October 15, 2007

Contents:
  1. Did You Know About HANS Coupons?
  2. Trends in Influenza Vaccination in Canada 1996/1997 to 2005
  3. Air Quality Health Index in Canada

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Did You Know About HANS Coupons?

Dear HANS Members and Friends;

Do you buy supplements or eat organics? Have you ever wanted to try reflexology? Is it time for a pre-winter health check and tune-up? Then now is also the perfect time to take advantage of the HANS member discount coupons on our website. Click under Discounts for Members at www.hans.org and you'll find coupons for a bunch of businesses who kindly support HANS. Here's a list, and it keeps growing!

Stores and Products
Alive Health Centers - 15 percent off
Gaia Garden Herbals -  10 to 15 percent off
Mark's Pharmacy - 15 percent off
Salvestrols - 10 percent off
Westpointe Organic Produce - 10 percent off

Services
Moira Khouri, foot reflexology and nutritional counseling - 10 percent off
Nature Cleaning Services - 15 percent off
Nature's Clinic Naturopathic Medicine - 10 percent off
Vestta Whole Health Centre/Body TuneUp Health and Fitness Agency - free consultation

The trick is, you do need your HANS card that shows your membership expiry date when you use these coupons. So if you've lost your card, or need to renew, or want to join HANS as a new member, please give us a call at 604-435-0512.

Hope to see many of you at our Raw Milk Real Controversy Talk in Burnaby on October 25th

We'd love to hear from you.

Warm Regards,
Lorna Hancock
Executive Director and Founding Member

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Trends in Influenza Vaccination in Canada 1996/1997 to 2005

Despite increases in influenza vaccination rates across the country, the rates for high-risk groups are falling short of national targets, a new study has found.

As of 2005, influenza vaccination rates were increasing across Canada after an apparent levelling off in 2003, according to an article published in Health Reports.

Even so, many who are considered to be at high risk for serious complications from influenza infection-specifically, younger people with chronic conditions and seniors-are not being vaccinated.

Nationally, influenza vaccination rates nearly doubled from 1996/1997 to 2000/2001, increasing from 15 percent to 27 perent. After stabilizing between 2000/2001 and 2003, the rates increased to 34 percent in 2005.

More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/071002/d071002a....

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Air Quality Health Index in Canada

Although fall has arrived, the poor air quality we usually see during those smoggy days of summer should still be of concern to Canadians. Outdoor air pollution is a factor in one in 12 deaths in major Canadian cities. Even at low levels, air pollution can contribute to a variety of harmful health effects, ranging from premature death to asthma to coughing to eye irritation. While even the healthiest among us should be aware of increases in air pollutants, children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems need to take extra precautions as they are particularly at risk.

To help increase public awareness of poor air quality and related health issues, Environment Canada and Health Canada, in partnership with the provinces, public health authorities and environmental and health non-governmental organizations, have developed the world's first national Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for use in Canadian cities from coast to coast over the next four years.

More at http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroZine/english/issues/76/fea...

Calendar of Events

FOOD ISSUES- Hosted by HANS at Planet Organic Market Coquitlam
with Sandra Tonn, RHN
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:00 - 8:30 pm

RAW Milk - REAL Controversy
with Mark McAfee from Organic Pastures Dairy in California
7:00 pm October 25th, 2007

GERMAN NEW MEDICINE SEMINAR ONE
with Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.
October 27-28, 2007; 9 am - 4 pm

Gluten-Free Health Fair & Celiac Awareness Event
with Shelley Case, RD, author of Gluten Free Diet: a Comprehensive Resource Guide & Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu, ND, Sage Clinic, Gluten Intolerance Specialist
Oct 27 & Oct 28 -- 9:30pm - 3:00pm

Riverview Preservation Society Public Meeting
with Open
Sunday, October 28, 2007 from 1:15 - 3:30 pm


Media Watch

Is Your Couch Toxic?
Air Fresheners Unregulated, Potentially Dangerous, Group Says
EU Calls for Urgent Action on Wi-Fi Radiation
FDA Isn't Too Sweet on Stevia
Drugmakers Pull Cold Remedies Aimed at Toddlers
Food Colouring Confirmed Bad for Children
Canadian Lawns and Gardens: Where are the Greenest?
BC to Set Industry Carbon Caps
Global Warming Solutions at Home
US Organic Fraud Protection Program Launched
Manitoba Proposes Organic Products Act
EU Environment Chief Faces GMO Hot Potato
Children's Environmental Health and the Precautionary Principle
Asthma: Around 15 Percent of Cases Caused by Cleaning Sprays
One-third of Children Take Vitamins, Study
Organic Meat and Dairy Products Boost "Good" Fatty Acids In Breast Milk, Researchers Say
Health Canada Undermines Balanced Healthcare
Vitamin Supplements Help Protect Children from Heavy Metals, Reduce Behavioral Disorders
Getting Serious about Canadian Health Research
Vaccine Autism Link Discounted, But Effect of "Study" is Unknown
Flu Shots Don't Protect the Elderly, New Data
Naturopathic Medicine Helps Chronic Lower Back Pain
Do Statins Increase Cancer Risk?
Parabens in Cosmetics: Friend of Foe?
Lead Tests Raise Red Flag for Lipsticks
Gore Shares Nobel Win with UN Climate Panel
Canadian Farm Couple Who Took on Monsanto Win "Alternative Nobel" in Sweden
Canada Not Listening to Leading Environmentalist

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