Monthly Archives: August 2015

Month: August 2015 Hip Stretching Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Hip Stretches for Low Back Pain Relief Stretch your quadriceps in the prone position.      Photo Credit: darrinahenry Did you know that stretching your hip muscles can help your back?   The pelvis is a key structure when it comes to back health, partly because it is fixed to the lower spine. Not only that, but hip muscles attach onto the pelvis. Chronically tight hip muscles have the power to pull the pelvis out of alignment, and indirectly affect spinal positioning as they do. Your risk for an injury may increase, as well.  If you already have one you

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Month: August 2015 Sciatica Symptoms – What’s that Pain Going Down Your Leg

Sciatica Symptoms Sciatica Symptoms – in a nutshell – generally consist of pain, numbness and/or weakness, and/or electrical type feelings such as pins and needles, shock, etc, down one leg.  Initially, sciatic pain may be mild, but over time, it grows in intensity, sometimes to unbearable levels. Most forms of sciatica originate in the lumbar spine (i.e. the low back),  but the pain and/or symptoms are not typically noticed in this area.   Generally, sciatica is felt as pain that radiates from the buttock area down the leg. Although it is possible to have sciatica on both sides of the body,

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Month: August 2015 Nuts And Seeds Offer A Bounty Of Nutrition

You can’t spell ‘nutrition’ without ‘nut’ Nuts offer a bounty of nutrients, ample protein and are a source of unsaturated fats, which makes them a satiating snack. Nuts and seeds offer a bounty of nutrition and are a satisfying snack. The noise about nuts’ nutritional attributes is louder than ever, and they’re available in a growing array of flavours, portions and locations. Spot them in single on-the-go servings in convenience stores or occupying an ever-growing berth of supermarket shelf space. Find them in flavours we’re used to seeing on bags of snack foods — salt and vinegar, chili lime and

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Month: August 2015 Canadian Families Spend More on Taxes Than Food, Shelter

The average Canadian family now spends more money on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter, according to a report by the Fraser Institute. “With growth in the total tax bill outpacing the cost of basic necessities, taxes now eat up more family income, so families have less money available to spend, save or pay down household debt,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, in a statement. The report from the Vancouver-based think tank found that last year, the average Canadian family spent 42.1 per cent of its income on taxes and 36.6 per cent

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Month: August 2015 Pineapples and Health

  Pineapples and Health Pineapple juice has been fermented into an alcoholic beverage in the past, and used to alleviate body heat and fevers. It was used externally to dissolve warts, callouses and painful corns. Due to the large amounts of natural acids (citric, malic, and tartaric) and bromelain enzyme, large amounts of fresh pineapple should not be consumed as a main dish. On the other hand, it is these same juices in moderate amounts that aid in digestion as they closely resemble natural gastric juices.   Pineapple is also a natural diuretic, helps clear mucous from bronchial tissues, and

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Month: August 2015 How to Spot a Weight Loss Scam

Sneaky Ways to Spot a Scam Photo Credit: Blend Images/John Fedele/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images Updated August 15, 2015. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board. Dieters, it’s time to arm yourself with shrewd new consumer tools. Sneaky manufacturers are using new scams to market their questionable weight loss products. This means that bad diet pills and programs have become harder to spot.  Do these phrases look familiar? “…clinically proven to burn more fat…” “…backed by science…” “…laboratory tested to provide weight loss results…” Ads that contain claims like these are likely to grab your attention.

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Month: August 2015 Toronto Has ‘High Risk’ of House-Price Correction – CMHC

This modest house on busy Dupont St. near Ossington sold for a cool million dollars in April, 2014 (it does have a coach house in back). Source: Toronto Star   Toronto is now at “high” risk of a housing correction — up from “moderate” just four months ago, says a quarterly examination of risks to the national housing market, released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Thursday. But rather than put a real number to that risk — the federal housing agency estimated the Canadian market was about 3 to 4 per cent overvalued last April — its economists

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Month: August 2015 9 Foods and Herbs That May Help You Shed Pounds

 Photo Credit: Melina Hammer/Moment/Getty Images Obesity affects more than one-third of adults in the United States, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A major health threat, obesity is known to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer. Certain foods and herbs are touted as a natural solution to taming appetite and reducing food intake. Although more research is needed before they can be recommended for any health condition, many of them can be delicious additions to any diet. If you’re looking to shed pounds, it’s important to combine

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Month: August 2015 26 Dunbar Rd., Toronto – Victorian semi in Rosedale sells quickly

      26 Dunbar Rd., Toronto ASKING PRICE $2,095,000 SELLING PRICE $2,075,000 PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $1,400,000 (2002) TAXES $14,451 (2015) DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven LISTING AGENTS Sue Mills and Sarah O’Neill, Royal LePage Signature Realty The Action: During the slow summer season, Rosedale homes can take a month or two to move, putting several homes in competition with each other. But this semi-detached house spurred a dozen buyers to book showings and another 20 to attend the open house within the first week, which concluded with an offer the sellers accepted. What They Got: This heritage designed Victorian

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Month: August 2015 Toronto Housing Market Faces High Risk of Correction – CMHC

Toronto’s housing market faces a high risk of a correction as soaring home prices this year have outstripped income growth even as the city is facing a rising supply of new condos, Canada’s federal housing agency warned Thursday. “In the case of Toronto, strong price acceleration in 2015 reflects a larger share of sales of pricier homes,” Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. wrote in a new home price forecast that upgraded the city’s risk of a housing downturn from moderate to high. “The rise in house prices has not been matched by growth in personal disposable income, giving rise to

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