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    Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Everybody Poops. Until They Don’t.

    Here is a fun health test you can do at home. Measure out two tablespoons of whole sesame seeds and swallow them with water. Take note of the time and wait and see how long they take to make their way out. This length of time is known as you... more

    Mar 10, 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: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Murray Munn

    In Support of Mental Health

    The Second Opinion Society (SOS) is holding its annual barbecue on Thursday, July 28th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all are welcome. SOS is located at 304 Hawkins St. adjacent to the Yukon Conservation Society offices. There will be hotdogs... more

    Jul 28, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Katherine Thiesenhausen

    Making A Choice to Think Positive Thoughts

    As the days become shorter and colder, the desire to hibernate like a bear becomes stronger. Those dealing with stress, anxiety or depression may be more likely to succumb to this feeling. The Mental Health Association of Yukon is offering... more

    Nov 26, 2015

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Health and Wellness Stories

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Amazon.com

    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: graphicstock.com

    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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    Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

    Boost Your Bone Health

    For most of our Canadian lives, we are told that lasting bone strength is a glass or two of milk away. This is reflected heavily in the Canada’s Food Guide, which acts as a foundation piece for nutrition and wellness in doctors’ offices, ... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

    Your Guide to Vitamin D

    Facebook friends are filling my feed with photos of stunning sunrises that they are seeing on their way to work. Everyone marvels at them, yet all I can focus on is how we are about to be plunged into months of darkness. It’s that time of year. more

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29

    The Little Nag: What is Mindfulness? And Why Do It?

    You’ve heard the word on talk shows or around the water cooler at work, seen it on the cover of Time magazine and books on every shelf, but what is mindfulness? What does it mean? And why is everyone talking about it? The world is a mess right... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

    A Fat Chance of Healing Concussions

    When I was a teenager, I took karate twice a week. One year, my instructor got really into throws. Given that he never really taught proper falling technique, combined with the class having a lot of young people in it, it is not surprising that I... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Pelvic What Now?

    Ok, so when I hear the words “pelvic floor” the folks I think of are pregnant women and the elderly. It's also a term that has come up in yoga classes, usually in the context of maintaining strength en route to joining one of those groups of... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

    Train Your Brain to Hate Junk Food

    Craving cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, or some other delicious-tasting, high calorie food? You know these foods are not good for you, but it can take what feels like an unfathomable amount of willpower to stay away from them. If it seems that... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Don’t Toss Those Tops

    Backyard farmers and local food fans in the Yukon will undoubtedly be treated with an endless supply of nutrient-rich root vegetables. This season, when you buy or harvest your bunches, don’t toss the leafy greens that top them. The greens on... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Murray Munn

    In Support of Mental Health

    The Second Opinion Society (SOS) is holding its annual barbecue on Thursday, July 28th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all are welcome. SOS is located at 304 Hawkins St. adjacent to the Yukon Conservation Society offices. There will be hotdogs... more

    Jul 28, 2016

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