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Dreaming the Impossible – a HIV Cure Is Closer Than Many Think

published: July, 17, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime.

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime. For the past 14 years since 1996, the birth of HAART, HART or ART –however one chooses to call it, we have been sold the idea that HAART is as good as it gets. New drugs are often the reinvention of another drug, with similar crappy side effects and a few novel drugs have made it to the market. Millions of people are employed in the bu

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 1 of 3

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition...

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition, many poz persons have not fully integrated nutrition as part of their health regimen. Unfortunately, many staff and volunteers at ASOs/NGOs in Canada or across then world, who work in treatment or outreach with PHAS have minimal knowledge of impact of nutrition on immune system.   As the Vienna Conference is over, with not a single w

Because we need a little Christmas

published: November, 04, 2009 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Philip Minaker

To gift or not to gift? That is the big question many of us are tackling this season and it isn’t whether they have been naughty or nice.

  To gift or not to gift? That is the big question many of us are tackling this season and it isn’t whether they have been naughty or nice. It’s about our own current state of financial where withal. Can we really afford the gesture? Being considerate of those near and dear to us doesn’t require dire or drastic actions. Remember it’s the thought that counts. You can still be thoughtful without having to dip into the reserves or worse yet be considered a modern

The Color Remedy

published: November, 17, 2009 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Philip Minaker

electing the right colors to integrate into ones wardrobe is not rocket science and yet so many fail miserably.

  Selecting the right colors to integrate into ones wardrobe is not rocket science and yet so many fail miserably. Excuses vary but the blame rides on their shoulders. Regardless of ones current sense of well being, color options can either deplete or enhance ones appearance. We are naturally partial to certain colors but selecting the most conducive ones requires some objectivity and a little experimentation.   A sure fire remedy that will enhance your look is the mirror test. Pl

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols of 2009

published: December, 02, 2009 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Philip Minaker

 The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols of 2009     Style, like true beauty, is not strictly surface. It is a distinguishable trait that naturally radiates from the inner core and creates a profound impact on the rest of us. New standards and ideals emerge as a result, becoming beacons for our times. Genuine style serves as a catalyst that illuminates the way for future generations. Those that have made an indelible impression in 2009 are indeed a brilliant group. Their actions will ins

The Top Ten Gay Style Idols of 2009

published: December, 03, 2009 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Philip Minaker

Fashions fade but style is eternal” is one of Yves many quotes and perhaps the one we’ll remember most. Despite the adversity he encountered he became a living legend.

 The Top Ten Gay Style Idols of 2009   10   Ru Paul/ Andre Charles This Singer, Actor, Drag Queen, Activist and Reality Show Host is like the Energizer Bunny. His/her latest venture, “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” reveals a fascinating glimpse into this subculture with true zeal. Watching the contestants try to outshine each other for the ultimate title as America’s Next Drag Superstar is a total trip.  Sashay, chantey, tears and laughter all the way

Attention Sale Shoppers !!!

published: January, 26, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

There are more bargains than just on aisle six at the moment. Fashion retailers everywhere are clearing out their winter merchandise to make way for their new spring arrivals.

Attention Sale Shoppers!!! There are more bargains than just on aisle six at the moment. Fashion retailers everywhere are clearing out their winter merchandise to make way for their new spring arrivals. The seasons and the fashion deliveries are not always in sync so you can capitalize on this in-congruency quite nicely during end of season sales. Now is a “cents”able time to take stock of your current winter wardrobe and consider replenishing. Remember there are a still a few more months

Spring Awakening

published: March, 11, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Spring Awakening

“Orange” you glad Spring is on it’s way? Are you feeling “Blue” that it’s still officially two weeks away? Fear not!!!  Orange and blue are huge colour components to sport readily this coming Spring and Summer seasons.  And we are talking Eye Popping hues as only Tangerine Orange and Electric Blue can envisio Whether you go head to toe or use as accent pieces these colours will spark up a multitude of options transitioning from work to play. Worn together or used sp

Framed

published: February, 25, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Framed

“Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses” was one of Dorothy Parker’s bitter barbs that contributed to the social stigma of wearing glasses.  More than five decades later, many still opt for contact lenses or laser therapy to avoid donning a pair. We were even coached to eat our carrots as kids ‘cause whoever saw a rabbit wearing glasses? Well, I’m here to break it down for you! Glasses can enhance your image, reflect your personality and illuminate your sense of style

Black or White! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

published: March, 18, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Black or White! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

I always found it a little odd when someone chose to fill their wardrobe with nothing but black and white. Where’s the excitement? Why be so minimal? Well, yesterday’s Eccentric or possibly Cerebral may actually have their finger on the pulse this season as some designers have opted to show only black and white pieces. And considering almost all designers dedicate a portion of their collections to black and/or white this concept is now far from dull. Spanning from sexy to avant-garde (incl

Hats Aplenty

published: March, 30, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Hallelujah! Men are finally beginning to see the light by giving those tried and true baseball caps a much-deserved breather.

Hats Aplenty

Hallelujah! Men are finally beginning to see the light by giving those tried and true baseball caps a much-deserved breather. For Spring/Summer 2010, Designers are making the transition from “schoolboy jock” to “man on the go” an exciting rite of passage. There are a slew of possibilities being offered that are sophisticated and mature yet far from staid and boring. You may want to consider a couple of options to cover your head and various lifestyle needs.     Summer hats are tradi

Toronto Fashion Week

published: April, 15, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Events, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

“The Power of Style” was the catch phrase chosen by the organizers to sum up the Fall 2010 Men’s and Women’s Collections showcased here in Toronto from March28th to April 1st.

“The Power of Style” was the catch phrase chosen by the organizers to sum up the Fall 2010 Men’s and Women’s Collections showcased here in Toronto from March28th to April 1st. It was more like the “Put-Put Putter of Style” however as a mix of Canadian up and coming talent, established designers and corporations took their turns strutting their stuff up and down the grand runway or in various off site venues around the city. Making a strong and appealing statement requires inte

Treasured Trunks

published: May, 17, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

The one accessory that remains a must have each and every summer here in Canada is a suntan.

     The one accessory that remains a must have each and every summer here in Canada is a suntan. Regardless of how you enjoy the great outdoors the benefits of basking in the sun are more than just external. The body absorbs needed vitamin d from the sun boosting the immune system and alleviating more than just those winter blues. There is no better way to naturally looking and feeling better. Perhaps that is why so many head south in the middle of winter. A key component to s

Brush off those Old Tutus, Girls, and Ballet shoes too

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went this week to see an exhaustive (and exhausting) documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet called La Danse. It is for die-hard ballet fans or voyeurs, or both-my, my such well –developed bodies on those boys and girls. The film takes us behind the scenes of the ballet company to watch classes, attend rehearsals, sit in on planning meetings and watch costume design. It also shows the beautiful building itself inside and out. There are shots of Paris in every season and at every time of

Brush off those Old Tutus, Girls, and Ballet shoes too

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went this week to see an exhaustive (and exhausting) documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet called La Danse. It is for die-hard ballet fans or voyeurs, or both-my, my such well –developed bodies on those boys and girls. The film takes us behind the scenes of the ballet company to watch classes, attend rehearsals, sit in on planning meetings and watch costume design. It also shows the beautiful building itself inside and out. There are shots of Paris in every season and at every time of

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