New Year, New You! While not necessarily the best phrase, the new year typically brings a time when many people set goals and work to better themselves. Oftentimes, those goals are to improve health and get in better shape – good things! Depending on what your body is used to, beginning a new exercise regimen can take a toll, and many become discouraged. If you happen to be someone looking to get in better shape in the New Year, take a look at these health tips for the new year to help support your body in achieving your goals.
We know how important detoxification is for the body – it helps us to stay healthy, energized and keep our mental alertness at the best possible level. But detoxification is only really helpful if we have good elimination too – not only do we want to convert toxins to a less harmful form, we also want to make sure they’re leaving the body. It’s important to understand the difference between detoxification and elimination to make sure both things are being well supported. [Read more…]
We both hear and use the term integrative medicine more and more these days – there is increasing awareness, and happily, increasing use of integrative approaches to medicine. But what does that mean and why an integrative approach in medicine is so important?
Stem cell therapy is a therapy that can provide regenerative and healing benefits for the body. While it used to be quite difficult to access, stem cell therapy is now more widely available and is FDA-approved in injectable form.
Stem cells are naïve, undifferentiated cells that have two primary properties:-
- They have the ability to divide indefinitely.
- They can differentiate into any cell type in our body, and can integrate into target tissue, whether it is damaged or not.
We produce stem cells all throughout our lives, however as we age the quality and quantity of those stem cells declines. Auto-immune disease also reduces our stem cells’ potency and effectiveness. Stem cell therapy is showing great promise in being able to help in healing and regenerating damaged cells and tissues. [Read more…]
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.