Reader letters: May 2009

Find out what readers had to say in letters from the May issue of Best Health Magazine

Reader letters: May 2009

When I received my renewal request for Best Health, I almost didn’t renew because of the economy. Then I went through the latest issue from cover to cover, and had an epiphany: I realized how much I enjoy your magazine. I was finding that the other Canadian magazines no longer spoke to things of interest to me. Yet, yours does in so many ways. I wish you a long and successful publication.
Barbara Smith, Prescott, Ont.

I love Best Health. The January/February issue had all I needed to know about starting out right for 2009. I especially enjoyed ‘Resolve to Eat More Fish‘ (p. 80), and I can’t wait to try Paul Finkelstein’s soups (‘Soup’s On!‘ p. 88). Also, ‘Resolve to Tone Up‘ (p. 30) not only gave me tips for staying motivated, it showed me some great exercises. Thanks to writer Amanda Vogel and her team of experts.
Daniela Roque, Ancaster, Ont.

I subscribed to Best Health as soon as I read the first issue; I’m still thrilled! I especially like the stories about women getting fit together. How they encourage each other is inspiring.
Barbara Garrick, Gibsons, B.C.

I’m so impressed with the quality of the articles, the relevance of topics and the way the magazine is organized that I bought two subscriptions for friends. I look forward to each issue’s well-researched articles. May I make a suggestion? I’d love to see more recipes.
Jasmine Thompson, Toronto

As a dentist and a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble Oral Care (Crest and Oral-B), I was very encouraged to see such an in-depth report on oral care (‘Time for a New Toothbrush?‘ March/April, p. 70). Education in this area is crucial, particularly since recent research makes a direct link between oral health and overall body health.

Many of the expert tips and insights in Lisa Bendall’s article are aligned with the professional advice I offer my own patients. In terms of the effectiveness of power toothbrushes, she reports on a professional opinion stating that power toothbrushes and manual brushes can be equally effective. In fact, the independent Cochrane Report conducted a comprehensive review of 42 clinical studies involving almost 4,000 subjects and confirmed that oscillating-rotating power brushes are su­peri­or to manual brushes. Additionally, a recent P&G study found that the majority of dental professionals in Canada support the effectiveness of power toothbrushes. In my practice, I recommend them for their ability to compensate for patients who may not be using a manual toothbrush properly.
Dr. Maryam Adibfar, Toronto

Most of my family and friends are ‘back east’ or far-flung around the world. Through Facebook, I’ve found them all. Thanks to Rona Maynard’s article, ‘Online Bonding’ (Summer 2008, p. 148), I have the ammunition to defend Facebook against naysayers. I love the concept of a ‘virtual neighbourhood.’
Jules Torti, Abbotsford, B.C.

As a fragrance-sensitive person, I was glad to see ‘The Truth About Fragrance Sensitivity’ (March/April, p. 55). To get people to understand that products can make some of us ill is an ongoing struggle. I was a little disappointed that air fresheners and laundry products weren’t mentioned. But it’s articles like this that make me happy to be a subscriber!
Lisa Leeuw, Fredericton

I enjoyed ‘Me, a Natural-Born Curler?’ in March/April (p. 67). I’ve been curling for five years and look forward to Thursday nights with the girls. It’s inexpensive, great for any age’and you can holler at your teammates and not get clobbered!
Corri Morison, Howick, Que.

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