Be Heart Smart - Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke


Published in:  The Times Colonist – February 2012
Written by:  Dr. Marita Schauch BSc. ND

Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada. In 2008 (the latest year available from Statistics Canada), cardiovascular disease accounted for 29% of all deaths in Canada – more than 69,500 people. Heart disease and stroke come with a hefty price tag as well, both cost the Canadian economy more than $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.

Cardiovascular disease is defined as a disease and injury of the cardiovascular system: the heart, the blood vessels of the heart, and the system of blood vessels (veins and arteries) throughout the body and within the brain.

Stroke is the result of a blood flow problem in the brain.

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On February 19, 2012, posted in: Women's Health

10 Easy Tips to Lose That Holiday Bulge


Published in: The Times Colonist – January 2012
Written by: Dr. Marita Schauch BSc. ND


Happy New Year Everyone! It’s that time of the year again thanks to the abundance of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and countless social gatherings; when the majority of us are trying to shed the excess 5-10 pounds put on over the holiday season.

In January, we are often bombarded with TV, magazine, and newspaper articles encouraging us to make and keep weight loss resolutions. The sad fact is that while most people have the best intentions to lose weight, by mid- February, they have returned to their unhealthy habits. Whatever you choose as your weight loss method it is important to set realistic goals and make more of a lifestyle change than something that you will only do for 2 months of the year. Yo-yo dieting or an extreme diet change only puts more stress on the body, which will actually do more damage than good.

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On January 19, 2012, posted in: Men's Health , Published Articles , Weight Loss , Women's Health

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

Published in: The Times Colonist – November 2011

Every year, November also known as “Movember” is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Canada and all around the world. This health initiative was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide Australia and then made its way to Canada in 2007. With the growth of their “mo’s”, men all around the globe raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Read More

On November 17, 2011, posted in: Men's Health

Boosting Your Immune System Naturally!


Published in: The Times Colonist – October 2011

It’s that time of year again. Your kids are coming home with the sniffles, your co-workers are calling in sick and you are starting to get that little tickle at the back of your throat. Sound familiar? Cold and flu season is here and supporting your immune system is so vitally important. It is estimated that at least 50 million people in North America get the flu each year from November to March. Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick. More than 100,000 people are hospitalized and at least 20,000 people die from the flu and its complications annually.

A healthy lifestyle is key in supporting the immune system’s resistance to infection and increasing optimal immunity. Consider the following immune boosting tips to keep you healthy this cold and flu season: Read More

On October 27, 2011, posted in: Immune System

Relieve Menopause Symptoms with Adrenal and Thyroid Support

How to relieve menopausal symptoms


Published in: Vitalité Quebec | November 2011 Issue
Written by: Marita Schauch, BSc, ND

Menopause represents a major transition period in the lives of most women. Most women enter menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. The definition of menopause is one year with no menstrual cycle. On average, 70 to 80 per cent of women will experience mild to moderate symptoms, while 10 to15 percent will suffer severe symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include: anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, brain fog Read More

On September 21, 2011, posted in: Published Articles , Women's Health