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Top Three Prescription Drugs and Their Natural Alternatives Part 2

As discussed in Part 1 of this blog post, the top three pharmaceutical drugs prescribed in North America are hydrocodone for pain, statins for lowering cholesterol, and amlodipine for lowering blood pressure. In this post, I will review the next four most prescribed drugs and their natural alternatives. 4. Synthroid (levothyroxine) is the fourth most

menopause

Managing Menopausal Symptoms Naturally

Do you get frequent hot flashes and night sweats? Do you also have vaginal dryness and trouble sleeping? If so, then you’re experiencing the most common symptoms of perimenopause. Other common symptoms include mood swings, acne, poor concentration and memory, more frequent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and weight gain (5 lbs. on average). Perimenopause

nutritional counselling

Top Three Prescription Drugs and Their Natural Alternatives

In North America, we are used to the idea of taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs to treat common ailments, especially pain. The focus of naturopathic medicine is prevention, and so in my practice, I teach patients to lead a healthier lifestyle such that prescription drugs are not required or their doses can be reduced. Below

difficulty drinking from a cup -- essential tremor

Essential Tremor: Naturopathic Solutions

What is essential tremor? Anyone affected by essential tremor (ET) knows that it can be difficult to perform simple tasks of daily living, such as writing or drinking, which can be frustrating as well as humiliating and embarrassing. Those affected can also experience social isolation and discrimination. Everyone has some sort of tremor, but it

depression

Getting Out of the Depression Rut

When you’re depressed, it seems that nothing will ever get you out of the rut that you are in. You may have the odd good day, but most of the time, you feel down. You may cry a lot. It feels as though there’s a weight on your chest that makes it difficult to breathe

fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

People who have fibromyalgia are all too familiar with the common symptoms of fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and problems sleeping. Other symptoms they may commonly experience include numbness and tingling in the extremities, difficulty concentrating (“fibro fog”), extreme sensitivity to stimuli such as noise and bright light, pain in the chest, anxiety,

phantom limb pain, neurological conditions

Shingles: How to Treat and Prevent It… Naturally

Do you remember being sick with chicken pox as a child? I remember it wasn’t very pleasant. I had itchy scabs all over my body and a fever. Then they went away and life went back to normal. Most people had a similar experience: being sick with the chicken pox for a few weeks and

diabetes

Obesity as a Symptom

Obesity is now considered to be a pandemic, with over one-third of the North American population classified as obese. The blame is usually placed on the wide availability of foods that cause people to become overweight, namely, foods that are laden with sugar and fat. These foods are certainly a major culprit, along with the

depression

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that progresses from forgetting little things (e.g., keys) to forgetting how to do things you have done your entire life. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells lose their connections with each other and die, and amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles form in the brain. Half a million Canadians have Alzheimer’s

cancer

Meat and Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer makes up 13% of all new cases of cancer in Canada. People with colorectal cancer have a five-year survival rate of 65%, which is considered average. Recent evidence has revealed that red meat and processed meats increase consumers’ risk of colorectal cancer. Red meat contains haem, which, when consumed, damages the DNA of

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