Health

Kratom Products Recalled: Serious Health Risks

The plant, Mitragyna Speciosa.  Photo by Uomo Vitruviano

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products being recalled in its announcement, but a Google search uncovers several known risks of kratom:

Bat encounters can put you at risk for rabies — Interior Health

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

Interior Health is advising the public of the importance of avoiding physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.
 
IH said rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system and is almost always fatal if not treated in time.

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

OPINION: On cancelling funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations providing a wide range of health services

Children are beautiful.  They embody our hopes for the future. Does that mean that girls and women should be forbidden access to sex education and family planning?  

Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally took a severe blow.

Daffodil Dash Did Wonders.

A few people taking part in the "Survivors' Lap" at the Daffocil Dash. Photo by Lauren Derksen.

Contributed by Val Rossi

Daffodils are still blooming in Sunningdale, reminding the community of a successful Canadian Cancer Society event that planted hope and support for individuals touched by cancer.

Daffodil Dash Trail held April 30th at Gyro Park in Trail just surpassed its $29,000 goal and raised over $31,000 toward cancer research, prevention and support programs for people living with cancer and their families.

Local cops join Alexa's Team

Alexa, killed by a drunk driver in 2008

Today, eight local police officers attended a ceremony in Kelowna in recognition of making Alexa's Team for 2016. Alexa's Team was created by the Middelaer family in memory of their four-year-old daughter, Alexa, who was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

Taxes, Wetland studies, a rising young hockey star, Spokane Street Project news

Taxes, Wetland studies, a rising young hockey star, Spokane Street Project news

Two meetings to report here:  May 4 and May 8.  Read on!

Rossland City Council held a Public Hearing on the new Financial Plan and the new municipal property tax rates on Thursday, May 4.  Council was present, and Financial Manager Elma Hamming explained the changes and answered questions from the four interested citizens who showed up. The key points from this meeting were:

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

COLUMN: The risks attached to that unwanted added weight

COLUMN: The risks attached to that unwanted added weight

            How many of you are gaining more weight than you want, can’t seem to lose it or are having a hard time getting rid of that mid-abdominal bulge? This is becoming one of the most prevalent patterns in the last 20 years and is still overlooked by so many. With our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, eating on the run, choosing fast foods and over-indulging in alcohol, coffee and pop, we are literally heading down the slippery slope like the Romans.

Filling our plates, feeding our future: a free public lecture.

plate and cutlery

The food on your plate here in the West Kootenay likely comes from all around the world, but globalized food systems leave us vulnerable to pressures beyond our control. Droughts and other breakdowns can hike food prices and limit supply. This situation has led communities across the country to strategize ways to make their regional food more secure.

How can we strengthen local food systems in the West Kootenay and prepare for a stable and resilient future?

Nearly eight in ten Canadians have used alternative medicines: survey

More than three-quarters of Canadians — 79 per cent — have used at least one complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) or therapy sometime in their lives.

More and more Canadians are using complementary and alternative medicines and therapies—such as massage, yoga, acupuncture and chiropractic care—and they’re using them more frequently, finds a new survey by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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