Friday, March 30, 2018

The Sunday Antique Market

The Sunday Antique Market is OPEN this Holiday Weekend. 
Toronto's Best Antique Market is open this Sunday 
from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm at 125 
The Esplanade in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The diet shell game

The diet shell game
Stick to the evidence when reporting on - and endorsing - food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not book sales

By Dylan MacKay
Expert Adviser
Dylan MacKay
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wo of the best-known American food journalists have been
telling readers lately that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren't best for our health.
But the evidence tells a different story.
The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent Los Angeles Times op-ed, they accuse the U.S. News & World Report of presenting the failed nutritional status quo in their January cover story on "best diets," where the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and the Mediterranean diets are tied as best diets overall.
The DASH and Mediterranean diets promote the consumption of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and recommend lower intakes of red meat and saturated fat. In the realm of human nutritional sciences, these are two of the most well-respected diets. That's why they ended up on the top of U.S. News & World Report list, based on clear criteria.
Yet, ironically, one of the first claims from Teicholz and Taubes is that both diets don't have enough evidence showing they reduce overall mortality, and they dismiss supporting studies of these diets as flawed. They also assert that dietary guidelines around the world, which largely have promoted dietary patterns similar to DASH or Mediterranean diets, are responsible for our epidemic of obesity and its comorbidity, Type 2 diabetes.
Instead, Teicholz and Taubes propose a diet lower in carbohydrates (including sugar) and higher in fat, like Atkins, paleo, ketogenic or South Beach diets - all of which were ranked low on the U.S. News list. They explain how these low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets are well researched and the answer to the worldwide obesity crisis.
It seems a nice tidy story - except it isn't. They're saying the emperor has no clothes when they're also naked.
Good evidence for reduced total mortality on LCHF diets doesn't exist (it doesn't exist for DASH or Mediterranean diets either). But DASH and Mediterranean diets do at least have larger randomized controlled trials, something LCHF diets do not.
In terms of weight loss, sticking to a diet that leads to a negative energy balance (eat less than what you burn) is what works, regardless of the diet style. Markers of health, including blood sugar and blood lipids, tend to improve during weight loss irrespective of diet - and as long as the weight loss and diet lasts.
In fact, the whole concept of ranking weight loss diets is a distraction. Any lifestyle pattern that excludes smoking, includes physical activity and leads to weight loss in someone who has obesity (or prevents weight gain in non-obese people) will significantly decrease chronic disease risk, even for those with a genetic predisposition.
Teicholz and Taubes also proclaim LCHF as the way to reverse Type 2 diabetes, citing an ongoing study as their evidence. While LCHF diets may reverse Type 2 diabetes, it's possibly a product of weight loss. This is supported by the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), which recently demonstrated remission of Type 2 diabetes without the need of LCHF diets.
Our dietary patterns, in the macronutrient sense (carbohydrates, protein and fat intake), are more likely the passengers than the drivers of the obesity crisis.
Teicholz and Taubes list the cause of our obesity problem but misidentify it. They say people have been following dietary guidelines (in fact, they have not). Yes, Americans have been "notably increasing their consumption of grains, vegetables and fruits and eating less whole milk, butter, meat and eggs," as Teicholz and Taubes claim. But what they didn't note is that Americans have been increasing their overall energy consumption.
People consume more energy than they did in the 1970s. Factors like urbanization, decreased physical activity at work and at home, and lower food costs (especially for calorie-dense, nutrient poor foods) have all worked to increase the availability of food energy and decrease its expenditure. These are the real drivers of the obesity crisis, not simply carbohydrate (or indeed, sugar) intake.
In this post-fact world, narrative and belief seem to be the only true currencies. In human nutritional sciences, there seems to be a narrative for every diet and for each diet, an army of believers.
Teicholz and Taubes want you to believe that the LCHF diets weren't ranked highly because the U.S. News expert panel may have been "entrenched in their opinions, supported by the industries that benefit from these diets, motivated by non-nutrition agendas such as animal-rights activism." This a strong assertion to level at a panel of 25 diverse and well-established scientists. The accusations of personal bias also seem hypocritical when the authors make some of their living promoting low-carbohydrate diets.
In the midst of a worldwide obesity and diabetes crisis, we don't need more input from industries or from people selling books. We need more large-scale, public health interventions that address root causes of the obesity epidemic. It's time to let evidence dominate the diet discussion.
Dylan MacKay, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a clinical trialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and an expert adviser with

GnuPharma Sees Promise with Non-Cannabis Plants Which Stimulate the Endocannabinoid System; Company Continues Its Scientific and Market Development

GnuPharma Sees Promise with Non-Cannabis Plants Which Stimulate the Endocannabinoid System; Company Continues Its Scientific and Market Development: GnuPharma holds pending patents on its ideas that non-cannabis plants can be used to modulate the endocannabinoid system for medicinal benefits.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

No Bake Candy Bar Pie

Ingredients are as follows:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 C powdered sugar
8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 Butterfinger candy bars, crushed & divided
9 inch graham cracker crust


Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Fold in the whipped topping and half of the crushed candy bars.

Spoon mixture into the graham cracker crust.

Sprinkle remaining crushed candy bars on top; refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bellus Medical’s Microneedling Device SkinPen Precision Earns Industry-First FDA Clearance

Bellus Medical, a leader in medical aesthetics products and devices, has been granted clearance and marketing authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its medical grade microneedling device, SkinPen® Precision, used exclusively by healthcare professionals. This is the first and only microneedling device in the industry to receive this important designation from the FDA, and sets a new standard as the only recognized Class II microneedling device available.

To receive this first-in-class FDA designation, Bellus Medical proactively worked through a rigorous three-year evaluation process to meet more than 90 validated requirements for the microneedling device, charger base and proprietary cartridge, including extensive biocompatibility testing to ensure none of the materials are harmful to patients' skin cells. Now SkinPen Precision is the only device with this new classification, established by the FDA, making it the only legally marketed microneedling device in the U.S.truly a category of one.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Why Native Americans Named the Moons

Native Americans full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Think of it as a "nickname" for the Moon!  See our list of other full Moon names for each month of the year and their meanings.

Why Native Americans Named the Moons

The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. For some tribes, the year contained 4 seasons and started at a certain season, such as spring or fall. Others counted 5 seasons to a year. Some tribes defined a year as 12 Moons, while others assigned it 13. Certain tribes that used the lunar calendar added an extra Moon every few years, to keep it in sync with the seasons.
Each tribe that did name the full Moons (and/or lunar months) had its own naming preferences. Some would use 12 names for the year while others might use 5, 6, or 7; also, certain names might change the next year. A full Moon name used by one tribe might differ from one used by another tribe for the same time period, or be the same name but represent a different time period. The name itself was often a description relating to a particular activity/event that usually occurred during that time in their location.
Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American full Moon names and applied them to their own calendar system (primarily Julian, and later, Gregorian). Since the Gregorian calendar is the system that many in North America use today, that is how we have presented the list of Moon names, as a frame of reference. The Native American names have been listed by the month in the Gregorian calendar to which they are most closely associated.

Native American Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

The Full Moon Names we use in the Almanac come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior. They are the names the Colonial Americans adapted most. Note that each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.
Link on the names below for your monthly Full Moon Guide!
JanuaryFull Wolf MoonThis full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.
FebruaryFull Snow MoonUsually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon.
MarchFull Worm MoonAt the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
AprilFull Pink MoonThis full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
MayFull Flower MoonFlowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
JuneFull Strawberry MoonThe Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
JulyFull Buck MoonBucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
AugustFull Sturgeon MoonSome Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon.
SeptemberFull Corn MoonThis full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
OctoberFull Hunter's MoonThis is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October's Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon.
NovemberFull Beaver MoonFor both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.
DecemberFull Cold MoonThis is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.
Note: The Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. It can occur in either September or October. At this time, crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash, and wild rice are ready for gathering.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eye-catching red and yellow striped pepper brings bold look and exciting flavor to the produce department

SUNSET® Announces Aloha™ Pepper Now Available At Select Retailers

KINGSVILLE, Ontario, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the summer grilling season, SUNSET® announces its first 2018 shipment of their Aloha pepper from its Michigan greenhouse. As pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, the Aloha pepper has beautiful red and yellow stripes and a sweet flavor unlike any other pepper on the market today.

"Our Aloha pepper brings a bold, fresh look to the produce department and an aromatic flavor that's perfect for spring salads and summer grilling," SUNSET CEO Paul Mastronardi explained. "We continuously seek out opportunities to bring unique and exciting flavors to the produce department to help our consumers make healthier, more enjoyable food choices. We're excited about the Aloha pepper and we think everyone from foodies to parents of picky eaters will be, too.

A colorful and flavorful addition to any dish, the Aloha pepper's red and yellow stripes combine to form an eye-catching and altogether different orange color. This SUNSET exclusive product is part of the company's Chef-Inspired collection. It can be stuffed, sliced or chopped and is ideally suited for stir frying, grilling, as well as snacking. "Spring and summer are made for sweet, tropical flavors," Paul Mastronardi said. "Not only does the Aloha pepper offer a taste of the tropics, it pairs beautifully with citrus flavors and robust spices so it's incredibly versatile. This pepper will wow your guests with visually stunning flavor."

With its beautiful color and delicious flavor, the Aloha pepper is excellent for any occasion, from backyard BBQs to grad parties. It's a fun veggie for kids to dip and it makes a stunning addition to your favorite pepper recipes.

The Aloha pepper is available now at supermarkets throughout Canada and the United States. For more information, visit

About SUNSET® SUNSET® is a pioneer and industry leader in the gourmet greenhouse industry that grows and markets nationally recognized brands such as the Campari®, Zima®, Angel Sweet® and Kumato® brand tomatoes.  Family owned and employee managed for over 60 years, SUNSET prides itself on producing consistently flavorful gourmet tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

To learn more about SUNSET®, visit


Friday, March 9, 2018


Cabbage juice is very healing for the digestive system. If you don’t like to juice green cabbage, try juicing the red/purple cabbage instead. They do what green cabbage can do and more. ‪#‎RedCabbage‬ ‪#‎PurpleCabbage‬
* 3-4 leaves of red/purple cabbage
* 2 oranges
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Monday, March 5, 2018

A finger on the pulse of Alberta's legume crops

Study provides good news for people who hope to avoid developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease

By Cheryl Croucher
Troy Media
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Pulses may be at the centre of a trade tiff between Canada and India, but they're also the focus of some very important research to improve your health.
Pulse is a term used for the dried seeds of plants in the legume family - beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas.
Canada exports pulse crops worth $4.2 billion a year to 130 countries. And one-third of Canada's pea crop comes from Alberta.
Pulses are high in protein, fibre, iron and other nutrients and Canada's Food Guide recommends them as a good alternative to meat.
Or, as Dr. Rhonda Bell proclaims, "They really are an all over amazing food to include in our diet."
Bell is a professor of human nutrition in the Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. A lot of her research looks at the role nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of disease, with a particular emphasis on diabetes.
One of her recent projects has attempted to quantify the health claims made about beans and peas. Funding for the research came from Alberta Innovates and Alberta Pulse Growers.
Bell's study shows that beans have a positive effect on lowering a person's lipid and glucose levels, and peas can help reduce blood pressure.
Her team involved researchers with interests in food science, nutrition, biochemistry and metabolomics. They tested a number of pulses: navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, great northern beans, yellow peas and green peas.
Bell says it was important to prepare the pulses in a way that made them both tasty and practical to deliver, and in a controlled manner that would avoid spurious results.
"They came up with a series of soups and stews that had identical background foods. Then into those identical backgrounds of soups and stews, we added either beans or dried peas, or we used rice as our control food."
The soups and stews were cooked and packaged according to strict protocols in the test kitchen on the U of A campus. Each serving contained about three-quarters of a cup of beans and peas, the amount recommended by Canada's Food Guide.
"Participants came in for a baseline visit and then we'd give them three weeks worth of frozen soups and stews. Then they came back for a three-week visit and we gave them three more weeks worth," says Bell.
"We had absolutely terrific adherence to our protocol. And I think, in all honesty, people got a little bit tired of having the same five soups every day, five days a week for six weeks."
The study involved 180 people over a six-week period at the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba. The participants all had what Bell calls "mild hypercholesterolemia."
These people are just under the radar. As Bell explains, "We think this is a very important group because their lipids aren't so high that they would immediately get a drug therapy from their physician. They are probably in a position where if they got their blood tested, their doctors might suggest they be more active and eat better to see whether they could bring down their levels before prescribing drugs."
Bell's study provides good news for people who hope to avoid developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"It turns out our beans in particular have a lipid-lowering effect. They also have a glucose-lowering effect. So even though our patients didn't have diabetes, their glucose got just a little bit better," says Bell.
"Interestingly, the peas had a positive effect on lowering people's blood pressure. Again, just a little bit. These people were not hypertensive before they came into the study but just to the point again where you would say that they showed an improvement in overall health.
"So those were our two most exciting findings on the clinical side of things."
Bell says the next steps include metabolomics analysis to track and profile the digestion of beans and peas. There's interest in how pulses might influence the intestinal microbiome. And one suggestion is to enlist the aid of grocers and pharmacists to dispense healthy advice about pulses at the point of sale.
Our grandmothers used to say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Dr. Rhonda Bell might also offer you a nice hot bowl of bean soup.
Veteran broadcast and online journalist Cheryl Croucher produces, which can be heard online and on CKUA Radio. This is the sixth in a 10-part series sponsored by Alberta Innovates.