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A switch in time

Words of praise adorn the wall of Auto Switch’s myspace page. And why wouldn’t it? Their music is a more pop-ier/ less intense sounding version of fellow Canadian band Nickleback.

By Guest Column - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Gift from the ‘Angel of Doggies’

If there’s such a thing as the ‘Angel of Doggies’ in a troubled world, his name must be Aza.

When Aza, died at age 12 of leukemia last winter, his human companions David and Sophie Dastych were inconsolable without her.

There were so many special things about the lovable Aza, and one of them was she never left David’s side when he was ill and recuperating from a serious operation.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

The Salt of the Earth,

The City of Windsor, Ontario is renown for many things. Auto manufacturing centre, major casino, magnificent promenades along the flanking Detroit River. Not visible, hundreds of metres below the city are its salt mines.

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 15, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us

Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?

The Beautiful Creative Mind

The 2001 movie starring Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind, portrayed the life of renowned scientist John Nash. The movie focused primarily on his battle with schizophrenia, and how it affected his life. Without a doubt, the movie once again brought to the fore the struggles facing sufferers of this mental impairment.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Sunday, October 14, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Which Plants Are Witch?

The Babylonians believed in a female demon that inhabited ruins. Her name, they said, was Lilith. However, in Hebrew folklore Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Then in medieval times she was a famous witch. Likewise, Hecate was the Greek goddess of earth, moon and underworld only later, as Macbeth discovered, to preside over all witches.

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 8, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Anusitis and Other Causes of Rectal Bleeding

“Why didn’t you come to see me earlier? It could have saved you months of worry,” I recently asked a patient. She had delayed seeing me because of rectal bleeding and she was terrified I’d tell her the diagnosis was cancer. Yet her only complaint was anusitis, an often overlooked rectal condition. But whether it’s anusitis or a serious problem a cardinal rule is never, never ignore rectal bleeding.

October Gardening

Prepare for a stormy fall across Eastern Canada, advises the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Environment Canada in its usual confident way predicts a lack of rain for Ontario all this month and on through to the end of November. Ah well, as Ogden Nash in his glorious rhymes once opined:

By Wes Porter - Monday, October 1, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Collagen Producing Peptides For Wrinkled Skin

What made Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, so attractive? Certainly being born beautiful wasn’t a hindrance for her seduction of Mark Anthony. But apart from having genetics on her side she knew that natural beauty could be preserved and augmented by the application of healthy emollients. Both Cleopatra and Poppea, wife of the Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey-and-milk lotion to keep them looking youthful. But what would Cleopatra and Poppea have done to get their hands on a new potion proven to reduce wrinkles up to 78 percent?

Listening to Golden Oldies at Echos—where I want to be!

DJ Lenny, Kerry Wilkinson
D.J. Lenny (left) and Owner Kerry Wilkinson

Right up there with investigative journalism and gourmet cooking, the allure of the Golden Oldies is my passion.

Tuning in to AM740 is the start of my every business day. The songs of Dean Martin, Fats Domino and Gerry Vale keep me going. They make all the difference in my overly busy life in front of the computer screen.

Sometimes I get to tune in to AM740 when not writing for Canada Free Press (CFP). Barring business emergencies, at 2 p.m. every Sunday, I put everything aside to hear Gene Stevens. I rate his Vintage Favorites; from 2 to 4 as the best radio show I’ve ever heard!

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, September 29, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

No-Waste Lawn & Garden

Minnesota’s motto reads L’Etoile du Nord—The Star of the North. Indeed to our American cousins it is known as the North Star State. If that is so, to judge by their website, surely one of the stellar organizations there must be the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

By Wes Porter - Friday, September 28, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

New Support Group For Psoriasis Patients

Sir William Osler, one of this country’s greatest physicians, remarked that no doctor thoroughly understands a disease until he suffers from it. He could have added that this also applies to patients.

Children’s Gardening

Scientists call peppers Capsicum. The word comes from Greek kapto, which means ‘to bite.’ In different shapes, colours and sizes, they have been doing just that for over 9,000 years. Some South and Central Americans liked it hot.

By Wes Porter - Friday, September 21, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Should You Buy Organic Food?

“Do you ever buy organic food?” I asked my wife. She quickly answered, “No”. Then I asked, “Why do some people buy it?” She replied what most people say, “Because it’s free of pesticides”. But is this true? And with increasing food prices is it prudent to spend hard-earned dollars on organic farm products?

More Limericks of a Vaguely Garden Substance

Some decried our previous publication of limericks both clean and bawdy, others only the latter. Given the nature of modern clergy, the following addenda certainly might be quoted in their company. Likewise to maiden aunts, in senior citizens homes, at gardening clubs, perhaps even to a bunch of Boy Scouts—most certainly to gatherings of Girl Guides. Only the politically correct must, alas, once again suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune ...

By Wes Porter - Friday, September 14, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

New “Sahara Desert” Drug Cures Head Lice

Why am I scratching my head? It’s because I’m writing about head lice and even the thought of having this crawly beast, “Pediculosis capitis”, in my hair triggers this reaction. It also makes me understand the traumatic, emotional and embarrassed reaction of parents (and child) when they’re told, “Sarah (or Johnnie) has head lice”. Now that school has started, over a million parents in this country will hear this news. Fortunately, a new “Sahara Desert” treatment rids families of this common pest.

Gardening in September

“The first three men in the world were a gardener, a ploughman, and a grazier; and if any object that the second of these was a murderer, I desire him to consider that as soon as he was so, he quitted our profession, and turned builder,” according to the English poet Abraham Cowley (1618-67). Somewhat earlier in his play concerning the melancholy Dane Hamlet, Shakespeare opined: “There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers and gravediggers; they hold up Adam’s profession.” Alas, as the days shorten and high summer turns to low fall, we occasionally reflect upon how others view us.

By Wes Porter - Friday, September 7, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Ovarian Cancer, Scaring Women Half-To-Death

It’s been said that a little knowledge is an dangerous thing. A report from The Mayo Clinic shows that this is particularly true when the subject is ovarian cancer. And it illustrates how easy it is to both inform women and worry them at the same time.

Sacrifice Part of Your Stomach To Lose Weight?

“Desperate diseases require desperate cures”, wrote the immortal bard, William Shakespeare. For grossly obese patients this means putting part of the stomach and small intestine out of commission (bariatric surgery). But this is not minor surgery and patients should know the risks before making this desperate decision.

Where Was Oscar The Cat When I needed Him?

“Why don’t you go to lunch? I’ll wait here until he dies”, I suggested to the nurses. The patient was a 90 year old Baptist minister, and after days of futile treatment for cardiac problems I was sure the end was imminent.