Health and Wellness

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    Now's a Good Time to Help Farmers Feed Us

    Now that spring has officially sprung, local farmers are waiting for the ground to warm up enough to put seeds and seedlings into the earth. Every year, farming is a gamble. It takes a pile of money to get started, and then farmers are at the mercy more

    Mar 27, 2014

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    Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Healthy Ways to Soothe a Hangover

    If you are indulging regularly in the good old Yukon Happy Hour, you may have met last night’s mean morning friend: The Hangover. He may be dependable, but he sure is a jerk. While the obvious advice may be that prevention is more effective than... more

    Apr 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Glenda Koh

    Yukon’s First Lady of Physiotherapy

    Mentioning Yvonne Emson’s name can trigger a response like my neighbour’s: “Oh, she saved my life! My husband’s, too.” Physiotherapists are not in the business of saving lives, but for people with severe or chronic pain, getting the right... more

    Jul 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: Courtesy of Jesse Devost

    Holding Images in Our Mind

    In his most recent show, Jesse Devost investigates how we gather and hold images in our mind. Optic Nerve, showing at Arts Underground until Nov. 28, explores how the optic nerve continuously captures images and transmits them to the brain, ... more

    Nov 19, 2015

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Health and Wellness Stories

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    Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Jessica Read

    Breathing In, Breathing Out

    I've been doing yoga since I was a kid, tagging along to my mum's occasional classes. I started taking the practice seriously three years ago and earned my 200-hour yoga instructor certification last summer. Though I mostly practice on my own... more

    Sep 6, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Aislinn Cornett

    Care for the Whole Self

    I want you to imagine your favourite pie – apple, blueberry, rhubarb or a rebel mix of all three. I want you to picture yourself eating this freshly baked, perfectly flakey pie, one beautiful bite at a time. In math class, you may have learned to... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO:

    Creating a Men’s Circle in the Yukon

    When I decided to remove my mask last summer I had to face how lonely I was, how isolated I had become. In a desperate need to present only my best self at work, on social occasions and even at home, I had withdrawn, hiding the not-so-great parts... more

    Apr 19, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Ron Pogue

    Connecting Our Mind with Our Body

    In today’s world, it can be hard to feel comfortable in our own skin. This is, in part, due to a growing plague of diet and fitness advertisements hinting that our happiness stems from a leaner version of ourselves. These advertisements have... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Ronald McDonald House British Columbia & Yukon

    A Home Away from Home

    “Gaby was four when she was diagnosed in June 2016, and her birthday is in October so she’s five now,” says Keira Kucherean. Her life changed dramatically when she was told that her daughter Gabriella has medullary pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

    What’s Up with Your Feet

    Leonardo da Vinci said the “human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art,” which it is. The foot has with a complex network of 26 bones, 37 joints, more than 100 ligaments, some 20 muscles, thousands of nerve endings, tendons and... more

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Bend the Rules of Exercise

    While Whitehorse’s newest yoga studio True North Massage and Yoga just opened, it’s already setting itself apart from the other offerings in town. The yoga studio, located at 407 Black Street, opened mid-January. Since opening, its owners Sheila... more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jeff Schmale

    What it Means to Be a Man

    I was 12 years old when I first remember putting on a mask to face the day. My mask was that that of a joker, a dependable friend, a fun guy. I used it to hide the sadness and helplessness I felt over my parent’s disintegrating marriage. I used it... more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO:

    Don’t Ignore that Gut Feeling

    From breakfast to dinner, allergies to diets, less sugar, more greens — we talk a lot about what we do and do not eat. But what about once we’ve supped our plates clean? Do you feel awkward already? Digestion is a private if not at times taboo... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Aislinn Cornett

    When You’re Ready, The Door is Open

    There’s a warm glow as soon as you step inside the front doors of Hospice Yukon – a feeling of being held, as if inside a cozy cocoon. Afternoon sunlight streams in through a southern facing window and a heart-shaped pillow makes a loveseat more... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Marcel Brabant

    Team Care

    Most people are less intimidated by dogs with floppy ears, and consider white dogs less scary than black ones. That's just one awareness Angela Neufeld has picked up in the years she has been using dogs as therapeutic assistants in her practice as... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO:

    Staying Eczema-free this Winter

    For sufferers of eczema, the winter can be an especially uncomfortable time. The dry, overheated indoors and the harsh, cold outdoors can aggravate symptoms. Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, thickened... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: GraphicStock

    The Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Colds and Flus

    People often ask if Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat colds and flus. Although there’s no magic bullet when it comes to getting rid of those nasty winter viruses, Traditional Chinese Medicine can give us a unique perspective on how we treat... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

    Natural Energy Boosts

    It’s that time of year again. With the constant darkness and the cold, many of us are feeling – and looking – a little tired. Personally, I blame the fact that I’m pretty sure outside the hours of 10 to three it is straight-up midnight all the time. more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Exercise May Eliminate the Harmful Effects of Overeating

    As the season of overindulgence is upon us, binging and overeating becomes an almost daily occurrence. From cookies and treats at the office to endless dinners and potlucks, for the next month we will all likely be filling our bellies beyond their... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

    Food is Medicine

    Is your digestion slow? Feel cold all the time? Tired and achy? Low mood? Lack the energy to get through your day? If any of these symptoms are a problem for you and you’re struggling to feel well, no matter what you try, Chinese medicine and... more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

    Oh Sugar, Sugar, You Got Me Wanting You

    That addictive white powdery stuff is in everything. From store-bought spice blends to fruit juice to ketchup to even vitamins, it’s everywhere and in much higher amounts than you might think. more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19

    Life is Tough with The Little Nag

    My dinner dishes don’t always get done after dinner. There is a chair in my living room that has a continuous pile of laundry to be folded. Sometimes I forget the kid’s helmet, or swimsuit, or permission slip for school. The dogs haven’t been... more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons

    Foods for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Being an adult is challenging. Eating well three times a day, every day, for an entire life is one of those things. Doing so while you are also responsible for feeding another being that is growing inside of you at an alarming rate – that’s a... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Joanna Sharp

    Learning, Living and Loving

    Jess and Brady are happily married. Their love story began like many others – they got to know each other while working shifts together at the local movie theatre and feelings blossomed as they started spending more and more time together... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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