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The secret of creativity

We love to contemplate the fruits of creativity, whether it’s the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, or the latest iPhone with its advanced microelectronics and labyrinthine software. Even lesser art forms like the pop music of Taylor Swift and the teenage plotlines of the Marvel Universe are powerful creations. If you look at the geniuses of history, whether operating mostly in isolation or as part of a team, one stark fact emerges. Whether we’re talking about Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, or Steve Jobs, creating new things is a multi-layered process. It involves a lot of investigating of what had come before, punctuated by occasional moments of inspiration, some of which never pan out. In a phrase — trial and error. Yet there is one truth that rises above all the others. It is tedious, commonplace, and the opposite of inspired, but this is where a

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Fitness

Fitness Fanatics – Hot Holiday Equipment – Our Top Picks!

So you like to work out? Why not put one of these sweaty Hot Holiday items under somebody’s tree this year! # 1 Lebert HIIT System No matter what your age or fitness No matter what your age or fitness level, increasing overall strength is one of the keys to living longer and healthier. The Lebert HIIT System is the ultimate pump machine. (If Arnold had one, he would have been bigger.) This system is direct torque on your muscles. The pump burns SO much and that’s why it made it to our HOT LIST! Whoever gets their hands on one will love it. # 2 CoreFX Adjustable Dumbbells This is not your grandmother’s weight set. Darth Vader beware. These futuristic Adjustable Dumbbells will make you addicted to doing more sets than you need to. This dumbbell set is incredible with the mobile stand that you can move around (costs

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Fighting Back Against Ageism
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Fighting back against ageism

Ageism, discrimination based on your apparent age: how does it happen – and when? Ageism can surface overnight, or so it seems. Maybe it’s when a sales clerk compares you to her mother or when the cashier at the grocery store calls you ma’am, or maybe after years of carving out a successful career or two, you’re told you’re overqualified for a new role. Whether you label yourself or others do that for you, it seems ageism has raised its ugly head in these ordinary, everyday situations. “Ageism is the most widespread and socially accepted prejudice.” – World Health Organization According to William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and author of the recent study Cross-Cultural Comparisons in Implicit and Explicit Age Bias, “Older adults are one of the only stigmatized groups that we all become part of someday. And that’s always struck me as interesting—that we

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Resolve CBD
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CBD vs. CBN: What are the benefits of CBN?

Whether you use cannabis products or not, you have undoubtedly heard about its many applications and wellness claims. Though the healing properties of cannabis are not a recent discovery, the number of uses and benefits are growing as researchers learn more about its composition. In addition, scientists are now able to isolate the many cannabinoids that the plant consists of. Each of these cannabinoid compounds has its own unique makeup and specific application. One of these compounds that is of recent interest and has been found to yield great results is cannabinol, or CBN. Below we’ve provided a beginner’s guide on CBN. This includes an overview of what CBN is, how it is derived, how it differs from CBD, potential benefits and side effects, as well as dosage recommendations. What is CBN or cannabinol? CBN is one of more than 100 chemical compounds derived from the cannabis plant, known as

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Canadians need to get serious about cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness. Seventy-five percent of Canadians have cataracts, however, according to a recent survey from Alcon Canada two-thirds of Canadians know next to nothing about them. Loss of vision has been increasing since 2020, and it is now more important than ever to be aware of cataracts. What are cataracts?  Cataracts happen when protein builds up over the lens in your eye obscuring your vision. Over time, more protein builds up and vision becomes increasingly poor. The eye’s natural lens deteriorates over time. Surgery to restore vision involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one known as an intraocular lens (IOL). There are several options to choose from when getting an IOL including monofocal lenses, extended vision lenses, trifocal lenses, and toric lenses. Cataracts are removed by a safe surgery that restores vision back to normal and typically only takes half an

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Baby, it’s cold outside – and inside too!

I’m kayaking on the Bay of Fundy in late October. The air is cool. The water is cold — about 12 degrees C at this time of year. The massive tides mean that even in summer the bay is cold. After pulling the boat up on shore, I walk out into the salt water up to my knees, go back to shore, then walk back into the water and start swimming. A practiced, even clinical approach. Still, it’s a shock. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks since the nights cooled off, so I am starting to adapt. Lately, I’ve learned, by trial and error, that if you keep your head out of the water at least for the first few strokes it’s less of a shock. But it’s still friggin’ cold. Back on shore, I soak up the sun. That wasn’t so bad, says one part of my

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Want to live to 100 and enjoy the ride? ‘Healthspan’ is the way.

Some people have accomplished so much in their lives, it seems as if they must be more than one person. And some of these got off to a slow start. As a teenager growing up in Toronto ON, Peter Attia, was, in his own words, a “screw-up.” He was always goal-oriented, but he had only one goal – to become a professional boxer, which he knew was almost impossible, especially in Canada. To get fit, he and a small group of friends trained six days a week in a grimy underground adult gym, but otherwise he wasn’t motivated, certainly not by school. Then, a single grade-12 teacher turned him around and he was accepted at Queens University. He ended up with two undergraduate degrees, one in math and one in engineering. From there he went to Stanford medical school in California and emerged as a star cancer surgeon – the

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