Immune System

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

Why Oil Of Oregano Is Your New Best Friend

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living

Most of us would take just about anything if we thought it might keep us healthy during cold and flu season. It turns out that there's some evidence t...

Beat Colds and Flus...Naturally!

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

The leaves are turning beautiful colours, there is a fresh bite to the air, and it's that time of year again -- cold and flu season! Below are my top five Cold and Flu busters for you, your family, and friends (who are not perfect 365 days a year...).

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Why Your Gut Will Thank You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

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From Brain Power to Belly Fat: Six Lesser-Known Benefits of Green Tea

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

Green tea can combat the lazy days of summer -- and the consequential love handles -- according to a study. If you haven't jumped on the green tea bandwagon, here are a few great reasons why you should start drinking it daily.

Read my Lips: Kissing is a Germy Affair

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The mouth is full of germs and all one needs to do is lick a petri dish -- or convince someone else to do so -- to see the amount and variety of microbes that lurk inside the oral cavity. By kissing another person, especially passionately, the transfer of germs is not just likely, it's inevitable...

The Evil Way Your Eyes Fend Off Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

Back to School? Back to Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.26.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg From the moment they enter daycare to the celebrations of high school graduation, kids inevitably come into contact with these unseen entities and many will get sick. But while there may be endless concerns for health, there is a positive in that these moments of unhappiness will end up benefiting their lives as much as if not more than the pains of homework.

What the Germs in Your Bellybutton Say About You

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg About 18 months ago, a researcher in the laboratory of a North Carolina State University professor came up with an idea to explore the ecology and evolution of daily life and wanted to find a spot on the body that would be exemplify that. Turns out, it's the bellybutton! The tiny anatomical vestibule was actually a museum of lifetime experiences.

11 Foods For Your Immune System

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada Living

With the cold and flu season still kicking around, heading out to the pharmacy every week can get annoying -- and expensive. But finding the best solu...

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

Stress weakens the immune system making us susceptible to infection. Don't let stress get the better of you; try meditation or yoga, both proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your morning to sit in quiet contemplation.

Be Your BEST

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.03.2011 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Take time to regularly tune into your thoughts. What story are you telling yourself, and how well is that story serving you? When you notice a negative story and a negative feeling associated with it, stop and fill your brain with other thoughts that will serve you better.