Category Archives: health

I was higher than a kite

On a natural high in the winter of ’83. Can’t remember exactly when or why the euphoria began. The doctors classified my acute disorder as hypomania. Whatever. All I can say is that I was feeling very happy and full of energy. So when I took my parents on a trip to Florida in December, I wasted no time sitting next to the handsome man at the airport gate and striking up a conversation. This paid off when he invited me to sit next to him on the plane which I did. Momma didn’t raise no dumb children. We exchanged phone numbers and he said he’d phone some time that week. He didn’t. Not that I waited or anything 😉 I hoped he would be on the same charter flight home & he was. We sat together again and got to know each other better. Much better 😉 You’ve heard of the mile high club? JK, not that well. John was a police officer in Ottawa and he invited me to visit the next weekend.

When I got to his apartment and saw pictures of his puppies as he called his two young boys. There were also pictures of sailboats and because sailing was a favourite pastime of my late brother Bill, I believed it was he who had lead me to John. We had a fabulous weekend together and I was still dreaming of the possibility of a relationship with John into the New Year 1984. When a friend told me she was planning a trip to Rio de Janiero in February, I jumped at the chance to go with her, even though I had just been on a vacation the month prior. Like I said, higher than a kite and the sky’s the limit !

To be continued.

On the sperm of the moment

Have I got your attention? Good. Because this is really important. When I was a young woman, I didn’t have to worry about AIDS. Don’t forget, I grew up as part of the Love Generation. We made love and we didn’t worry. Things are different now; very different.

So I took the pill, my boyfriends didn’t have to worry about condoms. But you know what? On a routine annual pap smear, the results came back not so normal. Pre-cancerous even. That was in 1995. I underwent a cone biopsy for abnormal cervical cells. Result? CINII. Not to be snubbed. Pre-cancerous cells necessitating a cone biopsy. And it’s all blamed on the HPV, Human Papilloma Virus.

The operation itself was a piece of cake. Asleep. What me worry? But the aftermath? At home, I thought I was losing my uterus when in fact it was the surgical gauze that was peaking through. Doctor had not mentioned that would happen. Helllooo!

Fast forward ten years later. Another pap smear. Again, abnormal results. Oy. So I underwent another cone biopsy. This time, CINI. Better. Not as dangerous i.e. advanced a pre-cancerous stage as CINII.

So, I sit here, waiting for the other shoe to drop. As they say in French, jamais deux sans trois (never two without three). I sincerely hope they are wrong. I don’t want to go through that angst and surgery again, thank you very much.

My point here is. Mothers, tell your daughters. HPV vaccine is available. It wasn’t in my day. Consider it? For your sake and expecially for your daughters’.

One of the world’s healthiest drinks


Milk comes in all varieties: whole, 2%, skim, chocolate, strawberry. There’s soy milk, rice milk, and even goat milk – but there’s a new drink making the rounds in Russia that we bet you’ve never tasted before: moose milk.As far as health benefits go, moose milk has a big lead on the stuff you pour into your cereal every morning. It’s much higher in fat and protein than cow milk, and researchers claim that a daily dose of the drink can help prevent gastroenterological diseases and many other health problems.

Unfortunately, the milking process is a little more complicated than you might imagine – moose aren’t exactly the most docile of creatures, and potential milkmaids would often end up with concussions when they got too close.

But Russian farmers have finally worked out a way to tame the mighty moose: by covering themselves with the scent of moose calves, the farmers can trick the adult moose into thinking she’s nursing her young.

The super-nutritious drink is becoming popular in Russia, particularly among sick people looking to boost their immunity to diseases. It doesn’t seem as if any other countries have caught on to the moose-milking technique yet, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before we can buy a quart of moose milk at our local Whole Foods.

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Not just a pretty face


Are ingredients in personal care products actually harmful?
While some companies make products that are safe to eat, other companies choose to use known human carcinogens or developmental toxins. Nearly all these chemicals can penetrate the skin, and some we ingest directly from our lips or hands. More than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes can be high — unlike trace contaminants in food or tap water, chemicals in cosmetics are base ingredients.

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Just what we need in our toothpaste — bacteria and antifreeze


Neem Active Toothpaste contains high levels of bacteria, not safe for use

Aug. 24, 2007

Provided by: Canadian Press

TORONTO (CP) – Health Canada is warning that a toothpaste from India that was earlier discovered to contain a chemical found in antifreeze also contains high levels of harmful bacteria.

The department is warning that Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium, made by Calcutta Chemical Co. Ltd. in India, should not be used.

It says ingesting the product could trigger fever, urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

The warning notes that while toothpaste isn’t meant to be swallowed, young children often do so while brushing their teeth.

Children and people with weakened immune systems would be at the highest risk of negative side-effects from using the toothpaste.

Health Canada notes that Neem Active Toothpaste isn’t approved for sale in Canada.

Late last month Health Canada warned Canadians not to use the toothpaste because it had been found to contain unacceptable levels of diethylene glycol or DEG, a product used in the making of antifreeze.

A new role for an old, familiar body part

A Link Between Bones and Obesity


Bones Obesity

It’s not every day that scientists uncover an unexpected new role for an old, familiar body part. That’s why a paper published in the current issue of Cell is generating so much buzz…


Who needs energy drinks?

Study: Exercise Reverses Aging at Cell Level


Every day, it seems, there’s a new study espousing the benefits of exercise. Exercise helps you lose weight. Exercise makes you smarter. Exercise cures cancer. What’s next? Exercise makes you immortal?



Well, not quite. But a new study has found that exercise actually reverses the aging process at the cellular level.



The study, published this week in the online journal PLoS One, studied 25 people over 65 for six months. At the beginning of the study, they took biopsies of their thigh muscles. Then they put the group on a strength-training regiment that included two hour-long sessions in the gym per week for six months. At the end of the six months, they were biopsied again.



The muscle cells were compared to cells of a group of young people (average age 22). At the beginning of the study, the older people’s cells were significantly different genetically from the younger people’s. But at the end of six months, a third of the genes within the cells had undergone significant changes. The cells that changed were involved in the functioning of mitochondria, which process nutrients into energy. And sure enough, study participants reported having more energy.



“The genetic fingerprint [of the elderly participants] was reversed to that of younger people — not entirely, but enough to say that their genetic profile was more like that of young people than old people,” said Simon Melov, director of genomics at the Buck Institute in Novato, Calif.



We’ve heard it before, but we’ll let Mr. Melov say it again.



“It’s never too late to start exercising.”