Posts in the ‘Naturopathic Medicine for Common Health Concerns’ Category

Detox: Yes or no?

Have you ever thought about doing a cleanse or a detox but weren’t sure of the benefits or didn’t know how? Read below to find out. Why detox? A detox is beneficial for general health because it gives your digestive system a break. When your body doesn’t need to work as hard to digest food,

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when bone mass decreases and bones become porous. As a result, there is an increased risk of fractures, commonly in the hips and vertebrae. Osteoporosis most often occurs in women, although men are also susceptible. One in three women and one in five men are likely to experience fractures as a result of

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Food Categories to Avoid for Weight Loss

Obesity is now considered to be pandemic. Mexico now has the highest number of obese people in the world, followed by the U.S., where 35% of the population is now classified as obese. In China, there are now more overweight people than underweight people. Obesity is associated with serious health risks, mainly heart disease and

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Thyroid Disease

The thyroid gland, located in the neck behind the trachea, is responsible for regulating metabolism, which affects mood, energy levels, and weight. Damage to the thyroid gland can cause thyroiditis (inflammation),  hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), and thyroid cancer. Factors that can cause damage to the thyroid gland are: -Radiation:  The thyroid is sensitive

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