Staying Safe and Healthy During Wild Fires

The forest fires in Alberta are a major concern – not only for health but for those that might lose property and possessions and our hearts go out to all those affected.

During this time of poor air quality, it is important to be preventative about lung damage, especially for those with allergies,

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Every day, I am constantly reminded of how amazing our bodies are. While I was out enjoying the sun this past weekend, I reflected on Vitamin D and how incredible it is that our skin can produce such an important molecule when exposed to the sun. Spending just 15 minutes outside per day prior to sunscreen use is enough to reach the daily recommended Vitamin D level.

Everything You Need to Know About Antioxidants

Oxidation is a chemistry term which refers to a molecule gaining an oxygen atom or losing an electron. Inversely, reduction is when a molecule loses an oxygen atom or gains an electron. Examples of oxidation include an avocado turning brown after being exposed to air, a bumper forming rust or a cut becoming inflamed. All of these processes require oxygen to occur.

Helping Your Child’s Allergies

Children’s allergies are an immune response, by the body, to certain stimuli in the environment, known as allergens. When exposed to an allergen the body overreacts and releases antibodies to fight the invader. The end result of this release is swelling and inflammation. Common symptoms of children’s allergies are; coughing, sneezing, skin irritations, respiratory problems,

Solutions for Children’s Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin and occurs in up to 25% of children and some adults. The term eczema is used as a blanket term for numerous skin conditions, but is primarily used to describe dry, itchy, red, flaky skin. The acute form of eczema includes fluid filled blisters that may become scaly,

Did You Know… Alberta Has a New Online Health Portal?

Did you know…. If you’re an Albertan citizen, you now have access to your health records? With Alberta Health’s new MyHealth Records, you can get access to information about your immunizations, medications and lab test results. The Alberta Government hopes the new portal will support patients with their health journeys.

Did you also know that a typical naturopathic visit is 30 minutes or more?

Spring Detoxification Part 2: The Do’s and Don’ts of a Detox Diet

Last week we talked about the importance of detoxification and the ten things you can do to detoxify your body. This week we want to share some tips on how to start cleansing your body of toxins and provide you with a list of the Do’s and Don’ts of eating while on a detox.

Spring Detoxification: 10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body

Ahh…  Spring is here and no matter where you live, growth is all around. Plants are starting to bud, blossom and bloom. You may have noticed Canada Geese returning and birds chirping. And the days are getting longer. It’s a time of growth and regeneration. We want you to feel energized and ready to take on the tasks of spring time.

What is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone therapy is a therapeutic treatment used to treat and prevent a wide range of conditions. Ozone (O3) is a gas made up of three oxygen molecules and is chemically similar to the oxygen we breath (O2). Because of its extra oxygen molecule, ozone is able to react with free radicals in the body, neutralizing them and leaving behind beneficial oxygen (O2).

Not All Iron Is Created Equal

A typical prescription when you are low in iron is to take an iron supplement. With so many supplements out there, it may be hard to choose, and so you might just go with the most popular product, Feramax. By the name, it sounds like it might just do the trick.

The company that owns Feramax boasts that it is the #1 recommended over-the-counter iron supplement in Canada,

Natural Terrain’s Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of wellness this holiday season! There are many different gifts that you can give to loved ones to stay healthy. We, at Natural Terrain, have put together a list of our top gifts

  1. Beyond the Label by Dr. Christina Bjorndal

A Concerned Citizen on the Recent Change to PRP Laws in Alberta

Recently, the College of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) has determined that Naturopathic Doctors are no longer permitted to perform PRP treatments. Naturally, this warrants concerns for patients in the province of Alberta that have benefitted, or will benefit from the treatments in the future. As a response to this determination by the CNDA, the following letter has been written by Dr.

Self-esteem – where does it start?

Self-Esteem: The Very Beginning

Have you ever considered where or when self-esteem starts? It can start in utero.  Energetic and physiological states of the mother can imprint onto the fetus in the womb. For me, given that my biological mother’s pregnancy was unplanned and I was subsequently adopted, this entire process may have affected me.

The Power of Diet Analysis

One of the services offered at Natural Terrain Naturopathic Clinic is the Diet Analysis. Using a diet journal of everything you eat and drink for a week, we can break down your diet intake of what you’re getting down to the exact amount of every macromolecule, vitamin, mineral and trace element.

Do you want to know if you’re getting enough vitamins,

Seven Arguments for Taking Nutritional Supplements

Original article by Dag Viljen Poleszynski, PhD, in Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

One of the most vitamin-restrictive countries in the world is Norway. There, authorities limit potencies to only slightly higher than RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) levels for dietary supplements sold outside of pharmacies. The traditional reasoning is that most people receive the nutrients they need from a “balanced diet.”

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Travel

  1. Get a Myers Treatment to make sure that you are healthy before you go. Many of us abuse ourselves just to get to that finish line where the vacation starts. Imbalances in health can lead to crisis on vacation, just when you want to enjoy yourself. See Dr. Michael Mason-Wood to get an immune-boosting Myers injection treatment to address these imbalances and make sure you’re ready to go enjoy yourself!

Nutrition Tips for Athletes

by Dr. Michael Mason-Wood and Joy Dertinger

Is your child in sports? With a son in hockey, soccer and curling, we find there are many different influences from coaches, teammates and parents about what is healthy. And then there is the internet.

It can be confusing on who to trust and which information is correct.

What’s In Your Summer BBQ? Series (part 1 of 2)

It’s the best time of the year for outdoor get-togethers. What better way to relax, have fun, connect with friends and have something to eat? But how can you get the most out of BBQs without letting your health go up in flames? This article series will break down foods commonly chosen for BBQs and offer healthier alternatives.

Summer Grilling: Juicy & Plump Mushroom Burger Recipe

Summer is here! It’s what so many people wait for. But how do you enjoy your favourite tastes of summer without hurting your health? Dr. Michael Mason-Wood loves to cook, and this is one of his favourite healthy summer recipes to cook up, and even make ahead and freeze to have ready for the next hot summer get-together.

The Skinny on Cholesterol… and How to Fix It – Part 3 (Cholesterol’s shady past)

Cholesterol’s Shady Past

Up until 2013, Medical Doctors were trained to keep an eye on risk of heart disease by monitoring cholesterol levels. The instruction was straightforward: keep total cholesterol below a certain number to be safe. At first, it was below 6.2mmol/L, then 5.2mmol/L. Doctors would use lifestyle or pharmaceutical interventions and thought it was all the same to the body.

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