Aromatherapy

September 18, 2018 | Reagan

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So I jumped on the aromatherapy band wagon and bought my first diffuser last week. There is something about a burning candle (my go to relaxation technique) that didn't seem safe in the chaos of renovations with dust flying around, contractors in and out of the house, and where I...

Pregnancy and the Library

August 1, 2018 | Reagan

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For me, this is the summer of babies! There are a ton of mommies and daddies-to-be in my life so I thought why not give these folks a shout out. As a librarian, I have witnessed the natural life cycle of a library patron. Some young adults/adults forget about us...

Travel and Your Health

July 11, 2018 | Reagan

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Do you have wanderlust on the brain this summer? Then this post if for you! Perhaps for some of us, traveling is a break, a vacation, from our otherwise healthy and wellness-focused lifestyle. We indulge in a few adult beverages, we forget about our healthy eating habits and we don't...

Black Boxed Drugs and the Opioid Crisis

June 19, 2018 | abbas

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Prescription drugs with serious and/or potentially life-threatening effects were ordered by the FDA to begin dressing drug labels with black borders to draw patients attention to significant risk warnings in 1979. This is where the term "Black Boxed Drugs" (BBD) arose; an informal name given to drugs with labels indicating...

Global Running Day June 6, 2018

May 29, 2018 | Reagan

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Global Running Day is on June 6, 2018 and is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving! It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go — what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you....

Evaluating Health Information

May 18, 2018 | abbas

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Here is another one to add to your list of 21st century problems: the proliferation of health and wellness related websites on the Internet. Search engines may give you the most hits in the least amount of time, but try finding something that's authoritative and reliable on Google or YouTube....

Spring Clearing

May 2, 2018 | Reagan

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Did you know that the warmer weather and early spring flowers have a subliminal message: it's time for a Spring Clearing Purge! In addition to the amazing tips for spring cleaning found here, I want to talk today about stuff. The stuff that fills our closets, the stuff that we...

Books to Spur Conversation about Organ and Tissue Donation

April 13, 2018 | abbas

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Tis the season for donating your organs and tissue. According to beadonor.ca, "in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This is their only treatment option, and every three days someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time." Suffice to say...

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

March 30, 2018 | Cathy

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The first time I ever heard about aging and 'losing words' was at a Sandra Shamas performance at the Toronto Reference Library. All the audience members around me were laughing and nodding in agreement and I thought, what the heck? Now that I am in that demographic and occasionally forgetting...

Breathe

March 15, 2018 | abbas

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Take a deep breath. Did you feel your shoulders move up? Did your belly expand and then quickly contract? Do you experience chronic stress, pain, restlessness, depression or feel sudden losses of energy during the day? If your answers were yes, no and yes, then according to Dr. Belisa Vranich,...