15Jul, 2017

Why you don’t need dairy to get enough calcium

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Whenever I suggest that a patient eliminates dairy from their diet, their response is always the same. “But how do I make sure I’m getting enough calcium if I’m not having dairy?” Fair question. We see ads all the time telling us we need milk in order to have strong bones. But that may not necessarily be true. Let’s talk about the problem with dairy, the importance of calcium, and some dairy-free calcium sources. The problem with dairy For many people, the issue with dairy is the fact that it contains lactose. […]
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6Feb, 2017

Vacation time? Bring these health products with you

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Packing light isn’t always easy. Deciding which clothes, shoes, and toiletries to take with you on vacation is difficult enough. When it comes to supplements, how can you possibly choose which ones you’re going to need while you’re away? As a local naturopath in Oakville, I’ve tried to take the guesswork out of it for you! Check out this list of health products to bring with you to your next tropical destination. Sunscreen I’m sure you were already packing this for your vacation anyways, right? Good job! You might want to look […]
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29Jan, 2017

Feeling down? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Ask any Canadian how they feel about winter and you’re likely to get a negative response. Not only do we have to deal with the freezing cold, but there is also a serious lack of sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder, which we aptly call “SAD” for short, affects 2-3% of the Ontario population. The “winter blues” are a less severe form of SAD, which are present in 15% of the province. Read on to find out how to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? There is a definite […]
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20Jan, 2017

6 Health & Wellness Books to Add to Your 2017 Reading List

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By now I’m sure you know me as a naturopathic doctor in Oakville who is passionate about health and wellness. But what you may not know is that I am also a total bookworm. Here is a list of health and wellness books (both new and old) that I have read and recommend to patients on a regular basis. It’s the start of a new year, so if you are currently working your way through your 2017 reading list, you’ll probably want to include some of these. 6 Health & Wellness […]
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7Dec, 2016

Health benefits are about to expire – are you leaving yours unclaimed?

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You work hard for your money. You make plans for your paychecks, whether you want to spend them right away or save for a later purchase. But money may not be the only thing you earn at your job. What about health benefits? Do you plan for those in the same way? If you’re like most Canadians, the answer is probably ‘no’. It’s important to remember that you’ve earned these benefits, and you might as well claim them while you can. Many extended health benefits now cover naturopathic medicine! CBC […]
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25Oct, 2016

Halloween safety: Tips for families

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      Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for kids. These safety tips for parents, children and homeowners will help keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween. Exercise caution when using masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic non-toxic make-up kit instead. Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material. Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can better see your child. Purchasing glow necklaces at the dollar store can […]
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16Sep, 2016

Top 10 habits to add to your morning routine

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Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so why not make the most of it? Adding 10 new morning routine habits all at once can be a little much. So why not just add one or two of these and see how it makes you feel? Even if you’re like me and not a morning person, once you’re up and doing things you’ll start to wake up. It feels great to spend the first few hours of your day productively! 1. Wake up early Like I […]
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20Aug, 2016

10 reasons you should try cupping now

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Michael Phelps turned a lot of heads when he made his big return to the Olympic stage last week. And not just because of his incredible swimming skills. He stepped up to the pool and removed his coat, only to reveal strange red circles all over his back and shoulders. So what was that all about? Traditional Chinese Medicine actually uses a treatment called cupping, which creates those circular marks. Phelps wasn’t the only one who showed up to the Olympics with cupping marks. Swimmers from other countries as well […]
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16Aug, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Remember to Take Your Supplements

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Here’s the scenario: You are experiencing some unpleasant symptoms, so you make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor (good job!). Your ND makes you an individualized treatment plan that is going to target your specific health condition. So you go to the local health food store. You stock up on all the supplements your naturopath recommended. You take them home and put them in your cupboard or your fridge, and the bottles just sit there. And sit there. And sit there. Every now and then you see one of the bottles […]
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11Jul, 2016

How to design a healthy dinner plate

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Designing a healthy dinner plate is both an art and a science. The average dinner in North America has improper portions and usually has the focus on the wrong part of the meal. For example, a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs might have some protein and vegetables in the sauce, but the star of this dish is the pasta, which is of course very carb-heavy AND high on the glycemic index. For another example, let’s take a look at your classic steak and potato dinner. This tends to consist of […]
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