Harbourlife Holistic Remedies Mission Statement

Where we came from...

My  name is David, and Jan (Janet) is my Wife. Our paths collided  in 2008, she was interested more in holistic healing, and I, a disenchanted pharmacist.

   At the time, Jan was a theatrical performer and through discussion, I learned that we were not so different after all. Today, we work together at Harbourlife. We have 2 locations, namely Harbourlife Holistic Remedies  in Wasaga Beach, and Harbourlife Wellness in Victoria Harbour. We are also mobile, and will come to home if you are unable (For Whatever Reason)  come to us. A $15 an hour surcharge applies.

 Our mission statement is based upon (effectively) breaking the mold, encouraging clients and residents to  stop settling  for the low bar of crisis management we reach instead  for the heights of self preservation and  preventative medicine. We are steering people away from entitlement based medicine and towards true health inspired creative partnerships.

As a team, Jan and I work together as a smooth unit ...nutritional advice, holistic and spiritual healing., 

Harbourlife Creams made in-house

Harbourlife Creams made in-house

Marijuana essential oils cannabis , CBD oil history ...forensic science
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Ethnobotanical Connection

Secret Human Plant Links

David's Early Interest 


 I acquired an interest in plant intelligence, growth and nurturing around the age of 16 when I came across a book in the house where I grew up in UK. 'the Secret Life of Plants' , I still have (and flick through from time to time)  Later on , I was given as a gift , a book about ethnobotany which I treasure. I became a pharmacist, yada yada, always , greatly influenced by these choice books . 

Ethnobotany is the science of the background and history of man's relationship with plants. The secret life of plants explored the extent to which plants exhibit intuitive life expression, and extrasensory definitive talent in detecting human emotions and other non-verbal communications. 

 I studied pharmacy in UK , and was inspired by my courses in pharmacognosy and phytochemistry to take things a step further. 

Pharmacognosy is the science of recognizing a plant's identity by it's macro (large ) characteristics as well as it's cellular (microscopic) features.


   At the time , there were only 3 Forensic Science courses worldwide...the other 2 were in USA and I think Australia respectively. I chose the one, right next to the pharmacy department at Strathclyde University where I did my undergrad. 


    There, I furthered my interest in those plant sciences when I was invited to work on a thesis around the illicit use of Marijuana.

Scotland Yard supplied the samples, and  I ended up lighting them up in the departments'   Headspace GC analyzer and we observed the pretty patterns produced by the essential oils as they came off the columns. We found that this produced a fingerprint of  those provided samples, right down to the country and field of origin for the boys in blue to do their worst.

    Having come full circle, I have had a decorative career including owner of 2 community pharmacies in St Jacobs and Elmira. I was the youngest director of a hospital pharmacy in Canada at the age of 27 (Sudbury Memorial Hospital) and clinical director at another (North Bay) . Now I have exited from my career in pharmacy, and am focusing on botanicals ,again from a therapeutic perspective (Holistic Health) in Wasaga Beach. Pharmaceuticals were never really my "thing"

This quote sums it up for me..

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." Steve Jobs

   I haven't found it yet, though I feel I've done great work, and been a positive influence on those around me. 


 So I'm looking for an opportunity to meet me in the electronic isles of the cannabis industry. In the meantime , you can find me at Harbourlife  Holistic Remedies

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Plants and Ethnobotany

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Did you know that plants don't need to move to get everything they need , and they don't become overweight!

Most of us humans believe that plants produce drugs for us...I don't. I am confident that nature has created drugs in plants so that even in it's limited mobility, Plants can  access those drugs for their own survival. We have evolved alongside them and have found, by trial and error, that we species share similar illnesses , similar remedies. Imagine living in the rain-forrest  and not knowing which root would counter a snake venom?  There is magic and evolution at work in the same cauldron.!

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Imagine a plant. It has no legs, and it goes slowly, veeeeery slowly. But it's ALIVE!

And just because you can't talk to it, doesn't mean it can't talk! 

It has cells, just like us, and we even have about a tenth of the same genetic material as they do.

Marijuana, daffodils, grass, tulips, dandelions, we've a long way to go before we can get a grasp of how intelligent they all actually are.  

Perhaps they are inspired by living and , unlike humans, don't mind dying. Maybe not, though?

Did you know that plants will grow faster and become more healthy overall when having Beethoven's concertos playing in the background.

I have so MUCH to share with you. 

 As much as anything, plants survive by absorbing what they need. Sure , they're susceptible to sickness  and weather challenges  (perhaps  more do) even  malnutrition, but the way they choose to nourish is amazing don't "pig" out.  We need to listen a lot closer to what plants are doing to survive.

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