Sep 142016

Speaker: Dr. Mahalia Freed, ND
Written by: Sheena & Esha Jain


The importance of herbs to our health is so significant. Herbs contain many key elements that can be used for curing purposes, providing us with a variety of natural sources that can be used for treatment. Most herbs have multi-purpose uses further having beneficial effects. In order for us to use these herbs we must have knowledge about their effects, as well as modes in which they can be consumed. The following includes some key herbs that are commonly used for self-treatment. Continue reading »

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Sep 142016

Speaker: Heather Marshall
Written by: Esha & Sheena Jain



Toronto is an ever growing city, with some areas more exposed to carcinogens than others, as high rise buildings are being built near industrial areas. It is evident that many companies are not reporting toxic chemicals, which even in the smallest amounts can be harmful. As a result community member of Toronto have pushed “the rights to know bylaw” in order to gain more information regarding the toxins being used and released into the environment. The Toronto public health map website now discloses the top 25 toxic substances used as they are now required to share it with the public. Of the list of 25 toxic substances, Cadmium, Tetrachloroethylene, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are all cancer causing toxins.

Tetrachloroethylene also known as “Perc” is of particular interest as it is used quite a bit. It is important to know that Perc causes respiratory, nervous and reproductive system issues. It adds to air pollution and has a negative effect on aquatic environments, soil and groundwater contamination.   Continue reading »

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Sep 142016

Speaker: Muhannad Malas
Writers: Esha & Sheena Jain


        Toxins are present in a variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, food packaging, household furniture, cleaning products etc. Over 84 000 toxins are used in products throughout North America, however only a small fraction are assessed and reported. Studies have shown that at the time of birth, neonates have already been exposed to approximately 55-121 toxic compounds that are linked to cancer and other health conditions.  

Many of these toxins are classified as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, which are known to mimic the effects of hormones. Some examples include:

Bisphenol A (BPA) used in: food cans, plastic reusable bottles & cash register receipts

o   BPA mimics estrogen, which can be detrimental to breastfeeding mothers and their children and has been linked to breast cancer.

Flame Retardants – used in: Furniture (i.e. couches, office chairs, mattresses) & nail polish

o   Flame retardants can impact fetal brain development and has been linked to ADHD

Phthalates & Parabensused in: Nail polish perfume/fragrance, makeup, personal care products & vinyl floors

o   Parabens mimic estrogen making them toxic to the reproductive system.

There are specific stages throughout development, in which one is most susceptible to toxin exposure. This can have a cumulative effect and increase their chances of developing various health conditions in the future. These include:


o   Since fetuses are small with low weight, any amount of chemical exposure can have an effect on them. Although as a general rule effects are independent of a dose to weight ratio. The effect varies based on individual susceptibility and genetic makeup. Continue reading »

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Sep 142016

Speaker: Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND
Written by: Esha & Sheena Jain



It is a great misconception that weeds that grow in our gardens are “the enemy.” Dr. Cyndi Gilbert a naturopathic doctor states that weeds are herbs, a food, which add flavour to our meals, providing us with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Weeds help prevent diseases as they are easily absorbed and aid in supporting our health. Why weeds you may ask, simply put they are accessible, local, free, nutritious and sustainable. The following are just a few brief examples of uses and health benefits of some edible weeds:


Weed Available Nutrients/Vitamins/Minerals & Effects Medical Benefits Disadvantages
Dandelion Greens: ↑ in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K &


Roots:   ↑ in fiber (inulin) & Iron

          – Gentle laxative

           – Improves fat digestion & reduces cholesterol   

Leaves: Diuretic effects

Can assist in the management of:

– Acne, Eczema


– Constipation, UTI

– Anemia

– High Blood Pressure

Lamb Quarters – ↑ in Calcium, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C,

  Vitamin K

– Laxative effects

– ↑ in Oxalates

(increases risk of Kidney stones when raw)

Red Clover – ↑ in phytoestrogens (isoflavones), Calcium,

   Magnesium, Phosphorous & Potassium  

Hormone balancing effects

– ↓Hot Flashes

– Prevents breast

 cancer recurrence

– Possibly prevents


Stinging Nettle – ↑ in Iron & Vitamin C

– Helps rehabilitate toxic soils

       – Because it can move minerals and nitrogen

              in soil

– Boosts milk supply in dairy cows

– Gives other flowers or plants there scent

 (e.g. gives  peppermint, and lavender there smell)

Can be used in management of:

– Frostbite

– Acne, eczema

– Anemia

– Hair Loss

– Arthritis, Gout  

– Hay Fever


Root: used for

 prostate health

– Stings when  


 (no longer stings

  once dry)

  – Handle with   


Burdock – ↑ in fiber (lingnins, Inulin), prebiotics

– Metabolic Effects    

Can be used in management of:

– Diabetes Mellitus

 (controls insulin


– Eczema

Garlic Mustard – Antimicrobial, antibiotics Can be used for:

– Colds/Flu  

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Sep 122016

Speaker: Tracey Tief
Written by: Esha & Sheena Jain


Sexual pleasure is a topic that society considers taboo. According to Tracy TieF, a certified natural health practitioner, she believes that sexual pleasure is our birthright. She urges people to be aware of toxic sex toys and the potentially harmful effects of their materials. The sex toy industry is unregulated and so many are unaware of the potential health risks associated with the use of these products.

The main concern is the use of phthalates, a chemical used in adhesives, paint, insect repellents, polyvinyl chloride plastic, children’s toys and cosmetics such as nail polish and perfumes. Phthalates, also known as plasticizers, are added to the plastic sex toy to make the toy softer and more flexible. Overtime these added phthalates leak out in a process called “off-gassing”, which may be ultimately absorbed into the body. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 12, 2016