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Last posted March 17, 2022

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MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT at the Orléans Brewing Co., 4380 Innes Rd. from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Short answer, multiple choice, sound clips and picture rounds. Come in as a single player or as a team, it's free to play.

MUSIC BINGO NIGHT at the Orléans Brewing Co., 4380 Innes Rd. from 8-10 pm. Come out and test your music knowledge. $5 per card. Funds are split 50/50. One of the three winners of the evening will get a chance at the 50/50 amount. Call to reserve your spot -- 613-830-8428.

BLACKBURN CHRISTMAS MARKET from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall eaturing a variety of local vendors offering services and wares.

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY MARKET hosted by the Stray Dog Brewery,
501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. from noon to 4 p.m. Come on down to the brewery and support local artisans. There will have mulled beer, live music and plenty of good cheer to get you into the holiday spirit.

CORO VIVO OTTAWA presents 'Christmas Under the Stars', a holiday concert at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. Tickets : $25 for adults; $20 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free. Available online only at


Natural Health Tips

A Nutrient that Erases Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. They are the trails made by the experiences and memories of your life. They are the beauty that’s won from wisdom. But, if you want to take a few steps back, there are natural ways to reduce wrinkles. And here’s a new one.

CoQ10 is a powerful nutrient with a host of uses. Erasing wrinkles is a new one. This new double-blind study gave a placebo, 50mg dose of CoQ10 or 150mg of CoQ10 to 33 people for 12 weeks. Their average age was 53.

Both doses of CoQ10 reduced wrinkles around the eyes. But the 150mg dose also reduced wrinkles around the mouth, nose and lips.

The researchers observed several anti-aging effects of CoQ10 on skin, including reducing wrinkles and improving skin smoothness and firmness. The CoQ10 also prevented loss of elasticity of the skin in the winter.

This study reveals a new use of CoQ10 and another nutrient that promotes healthy skin.

Biofactors 2017 Jan 2;43(1):132-140


Natural Help for Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a common disease that causes parts of the brain to deteriorate. Recent research is pointing to a safe, well known natural supplement as a possibly important part of the solution.

Parkinson’s disease is an age-related brain condition. The risk increases as you age with the average age of onset being 60. It is slightly more common in males. Parkinson’s is the second most common age-related degenerative brain diseases and the most common movement-related brain disease. It affects at least 1% of people over age 60 globally.

Parkinson’s affects the nervous system and causes tremors, stiffness and slowing of movement. Your face may become more expressionless, your arms may stop swinging when you walk and speech can become soft or slurred.

Safe help would be very welcome.

In 2020, research began to suggest that pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) could help. Pine bark is a rich source of powerful flavonoid antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins. A small study of 43 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s were given either the drugs carbidopa/levodopa alone or with 50mg of Pycnogenol for four weeks.

The addition of pine bark extract led to significantly greater improvement in symptoms. Scores for cognitive function were significantly higher in the pine bark group. The pine bark also significantly lowered free radical damage. Scores for all Parkinson’s symptoms—cognitive, postural and motor—were better with the addition of pine bark extract (J Neurosurg Sci. 2020 Jun;64(3):258-262).

Now a just published study has added to the evidence. 79 people with Parkinson’s were given either standard treatment or standard treatment plus 150mg a day of Pycnogenol for eight weeks.

The addition of Pycnogenol led to significantly greater improvement on the Karnofsky performance scale index, a measure of functional impairment. Free radical damage and peripheral oedema both improved significantly more in the pine bark group.

Scores for Parkinson’s symptoms, including tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, cognition and speech impairment, all improved significantly more in the pine bark group. Pine bark also led to significantly greater improvement in facial expression, including asymmetry, facial responses and altered emotional pattern (J Neurosurg Sci. 2022 Aug ;66(4):371-377).

Taken together, these two studies begin to point to Pycnogenol as a safe supplement to improve most of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.


Natural Help for Long COVID

This study examined the effect of 1.66g of arginine and 500mg of Vitamin C taken twice a day by 1,390 people who had COVID and had tested negative for at least four weeks.

Compared to people who took a placebo, the ones given arginine and vitamin C had significantly lower scores for long-COVID symptoms (8.15 versus 13.9), meaning they had significantly less severe long-COVID.

The researchers say that “Remarkably, the treatment with L-Arginine + Vitamin C had favorable effects on all the symptoms included in the survey”.

(Pharmacol Res. 2022 Jul 19 : 106360).




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