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Month: May 2014

Physical inactivity of Canadian kids blamed on 'culture of convenience'

Physical inactivity of Canadian kids blamed on 'culture of convenience'

Parents encouraged to weave opportunities to move and play with their kids into daily life CBC News    May 20, 2014 Canada’s “culture of convenience” means children and youth sit too much and move too little, in gym class, on the playground, and while travelling to and from school, according to a new global comparison. Tuesday’s report, “Is Canada in the running?”, from Active Healthy Kids Canada grades kids from 15 countries on their physical activity levels in various areas….

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Scientific Proof That Negative Beliefs Harm Your Health

Scientific Proof That Negative Beliefs Harm Your Health

By Dr. Lissa Rankin    May 28, 2013 The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years. We call it “the placebo effect,” and we know that when patients in clinical trials get nothing but sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries—but believe they might be getting the new wonder drug or miracle surgery—their bodies get better 18 to 80% of the time. While many are aware of the seemingly mysterious placebo effect,…

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10 Reasons To Stop What You're Doing and Start Clearing Your Clutter

10 Reasons To Stop What You're Doing and Start Clearing Your Clutter

By Dana Claudat     November 13, 2013 Collecting and being consumed by clutter on a grand scale is a relatively modern concept. Our ancient ancestors didn’t have a supermarket at nearly every corner, malls and online shopping at every turn. When life was less complicated, there were not nearly as many ways to accumulate excess, the unwanted stuff we call “clutter.” In feng shui, there’s a concept of energy flow and vitality known as “chi,” or “qi”. This life-force…

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Kellogg to drop 'All Natural' from some Kashi product labels

Kellogg to drop 'All Natural' from some Kashi product labels

By Steve Gorman    LOS ANGELES   Fri May 9, 2014 (Reuters) – Kellogg Co has agreed to stop using terms such as “All Natural” and “100% Natural” on some of its Kashi and Bear Naked brand product labels and to pay more than $5 million to settle a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit. The settlement by the world’s No. 1 maker of breakfast cereal marks the latest such outcome in a recent wave of litigation challenging nutrition claims in food labeling….

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10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

Why are organic food and production standards important anyway? May 15, 2014  The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), in a series of action alerts over the past month, has criticized the gradual erosion of organic standards by vested corporate interests in the organic products industry. OCA, a nationwide watchdog organization set up to safeguard organic standards 16 years ago, and its allies in the organic community are calling for a crackdown on organic businesses that violate organic standards, such as poultry…

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Music May Benefit Your Brain

Music May Benefit Your Brain

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Musical training may increase blood flow to the left side of the brain, new research suggests. The increase in blood flow was seen with just a half hour of music training, according to the study. “The areas of our brain that process music and language are thought to be shared, and previous research has suggested that musical training can lead to the increased use of the left hemisphere of the brain,” study author…

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Food dye amounts revealed in brand name products

Food dye amounts revealed in brand name products

Artificial food colouring in brand name products highlighted in new study By Anna Lazowski, CBC News     May 15, 2014 Colourful candy like M&M’s and Skittles are dyed with several artificial colours. Skittles has 33.3 mg of dye per serving. Artificial food colouring in packaged food tends to be listed on ingredient labels, but until now, the amount of food dye in brand name food products was a mystery. But a new study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics,…

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A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer

A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer

“Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.” Feeling useful and having a sense of purpose in life are clearly beneficial psychologically, but now research is revealing that there also physical benefits. No matter what your age, new research finds, having a sense of purpose helps you live longer. However, the earlier you find a sense of direction and purpose, the better. The findings come from a study of more than 6,000 people who were…

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Fed Up documentary: sugar added to food causing obesity

Fed Up documentary: sugar added to food causing obesity

Documentary starring U.S. journalist Katie Couric opens Friday in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal The Canadian Press    May 09, 2014 Fed Up documentary opening tonight in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal documents how food manufacturers are responsible for fuelling an obesity epidemic in North America. Food manufacturers are responsible for fuelling a sugar dependency that is creating an obesity epidemic, and it’s spreading around the world, the makers of the new documentary Fed Up charge. Director Stephanie Soecthig (Tapped) teamed with…

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6 Easy Ways to Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands

6 Easy Ways to Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands

Jordyn Cormier    May 11, 2014 Being healthy can be a cryptic concept. Does it mean going to the doctor yearly? Exercising? Eating your apple each day? Going gluten-free? It may be hard to navigate all of the information (and misinformation) out there, but in truth, getting healthy is simpler than you think. Yes, it takes hard work and effort, but here are 6 easy ways to take your health into your own hands. Food is medicine. Start thinking of your…

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