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TAPROOM 260 presents Keener and their eclectic mix of high energy classic and alternative rock favourites live and in concert at 260 Centrum Blvd. in the Centrum Plaza starting at 8 p.m. For more information visit

FREE FAMILY SKATE – The Orléans PC Riding Association will be hosting its 2nd Annual Free Family Day Skate on from 2-4pm at the Ron Racette Arena at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road, Free hot beverages served and prize giveaways too!

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. presents Oyster Wednesdays every Wednesday from 6-9 pm. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

STRAY DOG BREWING CO. presents The Whiskey Ghost live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. For more information visit

THE QUEENSWOOD HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION presents its annual Winter Festival from 1-4pm in Queenswood Ridge Park on Kennedy Lane East. Enjoy sliding, snow-based games, face-painting and a variety of activities on the outdoor rink.

THE STRAY DOG BREWING COMPANY AND PANDAMONIUM PRODUCTIONS present Nature Pleads Revenge, The Cosmic Crypt, Don’t Tell Sarah and Under The Influence live in their taproom located at 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park. Tickets $20 in advance through Eventbrite. For more information visit




Natural Health Tips

Mulberry: New Herbal Help for Alzheimer's

Though not yet very well known, the science behind this powerful berry is starting to pile up. And in that pile, there is suggestive evidence that mulberry might help Alzheimer’s.

There are three kinds of mulberry trees. Each is named for the colour of its fruit: white, red and black. Recently, the berries and leaves are accumulating scientific support for their medicinal use.

One study suggests that black mulberry might be better than estrogen therapy for menopause (Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2020 Feb;48(2):243-252). Research also suggests that both white mulberry (Nutr Metabol July 6,2020;17:51) and black mulberry (Complement Integr Med. 2021 May 5;19(3):763-769) benefit diabetes.

New research is discovering that mulberry may be a promising herb for cognition and even for Alzheimer’s disease.

The first hint that mulberry might help cognition came from a 2020 study of children that found that mulberry improved attention and working memory (Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2020 Jun 27;2020:6123759). The promise expanded to adults the next year when a study of white mulberry found improved attention and memory (Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2021; 2021: 5520059).

Now, a just published study has importantly expanded the promise to Alzheimer’s disease. 20 people over 65 with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were given 20g of black mulberry concentrate for 12 weeks while a 19 people in the control group received no intervention.

Cognitive scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination significantly worsened in the control group while remaining the same in the mulberry group. Scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale also significantly worsened in the control group while remaining unchanged in the mulberry group.

On the other hand, in the mulberry group, scores on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale, cognitive scores improved significantly while the control group did not improve.

This study shows that mulberry may prevent worsening of Alzheimer’s and depression while significantly improving cognition.

Geriatric Nursing. Jan-Feb 2023; 55:229-36


St. John’s Wort: Better than SSRIs for Depression

St. John’s wort is one of the most effective herbs for depression. This important new study shows that it may be even more effective–and safer–than drugs.

Depression is the most common mental health issue in the world no matter how old you are. Because of the many side effects of the commonly used drugs, depressed people and researchers alike have been increasingly looking at natural alternatives. One of the most studied is the herb St. John’s wort. This important new meta-analysis looked at the results of these studies to see if St. John’s wort is a serious alternative to antidepressant drugs.

To do that, the researchers looked at the efficacy and safety of St. John’s wort in 14 studies published between 2000 and 2022. Combined into a meta-analysis, the study included 2,270 people with depression.

When the data was all put together, the result of the meta-analysis showed that St. John’s wort is more effective than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). More people on St. John’s wort than on SSRI’s had improvements on the Hamilton Depression Scale.

The researchers conclude that St. John’s wort “is a more effective and better alternative for the treatment of depression.” Because St. John’s wort is more effective, safer, inexpensive and easily available, they say that “based on the current meta-analysis . . . the use of SJW [St. John’s wort] for depression in adults is strongly recommended.”

Adv Clin Exp Med. 2023;32(2):151–161.


Alzheimer’s and Antioxidants

A number of studies have found that higher levels of total carotenoids and specifically of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.

This new study showed for the first time that brains of people with Alzheimer’s have significantly lower levels of the antioxidants lycopene, zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamin A and vitamin E. The most deficient were lycopene and zeaxanthin.

Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. June 2023;94(1):1-17.


Here’s a Really Good Reason to Take Vitamin D!

Everybody’s got to die. But why do it before you have to? How much can vitamin D help? You’ll be surprised!

This study wanted to see what effect blood levels of vitamin D have on dying from any cause or specifically from cancer in people who have cancer. So, it measured the blood levels of 2,463 people and followed them for 70 months.

What they found was that higher levels of vitamin D up to 75 nmol/L significantly reduced the risk of death during the study from any cause generally and from cancer specifically. 75 nmol/L is in the normal range and may be the minimum level for maximal health.

People who had blood levels between 79.3 nmol/L and 99.2 nmol/L had a significant 41% reduced risk of death from any cause during the study and a significant 52% reduced risk of dying from cancer. 79.3 and 99.2 nmol/L are both well within the normal range.

This large study of people with cancer suggests that maintaining healthy blood
levels of vitamin D could be an important strategy for helping you to live longer..

Nutr Cancer. 2023 Nov 18:1-9.






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