Canada Stocks Fall To A Three-week Low Amid U.s. Budget Impasse

Agrium Inc. added 0.7 percent after naming a successor for its retiring chief executive officer. The Standard & Poors/TSX Composite Index (SPTSX) fell 103.88 points, or 0.8 percent, to 12,735.12 at 4 p.m. in Toronto, the lowest close since Sept. 13. The index has gained 2.4 percent this year for the second-worst performance among developed markets, ahead of only Singapore . Markets are in a wait-and-see approach to see whats happening in the U.S. and that really determines what happens in Canada, said Anish Chopra, fund manager with TD Asset Management Inc. in Toronto. His firm manages about C$216 billion ($209 billion). In the past theyve been able to get to last-minute deals. In this case it might be more of a comprehensive package that includes the debt ceiling.

Milos Raonic of Canada beats Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-3 to reach semifinals of Japan Open

In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, the northern lights glow north of Havre, Mont. on Highway 232.  The conditions of the sky were clear that made it favorable for viewing the northern lights.  (AP Photo/Havre Daily News, Lindsay Brown) MANDATORY CREDIT

4, 2013. Raonic won the match, 6-3, 6-3. CAPTION By Associated Press, TOKYO Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada eased into the semifinals of the Japan Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia on Friday. Raonic broke Lackos serve three times and hit 11 aces under the roof at Ariake Colosseum to set up a semifinal against Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Wednesday’s Photos of the day The 22-year-old Raonic, ranked 11th in the world, is coming off a win in the Thailand Open on Sunday and will be seeking his third title of 2013. He lost in the final of last years Japan Open to local favorite Kei Nishikori. Dodig beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 7-6 (3). Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro was playing Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine later Friday. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Canada’s Gluten-free Craze

File photo shows Amy Fehr of Panne Rizo, a Vancouver gluten-free bakery and cafe, with an assortment of muffins and cupcakes. Although many who adopt a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet say they get relief from bothersome symptoms, health professionals are concerned that people are turning to the diet unnecessarily, possibly leaving them open to negative health effects.
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Health Canada estimates about 1 percent of Canadians (340,000 people) suffer from celiac disease, a genetic disorder that occurs when gluten triggers an abnormal immune response, damaging the lining of the small intestine and interfering with the absorption of nutrients. But aside from celiacs, who must strictly avoid gluten for life, it is estimated that there are millions of gluten avoiders in Canadapeople who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, yet have adopted a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet. Among the reasons gluten avoiders adopt the diet are a desire to lose weight or to get relief from health problems that can be hard to diagnose. Others perceive it as simply a healthier way to eat. However, the growth of gluten avoiders has raised concerns among some health professionals, who say that following a gluten-free diet without first consulting a doctor or dietician could be harmful. I think whats really driven this whole lifestyle has been the celebrities, says Shelley Case, a Regina-based nutrition expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. This fad diet is the flavour of the month right now. Its kind of like Atkins was a number of years ago. Now its gluten-free. Unnecessary Gluten-free Diets Last month Case spoke at an international Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago, where she voiced her concerns about the risks of unnecessary gluten-free diets. She says one of the biggest issues is that people are not consulting an expert or doing adequate research before going on the diet. These people may not have worked with a dietician, theyve just sort of done this on their own, and so theyre not really aware of what [nutrients] they might be missing out on, says Case. A common misconception about gluten-free foodswhich on average are more than double the price of gluten-containing foodsis that theyre automatically healthy, says Case. But many foods advertised as gluten-free are refined and have been stripped of fibre and some vitamins and nutrients. The big risks for people who dont have celiac and are following the gluten-free diet is that theyre often eating the processed gluten-free products, and many of these products are not enriched with iron and B vitamins, she says. You can have a pretty decent, healthy gluten-free diet, but from my experience of working as a dietician for over 32 years, after looking at food records [of gluten avoiders], they arent getting a good balance. She also notes that a gluten-free diet doesnt necessarily lead to weight loss. The diet is great Case says anyone considering a gluten-free diet should first consult an expert and get tested for celiac disease, the reason being that if an undiagnosed celiac cuts out some gluten but does not adopt a strict celiac diet, they may never get properly diagnosed. And if they continue to ingest small amounts of gluten it could lead to serious complications.

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