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Time Travel Part II: Take a sad song, and make it better

Look back 50 years to 1972. The Vietnam War had spread to Cambodia, the US was bombing the jungles with the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, the Cold War with the Soviet Union meant the world was under the constant threat of MAD (mutually assured destruction). It was the era of Watergate, student protests, black power, and the birth of the modern feminist movement. The first Earth Day was in 1970, with the iconic first image of the Earth from Space on the cover of The Whole Earth Catalogue. “1968” was a symbol of global change, and not just a year on the calendar. In the background, rock music building on the blues, which had come out of slavery and the work songs on the plantations. As Canadian Gordon Lightfoot sang, “Motor City’s burnin’,” his apartment in Toronto was the hangout for other genius songwriters like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

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Revealed: The increase in Canada’s social value from getting more active

The benefits of engaging in sport and physical activity on an individual level may seem obvious, but if you add them up on a national level, you find enormous savings to the Canadian taxpayer and economy through. Moreover, it demonstrates Canada could reap even more rewards from encouraging more people to get active.  These are the conclusions of the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC). Two conclusions: The total value of health savings generated by sport and physical activity in 2019 was CAN$23.4 billion. Over 2.2 million cases of health conditions were prevented in 2019, as a result of sport and physical activity, including over 600,000 each for Coronary Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Depression. Here’s the other side. The report – using the most recent data from before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic – shows the costs of not being physically active. This highlights the benefits to

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Vagina Health Article
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Optimal vaginal health during menopause

What is Menopause? Menopause is a transition that all women go through and the vagina is one part of the body that experiences changes.  Menopause is the one day that marks 12 consecutive months without a period and while many may celebrate the end of menstruation, some women have a sense of dread due to all the unwelcome symptoms that many women suffer with. What Happens to Vaginas in Menopause? There are several estrogen receptors in the vagina and pelvis that rely on circulating estrogen to maintain their suppleness.  As the ovaries shut down, the production of estrogen slows which can result in the tissues becoming thinner and drier.  Vaginal dryness affects approximately 80% of women during peri and post menopause and does not improve with time. Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a term used to define a collection of symptoms associated with the vulva,

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Farming the future

Sponsored Article-Presented by Karen Phytoplankton The present state of the climate was predicted more than 100 years ago: record heat waves, fires, melting glaciers and ice caps, disappearing forests and warming oceans, all taking a toll on the flora and fauna of the planet. Dave Hunter, CEO and founder of Blugenics Innovations Ltd., knows the story: local weather that reflects long-term climate change caused by energy- and resource-hungry humans burning fossil fuels and simultaneously, in a double whammy, removing the trees and other plant life that absorbs the carbon from greenhouse gases like C02. Hunter has been following this trend closely for years, because, ironically, it is one of the foundations of Blugenics Innovations, the company that creates a nutrient-rich food from phytoplankton, the microscopic plants found near the surface of the lakes and oceans of the world. Phytoplankton under the microscope.Photo courtesy of Blugenics. Phytoplankton obtain their energy from
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New Advances in Anti Aging Research

For a very, very long time, anti-aging drugs have been the bane of scammers, scoundrels and charlatans. Snake oil, if you will. Turns out, there are some anti-aging drugs and you may well be taking one of them? Have type 2 diabetes and on metformin? That’s one of them and FDA approval is being sought for its use as an anti-aging medication. The world’s population is aging, especially in parts of Asia, Europe and North America. Over the next 30 years it is projected that the number of over 65 year olds will double to 1.5 Billion. Only the continent of Africa is seeing significant growth in a younger population. Today, over 80% of adults aged 65 or over have at least one chronic illness with 68% having two or more. That’s a lot of illness and a lot of medications. From heart disease to diabetes, hypertension, dementia, arthritis and

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