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Look Out For These 7 Toxins You Consume Every Day

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Anything that enters our bodies through direct contact with our mucosal membranes, inhaled into our lungs or touches our skin for long periods of time has the highest chance of entering our blood stream and influencing our health, for good or bad.

Little Doubt This Acne Bacteria Plays A Role In Prostate Cancer

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

When the results came back, the bacterium was found in 60 per cent of the prostate cancer cases, as opposed to 26 per cent of the controls. Although the team had hoped to see 100 per cent presence in tumours and zero in the controls, the results were still significant.

Planting A Natural Way To Clean Indoor Air

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Although we may gain a sense of comfort from being indoors, the act of being separated from the external environment may come with a cost in the form on air pollution. Without proper ventilation, the indoor world can become a rather toxic place due to several chemical and biological factors.

Here's Why You Need To Wash Your Fruit And Vegetables

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

With the warmer temperatures approaching, Canadians will once again look towards fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement their daily diets. But, over the last few years, enjoying raw food has come with the risk for infection. While several reasons for the increase in plant-related troubles exist, one particular reason has escaped the public perspective.

Add These Surprising Dirt Magnets To Your Spring Cleaning List

YPNextHome | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

An expert on the chemistry of clean, Kim Dunn holds a degree in industrial microbiology and owns a Molly Maid franchise. Her tips on cleaning come from her scientific insight. Use these suggestions to up the ante on your spring cleaning.

Here's Another Way Friendly Microbes Help Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If you were to take a microscope to your intestines, you would see tens of trillions of microbes moving around doing what they do best: eating and multiplying. Yet, while this may appear to be a utopic environment, what's happening is exactly the opposite. There's a microbial war happening and your health depends on which side wins.

Fight The March Blues With These 8 Cold And Flu Remedies

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Exposure to bacteria and viruses along with mental and physical stressors can take a toll on our bodies, making us susceptible to illness. While we cannot always prevent the cold and flu, having a strong immune system is one of the best protections against these pathogens, and get us back to feeling ourselves quicker.

Why Bad Breath Is So Hard To Fight (And What You Can Do To Stop It)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week, an international team of researchers revealed how bacteria in the oral cavity may be able to withstand even the hardest toothbrushing. Their research showed just how stable certain species can be and suggested the cure may require a more ecological approach.

Meet Escherichia albertii, A Pathogen To Watch

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

There are only two routes to go forward to ensure public safety. The first is to examine how the bug grows in the lab and identify any possible differences from E. coli. There are a few but they could take time to detect and may not be valuable should an outbreak occur. The other is to use genetic methods to identify the bacterium based on its DNA.

Using Bacteria to Fight Disease May One Day Improve Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The premise of using bacteria to combat bacteria isn't new. It has shown promise to combat the potentially lethal Clostridium difficile and also has helped to resolve other gastrointestinal disorders, particularly in children. The concept of transplantation appeared to be transferrable to the mouth.

Indoor Plants Are Good for Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

All you have to do is bring Mather Nature indoors in the form of plants. For many Canadians, this isn't entirely a new concept. For decades, plants have been brought into the home and office to brighten up the mood and add some colour to an otherwise drab atmosphere. But the benefits are far greater than aesthetics.

How Microbes Could Give You a Heart Attack

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours. Despite this drop, there is still much to be learned about how heart attacks happen. One of the most studied causes is the atherosclerotic lesion, better known as plaque. This accumulation of cells, fats, minerals, and other organic material tend to accumulate in the arteries as we age. If buildup happens to occur in the coronary artery, cardiac arrest may inevitably happen.

These Lessons Can Save a Child's Life

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Each time a child encounters one of a number of pathogens, such as the flu, bacterial foodborne illness, and some of the common cold viruses (but not rhinovirus), the immune system not only responds to fight, but also remembers the invader at the molecular level.

How Microbes Add Misery to Chronic Sinus Issues

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Medically speaking, the condition is called chronic rhinosinusitis and for decades, it has been a mystery. What starts off as the signs of a cold or allergy soon becomes a rather complicated problem for which there are few treatments and even less cures. Most of the time, medications are prescribed but some cases become so dire surgery is needed to help a person finally breathe clear. What makes this ailment so frustrating is the lack of a proper cause. The list of suspects includes genetics, cigarette smoke, and allergies.

How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery. The practice has been around since the 1960s and involves restricting the volume of the stomach either with a band or through surgical removal of a large part of the stomach organ. There's also another factor in determining the benefit of this surgery: the microbes living in the gut. The tens of trillions of bacteria can also be affected by the change. Although this was known hypothetically for years, in 2010, it was shown for the first time.

St-Rémi Residents Fed Up With 6-Month Boil-Water Advisory

CBC | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada

In February, a water-quality test showed the presence of fecal coliform.

We Need to Curb Our Use of Antibiotics

Brian W. Rotenberg | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Brian W. Rotenberg

The overwhelming majority of these incredibly common infections are caused by viruses -- that is, they will not respond to antibiotics -- so I don't routinely offer antibiotic treatments. When patients hear they won't be getting an antibiotic many become surprised and often upset. I then spend time counselling them about why antibiotics are, in most cases, the wrong treatment choice.

How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It's painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria. There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek.

Bioconcrete May Be The Future of Construction

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bioconcrete is nearly at the tipping point and appears to be just a few months to years away from being the next wave of concrete development. Although this may start off as a fad, there is good reason to hope it lasts.

The Zombie Apocalypse Is Real! For Microbes at Least

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week, an Israeli team of researchers revealed how a bacterial species can become a "zombie" and then spread it to others causing an apocalypse. Making this observation even more interesting was what they used to trigger the outbreak. It wasn't a living organism. Instead, it was a chemical: silver.

The Fecal Bacterium You'll Learn to Love

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Within your feces is a species of bacteria that may one day be able to help prevent inflammatory disorders including colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and possibly even Crohn's disease. It's known as Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and has the potential to become one of the next generation probiotics.

How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The question has plagued dental professionals for years. Is chewing gum good or bad for your teeth? Last week, an international team of researchers provided the first comprehensive look at the impact of gum on oral health. It seems a few minutes of gum chewing might be an excellent way to keep a healthy mouth.

How Aging Affects Inflammation in Our Bodies

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If a person continued to supplement bacteria with our health in its best interests, such as probiotics, mutiny may be prevented or at least belayed. With more research, we may be able to prove this point and find a means to offer the elderly, the sick and even the brokenhearted a way to prevent the onslaught of virulence and live a happier, longer life.

Spice Up Your Health This Holiday Season

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As the Spice Girls proclaim, spicing up your food can definitely spice up your life and offer joy both emotionally and physiologically. Whether you choose the bitterness of garlic, the sweetness of cinnamon or the umami and heat of a kimchi, you can ensure the time is filled with joy rather than pain.

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Using Public Toilets

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A closer inspection of the bacterial species revealed only few pathogenic species. Of those, most were unable to survive over long periods of time. There was little to no risk for infection. As to the majority of bacteria found, they were common, and harmless, fecal and skin bacteria. Even high frequency use of a toilet could not develop pathogens in high enough levels to cause infection.