Gastro-Esophageal Reflux in Babies

baby bottle

Gastro-esophageal reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach moves backwards, up into the esophagus and can cause quite a bit of discomfort as contents carries stomach acid along with it. Babies with reflux have mild symptoms such as posseting and regurgitation, to more severe symptoms like projectile vomiting. It is common for babies to do this occasionally. Their small stomach is easily distended during feeds and their lower esophageal sphincter (the circular, constricting muscle between the stomach and esophagus) is still maturing. This maturation is typically done by about…

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Struggling with IBS? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) may be the Cause!

IBS caused by SIBO

If you’ve been struggling with your digestive system, perhaps diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you’ve been reading up on food sensitivities and leaky gut, then this article is for you! Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common culprit behind IBS. Yes, there is a reason you have poor digestion! It’s not all in your head, and no: you do not need an antidepressant for it. What are the symptoms of SIBO? Abdominal bloating, discomfort or pain after meals Excessive burping and/or excessive flatulence Nausea, heartburn and/or regurgitation…

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Feeling a little blue? What to do about Seasonal Affective Disorder and the “Winter Blues”

how SAD affects us

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and “Winter Blues” are different, but exist on the same spectrum. As you can guess by the name the winter blues is a milder form of SAD. SAD is actually clinical depression with a seasonal pattern. The winter blues are more common, with rates of about 15% of the population that experience it. I would argue that it’s even more prevalent, but a frequent tendency is to look for and assign blame to ourselves or our life circumstances when we’re feeling down, and so it is…

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Why am I so Tired? Could it be my Thyroid?

Thyroid health

I want to start this article off by saying that if you wondered if your thyroid was a problem, have already had it tested and you’ve been told “you’re fine,” keep reading! This article is for everybody with thyroid dysfunction, but especially for those of you who are tired and no one has been able to tell you why. It’s time to figure out if thyroid dysfunction is a piece of your puzzle once and for all. Hypothyroidism is a reason for fatigue, but realistically fatigue has many different contributing…

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Digestive Health Promotion: on until March 14!

all clogged up and nowhere to go

After a holiday season filled with rich foods and celebrations, you might be thinking that it is time to prioritize your health in 2017. There’s no better way to improve the health of your entire body than by ensuring your digestive system is in good shape. If your guts are not in good order, you can manifest an array of health issues… Common symptoms of digestive disturbances: Digestion: feeling bloated or unusually gassy, constipation, diarrhea, and/or alternating between both Skin: eczema, psoriasis, acne, fungal infections, yeast infections, itchy ears, asthma,…

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Are you Estrogen Dominant?


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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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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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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