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Mar

17

To sit or stand?

I’m standing while I write this post, actually I’ve been standing at my desk all day, writing, on the phone, emailing and researching. Why am I standing? Well it appears, and the evidence is mounting, that standing while you work is much better for your health.  The idea has been around for a few years […]

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Jan

11

Favorite Ingredients of Wellness

Here we are, 2015 already!  I do hope this year goes by at a slower pace than the last. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older that I feel the years are rolling by far to quickly.  I don’t know, but with all that I plan to do in 2015, I hope, and remain optimistic, that time […]

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Dec

19

Triclosan – the deadly agent in soap

Triclosan is a chemical antimicrobial that is found in all sorts of consumer products from soaps, shampoo’s, detergents and even in children’s toys.  It has also been in the spotlight recently with government investigations and researchers testing its harmful effects. Triclosan has been investigated by various authorities in the US due to concerns that it is linked to […]

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Oct

21

Moon Trekking Madness

Are we crazy for doing this? A question that crossed my mind more than once as I powered on and up through the night during the annual MoonTrekker race across Lantau Island on October 10.   A tough course is nearly an understatement for the grueling 43km or 30km options, that took the us and […]

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Sep

08

Favorite Ingredients of Wellness

Mindbody wellness  mindfulness apps It’s truly mindboggling the number of mindfulness or meditation apps available.  Meditation apps can be helpful for those who are not yet able to meditate in silence or even if you need some help getting into that silent space.  Sometimes a guided meditation is what you need because the mind is […]

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Aug

04

5 Tips  for a Good Night’s Sleep

I don’t sleep well when I travel and I never sleep on planes.  When I’m not in my own bed I toss and turn for what seems like the entire night and after a few days of this my body and mind are exhausted.  Is this experience of sleep deprivation familiar? Sleep Health Sleep is […]

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Jul

08

Favorite Ingredients of Wellness

I’ve long wanted to add a new monthly feature post and at last here it is.  I’m calling this ‘Favorite Ingredients of Wellness’  and it will feature some of the wonderful wellness things I’ve experienced in the past month. I hope you enjoy this offering. I hope you find the desire to try some of them. […]

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Jan

28

Wellness, Walking and Nature

letting nature recharge our battery of senses brings balance to our personal and collective lives      Michael J Cohen     Cooped up in a cold apartment and office throughout the day, a glance outside has in recent weeks offered nothing more than grey polluted skies and little inspiration to get outdoors.  But being in […]

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Oct

09

World Animal Day

Did you know October 4 was World Animal Day? There are some important reasons for highlighting this special day and they relate to the wellness of humans and animals. First we’ll start with some recent stories that highlight why we should be thinking about and doing more for animal wellbeing.  Then we move onto the […]

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Sep

05

An experience shared – time to consider a patient-centered approach to healthcare

On average patients visiting their primary care physician will spend 50 minutes in the clinic and only 10 minutes with the physician. Does this sound familiar? How does that make you feel toward the health system? What about hospitals where medical staff don’t even introduce themselves to patients. This is the experience of Dr Graham […]

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May

27

The burning facts about sunscreen

Summer is fast approaching for those of us in the northern hemisphere, a time for families to think about protection from the harmful rays of the sun.   ‘Harmful’ is how we have learnt to think about the sun.  Originally from Australia I have been a sun devotee most of my life.  Whilst spending endless hours […]

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May

17

The ‘Clean 15’ list for our health and wellness

Food should be our medicine, and our medicine should be our food (Hippocrates) A surge of interest in improving personal health and wellness has seen many turn to food as their medicine.  Wellness advocates and some healthcare practitioners will tell you that much of the chronic illnesses so many are battling with today can be […]

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Apr

29

The importance of touch

Touch is a basic biological need.  Touch is communication.  Touch is a therapy.  Touch heals. Touch is the first sense that we learn to use, sending information to the brain before any of our other senses. The Touch Research Institute has found significant evidence of the positive physical and emotional benefits of human touch for people […]

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Feb

28

PMT – real or over diagnosed?

Mood changes that may occur during the premenstrual cycle have received many labels over the years, premenstrual tension (PMT),then premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and most recently in the update of the psychology bible, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM), it is referred to as Premenstrual Disorder (PMDD).  Yes ladies, your monthly menstrual […]

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Feb

14

4 Wellness Foods for the Year of the Snake

Welcome to the year of the Black Water Snake.  According to Feng Shui Master Jill Lander of Golden Elements, the mythology of the snake often represents healing of the physical body. With that in mind the theme of this week’s mind and body posts is to offer you an easy path to vitality, to get […]

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