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Issue: March 2009

In This Issue:
Are your supermarket foods genetically modified?
More Therapists + More Hours = Happy Clients
Now Available - Klean Kanteen® Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Purchase Gift Certificates Over the Phone or Online


Are your supermarket foods genetically modified?

About 75% of processed foods available on shelves and in the freezer aisles contain at least one genetically modified ingredient.

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiNext time you are at the supermarket, think twice before reaching for your favourite cereal or stock up on the juicy red tomatoes, are they genetically modified.

So what exactly is genetic modification?

Back in the 1990’s, genetically modified (GM) food was introduced on the market. Products like soybeans, corn, canola and cottonseed were crossed with bacteria and viruses to improve the use of pesticides on their crops and make them hardier products. This creates entirely new organisms that would not ordinarily be found in nature.

Genetically modified organisms have been around since the 1990’s but that’s not really long enough to truly understand the long term side effects. The safety has never clear been proven.

Last year, a long term study in Australia led by the Agency for Health and Food Safety confirmed that GM corn affects reproductive health in mice. These results are worrisome - you can only imagine what kind of an impact long term exposure has on fertility in women!

A British study looking at human allergies showed that foods like soy has doubled from 1994-2001. Interestingly enough - almost all soy is GM and the increase in allergies started at the same time genetically modified foods were introduced!

If you want to know if your favourite cracker or veggies is grown without genetic modification, good luck! Canada decided against mandating the labelling of GM ingredients. GM giant Mosanto, the company that initially started mass producing GM soy products, has been eliminating the legislations across North America that would require them to label these foods.

You may have some clues to help you in the produce aisle. When choosing your fruits and vegetables, look for the following on the stickers/labels:
   • a 4 digit number means the product is conventionally grown
   • a 5 digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic
   • a 5 digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM

Steer clear of products that contain soy, corn and canola. Almost 100% of these products grown in North America are genetically engineered. Vegetable oils, maltodextrin, high-fructose corn syrup and Aspartame (Nutra Sweet) are also likely to be GM.

Buying organic is the best bet to ensuring that the foods that meet your table are not genetically modified.


Mark your calendars: April 20th will be Naturopathic
Education Week at Wellness for the Body.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Samantha Ristimaki.

For pricing information please click here.


More Therapists + More Hours = Happy Clients!

Wellness for the Body is extending their daytime hours. Starting April 1st, massage appointments will be available from 9am Wednesday to Saturday.

shanna heard rmtPlease welcome the newest member of our wellness team, Shanna Heard, Registered Massage Therapist

Shanna Heard is a graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College with a diploma in Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy since 2005 and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Shanna’s interest in alternative medicine began when she was in high school as a result of her father’s old hockey injuries reappearing and causing him further problems. After witnessing the improvement he experienced from seeking out chiropractic and massage therapy regularly it pushed her in the right direction.

Shanna views massage therapy as a rehabilitative tool and a preventative measure to injury and overall health and wellness. Her experience has included the treatment of a wide range of conditions within a chiropractic clinical setting. Her specialties include stress reduction, pregnancy and child massage, chronic pain management, rehabilitation, motor vehicle accident patients and sports injuries. Shanna is also trained in hot stone massage therapy.

Therapies: Registered Massage Therapy | Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Shanna.

For pricing information please click here.


Klean Kanteen® Stainless Steel Water Bottles

klean kanteenKlean Kanteen® eco-friendly, durable, bpa-free reusable stainless steel water bottles are now available at Wellness for the Body

Why Klean Kanteen?
Klean Kanteen® provides choices that promote healthy living with respect for the environment. We believe that we can transform the world in which we live by promoting environmental awareness and conservation.

Recent studies have shown that many plastic water bottles including Lexan® bottles, leach toxins, such as Bisphenol A (BPA). These studies have linked BPA to breast cancer and reproductive mutations.

Good Health Is In Your Future
The stainless steel in your Kanteen is the high quality food-grade stainless steel that goes through an electropolishing process to smooth the surface. Klean Kanteen stainless is 100 percent non-leaching and toxin free, making it a safe, healthy alternative to plastic or lined metal containers.

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
or visit www.wellnessforthebody.com/kleankanteen.html.


Purchase Gift Certificates Over the Phone or Online

Now purchasing the gift of health couldn't be any easier! Gift certificates may be purchased over the phone or online for any dollar amount, and can be sent to you by regular mail or email within 2 business days.

For more information call - 905.465.4595