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Vitamin G: Green Space For Your Health

Born in the city and raised with the luxuries associated with urban living, I have never been one for camping, hiking in the woods, or climbing trees in apple orchards. I never thought that avoiding nature and all of the creepy-crawlies living in it would have hurt my health, but research on the topic suggests otherwise. Read more about Vitamin G: Green Space For Your Health

 

Cigars Being Marketed to Children

Upon reading yesterday's Toronto Star newspaper, I came across a disturbing article that talked about cigars being dressed up to look like treats for children. The sub-heading for the article states:

Teens are falling for mint-chocolate flavoured, honey-dipped, sugar-tipped baby cigars because they're sweet, they're cheap and they're easy to get.

These cigarillos, or "baby cigars", are sold individually, are often displayed among or close to the store's selection of candies, smell and taste delicious, and may be perceived by children and teenagers as being less harmful and addictive than "adult" cigars and cigarettes. And while it is illegal to sell tobacco products to underaged individuals, the fact of the matter is that store owners often don't bother to check I.D. or even care if they are selling to kids. Read more about Cigars Being Marketed to Children

 

More From Christine Colebeck on Vaccines

My first born child was vaccinated at age 3 months with Diphtheria, tetanus, whole cell pertussis and oral polio. These were the vaccines available at that time and I was clueless. My child had an adverse reaction and died a few hours later.

When my daughter died, I was already pregnant with my next child. This was almost 20 years ago, so there was no internet to get easy access to vaccine info. In fact VRAN was just forming and the USA just formed the NVICP. The only info I had at that time was what our attorney was able to dig up. Which was actually enough to prove liability in his pertussis-brain injury case, but he was not able to prove causality and in Ontario law, both liability and causality must be proven. Of course science does not even know how the immune system functions, so it is almost impossible to prove causality without this knowledge in science. Read more about More From Christine Colebeck on Vaccines

 

Dangers of Tongue Piercing

I just ran across an interesting article on the dangers of tongue piercing in the on-line version of USA TODAY.

The article mentions the case study of a 20-year-old woman who grew a permanent "second tongue" after wearing a stud in her tongue for approximately one year. Her "second tongue" was scar tissue that likely formed due to irritation by an inch-long stud that was a haven for plaque formation. Read more about Dangers of Tongue Piercing

 

The Way Home

My wife and I saw an excellent movie over the weekend.

It's a Korean film called The Way Home.

It won the Korean Oscar for Best Film in 2002 and
surpassed even The Lord Of the Rings to become the
highest grossing film in Korea in 2002.

I won't attempt to describe this film. I'll just say
that it captures a few aspects of Korean culture that Read more about The Way Home

 

Sending Korean Children Abroad

From Our Mailbag:

Dr Kim,

I know that this has nothing to do with health, but since you seem to enjoy writing about Korean culture, I thought I would ask...why is it that so many young children from Korea have attended our elementary school in the past 3 years? I have a cousin who is a teacher in Los Angeles and she tells me that the same thing is happening there.

Wendy Griffin
Vancouver, British Columbia Read more about Sending Korean Children Abroad

 

The Anti-Cancer Diet

In response to an article on ways to prevent cancer that I wrote a few weeks ago, several subscribers sent in letters asking for a specific anti-cancer diet, one that can be followed after receiving chemotherapy.

I recommend the following guidelines to people who visit our clinic looking to get stronger and healthier after a bout with chemotherapy: Read more about The Anti-Cancer Diet

 

Hospitals Serving Up French Fries Laden With Trans Fats

The Center For Science In the Public Interest (CSPI) released a special report on February 6, 2006 which indicates that many of the top hospitals in the United States are serving up French fries that are laden with trans fats.

The following chart indicates the number of grams of trans fat that were found in 6 ounces of French fries from McDonald's, 18 medical centers and hospitals, and the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. Read more about Hospitals Serving Up French Fries Laden With Trans Fats

 

Hotel Rwanda

I have to admit, this past weekend, my wife and I were
toast. Mentally and physically, we needed a break.

So we were grateful to get a call from the library on
Saturday morning saying that our request to borrow the
movie, "Hotel Rwanda" was ready to be fulfilled.

Let me tell you, although parts of this movie had us
in tears of sadness, it also left us deeply inspired.
Viewing this film really opened our eyes to some of Read more about Hotel Rwanda

 

Carlson Cod Liver Oil

Carlson Cod Liver Oil

Over the past two weeks, I have received letters from a few of our newsletter subscribers that have expressed concern about some negative comments that have been made about Carlson cod liver oil.

More specifically, some people have expressed concern about the form of vitamin E that Carlson adds to their cod liver oil to preserve freshness. Read more about Carlson Cod Liver Oil

 

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