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  • 2018-03-22
    Tackling Sugar Cravings Historically, human beings had access to fructose in the form of fruits, honey, and certain vegetables, and the consumption of these high sugar foods increased the chances for survival during periods of food scarcity, due to the ample calories sugar provides.
  • 2018-03-14
    Mental Health and Thinking Beyond the Brain If you or a loved one has suffered with a mental illness, you know it’s a whole-body illness. Not only does mood drop, but also, basic daily activities like sleep and regular meals become an obstacle. Weight fluctuates, interests fall off, and relationships take a hit. People with mental health concerns suffer in many ways for an often unnecessarily long time.
  • 2018-03-14
    Hypothyroidism: Causes and Management Hypothyroidism is a term used to describe an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is further classified according to “type”: subclinical, primary, or secondary hypothyroidism. The main function of the thyroid gland is to regulate the metabolic processes essential for normal growth, development, and tissue differentiation.
  • 2018-03-10
    Prenatal Genetic Testing and Counselling Prenatal genetic testing is used to determine if a fetus has, or is at risk of developing, a genetic disorder. These disorders are caused by changes, often deletions or duplications, in fetal DNA and chromosomes. Two main types of testing often performed are screening and diagnosis. Screening tests typically look for aneuploidy—an abnormal number of chromosomes
  • 2018-03-02
    Where to Start with Thyroid Imbalance The thyroid gland is one of the smallest glands in the body, but it has some of the most powerful influences on the way a person feels. Conventional medicine relies heavily on the use of labs to diagnose and manage thyroid problems. But more and more people are turning to naturopathic medicine to help...
  • 2018-02-28
    Setting Your Internal Clock Do you find yourself tired in the early evening? This is certainly not uncommon if you have just had an intense workout, eaten a large meal or had an exceptionally exhausting day. However, if you find that you are very tired at an unusually early hour, around 6pm or 7pm, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder known as Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS). ASPS is one of a group of sleep disorders
  • 2018-02-22
    Simple steps to better sleep Sleeping disorders are quite common among the population. The term insomnia has been used as a general term in literature and society in a variety of ways to describe sleeping disorders. Insomnia is defined as an individual’s difficulty with sleep or an individual’s dissatisfaction with quality of sleep.
  • 2018-02-20
    Pediatric snoring and obstructive sleep apnea Sleep problems are very common in children. Those between the ages of 2-8 years-old often exhibit snoring or breathing difficulties, which can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The main reason for this is due to the size of the adenoids and/or tonsils relative to the diameter of the upper airway at this point of physical development. The consequences of this go beyond being a “noisy” sleeper as apnea ....
  • 2018-02-14
    basic_behaviour The easiest practice for a healthcare practitioner is to simply prescribe a treatment to their patient, sit back, and hope it resolves their health issue. Studies in behaviour therapy, however, suggest that we can really stand to make a long-lasting difference if we first take the time to delve a little deeper into understanding the patient’s everyday life. Whether it’s a recommendation for a new supplement regimen, a lifestyle or a dietary change, there is more involved in creating lasting behaviour modification than simply ...
  • 2018-02-07
    Embryo Implantation In media today, inflammation is depicted as having a negative influence on health but for good reason. Inflammation is related to many disease processes especially those involved in auto-immune conditions such as Crohn’s disease, arthritis; asthma (1). It is easy to forget that the inflammatory response as part of the immune system is itself an adaptive process to aid in healing.
  • 2018-01-22
    Fighting Cold and Flu Season Naturally - Back to Basics! You may have felt it already: the runny nose, the sore throat, that embarrassing cough. Or perhaps you’ve taken the day off work because you’ve spiked a fever, felt achy all over, and are so tired you don’t want to get out of bed. Cold and flu season is in full swing. While your local drugstore is full of conventional and natural treatment options aimed at reducing the symptoms of colds and flu, this article summarizes research that supports going back to basics in terms of nutrition and proper hygiene to help....
  • 2018-01-22
    Female Hormones - Why They Become Imbalanced They make us feel happy, they help us to sleep, they swing our moods in every direction, and they keep our metabolism revving. They have the potential to wreak havoc in our lives, but we just can’t live without them. No, this article isn’t about your spouse — it’s all about hormones!
  • 2018-01-22
    Postpartum Depression - A Naturopathic Approach The main difference between postpartum blues and depression lies in the severity and duration of symptoms. These symptoms can include sadness, crying, anxiety, losing interest in things that were previously enjoyable, a lack of desire to be with their newborn, and more. In the blues, these symptoms are present in a mild fashion and have a minimal impact on function. This is not the case with postpartum depression, which does interfere with normal function and is experienced more intensely and for longer. Existing depression, or a history of postpartum depression, increases the risk of experiencing depression postbirth....
  • 2018-01-22
    Anxiety and Insomnia - Breaking the Sleep/Anxiety Cycle Anxiety is extremely common; in fact, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports that anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental disorders. Aside from the anxiety, 60–70% of people with anxiety also report that they have trouble sleeping. This is problematic, because the worse someone’s emotional distress is the worse they sleep, and having bad sleep may be contributing to worsening anxiety symptoms.
  • 2018-01-22
    Treating Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - A Naturopathic Perspective Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be a painful condition for children and parents alike, as they juggle the everyday struggle while hoping for answers from the medical community. JIA is the most common childhood rheumatic illness, and is defined as a group of chronic arthritic diseases which normally occur in children under the age of 16. JIA can present with morning stiffness, swelling, and tender joints, which force many children to opt out of extracurricular activities and can leave them unable to....