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…

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…

The Truth About Sleep Regressions

This week our contributing writer Jillian Dowling talks about how to deal with sleep regressions in children. I hear the term “sleep regression” used often and though there can be sleep regressions throughout your child’s life, I believe there are many misconceptions. I believe that many nap transition stages are mistaken for regressions. Your child’s sleep requirements…

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…

How Much Sleep Does My School Aged Child Need?

This week our contributing writer Jillian Dowling talks about helping your kids get back into a sleeping routine. So we’ve made it through the first week of our children being back in school. If your house is anything like mine, it has been a mad rush of school lunches, getting teeth brushed and catching the school bus…

Heal Sore Throat with Essential Oils

With cooler temperatures around the corner, our Contributing Writer Kerri Zaluski shares some remedies for healing sore throat with essential oils. Sore throats are caused by many things such as viruses, bacteria, smoking, breathing polluted air, allergies to pet dander, pollens and mold. To beat a sore throat, make sure you have adequate water as hydration…

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…

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….

Why I’m Not A Teetotaler

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the benefits of moderate drinking. What’s the first thing I do after seeing patients all day? I take a 20 minute walk home, greet my wife, open up the bar and enjoy a drink while watching the evening news. Some evenings a glass of wine with dinner. There…

Natural ways to treat arthritis.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about avoiding prescription medication with natural alternatives. “Why are you taking drugs when you haven’t tried natural ways to ease the pain of arthritis?” Thus I remind patients they’re not taking M and M candy, but powerful drugs that can cause major complications. Moreover, they forget that many natural…