Protect the whole Family with a Healthy Gut Flora: Probiotics

healthy foods

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I work with patients of all ages and often with the whole family. Working with one family member usually has a positive trickle-down effect on the entire family as we start to introduce healthier foods and behaviours. A large proportion of my patients are women, and many are coming to see me for fertility and pregnancy support, and so I thought this would be a great opportunity to discuss a few key aspects about growing healthy babies. Incorporating some key supplements can make a long-lasting impact…

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How to Prepare your Family for going back to School

Welcome back to school!

The start of school is quickly approaching, for some it has already started. This can be a joyous time for many families, especially if it is the very first day of school for a child or an adolescent going off to college. Families are experiencing mixed emotions during this time. It is to hold in the sense of pride, sadness and fear. It is important to remember the family functions as a unit, but each person needs their own space and activities. Over the summer, families may have had some fun times,…

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A Frozen Shoulder in a Hot Summer

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During the warmer months of the year, a lot of our patients are avid golfers and they try to make the most of it, looking forward to it for months in advance. If this is you, what a pity it is, then, when your shoulder starts to hurt in the spring! This is what happened to Donna. When she first came to see me, Donna’s shoulder had been getting worse (even with physiotherapy treatment and regular stretches). She was ready to try anything in order to be able to play again in…

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Maintaining Good Mental Health in the Summer

gardening may have some mental health benefits

Many of us look forward to summer the entire year. It (sometimes) brings a relief from cold weather, meaning more opportunities to be outside and enjoy the beautiful sights this city and province have to offer. However, there are aspects of summer that have both positive and negative impacts on our mental health. Here are pointers to take into consideration during the summer months to maintain good mental health: Benefits of summer to take advantage of: Being outside can improve mood. Research has shown that outdoor activities decrease the amount of cortisol…

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Summer time: No Structure! …and Chaos?!

summer time, kids playing: the unstructured life!

Whether it’s summer break or some other vacation and your kids are facing an ocean of sunshine, beaches, rainbows, BBQ’s, and sleeping in; or have a few weeks off in the winter to laze around, play games, and hang out with friends, their shackles have been cast off and they are free to do as they please! Sounds great, right? For many people it does. However, for some families, it can be chaos–especially if the child(ren) of the family have problems when there is less structure in their day. The…

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3 Tips for Eating Healthy while Camping

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If you’re like me and you love heading to the mountains or the lake, then let’s talk. Often times, when we think of camping, we don’t often associate it with eating the healthiest of foods. However, you can absolutely have a very healthy and well-packed food supply for your next trip! Here’s a few of my favourite tips to feeling good and eating clean on the trails. Tip #1: Dehydrated Meals I often do long treks, and dehydrated meals have saved me lots of unnecessary back pain. The first long…

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3 Common Objections to Acupuncture

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is associated with the element of fire. Fire symbolizes maximum activity, which means it is a time to get out there, be outgoing, and move outward within nature and in our daily lives. Why not try something new this summer. Have you ever wanted to try acupuncture, but had some reservations; let me put your mind at ease. Here are 3 common objections people have about acupuncture: 1. “I don’t like needles” I can’t say that I have ever had a client who says they like…

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Concussions Can Be Difficult to Recover from, Even If It’s Not Your First Rodeo

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Concussions can lead to serious side effects that can last a long time. Whether it is a car crash, a skiing accident, a bad fall on ice, or from hockey or football, many concussions create a myriad of symptoms that should be treated sooner rather than later. Ideally, it is best to come in within the first ten days following a concussion in order to help the body before it starts compensating and creating symptoms. At the clinic, we have treated many patients suffering from the side effects of concussions.…

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Postpartum Anxiety: A short story about Birth and Worrying

anxiety body effect diagram

Sarah came to the clinic a while after she had her first baby. She wasn’t feeling like herself anymore, and not just physically: she reported feeling quite “worried” and fearful all the time about her newborn, her husband, and many other things. Sarah thought there was maybe something physically wrong with her that Osteopathy would be able to fix, so she came in, hoping that we’d be able to restore her to her normal laid back self. After chatting with her and having examined her body, it was clear to…

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Managing Anxiety: Three Important Steps in a Plan Personalized for YOU

anxious and sleepless

Managing anxiety is the topic of today’s entry in the Psychologist Calgary blog. I’m going to share three important steps you’ll want to incorporate into any personalized plan for managing anxiety in your life. Step One – Recognize Your Unique Symptoms Anxiety can be so ingrained into our lives that we may not even recognize it for what it is. For example, when I was studying for my registration exam, I had terrible stomach aches. I tried to figure out what I was eating to upset my stomach, I monitored…

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