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Have motorcycle, will travel

I might not have planned to go to Birmingham, but then again, I didn’t really plan not to go. I ride a large sport touring motorcycle and pull a pop-up tent trailer. It is minimalist mobile glamping. Being alone out on the road, at campgrounds and even gas stops, I meet so many people who are curious about my set-up. At this age, I realized how lucky I am. How many of us can say they spent 106 days on the road last year, and 81 nights sleeping in a tent? As long as I am healthy, I want to travel. If I coped with three and a half months on the road last summer, there is no reason why I can’t enjoy being out on the road for six months or longer. I just have to follow my nose and the weather. I’ve always considered myself a planner. Not

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Living your best life in menopause and postmenopause

Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about menopause and postmenopause or you’ve experienced them first hand: Hot flashes, weight gain, unbearable fatigue, crying jags, insomnia, panic attacks, dryness, mood swings, depression, bloating, and more. For 85% of women, these stories are true. However, don’t despair because there is hope and help. I know first-hand how you feel, because I’m right there with you, As a Nutritionist, co-creator of a website dedicated to menopause (WeareMorphus.com), and a woman who has been through perimenopause (the months or years leading up to menopause) and who is in menopause and looking forward (yes!) to many vibrant years in postmenopause, I have done endless research, spoken with countless numbers of women, interviewed hundreds of experts, and lived my menopause talk. Knowledge is power Among the many things I’ve learned since beginning my menopause journey (which began at 42, right after I had my third child), is

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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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God save the Queen

When a Queen, stepping out of a limousine, glances up briefly, surreptitiously, to a rooftop, what does it mean? What is she looking for? Why is she concealing her glance? We all live in many worlds, none more so than heads of state whose public appearances are complex, carefully scripted public relations events. What we don’t see can be as important, or more so, than the speeches and soundbites. Danger is often part of the equation, but it is carefully stage managed. We expect the police escorts and military pomp, but what of the actual danger itself? And what is the toll it takes on these public figures we may idolize or vilify, depending? The Queen and Prince Philip visited Nova Scotia in August 1994. One morning they would perform a ceremony on the Dartmouth waterfront. Max Brennan, publisher of Silver magazine, and I were working at Atlantic Progress magazine

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Core strength: Embrace the wobble

At one time, a strong core was associated with six-pack abs but an updated view is that there is much more to them. Having defined abdominals is an aesthetic consideration, while a strong core relates to functionality.  Anatomically, the core is the body’s midsection, a three-dimensional space that includes the muscles of the front, sides, and back. One can further distinguish between the inner and outer core. The outer core consists of the more superficial muscles that surround the midsection of the torso, while the inner core comprises the deep internal muscles creating an inner cylinder framed by the pelvic floor, diaphragm, obliques and spinal muscles.  Pick up any fitness or running magazine and you will likely come across an article about the core and how to strengthen it. A strong core is essential for all types of athletes.  It is key to generate force as in a golf swing
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