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 Depressed? Acupuncture Can Help

acupuncture for depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder can be effective

Chinese Medicine considers emotional well-being to be a huge factor in determining one’s overall health, and depression is no exception. There are many types of depression, but for this article specifically we will focus on mood changes occurring as a result of the changing seasons. Many people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) feel a drastic decrease in energy and motivation with a desire to nap along with an increase in cravings of carbohydrates and high sugar foods. Acupuncture is a great addition to traditional treatment strategies to help regulate the…

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How Osteopathy Can Help the Mind and the Body: The example of SAD

winter used to be a season for rest...

Often, patients ask me “why would you move to Canada when you could have stayed in France?” Well, let me tell you: it wasn’t for the cold, snowy, never-ending winters! It was quite shocking at first to truly experience a cold and very long Calgary winter. Whereas it was gloomy and more humid at home in France, winter certainly did not last until April. This is likely why it appears as though more patients are affected by the weather here, in Canada. The other practitioners have well described what Seasonal…

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Children and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder in children

Winter means we want to sleep more, eat more and stay inside. These are ‘normal’ responses to the colder weather. However, other responses can occur as well. The responses could be more sinister in nature. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been questioned by many over the years. This disorder is currently listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V) as a depressive disorder. It can affect many people, regardless of age, financial status or whether that person has a previous diagnosis of a depression disorder or…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – the Psychological Perspective

sunlights fights seasonal affective disorder

It is normal for moods to fluctuate a bit throughout the year. Sometimes, our moods increase or decrease with factors such as how busy we are at work, how well we’re sleeping, holidays, or changes in our lives (e.g. moving, challenges in relationships, being sick). However, for some people, mood may consistently be low during certain times of the year. And for a percentage of those people, the depressed mood can significantly impact their life. These people may be experiencing what is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According…

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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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How does your Osteopath Know what You’ve been up to? A couple of Tips to Help your Tired Body out

things your body does when it's tired

Osteopaths listen to their patients with all their senses. We look at you, but also through you; we listen with our ears, but also with our instincts; we feel with our hands, but also see with them; it’s a sense that grows with each year we practice. When Sam came to the clinic, she was complaining about numerous joint pains in different parts of her body, and needed help getting back to feeling 100% again. During our chat before the hands-on treatment, I learned that she also had tension headaches,…

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Fatigue in Children: What it looks like and What you can do

child fatigue

Fatigue affects us all, including children, unfortunately. We can be behind on our sleep due to big projects for work or school, due to anxiety, and because of time changes. Many children are affected by extracurricular activities and by the time changes, in particular. It is important to recognize the signs of fatigue in yourself and in your child. In adults, fatigue can look like forgetfulness and low tolerance. Low tolerance means we have a short amount of patience. This can be directed at our children. We must be mindful…

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