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Summer Health
Issue 4 2014
How to Protect
Against Lyme Disease
IF YOU LIVE NEAR or often spend time in a
wooded area in south-western Ontario bloodsucking ticks are part of your world especially
during in July and August when their populations rise. During this process, you may be
wondering whether there are better ways to
survive tick season, especially if you don’t want
to use DEET (a chemical insecticide that may
cause eye irritation, rash, or other side effects)
on yourself or veterinarian-grade pesticides on
your pets. Even if you do use chemicals in your
tick management plan, it’s still a good idea to
back them up with natural tick prevention
How to Protect Against Lyme Disease............................ page 1
This Summer Connect With Nature and Embrace
the Art of Healing with Bach Flower 3
Ticks must feed for 36 to 48 hours
in order to transmit Lyme disease,
so regularly checking yourself for
ticks after you’ve been in wooded
areas is a hugely effective preventive
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The stakes can be high. First described in 1977
as “Lyme arthritis,” tick-vectored (transmitted)
Lyme disease is now the most common crittervectored disease in North America. More than
30,000 cases were reported in 2008, including
many in towns and cities where no previous
infections had been recorded. Like an invasive
weed, Lyme disease is slowly spreading inland
from its stronghold along the northern Atlantic
Caused by the bacterium Borrelia brugdorferi,
Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks (also known
as black-legged ticks). White-footed mice
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The Many Therapeutic Benefits of Sunlight.................. page 4
Looking to Keep Safe this Summer From the Sun? 6
Incorporating Electrolytes to Ensure the Family
is Staying 7
What Are Raw Food Natural Health Products.............. page 8
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How to Protect Against Lyme Disease (continued from cover)
frequently serve as reservoirs for the bacteria, as do deer
and many other mammals. Ticks are most likely to transmit
Lyme disease to humans when they are tiny nymphs
(juvenile ticks), only slightly bigger than the period at the
end of this sentence.
nymph on your body long enough for it to feed and then
drop off without you ever knowing you were bitten, so be
sure to check often and carefully. Check yourself before
bed, too.
1. Dress Defensively. When you venture into areas
Look for tiny and foreign dark dots, especially
in moist body creases in the armpits, groin,
hairline, scalp, waistband and the backs of
your knees.
where ticks might be waiting, dress for the occasion. Wear
a hat and light-coloured clothing (to help you see ticks
before they find skin), and tuck your shirt into your pants
and your pants into your socks. You may look goofy, but
it’s better than becoming a tick’s dinner.
2. Get Sticky. Keep a sticky tape-type lint roller handy
if you’re finding ticks regularly. This little gizmo will pick
up unattached ticks from clothing or pets, which bring
hitchhiking ticks into the house. Use any type of sticky
tape to cleanly capture ticks crawling in your home.
3. Clean Up Your Act. When you come indoors after
outside activities, give your clothes a 10-minute spin in a
hot clothes dryer to kill any ticks that might be hiding in
the folds or seams. Then take a hot, soapy bath or shower.
Unattached ticks will be flushed away, but you will still
need to do a tick check of your body.
5. Upgrade Your Tick Removal Equipment. If
you’re using tweezers or a pair of forceps to remove an
attached tick from yourself or your pets, you’re doing it
the hard way. Instead, try using small tick removal
“spoons” such as the Tick Twister for little deer ticks,
Ticked Off for any size ticks, or a Tick Key tick remover for
larger dog ticks. All of t hese devices cost less than $5 and
they are worth every penny. Look for them at pet stores or
from online merchants.
7. Welcome Wildlife. Your homestead is less likely
to become a Lyme disease hot spot if it includes numerous
species of mammals, birds, and reptiles for ticks to feed
on instead of white-footed mice. Newly hatched tick larvae
are disease-free, and if they feed on animals that are poor
reservoirs of Lyme disease — most squirrels, for example
— fewer nymphs will be infected.
8. Maintain Mowed Buffer Zones. Ticks sometimes do wander onto the edges of lawns, but they are
most likely to find you as you walk through tall grass, work
around low shrubbery, or hang out in shady, mulched
areas. Open lawn makes poor tick habitat, so a swath of
lawn makes a good buffer zone between your house and
the wilder habitats preferred by ticks.
4. Do Tick Checks. Ticks must feed for 36 to 48 hours
in order to transmit Lyme disease, so regularly checking
yourself for ticks after you’ve been in wooded areas is a
hugely effective preventive measure. Look for tiny and
foreign dark dots, especially in moist body creases in the
armpits, groin, hairline, scalp, waistband and the backs of
your knees. Let someone else check you, if possible,
because it’s difficult to check your own scalp and backside.
Because of their tiny size, it is entirely possible to carry a
9. Perfume Your Pants. If you must venture into tick
territory often, pump up the deterrent properties of your
pants. Commercially made plant-based pesticides that
deter ticks are made with lemon eucalyptus oil. It’s fragrant
stuff, so you may prefer heavily treating your pants and
socks better than slathering it on your skin.
Robert McMaster is the Science Director of Nature’s Source.
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This Summer Connect with Nature and Embrace
the Art of Healing with Bach Flower Remedies
What are the Bach Flowers Remedies?
Are the Bach Flowers meant for everyone?
They are a subtle plant medicine formed from flower
blossoms and other flowering plants and trees. Dr. Edward
Bach developed the Bach Flower Remedies in England
between 1930-36 where he spent his spring and summer
days discovering and preparing flower remedies. He
believed that physical disease was a result of ones
emotional, mental and spiritual instability; thus true
healing would begin with addressing such imbalances.
Dr. Bach discovered 38 flower remedies where each are
directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state.
Each remedy fall into seven different categories. When
selecting the appropriate remedies, think about the sort of
person you are and how you are feeling.
Yes! Any living creature of any age my benefit from
working with the flowers.
Author’s choice: RESCUE REMEDY: This is specifically
designed to assist in stressful times as well as a sleep aid
where it supports a personal physically, emotionally and
spiritually. Take throughout the day or before bed as
Come on in today and let us help you select the right
remedies for you.
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Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit
Coach, Holistic Nutritionist
The Seven Categories
1. Fear: Rock Rose, Mimulus, Cherry Plum, Aspen, Red Chestnut
2. Uncertainty: Cerato, Scleranthus, Gentian, Gorse, Hornbeam, Wild Oat
3. Lack of interest with current circumstances: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Wild Rose, Olive,
White Chestnut, Mustard, Chestnut Bud
4. Loneliness: Water Violet, Impatiens, Heather
5. Oversensitivity to influences and ideas: Agrimony, Centaury, Walnut, Holly
6. Hopelessness/Despair: Larch, Pine, Elm, Sweet Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Willow, Oak, Crab Apple
7. Stress/Over-care for the welfare of others: Chicory, Vervain, Vine, Beech, Rock Water
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The Many Therapeutic Benefits of Sunlight
of too much sun exposure. However, excessive UVR
exposure accounts for only 0.1% of the total global burden
of disease in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), according to the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) report
The Global Burden of Disease Due to Ultraviolet Radiation.
In contrast, the same WHO report noted that a markedly
larger annual disease burden of 3.3 billion DALYs worldwide might result from very low levels of UVR exposure.
This burden subsumes major disorders of the musculoskeletal system and possibly an increased risk of various
autoimmune diseases and life-threatening cancers.
What are the benefits that exposure
to natural sunlight provide?
four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60% drop in the risk of
developing any form of cancer. Another study published
Research now indicates that being deficient
in vitamin D increases the risk of many
cancers, especially breast and colon.
in the September 2008 “Clinical Journal of the American
Society of Nephrology” noted a reported 30- to 50-percent
reduction in the risk of certain cancers with an increase in
sun exposure.
Sunlight and
Sunlight and
The connection between
vitamin D deficiency and
cancer was first made by
Drs. Frank and Cedric
Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in
New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers
hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a
vitamin D deficiency, played a role. Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of
many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a
Exposure to sunlight is
extremely beneficial for
individuals with psoriasis. In one study, an
outdoor four-week sunbathing therapy was shown to
promote significant clearance of psoriatic symptoms in 84
percent of subjects. “The sun is one of the best treatments
for psoriasis, so in summer I encourage my patients to sit
out on the deck and give their affected areas a good sun
bath,” said Julie Moore, M.D., dermatologist at Gottlieb
Memorial Hospital. “30 minutes is adequate to improve
the skin; you do not need to sit out for hours.” The ultraviolet rays in the sun are beneficial to the irritated skin.
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Sunlight and Mood
During periods without
sunshine, many people
suffer from depression.
It’s called seasonal affective
Besides feeling gloomy,
people experiences low energy. Scientific research has
examined the frequently observed relationship between
sunlight and mood. A study from Denmark, published in
the September 2011 issue of the “Scandinavian Journal of
Work, Environment and Health,” demonstrated that
outdoor work, even in the winter, provided enough
sunlight to counteract mood difficulties. Researchers
found that regardless of the season, the turnover of serotonin in the brain was affected by the amount of sunlight
on any given day. And the levels of serotonin were higher
on bright days than on overcast or cloudy ones. In fact, the
rate of serotonin production in the brain was directly
related to the duration of bright sunlight.
Sunlight and Heart
Exposure to sunlight has
a beneficial impact on
blood pressure and heart
health. A study published
in the March 2010
“European Heart Journal” showed that the beneficial
effects of sunlight on heart health and blood pressure may
be related to the chemical nitric oxide, which acts on blood
vessels to decrease blood pressure. Nitric oxide activity
may be modulated by sunlight. The immediate effects on
the heart and blood pressure appear to be short-term,
lasting less than 24 hours without additional sunlight
New research conducted by the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh in the UK, and published in the
Exposure to sunlight may help reduce blood
pressure. In turn, this could cut the risk of
heart attack and stroke.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, suggests that
exposure to sunlight may help reduce blood pressure. In
turn, this could cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sunlight and
Multiple Sclerosis
It’s well-known that sunlight
and Vitamin D are beneficial
to those with Multiple Sclerosis.
evidence has come to light
that at least some of sunlight’s apparent ability to protect against MS does not come
from vitamin D.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences in March 2010 used an animal model
of MS known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this study, laboratory animals with MS were
exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, which led to dramatic
reductions in the activity of the disease.
However, the UV light only brought about a small and
transient rise in vitamin D levels in the animals. The magnitude and duration of this rise would be insufficient to
account for the considerable benefit conferred by UV light.
The authors of this study concluded, “These results
suggest that UVR [ultraviolet radiation] is likely suppressing disease independent of vitamin D production, and that
vitamin D supplementation alone may not replace the
ability of sunlight to reduce MS susceptibility.”
Sunlight and
Sunlight lowers cholesterol. The sun converts
high cholesterol in the
hormones and the sex
hormones we need for reproduction. In the absence of
sunlight, the opposite happens; substances convert to
Robert McMaster is the Science Director of Nature’s Source.
6 | Beauty
Looking to Keep SAFE This
Summer From the Sun?
much sun is enough and what – if anything, should be put
on our skin to protect ourselves. What does remain true, is
that we have been smearing ourselves in many chemicals
in order to protect ourselves from the exposure to the sun’s
rays. The long term health effects have not been yet tested.
Everyone needs at least fifteen minutes of “direct” sun
exposure to maximize our levels of vitamin D. Our body
converts the sun’s rays into 10,000 international units (IU)
in just 20 minutes!! It is essential for good health because
it protects us from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and
cancers. In 2010, Statistics Canada reported that only 1/3 of
Canadians had concentrations of Vitamin D in their blood
that reached the optimum level of health.
Keep in mind, overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can have negative results of premature aging, cataracts
and skin cancer. Do not just toss the sunscreen and expose
yourself to unprotected sun.
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TIP: The higher the sun is in the sky, the more
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FYI, weak sunscreens, as low as SPF 8, block the body’s
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Incorporating Electrolytes to Ensure the Family is
Staying Hydrated
IT SEEMS AS IF every year in Canada
once late September hits, we all start
counting down the days until summer
comes around yet again. There’s
nothing like the feeling of getting ready
in the morning, and not having to zip up
a heavy jacket.
As soon as the school year is done
and over with, the majority of us will
be taking to the outdoors, enjoying the
weather. Some will be participating in
sports, while others relaxing on the
beach. Many people will enjoy some
gardening, while others might take to
the trails for hiking.
Muscles begin to lose
strength after only 2 to 4
percent water loss.
Although there are many different outdoor activities to be had, one
constant remains important… HYDRATION! The fact of the matter is muscles
begin to lose strength after only 2 to 4
percent water loss. This raises a very
important question; how can YOU
prevent water loss from occurring? The
answer is simple…YOU CANT! We can
however prevent dehydration.
Electrolytes are a group of minerals
that everyone has inside the body.
Maintaining a healthy balance of these
electrolytes can not only help combat
the effects of dehydration, but also aid
in proper muscle function and recovery.
The fact that electrolytes are found now
in many sports related drinks, powders,
and even foods, make it an easy thing
to incorporate.
When the amount of water changes
in the human body, electrolytes can
become too low (or too high), so it’s
important to monitor and look for
symptoms of dehydration like vomiting,
diarrhea, sweating or kidney problems.
Most of these problems will occur
from inadequate amounts of sodium,
potassium or calcium.
Incorporating electrolytes during
the hot summer months, is a great and
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What Are Raw Food Natural Health Products?
RAW FOODS NHPS are characterised by containing
ingredients that have not been subjected to heat – above
48 degrees centigrade (115 to 120° Fahrenheit) during
manufacture. Subjecting nutrients to cooking or heat
destroys their enzymes which are essential for their
therapeutic benefit. Without the presence of these enzymes,
we simply do not get the full, life-supporting, healthpromoting potential from our food. Further, cooking at high
temperatures causes a drastic loss of vitamins and minerals
and produces various carcinogens to appear in our food.
Plant-based foods contain tremendous
quantities of high-quality protein, which is
far easier for the body to digest and assimilate than traditional animal protein sources.
Raw foods provide far larger quantities of vitamins,
minerals, antioxidants, fiber, probiotics and enzymes. So in
essence, raw foods are much closer to their living state: full
of energy, growing and thriving. In fact, raw food is special
specifically because it is raw. Because of the fact that the
food hasn’t been heat-treated, it is replete with everything
that enabled it to grow in the first place – life force,
enzymes, water, oxygen, naturally occurring hormones,
vitamins and minerals and so much more. Untouched,
untainted, raw food is simply real food, without hidden
ingredients, nothing converted, adjusted or modified, just
pure, fresh, live food, such as nature intended.
As well, contrary to popular belief, plant-based foods
contain tremendous quantities of high-quality protein,
which is far easier for the body to digest and assimilate
than traditional animal protein sources. The reason for
this is simple: plant proteins are contained within plant
cell walls (cellulose). When consumed this fiber passes
through our system and acts as a bulking agent, promoting
regular bowel movements. In contrast, animal proteins are
delivered within animal cell walls, which are made up of
lipids which the body has difficulty breaking down, making
absorption difficult, potentially causing constipation, or
damage to the GI tract and cardiovascular system.
The Magic of Sprouting
Before we go into the specifics of why sprouting is so
nutritious, it may be helpful to first take a look at the
chemical makeup of seeds, grains and legumes. In fact,
it should be noted that plants (seeds/grains/legumes),
though they offer tremendous nutritional advantages, all
contain anti-nutrients, such as phytic acid, that lock up the
nutritive value of the food. Fortunately, these anti-nutrients
can be neutralized through the sprouting process, and
in turn, all of the nutritional advantages of the plant are
unlocked and accessible. When consumed, phytic acid
binds with calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc,
making it next to impossible for the body to absorb these
nutrients. Sprouting however, neutralizes phytic acid, and
unlocks a plant’s abundant nutritional potential. Sprouting
also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, which not only inhibit
the enzymes in the actual plant, but also inhibit our own
enzymes when we consume it.
Sprouting also naturally increases food’s digestibility,
and in turn makes its nutrients far more bioavailable. On
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a purely nutritional level, sprouting increases a plant’s
enzyme content, enzymatic potential, protein quality,
crude fiber, vitamin and essential fatty acid content and
it chelates its minerals (pre-digests them, making them
far more bioavailable). As such, sprouts are of extremely
high biological value (often comparable to that of mother’s
milk); are rich in digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins and
minerals, amino acids, proteins, beneficial enzymes and
phytochemicals; and are extremely alkalinizing to the body.
Raw Food Benefits
So after having explored the ins and outs of all things raw, it
would seem that a raw food diet offers plenty of undeniable
advantages to health. Flavourful, varied, nutritious,
delicious, easy to prepare and offering immeasurable
benefits to health, raw foods are gaining in popularity for
a reason, and one that can only be understood by trying it
out for yourself.
As your metabolism begins to rev up in response to the
healthy, nutrition-packed raw foods entering your body,
you’ll experience mental clarity like you never knew; your
skin will start to glow; your body’s organs will begin to
function more and more efficiently; you’ll start to feel more
energized and alert so you’ll literally start to feel more alive.
Once you’ve experienced firsthand the many benefits of
consuming raw foods, you’ll come to comprehend what a
profound impact an organic, clean, vegan, non-GMO, raw
diet, replete with cellular plant life, and robust sprouted
nutrition can truly offer your health and how completely it
can transform your life.
Robert McMaster is the Science Director of Nature’s
Summer Fun Recipe
Quest S’mores
Recipe courtesy of Erin Woodbury, guest author at
Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar
sugar-free marshmallows
small pieces of dark chocolate
(Lilly’s organic low carb is great)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut bar in half. Microwave
the bar for 10 seconds on Pam
sprayed wax paper. Gently roll to
graham cracker thickness and shape.
Carefully transfer to a silpat cookie sheet
and bake for 2 minutes per side or until just light brown.
You want it crisp but not too hard. Remove and lay a
piece of chocolate on each side. Allow it to melt and
spread it to corners. Flame-roast your two marshmallows and lay inside. Sandwich the two sides. Enjoy!
Calories: 298. Fat 11g. Active Carbs 4g (18g fiber,
3g sugar) Protein 21g.
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What to Look for When Choosing Sun Protection
that comes a question asked by many folks… What is the
best sun protection for my family and me? So many of the
sunscreens that are purchased at the grocery store contain
a long list of questionable ingredients, many of which are
potent hormone disruptors, that it really makes you
wonder if what you are putting on your skin is safe.
Sunblock and sunscreen are two different things, but
many companies will combine the two. Sunblock contains
ingredients that physically block the sun from your skin
and is often quite thick. The American Melanoma
Foundation states that a sunscreen contains chemicals
that absorb some of the UV radiation and reduce the
amount that reaches the skin.
When choosing sun protection,
it is important to look for and
avoid the following potentially
hazardous ingredients:
Used to enhance absorption of other
chemicals in sunscreen formulations, this is
associated with photoallergic reactions,
possible hormone disruptor, and accumulates
readily in the body.
Retinyl Palmitate:
This a synthetic form of vitamin A that may
speed the development of skin tumors in the
presence of sunlight.
Propylparaben and other Parabens:
These chemicals mimic estrogen and act as
hormone and reproductive disruptors, and
are also associated with allergies and immune
toxicity. Avoid in all cosmetics when possible!
When it comes in contact with the sun, it
breaks down into potentially harmful
byproducts that may be associated with
hormone disruption.
So what is safe when purchasing sun protection? Zinc
oxide, which is a sunblock, is the main and active ingredient
in many of the natural skin care products and has a much
safer toxicity profile when compared to the above
ingredients. It is a powdered mineral that lies on the skin
Sunblock contains ingredients that physically
block the sun from your skin and is often quite
thick. The American Melanoma Foundation
states that a sunscreen contains chemicals
that absorb some of the UV radiation and
reduce the amount that reaches the skin.
and absorbs and disperses UVA and UVB rays, and is quite
stable in sunlight. Zinc oxide is also less likely to penetrate
the skin’s surface, meaning less of the product will end up
in the bloodstream. It is also an ideal choice for children
and babies because of its nontoxic nature. Titanium
dioxide is quite similar to zinc oxide, however it provides
less UVA protection in comparison.
Some products claim to be “non-nano” which means that
the zinc has not been broken down into nanoparticles that
may enter the bloodstream. The verdict is still out on
whether choosing a “non-nano” product is safer than a
nanomaterial, but we do know that either form of zinc
oxide is far safer than any of the conventional ingredients
listed above because it does not penetrate the skin’s
surface. A common complaint is that zinc oxide sunblocks
are notoriously difficult to rub into the skin, but a quick fix
to this problem is to make sure the skin is properly
moisturized before applying. However, a bonus to the
mineral based sunblock is that it begins to work
immediately, whereas the chemical based products need
about a half an hour to absorb into the skin before they
provide protection from the sun.
It is important to remember that getting some sun is
not a bad thing. Most Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D,
so getting a few minutes of unprotected sunshine per day,
depending on your skin type, can be a good thing.
But if you are heading to the beach or cottage, make
sure to bring your sunblock and a pair of sunglasses!
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