• Eat Well,  Fertility,  Fertility,  Hormones,  Live Well,  menopause,  Nutrition,  PCOS,  perimenopause,  PMS,  Stress,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Hormones Over the Ages

      by Dr. Deanna Walker, ND No matter what age you are, your hormones are affecting your quality of life. Why you might ask? Well your hormone balance influences how you look, how you feel and how you think. It is important to determine if your hormones are affecting you. The best way to start is to be informed on what symptoms are normal and abnormal depending on what phase of life you are in. The Reproductive Years In this phase, the most common concerns relate to PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) and the menstrual flow itself. The most common PMS symptoms experienced include mood changes (depression, anxiety, irritability, emotional fluctuations), swelling,…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  trauma

    Shaking but Safe

          By Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW Have you ever felt that moment where your mind is telling you one thing, and your body is telling you another? A situation where your mind may be telling you that you are completely safe, but your body is reacting as if it is in survival mode? This feeling is all too common for those who are survivors and thrivers of trauma. There are these moments where you may speak about something from your past, or something reminds you of your past, crosses your path and your body will begin shaking or you will stutter or you will become short of…

  • Back to School,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  IV Therapy,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Sleep,  Stress

    Immune Support Into the Fall

      Written by Dr. Heather Robinson, ND Fall is a notoriously tough season for the cold and flu. Kids are back to school, the more lenient summer lifestyle is catching up with our bodies and from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, our bodies can have difficulty adjusting to the change of seasons. As the cooler weather approaches and we get into that time of year, there are a lot of ways we can be supporting our immune system (please see disclaimer below) to help mitigate the effects of any colds or flus we come in contact with (the exception being COVID-19). A question I get asked a lot is ‘what’s…

  • Acupuncture,  Allergies,  Allergy,  Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  SInus

    Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergy Relief

    Spring brings warmth, renewed growth, and unfortunately for many seasonal allergies.  About twenty to thirty percent of Canadians suffer from allergies with symptoms arising as early as March for those allergic to pollen. While most suffer from runny nose and sneezing, some of us may also experience itchy eyes, sore throat and even low energy.  Symptoms may be so bad that some confuse allergies with a head cold. As with all that ails us, Traditional Chinese Medicine views allergies as a sign of imbalance within the body. If you suffer from allergies the symptoms experienced will vary based on your individual constitution, as well as any underlying blockages, deficiencies or excesses…

  • Eat Well,  Fertility,  Hormones,  Stress,  Women Wellness

    Love Your Libido…

    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about libido! It can be a taboo subject, particularly for women, but we are here to shed some light on simple ways to boost libido with food. Libido, in laymen’s terms, is sex drive. It’s completely normal for women to have fluctuations in their sex drive throughout their cycles; typically it is highest around ovulation, which is mid-way through your monthly cycle (if you are not on birth control and if you are pre-menopausal). It’s also really common for libido to fluctuate throughout a woman’s life. Some reasons libido might be low: Stress: If you’re running from a…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  Therapy,  trauma

    Values and Goals

    Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW www.alongsidetrauma.ca Values Living a fulfilled life is connected to feeling passionate about what we do in our everyday routine. Those of us who struggle with anxiety may become overwhelmed with to-do lists and feeling that everything needs to be completed within the next few hours. This can lead to us feeling exhausted both mentally and physically and lead us to wondering “Why don’t I feel happy?”. One of the therapeutic tools I love guiding people through is understanding and knowing their values. Focusing on my values has led to me making decisions based on my overall goals and what is important to me, rather than…

  • Nutrition

    Five Tips to Eat Healthier in 2020

    By Marianna Duba M.Sc., RHN   With the season of family and friend get-togethers, delicious food and great wine behind us, many of us welcome January bloated, fatigued, moody and a few pounds heavier. Naturally, we promise ourselves to improve our lifestyle: to go to bed earlier, to take short breaks from social media, to exercise more and to eat healthier. And we seriously mean it!   Well, if you’ve already tried and failed to get your eating habits in check, then you know how frustrating “dieting” can be. Undereating and failing to properly balance your meals can make it impossible to get back on track. Here are five essential…

  • Therapy,  trauma

    The Holidays and Trauma

          Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW Trauma Therapist   For survivors of trauma, the holidays rarely bring up the feelings written about on Hallmark cards. Often times, the holiday season brings up feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation or entrapment. This is especially true if the holiday season means feeling forced to be around someone who has caused you harm, triggers you or makes you feel unsafe. Because humans innately desire connection to others, when you feel as though you cannot relate with the TV commercials or mall advertisements, you naturally internalize that. Then, you may begin to feel as though there is something wrong with you. “Why can’t…

  • Cancer,  Health Articles,  IV Therapy,  Live Well,  Stress

    Dr. Gair’s Top Tips for Men’s Health from Movember

            Movember is an annual awareness campaign that is near and dear to my heart. I dedicate my time in November to sharing my knowledge on men’s health, and more specifically, reducing cancer risk reduction. While some genetic risks are beyond our control, there are many lifestyle risks you can control. I wanted to share my top 5 tips for lifestyle changes to lower the risk for cancers that affect the men in your life!   Get active! In men diagnosed with colon cancer, those who did 30 minutes of low/moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week showed significant improvements in quality of life during treatment and…

  • Acupuncture,  Live Well,  Sleep

    Struggling with Sleep? Treating Insomnia with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R. Ac Insomnia is a common affliction causing one third of people to lose sleep. Ten to fifteen percent of those affected experience insomnia that is extreme enough to impact daily life. Sleep affects all major systems of the body and in turn how the body systems are functioning affects sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pays very close attention to how the body works as a whole to gain greater insight into the underlying cause of insomnia.  Insomnia comes in many forms including difficulty falling asleep, inability to stay asleep, waking up too early or sleep that is not restful. Insomnia may be a temporary issue created…

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