Shamona Harnett

  • A charter for all Types

    For someone who does not have diabetes, Peggy Archer understands it too well. The retired Dauphin teacher became an expert on the metabolic condition after her grandson, Dylan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 8.
  • Slash those sweets

    Do you drink a glass of juice a day? If so, you're likely ingesting too much sugar, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Earlier this month, WHO, the United Nations' global health watchdog, announced its proposed plans to lower its sugar-consumption guidelines from 10 per cent of daily caloric intake to below five per cent. It's encouraging governments around the world to do the same.
  • Winnipegger passionate about creating custom breasts for women who've lost theirs to cancer

    Wendy Smith has crafted just about every external body part imaginable -- legs, fingers, toes, noses, arms, ears. But the certified prosthetist and clinical anaplastologist is most passionate about her breast work: recreating lifelike breasts for women who have lost them to cancer.
  • Let's get physical

    Scientists say it can send you into an endorphin-induced state of bliss. So it makes sense that such an activity -- exercise -- can benefit your relationship with your significant other.
  • A closer look at supposedly bug-busting supplements

    It's been six or seven months since I've had a cold. But according to a review of cold remedies published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week, vitamin C (one of the supplements I take regularly) has little if anything to do with warding off the common bug.
  • She ain't heavy, 'cuz of her brother

    Kelly Zelinsky hated being 33. More than just another sign of time passing by, it was a sad reminder of her brother, Jon. The young man with Type 2 diabetes had died of a massive heart attack -- at the very same age -- just a few years before.
  • Quest for health

    You're on a mission in 2014 to lessen your intake of french fries and cupcakes in favour of foods that fuel your body with energy and nutrients. While that's an admirable goal, are you certain you know enough about what foods are best for your health?
  • Fads are out, realistic health trends are in for 2014

    Bouncy stretches while wearing leg warmers. Exercise belts that promised to melt away fat. The revelation that eating low-fat food was the magic formula for instant weight loss. Thankfully, health and fitness trends seem to be less faddish and a little more down-to-earth these days.
  • Food guide decried

    Kristin Bartkiw had one goal in mind when she sent information to a well-known health blogger about her child's daycare: To encourage Canadians to question Canada's Food Guide. She feels the federally endorsed document in many ways fails to set healthy standards for eating. "This is something I have been passionate about and frustrated about," Bartkiw says in an interview from her home in Rossburn, 315 kilometres west of Winnipeg.
  • Crackers? Or nuts?

    Home-cooked roast beef, carrots, potatoes, milk and an orange. It's a made-in-Manitoba lunch that elicited international headlines last week from media outlets, including CNN and London's Daily Mail. The story starts with Rossburn mother Kristen Bartkiw, who packed her children just those foods for lunch, knowing that she was sending them to school with a fairly nutritious meal.
  • Infectious disease specialist bugged by the flu

    You're washing your hands like a surgeon, eating your vegetables and trying to stay away from people who may be sick with the flu. But is it enough to get you through the influenza season uninfected?
  • Scraping away at wound-care myths

    I'm nursing a fairly serious and painful scrape after a trip-and-fall accident left me knee-first on the dusty ground of my condo's parking garage. I could blame the moderately high wedge-heeled boots I wore the evening of the mishap, but the reality is, since childhood, I have always been a bit prone to falling. (I need to improve my balance.)
  • Winnipeg oncology nurse named best in country for dedication to patients

    Jodi Hyman doesn't consider the treatment room at CancerCare Manitoba a depressing place, even as heavy-duty chemotherapy drugs drip into the bloodstreams of her patients. To the Winnipeg oncology nurse, it's a unique place where volunteers play their guitars and help patients create art.
  • Don't scan and click: think inside the box

    As a family member reached for an item off the grocery store shelf, I pointed out that it probably wasn't the most nutritious option to take home to her children. Translation: "Keep that so-called food out of your grocery cart because I know it's swimming in sugar and it's vitamin-deficient, especially considering the thimble-sized container it comes in."
  • From insomnia to depression, health-care professionals are embracing the Internet as a resource for patients

    Psychologist Dr. John Walker is used to his patients arriving at their sessions with pages of information they've printed off from the Internet. But the University of Manitoba professor and director of the St. Boniface General Hospital anxiety disorders program doesn't seem to mind.
  • When anxiety attacks

    Donna Hornick knew it wasn't normal for her five-year-old daughter, Breanna, to constantly scream and sob. The little girl was anxious about so many things.
  • Lunch-box blues

    School lunches are supposed to energize your kids so they can get through the day ready to learn. Instead, what you're feeding them for lunch may actually be zapping their brain power while keeping them tired and listless.
  • Annual run raises awareness, money for Lynch Syndrome

    Todd Neil might as well have been diagnosed with the deadly disease himself when he found out his brother Kevin had colorectal cancer in 2011. The Niverville man wondered how he could lose 38-year-old Kevin to a disease that shouldn't affect someone so young.
  • Internet inspirations

    Decades ago, someone trying to get fit might tear a photo of a fitness model out of a magazine and post in on her fridge. These days, motivation is just a few keystrokes away.
  • The write weight

    During every pound lost, every pound gained and every forbidden thought about devouring her favourite junk food, Winnipegger Tammy Ducharme knows people are watching. And that's how she likes it.
  • Postpartum depression cases greater in the city, but there is help

    Before being diagnosed with postpartum depression, Nicole Gamble often felt isolated even though many of her loved ones lived nearby. That's why the Winnipeg maternity nurse -- and mother to Oliver, 16 months -- wasn't shocked when she heard about a headline-making study released last week.
  • Take your IV-itamins

    Once a week for nearly a year a Winnipeg naturopath hooked Yvonne Datzkiw up to an intravenous bag containing vitamin C. An hour later -- after 50,000 milligrams of the liquified vitamin had trickled directly into her veins -- the 18-year-old felt energized. She was ready to take on a traditional and more daunting medical treatment also administered intravenously: Chemotherapy.
  • Former Winnipegger won't let chronic condition slow him down

    One day when Helgi Olafson was 19, he tried to roll over in bed and swore his bones were rubbing against each other. That year, he would often wake up in "tear-jerking" pain, his body so stiff and sore it took a while before he could start his day.
  • Demystifying the dairy aisle

    Winnipeg became the probiotic hub of North America last month when about 100 scientists arrived here to talk about how they could change the rules about the information on yogurt labels. Meanwhile, readers have told me that despite everything they read about yogurt, they are still confused about which of the dozens of brands on their grocery store shelves they should take home.
  • Going with their gut... and science

    Glance across the dairy aisle at any major grocery store during its busiest hours and you'll likely see the same thing: the yogurt section crammed with carts. What's happening? Confused shoppers, locked in a standstill, peruse the dozens of yogurt brands on the shelves in search of the best one for them -- full-fat, low-fat, flavoured, plain, sugar-free, gelatin-free, Greek, Balkan, organic.

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