Please be advised that a voluntary recall has been issued for enzyme products from a number of brands that we carry. Specific lots of Natural Factors, RenewLife, Vega, and Naturpharm have been identified as potentially being contaminated with Chloramphenicol, which can pose certain risks, and as a result these lots are subject to a voluntary recall by Health Canada. Natural Factors and Renew life have chosen to fully recall all of the product that may be at risk and as a result we have pulled those lots from our shelves, and while Naturpharm has yet to issue a recall Community has nonetheless pulled that product from our shelves until we have more information.
At this time Vega has assured us that there is not a sufficient amount of the contaminant in question cause any adverse reactions, and as a result has recalled no product. They have performed a great deal of in-depth research into the contamination and have issued a statement about their choice to not pull any affected product, please click here to read their statement, which includes a video from Founder and President Charles Chang that we highly suggest watching. Please note that Renew Life, Naturpharm, and Natural Factors are all enzyme manufacturing companies and as a result are considered higher risk products than those produced by Vega.
For a list of affected lots for the recalled product please click here to visit Health Canada’s recall notice. Please note that this is a voluntary recall on behalf of Health Canada.
If you believe you are in possession of contaminated product, please return it to Community for a full refund. We have pulled affected Natural Factors, Renew Life, and Naturpharm products from our shelves, but with assurances from Vega have chosen to keep their product in stock and available to purchase. Nevertheless we will be accepting returns of any Vanilla Chai, or Sports Performance Chocolate Vega product.
As of September 25th, 2013 Christmas Natural has been advised by its supplier that the Badger SPF 30 Baby (lot #’s 3057A and 3132A) and SPF 30 Kids Sunscreens (lot # 3164A) has not met quality control standards. Christmas Natural is voluntarily recalling all Badger SPF 30 Baby and Kids sunscreen sold between April 10th, 2013 and September 1st, 2013 with the affected lot numbers. The recall has been issued due to microbial contamination, though no adverse effects have been reported.
This notice is limited to these products.
As there is a chance that Community Natural Foods has carried and sold affected lot numbers of this product, we are strongly advising customers to return any Badger SPF 30 Baby or Kids sunscreens purchased from us in that time frame that matches those lot numbers to our stores.
If you require more information or believe that you have be in possession of recalled product, please contact our customer care team at 403-930-6363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find this month’s featured coffee at any of our market locations, including the Community Cafe at the 10th Avenue Market!
3 Key Themes in Women’s Health
Dr. Marita Schauch, BSc, ND
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that control our mood, energy & stress levels, metabolism, sleep, reproductive function and many other vital bodily functions. In good health, all of our hormones work together in a delicate balance. Unfortunately, hormonal imbalances commonly leave many of us feeling stressed, tired and unwell. There are many causes and aspects of hormonal imbalance, but 3 key themes that I experience regularly with my patients are outlined below.
1. Estrogen Dominance – Support the Liver
It is now well known that one of the most prominent causes of PMS related symptoms, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breast disease and breast, uterine and ovarian cancer is excessive estrogen exposure. This is often referred to as Estrogen Dominance. One of the main sources of too much estrogen in the body comes from xenoestrogens, which are environmental toxins found in plastics, pesticides, beauty products, cleaning products, detergents, the birth control pill and hormone replacement therapy. Xenoestrogens are structurally similar to estrogen and have the ability to mimic estrogen in the body and cause an excess estrogen state. These “foreign” hormones can also create damaging by-products and metabolites putting a lot of stress on the liver and disrupting normal hormone pathways.
Calcium-d-glucarate, indole-3-carbinol, DIM and sulforaphane are important substances that support healthy hormone metabolism by promoting liver detoxification and excretion of harmful xenoestrogens. Milk Thistle is a well-researched botanical extract that contains potent antioxidants that protect liver cells from free radical damage and support detoxification pathways. Tumeric, Lycopene, Rosemary and Green tea are powerful antioxidants and have anti-carcinogenic properties thus protecting the body from environmental insult as well as reducing one’s risk of cancer. All these can be found in one formula called EstroSense® which I recommend to support the liver and balance hormones.
2. Not to be Forgotten – The Thyroid
In general, hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone is a common condition in North America and affects between 20 and 25 per cent of the female population and about 10 percent of males. In addition, approximately 30 per cent of people over the age of 35 may have sub-clinical or mild hypothyroidism where the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland is within the normal range but they have many symptoms of low thyroid. If you are tired, gaining weight, have cold hands and feet, hair loss, dry hair or skin, cracking in the heels and insomnia, consider low thyroid. Clinically low thyroid, as confirmed by your doctor, requires prescription medication. However, if your tests come back normal and you are still experiencing symptoms you can support your thyroid with a natural formulation containing L-tyrosine, ashwagandha, guggul, pantothenic acid, copper, manganese and iodine as found in ThyroSense®.
3. A Transitional Time – Menopause
When a woman’s childbearing years come to an end, she will begin to experience the first signs of menopause. During this time the body is adjusting to fluctuating hormone levels. Various signs of menopause include: irregular or absent menstrual periods, hot flashes/flushes or night sweats (80% of women experience this), mood swings, insomnia, depression, urinary problems and loss of libido. A woman’s risk of heart disease and osteoporosis are also increased during menopause.
I recommend MenoSense® with black cohosh, chasteberry, gamma orzanol, hesperidin and dong quai to help balance fluctuating hormone levels and ease the transition through menopause.
Hormonal imbalance is a major contributing factor to a variety of women’s health concerns. I recommend WomenSense® products to reduce symptoms and help restore healthy hormone balance.
Remember, whenever you buy WomenSense products you are supporting The Canadian Women’s Foundation and helping women and girls across Canada move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence.
Dr. Marita Schauch BSc ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada’s premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Schauch’s health articles educate the public about health and wellness and have been featured in numerous print media. She currently resides and has her clinical practice in Victoria B.C.
“Community CNF Oceanwise Contest” (the Contest)
Brought to you by Community Natural Foods Ltd.
To enter the Contest, visit a Community Natural Foods (CNF) store and complete an entry form and drop it into the contest box located at any participating CNF Store. List of the participating CNF Stores can be found at www.communitynaturalfoods.com/contact-us. See “Contest Rules and Regulations” below for a full set of Rules and Regulations, which are incorporated herein by reference. Only one entry per Contestant.
RULES: No purchase necessary. Contest is open only to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older. Contest runs from 12:00 am (MST) Monday, April 22nd, 2013 to 11:59pm (MST) Monday May 6th 2013 and the prizes must be claimed by 11:59 pm (MST) on May 31, 2013.
Skill testing question must be answered correctly to claim prizes
Odds of winning depend on number of contestants registered.
CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONs
The following are the Official Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”) of “Community Natural Foods Oceanwise Contest” (the Contest) brought to you by Community Natural Foods Ltd. (CNF).
This Contest is void, in whole or part, where prohibited by law and is subject to all federal, provincial, state and municipal laws and regulations. There is no purchase necessary to participate in this Contest. CNF reserves the right to make changes to the Contest, where necessary, due to changing business, operational and marketing considerations. Subject to applicable laws, these Rules govern all aspects of the Contest, including the Contest Summary, and are binding upon all Contest entrants. In the event of any inconsistency between the Rules and the conditions and explanations appearing on any other documents, including the Contest Summary, these Rules shall take precedence.
This Contest, is open only to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older. Contestants may be required to prove their age at the time of redeeming their prize. Employees, officers and directors of ”CNF” are not eligible to win any of the Prizes.
To enter the Contest, visit a CNF store and complete an entry form and drop it into the contest box located at any participating Community CNF Store. List of the participating Community CNF Stores can be found at www.communitynaturalfoods.com/contact-us.
3. CONTEST PERIOD
The Contest starts at 12:00 am (MST) on Monday April 22nd, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm Saturday May 18th, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).
4. HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST
To enter the Contest, visit a Community CNF store and complete an entry form and drop it into the contest box located at any participating Community CNF Store. List of the participating Community CNF Stores can be found at www.communitynaturalfoods.com/contact-us. Only one entry per Contestant.
One (1) first prize of a trip for two (2) to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver Aquarium’s “Night at the Aquarium” event on June 13, 2013 (includes round trip economy airfare from Calgary*, 2 nights hotel accommodations, round trip airport car service in Vancouver, and admission to the “Night at the Aquarium” Event). One (1) second prize** of a $500 Community CNF Gift Card.
One (1) third prize** of a $250 valued Community CNF Gift Basket.
* does not include airport taxes or surcharges, parking at airport, or baggage charges. This does not include any traveling costs to get to the Calgary airport. Does not include taxi costs while in Vancouver. Winner and guest responsible for their own food and beverage. Round trip economy airfare for 2 must be taken from Calgary to Vancouver. Approximate value of the first prize is $2400.00. Guest of First Prize winner must be over 18. A travel voucher for airfare for two will be issued to the First Prize Winner and thereafter, the First Prize Winner is responsible to book their own flight arrangements to Vancouver and return to Calgary and must arrive in Vancouver no later than 4:00 pm Pacific Time Zone, Thursday June 13th, 2013. Arrangements for pick up of travel vouchers can be made through CNF representative3s.
** Second and third prizes must be picked up at CNF Head Office, 6120-1A Street SW in Calgary no later than May 31, 2013.
Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions are available. CNF, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute all or any portion of the Prizes with a prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and have no cash value.
6. SELECTION OF WINNERS
For each of the three (3) prizes, one winner will be selected at a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. Note, only one entry per Contestant. A CNF representative will conduct the drawing within one week of the end of the contest noted above. The potential winners of the contest will be notified via email or phone by a CNF representative. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received for the contest.
The decision of the CNF representative in relation to this Contest and who the Winners are will be final and binding on all entrants.
Odds of being a Winner depends on the number of contestants registered. The selected Winners then have to properly answer the skill testing in order to claim the related prize.
CNF, or their designated representative, will make three (3) attempts to contact the Winner by email or telephone within four (4) days of being selected. If the Winners: (i) cannot be contacted within three (3) attempts over the four (4) days, or (ii) there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then that Winner will be disqualified and an alternate entrant will be selected by the CNF representative. The process noted above will be repeated until all Winners have been contacted and verified, or there are no eligible contestants remaining.
7. PRIZE AWARDING AND REDEMPTION
Before being declared a Winner, the Winner must first correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question. The Winner may be required to: (i) supply proof of age consisting of a legible photocopy of either a provincial or state issued driver’s license or other government issued identification; (ii) supply proof of address consisting of a legible photocopy of either a provincial or state issued driver’s license or other government issued identification; (iii) verify the authenticity of the Winners email account. The Winner will also be required to sign and return within five (5) business days CNF Declaration and Release Form (the “Release Form”), which (among other things): (i) confirms compliance with these Rules and acceptance of the Prize as awarded without substitution; (ii) releases CNF, their respective affiliated and related companies, and each of their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability in connection with this Contest, the Winner’s participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof; and (iii) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her name as CNF reasonable determines and/or photograph or other likeness, without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by CNF in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the Internet. Declining the Prize, failing to correctly answer the mathematical skill-testing question, or failing to return the properly executed Release Form within the time period indicated on the Release Form, will cause the Prize to be forfeited and a new winner determined in accordance with the process for the applicable Prize, as described above in “Selection of Winners”.
8. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating in the Contest, you release CNF, their respective affiliated and related companies, advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability in connection with this Contest, the contestants participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of any Prize or portion thereof.
CNF is not responsible or liable for: (i) incorrect or inaccurate entry of registration or entry information which may affect an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest; (ii) human errors, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed/corrupted data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof; and (iii) entries which fail to fully comply with these Rules.
All entry forms, prize claim and related forms become the property of CNF.
All decisions by CNF with respect to all aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding. All contestants agree to abide by all of the instructions and decisions of CNF. In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of these Rules or any decision rendered by CNF, the decision or interpretation of CNF shall prevail.
Any attempt to deliberately damage or tamper with a Contest, interfere with the proper administration of a Contest or undermine the legitimate operation of a Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, CNF reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.
Should any part of these Rules be determined to be void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by any court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction, such determination shall not affect the remaining parts of the Rules, which shall remain in full force and effect. The Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial, state and local laws, as well as the rules adopted in view of said laws. The personal information provided to enter the Contest will be used only to administer the Contest, and for no other reason.
For further Contest details or inquiries contact a Contest promotional representative at:
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By Lauren Mangion, Conscious Home
CNF staff have witnessed many adults thrown into fits of giggles and blushing cheeks at the very suggestion of consuming hemp. However, it is a health food that continues to grow in popularity due to its superior health and nutrition benefits.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods has played a major role in growing and popularizing the hemp foods industry in Canada. Before the company could even get off the ground in 1998, its co-founders had to work with farmers and academics to secure trials of industrialized hemp and eventually legalize industrial hemp in the country.
Since then, Manitoba Harvest has seen a great surge in consumer awareness and demand for hemp food products, largely through the promotion of hemp foods by mainstream media personalities, like Dr. Oz. The television personality references hemp for its nutritional and health benefits so often, Manitoba Harvest has a dedicated page on its website for his videos and recipes that profile hemp.
Hemp contains all 10 amino acids, B vitamins, and has other valuable nutrients like chlorophyll and magnesium. According to the World Health Organization the ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is 4:1. Hemp’s ratio is 3.75:1, making it a great source for balanced Omega intake. It also has a very high digestibility score.
Manitoba Harvest is the only vertically integrated hemp food company in the world. The company takes great pride in taking part in every step of the production process, from seed to shelf, which they feel gives their customers a sense of confidence in the quality of the product. In 2012, 60% of all hemp grown in Canada was grown for Manitoba Harvest. They work closely with farmers to help with government regulation compliance, and sourcing high-quality organic, non-GMO seed.
Sustainability is woven into the fabric of the company’s operations, down to the hemp plant itself. Hemp plants grow close together and have broad leaves, which naturally suppresses weeds and eliminates the possibility of herbicides. In fact, there is no registered herbicide for use with hemp. It also has a long taproot which is great for storing nutrients, minerals and water, making it a great plant for restoring soil health. Hemp is commonly referred to as “the green buffalo” because every part of the plant has a use whether its for food, fabric, rope or building material. Canada is a leader in uncovering the versatility of the plant and finding new markets for its uses.
And, what about the elephant in the room? Most people are vaguely aware of hemp’s association with a certain plant in the cannabis family that is not legal in Canada. Manitoba Harvest’s response? They say it’s like comparing a Great Dane and a Chihuahua- they are both dogs, but yet completely different.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods produces hemp hearts (shelled seeds), protein powders, hemp oil and hemp milk, all of which can be enjoyed via your nearest Community Natural Foods.
By Lauren Mangion, Conscious Home
The story of Rock Ridge Dairy began with 2 things: a long-held dream of being a farmer, and goats. According to his wife Cherylynn, Patrick Bos only ever wanted to be a farmer. He had been milking cows for farms neighboring his family’s since he was 14 years old. When Cherylynn and Patrick married, she joined in his vision and they became the second generation on Patrick’s family’s farm between Lacombe and Ponoka, raising beef heifers. Realizing quickly that the economy of scale was not in their favor, that they would never have enough cows on their land base to make a living, they turned to other opportunities. An ad in the paper from a dairy processing facility looking for goat dairy products caught Patrick’s attention. He mentioned it to Cherylynn and then quickly dismissed it, until one night she woke up with the realization that it was what they needed to do.
They worked long days with 2 milkings a day, and other jobs at the same time, until the processing facility shut down, which Cherylynn describes as, “the best worst thing to happen.” They say necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity certainly spurred big things for Rock Ridge Dairy. It didn’t take long for the Boses to realize that to be sustainable in their quest to farm for a living, they needed to take the processing into their own hands. 1 year later, they had built a processing facility on the farm.
Meanwhile, one of Alberta’s two certified organic dairy processing facilities had closed its doors, leaving many small-scale farmers without a processor for their products. Cherylynn and Patrick found a number of these farmers at their door one day, offering up another opportunity for their on-farm facility. Rock Ridge Dairy now proudly processes and packages certified organic cow’s milk products brought to them by local Albertan organic dairies that strictly adhere to Canada’s organic standard. The cows are not given antibiotics or hormones and are fed certified organic feed. Another unique aspect of Rock Ridge’s organic milk products is that the milk comes from Jersey cows, whereas most milk in Alberta is from Holsteins. Jersey milk is known to be sweet and creamy.
Aside from the prompting of local dairy farmers, Rock Ridge Dairy moved into organic products because they felt that Albertans were really demanding a quality local product. “Recently there has been a huge push from the government, consumers and grocers to grow the market for all the great food that is produced here in Alberta, and I am so glad for it and to be part of it,” says Cherylynn.
Rock Ridge Dairy is starting with a fluid line of 1%, 2% and 3% organic milk which will be new to Community Natural Food’s dairy cooler this month!
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|Vega One||French Vanilla||VEG10529||414 g||07/2014||
|VEG10534||10 x 37.6 g||07/2014||
Jan Schalkwyk and his family emigrated from the Netherlands in 1995 after his son, who was in Canada attending school, reported back to his family that there were larger pieces of land available for farming here than in the Netherlands. Jan has a long history as a dairy farmer, cheese maker and teacher of the art of making cheese. In fact, cheese has been his way of life for over 50 years. As a child, Jan grew up on a dairy farm and was making farmstead cheese by his teens. He then went on to study dairy technology in school, became a teacher of the trade for many years, and hosted a teaching school and practicum sessions on his own farm in the Netherlands.
When Jan came to Canada, he was not planning to make cheese anymore. However, when he couldn’t find the quality of cheese he was looking for to suit his own standards for consumption, within 4 years of being here, he found himself immersed in making cheese again. He and his son, who manages the dairy cows, soon shifted the landscape for flavorful, quality, small-batch cheese made in Alberta. Since 1999, Sylvan Star has been recognized with 11 national and international awards for various cheeses.
There is great tradition and knowledge around cheese making in Europe, and the application of this traditional process is what makes Sylvan Star unique in Alberta. According to Jan, equal attention and care must be paid to four areas of the process of making cheese- the cow’s feed, the milking process, the processing of the milk without pasteurization, and allowing for a natural ripening of the cheese.
Although Sylvan Star is not certified organic, they adhere to the requirements of the standard. Cows are fed alfalfa and grasses grown on the Schalkwyk’s land, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. This is an important aspect of the soft flavor of the cheese. Jan also believes strongly that cheese should not be pasteurized (heating milk to a relatively high temperature to kill bacteria), as it diminishes the quality, flavor, and healthy enzymes in cheese. Instead, Jan builds a strong culture to activate and protect the cheese from bad bacteria, uses a salt brine and a specially imported wax from the Netherlands to protect from molds during the ripening process, both of which retain the flavor and the living enzymes in the cheese.
Jan is pleased to see his cheeses becoming more and more popular, and the resurgence of people in Western Canada who are concerned about flavor, quality, and the transparency associated with small-scale, local farms. If you haven’t tried Sylvan Star Cheese, you can pick up an Award-winning Grizzly Gouda or gruyere at your local Community Natural Foods anytime. We are certain it will change your opinion of Alberta-made cheese!