23andMe: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing — Part 2

23andMe: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing -- Part 2
In Part 1 of my blog about 23andMe, I jumped at the chance to purchase a testing kit online. It was February 3 that I placed the order and on February 5 I received a DHL post-it note on my door saying I missed a delivery. That was fast! I didn’t expect it to come ...

Multivitamins Contain Coal Tar?

Multivitamins Contain Coal Tar?
Since I’m fairly new to blogging I thought it’d be a good idea to browse through some other health blogs to see what’s being talked about. It’s really hard to find interesting health blogs that aren’t abandoned, owned by a magazine or run by a newspaper. I want to read things that are unfiltered! That’s ...

23andMe: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing 2

23andMe: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
  (This blog post will be part one in a series of posts that explores my experience with 23andme) Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is increasing in popularity. I saw a popular television show that featured the company 23andMe and their genetic testing kit. It interested me right away. The company analyses your DNA against certain DNA ...

The Nitty Gritty: Treating Head Lice

The Nitty Gritty: Treating Head Lice
Home remedies, natural products, and alternative therapies are becoming more popular as traditional therapies aren’t working on head lice. School children are being sent home more frequently with infestations than years prior. Nobody knows for certain why, but most experts suspect it’s because the lice are developing resistance to conventional lice treatments. I’ve had numerous ...

Aspartame’s Controversy: Top 5 Myths

Aspartame's Controversy: Top 5 Myths
Type in ‘aspartame’ into Google and you will find numerous articles written about it’s dangerous effects on the body and brain. By now, just about everyone knows what it’s used for… or at least in Canada. It was approved for use as a food additive and artificial sweetener in the early 1980′s. But, despite having ...

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Resveratrol Supplements

Why You Shouldn't Buy Resveratrol Supplements
I was reading an issue of Reader’s Digest the other day while I waited to get my oil changed. I came across an article touting certain supplements. One of them was, resveratrol, a compound found in small quantities from the skins of grapes. I think Barbara Walters had done a special episode about it. It’s ...

Vitamins Debunked

Vitamins Debunked
Vitamins are essential life. The name was derived from two words: “Vital” and “amines”. Simply put, an ‘amine’ is a name for a certain chemical group or configuration involving nitrogen. Scientists who had discovered certain compounds that were essential for life speculated that they contained these amine groups. Not all vitamins today contain amine groups. ...

The Flu Shot: Top 5 Common Misconceptions

Since select provinces in Canada have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to deliver the annual flu shot I have heard many misconceptions. It’s difficult to offer succinct explanations in my daily interactions with people. So I hope I can nail it here… The yearly flu vaccine has been linked to autism: The british medical journal, ...

It’s Cough And Cold Season! 1

It’s cough and cold season and you know what that means? Lots of coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, sinus pain, fatigue, body aches and pains. Not only that, but big drug companies make a lot of cash from their clever marketing strategies. When making recommendations, I am always surprised at how well their colorful boxes and ...