It wasn’t always that way. I was pretty much neutral about dogs most of my life, even though I’ve had one dog or another for the past 35 years. The only reason I have had various dogs over these years was because my husband and children were the dog lovers in the family.
For a non dog-lover back then, I definitely got the short end of the stick. Can you guess who did all of the crappy jobs? Read more…
Okay, that’s the short answer to the question.
Actually it isn’t just people who live in Smithers who are avoiding wheat and/or gluten and/or grain en masse. It’s pretty much global at this point.
The impetus of this blog came about after I attended a medical conference this past weekend in Smithers. The lectures were given by an assortment of professionals: specialists, GPs and a pharmacist.
The first lecture was given by a general surgeon who travels to rural Smithers to administer necessary care. He made a query and comment regarding the dumbfounding number of people in this town who have removed wheat from their diet. ”What’s with that?”, he rhetorically asked. His tone was mildly derogatory, and his comments were followed by sarcastic snickers from the GPs in the audience. These were the kind of snickers that clearly spelled out the phrase, “This is nonsense!” (short of a definitively diagnosed celiac disease or an IgE-mediated wheat or gluten allergy).
I felt my face go red. Read more…
After my rant a few months ago, I did what any 10 year old wanting to pursue a dream would do: whine and complain to the powers that be, to change what needed to be changed.
After realizing that the dream of playing B-ball with my sweetheart into my late 70s was not going to happen without some annoying whining, I set out on an e-mail letter writing campaign to all of the mature athletes who would listen to me. I wrote about my 40 year history of playing basketball; I wrote about some of the injuries that had transpired during morning ball over the years: a detached retina, a severed ACL, and fractured ribs to name but a few; and I wrote about my sincere and genuine desire to avoid any further injuries in any player, especially the “fragile” oldies like myself and my husband who take longer to heal than the young’uns.
And guess what? The squeaking wheel got the grease. Read more…
Daphne Moser was the Anglican minister of the Anglican churches in the Bulkley valley.
I first met Daphne at the St. John’s Anglican church in Quick. Once a year, our family would attend Christmas Eve services at this quaint little church powered by candlelight and woodstove. The presence she exuded was always warm and gentle.
It wasn’t until I needed her assistance that I understood the loving depth of her character. Read more…
I attended a naturopathic medical conference this past fall, and the best lecture hands down was one given by Dr. Stephen Sinatra MD. The lecture was entitled: “Metabolic Cardiology: A New Nutrient Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease”. This lecture was inspiring and full of knowledge that I considered to be “truth” when it came to illness and disease. Much of the lecture contained information that coincided with the way I have practised medicine for the last few decades now. When information rings true, it just rings true. Scientific studies are important when trying to determine best plan of care, and so is plain old common sense.
I just finished reading the book that Dr. Sinatra co-wrote with Dr. Jonny Bowden, PhD, entitled, “The Great Cholesterol Myth”. Dr. Sinatra also has a valuable and informative website called Heart MD Institute.
When a highly respected neurologist (Dr. Perlmutter of Grain Brain), and a highly respected cardiologist (Dr. Sinatra), are saying basically the same things regarding nutrition, the prevention of disease, and the role of cholesterol as it relates to illness, this information cannot be ignored. Read more…
FINALLY. FINALLY. FINALLY.
I HAVE FINALLY BEEN VINDICATED, AND INFORMATION THAT IS PLAIN OLD COMMON SENSE HAS GONE MAINSTREAM. FINALLY.
Sorry for yelling. I’m just excited.
Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter M.D., wrote a book that was just released this fall: ”GRAIN BRAIN: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers“.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, READ THIS BOOK.
If you have a blood-related family member with a neurodegenerative disease, especially Alzheimer’s disease, READ THIS BOOK.
If you have depression, anxiety, ADHD, chronic headaches, insomnia, epilepsy, movement disorders, digestive symptoms, arthritis, Tourette’s syndrome or schizophrenia, READ THIS BOOK.
If your cognitive function and memory are declining as you age, READ THIS BOOK.
If you are overweight, READ THIS BOOK.
If you have no problems at all, and just want to have a bit more insurance that your little grey cells will fire the way you would like them to as you age into your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, – then READ THIS BOOK. Read more…
We have all heard the following:
Laughter is the best medicine. Happiness is the best medicine. Knowledge is the best medicine. Prevention is the best medicine. Nutrition is the best medicine. Medicine is the best medicine.
I will now make the case for the best of the best:
Group Mountain Hiking is by far and away the best medicine on earth.
Yup. This is a bold statement, I know. Read more…