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Editor’s letter

October 2018 Editor’s Letter

October is a gorgeous month in Ontario. The crisp air, hills resplendent in bright colours, and an occasional wisp of smoke rising from an indoor fire. It sounds picturesque, but this is what many of us will enjoy over Thanksgiving if we are so blessed as to get out of the city of a while! Lots to be thankful for…

This month, Dr. Evan McCarvill ND leads us off with a discussion of rheumatoid arthritis. Naturopathic care can change the course of this often debilitating disease. Dr. McCarvill provides a very comprehensive overview of this disease.

On the topic of nutrition, Dr. George Cho ND discusses protein adequacy for those following vegetarian diets. Dr. Cho discusses issues such as protein quality and complete proteins, and digestibility. Dr. Michelle Lo, ND writes about foods that can be used to aid electrolyte replacement.

On the topic of women’s health, Dr. Sarah King ND writes about something called “hypothalamic amenorrhea.” This is defined as the loss of a menstrual cycle in the absence of structural problems, caused by weight loss, intense exercise, and high levels of psychological stress. This causes the brain to shut down hormones that drive ovulation. Dr. King discusses naturopathic strategies for this condition. Finally, Dr. Laura Tummon Simmons ND reviews a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where a variety of factors cause irregular ovulatory function. Dr. Tummon Simmons reviews the physiology of PCOS and illumines some of the naturopathic approaches for this.

Thank you to all of our contributors!

In health,
Heidi Fritz, MA, ND
Editor-in-Chief, Naturopathic Currents