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    It’s Allergy Season!  But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

      It is estimated that close to 25% of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis.  The most common allergies are to pollen, pets, dust and foods.  Allergies are a hypersensitivity, meaning that the immune system overreacts to allergens and produces an inflammatory response.  The body produces histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE) that cause a variety of symptoms including congestion, sneezing, headaches, hives, itchy eyes, and many others. Though many allergy sufferers rely on over the counter anti-histamines, like Claritin or Benadryl, to keep their allergies under control.   Other therapies include corticosteroids, eye drops, decongestants, allergy shots and topical creams.  Though many of these therapies provide temporary relief, these medications have…

  • Hormones

    Top Hormone Q & A with Dr. Deanna Walker, ND

        Hormone’s are a popular topic of discussion with most of my female patients regardless of age. It often becomes a key part of the case because hormones influence most vital processes in the body and affect how we feel, how we think and how we look. In my experience, restoring a hormone imbalance provides significant relief and results in improvements in quality of life. Here are the most come questions and answers that I encounter in my practice: Could I have a hormone imbalance? Hormone imbalances can present in many ways. They affect us both physically and mentally. If you are experiencing concerns with your periods, weight management,…

  • Heart Health,  Nutrition

    Heart Healthy Seafood Soup

    Seafood Soup Ingredients: 2 Onions 2 Zucchinnis 2 Red or Orange peppers Any other vegetable you have available and enjoy in soups 2 Cans of Diced Herbed Tomatoes 2 Cans of Clams including the juice 1 bag of shrimp (you can add scallops or mixed seafood as well) 1 bag of fresh mussels 2 tsps Garlic (or to taste) Chop and saute the onions.  Add the rest of the chopped vegetables.  Add garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and shrimp.  Cook until the seafood and veggies are cooked.  10 mins.  Add mussels and cook until mussels have opened.  (Toss any mussels that don’t open.) Serve with a…

  • Nutrients,  Nutrition

    Nutritional Makeover Plan

    Nutritional Makeover Plan – with Marianna Duba and Sandra Cross   Have you ever wondered what it would take to look and feel great? Would you like to improve your digestion, solve your sleep issues, manage your weight and increase your energy but do not know where to start? To meet your needs, we are introducing the Nutritional Makeover Plan for $299 + HST offered by registered nutritionists Marianna Duba and Sandra Cross. Our integrative package includes: appointment: Intolerance testing/ Biofeedback analysis – this visit will give you a variety of answers about your health and what is impacting it. It is a detailed look at all internal and external…

  • Health Articles,  Heart Health,  Nutrition

    Heart Health: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Approach

    How is your heart beating these days? Do you get winded easily? If you could rate your heart health on a scale of 1-10, what would yours be? Second to cancer, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. In 2013 it accounted for 20% of all known deaths. Heart disease involves plaque build up and hardening of your coronary arteries. How can we do our best to reduce the natural progression as we age and prevent heart disease? There are 3 main risk factors for developing heart disease: hypertension, dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol) and diabetes. All 3 of these factors are influenced by lifestyle factors and genetics. The…

  • Thyroid

    It’s not you, it’s your THYROID. The Science Behind Your Thyroid

    by Dr. Samina Mitha, ND Does this sound familiar?: You are always the cold one, while everyone around you is fine? You have been successful at losing weight, but the pounds aren’t coming off anymore? Your hair and nails have become brittle? You seem to always forget where you put your keys? You’ve been constipated ever since you can remember? You are so tired that you are dragging body everywhere? These are some of the most common thyroid symptoms we see along with: Dark circles/puffy eyes, hoarseness of the voice, dry skin, lack of energy, anxiety, thinning hair and insomnia. Today I want to talk about a conversation I have with…

  • Fertility

    Top 5 Botanical Herbs for getting Pregnant with PCOS

      By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND What is PCOS? PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS is largely an endocrine disorder that can affect hormones, metabolism and the immune system. Since PCOS is known as a syndrome it can become very complex to determine what is truly going on. It has been recently suggested that the name should be changed since having cysts on the ovaries is not necessary to diagnose the syndrome. One of the major symptoms of PCOS is infertility due to hormone imbalances, but there are many other symptoms such as: Irregular or absent periods Acne Weight gain Excess hair growth Thinning scalp…

  • 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…

  • PCOS

    Pillars of PCOS

    PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an endocrine disorder that can affect hormones, metabolism and the immune system. Since PCOS is known as a syndrome it can become very complex to determine what is truly going on. Each and every person who has PCOS will experiences it differently. This is why it is important to seek out help from a doctor to determine the exact treatment protocol that will work for your case. Below are what I consider the 4 PCOS Pillars. These pillars are a guide in understanding what is really triggering your symptoms. Testosterone In this pillar, the main issue with one’s PCOS is testosterone. It can show up as high free/total…

  • Fertility

    Vitamin D and Fertility

    By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND When I think of Vitamin D the first thing that comes to mind is sunshine!! Why? Because we rely on the UVB rays of the sun in order to produce Vitamin D in our skin! Taking a Vitamin D supplement is extremely important in Canada since we do not get enough sunlight. Especially in the winter months when we are all bundled up with no skin exposed and the sun isn’t as strong! Other factors that may influence our ability to make Vitamin D include our complexion, sunscreen use, cloudy days, time of day and latitude. Generally, those with lighter skin tones are able to…