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Alfred Vogel honored for lifetime achievement

by Sonia Chartier, on 30 September 2014, Alfred Vogel
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September 13th 2014, at the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) awards ceremony in Toronto, Alfred Vogel, founder of Bioforce Canada, received its highest honor, the Hall of Fame award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development and growth of the industry.

A true pioneer, Alfred dedicated his life to naturopathy and herbal medicine research for almost 8 decades. His commitment to providing superior quality products coupled with his vision ‘to empower people to maintain or regain their health by natural means’ are the cornerstones of his work.

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Tips to manage stiff neck

by Sonia Chartier, on 9 September 2014, Muscle and joint
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It is common to find mobility of the neck and shoulders to be less than ideal.

We may not all be sporting neck braces, but many of us look enviously at owls with their swivelling heads. This increasing stiffness may be due to age or a sedentary lifestyle, or hours spent hunched, practically welded into place, in front of the computer screen.

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Managing stiffness and aches

by Sonia Chartier, on 8 September 2014, Muscle and joint

Are you one of those people who wake up in the morning and slowly straighten your fingers one by one? Do your knees crack when you stand up after just a short time relaxing in your chair? If not you, then someone around you?

Stiffness, aches and pains seem to be some of the everyday curses of 21st Century life. Younger and younger people are seeking an effective remedy.

Inflammation is a useful part of the body’s defenses. However if the inflammatory response is prolonged, it can become a debilitating part of the disease process rather than the healing. It isn’t just people with long term conditions that are affected, but those who have injured themselves playing sports or practicing a hobby such as gardening a little too strenuously, and need anti-inflammatory help to get their injury healed and their limbs back into action.

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Cold and flu – Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 11 August 2014, Cold and Flu
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The cold season changes our environment in ways that challenge our body: more germs to catch from the office, school, gym, planes or public transportation; extreme temperature variations; less sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities…

The smart thing to do is to prepare our body to meet these challenges and continue to enjoy good health.  Prevention is key for getting through the cold and flu season successfully. It is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections.

During periods when you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to virus or bacteria, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to function properly and successfully prevent infection from occurring. When that happens your objective is simple:  relieve symptoms and get better fast.

The people who are most at risk of catching a bug are smokers.  So if you are stressed, lacking sleep and smoking (usually more when stressed), then your risk level is quite high because all those things affect your immune system. Continue reading >