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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

September 29, 2011 | carolyn | Comments (0)

Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a number of key components such as:

  • The theory of Yin-Yang -- two opposing but complementary forces
  • Qi energy or vital energy that circulates in the body
  • Five elements including fire, earth, metal, water and earth

Practitioners use these concepts to construct individualized treatments that may consist of:

  • Herbal medicines
  • Acupuncture
  • Qi Gong

Read the Introduction to TCM from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia for a good explanation of the concepts and treatment modalities.

Read If You Are Thinking About Using TCM from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

TCM practitioners are not currently regulated in Ontario. To learn more about TCM in Ontario, read the For Public page on the Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario web site. 

Read A Brief History of Qigong by Yang, Jwing-Ming at Acupuncture.Com.

For information about acupuncture including the conditions or diseases for which it is done and the benefits and risks, read  Acupuncture from the Mayo Clinic or About Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

For a list of acupuncturists and their qualifications in the Greater Toronto Area go to The Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada site.

Check out the Library's recent books about Traditional Chinese Medicine including qi gong and acupuncture for more information.  To see which branch has a copy of the book and to place a hold, click on the title or cover link:

Chinese Medicine Bible 
Total Health the Chinese Way 
Inner Beauty 
The Chinese Medicine Bible Total Health the Chinese Way Inner Beauty
Chi Gong, the ancient Chinese way 
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong 
Heal Yourself with Qigong 
Chi gong: the Ancient Chinese
Way to Health
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong Heal Yourself with Qigong
Getting to Know You 
Is Acupuncture Right for You 
Getting to Know You: a Physician
Explains How Acupuncture Helps
You Be the Best You
Is Acupuncture Right for You?

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 22, 2011 | marietta forster-haberer | Comments (1)

Sunflower2_smaller Ovarian cancer is often called "the disease that whispers" because there are often no symptoms during its early stages and when symptoms appear they are often vague and mistaken for more common illnesses.

Over 2,600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in Canada and about 1,750 of them die of this disease. Risk factors include: age over 50, family history of women's cancers, long-term hormone replacement therapy, or never have been pregnant.   

The sunflower is the symbol of Ovarian Cancer Canada, an organization dedicated to raise awareness of this deadly disease. During the month of September these beautiful flowers can be purchased at participating grocery stores in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada.

For more information on Ovarian Cancer check out the following websites or take out one of these books from the Toronto Public Library:

Ovarian 1    Ovarian 3   Ovarian 4   Ovarian 5

Herbal Medicine vs Conventional Medicine - Health Talk

September 15, 2011 | marietta forster-haberer | Comments (2)


Herbs Please join us for an informative lecture on Herbal Medicine vs Conventional Medicine given by Morwenna Given, BA.MA(Oxon) BSc, RH - a practising Medical Herbalist.  She argues the case for integrating the best of conventional and alternative medicine from an evidenced based perspective which promises to provide better outcomes for patients and reduce health care costs.

The lecture takes place on

  • Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 at the
  • Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
  • The Lecture is free and everyone is welcome.
  • The Toronto Reference Library is Wheelchair Accessible

For more information on Herbal Medicine check out these books from the Toronto Public library:     

  Herbal1 Herbal12 Herbal13 Herbal6

Herbal14 Herbal15  Herbal10 Herbal9 

Herbal2 Herbal3 Herbal5 Herbal4 


Workplace Health: What to Do When Work Hurts

September 8, 2011 | carolyn | Comments (2)



Does your hand, wrist, neck or back ache at work?  Do you feel stressed at work?  You are not alone.


 The hand or wrist is the body part most often injured on the job, office and computer workers suffer the highest incidence of neck problems, and men in blue collar jobs are four times more likely to experience an injury than those working in business according to the (2009) Environmental Scan on Workplace Health in Canada.



There are many factors that make up a healthy workplace including the physical conditions such as noise, air quality and light and the quality of equipment.  Social and personal conditions such as relations with co-workers and supervisors also play a role in the health of employees.   

Preventing workplace injuries is the responsibility of employers and employees.  Read Your Protection, a series of short, informative documents about protecting your hands, back, ears, eyes, feet, head, lungs and skin from Labour Canada.

Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and tendonitis are common injuries in many occupations.  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) has produced a short booklet with recommendations called Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Office workers sitting for long periods at desks and computers should take short stretching breaks to avoid injury.  The Mayo Clinic has produced a slide show on Office stretches as well as videos for Seated stretches for the office, Standing stretches for the office, Neck stretches for the office, Upper body stretches for the office, and Forearm stretches for the office.  Check to see if your work space is arranged for comfort with Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide

Pressure at work often results in stress-related illnesses.  The work load may be too much or too little, the hours too long and unsociable, the pay and chances of promotion are low and supervisors may be unsupportive.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a short booklet outlining the cause, effects and prevention of workplace stress, Work Organization & Stress.

Check out the Library's recent books about ergonomics for more information about organizing the workplace to prevent injury and for workplace health.  To see which branch has a copy of the book and to place a hold, click on the title or cover link;

Ergonomics for Beginners 
Fitting the Human 
Office Ergonomics 
Ergonomics for Beginners Fitting the Human Office Ergonomics


Unhealthy Work 
Work Makes Me Nervous 
Unhealthy Work Work Makes Me Nervous


The following books provide information about exercises to prevent or treat injuries.


Healthy Shoulder Handbook 
Solid to the Neck 
Yoga for Computer Users 
Healthy Shoulder Handbook Solid to the Neck Yoga for Computer Users

Willpower vs Biology: winning the losing battle of weight control

September 1, 2011 | marietta forster-haberer | Comments (0)

Weight If we are to believe Dr. Louis Aronne, director of Cornell University's Comprehensive Weight Control Program, it's not our fault that we cannot lose weight... our biology not our lack of willpower is to blame. According to Dr. Aronne, a common problem for people trying to lose weight is that they never feel full. Normally a hormone called leptin and other chemicals signal your brain that you are full. But when the weight-regulating system does not work properly you don't feel full even when you have eaten an adequate amount of food.

 For more on Dr. Aronne's theory check out his book on The Skinny...


or indulge in any of these new weight loss/diet books and see what works for you. To place a hold on any of these books, just click on the book cover and enter your coordinates.




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