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Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

The Guardian newspaper in England this week reported on a new book that is re-writing the narrative on depression.

Moving beyond the simple black and white thinking of mental illness as a neurotransmitter defect that can be corrected by … Read More

Commentary on announcement by FDA regarding cancer tests

It was a good news day when the FDA approved insurance agencies funding a suite of predictive cancer tests that may change the face of how we practice oncology.

For over 50 years the standard treatment plan for cancer has … Read More

Eat Your Veggies – It Could Save Your Life

Researchers at The School of Public Health, Imperial College , London published a meta analysis in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week stating that  eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths.
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Interview with Chanchal Talking on Horticulture Therapy, Gardens without Borders and Herbal Medicine

Interview published in the newsletter of The Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association, summer 2016.

New study reports Capsicum frutescens (cayenne) reduces pain more than placebo

A new study published in January 2016 in the prestigious international journal Spine reports that Capsicum frutescens (cayenne) reduces pain more than placebo. This is an especially interesting report as it comes from the Cochrane Collaboration who review many studies, assess them for robustness of methodology and compile the results.

Some of my favourite herbal reference books

I have dozens of herbal and health and gardening books, many hundreds actually – I swear they must breed in the night because it seems they are always increasing in number and spilling off the shelves. I dream of built-ins to the ceiling that would give another 3 or 4 metres of shelving, but then of course I would no doubt fill them in no time as well I cannot list them all here but I have picked out the ones that I go back to again and again, or that have particular or special information not found elsewhere. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

June 27 Innisfree Farm Shop Opens

Starting June 27th the farm shop at Innisfree will be open 10am – 4 pm, serving lunch & tea. Free guided garden walk 2 pm every Saturday through the summer.

Innisfree Farm at the Courtenay farmers market

First Farmer’s Market in Qualicum Beach April 11th and every other Saturday after that! For more information

Seedy Saturday, Courtenay – March 7th, 2015

Our 16th annual Seed Exchange & Horticultural Trade Show will once again be at the Filberg Centre in downtown Courtenay on March 7th, 2015.

2015 Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

Join the largest herbal gathering in western Canada 12 – 14th June! Over 50 classes, workshops and herbs walks, Saturday night dance party, Great Herbal Sell, Swap and Give Away, Sniffathon contest, Herbal Elixir bar and so much more