Children and Anxiety

children experience anxiety too...

Did you know that anxiety doesn’t just affect adults? Children experience anxiety as well. It is often thought that children do not experience anxiety or are oblivious to the worries of life, but this really is not the case. Although children may not worry about such things–money, college funds, or groceries–they can worry about other things such as upsetting authority figures, meeting new people, trying new things, the dark, being separated from parents and school work. These issues seem small to adults, but for children, these issues are very large…

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Social Detox: Are the People in Your Life Lifting You Up or Dragging You Down?

social detox

Do you ever have that experience where you dread seeing a particular person in your life?–that person you feel worn out and empty after spending time with them? Do you avoid texts/calls from that person? Do you feel bad about yourself after interactions with this person? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, this could be a toxic person. What do we do after identifying a toxic person in our lives? Well, the answer can be tricky. Sometimes, the person we feel is toxic is part of our workplace, our friend group,…

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Grieving: Death, Loss of a Job, the End of a Relationship, and More

feeling grief

The experience of grief is typically not very comfortable. We might experience a range of unpredictable emotions, we may feel very sensitive or disconnected, and the people around us may interact with us differently. However uncomfortable, grief is an important part of coping with change. It allows us to understand our loss and integrate into our lives. If we resist grief, the loss will continue to exist in a poignant way and can even lead to mental health concerns such as anxiety and/or depression. Often when we think of grieving,…

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Bronchitis, Bloatedness, Eczema, and Pirates: The Story of Emunctories 

the five emunctories

Theo loves pirates but hates being sick, so his mom brought him to see if we could help with the chronic bronchitis he was experiencing every winter. Over the general questions we ask every patient, I noticed that he also had eczema on and off and seemed to get bloated inconsistently. All of those symptoms could seem unrelated and irrelevant because of their irregularity, but for an Osteopathic therapist, these start to make us think. Here is why: The body can clean itself when exposed to undesired elements from our…

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Detoxification: The Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Way

spring: time to detoxify

It’s “Spring” and the energy of spring brings the urge to clear away the debris of winter, to make room for new growth. For many, “spring cleaning” includes a personal detox regime of some sort, to clear the accumulations and stresses that have built up over the winter months. Modern environmental “toxins”, excess ingestion of food and drink, medications and supplements, all put an unnatural burden on the organs and systems in the body including the liver, kidney, lymphatics, digestive tract, and connective tissue. Acupuncture treatment (including guasha, cupping, auricular acupuncture,…

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Itchy, Watery, Leaky and Swollen: Is It Just Allergies or Could It Be Histamine Intolerance?

histamine intolerance analogy

Histamine is a key compound involved in local and body wide inflammatory response. It’s produced and released by immune cells involved in allergic responses. A classic example getting stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito and having that swollen red itchy area – that’s what histamine does. Histamine is made from the amino acid histidine found in many different foods–especially fermented foods–and is also produced by certain gut bacteria as well as your cells. The itchy, watery eyes, itchy skin, and in fact all the things that you associate…

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Recognizing the Limits of What We Are Responsible For

rain requires on real decision to be made

I’ve always enjoyed the changing of the seasons. It feels like a fresh start, a nice kind of change, and something new to look at in the natural environment. There is also something new to look at in the natural environment. There is also something freeing about recognizing aspects of our lives that lay outside of our control. I only get to notice if it’s raining, cloudy, or foggy and respond by making decisions that work for you (e.g. wearing a coat, bringing an umbrella, choosing to drive somewhere or stay home)–I…

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Five Very Unexpected Symptoms Related to Your Liver Health

liver diagram

Spring time: does it make you think about blooming flowers, birds singing, and warmer temperatures? As a practitioner, spring is also the time of year patients come with symptoms related to their liver (which, interestingly enough, is also when TCM doctors believe it is working the hardest). The liver’s job is to filter out toxic substances from the things we need. Acting like a gigantic blood sponge, it stores vitamins and sugar, metabolizes protein and fat, and helps our hormonal system. This means the liver can be affected by everything we…

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Don’t Let an Injury Turn Into a Lifelong Battle: Putting an End to Chronic Inflammation

inflammatory response buddy molecule

Inflammation has a vital role in our body and is actually a normal, healthy function of our immune system. Acutely, it’s the process our body creates to protect itself against a stress, a trauma, and for fighting off foreign ‘invaders’ such as a virus or bacteria. We can observe inflammation in our respiratory system (e.g. runny nose and cough), in our joints (e.g. swelling after a fall), or in our muscles (e.g. whiplash after a car accident). As our body mounts the inflammatory response, it brings increased blood flow and…

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Love Your Liver with Our Three Week Detox Program!

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Get your body in gear this May with a three week detoxification program using a safe and effective liver-focused program guided by our doctor of Naturopathy: Stephanie Bristow. The health of your liver is crucial to the proper functioning of your digestive system, bowels, skin, hormonal health, and to your overall vitality. Sign up by calling us (403-452-0029) or by emailing the clinic. How do I know if I need a liver detox? Common symptoms of liver toxicity include: headaches/migraines, headaches and fatigue after eating fatigue, brain fog and memory…

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