How to Boost your Immune System using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

eating healthy helps your immune system

As we welcome the fall season, we also transition from the earth element to the metal element. The metal element’s organ correspondence is of the lungs and large intestine, both responsible for purification and elimination.The lungs are considered to be a more vulnerable organ as they open to the exterior and are able to be directly attacked by exterior pathogens.  With summer fading into the distance and our routines of work and school getting more regular, it is important to not get run down and risk the health of our immune systems. Luckily, Chinese Medicine…

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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

acupuncture can help pregnant women

Growing your family can be a crazy (good crazy!) time. For women, this can be everything from your new belly accidentally knocking your coffee cup off of your desk, the foreign feelings of little (and big!) kicks within, to hormones so out of whack that you find yourself crying just from watching a 30 second commercial. Then there are the other “joys” that some women experience: Back pain Insomnia Heartburn Morning sickness If you find yourself saying, “well, …it’s only 9 (10) months” repeatedly, then maybe it’s time you booked yourself a much-deserved Acupuncture…

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Women’s Hormonal Health Promotion

Naturopathic Doctor, Stephanie Bristow

This month of November 2016, I am offering a special promotion for women of all ages to assess and assist with their hormonal health issues. The offer amounts to an approximately 30% savings off the normal cost for everything included. This month’s promotion includes: Initial visit (1.5 hrs) for $195 ($35 savings) Hormonal health questionnaire assessment with Dr. Bristow The Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH® *) offered at $25 off Save the tax on all hormonal health related supplements! Comprehensive individualized hormonal health treatment plan This promotion is…

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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

the shoulder joints

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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