2) Feature: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
3) Issue Updates
- Ban Terminator Seeds: Join the Global Campaign
- Protect Canada's Food System: Help Stop Bill C-27
- Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Canada, Inaugural Quarterly Report, October 2005
- Canadian Food Consumption Patterns, 2004
4) Media Watch
- Fluoride: Not in My Water Supply
- Congress Sneak Attacks Organic Standards Despite Massive Consumer Opposition
- Children of IVF Often Ill Early On, Study
- Existence of Toxic Mold Syndrome Questioned
- Misuse of Gene-altered Crops Can Cause Problem
- Preparing for the Bird Flu and Other Killer Viruses
- Bird Flu Shows Signs of Evading Newest Drug
- Vitamin C Beats Avian Flu and Other Viruses, Too
- Radiation Induced-Sarcomas after Radiotherapy for Breast Carcinoma: A Large-scale Single-institution Review
- Regulating the Drug Industry Transparently
- Safer Prescribing for Children
- "Breakthrough Drugs" and Growth of Expenditure on Prescription Drugs in Canada
- Incidents of Adverse Events Among Hospital Patients in Canada
- Cancer Misdiagnosed in Twelve Per cent of Cases
- Cancer Patients Secretive over CAM Use
- Study Links Aspartame with Cancers
- North American Ginseng Root and the Common Cold
- Lose Weight, Enjoy a Better Sex Life, Study
- Air Inside Car Said to be More Harmful than Outside
- Ingredient in Cosmetics, Toys a Safety Concern
- Scientists Create GM Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria and Save Thousands of Lives
- Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades
- Prince Charles Says World Should Give Climate Change Greater Priority
5) Calendar of Events
- Emotional Freedom Techniques, Nov 6th
- Hazards of Genetically Modified Food: The Scientific Evidence, Nov 7th
- IBS? Crohn's? Diverticulitis? Colitis? Seminar, Nov 16th
- Energy Psychology, Psychotherapy and Self-Healing, Nov 19th
Hello to members and friends as the end of another golfing season approaches. Oh, I know, not for "mudders", right?
Between holes though, keep in mind that two important HANS events are coming up mid-November, both of them at the Firefighters' Society Club at 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby on Thursday, November 17th.
Our Annual General Meeting begins at 6 pm and will deal with electing new board members, reviewing financial statements for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2005, and commenting on next year. It's important for members to participate in this process.
Also on November 17th, beginning at 7:30 pm, is a presentation by Harold Foster, PhD. Anyone who cares about their health and their immune system should attend this presentation. Dr. Foster will be talking about a simple, safe, inexpensive formula for strengthening the immune system to protect against major diseases. I am sure there will be a lively question-and-answer period following the presentation.
Dr. Foster's is a major discovery with already remarkable responses from AIDS patients in Africa. Two double-blind clinical trials are currently in progress. This is all about nutrient deficiencies in the soil and in the food we consume. It's highly likely that all of us are deficient in the simple nutrients that Dr. Foster will talk about.
For Dr. Foster's talk, there is a huge discount on tickets for HANS members. Non-members can join even on the evening of the lecture and receive a credit towards their membership, although pre-registrants receive the largest discount. Please call Pauline or Meera at 604-435-0512 to register.
Don't miss this evening!
2) Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
By Michelle Hancock
Did you forget to set your clocks back last weekend? Well, don't worry. You don't have to set back your body's clock, too. Nature has already programmed us to sleep more as winter approaches.
Sleep is a fundamental need. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. It takes a healthy sleeper about 10 minutes to fall into the first of four stages of sleep. Stages one and two are lighter periods during which we're more likely to wake up. Stages three and four are deep (delta) sleep, during which our breathing and heartbeat continue to slow and our muscles relax.
Rapid eye movement (REM) is another form of sleep that can randomly occur during the night. During this phase, our brains are active, our heartbeat and breathing are quicker, and we're likely to have vivid dreams.
Why We Need Sleep
When we sleep, our cells regenerate. The skin eliminates waste and the body circulates nutrients and hormones. There's a reason Grandma recommended bed-rest for a cold: that's when the body's immunity strengthens, infection-fighters form and strength is conserved to battle unwanted invaders.
Good rest promotes faster recovery from injury and illness, increases brain function and reduces stress. Conversely, lack of sleep causes irritability and the inability to concentrate. Sleeplessness is a major contributor to car accidents, work inefficiency and absenteeism.
A study released October 25, 2005, by vielife.com followed 300 employees for one year and found that lost productivity partly due to lack of sleep cost the company $2,800 per employee each year.
How do our bodies know when to hit the sheets? Fading daylight strikes the retinas in the eyes, which sends a message to a bundle of nerve cells in the brain called suprachiasmatic nucleus, or circadian clock. From there, more messages are sent to the rest of the body, telling it to prepare for rest. Our circadian clock is located in the hypothalamus part of the brain, which is also responsible for melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that lowers body temperature, causing increased drowsiness.
As a species, we're designed to sleep less in brighter months, and more in winter. "It's a hibernation response," explains Peter Bennett, naturopathic physician. "Kind of like bears." Longer hours of darkness cause more melatonin production, which makes us tired. So if you're otherwise healthy but notice you sleep more at this time of year, that's normal.
On the other hand, many people are susceptible to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression typified by irritation, fatigue, weight gain and moodiness - definitely not desirable. In this case, various light therapy treatments - getting outside an extra half-hour each day or using special light therapy boxes - have been shown in numerous studies to be effective at reducing SAD symptoms.
How Much Do We Need?
Everybody's needs are different, but if you wake up refreshed and ready to start the day, you're on the right track. Babies sleep up to 18 hours a day. Some people get by on six. Most people need from eight to 10. According to several surveys, teenagers get an average of seven hours a night, although most need eight or nine.
As we age, we tend to require less sleep, although it's a very individual thing. Your requirement also depends on sleep quality. Getting up five times a night isn't great. Sleeping all the way through is.
Television watching has a direct, negative impact on sleep patterns, especially in kids, causing - new studies show - not only causing drowsiness but also exacerbating and contributing to poor health.
Today's baby boomers get less sleep than the previous generation, but Neldo O, a busy executive assistant in Vancouver, is lucky to have ideal sleep patterns. She practices what experts call good sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time.
As a result, her body knows when to get up. An early morning meeting? No problem. She programs her body to wake up on time. "I can't remember the last time I used an alarm clock," she says. "It's restorative. I love to sleep."
Meanwhile, one in three Canadians suffers bouts of insomnia or other sleep problems. Go to the www.cnn.com "health" section to use the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a test used by professionals to determine whether someone is getting enough sleep.
Better Sleeping Tips
Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This helps train your body.
Establish a bedtime routine, say, taking a bath, reading a book or drinking herbal tea containing valerian or chamomile. Eventually, your body recognizes these triggers to get into sleep mode.
Use your bed only for sleeping. Don't talk on the phone, read or eat in bed.
Increase exercise, which promotes deep sleep and relaxes muscles, but not within a few hours of going to bed.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol, which can cause you to wake in the night. Also avoid wide-awake stimulants such as coffee, tea and colas.
Don't smoke several hours before bed. Smoking is also a stimulant.
Avoid bright light around the house before bed; use a dimmer bulb if you read.
Black out your room; get rid of artificial light sources.
If you do wake up, avoid watching the clock, which can create anxiety.
Updated by author. Original appeared in alive Magazine, June 2003
3) ISSUE UPDATES
Ban Terminator Seeds: Join the Global Campaign
Once again, genetic seed sterilization technology is threatening the 12,000-year-old tradition of farmers saving, adapting and exchanging seed and the 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seed as their primary seed source.
The Canadian government tried to overturn the international (United Nations) de facto moratorium on Terminator in February 2005. To meet this new crisis and rebuild global opposition, the action group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC) asks you to join the new Ban Terminator Campaign and take action.
There are two important United Nations meetings coming up where debates on Terminator are planned. The ETC will work to establish a ban on Terminator at major meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: January 23 - 27, 2006, in Spain and March 20 - 31, 2006, in Brazil.
What You Can Do
- Groups and communities please "Endorse the Campaign" so we can show governments how strong the global opposition is. Go to http://www.banterminator.org/take_action/sign_on_to_....
- Subscribe to receive Action Alerts and breaking news so that you can take immediate action when it is needed the most at http://www.banterminator.org/take_action/subscribe.
- Join others in your area to pressure your government to ban Terminator nationally and at the United Nations. The ETC can help provide materials and contacts.
- Organize events and actions - Become a Ban Terminator contact and organizer.
- Share information on Terminator in your community so that we can work together.
- Pass a resolution in your group or community against Terminator to communicate your protest and reasons clearly for all to see.
- Visit http://www.banterminator.org for action ideas, information and campaign materials.
History: In 1998, ETC group (then RAFI) discovered Terminator patents. In 1999, in response to the avalanche of public opposition, two of the world's largest seed and agrochemical corporations, Monsanto and AstraZeneca (now Syngenta), publicly vowed not to commercialize Terminator seeds.
In 2000, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a de facto moratorium on Terminator seeds. As a result, many people believed the crisis had passed, and the issue faded from public view. Unfortunately, Terminator is still being developed and is now being heavily promoted.
ETC Group Headquarters
431 Gilmour St, Second Floor
Protect Canada's Food System: Help Stop Bill C-27
Bill C-27, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Enforcement Act, has been amended by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture. Consumer letters have an impact, and some of concerns have influenced the amendments. But it is not enough!
The fundamental problems with the Bill are still there. The CFIA still has its dual mandate to regulate for health and safety, and promote trade and commerce at the same time, and the Bill is still setting up the CFIA to have the authority to adopt a regulatory system for food that is virtually the same as the USA's for the sake of further integrating with the US economy.
Consumers again need to urge MPs to vote against Bill C-27. Go to http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org/ and click on the chicken icon on the front page for the new letter to send your MP. Go to the Current Issues menu and choose Bill C-27 for more background information and a summary of the amendments made at the committee stage.
If you are able to meet or phone your MP to discuss your concerns about Bill C-27 and its implications for Canadian food, agriculture, health and democracy, please do!
For the Beyond Factory Farming Coalition
501-230 22nd Street East
Phone: (306) 955-6454 or toll free at 1-877-955-6454
Fax: (306) 955-6455
Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Canada, Inaugural Quarterly Report, October 2005
This new communications initiative is designed to provide a window into the progress of the Natural Health Products Directorate as they implement the Natural Health Products Regulations. Inside is an update on the status of submissions, regulatory amendments and policies, education and outreach activities, and the Natural Health Products Research Program.
Canadian Food Consumption Patterns, 2004
Canadians continue to lay off veggies but are reaching for more fresh fruit, according to the latest data on food consumption. Per capita consumption of fresh vegetables fell for the third consecutive year in 2004, hitting its lowest level since 1992.
On average, Canadians consumed 74.8 kilograms (kg) of fresh vegetables in 2004, down from 75.7 kg in 2003. Even consumption of processed vegetables, including canned and frozen varieties, fell from 15.8 kg to 15.1 kg.
Canada's favourite vegetable, potatoes, many of them eaten as French fries or chips, accounted for half of the decline in vegetable consumption. Consumption of potatoes has been trending down for three years. Yet, other Canadian staples such as onions, lettuce and carrots are also trending lower.
On the other hand, each Canadian on average ate 37.6 kg of fresh fruits, up from 37.1 kg. Apples, bananas and oranges remained the fruit of preference, accounting for nearly half of all fresh fruit eaten.
4) MEDIA WATCH
Fluoride: Not in My Water Supply
Congress Sneak Attacks Organic Standards Despite Massive Consumer Opposition
Children of IVF Often Ill Early On, Study
Existence of Toxic Mold Syndrome Questioned
Misuse of Gene-altered Crops Can Cause Problem
Preparing for the Bird Flu and Other Killer Viruses
Bird Flu Shows Signs of Evading Newest Drug
Vitamin C Beats Avian Flu and Other Viruses, Too
Radiation Induced-Sarcomas after Radiotherapy for Breast Carcinoma: A Large-scale Single-institution Review
Regulating the Drug Industry Transparently
Safer Prescribing for Children
"Breakthrough Drugs" and Growth of Expenditure on Prescription Drugs in Canada
Incidents of Adverse Events Among Hospital Patients in Canada
Cancer Misdiagnosed in Twelve Percent of Cases
Cancer Patients Secretive over CAM Use
Study Links Aspartame With Cancers
North American Ginseng Root and the Common Cold
Lose Weight, Enjoy a Better Sex Life, Study
Air Inside Car Said to be More Harmful than Outside
Ingredient in Cosmetics, Toys a Safety Concern
Scientists Create GM Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria and Save Thousands of Lives
Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades
Prince Charles Says World Should Give Climate Change Greater Priority
For more current stories, check out "News" at www.hans.org.
5) Calendar of Events
EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques™
When: Sunday, November 6, 2005
Who: Dr. Alexander R. Lees, DCH
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Phone: Melissa Atkins at 604-687-8600
Are you under stress? Do you have phobias or fears? Do you procrastinate? Do you lack motivation? Would you like to improve your career or relationships?
Learn EFT from one of the leading experts in the field. Dr. Lees is a registered clinical counselor with a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy. He has been in private practice for 19 years, and presents seminars and workshops across Canada, the US, and Europe.
Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods: The Scientific Evidence
Who: Dr. Pat Howard, Professor of Science and Public Policy, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
When: Monday, November 7th
Where: New Westminster Public Library Auditorium, 716 6th Avenue
Phone: 604 421-5696
Dr. Howard will explain why she avoids buying, eating, or serving foods containing genetically modified ingredients. She will discuss the evidence of hazards and controversies among scientists.
IBS? Crohn's? Diverticulitis, Colitis?
Who: Jini Patel Thompson, author of Listen to Your Gut and The IBD Remission Diet
When: Wednesday, November 16th
Time: 7:30 - 9pm
Where: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 16th Avenue (corner of 16th and Burrard Street), Vancouver
Cost: $5 reservation fee (redeemable in coupons at Finlandia Pharmacy)
Phone: 604-733-5323 or 1-800-363-4372, or visit Finlandia Pharmacy at 1964 West Broadway
During this informative, inspiring seminar, Jini will discuss her own experience and journey with IBD, and will share her research, discoveries and feedback from more than 6,000 people who have used her natural healing program for IBS & IBD. Find out about what you can do, naturally, to manage your symptoms day-to-day and heal yourself long-term.
Jini will also hold an open-forum question and answer session where she will respond to questions from the audience.
Energy Psychology, Psychotherapy and Self-Healing
Who: Lee Pulos, PhD, ABPP and Heather Fay, MD
When: Saturday, Nov 19th
Time: 9am - 5pm
Where: Vancouver Masonic Hall, Watson Room (2nd Floor), 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $125/person before Nov 4th/ $135 after Nov 4th
LEE PULOS, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. He has also held clinical appointments at Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin medical schools and has been awarded a Diplomate (clinical) by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to his clinical career, Dr. Pulos has written two books, Beyond Hypnosis and Miracles and Other Realities.
HEATHER FAY, MD, spent the first part of her career as a family physician and during those decades took training in and used many complementary therapies especially in the area of the mind/body/spirit connection. She has been featured on Discovery Channel as a resource for alternative and complementary medicine. Dr. Fay is on the clinical faculty of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC). She utilizes hypnosis with the meridian therapies in her practice of integrating western and eastern medicine for mind-body healing.
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