Obvious Alignment

Today I went for coffee with someone I have not seen in 25 years. I wondered if we might have anything in common now; have anything to talk about; if it might prove to be painfully awkward to carry on a conversation with her. We played field hockey together on the B.C. team 29 years ago. Now, she has knee problems and can’t play and I don’t play anymore due to a lack of interest and my own personal pride so we don’t share that sport in common at this time. I wanted to hear more about her life and … Read More…

Autoimmune conference June 2018

I had the pleasure of going to the International Functional Medicine conference this year in Florida. The topic was ‘Solving the Puzzle of Autoimmunity: The Interplay of Gut, Genes and Environment’. All the top doctors that are treating autoimmune diseases successfully were at this conference and many were speaking. Dr. Fasano, MD gave the first lecture and it was fantastic. What follows are the notes I took that day. There are over 100 autoimmune diseases now. 90% of chronic diseases are driven by the environment. Why is this and what is the root cause of this? The gut is a … Read More…

Lectins and Health

I just read the Plant Paradox by Stephen Gundry and I highly recommend it. He talks about the presence of plant proteins in our diets called lectins that can cause inflammation and lead to chronic health issues and contribute to disease. These plant proteins that have evolved within plants were a strategy to ward off predators; basically make the person eating the plant either sick or triggering some sort of malaise so the person would think twice before eating that plant again. It makes sense to protect the plant kingdom as a whole that plants would have a substance to … Read More…

Healing the Brain

I watched the Broken Brain Series put on by Mark Hyman, MD a few weeks ago so I thought I would share a few things to help educate my patients about how best to assist their cognitive function. Starting with diet it is really key to avoid eating sugar and processed food, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, and a high glycemic diet in general. Our western diet is high in simple carbohydrates (flour and sugar) but it is terrible for brain function. Avoiding gluten is key to assist many neurological problems.  Reducing grain consumption in general is recommended (Grain Brain is … Read More…

Supporting the Microbiome with Food

The microbiome is so important to our health. Microbes that we live with it that reside in our human body outnumber our cells by at least ten to one. The microbiome is responsible for regulating our metabolism, regulating our blood sugar, influences our detoxification pathways, plays a critical role in our immune system, influences our mental health, affects the health of our skin and many other things. Microbes influence how our carbohydrates/fats/proteins are metabolized as well as our energy production. Having a healthy microbiome increases insulin sensitivity, decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines and increases the production of short chain fatty acids (which … Read More…

Living Proof

I had the pleasure of attending the film “Living Proof” at the Calgary Film Festival on last Saturday afternoon. This was a documentary produced by Matt Embry and Spotlight Productions. He has made a brilliant film. He travels to other parts of  the world to discover how Multiple Sclerosis is being treated so he can make effective decisions regarding his own treatment. He, himself, was diagnosed at the age of 19 hence his urgency in managing an incurable disorder where progressive decline is the norm. His father who holds a Ph.D. in geology started researching all about M.S., looking at … Read More…

Healthy Summer Practices

With a beautiful summer upon us, I thought I would talk about some things to think about with regards to health care practices over the summer months. The first thing I will talk about is getting healthy sun exposure and why it is beneficial for you to get some sun. It is beneficial to get some sun because being exposed to bright light helps you make serotonin and improves your mood. Endorphins are released when you bask in the sunlight and they make you feel good.  Being exposed to sunlight during the day helps you re-establish circadian rhythms and sleep … Read More…

Maintaining a State of Optimism in the Space of Negativity

We are bombarded with negative issues surrounding the state of the economy in corporate Calgary. On the other hand, there is some messaging around how the economy is turning around and that companies are hiring again. There is always contrast and focusing on a more positive stream of thoughts is necessary and helpful to maintaining a state of optimism in the space of negativity. I have been listening to the Hay House Summit which is online for free this weekend. At this summit are varied speakers with different educational backgrounds, all consistent with their messages of empowerment and positivity. I attended a … Read More…

Living in Balance with MS

I taught a one day workshop on Eating Well to Live in Balance with MS this past weekend in Calgary. I have been in stable remission for eight plus years, living with MS, which I believe I have had since I was 21 years old (I only know this in hindsight). What I have learned in my 25 years with a lot of help and resources from individuals coping with this disease, that it is possible to live in balance with this condition and actually thrive, despite having it. It has been my greatest teacher. If you read some of my earlier blogs … Read More…

The Autoimmune Fix

I just read the Autoimmune Fix by Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN. Seeing as I have lived and dealt with an autoimmune disease for a long time, I have read a lot of books on the subject. This one is my favorite because of its thoroughness especially with regards to the autoimmune spectrum he covers and a comprehensive view on prevention and treatment of autoimmunity. He writes how the microbiome is the control center of your body. It is linked to influencing genetic expression and brain chemistry, regulating metabolism and blood sugar, and manufacturing vitamins (just to name a few jobs it is responsible for). … Read More…