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The HPV and Cancer Stats You Can't Afford to Ignore: http://t.co/aD7tnbt1 from @DrOz 2012-10-10


The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) acknowledges colorectal cancer as the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer for both Canadian men and women. Early detection could go a long way to changing those numbers as this disease is 90 percent treatable if detected early. Just think… [Read More]

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Rainbow Soup Recipe

Posted on March 1st, 2012 | 5 Comments

What better way to warm up on a cold winters’ day than with a bowl of homemade soup?  Soup has the ability to be a comfort food during times of sickness and health.  Whether you prefer an old standby favourite like chicken noodle or you’re willing to expand your tastes with new flavours and ingredients,… [Read More]

money and drugs

The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published a report that found those in Canada without drug coverage struggled financially to pay for their medications. As well, many faced other challenges – skipping doses, delaying filling or re-filling a prescription, or going without their needed pills due to a lack of funds. Others reported having trouble… [Read More]

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“I got bad news today. I started to panic and then I reminded myself, ‘breathe: Just breathe.” What is breath awareness? It is bringing your mind to focus on your breathing, as you breathe in and as you breathe out.  It is the simplest and most important technique you can learn to quiet your body… [Read More]

It’s that time of the year when our will to stick to resolutions start to fade.  I’m sure that near the top of many lists for 2012 was to eat healthier.  Below are some tips for making, and sticking to your healthy eating resolutions. And what better resolution, as it is now estimated that up to one… [Read More]


Starting in 2012, the Canada Pension Plan Retirement Benefit is undertaking some new initiatives that will impact workers who retire and take their pension early as well as for those who receive their retirement pension and then return to work. Some of the more specific details of the program changes include: An increase in the… [Read More]

As we know Compassionate Care Benefits are available for a maximum of 6 weeks for someone to leave work so they can care for a gravely ill family member. Sickness Benefits are for someone who is temporarily unable to work, up to a maximum of 15 weeks. Can a person access both Compassionate Care and Sickness… [Read More]

It is known that EI Regular Benefits are for folks who are ready, willing and able to work. For those who leave the country for vacation during their claim period, they may find their benefits are not paid for their period of vacation and their ongoing eligibility could come under review. This kind of makes… [Read More]

When faced with the devastating diagnosis of cancer, the path that lies ahead can seem unclear and frightening. Facing a daunting array of doctors, surgeons and other experts -  all with their own concoction of treatments – can seem more overwhelming than the cancer itself. As a cancer survivor himself, Greg Anderson, author of Cancer:… [Read More]


Here is the last article of the Sexuality and Cancer series by Dr. Anne Katz RN Phd.  You can read the previous articles here  (part one), part two here and three here. Week Four: Cancer and – How to Talk About it Anne Katz RN PhD Oncology care providers should be asking cancer survivors about sexual changes after any kind of cancer…… [Read More]