Are You & Your Family Ready for Back to School?

Are You & Your Family Ready for Back to School?

It’s that time of year again, back to school! The beginning of the school year can be chaotic and stressful for both children and parents alike; which is why naturopathic care and support is so important.

As a naturopathic doctor I help parents and families get back on track and ready for the routine of the school year by providing parents with solutions that reduce stress, help children cope with anxiety, and prevent common childhood health concerns.

How to Handle Shift Work

How to Handle Shift Work

It's 1:44am and I am on my first overnight shift of 4. Shift work is hard; there is no doubt about it.

National Aboriginal Day: An Overview of Aboriginal Health in Canada

National Aboriginal Day: An Overview of Aboriginal Health in Canada

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day I wanted to write about some of the health challenges that Canada’s Aboriginal population are facing and the challenges they experience in accessing health care and resources.

Men's Health Week: Focusing on the Prostate

Men's Health Week: Focusing on the Prostate

What is the prostate? The prostate is a small gland located within the male reproductive tract. The role of the prostate is to secrete fluid that provides nutrients and protection to sperm. The urethra, also commonly referred to as the urinary tract runs directly through the middle of the prostate, which is why we often see issues related to urination when there is something going on with the prostate gland. 

The Silent Crisis: Men's Mental Health

The Silent Crisis: Men's Mental Health

Today marks "Men's Mental Health Awareness" day in Canada and although the gender gap amongst individuals with mental illness has narrowed, the overall stigma associated with mental health remains, especially amongst males. Statistics Canada completed a Community Health Survey on Mental Health and found that 10% of men reported experiencing symptoms associated with mental health concerns and/or substance abuse. This is only one percent less than that of the female population (11% reported mental health concerns). These findings show that mental health concerns are just as prevalent amongst males, whereas previous research has not demonstrated this, however, that was likely due to under-reporting by men.

Do you know what a stroke looks like?

Do you know what a stroke looks like?

June marks "Stroke Awareness Month", but do you know what the signs and symptoms are of a stroke? 

According to a recent article published in a prominent Canadian newspaper, strokes amongst young Canadians ages 20-59 years old are on the rise. So what exactly is a stroke and how do you recognize the signs and symptoms quickly enough to get the help needed?

Healthy Snacking: Protein Power Balls

Healthy Snacking: Protein Power Balls

Recently I have been on a quest to find some healthy snack/light meal options for myself and my family. I quickly found out there are a ton of options, but with time being a key factor I was on the hunt for something quick, easy, and healthy. Finding recipes that fit all three can be a challenge, but I came across a great site (www.beamingbaker.com) that offers healthy non-bake recipes that are so simple to make.

How to Naturally Reduce Your Environmental Toxic Load

How to Naturally Reduce Your Environmental Toxic Load

In honour of World Environment Day I want to share with you some tips you can use to reduce your environmental toxic load to optimize your health and the health of your family. The following are recommendations I frequently make to patients who are interested in living a healthy lifestyle and making their work and home environment a 'green' living space. 

It's Wedding Season! Here's Your How-to Guide so Stress Doesn't Take Over

It's Wedding Season! Here's Your How-to Guide so Stress Doesn't Take Over

Wedding season is upon us, and regardless of your role in the wedding (bride, groom, bridal party, or attendee), weddings can be one of the happiest and most stressful times of our lives. I have created a how-to guide for minimizing/eliminating stress and other common issues so you can focus on what matters most, having a beautiful wedding day! 

Day Five of Naturopathic Medicine Week What are Some of the Therapies Used by Naturopathic Doctors?

Day Five of Naturopathic Medicine Week What are Some of the Therapies Used by Naturopathic Doctors?

Naturopathic doctors use a variety of tools and treatment methods to address all types of conditions. Naturopathic doctors commonly treat using therapies such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional/lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, physical medicine, injection/intravenous therapy, and homeopathy. Some naturopathic doctors have additional training in skills or tools such as live blood cell analysis, Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology, therapeutic ultrasound or laser, and many others. Naturopathic doctors may also choose to have a focus on a particular condition or body system, such as skin or the endocrine system. Below is a detailed description of all the therapies used.