Learning how to live long and heathy lives at Lake Cowichan Health and Wellness Fair

Various tricks to living a long and healthy life were provided during Lake Cowichan’s annual Health and Wellness Fair, Saturday, March 5.

Shawnigan Lake resident Gail Tahmasebi

Shawnigan Lake resident Gail Tahmasebi

Various tricks to living a long and healthy life were provided during Lake Cowichan’s annual Health and Wellness Fair, Saturday, March 5.

In addition to the usual array of local area health enthusiasts, a number of out-of-town visitors set up shop at the event, sharing their unique insight into healthy living.

The Pender Island Kikuchi family were on site, kids and all, sharing their insight into healthy living in harmony with the environment.

The family, originally from Japan, moved to Pender Island in 2000, purchasing one acre of land, which they strive to become self-sufficient upon.

“The long transportation of things is not good for the environment,” matriarch Sanae Kikuchi said, of the family’s farming efforts.

Their farm is unique, in that, unlike their neighbours, they don’t transport anything from off-island. Not even fertilizers.

“We trust the power of nature, and the power of soil,” she said.

So far, Arthur Kikuchi, the family’s patriarch, said that they haven’t reached the point of self-sufficiency yet, but they hope to as soon as they can fully figure it all out.

In addition to farming, the family travels around the province sharing their expertise in Shumei, a Japanese form of holistic healing.

“We like to share what we know,” Arthur said. “We like to share the health and well being with the people of Canada.”

Heralding healthy eating as an ideal means of battling cancer, local area health enthusiasts Jennifer Heyne and Lorene Benoit attended the Health and Wellness Fair to both share their insight into healthy eating, and to spread interest for their upcoming classes at the Cow Cafe.

Benoit, a resident of Duncan, has written a book titled The Paw Paw Program; A Christopher Columbus Approach to Cancer.

A driving force behind her getting the book done was Lake Cowichan resident Marie Augustine, who died recently.

“She was really the one behind me getting this book done,” Benoit said.

Although Augustine died as a result of a rare form of lung cancer related to asbestos exposure, she lived for a lot longer than doctors expected her to.

This was thanks to natural alternative therapies, Benoit said.

“There are many approaches to it,” Benoit said, of the fight against cancer.

Another interesting take on cancer was provided by Shawnigan Lake resident Gail Tahmasebi.

Tahmasebi is a proponent of alkalized, or less acidic, water.

Tahmasebi is quick to cite Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg, who said, “Cancer grows in oxygen deprived acidic tissue.”

“Disease can not live in an alkaline body.”

Acidic beverages include soda pops, energy drinks, and even some brands of bottled water.

“One glass of pop; to offset the acidity of that, you need 22 glasses of high alkaline water,” she said.

Tap water can’t be too acidic, she said, as acidic water would rust communities’ pipes.

Translating pounds to ounces, she encourages people to drink half their body weight in ounces, every day, of water.

This translates into roughly six glasses of water for someone weighing 100 pounds.

Just Posted

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Not securing your load could cost you big

An object of any sort falling off of the vehicle in front of you is definitely a surprise

Jared Popma recently streamed a live concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Ashley Daniel Foot photo)
21-year-old jazz artist talks favourite tunes and joys of music theory

Jared Popma recently streamed a concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Vetch cover crop beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Vetch and crimson clover to the rescue of soil fertility

I add dry organic fertilizer as plants use up what is in the soil.

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson column: A shift in perspective can sometimes change everything

Have you even been forced to wake up at 5:30 on a Saturday

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read