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Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small lesions that appear on the lips or surrounding skin. They are primarily caused by infection with the herpes simplex type 1 virus although they can result from herpes simplex type 2 virus, which is the virus that causes genital herpes. Once you are infected, you carry the virus for life. It can remain dormant and then periodically cause outbreaks, particularly when the immune system is weakened. Approximately 80% of people carry virus, and of those 20-40% experience recurrent outbreaks. The...read more
Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate many body processes, including metabolism, mood, hunger, sexual desire and fertility. There is mounting evidence that hormone imbalance in women and resulting excess estrogen can have a negative impact on women’s health. For women, one of the key hormones for physical and emotional well being is estrogen. Estrogen is not a single hormone but a group of hormones that are naturally produced in the body. In women, estrogen is produced primarily by the ovaries and to a lesser extent by the...read more
If you’re like some savvy people, you enjoy going off the beaten track, experiencing new things from foreign countries. Perhaps a little bored with coffee and tea, you’re looking for drinks that are unusual but hold the promise of good health. Yerba maté is one such product. Yerba maté benefits have been known for a long time and these are now coming to the attention many consumers. It has been enjoyed by South Americans for centuries. It is a beverage that is full of nutrition. Not only does it contain many vitamins (A, C, E, B1...read more
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. It is one of the most common conditions affecting women of childbearing age. Approximately 85 percent of women have one or more symptoms of PMS. Years ago, the symptoms of PMS were dismissed as being psychological. Today, however, it is recognized there are a number of factors involved in causing the notorious symptoms, including hormonal and biochemical imbalances, diet, and environment. Today’s woman is now looking for natural ways to relieve her PMS...read more
Oral contraceptives (the “Pill”) may contribute to hormonal imbalance. The Pill contains synthetic estrogens and progestins in varying amounts and they are prescribed not only for contraception, but for the treatment of acne, PMS and perimenopause. The birth control pills used today by 1 in 5 Canadian women contain much lower amounts of hormones compared to those used in the 1960s, however they still provide about four times higher estrogen levels than would naturally be produced by a woman’s body. There are natural alternatives to the birth...read more