Eat Dirt

I have just finished reading “Eat Dirt” written by Dr. Josh Axe. He talks about how our preoccupation with sanitizing has actually put us at a higher risk for developing chronic disease. At the root is leaky gut syndrome, which originates, in part, by our overuse of antibiotics, chronic processed food intake, stress, chemicals in our environment and working life, plus our need for fast living and the price of convenience, in the end, on our health. He talks about how all health starts in the gut and this is not a new concept by any means. I see this … Read More…

Treating Skin Disorders- Acne

As mentioned in my last post on treating skin conditions, allergens must be identified and eliminated, to ensure reduction of inflammation, and acne is no exception. Foods often associated with acne include dairy and gluten, chocolate, sugar, and refined carbohydrates (in general). Flour and sugar are best eliminated, as their intake has been linked to increased sebum production, or in another words, increased oily secretions from the sebaceous glands, aggravating acne, as are foods high in saturated fat, including peanut butter and fatty meats. Favoring foods that cool inflammation like non-starchy vegetables (think cucumbers, green leafy vegetables), fruit (cantaloupe, berries),¬† … Read More…

Treating Skin Disorders-Eczema

Working as a naturopathic doctor, I see a wide range of skin disorders. I love treating skin disorders like eczema because the conventional treatments do not get to the root cause. Naturopathic care can help turn around conditions like eczema. I have had patients with severe eczema as patients; they have certainly experienced much pain and suffering due to their condition. The typical treatment for eczema is corticosteroid cream prescribed by a medical doctor. The cream certainly makes the eczema go away temporarily but is comes back when you stop using the cream. When I treat skin conditions I look … Read More…

Living with MS and the Balancing Act It is

I believe that I have had MS since age 20 as many of you who read my blog posts already know. Of course, I only knew that in hindsight when I was carbo-loading for a marathon and overdid it on gluten pasta. Having MS has been a great lesson in finding my balance and all the factors that can take away from my balance or add to it. This has been of great value to me and it is a constant reworking, reevaluating, searching, and refining to find my best balance in the midst of a chronic dis-ease. This is … Read More…

Treating Yeast Overgrowth

Yeast is a unicellular organism that colonizes the human body. Because Candida albicans¬† is an opportunistic pathogen, it can overgrow and contribute to dysbiosis (a microbial imbalance in the body). Factors that can predispose to yeast overgrowth include use of birth control pills, cortisone or steroid type drugs that are inhaled or taken internally, and antibiotic use. I automatically check for yeast when I check for food allergies in my patients if I suspect it to be a contributing cause to ill health. Some signs and symptoms of yeast overgrowth include poor concentration, lack of focus, depression, anxiety, bloating, weight … Read More…

Nutritional interventions that can support healthy breasts and reduce risk of cancer

Many of my patients have relatives that have died of breast cancer. Many of my patients also live with fibrocystic breast disease. They ask me what to eat to reduce risk and get healthier? I have been reading a recently released book that I highly recommend . All the info that I write about here in this post comes from the book- the title of this nutritional powerhouse is called “How Not to Die” and it is written by Michael Greger, M.D. the founder of a fabulous website: nutritionfacts.org. Recommendations to reduce risk of breast cancer include limiting alcohol. If … Read More…

Dealing with Loss and Grief

Lately, I have been working with a few clients who have lost someone because of a death. Death of a spouse is one of the biggest causes of stress that an individual with ever go through. I am honored to be able to help my clients through such a devastating situation. One of the people I look to for helping clients is Dr. John Demartini and his wealth of experience and life changing books. His book ‘The Breakthrough Experience’ is a valuable text for anyone going through a loss. One of his key teachings is to always view a situation … Read More…

Cultivating Courage to Make Changes

I just read “The Fear Cure” by Lissa Rankin. It is a decent book on the topic of addressing fear in your own life and cultivating courage in the face of those fears. There is so much fear in our culture; just turn on the news for a moment or read the headlines in your daily paper- the economy is down and heading into a recession, the destructive path of the wild fires burning across Canada are threatening homes and people’s lives, volcanoes are erupting, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, our homeland security is being threatened, and on … Read More…

Why Discipline and Will are important for your Healing

It is the beginning of July and most people are in ‘summer mode’. This means drinks on the patio, barbecues, stampede wear, and outdoor concerts for some; typically healing is the last thing people are thinking of. People’s desire to cut loose and have fun is a great way to infuse enthusiasm back into their life- everyone needs a daily dose of joy to bring more life force energy into your mind/body/spirit. But, don’t forget about your health despite the liaise-faire attitude. Implementing some discipline and keeping your eye on the prize (better health) allow you to move forward with … Read More…

Why I love drinking Bone Broth

Bone Broth is the new cool drink on the block. Our ancestors knew all about the virtues of bone broth; they relied on it for sustenance. Bone broth is the broth made from simmering the bones of animals, choose from chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, fish, etc. Throw in some chicken feet, beef knuckles, ribs, trachea for extra cartilaginous properties. Cover the bones with water, bring it to a boil then turn down until it is simmering. For best results, cook bones for at least 24 hours and throw a tbsp or two of vinegar in when you first start cooking. … Read More…