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Mind, Body, Spirit, Success!

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Central Library’s recent Mind, Body, Spirit Weekend was a great success, with each program drawing over 100 participants! With programs on happiness, mindfulness, herbs, spirituality, and more, this was a weekend that inspired a huge number of Calgarians!

Craving more information? Visit your library and stock up on books, CDs, MP3s, or DVDs. Or, download e-books from our e-library! We’ve got a huge range of books, and health and wellness is one of our most popular topics. Browse for books on massage, diet, yoga, exercise, happiness, emotional health, spirituality, alternative health and tons more!

Also, let our information desk staff assist you in finding academic material through our e-library. Locate reputable, current, and peer-reviewed information about chronic conditions, medications, alternative health and medicine, and more.

Some time ago, I watched a TV program about people who were trying to make dramatic improvements to their health. One of the procedures that each person had to endure was colon hydrotherapy. I wondered about whether this could possibly be effective (after all, some variation of it has been practiced since ancient Egyptian days…), and so rather than googling, I searched our e-library for scholarly articles on the subject. I’ll never forget having my research interrupted by a somewhat shocked looking co-worker, who kindly ignored my red face, and pretended as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Note to self: these articles are available from home!

What’s the healthiest response to life in general mortification in particular? Just breathe.

Stay well!

Say “Ahhhhhhhhhh…………….”

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A new book caught my eye this afternoon: “The World’s Best Massage Techniques: The Complete Illustrated Guide”, by Victoria Jordan Stone. It features innovative bodywork practices from around the world, and includes lots of helpful images.

And now…I’ve got plans for the weekend! I’m going to grab my guy, light some candles, and get ready to have my meridians thoroughly stimulated! “Ahhh….”

This book covers Swedish, Thai and hot stone massage techniques. It also discusses Shiatsu, Tantsu and Lomi Lomi. I’ve never even heard of some of these, but I’m excited to learn more!

If you’ve got an interest in massage (and who doesn’t love a good rub-down?!) then drop by your local library and browse section 615.

Hey, Stoner!

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It’s no secret that in Canada, marijuana is an enormous industry. It’s suspected to be British Columbia’s largest industry - although it’s hard to measure what people try to keep hidden – and there is no shortage of Calgary news stories featuring grow-ops and the police task forces who try to combat them. From the Trailer Park Boys series to the immensely popular comedy Weeds, it seems that dope and those who love it have come out of the closet (a good place to grow it, apparently!) and into the mainstream.

People who use marijuana are typically thought of as lazy, unmotivated, and above all: hungry! The stereotypical stoner is a forgetful, slow minded Bob Marley fan. But does this widespread stereotype reflect the truth about those who relish a toke? I doubt it.

This week, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture is one of the titles on our shelf of new books. It is edited by Julie Holland, M.D., and there are contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, and several other MDs and PhDs.

Check out this book and learn about medical risks, toxicology, arrest statistics, botany, compassion clubs, and more!

This is the kind of book that will make you reconsider...wait...what was I saying?

(For information about drugs, health and pharmacology, visit your local library or use our online databases!)

The Dirt on Detox

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Last year, I gave in to the trend and subjected my body to the daunting “Master Cleanse”. I would lose weight, feel better, rid my body and mind of a host of nasty accretions, and possibly even thwart cancer cells. After reading a variety of literature and visiting an organic grocery, I was ready.

With nearly 30 organic Meyer lemons, a bottle of pure maple syrup, and lots of cayenne pepper, I was ready to detoxify.

Two weeks (and by “two weeks”, I mean 11 and a half days) later, I didn’t see any improvement.

Did I do something improperly? Quit too soon? Or, could it be that cleansing is bunk?

I’m not ready to dismiss detoxing outright. After all, cleansing and fasting are important aspects of many religious and spiritual traditions. Surely there must be some benefit?

If you’re curious about cleansing and detoxing, then join us December 8th at Central or December 2nd at Country Hills, when naturopathic doctor Gayle Maguire will give a presentation entitled “The Dirt on Detox”. Arm yourself with more education on the how, why, and what to avoid in a cleanse.

Baking for Special Diets

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There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread. Except, of course, eating the bread! But for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, noshing on the nearest loaf isn’t always an option. Gluten intolerance requires many people to give up bread, baked goods, pasta, and a host of other (why-even-get-out-of-bed-if-I-can’t-have-them?) foods.

If you’re someone who has to avoid gluten, then take heart - we’ve got a special treat for you! In fact, this program is for diabetics and vegetarians, too! Come one, come all!

On September 25th, from 11 - 12 PM, join Brian Hinton of Lakeview Bakery, as he shares tips and tricks to help you bake for celiacs, diabetics, and vegetarians.

Discover a new "flour power" and a whole lot more at our Food is Life Weekend!

Register for programs online, by calling (403)260-2600, or by visiting your nearest branch.

September 25 - 26: Food is Life Weekend!

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You don’t have to wait until January to make resolutions. Make them in September!

Attend the Food is Life Weekend, September 25 - 26, and get inspired to nourish and care for your body by feeding it well. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in raw food, slow food, gardening, special diets, or food trends.

A variety of one hour sessions makes it easy for you to attend what's of interest to you. John Gilchrist, Community Natural Foods, Slow Food Calgary, the Calgary Horticultural Society, Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms and Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms are just some of the many folks who will be facilitating our awesome line-up of programs.

Register for programs in any branch, online, or by calling (403)260-2600.

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