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Dr. Karina Wickland
Spring Equinox Newsletter 2010

In this newsletter:
  • Roast garlic dressing – impress your friends and family!
  • For the Foodies – NOWBC and BC's first Community Supported Fishery
  • Electromagnetic Fields – reducing your exposure

Roast garlic dressing  - impress your friends and family!

This versatile sauce can be used as a salad dressing, tossed with roast or steamed vegetables or served over baked fish.  Very tasty and easy too!
  • 1 whole head of garlic, baked (wrap garlic in tinfoil, put in 350 F oven for 45 minutes; this can be done 1 – 2 days ahead of time)
  • 1 - 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • ½ Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1 Tbsp caper juice
  • olive oil – ¼ cup – 1 cup – depending on consistency desired and purpose of the sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
Squeeze baked garlic out of its paper and put in blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  

For the Foodies – NOWBC and the BC's first CSF

Here are a couple of local resources for those of you that enjoy knowing where your food comes from.
  • Neighbors Organic Weekly -  offers weekly deliveries of organic food to neighborhood depots around the city.  Much of their catalogue is sourced from local farms and suppliers. 
  • BC’s first Community Supported Fishery launched last summer.  If you are interested in supporting a local sustainable harvester and receiving fresh sockeye salmon this summer, you can find more information on their website.

Electromagnetic Fields – reducing your exposure

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) occur whenever electricity or electrical appliances are used.  Most public health bodies, like Health Canada and the World Health Organization, suggest that our current exposure to EMFs is safe.  Others in the scientific community have expressed concern over possible health effects.  A review from 2004 noted that studies have consistently shown an increased risk for childhood leukemia associated with exposure to extremely low-frequency EMFs.  Anecdotally, individuals report senstivities to EMFs with symptoms ranging from disturbed sleep to migraines.  Like many issues related to health, there is a lot we don’t know about this topic.  In the meantime, limiting exposure to EMFs is a wise idea and there are some easy things you can do to start.

1)    Figure out what your EMF exposure is like in your home and work.  A Gauss meter is used to measure the strength of EMFs.  A measuring kit can be borrowed from BC Hydro for free.  When I used the Gauss meter in my home, I was surprised to discover that the computer and stereo emitted a very minimal field, while the clock by the bed, a desk lamp and the bathroom fan were the biggest emitters.  I also learned how quickly the field drops off – most fields were undetectable at six inches.  Call the BC Transmission Corporation at 604 699 7456 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              604 699 7456      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              604 699 7456      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              604 699 7456      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to arrange to borrow a kit.

2)    Limit electrical appliances being very close to your body for long periods of time.  Examples:
  • unplug electric blankets before you go to bed
  • move hair dryers, desk lamps, clock radios and stereos further away from your head
  • sit further back from computers and TVs
  • use a hot water bottle rather than an electric heating pad
3)    Cell phones – Most electrical appliances in the home emit extremely low-frequency EMFs.  Cell phones produce radiofrequency fields.  Recent studies link long-term cell phone radiation to increased risk of 2 types of brain tumors, salivary gland tumors, hyperactivity in children, migraines and vertigo.   While there are still many unknowns, reducing exposure is a good idea.  The Environmental Working Group has put out a great guide to reduce cell phone radiation exposure. 

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