Month: May 2017

It is admirable that Dr. Hance Clarke and his team at Toronto General are helping people manage their pain with less medications and with strategies such as meditation, acupuncture, movement, etc.
I just wish that people could be aware that food/digestive issues, biochemical balance and household environmental toxins can have a large impact on pain as well.
Just as the authors in yesterday’s CBC interview sought to help people with back pain, there is no mention of the strategies that have helped so many of us deal with or even reduce chronic pain.
Today (Monday, May 29) on the CBC there were 2 interviews with authors of books on dealing with back pain.
These might be interesting to compare as book choices for the readers among us? Titles are “Crooked” and “The Back Mechanic.”
Unfortunately, they do not appear to deal with inflammation from food or deficiencies or environmental toxins but their approaches to movement and exercise seem worthwhile.
I know from experience that learning the movement and exercise strategies right for you can shortcut an episode of back pain. I can usually get myself out of trouble now.
Very important to individualize exercise as well as we do diet and nutrition.

Exciting to see that the science of smell or olfaction is catching up to what we have discovered.

Besides the Nutrient Test kit we have, I bet there are more than a few of us who could track a string soaked in chocolate!

Thank you, John McGann, for your work which gives us even more reason to believe our noses. Check out the link.


The original purpose of the Health Pursuits Reading & Research meetings was to discuss the books, journals and articles we were reading. We didn’t just discuss the books, we tried the strategies in them and reported back to the group. We did book reviews for a magazine. We even did an annotated anthology which was published, Reading to Heal.

We have always been about learning more, not a ‘support group’ in the strictly social sense.

The kind of book we chose contained strategies on movement, exercise, environment, nutrition or diet. If there is a book that you have read, have tried at least one strategy and found it useful, that would be a good candidate for discussion.

We would be happy to schedule a meeting about it. Give us at least 2 months notice so that others may have a chance to read too.

We have been aware, since we started in 1996, that intestinal condition affects many aspects of health from digestion, to generation of beneficial vitamins, to production of toxic substances, to immune function and more.
Jane sent me this interesting study link which is not conclusive but certainly stimulates thought — and a wish for much more research.
For the link, join healthpursuitsgroup chat group by emailing


I am wondering if the wheat producers and the businesses who use wheat are alarmed at the popularity of gluten-free products because it is cutting into sales. There is now a Harvard academic going around trying to make the case that gluten-free diets do not reduce the risk of heart disease. Huh???? The headline is misleading at best.

The explanation of gluten and wheat sensitive is perfectly reasonable.

However, the attack on gluten-free products is not so much. It isn’t only wheat products that can be whole grain.

A diet with gluten is just as unhealthy as gluten-free if they focus on carbohydrates with sugar.

Vegetables, whole fruits and meats, fish, dairy, etc. do not have to have any of these carbohydrates, gluten or gluten-free.

Here is the link to the article. I am sure you will hear this message repeated over and over.