Articles and Q&A's

July 2013

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

If you have frequent abdominal cramps, a lot of gas, on and off diarrhea at times alternating with constipation, feeling stressed out but experience no marked weight loss or profound tiredness, you may have IBS. IBS should not be mistakened as IBD. IBS is Irritable Bowel Syndrome while IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease referring to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. As the name “syndrome” implies, IBS is not a disease entity. It is a group of symptoms and signs caused by oversensitivity of the intestinal mucosa leading to irregular contraction. In a normal subject, bowel contents are being driven along by coordinated serial contractions called peristaltic waves. In IBS, the overly responsive mucosa causes massive contraction of bowel segments giving rise to stomachache and cramps. Excessive large bowel contractions cause diarrhea. Interestingly constipation can also be a symptom of IBS. When the bowel contraction and relaxation pattern is lost bowel content can no longer be effective driven along, resulting in constipation. An abnormal bowel environment creates excessive gas. IBS happens more often in anxious personalities and is definitely related to stress. Food allergies have been implicated in many cases. Because IBS is a functional abnormality, IBS seldom causes bleeding, weight loss and malaise. If there is blood or significant constitutional symptoms then there may be structural damages to the bowel, in which case you may be IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease). IBS is a nuisance whereas IBD is a life threatening condition.
July 2013

DHA for Memory & Children

Q: How does DHA help improve my memory and how does it help children in their cognitive development? A: The omega-3 fatty acid, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is a major component of our brain and nervous tissues. Adequate intake is essential to maintain brain function and development. As well DHA will benefit neuropathies. It is found mainly in cold ocean fish oils. Ordinary fish oil preparations unfortunately contain more EPA than DHA.
June 2013

Tasty Omega-3s!

Q: I want to get my family started on an Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplement, but I'm concerned that my kids won't like the taste. Are there any good-tasting fish oil supplements out there?
June 2013

Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Tired of counting sheep? Prescription drugs may help but they can be habit forming, may lead to hang over, and produce side effects. There are many natural alternatives. Certain herbs contain pharmacologically active tranquilizing ingredients. These include Valerian root, hops, lemon balm, passion flower, skullcap, and chamomile. EZ Sleep® made by Nature’s Way contains a combination of these herbs and can be tried. People who are chronically stressed feel tired and exhausted yet they cannot fall asleep.
May 2013

Growing Hair and Healthy Nails

Have you noticed more hair on the floor when you vacuum your home lately? Are you now able to see your scalp between hair bundles? These are the subtle signs of insidious hair loss. Don’t wait till you go bald. You can do something to slow down the process if not grow your hair back. The first step you want to take is to have a doctor check your thyroid function. If blood tests come back normal and yet you have symptoms of low thyroid activity like lack of energy, weight gain, loss of memory, dry skin, etc., then you can take a supplement called Thyrosol® (Metagenics) to enhance the efficiency of your existing thyroid hormone.
May 2013

New Vaginal Lubricant

Q. Is there anything natural that can be used for vaginal dryness? A. An exciting new all-natural product is a vaginal lubricant called Mae by Damiva. It contains hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, cocoa butter, kokum butter from mangosteen, and seabuckthorn. It is free of waxes, parabens, hormones and chemicals.
May 2013

Dryness in the Nether Regions

Vaginal dryness. Not a topic commonly discussed around the dinner table but nonetheless a very common problem for women as they age. In fact, it’s estimated that after menopause up to 85% of women suffer from vaginal dryness but only 20-25% seek help. Vaginal atrophy can cause dryness, burning, itching, pain when urinating, painful intercourse, and decreased sex drive and libido. Menopause and the decreased levels of estrogen can also result in an increase in the vaginal pH resulting in an increased risk of bladder infections and incontinence.
April 2013


“Mouse Arm” is a newly coined term designating a group of musculo-skeletal problems of the forearm and hand resulting from keyboard use. Excessive and repetitive typing, clicking the “mouse”, punching smart phones all day, and playing musical instrumentals all may result in tendon and ligament strains. The resulting muscle spasm may affect nerve conduction and sensations giving rise to more pains. Computers have revolutionised all walks of life. It is estimated that two thirds city folks use some type of computer on a daily basis. This includes those who work at the cash register, punching and scanning for a few hours a day and youngsters who cannot get their hands off their iPhones. I guarantee at least 10% of my readers have some form of the conditions that I am going to describe.
April 2013

Manly Hands

When your wife tells you that you have “manly hands”, it may not always be a good thing. It could be that your hands and skin have become dry and scaly and well, frankly, very unpleasant to the touch. This is not only a cosmetic issue, but is actually a health concern. Skin is our largest organ and forms a formidable first-line defence against germs and infections, as well as moisture loss. Drying skin is breaking, thinning skin. This means that your defences are down. This often happens with aging, changing seasons, or changes in diet and lifestyle (e.g. doing more gardening or outdoor activities as the weather gets nicer).
April 2013

Seven Steps to a Vibrant Life

Springtime and Easter is a refreshing time of renewal and vitality, yet one of the most common complaints that we hear from our clients is “low energy levels”. Of course, many of them have medical reasons for this. Many more, however, simply cannot garner enough energy to accomplish their daily chores. We have a few tips to rectify this. (1) EXERCISE: One needs to make time for regular exercise. Exercise stimulates the mitochondria of your body’s cells to burn fuel to generate energy. Exercise also augments the production of serotonin and endorphin for mood and alertness. Some of our clients say, “I’m too tired to do any exercise.” Well, there are ways to help break the vicious cycle. Taking “Arnicare Sport” (formerly, “Sportinene”) can make unaccustomed exercise less painful as well as speed recovery. “Endura” is great during exercise as well as in recovery, while just a few sips of “Lucozade” can provide instant energy.
April 2013

Curamin & Curamed

Q: Can enzyme preparations serve as pain killers and anti-inflammatory agents? A.: When taken in adequate doses enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties. It should be noted that the ordinary digestive enzyme preparations are sensitive to the acidity in the stomach or they are simply too weak.
March 2013

Circulation "Keep things in your blood going round and round (Part 1)."

"Poor circulation" is not only painful or, at best, annoying but if untreated could lead to a sedentary lifestyle which ultimately results in serious chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, and organ damage. Symptoms can be quite inconspicuous and include things such as achy, tingly legs, cold, tired feet, swollen legs, or a wound on your leg that just will not heal. The cause could be peripheral artery disease, diabetes, weight-gain, edema, heredity, or all of the above. Good news is that regardless of the cause, there are several non-prescription and non-invasive ways to alleviate such symptoms. Part 1 of our article deals with the venous aspect of things; keep an eye out for Part 2 which will consider the arterial side.