Articles and Q&A's

March 2016

Medications Made Just For You

What do the following individuals have in common: a dog unable to take the pills his vet prescribed, a woman with a urinary tract infection, a baby with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and a man seeking pain control who cannot tolerate oral anti-inflammatory medications? All of them can benefit from compounded medications. But what is compounding?
February 2016

Elise for Incontinence

Mapping every available washroom along one’s daily routine is a reality for many women of all ages who experience some form of urinary incontinence. It is estimated that nearly 10% of Canadian women are affected and although it is often assumed that incontinence is a normal part of aging and only the elderly are affected, this is not always the case. “Stress incontinence”, the involuntary leakage of urine when a person coughs, sneezes, strains or makes a sudden movement, can result when the muscles and tissues around the opening of the bladder get weak.
January 2016

An Ideal Weight Loss

What do we expect from an ideal weight loss program? Fast results, easy to follow protocol, not feeling tired or hungry while on the program, and long-term weight maintenance are a few things that one might hope for. Those who have tried numerous weight loss programs, whether it be a commercially-available program or one that they do on their own may think that it is not possible for all of these wishes to be met. However, they may find that the “Ideal Protein” (IP) Weight Loss Protocol can satisfy these demands and more.
December 2015

The ABC's of D

Vitamin D has received a lot of attention in the media recently. Even Health Canada has recommended (modest) increase in the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) levels that it recommends. With many healthcare experts and practitioners recommending levels much higher than the DRI, it is important to take a look at what this vitamin is and what it can do for us.
December 2015

Natural Support for the Flu

Q: What should I have on hand in during for the flu season? A: Getting the flu shot is the most effective way of preventing the flu illness. Homeopathic medicines can be used to complement the flu shot.
November 2015

Cold & Flu...Go Away!

The changing colours of the fall leaves are an indication that cold and flu season is upon us. Although for most people, these are not life-threatening illnesses, they can make your life miserable, especially during the holiday season. Protect yourself from the cold and flu by following these simple steps.
November 2015

Fishy versus Fresh Liquid Fish Oil Supplements

Q: I have a hard time swallowing pills so I wnted to try a liquid fish oil supplement, but heard that they can go rancid. Are there brands that are "fresher" than others? A: All oil-based supplements have the potential to be oxidized and go rancid; however, fish oil supplements are particularly susceptible due to the high levels of EPA and DHA that they contain.
October 2015

Super SAM-e

Due to its extensive action, it has been used for many different purposes including depression, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, intrahepatic cholestasis, and even sexual dysfunction.
October 2015

Cold & Flu

Q: With the cold and flu season just around the corner, what can I keep on hand for both myself and my children in case we get sick? A: Elderberry is a traditional winter remedy that has been shown to curb the propogation of influenz A an B strains.
August 2015

A Skin Rejuvenating Machine

Our body is made of numerous atoms. Each atom is made of electrons circulating around a nucleus. Electrons are negatively charged particles circulating around the nucleus that is positively charged. This system creates electro-magnetic forces radiating around the atom. Our body in turn is made of multiple systems of these electro-magnetic forces. These systems are being utilized in both diagnostic and therapeutic devices. An electrocardiogram (EKG) reflects the condition of our heart through recordings of the electro-magnetic waves of our heart. Electro-encephalogram (EEG) records brain waves and offers invaluable diagnostic information to neurologists. TENS machines are widely used by physiotherapists to help relieve musculo-skeletal pains. Electro-magnetic resonance machines utilize the same principle. Magnetic bracelets, copper bracelets, even gem stone therapy utilize the same principle. Who knows, may be homeopathic medicine also work on this principle.
August 2015

Beefy or B-Fe?

Iron is a mineral that is an essential component of myoglobin and haemoglobin, the molecules in the body that are responsible for carrying oxygen to where it is needed. Iron is also essential for development, growth, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissues. Humans must obtain iron from their food, either in the heme form (from meat, seafood, and poultry) or non-heme form (found in plants, fortified foods, and the sources listed above). Women, vegetarians, those with Crohn’s or Coeliac disease and those who frequently donate blood are at greater risk of iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include general fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, cold hands or feet, headache, dizziness, tingling in the extremities, swollen or sore tongue, and in some cases, cravings for non-food items such as dirt, ice, and clay. As there are different forms of anemia, talking to your doctor about getting a blood test is the best way to determine whether you have anemia and if so, what type.
August 2015

Restful Sleep

Q: I occasionally experience problems sleeping, especially when I am dealing with a lot of stress. What can I take to help me get a good night’s rest?