• Cancer

    It’s Movember!

    In honour of all the special men in our lives, let’s learn a little more about the prostate, signs and symptoms of illness and strategies to keep the prostate gland as healthy as possible. The prostate is a walnut sized gland located between the bladder and the penis.  It secretes a fluid during ejaculation that is excreted with sperm.  This fluid helps to nourish sperm and is excreted as part of semen. There are several conditions that can affect the prostate:  Prostatis:  Inflammation of the prostate.  This can be caused by an infection and can be treated with antibiotics. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland. Since the prostate gland surrounds…

  • Nutrition

    GAPS Nutritional Therapy – Can It Help You?

      By Marianna Duba, Holistic Nutritionist You may have already heard that our body is inhabited by a large population of various microorganisms, the majority of which reside in our gastrointestinal tract. On average, we carry about 1.1 to 1.4 kg of bacteria in the gut. This internal ecosystem harbours health-promoting bacteria (Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli) as well as opportunistic microbes (bacteria, yeasts and molds), which can adversely affect our health under certain conditions. In a healthy individual, the pathogenic flora is controlled by the strong population of beneficial bacteria which outnumber the pathogens. However, an offset of this balance between the friendly bacteria and opportunistic microflora, called dysbiosis, can lead…

  • Health Articles,  Infections,  Lyme Disease

    Tips About Ticks – Part 5

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker, ND and Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND PART 5: What are Alternative Treatments? Alternative Treatments depend on how many systems have been affected by the infection. Typically, especially in chronic cases many systems are involved. A thorough investigation will reveal what treatments would need to be prioritized. The following are systems that can be affected with Lyme and some alternative treatments to help. Immune Dysfunction: B. burgdorferi does a very good job of hiding in the tissues of the body rather than in the blood. This leaves the…

  • Nutrition,  Recipes

    Lets Get Juicy!

    By Marianna Duba We know that they are important! We know that eating five to ten servings of fresh vegetables and fruit can increase our energy, boost immunity, improve our gut health, help manage our weight, and support the body’s detoxification pathways. Still, many of us find it difficult to meet this dietary target and thus become deficient in those essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and other health-supporting compounds that vegetables and fruits are loaded with.         There are various ways how to incorporate fresh produce into our diet. Cut-up veggies are great for snacking with hummus or dip. They can be served in salads or as toppings on sandwiches.…

  • Uncategorized

    Drinking your way to health!

    Summer is just around the corner and we all want to look and feel our best. As the weather gets better more of us want to be active and embrace healthier living by getting more active and enjoying the summer days. One of the easiest ways to help our health is ensure that we are getting enough water daily. Staying hydrated has many different health benefits and is an easy way to invest in your health. Benefits to drinking water: Aids in weight loss – Hydration supports proper metabolic function in the body. Water also acts as a natural appetite suppressant and reduces caloric intake. Staying hydrated allows our body…

  • Health Articles,  Infections,  Lyme Disease

    Tips About Ticks – Part 4

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker and Dr. Rahima Hirji Part 4: Conventional Treatment of Lyme Disease The treatment of Lyme Disease is tricky and often delayed due to the difficulty of getting an accurate diagnosis.  Once Lyme is diagnosed, the treatment is usually antibiotics.  A combination of amoxicillin, cefuroxime axetil and doxycycline is usually used for 2-4 weeks.  Antibiotics work best if diagnosis is made quickly.  If diagnosis is delayed, antibiotics will likely not be curative. The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) recommends 100-200mg of doxycycline for 20 days when…

  • Uncategorized

    Getting in the Mood for Valentine’s Day

    It’s that time of year again.  Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by hearts, chocolates and flowers.  It’s Valentine’s day and the pressure is on.  But what if you aren’t feeling that “loving feeling”? Many people struggle with decreased libido or sex drive but there are some natural ways to help give your sex drive a boost. Here’s a list of my top 5 Look at your plate.  There are foods that can increase your libido. Consider foods like avocados, watermelon, asparagus and sweet potatoes.  They contain nutrients that support healthy hormones and can increase your libido.  Incorporating these foods daily in your diet while reducing refined sugar, processed foods…

  • Cold & Flu Prevention

    How to Boost your Immune System Naturally

    Got the sniffles? Is it taking your system longer than usual to recover? If you are interested in learning more about your immune system, learning about why you get sick and ways you can prevent and treat your illness this article is perfect for you! Your immune system acts as your main defense against infection and illness. The key cells of your immune system are lymphocytes known as B cells and T cells. These cells originate in your bone marrow. T cells continue to develop in your thymus and the remaining cells all gather in your lymph nodes and spleen. Other organs involved in your immune system are your tonsils,…

  • Uncategorized

    In Life, You Get an “A”!!!

    So, every January the gym I go to gets so busy that often I find myself walking from the far end of the parking lot instead of nearer the front door.  That is until about half way or towards the end of January and then the people who are trying to create a new habit stop showing up as much as they had hoped to. These are the days of the ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.  People (including myself) head into them with deep convictions that they will lose weight, get fit, be on time more, stop smoking etc. etc.  And when they veer off track, the self-criticism can be so high…

  • Health Articles,  Infections,  Lyme Disease

    Tips about Ticks – Part 3

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker and Dr. Rahima Hirji PART 3: How is Lyme Disease diagnosed? There is a lot of controversy about how Lyme Disease should be diagnosed. Many believe that Lyme Disease should be based on clinical signs and symptoms rather than lab testing. This is because the lack of sensitivity in the recommended testing methods means that a negative results does not rule out the possibility of Lyme Disease. It is important to note that people who develop an erythma migraines rash (bull’s eye rash) in an endemic area…

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