Mindfulness: More than just a Trendy Topic

mindfulness on the cover of TIME magazine (Feb 3, 2014)

Everywhere I go these days, I hear about mindfulness. Mind you, I do spend a lot of time around people who like to think about their thoughts and mental processes (“metacognition”) and expand awareness in their lives! But whether it’s magazine covers, social media posts, and even in my sessions with patients, people are talking about mindfulness and meditation (which is basically the practice of mindfulness). TIME magazine even released a special edition on mindfulness recently. I have come to realize that being mindful is stylish. And as a mental…

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Are you Estrogen Dominant?

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Estrogen dominance is not a new concept, but it is something that many women are unfamiliar with. This topic is so important because it impacts a lot of women. Dr. John Lee MD has been educating women and physicians worldwide on the topic since the 1990’s and his work has since become an essential component of functional and naturopathic medicine. What is Estrogen Dominance? If you quickly read a bit about it on the internet, you might make the assumption that estrogen dominance means that you have too much estrogen.…

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Scar Tissue and French Pastries have more in common than you probably think!

a french pastry is akin to skin, fascia, and organs!

During their life, women can have scars from a pregnancy: from a C-section or from interventions on there gyno system (cyst/fibroids surgeries, hysterectomy, or a mastectomy). Most of them will worry about the positive outcome of the surgery, and if it is the case, never worry about it again. The scars become a vague souvenir of a bigger battle they went through.
 One such patient–let’s call her Linda–came to the clinic for help resolving her chronic back pain that was causing nerve pain down her legs, as well as digestive…

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How can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine help during Menopause?

menopausal woman

There are few things guaranteed in life, but for women, menopause is one of them. Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period and it marks the end of the menstrual cycle. It can result from a natural decline of reproductive hormones, hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and primary ovarian insufficiency. Today, the average age that menopause occurs is 51 years old, and that is fairly consistent across all cultures. The symptoms of menopause, depending on the severity, may affect a woman’s quality of life and…

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Your built-in Pharmacy might be helping your Immunity more than you realize!

some connective tissue between the neck and the chest

When was the last time you were sick? When you realized it, do you remember what your first thought was? Did you think “oh no!! Not now! I don’t have time for this!” or “Not again!–are you kidding me!?” Did you run to the pharmacy to get the strongest thing that could get you better as fast as possible in an effort to free yourself from the curse? Consider this: what if being sick wasn’t a punishment? What if instead we looked at it and wondered “what did I do…

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Building your Psychological Immunity

building psychological immunity and strength

Our bodies have built-in systems to fight against threats to our health. This is one of those things that most of us are taught in school and refer to in casual conversation (especially during cold and flu season!). But how often do we talk about our psychological immunity? We all have an innate ability to withstand assaults on our mental health – whether this comes in the form of stress, a difficult relationship, an over-committed schedule, a toxic workplace, the death of a loved one, etc. But just like our…

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The Nitty Gritty of the Digestive Immune System

intestinal flora

The digestive track is the most important part of your immune system, it can be hard to understand how it works, so I’ve created an analogy to explain how the immune system in the gut protects, responds and hyper-reacts to what we send down into our body. It’s quite literally the barrier between the outside world and your internal body. There are two main components of the immune system in the gut: The first line of defence called TH1 (T-cell helper type 1) that we’ll call the soldiers And a second line of…

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Building Immunity–not only to Colds and the Flu!

children playing in a field

The start of school means colds and cases of the flu are rampant among students. So too are judgments, bullying, and negative thoughts. Children are subject to their peers’ judgments, thoughts, and actions. Not every child can handle the negative comments or actions directed at him or her, and so it is important that you help your child become “immune” to the negativity around them. Children and adolescents do not fully understand the perspectives of their peers. They may not understand how bullying may hurt others. They may also be…

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