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…

Giving Each Moment Your All

I had an experience last weekend that stuck with me. I had to get a hair cut and because I speak a lot at Aveda (the hair cutting institute and much more), I decided to book at their school where I would be paired with a random student. The students ask you a lot of questions before they cut your hair so they know what would resonate with you in terms of personal style, interest, commitment, etc. So, the hair cut went fine and by the time she was done, I was satisfied with the job done. When my student hairdresser asked me what … Read More…

Looking at One big reason for Fatigue

A chief complaint of fatigue is very common in patients and when you treat stressed out corporate workers, it often goes along with the territory. I have talked about treating adrenal fatigue before and that is a big reason for fatigue but today I am going to talk about another reason for fatigue. The organ involved is called your thyroid and more specifically,  it is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s disease is the name of the disease and is one big reason for fatigue in patients. It is very common in women, especially in middle age, but it can also occur … Read More…

Taking Inventory on the Spiritual Level of Health

The end of the year is a great time to take inventory on your health on all four levels. I have talked about the physical, the mental, and the emotional levels of health so all that is left is the spiritual. Some people are wary of the spiritual because they may have had negative associations with organized religion in the past. I grew up in a religious home and I see the spiritual side of healing as absolutely sacred and necessary for me. Most people do not even put an emphasis on the spiritual level of health unless they have … Read More…

Taking Inventory on the Emotional Level of your Health

Now that you have taken inventory on the physical and mental levels of your health, it is time to look at the emotional level of your health. I have always been an emotionally sensitive individual so this is an important level in me to keep balanced. It is useful to evaluate what emotion in you is the predominant one? Most people have an emotional set point- an emotion which they default to when they are feeling out of balance or under more stress. Is might be anger, sadness, hysteria or it might even register as indifference or apathy which is … Read More…

Taking Inventory on the Mental Level of your Health

As stated in the last post, the end of the year is a time when we naturally reflect on the state of our life with an intention to improve it in some way. Last time, I focused on the physical level of health, so today I will focus on the mental level of your health. When I talk about the mental level, this is evaluating the way you think about things. I am talking firstly about mental attitudes- do you dwell on the positive or do you too often default to the negative side of things? Could you stand to … Read More…

Taking Inventory on all levels of your Health

December is a good month to evaluate where you are at, in terms of your health. A Christmas break allows you a little time to reflect on the four levels of your health and how they feel: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of your health. Take a health inventory. These four levels offer a more comprehensive evaluation. In North American culture, the most emphasis is generally put on the physical state of health so I will start there. Your energy ( scale of 1 to 10 on average) and how much productivity you can offer in terms of a contribution are one example … Read More…

Being Open to What Shows Up in your World

I am taking an online course in medical intuition right now and it really emphasizes opening up to extrasensory perception. We all know our five senses and the varied information that our five senses provides us in the way of feedback but it talks about how important our intuition is in providing us information. I am more open to intuition and interesting experiences showing up in my world than, for instance, my father who is a retired doctor might be. I believe the environment around us is always talking to us and we just have to listen and tune into it … Read More…

The Microbiome- Some reasons why it is so important…

I did a talk downtown on Leaky Gut Syndrome and the importance of our microbiome this week. The microbiome is becoming a big topic in the medical community. In fact, it is the second genome project. Microbes are believed to outnumber our human cells by approximately 10:1 and have a huge influence on our body. The microbiota is a collection of microorganisms, including bacteria, living on and within us. The number of beneficial species living within us in a healthy population is thought to be ~85% good and 15% not so good. There are 500 plus species of bacteria in … Read More…

Why I like to use Phyto-gens in my practice

I have been using Phytogens to treat my naturopathic patients for the last few years with success. Plant buds have been used medicinally dating as far back as the Egyptians. Phytoembryotherapy is a branch of phytotherapy that incorporates plant embryological tissues (buds and organ shoots) containing the plant’s genetic blueprint material. These tissues are rich in beneficial phytochemicals including growth factors, enzymes, minerals, plant hormones, and phytonutrients such as polyphenols and flavonoids. Plants and plant remedies hold a vital energetic force as well as biochemical benefits that influence and assist in healing the whole of the body,mind and spirit. Because … Read More…