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Acupressure For Natural Pain Relief

The next time you have a headache and want quick relief without pills, try some acupressure on your own hand. It's super simple to do and can provide significant relief in a matter of minutes. Read more about Acupressure For Natural Pain Relief

 

The Health Benefits of Physical Touch

A close friend of mine mentioned to me the other day that when she and her husband first married, one of the activities she enjoyed most was having him rub her feet in the evenings while they chatted about their day. She really loved feeling the warmth of his hands and the pressure on her skin, as well as spending the time with him. She enjoyed this activity to the point where, when she’d see him in the evenings, she would clear her throat and wiggle her toes at him as a way of asking for another foot massage. Read more about The Health Benefits of Physical Touch

 

Improving School Lunches For Children

Here in Canada, a cable channel called The Food Network just began showing a television series out of the United Kingdom, called Jamie's School Dinners. The two episodes that I have watched have been positively brilliant.

This television series follows celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, as he visits schools around the country with a mission to change the way that the government and parents are feeding their kids. It was both shocking and sad to see Jamie ask a group of elementary students to identify various vegetables, only to have asparagus mistaken for onion and celery mistaken for potato. I thought that I was the only kid to have soda and chocolate bars for lunch. Read more about Improving School Lunches For Children

 

Apples & Antioxidants

One of the most powerful steps that you can take to prevent disease is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.

A recent study by the Canadian government found that good ol' apples are an excellent source of antioxidants. Here is a summary of what this study found:

 

How To Pick A Good Watermelon

Need some help with choosing a good watermelon? Here are a few of the things that I look for when digging through the watermelon bin at our local market:

1. Press your fingers and thumbs into the skin from all angles. A good watermelon should be hard all around. Read more about How To Pick A Good Watermelon

 

Should You Have Surgery for Back Pain?

A recent study conducted by researchers at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Center in Oxford, England concluded that intensive rehabilitation for chronic lower back pain provides just as much relief as surgery at half the cost.

This study is hardly news to many physical therapists and chiropractors who work at helping people with lower back pain through natural means on a regular basis. Read more about Should You Have Surgery for Back Pain?

 

Why Do Asians Eat Mainly White Rice?

I thought I would take a moment to answer the following question, sent in by a reader of our weekly newsletter:

"Asian culture is big on polished white rice with all their meals. Do you eat white rice or brown, and why? And why is (it) that Asians don't switch to a healthier carb like brown rice?"

Thank you,
John B.

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Choosing Baby Names Tool

Margaret recently showed me a super cool website that allows you to see how popular different baby names have been over the past several decades. This tool is intended for expectant parents who are racking their melons trying to come up with a name worthy of their future child's destiny. But hey, I think everyone can have fun with it. Read more about Choosing Baby Names Tool

 

Traditional Korean Tea

My wife and I have tried a lot of different teas over the years. One of our favourites is a traditional Korean tea called bori-cha. Read more about Traditional Korean Tea

 

Working Hard Can Lead To Happiness, By Anne Frank

I thought I would share another favourite passage of mine from Anne Frank's diary. In case you aren't familiar with Anne's life, Peter was a 16 year old German-Jewish boy whose family was also in hiding with Anne's family during the Holocaust.

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