Looking past the pills

Justin Crann
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Health and Healing Expo showcases alternative remedies

Taleathahh Livingstone firmly believes there isn't always a pill for every ill.

Visitors browse the goods at the Moose Jaw Natural Health and Healing Expo on Saturday. The two-day event showcased some of the alternative treatments and medicines available to Moose Javians.

"People are looking for alternative ways to heal without jumping first into a prescription drug or a surgery," Livingstone, one of two co-organizers of the Moose Jaw Natural Health and Healing Expo that ran this weekend, told the Times-Herald. 

"We would never say to anybody, 'Don't try those.' But if they have made a decision and want to try something else, or the doctors say there's nothing they can do, people will often seek other methods," she added. "There are so many other ways to treat all kinds of conditions at all different levels … We're bringing ancient arts to the modern community."

The expo is in its second year, and according to co-organizer Kate Lyseiko-David, it draws a respectable crowd and entices vendors into Moose Jaw from communities outside.

"Most of the businesses are from Moose Jaw, but there are some from other parts of Saskatchewan, as well as Medicine Hat and Red Deer," she said. "Probably about 100 to 150 people have passed through (on Saturday), and it just goes in cycles."

Lyseiko-David added that feedback from businesses and attendees has been very positive, with "people appreciating new ideas.

"They've been receptive and participating, and we've had a lot of presentations," she added.

Livingstone said the goal is to not only show people what natural and ancient remedies and therapies there may be to help them, but also to educate them so that they can avoid problems down the road.

"We can't change everything we have to do, like working on a computer every day," she said. "But we can do it differently. This expo is as much about education as it is the healing arts."

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Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Medicine Hat Red Deer

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