• 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…

  • Cold & Flu Prevention

    Beating the Cold and Flu Season

      By Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND It’s officially fall! The leaves are falling and the pumpkins are calling… But this time of year can be a challenging with cold and flu season starting to rear it’s ugly head. Don’t despair!  There are many things you can do to boost your immunity this fall and ensure your family’s health.  Keep reading to see how you can help protect yourself and your family and make this the healthiest season yet. Wash your hands:  We have all heard this over and over. That’s because it is one of the most important things you can do to avoid transmitting germs. It is also important…

  • Back to School,  child,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles,  Nutrients,  Supplements,  Uncategorized

    Back-to-School – Supplementing for Success

      By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND While summer typically involves tons of fun, spontaneity, and adventure, it can also mean a loss of routine, irregular eating, and lots of indulging. Often times returning to school can be a good opportunity to reintroduce some health-supportive habits, or begin incorporating some efforts for the first time. When it comes to supplementation, being selective is always best, especially when it comes to kids. The following are 3 baseline supplements that have broad-acting effects to support general wellbeing in children, predominantly for digestive, immune, mood, and nervous system support – all of which can play a large role in supporting your child’s health and…

  • child,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles,  Homeopathy,  Stress

    Homeopathy for Back to School

        By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath It’s back to school season! Going back to school is an exciting time but it can also be challenging. It can mean more colds, sniffles, stress and anxiety. But not to worry, there are things that can be done naturally to prepare, through lifestyle, supplements and homeopathy. When going back to school, it’s common for kids (and adults) to get sick shortly after the term starts. This is because after a whole summer of being around just family and friends, back to school means being in close proximity to a lot of new people. The exposure to new germs, combined with stress and…

  • Eat Well,  Emotions & Food,  Fitness,  Health Articles,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized

    Rest and Digest

              How are you eating your food?   One of the most overlooked components of supporting optimal digestion is the mental-emotional state in which we consume our food. In order for our food to be properly broken down and absorbed, our bodies need to be in what is called the ‘parasympathetic’ nervous system state, otherwise known as our ‘rest-and-digest’ state. This is the state of being in which we experience sensations of feeling calm, grounded, at ease, and focused on what’s in front of us. This contrasts with our ‘sympathetic’ nervous system state, otherwise known as our ‘fight-or-flight’ state. This is the state of being in…

  • Eat Well,  Emotions & Food,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Stress,  Uncategorized,  Women Wellness

    A Series on Stress: It’s All in Your Head

      We have discussed several key factors that should be considered when addressing stress and trying to improve its management: diet and sleep are crucial, and supplementation with nutrients and botanicals can offer incredible support. The power of our mind, however, is perhaps the most paramount. There is a fine balance between stressing the importance of diet and lifestyle and harnessing the power of supplementation, while also acknowledging that efforts in these areas will amount to very little if one’s perception and thought pathways are not supportive. At the end of the day, we are always going to have sources of stress in our life. If we can change our…

  • Eat Well,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Stress,  Women Wellness

    A Series on Stress: Part 3 of 4: “Time to Up the Ante”

    While our diet should always be the starting place for getting the vitamins and minerals we need for our bodily processes to function optimally, supplementation can offer therapeutic benefit above and beyond that which can be achieved with diet alone. Supplementation also serves an important purpose in instances of depletion or chronic stress as a means of replenishment and enhanced support so we may start to feel better faster. When considering supplementation in the case of stress management or adrenal fatigue, it is important to think about basic glandular support. In order for our adrenal glands to function well, the enzymes within require some basic nutrients to operate: Vitamin C:…

  • Acupuncture,  Eat Well,  Fertility,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  IV Therapy,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Top 5 Ways a Naturopathic Doctor Can Help with Infertility

      Infertility can be a hard reality that many patients have to deal with. When we hear something is wrong with our health, our natural inclination in this day and age is to “Google it.” This ultimately can take you down a seriously confusing rabbit hole. There is so much information out there, including many different products, diets, and therapies including many that can help, but others that may not. Online researching can end up leaving you feeling overwhelmed, confused and more anxious. Patients often end up in my office after hearing about naturopathic medicine from a friend, or the couple is looking for more options in terms of what…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Women Wellness

    A Series On Stress: Part 2 of 4 – “Being Busy Is Not A Badge of Honour”

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND As is the case with the management of any health-related condition, diet and lifestyle are the first stop when considering stress. Before using supplementation, an inventory of what we eat and drink, how we sleep, and how we spend our time should be taken so we can optimize our foundation and avoid Band-Aid solutions. Optimizing our foundation can be particularly challenging in today’s society. It has become normal and even celebrated to have jam-packed schedules and numerous commitments, leaving little room for days without plans or even dinner at a table. We tend to convince ourselves that our busy-ness is unavoidable and just a reality…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Stress,  Uncategorized

    A Series on Stress Part 1 of 4: Meet Your Adrenal Glands

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND   In light of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we are presenting a 4-part series on the topic. We will begin by discussing how stress affects our body, what a healthy stress response looks like, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the infamous state of ‘burn out’. We are all familiar with stress, but few of us are familiar with the profound impact stress can have on our health and wellbeing. Apart from the unpleasant thoughts and feelings associated, stress can cause a wide array of physical signs and symptoms. Stress is a normal and inevitable part of life. What is…