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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: 2016-11-02, 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. 02, 2016

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Yukon Health & Medical Stories

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    Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Sabu Chaitanya

    The philosophy behind yoga

    By learning yoga you can make changes in your health and habits, improve your energy level and make you feel better throughout the day. Others can sense the improvement in your energy and they will feel more comfortable in your presence. It can... more

    Mar. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: courtesy of Christina Mavinic

    Local Health Care Workers Volunteer in Haiti

    This will be Christina Mavinic’s fifth trip to Haiti as a volunteer. Her first trip was in 2010 just after the major earthquake. By the end of the fourth trip the country was under her skin. “People are amazing and resilient. more

    Apr. 23, 2015

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Health and Wellness Stories

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    Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    Categories of Violence

    My last article discussed the four phases of the Cycle of Violence: accumulation, explosion, the“honeymoon phase” and the justification phase I refer to as “But, it’s your fault.” It’s an endless cycle unless the victim protects themself and asks... more

    Dec. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Serge Harvey-Gauthier

    The escalation of violence

    All specialists dealing with the subject of violence agree that the majority of people only recognize physical forms of aggression such as conjugal or affective violence. Like the tip of an iceberg, it takes the form that we know best since it is... more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Sophie Villeneuve

    Pelvic floor – Sorry, why are we talking about this?

    If I told you it is possible to move your tailbone by contracting your pelvic muscles, would you believe me? Indeed, not many people know about the existence of these muscles in the pelvis called “the pelvic floor.” To contract your pelvic floor... more

    Sep. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: Gary Bremner Photography/courtesy of the T1D Support Network

    My Failed Pancreas ...

    When 22-year-old Mikka started feeling sick, she assumed it was the flu. She felt nauseated and was drinking water all the time. It wasn’t until her best friend commented on her weight that she became concerned. “You’re looking kind of thin,” she... more

    Aug. 29, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Matt Jacques Photography

    Ride to Live, Live to Ride

    Whitehorse’s ninth annual Ride for Dad is happening … and you can help out. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, approximately 11 Canadian men died of prostate cancer each day in 2017. Approximately 58 men were diagnosed each day. This means... more

    Jun. 06, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: courtesy of Lynn Cheverie

    Nursing in the North

    Wow … where to start ... I’ve been a registered nurse for 24 years and have worked in four countries and in about 20 different positions, from frontline staff to director. The opportunities in nursing are endless. Nursing is a diverse profession... more

    May 09, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Picking our battles

    It was 1978 and I was on a medevac from Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) to Montreal with a premature baby in a transport incubator. We were flying on a Nordair scheduled flight as was normal in those days. Sadly, it was also normal for there to be... more

    May 09, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Chantelle Tarapaski

    Going green never looked so good

    In 2008, then 21 year old Chantelle Tarapaski, moved up to the Yukon from Vancouver, B.C. and decided to open her own hair studio. “I felt I needed a place that reflected my work and style, with more creature comforts,” said Tarapaski. “We work... more

    Apr. 25, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

    That’s a real pain in the back!

    Homo sapiens’ decision to walk upright has brought many benefits, but low back pain however is definitely not one of them. Most people will experience it at some point in their lives, either through lifting something incorrectly, a skiing accident... more

    Apr. 11, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    What’s up with dry, cracked heels and feet

    Cracked heels and dry feet, like anything else, are never caused by one thing. Genetics and environment are two main causes. However, even though you inherited your mother or father’s feet doesn’t mean you have to have the same outcome... more

    Mar. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Eat Right, Stay Bright

    Did you know that in Canada, one in five children arrive at school on an empty stomach? That risk is even higher for immigrants, newcomers and aboriginal communities. According to the Breakfast Club of Canada, nearly one million Canadian children... more

    Mar. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Is stress the root of your health concerns?

    As a Naturopathic Doctor in Whitehorse with a focus on women’s health, I see a lot of burnout caused by chronic stress. Often my patients don’t realize that their daily pressures are adversely affecting their physical health... more

    Feb. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixaby

    What’s up with foot reflexology

    Foot reflexology is an accessible touch therapy where a practitioner uses both light touch and deeper pressure techniques to stimulate points or reflex zones of the foot and lower limb. Reflexologists from all influences base their practice on the... more

    Feb. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-01-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    All she is saying is ‘Give Feet a Chance’

    These feet were made for walking. It’s not just a song; it’s the basis for a lot of Jeddie Russell’s work at WalkOn Foot Care, Whitehorse’s new foot care clinic located in the log skyscraper. While the clinic might be new, Russell has spent many... more

    Jan. 31, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It's no picnic

    If teddy’s looking a bit peaked this season, you’re in luck. Whitehorse General Hospital is offering health care for bears this week. The hospital’s first-ever teddy bear clinic takes place from 10 am. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18... more

    Nov. 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Food is Medicine

    Why is it that we can go on different diets, try different workouts, use a variety of supplements but still have a hard time shedding those pounds? I’ve asked myself this question a number of times, and I’m sure there are others out there who... more

    Oct. 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Ride For Dad - Matt Jacques Photography

    Ride for Dad Rolls Into Town

    Sixteen of the country’s top prostate researchers are meeting in Whitehorse this month and it’s partly because of Mike Thorpe. “Mike is very much responsible for this,” said Garry Janz, president of Ride for Dad – a non-profit organization that... more

    Oct. 11, 2017

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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. 06, 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: pexels.com

    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: 2018-12-12