By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND and Nicole McMurray, B.Sc, RMT If you suffer from chronic or even occasional headaches, you know how disruptive they can be to your life. You may have a big day at the office, commitments to host family from out of town or you’re generally being pulled in all directions – and then, a headache. Dr. Shawna Darou, ND and Nicole
By Cora Tomowich, MSc PT Hons BKin Giving birth is an incredibly exciting and life-altering experience. Many new parents are awed and humbled after seeing what the body goes through in order to create a new human. It is no secret that pregnancy, birth, and motherhood introduce a plethora of changes to one’s lifestyle and especially to one’s body. However, while we may have a
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A concept that I find difficult to communicate with patients and in my writing, is that of preconception. Most of us think of this in terms of fertility, and getting pregnant. I would like to extend the concept of preconception to that of improving the health of our future children. The idea that we can take steps pre-conception to improve
By Dr. Hilary Chambers (Booth), ND Autoimmune diseases are extremely common and can develop at any age. Common examples include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and lupus. Autoimmunity is a lifelong diagnosis, so it’s important to be regularly monitored to determine the success of your treatment plan. I encourage all my patients to take charge of their health by asking questions and educating
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A new term of postnatal depletion was coined by an Australian Doctor, Oscar Serralach, MD a few years back. It describes constellation of symptoms that can occur after pregnancies (usually multiple pregnancies), where the body takes a long time to fully recover energetically, hormonally and emotionally. The science behind the diagnosis is that during pregnancy, a mother’s body becomes depleted
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND One thing that I’m very passionate about is preventative healthcare. There is so much we can do with nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, targeted supplements and understanding your personal risk factors. On a very basic level, something as simple as how you fill your grocery cart is part of preventative medicine. For example, one clear area where preventive care is often
By Cora Tomowich, MSc PT Hons BKin Today a patient asked me why she sometimes feels tension in the pelvic floor, specifically the vaginal area, during moments of elevated stress. “Is this normal?” she asked. “No one seems to understand or relate to my experience at all.” Truth is, this is very normal and it happens to a lot of us! So, why aren’t we talking
By Dr. Marika Berni, ND Do you have kids playing sports this summer? Opt for creating your own natural electrolyte drink! As summer sports get into full swing I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to create an alternative sports drink for my kids to have after their activities, or even just after a hot and sweaty day. Is it possible to
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND and Nicole McMurray, B.Sc, RMT For the average person, our bone mass peaks when we are in our 30’s, and then starts to decline from that point on. So, we wanted to share some things everyone can do to improve their bone health. When most of us think about improving bone density, we think of calcium and calcium rich foods.
By Renee Pilgrim R.Ac, R.TCMP Finally! The sun has just reached its peak, the summer solstice has come and the heat is on. What tips does Traditional Chinese Medicine offer us in this most Yang season? Here are the top five. Be Active The oxygen rich blood that pumps through the body fuels and cleans each organ system. The heart’s job is to pump it.