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Caregiver Pharmacy Support

It can be difficult to be a caregiver and manage multiple or complex medications for a loved one. It is important to ensure medications are taken appropriately to help maintain good health. A visiting pharmacist provides personal support with regular medication delivery and home consultations. The pharmacist reviews a client’s prescription drugs and over the counter medications to advise if there are any drug interactions and makes adjustments as necessary. This level of support can reduce emergency room visits and hospital stays and results in strong, trusting relationships between clients, caregivers and pharmacists. The visiting pharmacist also provides seamless care for hospital discharge patients and works closely with other health professionals to deliver a high level of care to the client. Care is tailored to specific individual needs such as assisting with blood pressure readings, adding medications as needed to adherence packaging and making changes in an efficient manner.

Teresa Giesbrecht, Care at Home Pharmacy

Book Club: Gut

The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ. By Giulia Enders. The gut’s nervous system, food intolerances, allergies, gut bacteria and the science of bad breath are detailed, suggesting the body’s “most underrated organ” plays a greater role in our overall wellbeing than we might have otherwise thought. Throughout the book, Enders points out, it is the gut that most frequently presents us with some of life’s most pressing questions. Pick up a copy at your local book store.

Clean Eating: Easy Healthy Borscht


4 cups of organic beef broth
1 cup diced carrot
½ cup garden peas
1 cup chopped green beans
1 cup chopped potatoes
2 cups beets with stems and leaves diced
1 onion chopped
4 fresh sprigs of dill
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Alternately, cook on top of the stove until the vegetables are soft enough to eat. Serve topped with sour cream.


Burn Fat, Don’t Abuse Carbs

Many leading scientists, medical professionals, and nutrition experts agree the ketosis lifestyle is the pinnacle of health and wellbeing. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state where the body burns fat for most of its energy rather than carbohydrates. Fat offers the body 225% more energy than carbohydrates. Today, most people have sugar-burning bodies, not fat-burning bodies. Fat-burning bodies typically experience better energy and fewer cravings due to balanced blood sugar levels. Typically, without several days of fasting or sticking to unrealistic diet plans, our bodies cannot reach ketosis and take advantage of this energy. So unless you have serious discipline and nowhere to go, nutritional ketosis has been believed to be out of reach… until now.

David Warfield, ForeverGreen Ketopia

The Procrastinator’s Challenge

How many projects are on your back burner?

If you’re like most people, that back burner is chock-full of tasks that have been in the planning phase for far too long. Getting stalled projects off the ground can be difficult. A plan of action is what’s called for:

1) Set a specific date & time aside for your project, allowing time for prep and cleanup.

2) A week previous, anticipate and gather all required supplies.

3) Enlist help! There are times in our life when we all could use a hand – that extra push is often what we need to see a project through to a successful conclusion.

4) Put on some great tunes, have your beverage-of-choice on hand and Get to Work.

5) You’ve done it – enjoy your results!

Done & Done Family Concierge Service

Detox with Betalains

Did you know that the anti-oxidant glutathione is the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system? Glutathione helps your immune system fight infections and prevent cancer because toxins stick onto glutathione molecules, which are then carried into bile and stool, and then out your body. The good news is that your body produces glutathione. The bad news is poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in a downward spiral of chronic illness. You can help your body to stimulate production of glutathione through supplementing your diet with Betalains, which help support the body’s ability to fight inflammation at the cellular level and help prevent cells from becoming a target for disease. Betalains will strengthen your cells so they are resistant to toxins and bad bacteria, and are found in beet supplements.

Donna Ladan, Evolv Health 

Product Review: Zevia

These days’ people are becoming much more conscious of what they are putting into in their body, and are realizing that regular soda is just not good for us. Happily, there is a smarter, healthier alternative – Zevia. Created with the miracle sweetening ingredient stevia, which makes it all natural and have zero calories, Zevia is a more healthful soft drink. Stevia is a small green plant native to South America, originating from the sunflower family. It is sweeter than sugar, but with no caloric value or effect on blood sugar levels. The drinks also contain Monk Fruit which is a round fruit, and Erythritol which is a natural component of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Zevia is a non-GMO verified product and certified as Kosher by the Orthodox Union. By choosing only the safest and smartest ingredients for consumers Zevia is able to offer a completely gluten free, vegan beverage!

Nutrition Plus

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

The iliotibial band is a strong band of connective tissue running from the pelvis to the tibia, just below the knee. Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS) is an overuse injury caused by excessive rubbing of the band against a bony bump along the outside of the knee when the band is tight. Pain is generally felt along the outside of the knee and is aggravated by activities that involve repeated bending and straightening of the knee, such as running. It generally begins as a dull ache along the side of the knee that starts near the end of a session and disappears when you stop. If left unattended it will start earlier and get more intense. ITBFS generally does not get better on its own if the cause is not addressed and you continue to exercise. The best course of action is to get assessed by a sports physiotherapist.

Yvonne DeCaire, Action Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic

Food Matters

You know good food is key to a healthy life. So imagine knowing that everyone in Manitoba has nutritious food to eat. That’s what Food Matters Manitoba is working towards. It starts in the garden, at the local grocery store, and in the kitchen. Food Matters Manitoba is a registered charity teaches good food skills for life to North End kids. We all know the troubling reality of childhood diabetes and obesity. Weekly cooking classes give kids a chance to learn how to read a recipe, food safety tips, and what goes into planning a healthy and well-balanced meal. And the best part? Kids are getting excited about healthy eating and sharing new recipes with their friends and family. Interested in helping turn our vision of good food for all Manitobans into a reality? You can help even more kids become young cooks by donating to Food Matters Manitoba today.

Communicating With Your Animal

Do you ever wonder what your animal is thinking or trying to tell you? Do you ever wish your animal could understand what you are saying? Do you wish your animals would get along better? Animal communication sessions can help! Animal Communicators are able to liaise between you and your animal(s) to resolve any issues that may have gotten in the way of household harmony. Communicators understand how cats and dogs think and feel and can respond in kind. We are gifted with the ability to intuit any ill health in cats and dogs; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Animal Communicators are often well versed in many holistic therapies including Reiki, herbal supplementation, acupressure, food therapy, crystal reflexology and crystal healing among several others. In a session, the communicator “speaks” with the animal to discern the best course of action for treatment.

Jill Saifer, Soulstice Spirit Healing

Clean Eating: Cherry Rose Pudding

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Cream of Rice
1 cup organic coconut milk
1/2 cup rosewater
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup pitted cherries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

For Garnish:
1 handful of fresh or dried organic rose petals.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Oil baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl add the cream of rice, milk and rosewater. Chop the dates and cherries into bite size pieces and add to mixture. Stir in maple syrup and spice powders and pour into baking dish. Bake for 15mins until the pudding is barely set and the top is golden brown. Spoon out the pudding cake while still warm and garnish with rose petals. Serves 4.

Kalee Mund,