Clarifying the Pelvic Floor and the Role of Physiotherapy


By Cora Tomowich, MScPT, Hons B Kin Well hello there and welcome to my little discussion of the pelvic floor and pelvic floor physiotherapy. Like many others out there, when I first heard the term “pelvic floor”, I had no clue what that meant. At first I thought it was some sort of Yoga pose, then I thought it was some kind of prosthetic, and

Dear Kristina – insomnia


By Dr. Kristina Schwalm-Baquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, My ND and MD have now both suggested I do some CBT for Insomnia. I’ve had insomnia for years now and have mostly used sleeping pills and coffee to manage it, but the sleeping pills are causing problems and I am really dependent on them. How does CBT for Insomnia work and what do you do to

5 foods that REALLY ARE addictive


Many of my patients struggle with food cravings, overeating, binges and weight issues. Most of us actually blame this on poor willpower. It is important to know however, that there are many foods we eat that are truly addictive to the body, which make overeating difficult to avoid. Several foods contain chemicals known as exorphins, which bind to opioid receptors in the nervous system.

Why Ice is Not Always Nice


By Cora Tomowich, MSc PT, Hons B Kin “Oh, you have a sprained ankle? Just put some ice on it for a half an hour or so”; “Oh, you tweaked your shoulder? Just put some ice on it until it goes away”; “Oh, you’re fresh out of surgery? Just use ice to keep the swelling down”… how many of you out there have heard sentences

How to Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet


By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND One of my main goals when talking to patients about nutrition is to encourage a nutrient-dense diet. This short article will explain the importance of a nutrient-dense diet and some simple steps to take. Discussion around nutrition has changed in the past decade to focus more on nutrient density, rather than on high or low fat, high or low-carb, vegetarian

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture


By Dr. Hilary Booth, ND Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe, effective, non-surgical and non-toxic method of reducing the signs of aging. This treatment promotes a more youthful, glowing appearance by encouraging natural collagen production, increased circulation, and improved skin elasticity. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and skin imperfections to give you a younger look. I’m excited to be offering this service to

Set and maintain your fall goals: how to train your brain for better results


By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW The fading summer months can stir in us renewed motivation. The temperature cools and sharpens and it nudges us from summer dreams. We are suddenly squirrels, conscious of the nuts that must be stored for the cold months ahead. Fall seems to be a time for self-reflection. A time to take a step back, and take a good look. A

What does the location of your acne breakouts mean?


By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Acne is one of the most common conditions I see in the clinic, with varying degrees of severity. It is one of the hardest things to live with as an adult, and it often causes my patients to make some fairly radical decisions with medications and hormonal treatments. As with most conditions, my approach as a naturopathic doctor is to

Dr. Darou’s Favourite Health Books


By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND I’m frequently asked for book suggestions for women’s health, cookbooks and more. Here is my latest list of favourite health books – I hope you enjoy it! Women’s health The Hormone Diet – Natasha Turner, ND This book is an excellent review of your hormones, with a simple self-assessment and tips for restoring hormone balance. It is more than a