PMS, postpartum depression, menopause, mood swings…all of these are labels for a specific type of mood disorder that is characterized as being the result of various shifts in hormone levels across a woman’s life span. These shifts can be minor, resulting in barely noticeable irritability or a short period of the “blues”, or they can be more severe, as is the case in postpartum psychosis. These hormone shifts are normal, but sometimes our body chemistry responds to them abnormally.

Paul Haddon was surrounded by positive food experiences from an early age. He has fond memories of baking cakes with his grandmother as a child, but the real influence came from having young parents who loved to entertain. During their many dinner parties they would often find Paul in the kitchen helping out.

If you sit in front of a computer, mountain bike, cross country ski, snowshoe or ride the ski hill chances are your Illiopsoas muscle affects your life. This large muscle group is a definite troublemaker and causes plenty of low back pain in the Elk Valley because it is so commonly neglected. So if you are affected by lower back pain and want to learn more about it read on.

1. Where is this muscle?

The first twelve years of my life, I lived at the ski hill. New years always seem to bring with it nostalgic feelings for my life at the hill. Time passes so quickly that I find it hard to believe that I may be closer to being married or graduation from university than the vast majority of these memories. Everything was so simple, as I am sure anyone in recollection of their childhood may agree.

For a small resort town, Fernie has a number of talented, dedicated and passionate chefs that add to the cultural diversity of our little town. I thought they were worth finding more about.

This is a series focusing on specific muscles to help you better understand why you need to strengthen or stretch specifically to prevent or heal injuries. This month we take a closer look at hamstrings.

1. Where is this muscle?

December is here, and with it the panic of Christmas. It seems like every year our culture is sucked into the materialistic spirit, buying endless trinkets and pity gifts to try and cover all of our bases. It’s the Walmart way, sucking us into spending as little as we can on practically useless things that all have the same destiny in a year or so - the landfill.

My goal this year is to reduce the wastefulness of giving. For all gifts to be well thought out and purposeful, and I encourage you to do the same. Here are some thoughts on practical gifts for teenagers.

Pierre Dupont is passionate about cheese, and since moving to Fernie seven years ago secretly hoped that someone would open a cheese shop so he could shop regularly and locally for one of his favourite foods. Since no one has Pierre decided to open his own shop, showcasing hand crafted artisanal cheese made in Canada. Soon he will be known as Le Grand Fromage.

This series focuses on learning about specific muscles to help you better understand why you need to strengthen or stretch in a particular way to prevent or heal injuries. This month we take a look at the quadriceps.

1. Where is this muscle?

This series focuses on specific muscles to help you better understand the importance of strengthening or stretching to prevent or heal injuries. We begin with the IT Band, and will continue with Quads in December, Hamstrings in November, Hip Flexors in February and Lower Trapzius in February.

1. Where is this muscle?
It originates at the top of the outside of the hip (anterior superior iliac spine) and inserts below the knee on the outside of your lower leg (lateral chondial of the tibia).

2. What does it do?