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Nisa Shah
Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

As Valentine's day is on the horizon we thought let’s check our flowers, the symbol of love.  Did you know most mass-produced flowers are grown using harmful chemicals? No doubt flowers are beautiful and a cherished symbol of love and passion. This connotation can be traced back to Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome - Goddesses of love. Sadly the situation has become somewhat muddied in our time. Now we are surrounded by cut flowers that are grown with harmful agro-chemicals and pesticides which are damaging the environment, our ecosystem. It's putting florists and people who are working with flower farms at...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Healthy living between the sheets

Healthy living between the sheets

Imagine yourself taking a walk outdoors. You may be picturing a lovely coastal scene, or a forest setting, or perhaps a stroll in the hills…ah, how pleasant, you can almost taste the clean, fresh air!   Now think again, and get a feel for what it would be like to take an extended, 8-hour long hike along a busy traffic-laden road! Every step of the way you’re breathing in toxic fumes and seeing nothing but the back ends of honking cars. Can you imagine the impact of doing this every day of your life? You’d be crazy to even conceive of such...

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Nisa Shah
Sleep: The Healing Balm

Sleep: The Healing Balm

How important is sleep for our mental health? October 10th was World Mental Health Day. Being a therapist and running a sleep-related business, I felt a strong urge to write about the connection between our sleep and mental health.  In my psychotherapy practice, I have observed that many clients who suffer from severe anxiety, depression and even mental illnesses like schizophrenia and paranoia are often also plagued with poor sleep. I will be exploring whether a lack of sleep is due to mental illness or if it contributes to mental illness. We’ll also look at what practices help and hinder...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Organic – the common thread

Organic – the common thread

We use the term organic in diverse contexts. We might be talking about carbon chemistry, particularly the chemistry of life, or in the sense of organ-ic, referring to organ systems or organisms, or to specific farming practices and its produce. Let’s look at each in turn and see if there’s a common thread...       The chemistry of life All life forms are based on organic compounds; that is compounds containing carbon. What’s so special about carbon is its ability to hook up with other carbon atoms in long complex chains, leading to the formation of, literally, millions of distinct...

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