Children’s Health (Pediatrics)
Female Health (Gynecology)
Hypothyroid (slow thyroid)
Male Health (Urology)
Overweight – Obesity
Urinary Tract Infections
Sometimes called “man-opause”, Andropaues is the name that has been given to a set of effects that appears in some aging men, and have some similarities to menopause effects in women.
Andropause is associated with the slow reduction of the production of the Hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men. A steady decline in testosterone levels with age may result in loss of libido and potency, nervousness, depression, impaired memory, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, hot flushes, and sweating. These symptoms have been know to decrease significantly when patients normal testosterone levels are reestablished.
Anemia is the reduction in the amount of red blood cells circulating in the blood. If the body’s red blood cells are low, every cell in the body is suffering from an inability to make sufficient energy. This leads to fatigue and a compromised organ function. Anemia is very common and occurs in a wide range of specific diseases and in many non-specific chronic illnesses. Having one’s red blood cell levels assessed to detect any abnormalities should occur annually.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the air ways of the respiratory tract. Irritation leads to mucus secretion and bronchial spasms resulting in obstruction, wheezing, coughing and tightness of the chest. Through the identification and elimination of food allergies, preservative and respiratory irritants plus intervention with the proper nutrients, asthmatic conditions could be significantly reduced or completely eliminated. Individuals who have been asthmatics their entire lives and most likely on prescribed medication may no longer require medicinal intervention.
For the body to perform beyond the needs of daily living, it demands higher nutritional needs for repair regeneration and detoxification. The removal of food allergies and the optimization of the body’s detoxification ability can improve personal and professional performance. Athletes benefit from professional guidance and use of high quality supplementation. Injuries, which are incurred, are often soft tissue injuries which may impact ligaments, tendons and/or muscles. Proper nutrition and therapeutic injections such as Neural Therapy and Prolotherapy support regenerative and accelerate healing of these tissues.
Autoimmune conditions are the result of the body’s own immune system attacking itself. Several of these conditions are believed to be the result of a cross reaction to something in our environment, such as heavy metals, food allergies and additives, and modern day chemicals. Therapy must address the inflammatory nature of these conditions at the same time it addresses the potential causes.
Some autoimmune conditions include: Akylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Polymyositis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in the modern world. An integrated approach to cancer provides the patient with the best chance of survival. Many natural therapies can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments to synergize their effect and/or to minimize often debilitating side effects. Diet is an essential part of any anti-cancer program and will assist in the body’s healing ability. There are many different types of cancers, which often differ in causes, pathophysiology, prognosis and conventional treatments. Possible causes must be investigated and addressed. Underlying factors that are known to cause cancers are radiation, industrial pollutions, heavy metals, hormone mimicking chemicals, poor nutrition and a sedentary Lifestyle . A well designed naturopathic plan can increase survival, improve quality of life and decrease adverse effects of conventional treatments.
Cardiovascular disease is a chronic, progressive disease of the blood vessels and heart. It is the most common cause of death in Western societies. Although some cardiac drugs are life saving, often they are not addressing the underlying cause of the disease. Most cardiovascular disease is a result of one or a combination of heavy metal toxicity, environmental toxicity, poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and a lack of understanding how to heal the condition.
Common cardiovascular conditions that can benefit from naturopathic healthcare include: Atherosclerosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Angina Pectoris, high cholesterol, clot formation, inflammation, Congestive Heart Failure, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, venous insufficiency
Children’s Health (Pediatrics)
Infants, children and adolescents are constantly being exposed to challenges, such as colds, influenza, childhood infections and diseases, environmental toxins, peer pressures and maturational issues. With the elimination of food allergies and environmental toxins, combined with proper nutrition and appropriate care and love, children can face these pressures and maintain good health.
Some common children’s conditions include: ear infections, frequent colds, short stature, growing pains, night terrors, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism and self-esteem issues.
Many childhood health issues can be prevented with proper attention to food introduction in infancy, regular dental care and making informed decisions regarding the pro and cons of childhood vaccinations.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms for which medical intervention is sought. Low energy can be debilitating and depressing. There are some obvious medical conditions, for which fatigue is a symptom, but most often it is not exactly clear why some individuals are chronically tired. Once the foundational elements, such as diet, sleep and exercise are addressed, further specific assessment will occur and then treatments can be applied to address the underlying issues.
Pain is the body’s way of signaling the conscious mind that there is something wrong. It could be a nutritional deficiency, a soft tissue injury, nerve dysfunction, degeneration, inflammatory, immune dysfunction, or other conditions. Because pain can arise from many different tissues, for many different reasons, a detailed health history and a thorough physical exam are necessary for proper diagnosis. Lab work and imaging are often helpful at ruling out or determining specific causes. Often mainstream medications and standard physical therapy that are prescribed have only limited success. Pain medications function by numbing the pain, not healing the damaged tissue. Therapies must be tailored to the individual needs of the patient and the necessary requirements for healing must be supported.
Back pain, herniated disc, ligament and tendon injuries, Osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, rotator cuff injury, tennis/golfers elbows, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, hip, knee and/or ankle pain, Metabolic Neuropathy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gout and metabolic disease are pain-related conditions.
Dental work can create stress on the body so taking measures to decrease the stress of dental trauma will aid in healing and recovery. The health of one’s teeth and gums can have distant effects throughout the body and can affect any organ. Daily dental care can reduce the chances of common dental problems, conditions and diseases from occurring.
Another major health concern is the use of the toxic heavy metal, mercury, in amalgam fillings. Mercury is a highly neurotoxic heavy metal. Once it has penetrated the body, it kills cells and blocks essential enzymatic reactions. If one experiences a chronic illness and has silver/mercury fillings, investigating this as a possible cause would merit consideration. Following a specific protocol to minimize the amount of toxic mercury getting into the body during removal of amalgam fillings is recommended.
Diabetes (Type 2) is a chronic disease characterized by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and high insulin levels leading to other metabolic abnormalities and complications. Over 9 million Canadians are diagnosed as having diabetes. It is the epidemic disease of our culture, as a result of our Western Lifestyle . Though diabetes does not often start with debilitating symptoms, it is the number one cause of many devastating health issues such as kidney failure, blindness, amputation and a debilitating pain condition known as peripheral neuropathy. If underlying causes are addressed early in the disease process, diabetes can usually be cured. Dietary modification, regular exercise and proper supplementation are required.
Digestive Health Conditions
The digestive system may be the most important system underlying any and all chronic disease. The digestive system extracts and absorbs all vital nutrients from the things we eat and brings them into the body for growth, repair and to regenerate all our biochemical and physical needs. Another important function of the digestive system is to eliminate metabolic and environmental toxic wastes from the body. If one’s digestive system is not working it must often be healed before other health conditions can be addressed. Usually once the gut is healed many of the patient’s symptoms spontaneously resolve. Healing an irritable gut will prevent several diseases.
Common digestive symptoms and conditions treated in the clinic include: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic loose stool, constipation, indigestion, heart burn, belching, bloating, gas, bowel movement urgency, abdominal pain, food allergies and intolerances, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, gallstones, Diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, delayed gastric emptying, high and low stomach acid, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, mild Pancreatitis
One of the main ways we experience the world around us is through vision. Life changes when vision changes. Macular degeneration, which is the slow degeneration of the retina, is the most common cause of progressive blindness in the developing world. Ten percent of people over the age of 65 have some vision loss due to macular degeneration. High blood sugar contributes towards the causation of several eye conditions. Aggressive treatment and preventative strategies are warranted.
Cataracts, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, macular degeneration, visual acuity and floaters are all eye conditions that can benefit from naturopathic healthcare.
Female Health (Gynecology)
From puberty through menopause a woman’s body is consistently trying to balance an intricate symphony of sex Hormones (FSH, LH, estrodial, estriol, estrone, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone). Unfortunately, as a result of industry and poor food practices, hormone balance is constantly being challenged by the introduction of xenoHormones, which are environmental chemicals that get into one’s body and mimics Hormones. They are very common and include plastics, pesticides and personal care items, as well as several other products. This creates great disturbance within the body and disrupts hormone communication resulting in any of many common female health conditions.
Common gynecological concerns include: irregular or lack of menstrual cycles, heavy bleeding, cramping, painful menses, mood changes, endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, sexual dysfunction, low libido, infertility, fibrocystic breast and other menopausal symptoms.
Food allergies are extremely common and often are the underlying cause of many of our modern health issues. Allergies can be the commonly known IgE anaphylactic type reaction or the very common, but less well known IgG delayed hypersensitivity food allergies. The identification and elimination of allergies can be the difference of living with a chronic aliment or living within optimal health.
A headache are classafied as pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The headache pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain and in the skull. The areas that are often the source of the pain may include the cranium, muscles, nerves, arteries and veins, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses and mucous membranes. The cause of pain could be from either infection, food allergies, metabolic dysfuntiuon or structural injury. Naturopathic medicine can be very effective and treating and eliminating chronic headches.
Healthy Aging (Geriatrics)
Preventative medicine is ideal in maintaining one’s quality of life as one ages. As the body gets older its ability to repair and regenerate becomes hampered. Often digestion and detoxification slow down. These consequences of aging can result in various chronic ailments and diseases. Through Naturopathic therapies, age specific Clinical Nutrition, and supporting detoxification, the body can remain vitalized and maintain the its innate healing capability.
Hearing and balance are the two major functions of the ear. Verbal communication, the enjoyment of music, the recognition of warning sounds could all be affected if hearing becomes impaired. The ability to drive, to do tasks of daily living and even walking can be impacted with inner ear problems. Ear infections may be extremely painful and are often the cause of hearing and balance issues. Common ear conditions include: ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. One needs a progressive plan when dealing with hearing issues.
Hypothyroid (slow thyroid)
The thyroid gland releases Hormones that regulate the metabolism of every cell in the body. It communicates with each system in the body and tells it how fast or slow to do its job. When the thyroid is not working optimally its effects are felt in every cell and organ. Therefore, the health effects and symptoms of the hypothyroid are vast.
Symptoms and disorders associated with hypothyroid include: fatigue, depression, poor mental concentration, menstrual irregularities, PMS, infertility, easy weight gain, cold extremities, course dry hair, dry rough skin, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, low libido, sluggishness, headaches, muscle aches, weakness, recurrent infections, hypoglycemia, asthma, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, polycystic ovary syndrome, allergic rhinitis, tinnitus, vertigo, atherosclerosis, chest pain and other conditions.
Therefore, it is essential to get a complete and accurate assessment of the thyroid through patient self-assessment, lab work and physical examination.
Microorganism such as bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites exist everywhere in our environment. Daily we are exposed to different pathogenic organism. Therefore, strong barriers (skin, mucus membranes, GI tract) are needed to prevent them from getting into the body. If they breach these barriers, then one must have a strong immune system to seek out and destroy these foreign organisms. Standard hygienic practices are important, such as washing one’s hands often, but if one’s barriers and immune system become weakened, further intervention is required.
Common infectious diseases that can be prevented and managed with Naturopathic Healthcare include urinary tract infections, candidacies, influenza, the common cold, viral hepatitis, Helicobacter Pylori, Clostridium difficile, Otitis Media, gastroenteritis, intestinal parasites, Sinusitis, Herpes Simplex, Shingles, Mononucleosis and strep throat.
The liver has a tremendous ability to repair and regenerate itself, if it is fed the proper nutrients. In today’s world the functional burden that is put on the liver is enormous. One of its very important functions is to neutralize and eliminate biochemical and environmental chemical toxins to which the body is exposed. Everyday our bodies are exposed to countless chemicals which never existed 100 years ago. The accumulation of toxins in the body and its associated diseases are directly linked to the functional burden of the liver.
Whether it is a functionally toxic liver, a liver dealing with fatty infiltration, hepatitis and/or cirrhosis, proper Clinical Nutritional and therapeutic support will be of tremendous benefit.
As men age, they are faced with the reality that their bodies don’t function and heal as quickly as they use to. Hormonal changes and Lifestyle are often the underlying causes of many male health issues. Some specific issues include: Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, Erectile Dysfunction, inflamed prostate, and low libido. Positive results are achieved following appropriate treatment.
Menopause is a normal part of the aging process in women. During menopause hormone fluctuations may change from moment to moment and cause many undesirable symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and decrease pelvic tone. Menopause is also associated with accelerated bone loss (osteoporosis) and assessment and treatment is necessary, if this condition is suspected. Modifing Lifestyle habits that limit exposure to xenohormones is beneficial. During menopause proper nutrition and daily activity are essential. Natural heath supplements and/or bioidentical hormones may also be necessary to help the body regain its balance and restore quality of life.
The Mind and Body are ultimately connected and one cannot be affected without having a direct effect on the other. Therefore, every health issue has an effect on one’s mental and emotional well-being. When addressing mental health issues, a holistic approach is recommended. Many mental health issues are the result of negative, often subconscious, psychological programming as a result of past experiences. In addition to reprogramming one’s internal dialogue and belief systems, proper nutrition and physical health must be addressed. Often an integrated team approach of working with mental health specialists is necessary.
Common mental health issues include chronic stress, addiction and substance abuse, aggressive behavior, Anorexia Nervosa, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Bulimia, cognitive impairment, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, panic attacks, Schizophrenia and Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Nerves are extremely sensitive to environmental toxins, especially heavy metals (e.g. lead, mercury). Toxic metals exist in our immediate environment and are easily absorbed into the body. They have an affinity for blocking vital enzyme reactions, damaging the cardiovascular system and poisoning nerves. Damaged nerves manifest as many different kinds of systemic symptoms. Pain is almost always a component of neurological conditions and must be addressed while working on the underlying causes.
Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Senile Dementia, Peripheral Neuropathies, Trigeminal Neuralgias, Sciatica, Migraines, Restless Leg Syndrome and many other neurodegenerative conditions can be addressed with a natural therapies exclusively or an integrative approach with other health disciplines.
One of the most common goals of any individual is to obtain or maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is ramped in the western world and is a leading risk factor for many diseases including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, hormone imbalances, sleep apnea, gall stones, asthma, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, depression and several types of cancers. One must first rule out probable causes such as metabolic and hormone imbalances, poor nutrition, food allergies, lack of sufficient exercise and other interfering Lifestyle factors. Then through strategic use of holistic approaches the necessary elements for healthy weight loss can take their effect. For successful weight loss realistic expectations must be must be set and old habits changed.
The birth of a child can be the most amazing experience of a life time. During pregnancy many unhealthy conditions can be prevented with proper nutrition, as well as taking supplements and herbs which strengthen the mother’s resilience, resolve common obstetrical issues, support fetus development and prepare the body for labour.
Note: As not all supplements and herbs are safe in pregnancy, they should never be taken without consulting the advice of a naturopathic physician.
Respiratory illness can range from being a nuisance to severely inhibiting quality of life. Lung tissue is fragile. In regards to this condition, one needs to be proactive and preventative. Addressing the causes can arrest the progression and support tissue healing. Several respiratory illnesses such as Asthma, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Bronchiectasis, acute and chronic respiratory colds, Sinusitis, as well as ears, eyes and nose infections can benefit from Naturopathic Healthcare.
Sinusitis is an inflammation in the paranasal sinuses which causes congestion, headaches, fecal fullness, eye pain, tooth pain, alterations in smell, postnasal drip and fatigue. Infections, allergies and exposure to various environmental toxins are often at the root cause and must be addressed.
Skin Conditions affect the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s health. Disruption of the body’s Hormones and inflammatory reactions are underlying causes of many common skin conditions. Environmental toxins mimic our Hormones, food allergies promote the inflammatory reactions and an imbalanced immune system leads to infections. All these must be taken into consideration when healing the skin. One’s gut heath is almost always connected to skin conditions and must be treated simultaneously.
Some of the more common skin conditions which respond well to treatment with Naturopathic Healthcare include Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, dry skin, Rosacea, Herpes (cold sores), Warts, and other skin infections.
As well as diet and exercise, proper sleep is an essential element in the foundation for healing and being in good health. During deep sleep the body’s organs and tissues activate important systems that clean up infections and repair damaged tissues. Poor sleep prevents the body from regenerating essential depleted nutrients, enzymes, proteins, neurotransmitters, Hormones, growth factors and immune cells, which all play an essential role in our functions of daily living.
Stress impacts everyone. It is a mechanism designed to turn on and off vital body functions and to optimize one’s performance. This function was created to help the body redirect blood flow and energy to the organs and tissues that need them the most during times of rest or stress. In this modern era a high percentage of time is spent in the ‘fight or flight’ state, which is our reaction to a stressful situation. In today’s society it is often difficult to escape from stressors, such as money, work, relationships and health issues, and easily get locked into the ‘fight or flight’ state. Spending too much time feeling stressed drains the body of its resources, disrupts its regulatory systems and leads to symptoms of fatigue, exhaustion, indigestion, anxiety, weight gain, and other health concerns. Naturopathic Healthcare can support the body to restore its balance and return it to its nurturing regenerative state.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) present with an urgent and frequent need to urinate accompanied with pain upon urination. Chronic UTI can affect quality of life. These bacteria are migrating and growing because they thrive in the environment. They also have the ability to hide from the immune system and dodge antibiotics. With specific supplements, proper nutrition, Lifestyle choices, and attention to personal hygiene these infections can be detected and eliminated.