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Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

In 1963, Nat King Cole released his hit song, Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer. Lazy referred to those hot summer days before air conditioning, hazy meant humid, and crazy was just the playful innocence of youth in the … Continue reading

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Don’t hold your breath!

Take a deep breath Every day, on online health and fitness sites, on TV and in popular magazines, media is informing us that the food we eat is affecting our health. In our doctors’ offices, diet becomes an issue as … Continue reading

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Linking MCS and Autism

I’m in my 60s now, ten years into my second marriage, and my wife and I have six children between us. We are at a stage in life when our children are having babies and our friends and relatives of the same age are also becoming grandparents. When we hear the exciting news – that we’re expecting a new grandchild – the combined feeling of joy and excitement is hard to describe, which helps to suppress the unspeakable worry; that the baby might be born with less than good health. And we have good reason for concern, because developmental disorders now affect one in six children. Continue reading

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You can roll your eyes…. but

Last week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addressed the press, announcing the cap-and-trade system, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She began by stating, “We have to take into account all the costs of not doing this because if…,” at which point she stopped in mid sentence, distracted by a member of the press. This was followed by, “I know, you can roll your eyes, but” and signalled, with her hand held up, to halt the posturing by a reporter. She continued, “ if people’s insurance costs go up because of extreme weather and because of increasing damage that’s done…insurance costs have to keep going up; that’s a huge cost”. Continue reading

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Are Bees Warning Us About the Sting of Autism?

Recently, my wife and I were shopping at a major grocery chain store that sells natural and organic foods. We noticed some signs that were posted in various places with the message: “Give bees a chance” – a catchy play on words from John Lennon’s song, “Give peace a chance”. The purpose is to attract public attention to the fact that the honey bee population is rapidly declining. Continue reading

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