For those of us in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is coming up on Thursday. I personally love Thanksgiving – it’s been my favorite holiday since moving to the U.S. in 1999. I love it because it’s not overly commercialized, we get to spend time with people we care about, think about what we’re thankful for, and eat a yummy dinner, which for us is roast turkey. There is lots of anticipation about the dinner part – lots of planning, lots of cooking; and it’s soooooo delicious in the moment. But then, an hour later, we can be sitting like a blob on the couch, or lying down in discomfort, because it all tasted so good and we overdid it. Here are 6 tips for surviving food overindulgence, and being able to enjoy Thanksgiving without eater’s remorse! If you are reading this outside of the U.S., please feel free to apply these tips and principles to any holiday meal, or occasion where you eat too much! [Read more…]
Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium can be very harmful to the body. I see it frequently in my patients. So in my own ongoing habit of checking my metals, adrenals, thyroid etc., I did my own heavy metal labs to make sure my sushi habit wasn’t creeping my mercury up. I was shocked at what I saw. Mercury was a bit high, but my lead level was 19 (it should be less than 2), and my bismuth was 54 (it should be less than 4). Wheweeeee, it’s time to physician heal thyself! I’m designing a protocol for myself, and thought I’d share some ideas about how to detox lead from the body in case any of you are in the same boat!
As my integrative medical practice grows, I am loving being able to bring in other healing modalities to help our patients on all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. One of those modalities is Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese relaxation and healing technique. It is a form of hands-on energy work that is safe, non-invasive, and can bring amazing results. Having heard such positive feedback from individuals who have had sessions with our Reiki practitioner Amanda Dahl, I decided I needed to experience it for myself, and so I had a session with her this past weekend. [Read more…]
Do you want to start a gluten- and casein-free diet (GFCF Diet) for your child, but can’t figure out where or how to begin? I’m very pleased to introduce a new resource that may help get you started and your child on the path to healing. Dave Borden of I’m Simply A Dad, has put together a most excellent how-to guide to the GFCF diet. Having gone through the process himself with his own child, he is now sharing his wisdom and experience, as well as a ton of great information regarding nutrition, and how our bodies respond to the food we eat. Parents, I think this will be an invaluable resource for you – and I’d suggest any adults who are trying to go gluten- and casein-free read it too! Here’s an introduction from Dave, and you can access the full guide on his website.
Mold illness, aka mycotoxin illness, can be incredibly debilitating, and in my mind, is one of The Big Ones I want to evaluate in my sickest patients. Even those I might be treating for something else such as Lyme disease, should still be evaluated for mold, especially if they have known exposure through a moldy house or water-damaged building of any kind, whether it be at work, school or home, present or past. Undetected mold toxicity can be one of the biggest hindrances to being able to regain one’s heath. A new test for mycotoxins has just be released that will make such an evaluation more accessible to people. [Read more…]
I’ve been having such a fun time recently getting back into horse riding – it’s a great stress reliever, I have always loved horses and I’m fulfilling a desire I’ve had for a long time to be riding again. And yet, those suckers are big, and it’s a long way down if you fall off … and, well … I fell off. After the initial embarrassment wore off and the bruising and stiffness wore on, I went back to my naturopathic tool kit and pulled out my favorite goodies for sore muscles and bones. Here are my six tips for post-injury recovery that have been helping me over the past week.
Gemstone therapy is a form of energy medicine, which uses the unique energies of each stone to guide our bodies own healing forces. We have started incorporating Therapeutic Gemstone Energy Medicine into some of our patient care protocols, and our patients are loving it. People report less pain, better energy and feeling calmer and more centered overall. My other naturopathic doctor at RestorMedicine is our gemstone practitioner, and I’m always happy to hear such good reports on how people feel after it. You can read more about Dr. Emily here.
Last week I wrote a post on 5 things that may be clues you have Lyme disease. This week I’m coming at it from the opposite direction and talking about 3 things you may never have had (but still have Lyme disease). There are so many misconceptions around Lyme disease, including its diagnosis and treatment, and some of the historical factors. So read on for these 3 things and let’s try to clear some of it up.
Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the Unites States, and I suspect in the world too. While it is getting to be more well known, there are still many health professionals who do not recognize Lyme disease as a possible cause of multiple and diverse health issues. Couple that with not-sensitive-enough first line testing, and we have a health crisis that is reaching epidemic proportions, and a lot of people suffering because they are not being properly diagnosed. If Lyme is something that you’ve vaguely heard of somewhere along the line, but you’re not sure if it could be the cause of your health problems, here are five clues that you might have Lyme disease: [Read more…]
The nervous system is our main link to the environment that we are living in. Our nervous system has the ability to receive input, interpret it, and then respond to it accordingly. When the nervous system isn’t balanced, we often experience this as stress and anxiety. The nervous system is made of three main components, being the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system. Although they are all intimately connected, for calming the nervous system we will be focusing on the components of the autonomic nervous system and how they translate into our everyday lives. [Read more…]