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An Ounce Newsletter (Winter 2014)

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Cancer Fact

Did you know that incidence and mortality of certain cancers have been shown to be lower in southern latitudes where sunshine is more plentiful. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin upon sunlight exposure, and therefore seen as the possible mechanism for lowering cancer risk... (continuing reading)


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Four decades after US President Nixon declared war on cancer, the war is far from won.

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Does the sunshine vitamin reduce your risk of cancer?

By Dr. Natasha Klemm, ND, PCN Co-Chair

There has been increasing interest in the use and efficacy of supplements for cancer prevention, particularly Vitamin D.

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Should breast cancer be compensated as a workplace disease?

By Michael Gilbertson PhD

There has never been a workplace compensation claim in Canada awarded for breast cancer, but recent changes in the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifications of carcinogens might lead to cases in which the evidence is overwhelming.

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The Buzz about the “new nicotine-like” insecticides

By Meg Sears

To minimize risks of cancer and other chronic diseases, a healthy diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Growing many of these foods requires pollination by bees, but bees are dying en masse – this is called “colony collapse.”

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Challenging impunity: holding industry and government leaders criminally accountable for putting industry profits ahead of human life

By Kathleen Ruff

Protection of the health of children and respect of scientific evidence are surely two key characteristics of a decent society.

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Hitting Home: Wireless antennae coming closer to homes and schools

By Frank Clegg

Within one generation, continuous internet access has become everyday reality for the majority of Canadians.

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Do triclosan and other anti-microbial chemicals do more harm than good? The US FDA wants to see the proof

By Meg Sears

Rarely today do mothers gaze lovingly at their mud-encrusted offspring and remark to fellow mums, “Y’ gotta eat a peck of dirt before you die.”

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Dietary Supplements – Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)

By Morwenna Given

Dietary supplements are hugely popular, with billions of dollars spent in the hope of staving off or treating chronic diseases, including cancer.

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Precautionary Principle: the Nicole Bruinsma Story

by PCN Staff

Precautionary Principle: the Nicole Bruinsma Story tells the story of small town Québec family doctor, Nicole Bruinsma, and the pivotal role she plays in galvanizing community support and effecting a municipal ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides.

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PCN Shorts

By PCN Staff

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