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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:53

How toxins cause disease

By Benjamin Stone

            In the last article, I introduced you to the “Three Amigos,” a cute title for a host of biologically dangerous toxins that often co-habit and work synergistically in your body.

            In this episode, I’ll give you an overview of how toxins cause cellular inflammation, break down our natural

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:37

Wake up—you won’t smell the fentanyl

            The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (DHU) has joined other agencies, including the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, to call for a co-ordinated response to prevent a potential flood of bootleg fentanyl entering the province.

            British Columbia, Alberta and American states bordering Ontario have seen a surge in bootleg fentanyl recently—and a rise in overdoses and deaths. In B.C., record-breaking overdose deaths have led officials to declare a public health emergency.

            The DHU predicts Ontario will not be

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:33

Teen volunteers go above and beyond

            Ross Memorial Hospital’s VolunTEEN program recently presented awards to deserving teen volunteers.

            Madison Jezegou, who has volunteered over

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:31

Shopping-cart push for homeless youth

            Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch and City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Detachment have been helping “push for change” for homeless youth.

            Push for Change is a national awareness and youth empowerment campaign developed by Joe Roberts to focus on ending youth homelessness.

            Roberts is pushing a shopping cart across

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:29

No more smoke screen

            “When young people see smoking in movies, they’re more likely to start using tobacco products themselves,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit. So it’s important that movies “be made smoke-free.”

            The unit is joining with other Ontario health units and the Ontario Lung Association to

            Get ready for a fabulous evening of fashion, auctions and Thanksgiving dinner (with pie, so keep your fork) as Bigley Shoes and Clothing lends a hand to Therese Scheer’s latest project towards raising $100,000 over 10 years to fight breast cancer.

            “I could never do this by myself,” Scheer emphasizes. Over the years, she’s had so much help from

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:19

From foodies to food banks

            Canadians are increasingly obsessed with food. We discuss with wild excitement the restaurants we’ve been to, or hope to visit. We share photographs of our favourite dishes on social media.

            Yet, as the foodie movement continues to gain momentum, so too does the use of food banks in this country—which has increased by 25 per cent over the last

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:00

Always a child waiting to meet you

Big Sister of the year, Rawn, with her little sister Annarose


            September is Big Brother Big Sister Month across Canada—and here in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, more than 50 children are waiting right now for

By Benjamin Stone

            The body is capable of burning both fat and sugar (glucose) as its fuel sources. The fat-burning state is called ketosis.

            The key to activating a state of ketosis is increasing the amount of good fat in your diet. Naturally you will eat less sugar and carbs due to the satiety you will achieve from your now-good-fat-heavy meals.

            There are highly concentrated

            Giant Hogweed, a very large perennial plant with serious health risks, has been identified at three sites in Kawartha Lakes. Two are near the intersection of Killarney Bay Road and Chambers Road and one’s on CKL Road 121 near Kinmount.

            “If you come across (Giant Hogweed), or believe you have it on your property, do NOT

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