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Travellers’ Diarrhea

How to Avoid and Treat Travellers' Diarrhea     What is Travellers' Diarrhea (TD) TD is defined as having 3 or more unformed stools within a 24 hour period associated with one of the following: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains, cramps, fever, and in severe cases bloody stools. Usually occurs within first week of arriving at destination Self limiting and resolves within two days for 50% of trav...
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Antidepressants – Know Your Options

  Depression Approximately 10% of Canadian adults will experience major depression in their lifetime (termed Major Depressive Disorder or MDD). Major Depressive Disorder is a form of mental illness that can affect people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. The cause could be due to a complex interplay of personality, environmental, biological, and genetic factors. Major depressio...
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SEASONAL ALLERGIES – Choosing the right product for you

What are the typical symptoms of allergic rhinitis? Seasonal allergies (commonly referred to as Hay Fever) occur as a result of exposure to allergens at different times of the year. The most common presentation is allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the inner mucous membrane of the nose), with symptoms including itching, sneezing, rhinorrhea (runny nose), nasal congestion and itchy, watery eye...
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Detox Options after Bone Scan

Detox Options after Bone Scan What is a Bone Scan? The ABCs of Bone Scans A bone scan is a nuclear medicine imaging test which uses bone-seeking radioactive materials or tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) and a computer to create an image of the skeleton (bones). A bone scan looks at the bones to see if there are any abnormalities, such as a fracture, tumour or infection.1 A radiopharmaceutical (...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Probiotics

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Probiotics What is IBS? The ABCs of IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, long-term functional bowel condition with the following characteristics1: Abdominal Pain Bloating Change in bowel function (constipation and/or diarrhea) Symptoms can fluctuate over time. Some patients experience persistent symptoms while others will have prol...
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Commercial Cleansers vs Natural Soaps

Introduction The “soaps” that most of us use every day to keep our hands clean with are actually called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. Next time, when you walk down the soap isle make sure to read the labels carefully and you will see that the majority of the products are not soaps. These bars are packed with many chemicals most of which are harmful to our skin, healt...
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Weight Loss Products

Overweight and obesity are defined based on body mass index (BMI), which is determined as weight (kg) divided by height2 (m). A healthy BMI range is 18.5–24.9 kg/m2. Overweight is defined as a BMI from 25–29.9 kg/m2, and obesity is defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. Obesity can be further subdivided based on subclasses of BMI as shown below. Waist circumference can be used in combination with a BMI va...
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Prebiotics

Prebiotics You may have heard about probiotics and their role in digestive health. But what about prebiotics?  What are they? What are their health benefits? Read on to learn the difference between prebiotics and probiotics and their health benefits. The difference between prebiotics and probiotics? Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as “food” for probiotics. Prebiotics help...
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