Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness and unease about an imminent event or something about to occur in the future. 1 in 4 Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime. There are several types of anxiety disorders but I will focus on Generalized Anxiety as this seems to be the […]
Hypertension is high blood pressure and is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke. The ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80. There is Primary and Secondary hypertension, most people have primary hypertension.
Causes: the causes of primary hypertension can be obesity, insulin resistance, genetic, and having low levels of nitric oxide. Causes for secondary hypertension […]
Hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, occurs when there is too much cholesterol in the body. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. High cholesterol raises your risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. When there is too much cholesterol circulating in the blood, it can create sticky deposits (called plaque) along the artery walls. […]
It’s a metabolic disorder where the body cannot make enough or use insulin properly. Without insulin it cannot drive the glucose into cells where it is needed. As a result the glucose builds up in the blood causing high glucose levels and depleting the cells of energy. Commonly associated with obesity and it tends to […]
Hypothyroidism happens when your thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone (underactive thyroid). There are several types of hypothyroidism. The most common is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. It is most common in women over age 60. Because the thyroid gland helps regulate your metabolism, low thyroid levels […]
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses due to a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. An acute sinus infection usually occurs after an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI).
After a viral infection, the sinuses can become infected with a secondary bacterial infection sometimes colonized by streptococci, pneumococci or staphylococci.
Signs and symptoms:
nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, fullness in the ears, […]
Asthma is a disease of diffuse airway inflammation caused by a variety of triggers. Some triggers include genetics, environmental triggers, immune dysfunction and exercise induced. Symptoms are primary difficulty breathing.
Genetic, environmental chemicals and or allergens, exercise induced, immune related
Signs and symptoms;
Wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, coughing
Diagnosis: Pulmonary function tests, x-rays
Bronchitis occurs when the air passages in your lungs become inflamed. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to a viral infection — such as a cold — that starts in your nose or sinuses and spreads to the airways.
Usually a virus but can also be cause by bacteria. Some viruses […]
No one knows why the immune system produces antibodies to certain foods, but when it does, a noticeable food reaction may result. Lab tests can measure for food-specific reactions to three different antibodies: IgG, IgE and IgA
Only IgE reactions are considered true food allergies. IgE reactions typically occur within minutes of exposure to a food. These […]
Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease is caused by the incompetence or loosening of the lower esophageal sphincter. The sphincter between the stomach and esophagus is allowing stomach acid and sometimes food to enter into the esophagus causing pain and burning in the chest and throat area.
It is common in 30-40% of the population. Factors that […]
Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic inflammatory ulcerative disease of the colon and rectum. It affects the innermost layers of the large intestine producing bleeding and often pus and mucus from the sites of inflammation. It mostly affects younger people in their 20s it can develop later in life. It presents with abdominal pain and bloody […]
Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestinal tract. It mainly affects the distal ileum and colon. Symptoms are predominately severe abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Causes: The cause is not well understood but it is considered an autoimmune disease. Many complex factors are associated with Crohn’s. They include genetics, impaired immune system response, and environmental […]
Causes: The cause of IBS is unknown. Emotional stress, diet, some drugs and hormonal factors seem to aggravate the symptoms. No anatomic cause can be found on laboratory tests, x-rays, and biopsies.
Signs and Symptoms: IBS tends to begin in adolescence and the 20s, causing bouts of symptoms that recur at irregular periods. Onset in late […]
Here are some great resources if you are interested in current research on Naturopathic Medicine.
Naturopathic Medical Resources:
Integrated Healthcare Practitioners
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review
Alternative Medicine Review
Natural Medicine Journal
Without proper nutrition, the whole process of wound healing can be negatively impacted. Your diet during recovery plays a critical role in how fast your wound heals, how strong the wound tissue becomes, the duration of the recovery period and how well your body fights off infection. A poor diet can turn a normal wound […]
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and […]
Many of my patients ask me how they can reduce muscle soreness after exercising. Most people want to optimize their workout routines.
If muscle fatigue is an issue I recommend:
Hydration is key- always drink enough water or coconut water is one of my favorite sources of hydration for the body because it naturally contains vitamins and […]
The single most important treatment for allergies is using the Neti pot filled with warm water and sea salt. Must use it at least twice a day during allergy season. This helps flush out the allergens irritating the nasal tract.
Quercetin with Bromelain. Both these compounds are natural anti-inflammatories and regulate the immune system. Quercetin […]
At least 80% of fractures in people 60+ are related to osteoporosis.
Habits to avoid to help prevent and manage Osteoporosis:
Drinking Alcohol- less than 7oz per week
Coffee- maximum 1 cup a day
Drinking soda drinks
No more than 2400mg of salt a day
Trans fats to a minimum
Eating excessive amounts of poor quality animal protein
Monitor SUGAR intake
Stress Management: […]
Diet to reduce pain symptoms
Anti-inflammatory diet : avoid gluten, eggs, red meat, dairy
Avoid Nightshades: potato, tomato, eggplant, bell peppers
Follow a Mediterranean Diet: fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds lots of veggies and some fruit
Omega 3 fish oils- great for cardiovascular health but also anti-inflammatory for arthritis- eat more fish!
Diet for Gout
Organ meats, dairy, lentils, sardines, anchovies, lentils, […]