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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture

            “The theories of acupuncture and moxibustion hold that the human body acts as a small universe connected by channels, and that by physically stimulating these channels the practitioner can promote the human body’s self-regulating functions and bring health to the patient.”1 The aforementioned quote is the definition that UNESCO gave to acupuncture in 2010. However, in Quebec the definition is as follows “Acupuncture is the act of stimulating, usually by the means of needles, certain specific sites of the skin, mucous membranes or subcutaneous tissues of the body for the purpose of improving health or relieving pain.”2

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Tattoo removal

Tattoo removal

            Once reserved for sailors, tribesmen, and ex-cons, tattoos have been growing in popularity in recent years. While the desire to express oneself through art is appealing, beware, this aesthetic procedure is quite permanent! While tattooing can be considered to be a profession, it is above all an art. And like most art forms, for best results, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Not only do they receive training in health and safety, but if done by an amateur, you run the risk of having a tattoo that will age poorly, heal badly, get infected and swollen or worse. An infection can come from cross contamination, poorly maintained or cleaned instruments, and improper techniques.

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The practice of physical activities

physical activities

The saying: a healthy mind, healthy body, is known to all. However, it can be difficult to find the motivation to play sports during the Canadian winter. Nonetheless, it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity. The World Health Organization defines physical activity as “any movement produced by skeletal muscles that increases energy expenditure.” In a report published in 2018, the WHO explained that “sedentariness (lack of physical activity) is considered the fourth most common risk factor for death in the world (6%). It is also estimated to be the cause of 21-25% of breast or colon cancers, 27% of diabetes cases and about 30% of ischemic heart disease.”

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Everything you need to know about pregnancy tests

pregnancy test

There are many different types of pregnancy tests out there and roughly 70% of women between the ages of 25 and 45 have needed one at some point in their lives. While some of the early symptoms of pregnancy can be vague; like nausea, a lack menstruation, increased appetite, fatigue and chest tenderness, there are many test available that can confirm a pregnancy.

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Benefits of yoga

Benefits of yoga

Yoga has been growing in popularity over the passed few years, and when you consider the its diversity, there is no surprise. From hot, cold, air, sports, prenatal, and acrobatic, there truly is something for everybody. Lately, even professional athletes are incorporating yoga into their work out regimens. But why all the hype?

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The benefits of spa treatments

spa treatments

With new spas opening across Montreal and Canada, there is an endless variety of treatments and therapies for you to choose from. Due to their high demand, these treatments have become more innovative and more focused of health benefits. There are many options to choose from; the most poplar being massage therapy, but span now offer a range of services like shiny salt and body wraps, facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, as well as signature services that combine multiple treatments. Here are some basics you should know before booking deciding on your next massage or spa treatment.

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Drink or Drive

drink or drive

During the holiday season, we hear the same message being constantly repeated: drink or drive, you have to choose. However, drunk driving continues to be the cause of many deaths each year.

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Bleaching your Teeth: Explained

Bleaching

Bleaching is a process used to brighten your own natural teeth without any complications. In this procedure, no removal, etching, or cutting of your dental enamel is required. Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and the natural aging process of your teeth turn them darker and stain them over time. A professional teeth whitening is performed with the help of active oxygen that helps decolourize the distracting colour pigments present in your teeth.

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Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A vaccine

On November 2nd 2018 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) changed its recommendations for international travel. Before taking off on your next flight, here’s some important information about some commonly contracted infections you should know about ahead of your travel plans.

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Tanning – Spray or UV?

tanning

For a few years now, pop-culture has increasingly valued tanning, it is seen as a sign of good health and is part of Western beauty standards. Tanning’s growing popularity has propelled the development of artificial tanning techniques. In Canada, with its long months of winter and snow, the number of artificial tanning users is increasing every year. In 2002, the Federal Department of Health and Social Services added ultraviolet (UV) light to its list of substances that are carcinogenic to humans. Long-term exposure to artificial sunlight contributes significantly to premature skin aging and the risk of skin cancer.

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