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 (...
Resolutions Easy as 1, 2, 3
Resolution No. 1: Cut out ALL carbs. Resolution No. 2: Run for two hours EVERY day. Resolution No. 3: STOP making resolutions you can't keep!
So many people set themselves up for failure at the beginning of each new year, by attempting to change their lifestyles in ways that just aren't realistic. Remember that leading a more healthy lifestyle doesn't always mean making huge changes to your routine. And in some cases, the smallest
How to Keep a Food Journal By Kirsten Joy
Keeping a written record of your snacks and meals is an important aspect of mindful eating. It builds awareness of what you put in your body, and therefore can be a helpful method of weight loss. Here are some simple tips for maintaining a food journal.
• Make sure your food journal is portable so you're encouraged to bring it everywhere - no one wants to lug a three-ring binder
Medicinal Plants in Modern Times
Throughout history, plants have been used as food to nourish us, as shelter to house us, and as medicine to heal us. And while many people may believe this latter use is no longer relevant in our modern world, the healing properties of many plants remain vital even today. For example:
• More than 40% of prescription drugs dispensed in Canada contain at least one active ingredient derived from plant material.
Some Like it Hot
In May, the Moksha Hot Yoga studio in St. John's - the first and only studio in the province to specialize in hot yoga - held their Open House Sangha Soiree to spread the word that hot yoga has come to Newfoundland. Studio owner Jill Holden says, "Sangha means community. Our Sangha Soiree theme for the Open House party allowed people a chance to learn more about our new and growing community and to help
Packing for Emergencies
Everyone should have an emergency first-aid kit in their home to use in case of household accidents or injuries. With the proper contents, an emergency kit can assist in everything from splinter removal to resuscitation. You will need additional first-aid provisions to ensure your safety if you are going on a wilderness adventure, or travelling to a remote area. And while a well-packed kit can be great in a pinch, it is no substitute for
Pink Snowflake Ball By Cathy Williams
In 1981, at the age of 19, I left my hometown of Goulds, Newfoundland, bound for Toronto, Ontario. Like many Newfies before me, my plan was to work for a year and head back to the Rock. However, 28 years later I'm still here and now call Brampton home. Life, of course, has had its ups and downs, good days and bad, but nothing prepared me for May of 2006, when
Funds for Healthy Communities
Every year money ($700,000 for this fiscal year) is earmarked to help Newfoundland and Labrador communities get, and remain, healthy, and getting access to funding is not about knowing how to draft a great proposal.
"Communities are doing amazing stuff with the funding they are getting, but not everyone knows it exists," says Glendora Boland, provincial Nutrition Consultant with the Department of Health and Community Services. "So, now we're going out to communities
Don't Take My Smile By Mike Matthews
Carleton Place, Ontario
It was a sunny day in May 2005 when Mom broke the news that she had ALS. My mother, Sandra Matthews, had just celebrated her 65th birthday. She volunteered, took exercise classes, had just moved into a new apartment, and enjoyed socializing with many friends and family. She cared deeply about her children and, above all, had the most beautiful smile.