I was recently asked the question, “What would you do differently if you were running Health Canada?” It’s an interesting query, but I thought of a question that’s more fun — what if the person in charge of Health Canada was not me… but the Devil himself? How would he run the show? Remember, this is just a fictional exercise, and I wouldn’t presume to know if the Devil even wanted the job. Now, I can’t speak from first-hand experience (believe me!), so I’ll just have to make assumptions. I’m pretty sure the Prince of Darkness would probably want to run the entire NHP industry into the ground. It represents far too much free-thinking, too much promise for health and prosperity for Canadians. Now, if the Fallen Angel truly exists, I imagine he’s a rather subtle and crafty individual, and his only true victory would be a crushing defeat of the industry. Not an obvious defeat, like a 10 per cent drop in sales, but a subtle and long-lasting defeat, crushing the human spirit. Like how Rome salted the earth when they defeated Carthage.
First, I imagine he would have to lure the NHP industry into thinking he was actually helping them; lies are never so believable as when mixed with a modicum of good intent. He would probably promise them a lot — freedom of choice, thriving businesses, research funding, and even promoting them to different countries. He would even tell them we are building a “dream” together, and that...
Did you know… that over $7 billion per year is spent on over-the-counter and prescription digestive aids for symptoms such as: acid indigestion, digestive upsets, gas, bloat, poor elimination, and more?
Digestion and absorption are the keys to vibrant health. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body depends on the healthy digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. This process, is, in fact, essential to life. What makes this process possible are digestive enzymes… Digestive enzymes function to facilitate the release of life-giving nutrients from the proteins, carbohydrates and fats we consume in our daily diets. Without digestive enzymes, our bodies would be unable to assimilate and draw sustenance from the foods we eat.
Where do enzymes come from? While our bodies do have a limited capacity to manufacture enzymes, it’s best to obtain enzymes directly from our food. However, all enzymes are very sensitive to temperature and break down quickly when exposed to low levels of heat. Cooking foods over 118 degrees for 3 minutes or longer completely destroys enzymes. Thus, in order to obtain enzymes from diet, the food must be eaten raw. This creates a vicious dietary cycle. As we eat increasing amounts of “cooked foods” our need for digestive enzymes to break down these foods increases accordingly. Without the benefit of raw foods (dietary sources of enzymes), the body must manufacture its own enzymes to break down the increased amount of “enzyme-deficient” cooked foods consumed. As a result, our bodies attempt to compensate by withdrawing enzymes needed for digestion from...
In February we ran our first “Share the Love” contest, in which we asked our customers to share their product success stories with us for their chance to win a 6 month supply of their favorite product. So many of you shared amazing stories and expressed tremendous support for both Nature’s Fare and natural supplements. We thank all of you for participating, and announce our winner as Debbie from Kelowna.
This is her story…
I have spent 19 years of my life suffering from presumed IBS related bowel issues. Many times this problem was embarrassing due to frequent washroom trips and making travel very difficult. I was living in Prince Rupert at the time, with little resources or available information. I moved to Kelowna in 2004 where I began shopping at Nature’s Fare. Having a health food store like this was and is amazing! In 2009 I sought the help of a herbalist, in hopes to gain some control over my IBS. For one year I was on an elimination diet, eating no dairy, no wheat and many herbal supplements and Naturopathic treatments. These options were treating the symptoms not the cause, which I now believe and know to be hormonal.
In September I went to see Lorna Vanderhaeghe at her talk at the Kelowna Nature’s Fare. I was fascinated with what she had to share with women. I began taking her Thyrosmart as I believed from the evidence she presented that my Thyroid was not functioning properly. After about a month...
The Difference Between Radiation and Radioactivity, How To Protect Yourself
Article written by, Marco Torres http://preventdisease.com/news/11/031511_radiation_radioactivity.shtml There is a very distinct difference between radiation and radioactivity, yet many media sources reporting on Japan’s nuclear disaster are using the terms interchangeably. A better understanding of the terminology also allows us explore when and how to maximize protection through supplementation.
Radiation is a process in which energy particles or waves travel through a medium, space or object. It does not deposit itself in plants or the organs or tissues of animals or humans. It is typically measured in mrems, rads and sieverts.
Radioactivity is the release of energy by emitting ionizing particles (ionizing radiation). The emission is spontaneous, and it is released into the environment, biosphere, plants, animals and human beings.
There are more than 400 radioactive isotopes that are released in a nuclear accident such as those now admitted in Japan. Out of those isotopes, there are many that are too short lived to be dangerous to humans. However, approximately 50 of these isotopes are indeed very dangerous to humans including strontium-90, cesium, iodine, plutonium, and tranuranium elements, since they can be absorbed by the human body.
Of the radioactive elements released in a nuclear plant leak, radioactive iodine has a relatively short “half-life” of eight days, which means that it essentially disappears within about 80 days.
In comparison, cesium-137, has a half-life of about 30 years, meaning it poses a much greater risk because it gets into the food chain.
Excess cases of leukemia begin to show up...
L-tyrosine, an amino acid and one of the building blocks of protein, can be found in foods such as meats, dairy products, and fish. The body makes l-tyrosine from another amino acid known as phenylalanine.
L-tyrosine plays an important role in the production of neurotransmitters such as l-dopa, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine which are necessary to regulate emotions. If levels of these neurotransmitters are insufficient, feelings of sadness, anxiety, and overall irritability can result. In addition, dopamine helps suppress appetite and reduce body fat so people with insufficient levels of this neurotransmitter may find they are gaining weight or struggling to lose it. L-tyrosine is also involved in the production of thyroid hormones and can play a crucial role in thyroid function. It benefits those suffering with hypothyroidism. It also converts thyroid hormones to adrenaline during times of stress. Someone who is chronically stressed can have depleted levels of l-tyrosine.
Lacking in amino acid intake is not the only way to develop low levels of neurotransmitters. Many external factors can decrease the production of neurotransmitters such as too much caffeine, sugar, or alcohol. L-tyrosine can help replenish the system, increase production of neurotransmitters, and increase energy and libido. It is also involved with the production of melanin, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays.
Direct supplementation is not needed unless you are dealing with a specific condition. For best overall health and maintenance, it is recommended to include adequate protein in your diet concentrating on high quality protein supplements if dietary intake...
Nature’s Fare Markets has been honoured to bring 4 of the top 50 spiritual or influential speakers to our communities!
Can you believe that over the past few years Nature’s Fare has been honoured to host or bring 4 of the top 50 spiritual or influential speakers to our communities?
#3 Dr. Wayne Dyer 2011
#5 Deepak Chopra 2010
#24 Dr. John Gray 2010
#46 Andrew Weil 2004
As part of your journey to better health we will continue to seek out amazing speakers to share their knowledge of holistic ways of living including nutrition, exercise, supplementation and caring for the spirit. Together we are striving to provide a healthy minded global community that is connected through education with inspired individuals.
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.
Bill C474’s defeat affected food consumers and farmers alike, both organic and conventional. To protect the natural food supply from genetic contamination, we say no to genetically modified organisms.
Enough is enough.
We all have a right to eat pork without mice genes and the right to eat food crops that aren’t producing pesticides internally (you can’t wash that off).
Let’s stop GM Salmon, the Enviropig and block GM Alfalfa.
We have a right to know which foods are GMO. Come sign the petition for mandatory labeling.
Accompanying us at the rally as our special guest, Percy Schmeiser, the legendary Canadian farmer who fought the corporate giant Monsanto.
It is during times of epic disaster for our fellow humans that we recognize how connected we are and how it takes continued global focus to help heal. We at Nature’s Fare are sending love, light and hope to all those affected by recent events is Japan.
With the recent awareness of possible nuclear disaster in Japan, many have been seeking protection from supplements such as iodine and high level antioxidants.
Potassium iodide (or KI, as it’s known chemically) is a common form of salt and is known to protect the thyroid gland from radiation and cancer caused by radioactive iodine.
Radioactive iodide is concentrated in the thyroid, and emits radiation in the thyroid, leading to cancer. The chemical works quickly by saturating the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine. That makes it difficult or impossible for radioactive iodine to be absorbed by the thyroid. If the gland has enough iodine in it, the thyroid doesn’t absorb any radioactive iodine and it is flushed out of the system in urine. Experts say, when taken before exposure, potassium iodide can provide protection for 24 hours. It also is proven beneficial if taken three or four hours after exposure. The CDC recommends using iodine to prevent injury from radioactive iodine fallout. Adults and women who are breastfeeding should take 130mg of potassium iodide. Children who are between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65mg of potassium iodide. Children who are adult size should take the adult dose. Infants and children between 1 month and 3...