Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 7:19 am

The lies between your thighs

Studies show that 50 per cent of high school girls are “terrified” of gaining weight and are disgusted by their bodies. PHOTO BY MAZIE BISHOPBy MAZIE BISHOP
Staff Writer
The thigh gap has been the trending fitness goal for women for the past year, but experts are alarmed by the health risks women are taking trying to change their skeleton structure.
The unobtainable goal is to be able to stand with your feet together and to still have a gap between your thighs. Some women are going to unreal lengths to achieve it.
In 2012, the thigh gap craze exploded online and found its way into every news feed of every form of social media. But at some point between the start  of this trend and now, it changed from a fitness phenomenon to a status symbol for teenage girls.  An Australian study shows  more than 50 per cent of 1,000 high school girls are “terrified” of gaining weight and are severely unhappy with their bodies.
In the past two years there have been reports of starvation, eating...

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Green tea beneficial for your health

Green tea has been known for many beneficial attributes to  a healthy lifestyle.  PHOTO BY KAITLYN ANDREWSBy KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
I see trees of green and healthy living too with the help of green tea. When it comes to living well, it can be difficult with a busy schedule and temptation knocking at your door.
For all of the vitamins, immune boosters and coffee ingested daily by people around the world, this special little tree has been overlooked. One cup a day can help to promote that healthy life you’re looking for, along with a healthier mind.
Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants. These are important for protection of the body’s cells and molecules.
“There are some studies that show green tea can prevent certain cancers (breast, prostate and colorectal), in that respect it may be helpful in preserving life,” said Holly Letourneau, a naturopathic doctor at Hart & Sol Integrative Healthcare.
Green tea could also help prevent age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; reduce blood sugar levels, which is...

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Start your 1,000-mile journey

Submitted PhotoBy JESSE ROBITAILLE
Columnist
“Man is by nature a political animal.” — Aristotle
But we were creatures of habit long before entering the world of politics — a history that’s very telling of our current state of being.
Habits and patterns are evolutionary, but politics is learned behaviour. Hunter S. Thompson said politics is the art of controlling your environment, but I hardly see anyone taking control of their own existence and becoming politicians of their daily lives. Perhaps, we lack our parents’ artistry or maybe we’re distracted and tired.
After all, times have changed. It seems information could be hurting us rather than helping us. We have access to vast resources and seemingly self-replicating technology, but we’re only a step or two past apes biologically. Our technology has evolved faster than our biology. There is so much to do and see and so little time to do it in, but I’m not...

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Caffeine on our brains

By JILL BORDEN
Staff Writer
Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, but many of us don’t know what it does to our bodies.
For many, caffeine is consumed in the form of coffee or tea in the morning as a wake up; others take caffeine pills or drink energy drinks for that boost of energy. But what other impacts does caffeine have?
“Caffeine is a drug that has affects on the brain; there are receptors that respond to it,” says Dr. Cheryl McCormick, a Brock University professor and Canada Research Chair in neuroscience in an interview.
“Like all drugs that have their own effects on the body, it is mimicking natural compounds working in our brain.”
When consumed, caffeine molecules bind at the “adenosine” receptors, a natural compound that regulates brain functions; caffeine mimics the adenosine molecule, which is what gives you that energy you count on with your morning...

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Profanity for profanity’s sake a profane mistake

By KYLE MELANSON
Staff Writer
“Sugar! Shut the front door and tell me what the heck is going on!”
Feb. 26 will mark the 21st annual For Pete’s Sake Day, a day marked for substituting curse words with more soft and fluffy words.
The day was created by former radio host Tom Roy and his wife Ruth of Lebanon, PA.
“For Pete’s sake” is an example of a minced oath. A minced oath is when a profane word is substituted by a word that sounds the same, but is less offensive.
The Oxford English Dictionary says “for Pete’s sake” was first used more than a century ago as a substitution for “for Christ’s sake” and “for God’s sake.”
Yet for many, this special day causes a bit of headache as swearing has become a regular part of our lexicon.
Kaitlin Tulle, 23, of St. Catharines, says she swears all the time.
“I curse at work and at...

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Parappilly: 'Live the life you want and pursue your passion'

Alex Parappilly with his dance team in Vancouver.By JASLEEN KAUR KALRA
Staff Writer
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho
“My passion is Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance which originates from South India,” says 19-year-old Alex Parappilly, who is a second-year student in the Bachelor of Science: Major in Biochemistry program at the University of the British Columbia, Okanagan campus.
He says this dance was used to perform in front of the gods in Hinduism, but is now performed not only in India, but around the world.
Bharata Natyam is a female dominated dance and it is rare to have a male perform, says Parappilly.
It is a dance in which you wear bells on your feet, tons of jewelry and a colourful costume. You must be wondering how...

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Google Glass:The future is now

Google Glass is a wearable computer that displays information like a smart-phone and can be communicated via voice commands. SUBMITTED PHOTOBy SHEILA PRITCHARD
Staff Writer
When Google first told consumers about Google Glass in 2012, it seemed like an unattainable product of the future with a cyborg aesthetic and                        futuristic name.
Since then, roughly 10,000 people have dropped the US$1,500 for the test version of Google’s smart glasses. The future may still be in beta, but it’s here.
If Glass becomes widely used, major societal changes could follow suit.
In one of the first independent studies of Google Glass and as part of research into U.S. consumer habits, Adobe Digital Index, which is based on anonymous data collected from over 600 media and entertainment sites, found the device is used predominantly to access media and entertainment.
“As devices such as Google Glass grow their sales, they will have an impact on online video viewing,” concludes the Adobe blog post. “It’s not impossible to imagine that by the 2016 Rio Olympics, your office mates will...

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