November 2011

Photo by Christa Moffat

Pat Robertson was introduced to good food early in life. With a French Canadian mother, he grew up with traditional Quebecoise food and it was at home that he began his lifelong appreciation of food. As a boy while out camping with friends and in university, living with roommates he was always the designated cook, which pushed Pat to try new things in the kitchen. “Cooking is something you have to do every day why not make the most of it.”

In the midwifery side of my practice, I see a lot of patients who struggle with common pregnancy, postpartum, and newborn ailments that I am generally able to effectively treat using naturopathic remedies. As with anything else, there's nothing wrong with appropriately used conventional treatments, but many of these common complaints are easily managed with natural treatments that are considered lower intervention and less imposing on a pregnant mom's or new baby's system. In this column I will cover pregnancy and postpartum, with newborn ailments to follow in December.

~ the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes

submitted photo, Alexandra Pereverzoff and coach Jenna Harrod.

Vigilanties are cool, or at least that is what the great minds behind some of the world’s most popular comic book heroes would have you believe. Batman is a playboy billionaire with his own tank, underground headquarters and collection of high tech gadgets. Iron Man is a filthy rich genius who owns a robotic suit that allows him to fly. Wolverine is a razor-clawed, mutant death machine.

During my research, I found that the number of women entrepreneurs has significantly increased in the last decade and continues to do so. As a result, I thought I would be able to find a master plan on how women entrepreneurs cope with having children and continuing to operate their businesses. Not so!

Their biggest challenge is the same as any working mother, that is the balance of life and work! The main suggestion for trying to achieve this balance is support from your loved ones and reliable childcare.

· In the Star Wars series, the Emperor was originally played by a woman!
· Alice Cooper used to babysit Keanu Reeves!
· In the original versions of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood does not survive!
· Napoleon Dynamite cost only $400,000 to make, but it made over $45 million!
· The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared on a Power Rangers episode!
· It takes 12 bees their entire lifetime to make one tablespoon of honey.
· Honey bees do not sleep

Photo by Steve Ruskay - Road to The Peak!

Here’s to a new ski season!

In the seasonal cycle that is the life of a ski-bum, November can be somewhat of a fell period. What to do in that gap between arriving in a ski-town to find a job and somewhere to live, and when the ski-hill opens and winter proper really kicks off? Options include drinking, socializing, pre-season hiking and - my personal recommendation - hanging out in the local library. One winter I worked my way through the Canadian women writers (Carol Shields, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro) while waiting for the snow, another year I barrelled through a pile of books about the Second World War.