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January 21, 2014

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Lice -those little itchy scalp invaders

Is it just me, or is lice more prevalent nowadays.  Could it be because schools are no longer allowed to perform scalp checks due to privacy acts?  I remember those dreaded days in primary school.  It was usually right after summer break when the lady in the white coat took her wooden sticks and ran them through my long hair.  I was so afraid that they would make me a ‘cast out’ by finding bugs in my hair and then I would have to cut all my hair off.  Dramatic….yes.  I was probably looking out the window at some birds when the nice lady in the white coat explained things so we wouldn’t be terrified like I was.

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January 21, 2014

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Are Rainy Days here again? Are you feeling blue?

Are the rainy days getting to you? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.  Just ask your friends, family and co-workers.  Many are complaining about feeling tired, grumpy, and generally blue.  The dark winter months in Vancouver can be trying for some but this year it’s been affecting many; and more people are suffering from the more serious type of winter blues – clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

Aromatherapist and wellness advisor Suzanne Laurin-Seale explains how essential oils like rosemary (in combination with a healthy lifestyle) help to chase away symptoms associated with the "winter blues" and help to alleviate the pain of those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

When suffering from SAD, the following symptoms may occur (varying from mild to debilitating): low energy, irritability, depression, fatigue, low immunity (catching colds and the flu frequently), severe irritability, aching muscles/joints, low sex drive, low self-esteem, low concentration levels, over-eating, and, of course, an increased desire to sleep, sleep, sleep.

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Keeping It Simple to Keep Your Family Healthy

When people think of keeping their children healthy they don’t often think of what lotions or which soap they are using. But times are a changing.  

Not all cosmetics, even some that are marketed to children, are completely safe. Some contain chemicals that can easily accumulate in the blood of a child and affect their health in the long term.  Keeping an eye out for unsafe skin and body care products may seem overwhelming at first but it really is simple. All you have to do is keep it simple.  That is, keep what you put on your child, into your child and around your child simple.

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