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Dr. Karina Wickland
In this newsletter:
  • Book Review: Slow Death by Rubber Duck
  • Environmental Working Group updates - Sunscreen Guide and Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
  • HST
  • On-line Booking Survey
  • World Cup 2010 humour from The Onion
Best wishes for a safe and happy summer season.

Book Review: Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie

Slow Death by Rubber Duck describes one of the most disturbing realities of living in the modern world – the fact that we are exposed to numerous chemicals every day that can adversely effect our health.  While focusing on seven common toxic substances, the authors explore this topic with intelligence, pragmatism and humor.   The book offers important information and helpful steps that people can take to protect themselves.  Highly recommended.

The Environment Working Group updates

EWG has released their annual guide to the safest, most effective sunscreens.  Visit their site to see the rankings or search their data base for the brand you use.

They have also updated their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides which ranks fruits and vegetables by how much pesticide residue they contain.  This is a helpful tool for prioritizing which produce to buy organically.

Harmonized Sales Tax changes

As of July 1, 2010 the 12% HST will be applied to all naturopathic medicine services and all natural health products.

There is a national effort in place to have the federal government award a GST exemption (and therefore an HST exemption in BC) to naturopathic services, but the final decision has not been made yet.  Cross your fingers!

On-line Booking Survey

I am thinking about offering an on-line booking calendar for my practice.  This would allow you to access my schedule and availability on-line and choose the date and time that works best for you.   The calendar would require a log in and password and would be available 24 hours a day.  The system would also send out email reminders.   And of course, those that would prefer to call or email to book would still have that option.  I have an extremely quick survey for you to take (one question) to help me decide if I should go ahead with this.   I'd really appreciate your feedback. 

World Cup Humour

For those of you following the World Cup, you might appreciate the humour of this story from the Onion (a satirical "news" website).


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