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 […]

20Jan, 2017

6 Health & Wellness Books to Add to Your 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

1May, 2016

Top 10 Tips for People With Seasonal Allergies

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Allergy season is upon us, and it ain’t pretty. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, headaches, chest tightness… the list of symptoms goes on and on. You can even tell that certain people suffer from this condition by the presence of “allergic shiners”, which are dark circles that appear under the eyes due to nasal and sinus congestion. Allergies happen when your immune system is being a drama queen by majorly overreacting to a normal substance. Your body labels an innocent substance as an invader. This causes your […]

13Apr, 2016

Massage Therapy / Low back Pain and Athletes

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Low back pain can be a very debilitating condition. Chronic symptoms of stiffness, achy pain, and fatigue have been reported by athletes and the general population alike. Attempts to control symptoms related to low back pain range from various physical treatments such as chiropractic, massage therapy, and physiotherapy, as well as pain relief products including Voltaren and other topical treatments. Although effectiveness has been demonstrated with these therapies and pain relief products, benefits seem to be transient at best. Is the problem the therapy itself or the approach? Massage therapy […]