Chocolate is good for you!

Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson talks about the little known wonders of cocoa. Cocoa – Who Said Being Healthy Had to Hurt? As Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine.” Cocoa has been hailed around the world for its wonderful effect on the body not to mention its delicious flavor for over three thousand…

Herbed Cucumber Bites

Today our contributing writer Jodi Robinson shares a great colourful healthy appetizer. Make vegetables fun with quick and easy finger foods such as these cucumber bites! You can mix and match the types of cream cheese, yogurt and fresh herbs! Enjoy leftover dip with crackers, as a sandwich spread or a more healthful dip for chips!  …

The Benefits of Beer

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how drinking in moderation can be good for you. In my medical column I’ve written for years that beer, used in moderation, provides health benefits. Many beer drinkers don’t know that some beers contain no sugars, a huge benefit in fighting obesity. Beer does not contribute to heart…

Fiesta Avocado Salad

Today our contributing writer Jodi Robinson shares a great recipe for avocado salad. This quick-fix hearty salad is a surefire hit at any family picnic or BBQ. It serves well as a side dish or on its own for a quick lunch or filling snack. Ingredients 1 bag frozen avocado, thawed (or 3 fresh) 1 can black beans,…

Is 8 glasses of water a day a myth?

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how much water and salt we really need. W.C. Fields the comedian joked, “No use for water, waters for flowing under bridges”. Like Fields I’ve never enjoyed water unless it’s with an occasional scotch. But for years authorities have said we must drink eight glasses of water daily…

Red Wine Headache

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how to avoid wine headaches. “Oh my aching head! Why did I drink so much last night?” That’s a question many people will ask on the morning after a night partying. Some headaches will result from too many Martini’s, beers or scotch-and-sodas. That’s a hang-over. But you’ve magnified…

Easy-peasy Guacamole!

Today our contributing writer Jodi Robinson shares a great recipe for avocado dip. Super quick and easy! This guacamole makes a great dip, sandwich spread, addition to salads or as a condiment atop baked potatoes!   Ingredients 5 avocados, pitted and mashed 1 fresh lime, juiced 2 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. chilli pepper Instructions Place the mashed…

Shave the beard for more sex!

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how shaving is good for your health, and other health tidbits to keep in mind. “Why bother shaving today when I’m not going anywhere?” I thought. But I suddenly changed my mind. Dr. Shah Ebrahim, at the University of Bristol in England, reports that men who don’t shave…

Our Review of Niagara’s Healing Salt Caves

Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson talks about her experience at Niagara’s Healing Salt Caves. The Healing Salt Cave in Niagara, on Thorold Stone Road, (with another location in Hamilton) is a very intriguing concept brought to you by a family hailing from Poland. They wanted to share the “salt cave” experience. It is…

Take care of thy belly.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the importance of taking care of our stomachs. What’s your waist measurement? I’d bet you don’t know. So let’s start by putting a bit of old-fashioned horse sense back into medicine. As has been aptly said, “keep it simple, stupid (KISS). Moreover, this approach could save your life….

Do it yourself laundry detergent!

Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson shares a simple recipe for making your own laundry detergent. NON TOXIC LAUNDRY DETERGENT Isn’t it time you made your own? Who needs the harmful chemicals that go into today’s laundry detergents? Most of the ingredients are in your cupboard except for liquid castile soap. INGREDIENTS 1 cup liquid castile…

Cajun Spiced Salmon

Today, our Contributing Writer Kerri Zaluski shares a great recipe for salmon. Ingredients: 1 lime juiced chilli powder ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp ground coriander Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Line tinfoil with butter. Add salmon skin side down. Pour lime juice over top of salmon and then sprinkle seasoning over…