April 2008 Archives

The healing body

For most people, a routine medical checkup can be an anxiety-ridden experience. Anticipating being told that something is "wrong" can conjure up stressful feelings. When a checkup comes back normal, we rejoice and, for the most part, continue life as usual. Lorne Swetlikoff, a Vancouver-based doctor of naturopathic medicine, says "normal" may not explain why we don't quite feel right and the absence of disease may not necessarily constitute good health.

Do you turn to alternatives when traditional medicine fails you?

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Fear of failing?

Calgary nutritionist Andrea Holwegner wonders why some people are so repelled by the idea of dietitians and the field of nutrition. Is it because the diet industry and many so-called health professionals have them believing that in order to be healthy, food must taste awful, be part of some special product or be difficult to prepare? Or could it be that they feel guilty that this is one area of their lives they value tremendously but can’t seem to figure out? Holwegner says people need to realize that you don't have to be perfect to make change.

Does the fear of failing keep you from good nutrition habits?

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Back to spring

Been cooped up indoors the past few months? As winter fades to spring, Canadians will be returning to the great outdoors in droves. Certified athletic therapist Russell Gunner suggests a go-easy approach, if you've spent much of the winter a little less active than you'd prefer.

What's your strategy for getting back into spring shape?

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Kids and cash

Child psychologist Melanie Barwick says as soon as kids are old enough to consciously observe their parents' spending habits, they begin to form similar impressions of the value of money. Essentially, what kids need to learn about saving money, making it grow and spending it wisely begins at home. Here are some tips on guiding your child through the money maze.

How do you teach your children the value of money? Did your parents teach you how to handle money?

Share your thoughts.

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