As seen in November's Apex Matters.
An interest of mine of late is surrounding Concussions — prevention, occurrence & treatment. They happen. On the hill. From a fall. From a motor vehicle accident. Let’s talk about how it happens, misconceptions, symptoms to watch for and what to do if one occurs.
Printed in Apex Matters October 2017
If you are like me, you think of autumn as the gateway into winter. You spend much of your time getting geared up for ski season & begin the ritualistic prayers to the snow gods. With all this excitement of the first snowfall brings on preseason training.
Some things to keep in mind while you get your body fit for the hill are: Read More
Turn your meals into brain food by:
- Taking time to enjoy your meal. Refrain from eating on the go.
- Making meal times a ritual for family & connection.
- Ruling out Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity
- Putting love into the meal preparation
- Taking a probiotic or eat fermented foods to improve on your gut microbiome.
- Enhancing your digestive juices via chewing, aperitif, or digestive enzymes.
Ahh, Motherhood. Best and most difficult job in the world.
The more we talk about the tough times, we begin to normalize all aspects of motherhood. We will begin to see that even caring for these precious newborns doesn’t always equate with bliss and joy. Read More
In my naturopathic medical practice, I work at healing patients from the ailments that they have. Helping people to have fuller lives - more energy, vitality & getting back to doing what they love to do. This helping hand can extend toward healing the planet. Read More
PRP Prolotherapy provides a long term solution to an injury and can be a viable option for those that have suffered the terrible triad. Read More
An all too common cause of knee pain, especially in runners, is due to patellofemoral pain syndrome. The high frequency of this syndrome in runner's is signified by it's coined name "Runner's Knee". This is caused by patella tracking problems during flexion and extension. The patella is also known as the knee cap. Over time damage can occur to the undersurface of the patella and lead to chondromalacia patella if left untreated. Read More
Headaches can be a nuisance to down right debilitating. Those of you who suffer from headaches I can imagine can attest to the wish to be rid of these burdens.
Patients seek help from naturopathic doctors for a variety of reasons — they want off their current medication, their medication is no longer that magic bullet or they haven’t found a medication that works for their particular headache.
Whatever the source of your headaches, my aim is to get to the bottom of it and bring you relief. Read More
In this part of the province, we have seen consistent temperatures in the minus celsius range for a few weeks now. I am starting to see chapped lips. And in kids leading to infected chins, with the constant licking. Read More
You get injured. On the ice. On the slopes. In the gym. You reach in the medicine cabinet for an NSAID to stop the pain. Let’s rewire this thought process. Instead open the fridge door.
Let’s look at some of the best foods to heal an injury. Getting you back in the game quicker. Read More
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. Symbolically it is marked as a time of turning inward, reflecting into the darkness. As you turn inward, you can gain more understanding of yourself and your path. Reflection on your life and path can help you see what is serving you and that which needs to be let go of. Read More
A question that comes up in my office on a regular basis is “are bio-identical hormones safe and how long should I use them for?”. Patients look to me for guidance in how to treat their menopausal symptoms. Read More
Glutathione is the antidote to modern living. Its depletion is associated with disease and aging — fall outs from oxidative stress. It plays a role in DNA repair, immune response and detoxification — neutralizing toxins. Read More
Craniosacral therapy involves a gentle touch. Infants are either placed on my massage table or are cradled by their parent. Infants often breastfeed during the session, to extend further comfort. At times, mothers also receive a treatment alongside their infant. Typical sessions last for 30 minutes for children and infants. Read More
It's a thought provoking article that I wrote tied to children with ADHD. There are insights in here about the role a family's choices play in a child's brain development and their ability to remain focused. Read More
At this time of year, we all scurry to find the best cure for the common ailments — cold and flu. Sometimes it is inevitable, to succumb to the illness — regardless of the approach — curl up in bed, get some TLC and unplug from our responsibilities for a few days. Read More
Liquid gold. Breast is best. Mama’s milk. All are terms thrown around when it comes to breastfeeding. But what happens when babe is colicky, fussy or has infantile eczema. This is when a mama may reconsider that the nourishment that she is giving her infant may not be best. Read More
If your child has frequent colds or infections -- one or more per month, it may be time to bring him/her in for a naturopathic consult. I can decipher what may be triggering these frequent infections and get your child back on track to a healthy winter season. Read More
Improving speech and language in preschoolers is instrumental in how they will achieve reading milestones in the elementary school years. If a child is continuing to have speech problems past five years of age, can lead to an increased incidence of attention and social difficulties.
So follow your gut feelings. And find a practitioner who will listen to you, not placate you. It can be hard to get to the root of things when treating kids, but I always know in my practice to listen to the mom and work with her to get her child on the right path. As what it always comes down to is that mama knows best. Read More