Don’t you just love the autumn time of year, the way the colours of the trees and shrubs make such an impact on our beautiful landscape? Gone are the stunning displays of the annual flowers and the perennials; now is the time for the oranges and Aztec colours. The autumnal period has moved into our lives.
With all this in mind, my thoughts always turn to what is ready for harvest in the garden. The fresh spring cabbages and early-harvesting foods have all gone, but that leaves this period open to Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, squash and a good deal more. That being said, what to do with this bountiful crop? Continue reading Roast the bounty from the garden, then savour its splendour→
Lyme disease, carried by black-legged ticks, is on the rise. It can have a serious outcome. Protect yourself with socks, light-coloured clothing and bug spray armed with 10 per cent Deet, or higher.
As the warm days of summer begin to fade and thoughts of autumn leaves replace them, we tend to forget about the annoying and dangerous presence of insects. This was a very good summer for (lack of) mosquitoes, allowing us to truly enjoy outdoor activities. Continue reading Be on the safe side with insects→
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras, wildlife photographer and animal preservationist
Growing up, my family always had a dog and I developed a profound appreciation and deep love for our canine companions. For the last eight years I’ve lived with an affectionate, 130-pound Newfoundland dog named Tessie and despite the piles of hair she leaves behind on the carpet, my children wouldn’t have it any other way. Our furry family members not only offer companionship and a friendly wagging tail when you walk in the door, research confirms what most dog owners already know – dogs are really good for us. Continue reading The research is in – dogs are really good for us→
Can’t stand the odour of artificial air fresheners? You are not alone. Nor are you crazy. The toxic chemicals they contain can cause all sorts of allergic reactions in sensitive people – in addition to cancer, early puberty, autism, birth defects, as well as reduced lung function and increased asthma rates.
Artificial air fresheners contain phthalates, now being phased out in the manufacture of children’s toys in the United States due to these concerns. There are over 350 different chemicals and allergens in these products, including benzene, formaldehyde and the above-mentioned phthalates. Continue reading Freshen your air – naturally→
A landmark international study shows how we can get started
It’s a prediction we are unlikely to have heard before. We, as individuals and as societies, can take action now to prevent or slow down the spread of dementia in our population – a looming opportunity that would mark a turning point in mankind’s search for ways to tame this feared disease.
In England last month the Lancet Commission – an international panel of prominent disease experts, released a landmark study, Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, to consolidate and bring more insight to the vast amount of information produced in recent medical research. The panel found that “huge strides” had been made in expanding knowledge of the disease. Continue reading It’s time to fight dementia’s onslaught→