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Chronic Pain: More than Just Being Sore

By Chris Carter, BSc, DC, GradCertPainMgt

This troubling condition causes physical and emotional stress and can hamper enjoyment of life. What are the underlying factors and how can sufferers find relief or even recover?

What is chronic pain and how does it develop?

You may already have recognized that chronic pain awareness has become a hot health topic over the last several years. Deservedly so, as this condition affects one in five Canadians and can have deleterious effects on families and the economy. Although good information is widely available regarding chronic pain, there is also, unfortunately, incorrect information that may mislead those who suffer. I hope I can clear up a few things. Continue reading

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Celebrating an Active Lifestyle in Penticton

By Lenora Klappe

This fun-loving group of seniors finds adventure at every turn.

The Penticton Adventurers Club (PAC) has been in existence for over twenty years, and some of its charter members are still active participants. At present the club boasts over 130 members ranging in age from 55 to 96. Continue reading

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Superfoods for Dogs

By Britt Mills, DVM

Quick,  easy, and inexpensive fixes for improving your dog’s nutrition.

Many of us over the years have learned the benefits of whole-food nutrition for ourselves and our families, but what about our canine friends? As we pour the uniformly brown preformed kibble into a bowl, we may wonder if it’s providing optimum nutrition. Continue reading

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Are You Still Putting Off Estate and Incapacity Planning?

By Jody Pihl, BComm, LLB

Most baby boomers and seniors lead very busy lives, and there never seems to be a good time to attend to these important planning documents. But the right time is right now!

Estate planning allows you to specify where each of your assets will go upon your death. According to a BMO study, boomers will inherit over $1 trillion over the next 20 years; yet almost half of all Canadians don’t have a will, and many fewer have a complete estate plan. Many people spend more time planning their vacations than planning their estates. Estate planning is much more important because a comprehensive estate plan is the best way to protect your family and the wealth you built through a lifetime of hard work. Without proper planning, your financial legacy can be unnecessarily reduced, lost, or even given to unintended beneficiaries. Furthermore, estate planning is not as complicated, time-consuming, or scary as most think. Continue reading

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Missing Pets

By Carey Keith, DVM

Q: I hear so many stories about missing pets that are never reunited with their owners. What can I do to maximize the chances of getting my cat or dog back if they wander away?

There are several ways to help pets find their way home should they go missing. First and foremost, be sure to have a collar and tag on your pet with your current contact information. Dogs and cats are frequently picked up close to home, and a collar with your phone number could be the fastest way to get your pet home! Continue reading

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