This day, 16 years ago, I completed my first Ironman event. It had been a dream of mine to do this race ever since I started doing triathlons in the 1990’s. My friend, Lisa, who I have written about before introduced me to them.
An Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (3.8 km swim/180 km bike/ 42 km run for my metric friends).
The principles of naturopathic medicine decree that naturopathic treatments should always be uniquely tailored to work with each individual patient. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) look at patients holistically and believe in addressing the root cause of each person’s disease. It’s incredibly powerful to treat based on this principle, but after years of practice I find there are some basic health-promoting staples that are important for almost every person I see,
Most of us want to live a long life. The key is we want to stay healthy for as long as we can. One aspect of aging that many disregard is how we think about aging itself. Our views on aging can influence how we age. How? Well, our thoughts affect our reality and our physiology.
When trying to answer the question, “Why am I the way I am?” it is important to try to identify the root causes of when things began. This is a primary tenet of naturopathic medicine.
For some individuals—and often in the case of adoption—it is important to go back to when you were in utero to understand certain things about yourself.
This past week another famous person committed suicide – Chris Cornell. Chris Cornell’s wife issued a statement which blamed anxiety medicine for his suicide:
“Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication.
An attorney for the Cornell family,
The Trouble with Froot Loops
The packaging of a Froot Loops box is brightly coloured and the cartoon animals are all smiling. The marketing is designed for kids to want it, and it’s effective. Since its start in 1963, Kellogg’s Froot Loops has become one of the oldest, and most popular cereal products in North America.
When I studied Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, I was asked to be on a steering committee regarding the direction of the program for future students. In the discussion, the subject of mental health and psychology was discussed and one of the students raised a question about bipolar disorder.
What are Candida Biofilms?
Have you ever taken an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection, acne, bacterial infection or some other reason? Did you know that just by taking one antibiotic in your lifetime, you can disrupt the balance of your gut flora? There is now research that connects the relationship of our gut flora with our mental health.
Support your menstrual cycle with seeds by Dr. Chris Bjorndal
Do you struggle with mood swings prior to your menstrual cycle? Can you cry at a Kleenix commercial during this time? Or are you extra irritable and slightly more prone to anger just before your period? Remember that most hormone conditions, such as,
Gary Chapman, a relationship counsellor, wrote a book called The 5 Love Languages. Here, he breaks down the ways that different people communicate with their significant other. These are true for romantic relationships as well as families and friendships. While we all typically speak to each of them during certain times, everyone seems to resonate with one or two especially.
“Remember you are going to be with you the longest. It is vital you get the relationship right with yourself first before seeking love from another” ~ Dr. Chris
I think it is important to start this article off with a disclaimer. There is a difference between religion and spirituality and for the purposes of this discussion,
Milk Thistle: Benefits and Preparation
Benefits of Consuming Milk Thistle:
Milk thistle contains an active ingredient known as silymarin, which is protective to the liver and helps prevent liver damage. Silymarin is a group of flavonoids (silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin), which are thought to help repair liver cells damaged by alcohol or other toxic substances.
When comparing our modern-day lives with those of our grandparents, it is clear that our environment has changed greatly. Not just the natural world, but in our day-to-day lives as well. We are exposed to hundreds of times more chemicals, toxins, and different forms of radiation than generations past. At the same time chronic disease rates are soaring.
Environmental Solutions: Part 2
When comparing our modern-day lives with those of our grandparents, it is clear that our environment has changed greatly. Not just the natural world, but in our day-to-day lives as well. We are exposed to far more chemicals, toxins, and different forms of radiation than generations past. At the same time chronic disease rates are soaring.
Are we sure about Ensure?
Ensure claims to be the #1 Doctor recommended nutritious drink, with its label stating it allows for a ‘complete, balanced nutrition to help stay healthy, active and energetic.’ But is this really the case? Ensure Clear provides 180 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 17 essential vitamins and minerals per serving.
I believe that everyone has within him/herself the power to become completely well. There is, in our planet, and within each one of us, a natural healing power. As we begin to come into harmony with its laws, this healing power will bring us steadily towards complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
New Services: Meal Planning, Kitchen Cleanse, Grocery Tours and Diet analysis
How many of the following statements apply to you or someone you know:
- Do you lead a busy lifestyle and just don’t have the time to plan meals?
- Are you opting for take-out and restaurants more than you’d like?
Is Adrenal Fatigue ruining your life?
Adrenal fatigue is largely the result of mental, physical and emotional stress – and it is an invisible epidemic. The most important thing that no one is telling you is that your exhaustion and lack of focus and mental clarity may very well be adrenal fatigue, a condition that is fast becoming an epidemic in this country,
Is your body a toxic wasteland? – Part 1
When comparing our modern-day lives with those of our grandparents, it is clear that our environment has changed greatly. Not just the natural world, but in our day-to-day lives as well. We are exponentially exposed to more chemicals, toxins, and different forms of radiation than the generations before us.
People busy in their lives
Talkin’ on their cell phones
Walking by without catching anyone’s eye
Missing the chance to connect
Through the eyes of another soul
Because they are so focused on the goal
Of achieving, closing the deal, climbing, getting somewhere
That we forget being here
We ignore the human being walking by
Without even batting an eye
That person you passed
Could be dealing with pain
Carrying cement in their soul
The weight of which is crushing them
What would a smile from a stranger mean?