The term USDA Certified Organic or Canadian Certified Organic is easily recognized by the following symbols.
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by an accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled certified organic.
Education trains students in chiropractic health, a form of alternative medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine under the belief that such a disorder affects general health via the nervous system.
Cold Compression Therapy combines the principles of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation to reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues and is recommended by Orthopedic surgeons following surgery. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.
CSA mark found on a wide variety of North American products, including personal protective equipment (PPE). CSA Certification mark indicates that the product was tested and has met the certification requirements.
is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Cupping has been characterized as pseudoscience. Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area. The vacuum can be created either by the heating and subsequent cooling of the air in the cup, or via a mechanical pump. The cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes.
Drug Identification Number (DIN)
An eight digit number assigned by Health Canada to a drug product prior to being marketed in Canada. A DIN uniquely identifies the product manufacturer, product name, active ingredient(s), strength of active ingredient(s), pharmaceutical form, and route of administration. The DIN can be located on the product label to signify that it has been evaluated and authorized for sale in Canada.
Environment Canada’s EcoLogo
ECOLOGO® Certified products, services and packaging are certified for reduced environmental impact. ECOLOGO Certifications are voluntary, multiattribute, life cycle-based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards.
These standards set metrics for a wide variety of criteria in some or all of the following categories: materials, energy, manufacturing and operations, health and environment, product performance and use, and product stewardship and innovation.
Magnesium sulfate is an inorganic salt (chemical compound) containing magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, with the formula MgSO4. It is often encountered as the heptahydrate sulfate mineral epsomite (MgSO4·7H2O), commonly called Epsom salt. The monohydrate, MgSO4·H2O is found as the mineral kieserite. The majority was used in agriculture.
Anhydrous magnesium sulfate is used as a drying agent. The anhydrous form is hygroscopic (readily absorbs water from the air) and is therefore difficult to weigh accurately. Epsom salt has been traditionally used as a component of bath salts. Epsom salt can also be used as a beauty product. Athletes use it to soothe sore muscles, while gardeners use it to improve crops.
Arnica montana contains the toxin helenalin, which can be poisonous if large amounts of the plant are eaten or small amounts of concentrated Arnica are used. Consumption of A. montana can produce severe gastroenteritis, internal bleeding of the digestive tract, raised liver enzymes (which can indicate inflammation of the liver), nervousness, accelerated heart rate, muscular weakness, and death if enough is ingested.
The plant’s toxicity has led to the USFDA officially declaring it to be an unsafe herb and it is not recommended for the treatment, diagnosis, prevention, or cure, of any disease or injury.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated rocks placed at key points on the body. Once the stones have heated sufficiently, some are placed onto specific points on the body (such as the back, hands, etc.) and others are held by the massage therapist and used to work the muscles.
formerly called hydropathy and also called water cure, is a part of medicine and alternative medicine, in particular of naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certificate indicates that a management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure has all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. Each certification number represents particular standards and criteria have been met in order to certify.
A massage table is used by massage therapists to position the client to receive a massage. Most are manufactured with client comfort and therapist ergonomics in mind. A typical table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a face cradle that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down.
Tables may be either stationary or portable, depending on the intended use. Additional padding or supports may be used as accessories to the basic table.
Natural Product Number (NPN)
An eight-digit number licenced by Health Canada to signify it has been assessed and found to be safe, effective, and of high quality under their recommended conditions of use. You can find the NPN on the product label.
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid). Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.
Their efficacy as preservatives, in combination with their low cost, the long history of their use, and the inefficacy of some natural alternatives like grapefruit seed extract, probably explains why parabens are so commonplace. To Date no effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. Depending on the application and technique used, massage is used to promote relaxation and well-being, and is beneficial in treating sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculature of the body such as postural misalignment and many painful conditions.
In professional settings massage clients are treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a Canada-wide system designed to give employers and workers information on hazardous materials in the workplace. Hazardous materials covered by WHMIS are referred to as “controlled products”, and are grouped in categories of materials called “classes”. These classes are as follows:
- compressed gases
- flammable and combustible materials
- oxidizing materials
- poisonous and infectious materials
- corrosive materials
- dangerously reactive materials
Note: Products that state they are non-WHMIS products do not contain hazardous materials.