December 2007

In the 18 hundreds, the concept of the “Germ theory” of disease began to gain acceptance. With it, practices of public sanitation, hygienic standards in hospitals, and the use of antimicrobial agents came to the forefront. We’ve come a long way since the days when doctors...

Garlic, Allium Sativum has been used since time immemorial, both as a cooking spice and as a medicinal herb. Garlic is mentioned in the Bible. Hippocrates and Galen mention its use for many conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine dates its usage back to 510 A.D. And...

In light of newly released research, and as the weather changes and we spend less time outdoors, this month’s newsletter focuses on Vitamin D. Many individuals (especially those living in North Eastern climates) are deficient in this nutrient which scientific research is showing to be...

This month’s newsletter focuses on heavy metals; minerals which are toxic to the body. We’ll talk about how they enter our bodies, what symptoms they can cause, how to test for them, and how to remove them from our bodies. I decided to address this...

Last month’s newsletter began our two part discussion about stress. We spoke about the physiological effects of stress and why stress is a necessary, and sometimes beneficial part of our lives. In this newsletter, we’ll talk about the negative effects of stress; particularly chronic stress. The effects...

Meetings; deadlines; soccer practice; dinner; balancing the check book; dealing with the boss… Each of us, woman or man, adult or child, is faced with a myriad of stressors each day. More intense life stressors including the death of a loved one; a move; divorce;...

The intake form I use in my clinic asks patients to reveal their family medical history. Time and again, I find myself struck by the number of people who note a close relative who has suffered cancer. I include myself in this category too; having...

Even if you don’t believe in the theories about how global warming will affect our planet, there’s just no denying that we humans are leaving a huge impact on our world. And, as a naturopath, I’m learning more and more that the impact we have...

You may have noted that my newsletter this month was added to the website a little later than usual… Well, it’s true- Doctors do get sick sometimes! This weekend bought on a case of viral gastroenteritis (the stomach flu). So, for this edition of my...

An exercise program is likely one of the first lines of treatment offered by any naturopath to most patients. Although not a panacea, regular exercise offers health benefits to everyone- young or old, healthy or ill.   The benefits of exercise are numerous and include the following: •...