharged Hormone Diet, became an instant #1 bestseller on its first day of release. It is available on or book stores anywhere. She is also the founder of the Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique. Visit


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even uncomfortable with their partner. All of these stressors can lower a woman’s desire for sex, even if she may have had a good libido before. A woman who lives with physical or mental health problems may suffer from low libido. Likewise, certain medications can also reduce a woman’s sex drive, including beta-blockers, SSRIs (used to treat anxiety and depression), and even birth control pills. The good news is that there is a great deal of help out there for this common problem. Vaginal dryness and discomfort can be improved with lubricants (like K-Y for intercourse, or Replens used daily). Taking more time for foreplay can also help. If there is stress between a woman and her partner, having the courage to be honest and discuss problems can be daunting. Sometimes, discussing the issue may be help enough, but couples counseling may be beneficial. Of course, any woman with a sexual concern should bring it up with her physician and be examined to assess any physical causes and to discuss any tests that may be necessary. Unfortunately there’s no female version of Viagra; but a trusting relationship with your health care professional will be invaluable in helping improve your sexual interest. DISCLAIMER - This information is for general purposes only and is not intended for use as medical advice. Please consult your health care practitioner for advice tailored to you.

Dear. Dr. Jen – there has been so much written about Vitamin D now – I’m confused...What’s the scoop?? Ah, the sunshine vitamin… there is a lot of confusion about Vitamin D! How much do we need? How can we get enough if we are always wearing sunscreen? What about the winter? Vitamin D plays an important role in absorbing dietary calcium from the intestines. It is key in promoting your bone health; too little Vitamin D can result in softening of the bones (osteomalacia), and can put you at risk of developing osteoporosis. Getting enough Vitamin D can be challenging for most people, as it is mostly found in fatty fish and milk (which is actually fortified with Vitamin D). However, you would have to drink at least 3 cups of milk a day to get the recommended amount for an adult. We also can’t rely on the sun – you would need at least 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure on bare arms and legs DAILY to get the required amount. There are two groups of people who need Vitamin D the most: newborn babies and the elderly (who have limited intakes and require it for their bone health). Babies who are exclusively breastfed

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After the success of the Hormone Diet, Dr. Natasha Turner N.D., is back with her latest iteration, The Supercharged Hormone Diet. In the Hormone Diet, Dr. Turner provided all the information we needed to understand why our hormones play such an important role in keep us healthy and feeling vibrant. In the Supercharged Hormone Diet, she delivers the accelerated four week plan for those of us who want to be told exactly what to do, and why we are doing it, in order to achieve almost immediate health benefits. The Supercharged Hormone Diet provides us not only with interesting, easy to read explanations on how our hormones can influence every aspect of our health, but also arms readers with the tools necessary to get those hormones under control for good. Dr. Turner has developed an easy and satisfying menu plan that takes all the guess work out of getting your health back on track.

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Steve, you’ve lost 52lbs - how did you do it? Diet and exercise – Mostly diet though. I cut out dairy, made leaner meat choices. I eat mostly chicken and veggies... and it’s willpower, A LOT of willpower. Why did you decide to change your lifestyle? Being a type 2 Diabetic I was worried. I found I was cutting my breath off just tying my shoes and I thought – enough. I wanted to get back into regular sized clothes again.

put over 7,000 km on my bike this year. I go to the YMCA four times per week and work out – I start with about 35 min on the elliptical, then I do some free weights, and then end with about 15 min more of cardio. How do you find time to fit all of this exercise in? I just made it part of my daily life – I have to go to work anyway – so I ride. The Y part I do for myself. It’s important and I feel so much better.

How long has it taken to you to get into the shape you’re in now? 4 months.

What was the hardest part in losing this weight? The eating part. Definitely. It was hard, very hard – giving up all the foods I loved – the bread, the hamburgers, pork chops and cheese. Where I work (at Kelly’s Drug Store) there’s temptation, chips and candy. Now, if I want something sweet, I eat an apple or a protein bar. For breakfast I used to eat bagels – now it’s cornflakes with fresh fruit on top and I’m good!

Had you always been heavy? No actually – I was into Martial Arts for 17 years, but when I stopped that I just packed the weight on. The lifestyle I was living was just – not healthy. I’ve always ridden my bike to work – I just needed to change my diet.

What kept you motivated? I have a friend with Type 1 Diabetes who has really helped me plan my eating. All it takes is for someone to notice, and that really motivates you to keep losing. Plus my girlfriend and my Dad have been very supportive. I never want to feel like that again.

What exercise program do you do? I ride my bike every day. I love cycling – I’ve

What are your future goals? I’d like to get down to 215lbs (Steve started at

How long have you had Type 2 Diabetes? 4 years. My Doctor had me taking 4 pills a day to control my diabetes, then he dropped me down to two and now I’m off the medication completely. I control it with diet and exercise.

AFTER 282lbs). Then I’d like to get into body building. I’m 47 years old now. I just want to do it for myself, challenge myself and see if I can do it – not to get huge. I want to be able to walk onto the beach, take my shirt off and have people say – Wow, look at that guy!


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Two words that describe you Energetic & Supportive Who inspires you? Why? OPRAH. She came from such humble beginnings and now is one of the most successful women on the planet! She is successful in my eyes because she balances business and her spirit while inspiring others. Do you have a green habit you can share? I use baking soda and essential oils for cleaning. Being green is important and the essential oils promote a peaceful feeling. As a mom what makes you smile? I love to hear my daughter tell me I’m her best friend. At almost 4 years old, I hope she still says it 10 years from now. What is the hardest part of being a Mom? Keeping my cool when she is not cooperating. Any Healthy Snacks your kids actually eat? Veggies and Dip Most important part of your morning routine? My Journal of gratitude


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Two words to describe you? Loving and passionate What is your survival for a hectic day? Just Breathe.. get organized.. get some fresh air.. practice some Yoga moves.. Breathe Again.. TEA! Do you have a green habit you can share? I have tried to convert the majority of my (and my daughter’s) bath and skin care regime to organics! I also use mainly vinegar, water, baking soda and microfibre cloths for cleaning at my house. What are some favourite healthy snacks for Charlotte? Char loves fruit and whole wheat crackers and peanut butter. As a Mom what makes you smile? Watching my daughter dance/sing. I love EVERYTHING about being a mom..I really do. I especially love that I have a little girl who calls me Mama and loves to snuggle with me. Hardest part about being a Mom? Finding more time during the day to just “play” with Charlotte. Who is your role model? My MOM! She has taught me what it means to love unconditionally. She is the hardest working, most creative and generous person that I know. How do you fit exercise into your day? I like to exercise during my lunch hour at work. I feel energized for the afternoon and proud of myself that I took some time for myself!

Two words to describe you? Passionate & Impulsive How do you fit exercise into your day? When my kids are in organized activities I don’t just sit and watch them. I go to the gym and workout or if it’s nice I do an activity outside. I exercise about 4 times a week. What makes you smile as a Mom? When my kids master something they’ve been trying to learn. And of course some of the things that they say! Kids are hilarious! What do you hope for your boy’s future? I hope my boys find their passion in life. I hope they find happiness, love and peace. I hope they are kind, generous and respectful of others and themselves. Who inspires you? WARREN BUFFET - he’s a risk taker, successful and generous. MOTHER THERESA - she was powered by love and faith and as a result she moved mountains. LIZ MURRAY - she’s a child of drug addicted parents. She was homeless, penniless, washed herself in public bathrooms and then put herself through Harvard in spite of all of her obstacles. TOM JAMES - he is loving, honest, kind, generous and patient. He is the kind of man I hope my boys will be. Where/How do you find peace? I find peace in nature. Any healthy snacks your kids actually eat? Apples, pears, almonds and broccoli.

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Two words that describe you? Confident & Creative Your biggest worry for your daughter? That she will not enjoy the moment due to techno distractions…(wait, I just got a text) Favourite meal to make? Duck Breast and veggies, Nutty Quinoa Salad How do you find peace? Doing a bit of yoga whenever and wherever. Yoga classes are my greatest me time. Who is your role model? My Mom... and Donald Trump – he’s into everything! Do you have a green habit you can share? Buying and growing fresh food from within 100 mile radius, then storing and preserving for winter. We’re practicing the 100 mile diet. Also to buy non-toxic Canadian made products and we use cloth diapers. How do you fit exercise into your day? Walks during my daughter’s nap time. The best part about being a Mom? How much I am learning about myself and how it makes me want to be my very best.

Two words that describe you Green & Busy What is your biggest hope for Anna? Happiness Your biggest worry? That she might get hurt, physically or emotionally Who is your Role Model? My mom. She’s always there for me. What is your favourite meal to make? Homemade macaroni & cheese with cherry tomatoes on the side Where do you find peace? My vegetable garden, it’s my Zen garden Do you have a green habit you can share? I recycle, re-use and compost, so I don’t put out garbage every week. What is your recipe for survival on a stressful/hectic day? I do most of my cooking on the weekends and freeze a lot, so during the week when it’s hectic I can have dinner ready without much effort. How do you fit exercise into your day? When and what type? I try to exercise early in the morning before work or during lunch break. I usually run 2-3 times a week, and I also use the elliptical machines at the gym. In the summer when the weather is nice, I ride my bike to work.


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EVENTS..REVIEW TO GET YOU MOVING! BOOK Monday, October 31 & November 1 Rick Hansen Relay Celebration Rick reaches Kingston, Napanee and stops in Belleville on the 31, then Quinte West on Nov 1 for times

Sunday, November 13 The Fat Ass Trail Run – Batawa 7.5km,10km,17.5km,25km Trail Run 10am start Reg. @ Saturday, November19 Cougars for Cancer - Fundraiser Century Place Belleville -$50 pp

Wednesday November 2 - 25th County-licious Celebration of fine dining 10 of the County’s top restaurants With 3 course meals at $30 - $35

Monday, November 28 The CPR Holiday Train South Church Rail Crossing Belleville 1:15pm Sing, Dance, Bring food for the food bank

Friday, November 4 - Sunday 6 Batawa Ski Swap 5pm - Batawa Ski Hill

Tuesday, November 30 Trenton DBIA Jingle Bell Walk & Nativity 6:15pm – 9pm

Saturday, November 5 Diabetes Walk/Run – Picton 5km Walk/Run – 10am start Register @

Saturday, December 4 Egg Nog Jog - Trenton 5/10 km Run – 10am Start No Fee – donations to “Coats for Kids” Reg @ Sunday, January 1, 2012 Annual Resolution Walk/Run Tri & Run Sports, Trenton 5km Walk/Run & 1km Kids Run $20, kids free – 10am start

Sunday, January 29, 2012 Alzheimer Walk for Memories Bayview Mall - Belleville, 10am Proceeds to Alzheimer Society Sunday, February 5, 2012 Frozen Ass Snowshoe Run Batawa 4 & 8 km run, $35, 10am start

January 27, 2012 Sleep out for the Homeless Raise funds for Can. Mental Health Assoc.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Switzerville Red Barn Snowshoe Race Napanee 6.4km run, $25, 10am start

January 17 - October 28, 2012 Quinte Mall Stroller Fitness w/ Goodlife Fitness - Tues & Thurs 9am to 10am Details: Quinte Mall - 613-968-3571

Friday, February 25, 2012 The Freezin’ 5km Fun Run 5km run, 10am start $5 to Gleaners Reg.

GREAT LINKS FOR MORE TO DO... Frink Centre -; Free Skates - ; Ontario Trails - ; Public Skating - : ; and your local city website. AND DON`T FORGET SANTA... Brighton, Fri Nov 18th, Stirling - Fri Dec 2nd; Picton - Sun, Dec 4th, Belleville - Sun, Nov 20th; Trenton Parade - Sun, Nov 27th; Bloomfield - Fri, Nov 25th; Madoc - Sat Nov 26th, Tweed - Sat Dec 3rd; Marmora - Sat Dec 3rd; Napanee - Sat Nov 19th.


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TRENDS IN BREAST & PROSTATE CANCER Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer), while prostate cancer is most common in Canadian men. Breast cancer incidence rose steadily from 1980 to the early 1990s, partly because of increased mammography screening. Breast cancer death rates have declined in every age group since at least the mid 1980s. There is an overall upward trend in incident rate of prostate cancer since 1980 which is likely due to increased early detection or possible changes in risk factors. Death rates rose much more slowly during the same period and started to decline in the mid 1990’s. This means that

in both breast and prostate cancers we’re catching it earlier and as a result we are surviving. The five year survival rate for women with breast cancer is 88% and for men with prostate cancer it is 96%. These are fabulous, positive figures which indicate that the strategy of prevention and advanced screening promoted by The Canadian Cancer Society is working. Women should speak to their health care professionals about what screening is right for them. Gentleman, has your prostate met a nice doctor yet? Think about it today – it is so much better to catch it early and survive!

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Healthy Living Now - Fall 2011  

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