Strong Bones

The majority of Canadians get less than half the recommended daily intake of Calcium. Strong bones helps build and maintain stronger bones. It contains the right form of calcium for immediate absorption and a variety of nutrients used by your body as raw materials for reinforcing and building bones. You can rely on STRONG BONES to deliver natural nutrients, for stronger, healthier bones.

Bones are indeed amazing. They serve as a frame for our bodies and to protect key locations. Bones also perform several important biological roles as well. These include the creation of blood, a store of nutrients and a medium of detoxification. It is important to support strong bones and bone growth. This is especially true for women who are four times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis. As women age, changes in their estrogen levels can affect their bone mass. Osteoporosis is a silent painless disease
in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease and often have a hard time getting all of the calcium they need to maintain strong bones. Smoking and too much alcohol can also weaken bones, while the lack of weight-bearing exercise hinders the capability to build
and maintain bone strength.

Strong Bones is broad spectrum formula to defense against ostoeporosis. The strength of Strong Bones begins with microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHC), the most readily available form of calcium for human supplementation, which is also rich in proteins and phosphorus. This is the same type of calcium found in humans. Our MCHC is sourced from pasture fed New Zealand bovine certified free from antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides and mad cow disease. It is freeze dried to offer the highest quality possible.

The amino acids L-lysine and L-proline improve calcium absorption and support collagen production, with support of vitamin C.

Glucosamine sulfate represents a natural component for healthy cartilage and the production of connective tissue.

Magnesium is included to facilitate the absorption of calcium.

Zinc, copper, manganese and boron are essential elements for bone growth, collagen formation, and the maintenance of strong connective tissue, along with promoting calcium retention.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is essential to the formula to support metabolism of carbohydrates and for its role in energy production at the cellular level.

Vitamin K2 is included for its dual role in bone production and in the prevention of bone loss.

The more absorbable form of magnesium, bisglycinate, has replaced the magnesium oxide due to its superior absorption.

Silica-rich horsetail promotes the strength and elasticity of connective tissue.

Curcumin 95% curcuminoids is among the new ingredients in Strong Bones. With a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory, recent studies show its value in the battle against osteoporosis.

Lutein extract supports levels of this carotenoid, which have been shown in studies to be deficient in women with several forms of osteoporosis.

Grapeseed extract 95% proanthocyanidins has been shown to enhance bone density in animal trials.

Green tea 75% epigallocatechin gallate — According to studies out of Hong Kong, green tea EGCG boosted the activity of a key enzyme that promotes bone growth by up to 79 percent. EGCG also significantly boosted levels of bone mineralization in the cells, which strengthens bones. The scientists also showed that high concentrations of EGCG blocked the activity of a type of cell (osteoclast) that breaks down or weakens bones.

Lycopene, a phytochemical found in tomatoes, protects bone-producing cells from oxidative stress.

Studies in both the US and the Netherlands have shown folic acid supplementation helps prevent bone fractures in the elderly.

The coenzyme form of vitamin B12, methylcobalamin, completes the formula as research at Tufts University have identified methylcobalamin as a modifiable risk factor in bone mineral density research.

Coconut Oil Boosts Metabolism for Weight Loss and Much, Much More

Most people still think saturated fat is bad for them. They do not understand that every cell needs it for structure and firmness, and immunity. As one builds immunity one meat at a time, one of the healthiest sources of needed saturated fat is coconut oil. It s not purely saturated fat. It is, in fact, 48% monounsaturated fat, essential to lose fat around the liver and heart, to prevent heart attacks and stress to the liver. The liver is our fourth line of defense against the annual flu bugs every fall. Coconut oil provides needed support to the liver to ward off the flu bug naturally, without vaccines. Coconut oil is very powerful.

With stressed out enlarged livers, we see obesity as an epidemic in North America. New ways of thinking and acting are required. The truth can make you slim. What we know as of 1979, but was not understood in the 1913, is that hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils contain trans-fatty acids that are linked to heart disease as well as weight gain. Vegetable oils stink, and need deodorization. This high heat process causes the presence of 2% trans fat in all vegetable oils except olive oil and coconut oil, which are cold-pressed, not expeller pressed at 250 F or higher. Trans fat inhibit enzyme activities, and gum up the entire metabolic processes for physical and mental function. Trans fat causes weight gain. On the other hand, coconut oil or milk contributes to weight loss. Coconut oil, (especially in combination with a reduced carbohydrate regimen of 40-50% of total Calories) is the real winner for weight loss and continued maintenance of that desired weight.

For example, Harvard University did a three month study in 2003 that found with 21 people in three groups where the scientists feed the women 1500 Calories per day, and the men were fed 1800 Calories per day, that the first group on low-fat, high-carb lost 17 pounds, the second group on high fat low-carb lost 23 pounds, and the third group was fed an additional 300 Calories from fat and lost 20 pounds.

Of all fats chosen fragrant extra virgin coconut oil could be your number one helper to curb you off the field of the obesity pandemic. Obesity plagues North America. One can wonder why this is so, in spite of so much dieting with low-fat, no-fat dairy at the crux of recommendations by a swarm of 5000 Canadian dieticians from 17 Universities that adhere to politically correct programs. Total confusion surrounds this subject of weight loss, and so many are failing.

Those who study nutrition, however, learn that MSG is prevalent in the food chain under twenty different names, especially perpetuated at fast food outlets, such as MacDonald’s fries and Tim Horton’s coffee. We learn that science labs use MSG to induce obesity in rats for weight loss studies.

Coconut oil, on the other hand, and only with abstinence of MSG and white sugar, can kill Candida Albicans. This bacteria is in the gut of every human being, and when fed white sugar can cause sudden weight gain that will not leave. This is because Candida produces cravings for sugar, and like an addiction, it will never let you lose weight until you stop eating white sugar and overcome the cravings with coconut oil. Coconut oil with its lauric acid kills the overpopulation of this tenaciously bad bacteria. That is if you are not allergic to coconut oil. If you are lucky enough to be able to eat it, then Candida can be kept in balance with increased good bacteria. Combine coconut oil with nourishing cultured dairy products such as low-lactose whole milk yogurt or raw milk cheese. Fermented sauerkraut or sour dough rye bread also increase friendly bacteria to keep Candida balanced. In moderation, beer and wine also have friendly bacteria to help with this daily battle.

In 1996, the Ministry of Supply and Services reported that 50% of Canadians lose weight by removing wheat bread and sugar from their diet; 30% lose weight by reducing fat, and 35% lose by reducing salt. In other words, reducing Calories and carbohydrate are the most effective way to lose weight.

In May 2003, Women’s World Magazine ran an article touting the weight loss benefits of coconut oil. Low carb diets like Atkins and South Beach diet have been sustained by the public voice as the most effective weight loss programs in the market place. However, in the last decade, it has been observed that the lower carbohydrate regimens work even faster and more effectively for weight loss with the addition of one ingredient – coconut oil. Not only does coconut oil boost metabolism and speed up weight loss, there is evidence to prove that adding coconut oil into one’s daily diet can help lower cholesterol and regulate diabetes, cure itchy yeasts, kill parasites and other pathogens in the gut that contribute to eating disorders and chronic weight gain .

In The Coconut Diet, by Cherie Calbom, in collaboration with her husband, John Calbom, a behavioral medicine specialist, we see a scholarly and eminently useful book on nutrition. The book includes 70 recipes that keep you on tract to use coconut oil daily. You will be introduced to other coconut products, even gluten-free coconut flour.

Dr. John Calbom noticed that several patients in his clinic were unable to loose weight on any kind of diet but could finally shed up to 60 pounds with coconut oil. This is because it is the world’s best source of lauric acid. Deficiency of lauric acid is rampant, especially when babies are not breast fed. You need sufficient lauric acid, best at four tablespoons a day, as recommended by Mary Enig, PhD. nutrition, the scientist that blew the whistle against trans fats in 1979 to the US congress. Then Dr. Calbom observed how some patients lost as much as 50 pounds in six months!

“This is a necessary cookbook in any kitchen fighting obesity, “says Kenneth Bakken, MD, President, Health Vision International, Inc. That, and Mary Enig’s book, Eat Fat to Loose Fat, 2003, have more beautiful, tasty, coconut recipes. Thai Restaurants will feed you coconut oil if you don’t have time to cook.

Lastly, on Internet, Joseph Mercola, ND, has written articles on the countless benefits of coconut oil over many years on his popular website, HYPERLINK “” He endorses The Coconut Diet cookbook to his 60,000 visitors a day. This website has a growing list of email subscribers that receive weekly messages to discern strategies to navigate global food corruption. The truth is, coconut oil could replace flu vaccines. In March 2008, in France, two vaccine corporations were charged with manslaughter. At 26 vaccines before age eight, offered in Canadian elementary schools, why chance a corrupted medical system that is not effective at all?

Lori Nichols Davies
Holistic Cooking Academy of Canada
260 Napoleon Street
Carleton Place, ON K7C 2W9

This article was obtained from the Holistic Cooking Academy of Canada – Building Immunity, One Meal at a Time.
For further information regarding the academy visit or contact Lori Nichols Davis at

Granary Staff

Proudly serving customers with quality bulk and natural alternatives since 1978, The Granary continues to offer its personalized service and friendly atmosphere that patrons have come to expect. Our small, in store team is committed to superior customer service. Beyond the store, we work with and can recommend a variety of practitioners in the health industry including massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, live blood analysis, reiki practitioners and more. Let us help you stay on track on your quest for great health.

*Dena Comley, Owner*
Dena’s interest in good health started long before she purchased The Granary. As a believer in all things natural and a life long vegetarian, Dena has always had an interest in living a healthy lifestyle. This interest extends beyond personal health to include the health of the natural environment. As a passionate environmentalist, Dena has always tried to make a positive difference in her world. As an environmental technologist for an engineering firm, Dena became disheartened and frustrated with her professional career; so when her first child was due to enter the world, she knew it was time for a big change. Now that her second child has made her presence, Dena is happier than ever with her decision to be closer to home and family. As an active member of the local business community, Dena sits on the board of directors for the Business Improvement Area (BIA) and is a member of the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).

*Kendra Reay R.H.N.*

Kendra Reay is no stranger to the importance and promotion of holistic living. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2007 and ran an independently operated Nutritional Consulting practice downtown Toronto. As a consultant she provided clients with a variety of professional, preventative and holistic services to assist with their health and wellbeing while simultaneously working in various roles for 10 years at York University. Most recently she was the Manager of the Accommodation and Conference Services department. Kendra and her family have relocated from downtown Toronto to a farm in the Perth area to pursue their dreams of a whole, healthy, sustainable life. She has just joined the Granary team where she will be available a few days a week for nutritional advise. Kendra’s specialization is in prenatal and family nutrition, focusing on prevention and the use of non-toxic, natural therapies such as clinical diet and lifestyle assessments. Her philosophy is simple- food one consumes and the life one chooses to lead should be a continuous process of enjoyment and betterment where there is no such thing as cheating, failing, or falling off the wagon. Her emphasis is on holistic nutrition, allowing oneself the freedom to enjoy life with the understanding that prevention is the best way to maintain health and wellness.

*Katy Maltby*

Katy has just graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. As a recent graduate her passion and energy around natural health is contagious!

The Granary staff has seen some changes this summer. We are sad to say good bye to 2 long time employees, Erin Humphrey and Hannah Stroud. At the same time we are excited for them as they venture into the world of post secondary school. Great adventures await I am sure. It has been a pleasure having both of them in the store these past 3 years.


The Granary is located in the historic Keyes Block at 107 Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Like many of the old buildings on Bridge Street, the history of The Keyes Building runs deep and is remembered in different ways by many. The original structure that occupied the lot was built in the early 1800’s.

The modest wood building housed the Keyes’ family shoe business and living quarters. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1880’s. The current building was constructed in 1887. It quickly become known as “The Keyes Block”. The space now occupied by The Granary was home to Keyes Boots & Shoe Store. The neighboring commercial unit was occupied by The Union Bank of Canada.

By approximately the 1920’s, The Granary space started its legacy as a food store. Argue’s Grocer ran their business in the 1950’s and 60’s selling everything from produce and eggs to canned goods and cleaning supplies. Local members of the Argue family still recall and share fond memories of the successful business. Following Argue’s, the space was occupied by a few different stores, including in My Lady’s Dress Shop in the 1970’s.

By 1978 The Granary was opened. The store had many owners over the years but remained a bulk and health food store. In 2002, the Rouble’s took over the store, making some significant changes. With their hard work and friendly personalities, the Rouble’s created a much needed and appreciated health food destination in Carleton Place.

Dena acquired the business in 2009 and is looking forward to the future of The Granary.


At the Granary we pride ourselves in having a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for a small hostess gift or a more extravagant wedding gift we can help.

Let us put together a gift basket for your special occasion. Fill it yourself or let us do the work. Choose from chocolate treats, foodie favorites or all you need for a relaxing evening including bubble bath and candles. Top it off with a Granary gift certificate.

Find a sure to be a favorite for the kitchen from a selection of quality products including Mario Batali pots, bowls and utensils. Pick out a ceramic or heirloom cast iron tea pot and pair it with a selection of premium teas.

For those people on your list who have everything we often recommend “consumables”. Products that can be used and enjoyed and don’t take up space for years to come. May we suggest:

– Organic, local, hand made bar soap in a variety of scents by Ground Soap
– Pure Beeswax candles made locally
– Premium body scrubs, washes and lotions
– Organic fair trade teas and coffee.

As the gift giving season approaches our selection of quality, earth friendly products continues to grow. Come see what’s new at The Granary, we may surprise you!

*Gift Certificates available in any denomination.
Gift Baskets Made to Order.*

Coffee and Tea

At The Granary we take coffee seriously. Not only is coffee a staple in our personal lives, it is also the largest commodity based industry in the world next to military arms and oil. It is the second most popular drink in the world…next to tap water! However, not all coffee is created equal, nor are all coffee farmers treated equal. Unfortunately the following facts still ring true.

95% of the coffee sold on the market is 100% stale.
Millions of coffee farmers live at or below the poverty line due to unfair trading practices.
Technified coffee production is the 2nd largest cause of Rainforest destruction.
Technified coffees are the 2nd most heavily pesticide sprayed crop in the world.
Over 75% of the coffee consumed in North America is grown on these technified coffee farms

Fortunately, Equator Coffee is also serious about coffee, providing its customers with organic, fairly traded arabica beans, roasted to perfection. The natural environment is protected with sustainable farming practices, coffee farmers are paid fairly allowing them to better prosper and we, the consumer, gets to enjoy a better cup of java. Its a winning combination for all!

The Granary carries a selection of Equator signature blend beans in bulk including the bold Mufferaw Jo and Algonquin Dark and the smoother Feakin’ Good and Sweet Justice blends. Medium and Dark Decaf beans are also available. Grind them yourself at home or we can grind them for you.

A varying selection of prepacked, origin specific, coffees are also available. Try a new coffee from one of the African or America coffee growing regions.

For those who enjoy a steaming cup of tea, The Granary provides a large selection of both loose and bagged teas as well as all the accessories from pots, cups and presses to tea spoons, infusers and honey drippers.

Premium bulk teas are supplied by The Metropolitan Company, world leaders in the tea business. The Metropolitan Tea Company is part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization similar to the Fair Trade organization that regulates the living and working conditions on tea estates. It is a socially and environmentally directed organization providing premium teas from estates around the world.

Bagged teas include a large selection of organic and Fair Trade certified teas in a variety of flavours.

Match Tea and accessories are also sold at The Granary


At The Granary, we focus on service, quality and our commitment to support local producers. Whether you are looking for a gourmet ingredient or a dietary change, we can help you get what you need.

Stock your cupboards with our selection of pantry staples inducing organic cooking oils, condiments, sauces and vinegars. Find nutritious meal ideas for a gourmet dinner or a quick bite on a busy night.

Support your neighbour and find a variety of quality local products including:

Roam free, antibiotic free eggs Bekings Poultry Farm – Oxford Station, Ontario
Natural yogurt & keifer in glass jars Pinehedge Farm – St. Eugene, Ontario
Raw, unpasteurized liquid and creamed honey Polk Apiaries – Pakenham, Ontario
Maple syrup Temples Sugar Bush – Lanark, Ontario
Tempeh Noble Bean – MacDonald’s Corner, Ontario
Organic, yeast Free Breads Little Stream Bakery – Perth, Ontario
Organic, fair trade coffee Equator Coffee – Almonte, Ontario
Organic whole grain flour CIPM Farm – Madoc, Ontario
Gluten free flours and mixes Purest – Perth, Ontario

As food allergies and intolerances become more common, so does the selection of “allergen free” foods. Check out our growing selection of food for the sensitive. Find breads, cereals, snacks, mixes and pantry staples for the gluten, corn, dairy, nut and egg intolerant.

Bulk Food

The Granary carries a large selection of bulk food for all your needs. We pre package and price many items for you in an attempt to reduce cross contamination, keep items fresh and prevent price “surprises” at the cash. Our bulk food prices are checked regularly to ensure the customer is getting the best possible price for the product. In order to supply our customers with the freshest products possible, we order in small batches and we order often.

One of the greatest benefits to ordering often is our ability to bring in special orders weekly. For those who like to buy large quantities or are looking for something specific, just ask our friendly staff and your request will be placed on the next order. A discount is offered on all special bulk orders. The more you buy the more you save!

Check out our selection of quality bulk foods.

Flours and Grains
Fruits and Nuts
Seeds, Legumes and Beans
Herbs and Spices
Coffee and Tea

The Granary now offers a selection of organic sprout seeds and sprouting supplies.