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3 Ingredient Smoothies

3 Ingredient Smoothies

Sometimes trying to incorporate a healthy smoothie into your daily routine can be daunting, especially with all the different recipes and flavour combinations out there. Smoothies are such a great go-to option when you are short on time but still want to fit in a healthy meal or beverage.  With that being said here are 8 (yep, 8!) different smoothie recipes that only require 3 ingredients.  Go on! Have a smoothie!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessseinfeld/8-easy-3-ingredient-smoothies#.ohQpYaOxXp

Check out the video here!

https://video-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xfp1/v/t42.1790-2/11804137_1012324912153458_897425606_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjMwMCwicmxhIjo1MTJ9&rl=300&vabr=159&oh=9172aec9ba0ecd8daed35bf0cc982593&oe=55D65DFC

Seinfeld, Jessica. “8 Healthy Smoothies Made With 3 Ingredients”. www.buzzfeed.com. Posted on March 26th, 2013.  Retrieved on August 20th, 2015 from buzzfeed.com

Sneaky Hidden Sugars in “Healthy” Foods

Sneaky Hidden Sugars in “Healthy” Foods

How sweet it is!  Sugar is found often and in so many forms these days that it’s hard to keep track.  Some of the staff at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic got the chance to see the documentary ‘Fed Up’ during a Mindful Movie Night hosted by Erin Ireland of Itstodiefor.ca and The Juice Truck.  If you get the chance to watch this documentary it brings to light all the hidden sugars that are found in so called “healthy” foods and makes you think twice about how much sugar you consume in a day.  Check out the trailer and link below for more info:

http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home

If you think your body could use a sugar detox go ahead and try the Go Sugar Free For 10 Days Challenge!

You can find information on the next Mindful Movie Night here. http://itstodiefor.ca/mindful-movie-night-3-featuring-fed-up-a-wake-up-call-for-everyone-who-eats/ 

The evening raises proceeds for the non-profit community organization Fresh Roots (http://freshroots.ca

Be Kind and Love Your Liver

Be Kind and Love Your Liver

We put our livers through a lot! The liver works hard to remove harmful material from the bloodstream and helps digest food. By making your liver work overtime, you raise the risk of chronic fatigue, weight gain, headaches, digestive problems, and allergies.

Be kind to your liver and limit your alcohol intake and eat these liver-happy foods:

  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Beets
  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Turmeric 

Check out the whole article for more healthy tips on keeping your liver happy and healthy. 

The doctors at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic are here to help and would be happy to discuss liver support with you or if you feel you are experiencing any health concerns related to liver function.

http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/how-to-get-rid-of-fatty-liver-disease-571/

Loretta, Lanphier, NP. “How to get rid of fatty liver disease”. www.exhibithealth.com. Retrieved on July 22nd 2015 from exhibithealth.com

Have You Tried Matcha Green Tea?

Have You Tried Matcha Green Tea?

With its deep green colour and earthy scent it can take some getting used to, but just like coffee this drink can quickly become a tasty, comforting and much healthier alternative when you need a little boost.  Check out this article for the top 5 benefits that match green tea can offer you.

http://www.worldlifestyle.com/food/top-5-benefits-of-matcha-green-tea

Kim, McDevitt. PMH RD in Food. “Top 5 benefits of Match Green Tea”. www.worldlifestyle.com.  Retrieved on June 23rd 2015 from worldlifestyle.com. Image from Thinkstock Images

One Woman’s Personal Experience with Steroid Cream Addiction

One Woman’s Personal Experience with Steroid Cream Addiction

The Huffington Post has recently published this very interesting and personal story of one woman’s battle with steroid cream addiction and her road to recovery.  Click on the link to check out the full article and video. 

"I looked like a monster. I looked in the mirror, and my face was gone.”  The last five years of Janelle Norman's life have been a roller coaster of physical pain and emotional turmoil, all because of a cream that was supposed to heal a simple and mild case of eczema. In 2010, Norman noticed red, patchy rashes on her ankle. She was prescribed topical steroid cream, but the relief was only short term.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/15/steroid-cream-addiction_n_7236986.html

If you or someone you care about is suffering from steroid cream withdrawal the doctors at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic are experienced in treating patients with this condition and would be happy to discuss the treatment options available.

Lucia, Francesca. B.C. Woman Whose Skin Fell Off Warns About Steroid Cream Addiction. Published May 15th 2015. www.huffingtonpost.ca.  Retrieved on May 20th 2015 from huffingtonpost.ca

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

It’s time to get ready and enjoy the sunshine this spring and summer.  Check out this great recipe for homemade sunscreen.  Make sure to have a look at the full article for hints and tips as well as additional safety precautions.

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

Ingredients:
• 1 oz. coconut oil
• 0.8 oz. shea butter
• 0.1 oz. jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
• 0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
• 30 drops essential oils, optional – I use 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 peppermint
• zinc oxide powder

Directions:
Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat gently until shea butter is just melted. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide powder), and measure out your zinc oxide. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine. Store in a dark jar in the refrigerator.

To Use:
Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-sunscreen/

Jabs, Betsy.  Homemade Sunscreen – It’s Natural and it Works!. Published May 6th 2013. www.diynatural.com/homemade-sunscreen.  Retrieved on April 24th 2015 from diynatural.com

How Valuable is Your Health?

How Valuable is Your Health?

The Value of Health

Spring has sprung and we are super excited to share all the new things happening at the clinic with you.  In this letter we will share our thoughts on one word that will help you in every area of your life, our new referral program, the new meal planning program, introduce Christa, and give you some great health tips.

The word that will help you with every area of your life is, wait for it, value.  Your understanding and implementation of the concepts of value affect how you do everything.  What is value to you?  What value do you feel you bring to the world and those around you?  What value do you want and get from the world and those around you?  Have you ever spent much time considering your value or the value of health?  Please take 5 min. consider these questions because getting clearer on what value is to you will help in every area of your life.

The value of health for me is best simplified in my 96 year old aunt’s voice, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have much.”  Without the feeling of health in your body, how easy is it to enjoy your life, the world, and those around you? 

We believe our value as a clinic is in helping you understand and achieve great health.  We want to help add value to you and those you know by helping overcome health problems through dispelling fear around health, teaching you how to live, and helping you out of pain and disease.

We value the wonderful opportunity to walk with you in your quest for health.  We want to help enhance the value you get out of your life but we also recognize the value you bring in our lives.   It can be a vulnerable and often scary time to seek guidance in health problems and we value the space of sharing that with you.  We value learning about you and from you.  We value the supportive role you allow us to play in helping you achieve greatness in your health. 

Value is not only seen in what one brings to another but we believe in an innate value in everyone that exists and it is our job to discover and experience that innate value.  We value the opportunity to see your innate value because it enriches our lives.  Thank you!

New Referral Program

We are introducing a new referral program to better say thank you for entrusting those you care about to our clinic.  We want to help your friends and family with our care as well as honour them with 10% off of their first visit as a thank you for sending them.  We value sharing and if you refer anyone to the clinic and they bring in their card they get 10% off their visit and for sharing that referral we would also like to give you 10%off on your next visit (please bring in the cards so we can keep track of all of this).  We are doing this because we wanted to add value to you for adding value to us.

When you are in the office next please take some referral cards that showcase several conditions we treat in the office: Digestive Problems, Sports performance, Pain relief, and Women’s health/Fertility support.  We are doing this because we wanted to add value to you for adding value to us.

Specialized Meal Planning

Many of you have had Food Sensitivity Testing or Food Allergy Testing and then struggled your way through implementing it.  We have joined forces with Erika, a wholistic nutritionist, to help solve some of the challenges of implementation.  Erika will make you a customized meal plan for the week and if you need she can even come into your home and make the meals for you, so no more excuses not to follow through:) 

“I am a Certified Nutritional Practitioner working out of Springs Eternal offering nutritional consulting and coaching, as well as meal planning services. If you need help figuring out what to eat, new recipe ideas, help with weight loss, support with food allergies, or building healthy habits around food I'd love to talk with you. Also ask me about my healthy in-home meal service.” - Erika Weissenborn, B.Sc. FNH, CNP

Additional Help in the Office

We have recently brought on Christa to help Kira run things in the office on Monday’s and Friday’s.  Now you will have the pleasure of working with two wonderful people who are there to help and support you at our office.

Health Tips

Nari and I do our best to write content that we think will help you understand your bodies and inspire you to overcome your health challenges so you can have a happier life.  Please look at the articles or pass them along to anyone you know who may benefit from the topics if they do not apply to you.  The more you understand about how your body works the better equipped you are to heal it if there is a problem.

Hope you have an amazing Spring where you connect with what you value and start spreading your value to the world around you.

To your health,
Drs. John and Nari

Putting the puzzle together: what your symptoms tell you about your health

Putting the puzzle together: what your symptoms tell you about your health

Over the 12 years I’ve practiced as a naturopathic doctor, I’ve learned that taking a good medical history is key to understanding health and what might be the underlying issue.  Of course, doing a physical exam and understanding labs help round out the picture.   Below are key symptoms that help me understand which organ needs to be addressed. 

Symptoms are best understood by looking for patterns.  Often people will ask me about one symptom and want to know what to do.  Hair loss, for example, could be due to stress, infections, traumas, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances (such as low thyroid, progesterone or PCOS), or other causes.  To understand hair loss, one has to look at the pattern and the whole picture.  Did it start after a stressful event? Ever since menopause?  Always look for the pattern and the constellation of signs and symptoms.

Below are some symptoms that hints as an organ dysfunction, especially when your doctor has told you that there is nothing wrong with you.  Please do not diagnose yourself if you have not yet seen a doctor.  This tool is meant as a guide when your doctor has already investigated and you’ve been told there is nothing wrong.  From a medical perspective, you don’t have a disease, but from a naturopathic perspective, the symptom is trying to tell you something.  Listen to your body.

The more symptoms you check off under one category, the more likely that is the root of your symptoms.  It is common also for people to have 2 or 3 underlying issues.  If a lightbulb goes off for you after this checklist, give us a call to walk you on your journey back to health.

Gallbladder dysfunction:
Fat malabsorption or intolerance to fatty foods
Pain over the liver/ gallbladder area (right side behind the lower end of rib cage)
IBS
Idiopathic bile acid steatorrhea

Liver “congestion”:
PMS
Premenstrual headaches
Mood swings, especially irritability
Acne that worsens before the period

Kidney dysfunction:
Skin rashes/acne that flare up with stress
Frequent urination

Adrenal fatigue:
lightheaded/ dizziness  usually due to low blood pressure
low blood pressure 
salt cravings
nightsweats
poor coping/ easily overwhelmed
exhaustion, often with poor sleep quality
history of “burnout”
exercise intolerance 

Low iron:
Fatigue
Dizziness especially on exertion
Cravings for red meat
Heart palpitations

Hormonal imbalances:

1) Estrogen dominance:
Fibroids
Heavy cramps

2) Estrogen deficiency in a menstruating woman:
Short menstrual cycles or very long menstrual cycles, with a norma14 day luteal phase
Very small amount of bleeding during menses

3) Estrogen deficiency in a perimenopausal woman:
Depression
Hot flashes, nightsweats
Dry skin, vaginal dryness

4) Progesterone deficiency:
Poor sleep
Anxiety
PMS/ menstrual cramps

5) Thyroid deficiency:
Low mood
Cold and sluggish
Fatigue
Low basal body temperature
Puffiness and swelling of the face and eyes
Constipation
Coarse dry hair and skin
History of thyroid disorder and on synthroid but still having the above symptoms

Microflora imbalance:
Altered bowel function due to unknown causes, IBS
Altered immune function – poor immune system or autoimmune or allergies
Sugar cravings
History of antibiotic use
Unexplained itchy skin

Are you getting your Vitamin G?

Are you getting your Vitamin G?

There has been mounting evidence on the importance of vitamin D but have you heard of the research behind Vitamin G? Vitamin G, or green space, (aka Mother Nature) has been shown in scientific studies to improve human health and well being.  Vitamin G was coined by Dr. Peter Groenewegen, a Dutch health scientist.

Dr. Selhub and Dr. Logan has co-authored a book called “Your Brain on Nature.  Green space has been shown to have several benefits:

-exercising in nature outdoors vs indoors was shown to improve mental well-being with increased energy and revitalization and decreased tension, anger and depression

-a small study showed that a day spend in a forested area vs a day spent in an urban area showed 50% lower levels of salivary cortisol (the stress hormone)

-exposure to green spaces within urban neighborhoods showed healthier cortisol responses

-people living with more green in their neighborhoods had better mental health outcomes

-green space significantly reduced ADHD symptoms compared to non-green setting

-evergreen trees secrete chemicals known as phytoncide which has been shown to increase immune cell activity, primarily the natural killer cells (NK cell)

In fact, even having a plant within view of an office workstation significantly reduces risk of sick leave!

Being in nature reduces stress, cortisol, and tension and improves mental health, energy and your immune system.  It’s no wonder that early pioneers of naturopathic doctors suggested we walk in the grass in bare feet.  Or at least have a plant.

Reference:
E. Stavros, J Yukht.  The Health Benefits of Nature. Integrated Health Practitioners October 2014: 55-58
Logan A, Selhub E. Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on your Health, Happiness, and Vitality.  Mississagua, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada Publisher 2012

New Insights into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

New Insights into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Stress causes the release of cytokines as well as the response to cytokines in the central nervous system to be out of balance.  If this happens over an extended period of time it could lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been a difficult condition to understand for many doctors as well as patients but that is changing. New insights in the immune system may prove to be why understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been so illusive.  

The immune system has many types of mediators that it uses to protect and heal the body.  One class of mediators that help in healing the body are cytokines.  Cytokines are released by the immune system during infection and inflammation, they are released in just about every health condition but especially in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Cytokines do wonders to help heal, in the right amount, but too much of a good thing becomes a problem.

The side effects of large amounts of cytokines released into the body mimic Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Studies done where they inject an infusion of cytokines show the reaction of fatigue, malaise and other flu-like symptoms.  The current laboratory capacity to measure cytokines is not very effective and it is difficult to get an accurate picture but some studies have found correlation between excessive cytokine production and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. [1]

Stress has been shown to be one major factor in the overproduction of cytokines in the body.  Cytokines are also released in the brain in response to immune triggers and stressors, mental or physical, in the body.  Stress causes the release of cytokines as well as the response to cytokines in the central nervous system to be out of balance.  If this happens over an extended period of time it could lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

How do you fix this if this is happening in you?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is complex and no one factor will change it overnight.  In my experience the regulation of the immune system is key in helping people overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  We have found some amazing ways to help regulate the immune system so that it does not overproduce or underproduce these immune mediators.  We have been working on a protocol for the last 11 yrs. that has allowed our patients to find freedom from the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue and get their normal lives back. 

To learn more about our protocol please call our office 604.737.0012.

[1] Encephale. 1994 Nov;20 Spec No 3:597-602.
[Current studies on the neurobiology of chronic fatigue syndrome].
Dantzer R1.

Are you suffering from overtraining syndrome or burn out?

Are you suffering from overtraining syndrome or burn out?

We all have an innate desire to do or be or feel better.  In sports this looks like a constant dance of pushing and recovering so that you can improve your skill.  What happens when the recovery phase stops working?  Overtraining syndrome, burn out, overreaching, or unexplained underperformance are the names used to describe what happens. 

If you are fatigued and experiencing reduced performance then you may have overtraining syndrome.  Your body becomes weaker the harder you push instead of stronger.  Normally if you push then recover in a methodical way you build your capacity at whatever skill you attempt. In overtraining syndrome you just keep feeling weaker, more fatigued, and decreased performance the more you train.

Take the test:

  1. Do you see your performance going downhill?
  2. Is your stamina decreasing instead of increasing with your training?
  3. Has it been taking you more and more time to recover from training?
  4. Has energy and performance been getting worse for more than 2 months?
  5. Are you fatigued more than you used to be?  Have you noticed your overall energy lower than before?
  6. Have you noticed or anyone else commented on you being moody lately?
  7. Do your muscles feel heavy, stiff, or sore?
  8. Has it taken you more than 14 days to recover?
  9. Do you waken unrefreshed?
  10. Are you experiencing lack of motivation and/or loss of mental clarity?
  11. Are you feeling depression, anxiety, irritability, or restlessness more in the last 2 months?
  12. Disease has been ruled out?

If you answered yes to more than 3 of these questions then you may be experiencing Overtraining Syndrome.

Overtraining becomes an issue when you are wanting to finish an event in a certain time or are an elite athlete.  If you have the luxury of stopping your activity and spending months to recover then you do not need to explore treatments.  If on the other hand your are competitive and want to achieve something great you will need to nip this in the bud right away.

Make sure to rule out disease processes.  A doctor trained in looking for this should be able to rule out the following causes of underperformance: adrenal imbalances, undiagnosed asthma/bronchial hyperreactivity, diabetes, iron deficiency with or without anemia, infection (mono, myocarditis, hepatitis, HIV, etc), malnutrition(due to improver nutrition, eating disorders, celiac dz, etc.) and thyroid imbalances.

What causes it and what can be done about it?

Many athletes will increase their training routines when they see a dip in performance.  This is where close analysis should be taken so that overtraining does not take place at this time.  This appears to be the time when OTS can happen quite easily. 

There are many factors involved in causing OTS and this paper is not for exploring the causes or treatments.  This paper is to help you make an assessment of your current situation.  The theories of the causes of OTS are; Glycogen hypothesis, Central fatigue hypothesis, Glutamine hypothesis, Oxidative stress hypothesis, Hypothalamic hypothesis, and the Cytokine hypothesis.  In this paper I just want to introduce you to the titles so you are aware that it can be complex and often needs specialized guidance to get through. 

The Good News
The good news is that overtraining can be reversed fairly quickly with the right guidance.  You can get back to achieving your goals and having fun doing what you love with the right direction. What can be done to treat an overtrained body or body in burn out depends on the presentation and the factors that have lead up to it in each individual.  Find someone who knows how to access and treat you from a wholistic perspective to give yourself the best chances of getting back in your game.

If you would like to understand if you have Overtraining syndrome and what your treatment options are, please call our clinic to get more information.  604.737.0012


References:

Sports Health. 2012 Mar;4(2):128-38.
Overtraining syndrome: a practical guide.
Kreher JB1, Schwartz JB.

J Sports Sci. 1995 Summer;13 Spec No:S41-8.
Overtraining: consequences and prevention.
Eichner ER1.

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014 Jan-Feb;13(1):45-51. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000027.
Overtraining syndrome in the athlete: current clinical practice.
Carfagno DG1, Hendrix JC 3rd

Hello Sunshine! – But Don’t Forget To Protect Your Skin

Hello Sunshine! – But Don’t Forget To Protect Your Skin

It’s an exciting time of year!  The flowers are out, temperatures are rising and the warming sun makes a beautiful return.  Before you get out the BBQ and beach towels make sure you are protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.  If you are concerned with the usual sun protection products because they contain chemicals then check out these great natural alternatives.  P.S. Look out for next weeks article on DIY homemade sunscreen!

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/tips/g256/natural-sunscreens-460608/

Shapley, Dan.  The 21 Most Affordable Sunscreens.  www.Goodhousekeeping.com.  Retrieved on April 15th, 2015 from Goodhousekeeping.com

It’s Time To Spring Forward – The Healthy Way!

It’s Time To Spring Forward – The Healthy Way!

On a positive note, the days are getting longer and the trees are starting to blossom.  Spring is in the air! Unfortunately, It’s also that time of year when the clock is not so friendly and makes everyone lose a precious hour of sleep.  Because sleep plays such an important part in our overall health it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you are getting enough quality snooze time.

Here are some great tips that will help you stay healthy during this time change.  Check out the whole article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1236


• Start early. The time change is usually scheduled for the wee hours of Sunday morning, in order to reduce the disruption of the workweek. To give yourself more time to adjust before the workweek begins, reset one of your clocks at the start of the weekend, such as Friday night or Saturday morning. Try to eat meals, sleep, and wake according to that clock. When Monday comes, you’ll be on your way to feeling adjusted. However, if you have activities and events during the weekend, make sure you don’t get confused about the correct time!

• Exercise. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. Exercise regularly, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. A brisk morning walk is perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.

• Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it earlier in the day and limit your snooze time to no more than 20 minutes.

• Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don't rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.

• Digest. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.

• Lighten up. The right combination of light and dark can help your body's circadian rhythm readjust so you can fall asleep on your new schedule and sleep more soundly. In the morning, open the shades and brighten the lights. Try to spend time outside during the day, if possible. Dim the lights in the evening, so that your body understands that it’s time to wind down.


Barnes, Liza.  6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time -Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change.  www.sparkpeople.com. Retrieved on March 6th, 2015 from Sparkpeople.com

Benefits of a Creative Mind

Benefits of a Creative Mind

Even if you don’t see yourself as a “creative” personality type there is something to be said about taking the time to be mindful and present in every moment.  Check out this article for 18 things creative people do on a regular basis that we can all take a cue from.

“ They make time for mindfulness. - Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many artists, entrepreneurs, writers and other creative workers, such as David Lynch, have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind.
And science backs up the idea that mindfulness really can boost your brain power in a number of ways. A 2012 Dutch study suggested that certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. And mindfulness practices have been linked with improved memory and focus, better emotional well-being, reduced stress and anxiety, and improved mental clarity -- all of which can lead to better creative thought.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html

Gregoire, Carolyn. 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently (March 4th, 2014) www.huffingtonpost.com.  Retrieved on February 13th, 2015 from huffintonpost.com

Super Bowl XLIX - The Healthy Way

Super Bowl XLIX - The Healthy Way

It’s hard to avoid all the Super Bowl excitement this time of year and with the big game coming up quickly we thought you might like some healthy snack alternatives. Especially because the usual football snacks can be high in bad fats, sodium and sugars that will eventually wreak havoc on your digestion system and health goals.  Check out this link to find some inspiration!

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Super-Bowl-Snacks-Dips-7269052#photo-7269060


Foley, Michele. Score a Touchdown With These Healthy Super Bowl Snacks (January 28th, 2015) www.popsugar.com.  Retrieved on January 30th, 2015 from popsugar.com

Lets Make YOU a Priority This Year!

Lets Make YOU a Priority This Year!

Check out this great article from Entrepreneur which will give you some great tips on staying focused when it comes to your New Years goals, and why this is the year you should be making yourself a priority.

“As we turn the corner from 2014 and enter 2015, many of us will use this moment to clear the decks and think about changes we want to implement -- personally and professionally -- in the year ahead.

From a business perspective it is a natural point of reflection. In my role at Porch.com, a home improvement network, I will work with my team to assess our progress from 2014 and set a strategic roadmap for 2015. But as important as the business perspective is, I will also take time to ensure everyone on my team is taking care of themselves.
To help everyone set their year up for success, here are five ways you can keep the right level of focus on YOURSELF in 2015.”

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241460

Cincotta, Craig. 5 Ways to Focus on What Really Matters in 2015: Yourself (January 6th, 2015) www.entrepreneur.com.  Retrieved on January 23rd, 2015 from entrepreneur.com

The Best Foods To Eat This January

The Best Foods To Eat This January

With the New Year in full swing it’s a great idea to start 2015 with some healthy goals that we can carry throughout the year.  One small change you can make is to eat for the season.  Check out this article to see what are the best foods to eat this January and start feeling great today! Happy 2015 everyone!

http://www.organicgardening.com/living/the-9-best-foods-to-eat-in-january?page=0,0


Main, Emily. The 9 Best Foods to Eat in January (2014) www.organicgardening.com.  Retrieved on January 7th, 2015 from organicgardening.com

Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season (Part 2)

Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season (Part 2)

If you are like most people you will probably be indulging yourself a little more this time of year so we found a few tips that should keep you feeling happy and healthy during this holiday season.


1. Drink Up.


After traveling, tons of activity and possibly a few cocktails, your body is dehydrated. For the holiday season, you should be drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. Try adding lemon or cucumber to your water to keep things interesting.


2. Bring Your Acid Levels Down.


Having the right alkaline balance is important for many reasons including improving energy levels, decreasing your inflammation, supporting disease prevention and more. After indulging in processed foods, sugary treats, bread, dairy and a few cocktails, you need to balance your pH levels.


Focus on eating alkaline-forming foods like apples, bananas, papaya (contains digestive enzymes), grapefruit, watermelon, kiwi, berries, mangos, kale (a great source of fiber), broccoli, spinach, snap peas, arugula, leafy greens, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, onions (cleanse the liver), bell peppers, celery, avocados, along with adding lemon to your water.


5. Walk & Rest.


Recharge and relax with a good 30-minute walk after dinner for the next few days. This will also help you unwind before bed while enjoying a bit of much needed “you time” after a busy weekend. Head to bed and get at least 7.5 hours of rest each night to reset your system. Yoga can also be a good way to relax, sweat and recharge.  Just remember not to push yourself too hard and enjoy the holiday season.

 

Resources: http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/12/tone-it-up-how-to-bounce-back-during-the-holidays/, Posted by LaurenConrad.com December 2nd, 2014 (How to Bounce Back During the Holidays)

Retrieved on December 4th, 2014 from andthenwesaved.com

Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season (Part 1)

Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season (Part 1)

With the holiday season upon us it’s important to keep our bodies healthy, but it can be just as important to keep our mental wellbeing and bank accounts healthy. Here are some great tips that will help you enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank!

http://andthenwesaved.com/christmas-activities/

Noel, Sarah Ann.  24 Free (Or Super Cheap) Christmas Activities. (December 5th, 2013) www.andthenwesaved.com.  Retrieved on December 4th, 2014 from andthenwesaved.com

Dr. Elene Siniori

Dr. Elene Siniori

20 years ago, Dr. Elene Siniori started her career in medicine as a clinician, working alongside NDs and MDs.  10 years later, she went back to school, simultaneously studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy at the International College of Traditions Chinese Medicine and Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy, respectively.

The main scope of her practice is bio-energetic medicine, food sensitivities, candida desensitization, and cupping for myofascial release.  She also has certificates(s) in: applied kinesiology, acupuncture for sports injuries, injection therapies and was amongst the first group of doctors in Canada introduced to the Qi Facial Rejuvenation protocol.

When she's not working, Dr. Elene Siniori practices the "art of living" ie. hanging out with friends and family - no electronic devices allowed.

Healthy Morning Habits You Should Start Doing Now

Healthy Morning Habits You Should Start Doing Now

Not everyone is naturally a morning person but there are some key habits you can start doing right away that will make for a bright start to your day and could potentially help you be a happier, healthy person.  Check out this great article which explains the 8 things happy people do every morning.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15673/8-things-happy-people-do-every-morning.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&utm_medium=popular&utm_source=feature

Teeter, Naomi. 8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning (October 15, 2014) www.mindbodygreen.com.  Retrieved on November 21, 2014 from mindbodygreen.com

Thyroid – a Deeper Look

In the mainstream medical community, treating low thyroid can be fairly straightforward.  You run a blood test called TSH, and if its high, you give someone thyroid replacement hormone.  But often this is not satisfactory for the many number of patients who still have many thyroid symptoms.Thyroid symptoms include fatigue, being very cold, having a puffy face or eyes, constipation, low mood, and foggy thinking.  Is there more to the thyroid story than just your TSH?

Indeed, the thyroid can still be not balanced, even if your blood test is normal.   At the recent A4M conference, Dr. Monaco, MD, presented 3 types of hypothyroidism:
1. Hypothyroid: Low output of thyroid hormone – low T4 and low T3
2. Functional hypothyroidism: Poor conversion of inactive T4 to active T3
3. Functional hypometabolism: Blocked receptors  - labs show normal T4 and normal T3 but symptoms of low thyroid still occur; this has also been coined type 2 hypothyroid (similar to type 2 diabetes where there is resistance at the level of the receptor)

It’s rational that if there are different types of hypothyroid, there would be different treatment strategies.  For the first type, there may be more digging required for low thyroid output.  I often run anti-TPO antibodies and if positive, I will run a celiac panel and also do a trial of no gluten.  Toxins can also affect the thyroid as well as nutritional deficiencies.  Proper thyroid functioning requires iodine, tyrosine, zinc, selenium, vitamin D, and vitamins B2, B6 and C.  Iodine testing is also available at our clinic.

For functional hypothyroidism, this is best detected by running free T4, total T4, free T3 and total T3 hormone levels, rather than just TSH.   Poor conversion can be due to too much estrogen, chronic sleep disturbances, nutritional deficiencies, and many types of drugs, chemicals, and toxic metals.  A detoxification program can be helpful as well as sustained release T3 hormone.

For the third type, hypometabolism or type 2 hypothyroid, the main cause is stress.  Cortisol blocks the thyroid receptors and can lead to many types of thyroid symptoms, despite having a “normal” TSH.  Treatment needs to comprehensive including stress reduction, lifestyle changes, and herbs for adrenal support.

If you have been experiencing many symptoms of low thyroid and feel unsatisfied with your doctors answers, consider more in depth evaluation and treatment.  Call us at 604 737 0012 for more information.

My Experience with Genetic Testing, Folate, and Depression

There is an emerging field in health called nutrigenomics, which is the study of how nutrition affects our genes.  Diet may help prevent or treat certain chronic diseases depending on one’s own individual genetic makeup.  This gives new possibilities to using personalized nutrition, and that one day, your dietary recommendations may be based on genetic testing.Although the future is not quite here, there is an aspect of individualized nutrition that is now possible to test through a genetic test called 23 and Me.  I took this test last fall and learned that I have a homozygous (double copy) genetic mutation in the gene that codes for the enzyme called MTHFR.  MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrfolate reductase (say that 5 times!) and this gene is found in chromosome number 1. So what is the big deal about finding a genetic mutation in a strange sounding enzyme?

It turns out that a mutation in MTHFR is linked to (but not necessarily the cause of):
• Birth defects: spinal tube defects, cleft palate, tetralogy of Fallot
• Infertility
• Cancer
• Neurological Disorders – MS, Epilepsy, Autism
• Mental Disorders – depression, mood swings, bipolar, schizophrenia
• Drug Sensitivities – nitrous oxide, methotrexate
• Chronic conditions – Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue

The best news about this information is that supplementation and dietary changes can be made to overcome the limitations in this genetic mutation.  I (Dr. Nari) started taking methylfolate and methylcobalamin and have found my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to be very much improved.  Moods in general are improved and I am happy to find a simple solution using a safe nutritional supplement.

There have been research studies on using folate for depression, but the results were not consistent.  It seems that instead of giving folate to everyone for depression, it makes sense instead to test for the genetic mutation and that might further clarify whether you might be a more likely candidate to improve depression using methylfolate and other nutrients.

So if your curiosity is peaked, there are various labs that test for the MTHFR gene.  I happened to send in a saliva sample using the test kit from 23 and me (www.23andme.com), however, I now have questions about their privacy policy and collection of data.  Blood tests are also available at our clinic.  I have vastly oversimplified this extremely complex topic, so for more information on MTHFR, the excellent website by Ben Lynch, ND, is an amazing resource: www.mthfr.net.

Fall Health Tips 2014

Fall Health Tips 2014

We hope you have had a great fall so far.  We have been busy with back to school and lots of new and exciting courses to help us help you in understanding and improving your health.  We have written several articles on understanding the cause of digestion problems, one on how your thyroid is connected to your health, and one on genetic testing to understand your health risks.  Have a look through them and pass them on to friends or family who you think could benefit.  

If you are having any challenges with your health please reach out to our clinic and get the help you need to feel better and get back to enjoying your life.  We hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season and look forward to seeing you soon.

To your health,

Drs. John & Nari Pidutti

Digestive Problems?  The Second Thing.

The second thing to think of when considering the cause of digestive problems like IBS, GERD/Reflux/Heart Burn, Gastroenteritis, Colitis is extremely important and often overlooked.  When addressed appropriately it can completely transform digestive problems.  This is assuming one has been assessed by an appropriate medical expert to rule out any disease process that needs immediate attention.

The second thing to think of when someone is dealing with digestive problems is an imbalance in the gut microflora, called dysbiosis.  The first is food allergies or food sensitivities (food irritants).  Once food irritants are addressed the next step to heal the gut is to balance the gut bugs.

The inside of the digestive tract, even though it goes through the middle of your body, is still considered the outside world.  The digestive tract is a wet and warm tube that bugs love to live in.  Some of these bugs help in digestion and some harm your experience of digestion.  The key is to have the bugs in balance.

Balancing the gut microflora is the key to helping heal the gut once you have removed all the irritants.  To balance the bugs you first need to know what bugs are out of balance.  This brings the question of how do we best assess the state of the gut microflora.  We use multiple tests in our office to get a better understanding of the gut microflora and direct our treatment plans.

One of the latest greatest ways of assessing the gut microflora is MALDI/TOF (matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry).  MALDI/TOF may become the standard method for species identification in medical microbiological laboratories over the next few years.[1]  Doctors Data is the lab we use for this, read more here. 

This test is helpful in understanding:
• Gastrointestinal Symptoms
• Autoimmune Disease
• IBD/IBS
• Inflammation
• Food Sensitivities
• Nutritional Deficiencies
• Skin Conditions (Atopic Dermatitis)
• Joint Pain

Once we know the state of your gut micro flora we can create a plan to balance these bugs and we see immediate shifts in digestive symptoms.  Any of the following symptoms suggest you would benefit from getting tested:

Gas/Bloating
Reflux/Heart Burn
Nausea
Diarrhea
Constipation
Pain
Belching
Skin irritation

If you are experiencing digestive symptoms we can usually help.  We can help even better once we know the state of the bugs in your gut.  Call today to see what testing might be best in helping you with your digestive problems.  604.737.0012


[1] (Seng, P.; Drancourt, M.; Gouriet, F.; La Scola, B.; Fournier, P. E.; Rolain, J. M.; Raoult, D. (2009). "Ongoing revolution in bacteriology: routine identification of bacteria by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry". Clinical Infectious Diseases 49 (4): 552–3. doi:10.1086/600885. PMID 19583519.)

Digestive Problems? The First Thing.

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common reasons that people seek medical care. Symptoms associated with digestive complaints include;

gas
bloating
diarrhea
constipation
indigestion
irritable bowel syndrome
malabsorption

Food Allergies or food sensitivities (food irritants) are the first thing to think about if you are having any sort of digestive problem.  This is assuming one has been assessed by an appropriate medical expert to rule out any disease process that needs immediate attention.  FYI-Licensed Naturopathic Doctors are medial experts that can help you with this.

In our clinic we treat many people with digestive problems every week and find that people get some form of improvement when they address food sensitivities or food allergies.  Food irritants are often a large piece of the puzzle but not the whole piece of the puzzle.  Read the following articles in this series to get more understanding of what else one can look at in addressing digestive problems.

Food Allergies are different than food sensitivities and each have unique benefits.  For this article I will focus on Food Allergies but Food Sensitivities are just as important to test.

There are three main food allergy reactions that we know of currently.  IgE, IgG, IgA food allergies.  The one we use the most is the delayed reaction that occurs over a 5day period, IgG.  We use IgG over IgE because IgE is an immediate reaction and most often people already know about their immediate reactions.

IgG Food allergy testing is useful for:

Indigestion
Gas and Bloating
Weight gain
Migraines
Irritable bowel and Inflammatory bowel
Eczema


The way we test this is a blood test that can be done as a simple finger stick or a blood draw, personal preference.  It takes approximately 2 weeks to get the results and then we have a follow up to create a plan. 

The IgG food allergy test gives key insights into the root cause of a person’s digestive problems.  IgG food allergy testing is a great way of helping out with most digestive problems.  It solves the problem in many cases and in others it creates a great foundation on which to build.  Call today to see what testing might be best in helping you with your digestive problems.  604.737.0012

Say Goodbye To The Winter Blues

Say Goodbye To The Winter Blues

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, many people are dreading the winter blues that inevitably take hold every year.  Well, this year we are fighting back and saying goodbye to the winter blues and hello to a happier, brighter winter season.  This article has some great tips to help you get started now before you official decide to hibernate for the next 4 months.

http://kriscarr.com/blog-video/seasonal-affective-disorder-treatment/


Carr, Kris. 9 ways to conquer seasonal affective disorder (November 6, 2014) www.kriscarr.com.  Retrieved on November 7, 2014 from kriscarr.com

Share The Health!

Share The Health!

Sometimes the road to a healthy lifestyle can be made more difficult if your family and friends aren’t on the same path as you.  But it might be a lot easier than you think to get the ones you love involved. Check out this article for some useful tips on how you can encourage those around you to join in!

McCarthy, Joy. 5 Strategies to Improve Your Partner’s Health Habits (September 2, 2014) www.joyoushealth.com.  Retrieved on November 5, 2014 from joyoushealth.com

How To Survive Cold & Flu Season

How To Survive Cold & Flu Season

With the arrival of colder temperatures, everyone seems to start huddling indoors and that means we are sharing far more germs and bacteria with our friends, family and coworkers. It’s time to boost your immune system and prepare for the cold and flu season. From garlic to acupuncture this article has some great tips to stay healthy this season.

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/10-new-ways-avoid-getting-sick-season?s=1

Tedesco, Laura. 10 NEW Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Season - Cold and flu prevention tricks you’ve never heard (2013) www.prevention.com.  Retrieved on October 21st, 2014 from prevention.com

Healing Autoimmune Disease

Healing Autoimmune Disease

If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease or thyroid disease.  This article has some great information on how to heal your body from the source and treat the underlying causes of your illness. Our doctor’s at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic would be happy to help you on your journey to better health and discuss your best options. Below are some of the steps you can take:


1. Check for hidden infections—yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc.—with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
2. Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing
3. Get tested for celiac disease.
4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
5. Fix your gut.
6. Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
7. Exercise regularly—it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
8. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.


Check out the full article for more information and take action in the fight against your inflammation.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/08/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/

Hyman, Mark . How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease (2014, August 14) www.elephantjournal.com. Retrieved on October 15th, 2014 from elephantjournal.com

What You Need To Know About Heavy Metals

What You Need To Know About Heavy Metals

Are you suffering from high amounts of heavy metals in your body? The doctors at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic can take you through the appropriate tests and get you on track to lowering these levels and help you on your journey to better health.  The article below explains exactly how we come into contact with heavy metals, the reactions our bodies have over time and what you can do about it.


http://www.straight.com/life/705401/detoxifying-body-harmful-chemicals-and-metals-easier-it-might-seem

Smith, Charlie. Detoxifying the body of harmful chemicals and metals is easier than it might seem (2014, August 13). www.straight.com. October 1, 2014, from www.straight.com.

(Image source: http://imgarcade.com/1/toxic-sign/)

Gluten-Free Oktoberfest? Yes!

Gluten-Free Oktoberfest? Yes!

Don’t feel left out this Oktoberfest.  With all the amazing events happening around us in October to celebrate the traditional German autumn festival that features beer drinking and merrymaking. There’s no reason to miss out just because you’re celiac or living a lifestyle where you simply choose to avoid gluten, the protein found in wheat.  This article will help you choose the right beer for you. So go ahead! Throw on the lederhosen and raise a glass with your fellow Oktoberfest friends! BEIFALL!

http://www.straight.com/food/705326/gluten-free-beer-options-expand-which-ones-really-taste-good

Ali, Carolyn. Gluten-free beer options expand, but which ones really taste good? (2014, August 13). www.straight.com. October 1, 2014, from www.straight.com.

(Image source: http://www.ionmagazine.co.uk/edinburgh/food-and-drink/eating-out-hotlist/edinburghs-best-craft-beer-bars)

Another Reason to Switch to Filtered Water

Another Reason to Switch to Filtered Water

CBC News has published a very interesting article about concerning levels of prescription drugs in North American tap water. If you haven't already, it might be time to switch to filtered water

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drinking-water-contaminated-by-excreted-drugs-a-growing-concern-1.2772289

Crowe, Kelly. Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern. Retrieved September 26th, 2014 from http://www.cbc.ca

Photo from ALAMY published on http://www.telegraph.co.uk November 8th, 2013

Simple De-Stress Idea

Simple De-Stress Idea

This is a great little DIY de-stressor for both moms and dads this time of year. Take a moment for yourself in between the carpools and extracurricular activities to de-stress. Happy mind makes for a happy body!

http://shalommama.com/diy-herbal-infusion-women

Nelson, Nina. DIY Herbal Infusion for Stressed Moms. shalommama.com. Retrieved September 24th, 2014 from www.shalommama.com

Why You Should Have Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Life

Why You Should Have Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Life

There are so many great benefits and uses for apple cider vinegar.  You can use this miracle liquid to balance your immune system or even just as a great air freshener! Check out this great article for more ideas.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html


Mitchell, Lisa. 15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day. mindbodygreen.com.  Retrieved September 19, 2014, from /www.mindbodygreen.com.

It’s Fall! Why Not Try Something New?

It’s Fall! Why Not Try Something New?

Now that we are well on our way into September it’s a great time of year to try something new.  Fall is the perfect time for renewal and change!  Have you always wanted to take a painting class? Try yoga? Sign up for Spanish lessons? Or even just start a healthy daily ritual like enjoying an evening walk?  Now is the time! No matter how big or small, it’s a great idea to allow yourself time to express yourself. This article is a great start to get you inspired.

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/beginners-guide-trying-new-things/

Larsen, Jessica.  A Beginner’s Guide To Trying New Things. Tinybuddah.com.  Retrieved September 17, 2014, from www.tinybuddah.com.

Image from www.guardianlv.com/2013/09/why-do-we-have-fall/

Why are food allergies on the rise?

Why are food allergies on the rise?

There is a lot to be said when it comes to food allergies and sensitivities, but the biggest question seems to be why does everyone seem to have them now? Read this article to find out more on a recent study showing a lack of bacteria in the body might be the cause.

http://www.kcet.org/living/food/food-rant/reason-behind-increasing-food-allergies-discovered.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=140828allergies&utm_campaign=food#.VAYqYCM8akM.facebook


Published on August 28, 2014 by Rick Paulas. Reason Behind Increasing Food Allergies Discovered. http://www.kcet.org. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from www.kcet.org

Is Corn Hurting Your Health?

Is Corn Hurting Your Health?

With the fall season nearly in full swing and famer’s markets stocked with fresh, ripe corn it’s hard to resist, but with all the GMO awareness today it does make you think twice before buying this delicious dinner side dish.  This is a great article written by Caitlin Shetterly when she discovered that GMO corn was the main culprit causing her health troubles.  You may not have to cut out corn completely, but it’s a good idea to know where and how your sweet golden vegetables are grown as well as cutting back on your overall consumption.  Everything in moderation!

http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/allergy-to-genetically-modified-corn


Published on July 24, 2013 by Caitlin Shatterl. The Bad Seed: The Health Ricks of Genetically Modified. Elle.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from www.elle.com

The Link Between Inflammation and Anxiety

The Link Between Inflammation and Anxiety

It seems like almost everyone in today’s society has some form of anxiety or depression, whether it be mild or severe.  Psychology Today has come out with a very interesting article which suggests this could be evolutionary due to our current environment which in turn is causing us to have higher inflammation markers. Our ancestors may have had less depression and stress but there are several things we can do in our everyday lives to help reduce our inflammation which could change your overall health.   Read this article to find out more or talk to one of our doctors who can help you find out if your inflammation is the main trigger to your anxiety or depression.



http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/depression-caused-inflammation-thus-other-diseases-civilization#sthash.LGdinznK.dpuf

 

Published on March 31, 2011 by Emily Deans, M.D. in Evolutionary Psychiatry.  psychologytoday.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014, from www.psychologytoday.com. Photograph from Dani Stout ancestral-nutrition.com

The Big Plastic Bottle Debate

The Big Plastic Bottle Debate

It's been a hot summer which means we tend to drink more liquids to hydrate our bodies.  You might be one of the few people who consume little to no products from plastic bottles and containers. But if you are like the majority you probably purchase a bottle of water or juice a few times per week and more often then not they are plastic bottles.  Why the dilemma? Well, the plastic that holds your refreshing H20 might be causing your body harm as it contains many different toxins and chemicals which can lead to problems with brain and hormone development, decreased sperm counts, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes, liver abnormalities, and breast cancer.


What can you do about it? it's hard to avoid all plastics but this article written by Cecelia Ungari-Hoskins on Green Mama does a great job explaining which plastics to avoid, plastic alternatives and the easiest ways to reduce your use.  


http://thegreenmama.com/blog/better-plastics/


Ungari-Hoskins, Cecelia. (2014, July 28). Better Plastics. greenmama.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from www.greenmama.com

Eat With The Seasons

Eat With The Seasons

As we are coming to the end of one very hot season and soon starting a new cooler one, it's hard not to notice the change in the way we eat.  It's tempting to buy certain fruits and vegetables year-round, but by shopping seasonally you will save money, help the environment and everything will taste better. Bonus!


This is a great little guide to keep you on track all year-round. Print it out and keep it on your fridge as a seasonal reminder.

http://andthenwesaved.com/fruits-and-vegetables-in-season-guide/

Newell Jones, Anna. (2013 November 8). Fruits and Vegetables - When are they in season? A Handy Guide. andthenwesaved.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014, from andthenwesaved.com

Give Your Used Vegetables a Second Life

Give Your Used Vegetables a Second Life

Food waste seems to be a popular topic these days and there’s good reason. The USDA produced some shocking statistics in 2010, they estimated that there were 430 billion pounds of food product wasted. A fifth of this comes from personal household trash. 

I don’t know about you but food shopping can be very expensive. While it may be unlikely that you can completely eliminate your grocery bill, you can definitely reduce the amount you’re spending at the till as well as save some trips to the farmer’s market by growing certain foods yourself. You can do this by growing them from scraps that you would normally throw away. Win, win!
Just make sure you use fresh scraps and remember to pay attention to your baby future plant, making sure it has the water and light it needs

Get more information here and learn how to re-grow your veggie scraps: 

http://www.takepart.com/photos/food-scraps/

Courtesy of Carr, Kris. A Simple Guide to Regrowing 5 Everyday Veggie Scraps. Takepart.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014, from www.takepart.com. Image from Kriscarr.com

Heal Your Gut. Help Your Thyroid

Heal Your Gut. Help Your Thyroid

Learning more about your thyroid may be daunting, but it can also play a major role when it comes to your gut and liver health.

In a recent article by Hannah Bentley called "Hypothyroidsm is All the Rage These Days", she delves into why it is so important to have a healthy, functioning thyroid as this controls our overall energy and wellbeing.

Signs that your thyroid might be underactive:

  • Weight gain
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Dry skin, hair and nails
  • Inhibited memory
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Feeling heavy
  • Unmotivated and exhausted

Everything is connected and every cell in our body contains thyroid receptors. If the gut and liver are not functioning and producing enough T4 to T3, the body’s cellular health and energy will suffer.
Read the full article where it explains how you can take control of your thyroid!

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/06/hypothyroidism-is-all-the-rage-these-days-hannah-brantley/

Brantley, Hannah. (2014, June 21). Hypothyroidism is All the Rage These Days. Elephantjournal.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014, from www.elephantjournal.com

Naturopathic Clinic Vancouver, BC V5K

Detox - Diet & Nutrition - Naturopathic Services

If you want better health or more energy, then perhaps a cleanse or detox would be the answer. Our Naturopathic Doctors at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic will create a customised treatment plan; answer any of your questions ensuring the best of results.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“After going through every kind of treatment I heard of and even paying for private surgery, Dr. John was able to help me get rid of my pain. I had severe neck and back pain that was keeping me from working and after one treatment I knew I found something that would give me relief. The pain is now gone.”
D.D., Vancouver, BC

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Naturopathy - Anxiety - Depression - Counselling

When body imbalances and emotional patterns are producing depression and anxiety, anger or fear you need a complete mind-body treatment to help you deal with those emotions. At Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic we offer the complete mind-body treatment that will help you identify those patterns and deal with your emotions.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“Just wanted to let you know that I ran a personal best down in Portland on the weekend. I took 17 minutes off my previous best time! Powered by green smoothies! I even brought my blender along to ensure I had my secret weapon on race morning.”
S.M., Vancouver, BC

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Naturopath Point Grey, Vancouver V6R

Fatigue - IV Therapy - Naturopathic Services

Every person with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue will have their own unique set of circumstances that have caused their symptoms. Our Naturopathic program addresses the whole body, treats the root cause of your symptoms, and will help you take back your life. Our doctors at Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic are experts in natural medicine and have been helping people like you for over 11 years.  Come experience the difference our doctors can help you make.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“I lost 90lbs in the last six months. I have more energy than I have felt in years and most importantly I have addressed what was keeping the weight on. Once I changed that, presto (with a mix of hard work) I am a new man.”
N.A., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
Point Grey Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Oakridge, Vancouver V6H

Naturopathy - Pediatrics - Diet & Nutrition

Naturopathic medicine and children go well together. Children respond well to herbal medicines and energetic homeopathic remedies and we have had great success in treating eczema, skin, ear and throat infections, colic and many more conditions. We can help you and your child. Call us.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“Dr. Pidutti has applied his clinical expertise, knowledge, and research to point me to an innate healing system of mind, body, and spirit. His treatment plan has allowed my body to respond dramatically to the assault of M.S.”
S.F., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
City of Vancouver
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Mount Pleasant, Vancouver V5T

Acupuncture - Diet & Nutrition - Naturopathic Services

Are you looking for pain relief? Not all pain is equal and therefore needs specific attention to cause and connection. Dr. Pidutti is internationally known for his results with pain management.  We have had patients from North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe come to get help with their pain. Our Naturopathic Doctors combine many effective therapies and techniques to get the best results and give you your best chance at healing.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“I have suffered with depression my whole life. I have tried many things along the way. I appreciated Dr. Pidutti’s sincere care and guidance; which gave me a new perspective on what I thought was my curse in life. With all the techniques Dr Pidutti used with me I can now say that I have never felt this good for this long. Thank you for helping me live again.”
A.R., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Kitsilano, Vancouver V6K

Naturopathy - Hormone Imbalance - Women’s Health - Holistic Approach

Hormone imbalances require a personalized treatment plan due to their wide range of symptoms. Dr. Pidutti can help you enhance your health and demystify those symptoms.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

Women’s Health, Hormone Balancing

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“I heard the baby’s heart beat last week… Thank you so much for all your help Dr. Pidutti. I feel that if I hadn’t met you and followed your diet cleanse I might not be pregnant. It really worked!”
Katherine, Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
Arbutus Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Kerrisdale, Vancouver V6M

Naturopathy - Allergies - Diet & Nutrition

Balancing the hypersensitivity of the immune system is the key to treating allergies or asthma. Our Naturopathic Doctors will help you discover the causes and over time our successful treatments will give you relief.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com 

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“One year ago a friend suggested that I go see John and Nari to see what they can do to help with my eczema. I was tired of doctors prescribing me pills after pills that will eventually cause more harm than good. I had been suffering for years and did not hesitate to try their treatments. They treated me emotionally and physically with incredible kindness and understanding in a comfortable atmosphere. They found a remedy that worked for me and my skin has healed and will continue to heal because of their efforts. How does one thank someone for turning one’s life around for the better? Simply put…. John and Nari, I THANK YOU!”
Alex L., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
Kerrisdale Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Fairview, Vancouver V6H

Digestion - Diet & Nutrition - Naturopathic Services

Are you suffering from digestive problems?  Dr. Pidutti can help you find your way to being symptom free.  Whether you have a diagnosis or are just experiencing symptoms we can help you find your way to better health using science based natural medicines. Our goal for each patient is to help uncover what is causing the digestive symptoms in the body and create a balanced digestive tract that is free of symptoms.

Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

We invite you to experience a better and pain free life!

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.
608-1788 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012
Email: info@springseternal.com

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“After some major changes in my life, cleansing was the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. I feel lighter and happier afterwards — my body likes me better now! I will continue with some of the habits, such as the green smoothie whether I’m cleansing or not and look forward to trying to integrate some of these salads and recipes into my everyday life.”
Lisa, Vancouver, BC

City of Fairview Resources
Fairview Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Dunbar, Vancouver V6S

Naturopathy - Fertility - Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture

Imbalance in the body can cause infertility. Statistics show that infertility is on the rise affecting one in six couples. Our naturopathic treatments are very effective even in problematic cases. We seek to determine what the imbalance is in your body and work to achieve the balance required. Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

Natural Fertility and Support Treatments

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.

608-1788 W. Broadway

Vancouver, BC

V6J 1Y1

Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012

Email: info@springseternal.com

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review: “When I first came in all I wanted was relief. It was my third urinary tract infection of the year. Not only did I get immediate relief without antibiotics but my easy-to-follow treatment plan ensured that they never returned.” Y.P., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources

Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Naturopath Arbutus, Vancouver V6L, V6M

Naturopathy - Diabetes - Diet & Nutrition

Whether you have just been diagnosed with Diabetes or have had the condition for a while, we can help you manage your condition. Our treatments to help manage your Diabetes include, exercise and nutrition, which may be enough, however, we tailor our treatments to each individual. Contact us today for more information on any of the treatments and services we offer. (604) 737-0012

Natural Diabetes Treatment Vancouver, BC

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic in Vancouver, BC have the tools and techniques that can help you and your family enjoy an active, healthy and pain free life.

608-1788 W. Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1

Phone: (604) 737-0012

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Saturday by appointment only

Phone: (604) 737-0012

Email: info@springseternal.com

As Naturopathic Doctors in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for your entire family and are dedicated to your optimal health. We provide our clients individual treatment plans to manage acute and chronic pain for any age group. We have the expertise to help you feel better faster.

Client Review:
“I have been in so much pain for years that I could not even sleep. I almost lost all hope that I would ever get better. Thank you so much that I am finally able to sleep without pain.”
E.L., Vancouver, BC

City of Vancouver Resources
Arbutus Neighbourhood
Parks, Gardens & Beaches
Vancouver Public Library

Areas We Serve:
Arbutus
Dunbar
Fairview
Kerrisdale
Kitsilano
Mount Pleasant
Oakridge
Point Grey
Shaughnessy
Vancouver

Summer Health Tips 2014

Summer Health Tips 2014

Summer, summer, summer time!

We love summer; time with friends and family, and especially the warm sunshine.  We hope you had a great spring and are sorry we missed sending you our health tips during the spring.  We have been very busy learning new techniques and getting updates with the latest health information. 

Dr. John flew to Denver with some of the top pain treatment doctors in the world to get some updates in the Pain Neutralization Technique.  We have already seen some amazing improvements in shoulder pain, neck pain, low back pain, and knee pain.  The most impressive result we had this past month came from a patient with shoulder pain and restricted range of motion for over 7 months and in one treatment with Pain Neutralization Technique the pain settled and the rage of motion came back.  Dr. John wrote an article on this technique below.

Dr. Nari flew to San Francisco with the top hormone specialists in the world to learn more about bioidentical hormones and how they can help you as you age or in hormonal irregularities. 

Dr. John was invited to speak at Trans Link in their corporate health program to discuss stress in the workplace.  They enjoyed it and have invited us back.  If you know of someone who runs a business or works in HR with a company and wants to add value to their employees or improve their employee wellness program, please have them call us to see about putting on a talk (http://springseternal.com/corporate-health-and-wellness-programs-vancouver).

Do you want to be apart of spreading health?  We are looking for people to help us by helping others improve their health.  We would love for you to refer us to a friend or those you know facing health challenges of any kind.  We know you have a network of people you know and we are wanting to expand our reach by talking to the people you care about.

Win a trip to Hawaii by voting for your favorite spots in town.  Georgia Straight's Annual Best of Vancouver reader's choice awards has opened its voting again until July 16th and if you vote you will be entered to win a trip to Maui.  Please go to the following link and vote for us in the best Naturopathic Clinic category and remember to vote for at least 30 categories to get entered to win.  Vote for us here!

Update at the clinic: Alexa will be leaving us to move on to a great opportunity to fulfill her personal and career goals.  We hope you will enjoy our new office manager as much as Alexa.

You are on this newsletter list because at some point you thought it was a good idea to receive amazing health tips and articles.  With the recent Canadian Anti-Spam publicity we thought it would be good to remind you that if you have changed your mind please click unsubscribe.  If you still are happy to receive quarterly health tips and articles please keep enjoy reading and we hope to see you soon.

To your health,
Drs. John and Nari Pidutti

The “WOW” Technique

I recently attended an Intensive Training Class on the popular Pain Neutralization Technique in Denver, Colorado.  It was a great experience to be with 100 doctors from around the world learning about newly discovered neurological reflexes.  Dr. Kaufman has discovered neurological reflexes that turn off pain in acute and chronic conditions, giving results that left every doctor in the room saying “wow” and  “I can’t believe it!” 

The results of Pain Neutralization Technique have given such drastic improvements in such short time periods that patients and doctors can only find one word: “Wow”.  I went to the course to get a refresher after using it for 10 years.  I found that the newly discovered reflexes and techniques were well worth learning.  In returning to practice I already have patients saying “Wow” with their treatments everyday.  This rapid improvement in pain keeps me very excited about the possibilities of this technique in helping people who are suffering from pain.

The beauty of this technique is that it is fast, non-invasive, and cost-effective. 

If you are in pain or know of someone who is experiencing pain, please send them in for pain neutralization technique.  Besides “wow”, “the pain is gone”, and “this is amazing, I can’t believe it” the next most common comment I hear is “I wish I would have come in earlier to see you.”  Help the people you care about live pain free.

I can’t guarantee everyone will experience these amazing results in one visit, but the number that have according to Dr. Kaufman is 40%.  This means that 40% who try pain neutralization technique get “wow” results in the first treatment. 

http://www.kaufmantechnique.com/pntvideo11.html

John Pidutti, ND

Help for Your Hormones: Pros and Cons of Hormone Testing

You have been on oral estrogen for menopausal symptoms, but you still don’t feel right.  Despite being on 1 or 2 mg of estradiol, you still have hot flashes, can’t sleep well, and feel anxious.  Or, what if you’ve been on hormones for a long time and are wondering how safe they are? Or, what if you are 40-something and you still have your periods but feel exhausted and emotional?  What is the best way to test your hormones in these cases?This is a snapshot of the typical patient in my office.  How do you test for hormones effectively?  There are 3 main ways to test hormones:

1. Serum (blood): they are inexpensive and easy to collect.  They have reference ranges that are easy to understand.  However, they have a wide reference range and many people fall in the normal range.
2. Saliva: a little more expensive but also easy to collect.  Once on hormone replacement, these tests will be less accurate and people will often look overdosed even though they feel good
3. Urine testing: expensive, and a bit inconvenient to collect.  However, this test can assess cancer risk by measuring the estrogen metabolites, is very comprehensive, and can help to monitor hormones once on hormone replacement.

If you suspect your hormones are out of balance, discuss hormone testing options with us.  I use serum testing for estrogen levels sometimes, and I find urine testing to be helpful for just about everything else.  Did you know that urine hormone testing can tell us:
- if the hormones you are ingesting are getting absorbed, or are just being metabolized to your liver and broken down quickly
- if the hormones are adequate
- if there is a good balance of E1 (estrone), E2 (estradiol), and E3 (estriol).  Since estriol (E3) is breast protective and E1 is pro-carcinogenic, these measurements are very helpful at assessing risk
- the ratio of 2 hydroxyestrone/16-alpha-hydroxyestrone: a low ratio is associated with increased risk of cervical and breast cancer; a ratio that is too high can increase the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis
- if your poor energy is due to low estrogen, or low thyroid or adrenal function
- if your body is metabolizing your estrogen to protective metabolites, such as 2-methyoxyestrone or 2-methyoxiestradiol

The urine hormone test, serum test, and good history and physical exam can be used together to get your hormones balanced and get you feeling back to your best self again.  Contact us for more information.

Nari Pidutti, ND

The best health drink: Golden Milk

My patient told me to look up golden milk because it had helped her with her eczema.  Golden milk is a nice beverage in which to enjoy the widely researched spice, turmeric, for its significant health benefits.

I have used turmeric in patients as an anti-inflammatory after surgeries or for joint pain, and have also used it to aid the liver enhance its detoxification function.  The scientific literature has shown that turmeric has many benefits, including:
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-oxidant
Hepatoprotective
Antimicrobial against gram positive bacteria
Cancer prevention
Cardiovascular protection

This drink may be helpful in those with inflammatory bowel disease, high cholesterol, pain and inflammation, and as a general health drink for cancer prevention and liver detoxification.

After looking at several recipes the one we came up with involves making a paste and then combining that with warm almond milk and honey. 

Golden Milk:
½ cup turmeric
½ tsp black pepper, ground
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger

Add a bit of water, enough to make a paste, and stir over low heat until it combines.  This paste can then be stored and used to make several drinks.  To make 2 servings of milk, warm 2 cups of almond milk and add 4 teaspoons of the paste, 2 tsp melted butter or ghee, and 1 ½ tsp of honey.  Enjoy!

Nari Pidutti, ND

Tea & Pesticides

Tea & Pesticides

Tea and herbal tea can be a great alternative to coffee. However, a recent CBC Marketplace investigation uncovered that half of teas tested for pesticides had over the allowable limits. Brands like Lipton, Tetley, Red Rose, and Twinings (amongst others) showed positive for pesticides like acetamaprid, chlorpyrifos, dicofol, and countless more.

"This is very worrisome from a number of perspectives ... The presence of so many pesticides on a single product and so many products that exceed the maximum residue limits for pesticides, sugests we're seeing very poor agricultural practices in countries, which poses risk to the environment where these products are being grown; which pose risk to the farm workers who are growing these crops; and ultimately pose risk to the Canadians who are consuming these products." - David Boyd, environmental lawyer.

The full list of the test's results can be found below. So how does one avoid purchasing pesticide-ladden tea products? Seek organic products, and if possible organic products grown close to home. Although these products can be slightly more expensive, as with any organic local product, health and wellbeing are worth the cost.

Article here: Pesticide traces in some tea exceed allowable limits

Test results here: Full tea test results

(Image source: lisaknowstea.blogspot.ca/2010/11/taiwan-day-4-organic-tea-farming-hands.html)

Testimonial

Dr. John, you are so AMAZING. Thank you for all your time, effort, and energy. I am so very grateful for you, your wisdom, and your care of my daughter. We are both so very grateful. From the heart please know that I very much appreciate all efforts from the entire crew at Springs Eternal. My daughter is on the path to wellness thanks to all of you.

Carmen B, Vancouver, BC

Vegetarian Proteins vs. Meat

Vegetarian Proteins vs. Meat

Eating meat in our modern world has become a complicated matter. Meat can be full of antibiotics, hormones, other animal byproducts, disease, feces - the list goes on. One way to try and avoid these additives is to buy organic, local, free-range, and hormone-free. This can be tricky as these labels are confusing and sometimes deceiving. Do your homework and buy from the farmers market when you can! Keep in mind that the low meat prices you find in the supermarket have been artificially pushed down to be as cheap as they are, and you are what you eat. When buying meat think of it as a delicacy - something we don't need all the time, or even often, and that can be splurged on in order to get the best quality.

Try experimenting with vegetarian proteins in place of meat. There are tons of options out there (though these don't come without their own particulars!) Quinoa, buckseed, hempseed, chia seed, soy, seitan, tempeh, nuts, lentils, beans, rice - the list is endless. Watch for GMO products and keep in mind that buying organic applies here as well!

Here is a great article that explains in detail how much protein is in vegetarian protein sources, what their value is, and recipes to boot. So do some research and get creative in the kitchen!

https://greatist.com/health/complete-vegetarian-proteins

English, Nick. (2014, April 29). 12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About. Greatist.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014, from www.greatist.com.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is Real

Leaky Gut Syndrome is Real

New research is catching up to what many naturopathic doctors have been saying for years: that leaky gut syndrome is real. Despite gastroenterologists, rheumatologists, and enternologists refusal to accept it as a condition, for years researchers have known that it exists. In the 1980s researchers determined that "by allowing ... infectious or toxic substances to penetrate the intestinal barrier ... [increased intestinal permeability could] contribute to the cascade of events that culminate in active Crohn's disease." Now we see that this permeability has manifested in a number of other chronic conditions like asthma, IBS, and other digestive concerns.

'Conventional physician' Daniela Drake recounts in this article how one of her patients, after being prescribed medications and ending up in ICU twice, was healed by simply changing her diet. Another nod to the fact that having a healthy diet that fits the individual can be used as preventive medicine - and as medicine and a healing tool. 

Drake, Daniela. (2014, March 27). Research Shows Poorly Understood "Leaky Gut Syndrome" is Real, May be the Cause of Several Diseases. The Daily Beast.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from www.thedailybeast.com.

Local Vancouver Blog ‘Twenty1 Days’

Local Vancouver Blog ‘Twenty1 Days’

In local blog 'Twenty1 Days' Vancouver blogger Ania Bureacenco incorporates so-called "super foods" into her diet for twenty-one days. The result? A plethora of interesting and delicious recipes, as well as information she comes upon during the journey. Ania's blog is an inspiration in that it shows us anyone can take the time to educate themself on how foods impact our bodies, how we can incorporate new and beneficial foods into our diet, and how we can ENJOY all of this. Her chia pudding doesn't look lackluster compared to the pudding cups I see in the store! In reality, it looks 100% more appealing, and knowing that it will nourish my body makes it far more appealing than chemicals in a cup. 

Check out her blog here for recipes and great reading!

www.twenty1days.org

Bureacenco, Ania. (2014, April 16). Twenty1 Days. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from www.twenty1days.org.

What’s in Your Beer?

What’s in Your Beer?

If you're an occasional beer drinker it is likely that you've purchased domestic or big-name beers like Coors Light, Corona, Guinness, Newcastle Brown Ale, Budweiser, and more. Unfortunately, what these companies fail to disclose is that these beers can be full of GMO corn and corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol, insect-based dyes, MSG, GMO sugar, carrageenan, BPA, and others. Even if it's something consumed in moderation, it's good to be armed with information about what's hiding in the can! Opt instead for local craft beer sourced with local hops and grains. In a city like Vancouver, the local craft beer is certainly not tough to find!

www.organics.org/8-beers-that-you-should-stop-drinking-immediately/

8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately (2013, December 31). www.organics.org. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from www.organics.org.

Beginner’s Guide to Paleo

Beginner’s Guide to Paleo

The paleo diet isn't really a diet at all - it simply means sticking to naturally occurring plants and proteins, like humans did before the advent of agriculture. This means eating foods like fish, meat, greens, regional plants, seeds, shoots, and nuts. In essence: leaving out anything that is processed, and the tons of grains that we consume every year but that our bodies often have a hard time adjusting to. Steve's 'Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet' explains (with the help of artfully placed Lego!) how to do it, why it is good for our body, and how we can adjust our routines so that it works for us.

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/10/04/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/ 

Kamb, Steve. (2010, October 4). The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet. www.nerdfitness.com. Retrieved April 10, 2014, from www.nerdfitness.com.

7 Easy Steps to Quitting Sugar

7 Easy Steps to Quitting Sugar

Sugar, as we're learning, is a major culprit in health issues and afflictions. Even if we consciously make the decision to avoid it, it seems to be hidden in many of the products we purchase and consume. The benefits of 'quitting sugar' are ample, and many find that after quitting sugar they no longer crave it and don't even want to eat it. Here are 7 easy steps you can take on the path to quitting sugar!

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10494/7-tricks-to-quit-sugar-starting-today.html

Wilson, Sarah. (2013, August 7). 7 Tips to Quit Sugar, Starting Today. MindBodyGreen.com. Retrieved April 9, 2014, from www.mindbodygreen.com.

Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Vancouver

Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Vancouver

Increase Productivity, Enhance Corporate Culture and Employee Loyalty, while you Decrease Health Related Absenteeism!

The Goal of any health program is the enrichment of an individual’s life. 

Get your company involved with Vancouver’s most comprehensive Corporate Health and Wellness Programs.

We believe that happy healthy people naturally give the best they have to offer and enrich everyone they encounter from personal interactions to business transactions.  Happy healthy people are the foundation of good business and the predictor of sustainable success in any corporation.

We help you create programs that engage your people to own their own health and happiness and this automatically translates into better business to say the least.

How we benefit you

If I told you, "I can help improve your company’s productivity, improve corporate culture and loyalty, decrease absenteeism, and ultimately make you more money", would you want to talk to me?  If the answer is yes then you are in the right place and we should talk after you read this.

We can help your organization improve in the following ways:

  • Reduce sick days or absenteeism due to physical or mental health issues

  • Improve energy, focus, concentration, and overall health of your people which will translate into increased productivity and self esteem of the employees and organization

  • Teach engagement in work and life- I challenge people to engage in everything they are involved in and this includes work.   I can help the people in your company see the value in their role.  In doing this, people engage and embrace their choice to work.  This empowers and encourages employees to enjoy every role they partake in and constantly improve the role.  

  • Our programs will give you a solid plan on how to create health in your body while educating you on the root cause of health troubles.

Our programs are focused on how your health impacts all areas of performance as well as how your mind and emotions impact your physical health.  We truly address you as a whole person even though we are working in a group.

Strengthen the parts that make your company great.

  • The whole is equal to the sum of its parts - the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
  • 70% of costs associated with healthcare are due to preventable conditions. – US Center for Disease Control 2007. 
  • We teach people how to prevent or reverse these preventable conditions and drastically reduce an organizations costs associated with chronic diseases.
  • Companies with health programs have reduced turnover with employees and less health related absenteeism and ultimately decreased medical costs.  The cost of employee turnover is so high that this factor alone is worth the implementation of creating an engaging health program for your employees.
  • Doctor John Pidutti, N.D. is the founder of our corporate programs and has spent his life researching how to enrich people’s lives.  We are the experts in natural health.

 

What is the cost of not addressing your employee's health?

  • Cost of missed sick days
  • Cost of high rates of turnover
  • Cost of disengagement during key tasks
  • Cost of brain fog, poor memory, and lack of concentration
  • Cost of employees feeling like they are commodities

The cost of not taking care of your employees:

Companies with health programs have less turnover and less absenteeism and decreased medical costs.

Absenteeism:

Statistics Canada reports that an estimated $12 billion is lost to workplace absenteeism each year.
Statistics Canada studies show that companies spend 5.6% of their payroll on absenteeism
The average direct cost of employee absenteeism in 2000 was $3,550 per employee per year compared to $2,843 in 1997 (Watson Wyatt Canada). For a 100 employee company that cost is $355,000

Turnover:

Are you underestimating the cost of employee turnover?
Researchers have estimated the cost of turnover to anywhere from 30% to 150% of an employee’s annual compensation. (PeopleLink Consulting)

What is the cost?

  • If you add the costs your company is wasting due to these above listed areas you will see that you can not afford to run an effective company without addressing the health of your organization.  Your company will save money by enlisting our services. 
  • We charge a base rate to make sure you are engaged in the process with us and then we take a percentage of profits saved or earned with our services.  We get paid based on performance.

Who we are

  • We are experts in preventative health and optimal performance.
  • We are experts in creating effective health programs for individuals and organizations.
  • We have Naturopathic Doctors who have graduated from rigorous 4 year undergraduate programs to obtain degrees in physiology and psychology as well as earning Doctorates from the top Naturopathic Medical School in the United States, Bastyr University.  One of our naturopathic doctors also holds and masters degree in acupuncture.  We have access to top doctors and licensed healthcare providers in the health and wellness field such as doctors in Traditional Chinese Medicine, physiotherapist, chiropractors, hypnotherapist, psychologists, whole foods nutritionists, fitness trainers, kinesiologist, yoga practitioners, and pilates practitioners.
  • We have studied how to assess and treat people as a whole person.  We understand all the parts and treat based on how all the parts interconnect -  we get to the root of the problem much more effectively in this model.  This is what sets us apart and allows us to get results where other health programs can not.

Programs

We run health programs designed by experts in the natural health field that address any health concern your organization might have.

Programs include:

  • Lunch and learns
  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Fitness Programs
  • In depth analysis of your employees to create health strategies and initiatives. (Eg. Initiative to reduce employee absenteeism)
  • Corporate health consulting and corporate wellness program design. (Eg. Assessing areas that health are costing the company money and designing a time sensitive measurable plan that saves the company money.)

Call us today to talk about how we can help you create health and happiness in your group.  604.737.0012

Testimonial

We are so grateful that we took our 2 yr old son to see Dr. Nari.  We've been following the guidelines we were given from the results of the food testing and noticed an improvement in his recurrent hives right away.  Our whole family enjoys the healthy meals I've been cooking, and now that our two year is eating well and taking probiotics, he sleeps so much better.  We're are all enjoying life a lot more.  I was especially grateful for the encouragement I received from Dr. Nari who also has a young family.  She really understands what it's like to want the best for your children.  Thank you so much.

Julia V, Vancouver, BC

Testimonial

My husband and I were trying for a long while to conceive, however, unsuccessfully. Time was not on my side as I was approaching 40. In addition, my husband's sperm count was almost 100% morphologically abnormal. We did not have the financial means to pay for an IVF treatment, and we did not want to risk my health taking hormones. Dr. Pidutti's belief was that a healthy body is a fertile body. She was right and now our son is almost 3 months old, and he is perfectly healthy. Both my husband and myself followed Dr. Pidutti's treatment plan which required manageable changes, and within a short while felt healthier than ever. We would recommend Dr. Pidutti to everyone we know, as she is not only a wonderful naturopathic Dr., but also a great person.

Sharon S-D, Vancouver, BC

Testimonial

I am so grateful that the universe aligned me with Dr. Nari Pidutti.  It was by fate that we were connected and she has been instrumental in helping me reclaim my hormonal health and the health of my son.
I brought Jake into see Dr. Pidutti when he was only about a year old and suffering from patches of ezema.  I was frustrated with this condition because as a nutritional counsellor I knew that his diet wasn’t a contributing factor.  My physician had told me that it would clear up on its own and not to worry but this didn’t sit well with me.  I had steered clear of all the high sensitivity foods and his meals were well balanced with healthy fats, unrefined carbohydrates and quality protein sources but I still couldn’t get his skin to clear up.  After working with Dr. Pidutti and putting Jake on some homeopathic drops to help his kidneys and liver Jakes condition cleared up within weeks.  It wasn’t the lack of quality in his nutrition but his bodies inability to flush out the toxins because of a blockage.  I am happy to report that with Jake over 2.5 years old now he has never had a re-occurrence and his skin looks and feels amazing.
Dr. Pidutti has earned my trust over and over again with her knowledge, intuitiveness and ability to listen and understand my concerns and emotions.  I recommend her to all my clients as they step into the next level of healing and creating good health and balance working from the inside out.

Lisa C, Richmond, BC

January 2014 Health Tips

January 2014 Health Tips

Happy New Year!!

I’m not sure about you, but for Nari and I it sure feels like the years are flying by faster and faster. This is important to me because in the new year I like to take time to reflect and refocus, and with the hyper speed we are living at it takes a conscious effort to do this. 

Reflecting helps me see if I am on course for my goals in life and if I am truly upholding what I say I believe in. Refocusing helps me adjust my life and habits so that I can actually hit the target. 

In the next week I would encourage you to consciously take time to reflect on the past year, as well as look at the year ahead to see if you are on target for Your Health Goals. If you are, congratulations and keep up the good work! If you’re not, let’s try sitting down and talking so that 10 years from now you don’t wake up miles away from these health goals.

What I am doing to help me refocus this year:
Start this year with WHY. Why do you do what you do? Be specific! What are you trying to create and why? Why would you want to spend the precious moments of your life doing this? Why does this align with your purpose?

We hope this helps you align your goals with what you are trying to live for in 2014. 
All the best,
Drs. John and Nari

P.S. We will be running the Rejuvenate Your Life Cleanse Program again this year.  Please let us know if you are interested in feeling better with a cleanse and we can get you organized in the best class for your specific needs.

How to Live to be 100 – Lessons from Centenarians

Naturopathic Medicine is often focused on trying to find the root cause of disease and advocates for a healthy lifestyle, eating right, exercising, managing stress, and sleeping right. However, the longer I practice, I observe that for some people they must do EVERYTHING properly to feel healthy, while other people stay healthy while paying very modest attention to their health and wellbeing.

After studying centenarians, only 3 of Dan Buettner’s 9 recommendations relate to diet and alcohol, while the other 6 recommendations have more to do with social and emotional factors (www.bluezones.com). Nir Barzilai, a gerontologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, says that the centenarians he studies have led him to believe that genetics are more important than diet and lifestyle. “They’re a chubby bunch,” he says. He does, however, say that “today's changes in lifestyle do in fact contribute to whether someone dies at the age of 85 or before age 75.”

The Blue Zones is a book that studies pockets of people around the world with the highest life expectancy and the world’s lowest rates of middle age mortality. These 5 places are the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Ikaria in Greece, Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Seventh Day Adventists around Loma Linda, and Okinawa in Japan.

The 3 diet and alcohol recommendations from the Blue Zones include:

1. Beans and plants make up much of the diet.
2. Drink modestly and daily: most centenarians drink alcoholic drinks; preferably wine, regularly and moderately, around 1-2 glasses per day with friends and/or food.
3. Not over eating; eating the smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening, then not much after that.

The KEY to Understanding Centenarians

The 6 social and emotional factors that make up the remainder of the Blue Zones recommendations may be the key to understanding why some people stay healthy even while paying very modest attention to their health and well being.

1. Move naturally; centenarians don’t exercise at the gym constantly, but rather grow gardens and continually are moving.
2. Live with knowing your sense of purpose.
3. Deal with stress: Ikarians nap, Sardinians do happy hour, Adventists pray.  They have exposure to stress, but they shed it daily.
4. 98% of centenarians interviewed all belonged to a faith-based community, regardless of denomination. I wonder if it was the faith that allows releasing of stress or the sense of community and belonging?
5. They kept their families/loved ones close by and invested with time and love.
6. They belonged to social circles that supported healthy behaviors.

Furthermore, another review of 8 studies found contentment increases longevity and health.  Anxiety, depression, a lack of enjoyment of daily activities, and pessimism are associated with higher rates of disease and a shorter lifespan.  So eat right but consider that what is more important may not be what you eat, but the joy and peace you feel as you eat (and live life).

Diener, E. and Chan, M. Y. (2011), Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 3: 1–43. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-0854.2010.01045.x

HOMEOPATHY KIT at HOME

Homeopathy is a safe treatment that can be used at home for a variety of conditions. Homeopathy uses very dilute but energized remedies derived from plants, minerals, and animals. You will know when you have got the right remedy because it works very quickly and dramatically. While homeopathy is often the center of media scrutiny, I have personally used it with great success. If you have not picked the correct remedy, it will not work but will not be harmful.

Because of the safety profile of homeopathy and the potential benefit, I believe it is wonderful to have a home kit of homeopathic remedies.  You prescribe the medicine based on the EXPRESSION of disease or the WAY the symptoms are expressed. You do NOT pick a remedy based on the NAME of the disease. For example, you don’t pick a cough remedy, you pick a remedy on the way the cough is being expressed. If you have a cough with thick glue like mucous, you might try kali-bic; if you have a cough with painful spasmodic coughs that end in vomiting, you might try drosera.

There are limitations to homeopathy, but often it is the limitation of the prescriber, and not the medicine itself. Homeopathy is an energetic system of healing that increases the vital force or that healing energy inside of us.   You still need to remove the cause of the problem. For example, if you have a deep cut and a piece of glass is in your foot, you must remove the piece of glass and then you can use the homeopathic to speed the healing process.  If you have a food allergy causing your digestive disturbance, you need to stop eating that food, then use homeopathics to speed the healing process.  If you have a chronic condition, it is best to see a professional homeopath or naturopathic doctor.

With all that being said, below are notes on strength, dosing, and key homeopathic remedies.

Strength, Potency & Dosing:

The remedies from least to more potent that are commonly used are: 6C, 30C, 200C to 1M in potency. The more dilute it is, the more potent it is. 
I generally use 30C in children and will dissolve 2 to 4 pellets under the tongue 1 to 3 times a day. 
If the remedy was working then plateaus or stops, you may need to go to a 200C (a higher, more diluted potency).  If they improve, taper off the remedy and give it less.
It is best to take it away from food and drinks (water is fine) by 10-20 minutes.

Storage:

The remedies are energetic so do not store close to very strong odors (nail polish, cleaning supplies, coffee beans, minted or camphor oils, incense). They are also sensitive to X rays and it is suggested to keep away from microwaves or magnetic fields (computers, cordless phones). 

Suggested Remedies in a remedy kit:

Uses & Keynotes

Aconite – sudden onset restlessness, anxiety, fright, feel worse cold, better in fresh air and sweating; for shock, early onset of illness, sudden intense states, early stages of flu, ear infections

Allium-cepa – for hayfever, common cold, allergy; acrid nasal discharge, bland tears (opposite to Euphrasia); better in open air

Ant tart – cough with rattling mucus in chest, can’t expectorate; for cough, bronchitis, asthma; better sitting up, worse cold weather

Apis – red, hot, swollen, stinging, pain like a bee sting; use for insect bites, anaphylaxis, allergy, cystitis with burning on urination, angioedema, infections; thirstless, worse with heat, better cold

Arnica – for head injuries, black eyes, muscle sprain/strain, shock; keynote “I’m fine”; injured part feels bruised, worse to touch

Arsenicum – for food poisoning, gastroenteritis, excessive diarrhea and/or vomiting; keynote: thirsty but desire small sips, worse cold, better warm

Belladonna – for red raw throat, inflammation or infection where there is red throbbing pain; heatstroke, throbbing headache; classic belladonna picture is thirstless, dilated pupils, right red face – can still try even if they don’t fit this

Bryonia – for pain or dry cough where they feel aggravated by the slightest movement; for tendonitis, bronchitis; keynote: like firm pressure and lying still

Chamomilla – for teething, colic, otitis media (ear infection); wants things then refuses them; wants to be held but inconsolable; screaming in pain

Coccus cacti – cough remedy; also a whooping cough (pertussis) remedy; thick, ropy, gelatinous mucus (like kali bi); trouble breathing, can gag and vomit

Drosera – a sudden spasmodic fit of coughing; can be painful that they hold their chest; also can vomit from coughing; worse lying down; a major cough remedy

Euphrasia – acrid tears, bland nasal discharge (opposite allium c); allergies and profuse nasal and other discharge; for conjunctivitis, allergies, hayfever

Gelsemium – fever and flu, headache, weakness, stage fright; keynotes: dull, drowsy, exhausted, dizzy, sluggish; want to be held; they feel better moving but they are weak and drowsy

Hepar sulph – for croup, asthma, infection in nose and throat, otitis media, boils; for pus and pus like discharge; irritable, peevish, intense sensitivity to pain; worse alone, worse cold

Influenzinum – flu remedy; use this when they can’t seem to kick the flu symptoms and it’s been going on and on; also helpful at first sign

Kali bic – for cough, sinusitis, nasal congestion with thick glue like or stringy, ropy discharge;

Oscillococcinum – flu and fever remedy

Pulsatilla – weepy and clingy, and sweet; for cough, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, otitis media (ear infection)

Spongia – dry croupy coughs

Listed by Symptom:

BEESTING

- Apis

BRUISES/ SWELLINGS/ HEAD INJURY

- Arnica homeopathic

CONJUNCTIVITIS

- Belladonna - pink or red eyes; burning pain; dilated pupils; sensitive to light

- Euphrasia – eyebright, for any eye condition- runny eyes or conjunctivitis

- Pulsatilla – eyes burn and itch at night; thick yellow or white discharge that glue the lids together

COUGHS

- Aconite - first stages of croup, bronchitis, pneumonia; dry mouth, dry cough, thirsty; worse from cold water; restless and anxious

- Drosera –for spasmodic coughs that hurt the chest, where the child holds his/her chest because of the pain; continuous, dry, barking cough; can choke and vomit

- Bryonia – for painful dry coughs that seems to be worse with movement or eating

- Spongia – for barking coughs, typically croupy coughs

- Coccus cacti –for coughs that end with gagging or vomiting

- Antimonium tart – for mucous-filled rattling chest coughs

- Kali bic – thick mucous in chest; ropy, stringy, yellow mucous

EAR INFECTIONS

- Chamomilla: when child is screaming in pain ( I literally had a parent call me and I could hear the screaming in the background – I knew to give chamomilla immediately)

- Belladonna: when the doctor says the eardrum looks bulging and red

- Hepar sulph: when there seems to be pus or fluid

- Aconite: for ear infections that come on suddenly, especially after exposure to wind

FEVER

- Aconite - sudden onset of fever or chills followed by a fever; use at the first stage; especially after exposure to cold or wind; fearful, extremely thirsty and restless; pupils contracted

- Belladonna - sudden intense fever, face flushed red, pupils dilated, eyes glassy or bright, dry burning hot

- Chamomilla - irritable and capricious personality, they want to be carried but then are upset when you carry them, they want their doll, but then throw it down when they get it; this is especially for teething and earaches and they are screaming in pain

- Gelsemium - droopy drowsy fever, droopy eyelids, very weak and sleepy

- Pulsatilla - fever with symptoms that constantly change, no pattern, they feel better with open air, they are CLINGY and whiny, eyes are watery ; not thirsty generally

- Oscillococcinum is a common flu remedy

- Influenzinum – homeopathic influenza; has worked for me very well in the past

GASTROENTERITIS

- Arsenicum – food poisoning or stomach flu; try this remedy first; frequent attacks of foul smelling diarrhea; burning pain

- Chamomila – highly irritable; green diarrhea, distended abdomen

HIVES

-Apis – try this first

RUNNY NOSE

- Allium cepa – when the nasal discharge is profuse, irritating and children have irritation around the nose from the discharge

- Kali bichromium – when the discharge is ropey thick

- Pulsatilla – thick yellow or greenish mucus; commonly for sniffles in newborns if nasal discharge is yellow or green; clingy;

SORE THROAT

- Aconite – sudden onset of sore throat, especially after getting chilled; red, dry swollen throat

- Apis – red inflamed throat with swollen tonsils; dryness in the throat that burns; throat hurts even when they aren’t swallowing

- Belladonna – most common remedy for acute tonsillitis; red burning pain

- Hepar sulphur: feels like a stick in the throat; throbs painfully; hypersensitive to touch and cold; highly irritable

Homeopathic kits are available at our office containing the above remedies.  Call the clinic to order.

Be the Change:  How to Build Positive Traits in Your Life

The problem

Have you ever admired a trait in someone else and wished that you had it?  Have you ever wanted to grow your capacity in life and character but felt stuck in your old ways? There is good news! Neuroscience is proving that you can build new traits in life by changing your brain. 

Neuroplasticity is the concept that the brain is not static as we once thought and actually has the capacity to change. The hardwiring of neural pathways exist but they can be rewired to change capacity. The old pattern of thinking was that early childhood experiences created a hardwired brain that stayed static in those pathways forever. The new understanding shows that these pathways can be rewired and new ways of being can be experienced.

A Simple Recipe:

A new understanding of the brain goes more along the lines of “nerves that fire together, wire together.”  This means that the more your brain thinks a certain way or does something a certain way the stronger the neural pathway becomes. Repetition builds the skill. 

So the simple recipe to create the traits you want in life is to make a commitment and use repetition and persistency to build the skill. The more you do the skill, the more you will wire that trait into your nervous system. 

What if it isn’t working?

If you aren’t getting the traits you want, it may be because you are in the wrong “state.”
An even newer version of “nerves that fire together, wire together,” is “Your state creates your trait.” This is a comment Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness, makes and suggests as the way to build traits in life. 

A “state” is more complex than mere repetition on the physical level. A state as defined by Neuro Linguistic Programming refers to our mental and physical processes we experience at any moment and includes our emotions.

If we are repeating a skill in an emotional funk we may be wiring for a twisted result, and this may explain why we don’t see traits built despite physical repetition.

The better recipe:

If you want to build a trait in your life, practice getting yourself in a positive and hopeful emotional and mental state and then practice the physical trait you want to build. Remember that according to the latest research you can teach an old dog new tricks, but no one said it would be easy!

How to build a trait:  Feel it – Do it – Repeat it

IBS connected to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Migraines & More: The treatment that helps them all

You are at higher risk of the following if you have IBS:

People who have IBS have higher rates of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, temporomandibular joint syndrome, pelvic pain, anxiety, and depression than the general public. This does not mean causation but correlation and has been observed consistently in studies for at least the past two decades. 

One study reported the following in people with IBS: 94% had depression or anxiety, 49% had fibromyalgia, 51% had chronic fatigue syndrome, 64% had temporomandibular joint disorder, and 50% had chronic pelvic pain. [1]  Another study reported anywhere between 40-80% had higher odds of migraines, fibromyalgia, and depression. [2]

The impact of this is huge on quality of life for people in these groups, and suggests that if left untreated people with IBS may be up against more than we realize.

IBS update:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects 20% of the world population and is still not fully understood. This fact alone is not comforting to those who have IBS, let alone the symptoms that come with it. IBS is characterized by chronic abdominal pain and discomfort, gas and bloating, and alterations in bowel habits - diarrhea and/or constipation. 

Focus of treatment:

Treatment is geared towards improving intestinal permeability to help improve symptoms of IBS and its related conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, anxiety, depression, and pelvic pain all have a common denominator in intestinal permeability issues being linked to symptoms. Factors that irritate intestinal permeability are major contributors to the symptoms of these conditions. 

The factors that irritate intestinal permeability are too numerous to list but include the food and drink we consume, stress, and organisms we are exposed to.

The treatment:

Removing gluten has shown to be very effective in improving intestinal permeability and improving IBS and fibromyalgia.[3][4][5] Some studies show that patients with IBS actually have undiagnosed celiac disease and improve on a gluten free diet, and others show that IBS symptoms improve with simply avoiding gluten.

Take home:

If you have IBS on its own or coupled with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, TMJ disorder, pelvic pain, anxiety or depression, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about getting tested for gluten sensitivity, gluten allergy, or celiac disease.

What if I have already tried this?

In our practice we treat IBS on its own as well as all of these conditions we previously mentioned.  We see that removing specific foods is always beneficial but many times more than just food removal is needed. If you have tried removing gluten and are still not seeing improvements, please give us a call and we can better direct you on the next phase of treatment.

[1] Whitehead WE, Palsson O, Jones KR (2002). "Systematic review of the comorbidity of irritable bowel syndrome with other disorders: what are the causes and implications?". Gastroenterology 122 (4): 1140–56. doi:10.1053/gast.2002.32392. PMID 11910364.

[2]Cole JA, Rothman KJ, Cabral HJ, Zhang Y, Farraye FA. “Migraine, fibromyalgia, and depression among people with IBS: a prevalence study.” BMC Gastroenterol. 2006 Sep 28;6:26.

[3]Vazquez-Roque MI, Camilleri M, Smyrk T, et al. “A Controlled Trial of Gluten-Free Diet in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea: Effects on Bowel Frequency and Intestinal Function.” Gastroenterology. 2013 Jan 25.

[4]Rodrigo L, Blanco I, Bobes J, de Serres FJ. “Remarkable prevalence of coeliac disease in patients with irritable bowel syndrome plus fibromyalgia in comparison with those with isolated irritable bowel syndrome: a case-finding study.”  Arthritis Res Ther. 2013 Nov 27;15(6):R201. [Epub ahead of print]

[5]Rodrigo L, Blanco I, Bobes J, de Serres FJ. “Clinical impact of a gluten-free diet on health-related quality of life in seven fibromyalgia syndrome patients with associated celiac disease.”  BMC Gastroenterol. 2013 Nov 9;13(1):157. doi: 10.1186/1471-230X-13-157.

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Fall 2013 Health Tips

Fall 2013 Health Tips

Hope you are enjoying the wonderful fall!  We have been enjoying all the fall activities with the kids: back to school, trick or treating, and lots of soccer games.  We have written some articles that we feel will help you through the fall and winter this year. 

Alexa has been hard at work posting weekly health tips on our Clinic Facebook page that I beleive you will get a lot out of.  Our Facebook page is Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic.  If you Like us on facebook we will be happy to compensate you with a 10% discount off of your next visit.  Make sure to inform Alexa! 

Since we will not be sending another newsletter until the new year let us wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the best,

Drs. John and Nari Pidutti

Immune Boosters for the Cold and Flu Season

During the fall season patients often ask me what boosts their immune system. However, the answer isn’t to simply boost the immune system but rather to have it signal properly. We don’t want mature cell mediated immune cells to continually be active, as that can lead towards an autoimmune response.  We can, however, try to boost the INNATE or nonspecific immune response, which is the first line of defense.  Be cautious with marketing techniques that claim their products boost your immune system. 

The innate immune cells include the phagocytes (the garbage collectors: think pac-man), the natural killer cells (NK cells), and other dendritic cells. 

According to research, agents that increase phagocytosis include (1-8):
Beta glucans
Larch arabinogalactan
Inulin
L-arginine
Glutamine
Polyphenols, such as pycnogenol
Echinacea species
Probiotics

NK cell activity is enhanced by (9):
Vitamin D, C
NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine)
Medicinal mushrooms (Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake, Coriolus)
Beta glucans
Larch arabinogalactans
Eleuthrococcus senticosus (also called Siberian Ginseng)
Probiotics
Lactoferrin
Chlorella

I also like Chinese herbs for boosting innate immunity. The ones with the most research include: Astragalus membranaceous, Codonopsis pilosula (which increases macrophage activity), Panax ginseng, white Atractylodes, as well as the medicinal mushrooms (Reishi, Maitake) (10). 

Cortisol, a stress hormone put out by the adrenals impairs phagocytosis, as does sugar, aging, diabetes, fasting and opoids (11).

For cold and flu season this winter I am using Vitamin D as prevention at high dose. One study found 4000 IU reduced the odds of taking antibiotics by 60% in patients with frequent respiratory infections (12). At the first sign of any run down feeling, I am using a nice formula by St. Francis Herb Farm called Deep Immune that has many of the Chinese herbs discussed, along with a throat spray by Wise Woman Herbals called Throat Mist, which contains echinacea, propolis and ligusticum as well as other supportive herbs.

If you have a product favorite backed by research for cold and flu season, leave a comment below.

Nari Pidutti, ND


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Move Your Mood: Improve your mood with movement

Exercise is generally known to be good for us, but did you know that it can change your brain neurochemistry and change your mood?  Multiple studies have shown that exercise causes increase in GABA in the hippocampus and increases stress tolerance.  (GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter on the nervous system, i.e. calms over excitable nerves.)

Hippocrates said: “If you’re in a bad mood go for a walk, if you’re still in a bad mood go for another walk.”  This is seen in some studies in elementary schools where they measured suspensions.

In Kansas City Woodland Elementary school there were 451 out-of-school suspensions in the fall of 2005; that number was reduced by 63% in the spring to only 165 out-of-school suspensions after an exercise program was introduced in the school.  Another elementary school showed increased focus, self control, and improved examination scores.

Exercise can Help you Control and Organize Your Life

 

The frontal cortex plays a major role in setting up your good mood.  Planning, organization, consequence evaluation, learning from mistakes, maintaining focus, and the ability to initiate or delay a response all happen in the frontal cortex.  Dysfunction in this area affects the organization and control of behavior.  Exercise helps stimulate growth factors in the frontal cortex.

Fitness causes an increase in size of hippocampus, which is essential for memory and memory integration. The more fit a person is the larger cortical volumes they have and will show better Cortical Connections.
*Ahlskog JE, Geda YE, Graff-Radford NR, Petersen RC. Physical exercise as a preventive or disease-modifying treatment of dementia and brain aging. Mayo Clin Proc. 2011 Sep;86(9):876-84.

Michael Otto, Ph.D says research shows that there is a mood enhancement effect after as little as 5min. of exercise and the effects are not only in the short term.

Depression and Exercise

 

Blumenthal and his colleagues found that exercise was comparable to antidepressants for patients with major depressive disorder. (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2007).  Blumenthal followed up with the patients one year later and found people who regularly exercised had lower depression scores. (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2010). "Exercise seems not only important for treating depression, but also in preventing relapse," he says.

Depression and Diabetes Connected

 

People with diabetes are more likely to develop depression, and people with depression are also more likely to develop diabetes. Mary de Groot, PhD, psychologist in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University says, "Rates of clinically significant depressive symptoms and diagnoses of major depressive disorder are higher among adults with diabetes than in the general population". She also suggests that depression is often harder to treat and more likely to recur in a diabetic population. "A number of studies show people with both disorders are at greater risk for mortality than are people with either disorder alone," she says.
Mary de Groot’s team then did a pilot study that treated diabetics with both exercise and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and found improvement in diabetes and mood.

The Right Mix

 

In our practice the right balance is to use exercise, diet, and some mind/body practice to change mood.  We have seen this change the lives of our patients over and over again.  There are many types of exercise, diet, and mind/body therapies and it can seem overwhelming to figure out which one is best suited for you. Explore to find what works best for you. If you think you might benefit from some direction we can streamline the process for you and help you to find the individual right mix.

An Essential Element Can Improve IQ When Taken During Pregnancy

The developing brain during pregnancy and the first 3 years of life is particularly sensitive to iodine deficiency. According to the WHO, the single greatest preventable cause of mental retardation is iodine deficiency.

Attending the American Academy of Restorative Medicine conference in San Diego this fall, I was given the opportunity to hear Dr. Flechas, MD, speak about iodine and say that taking iodine during pregnancy can increase the IQ of the child.  He gives 12.5mg of iodine to all of his pregnant mothers and claims to have several genius IQ children in his practice.  He says giving iodine after 2 years old will not increase their IQ, and that IQ is set by 2 years old.

The RDA for iodine in pregnant women is 220micrograms, about 10 times less the amount recommended by Dr. Flechas.  He believes the amount of iodine should be equivalent to the average dietary intake of a Japanese woman, which he reports is 13.8 mg. 

Intrigued, I found several studies to support this.  A meta-analysis of studies done in China concluded “the level of iodine nutrition plays a critical role in the intellectual development of children”.  Those children in iodine deficient areas without supplementation had an average of 12.45 IQ points lower than in those regions with enough iodine (1).  Another meta-analysis found iodine deficiency was associated with 13.5 points lower IQ score in children and adolescents (2).


Other benefits associated with Iodine

Other reported benefits of higher iodine/iodide supplementation are increased energy, increased body temperature for those who are cold, detoxification of bromides and fluorides, improved fibrocystic breasts, improved insulin resistance, healed hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism, as well as an association with decreased rates of breast cancer.

Iodine concentrates in the thyroid and thyroid hormones increase metabolism and energy. Iodine also competes with the other halides such as bromides and fluorides, which are increasing in our environment. Some areas of the US have much less iodine than other areas, and iodine testing is available.

Concerns with Iodine

 

Iodine in higher doses (over 1mg) is seen as controversial because of reports of aggravations of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, causing hypothyroidism, causing autoimmune thyroiditis, and causing “iodism”.  It is also contraindicated in those with hot thyroid nodules and should not be given suddenly to those who are very deficient in iodine.  The bottom line is that iodine may be very beneficial but needs to be taken with medical supervision.

If you suspect iodine deficiency or have questions about iodine supplementation, speak to one of our doctors about this essential trace element.

More reading:
http://www.westonaprice.org/metabolic-disorders/the-great-iodine-debate

Brownstein, David. Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.  West Bloomfield, MI: Medical Alternatives Press

Reference:
Qian M, et al. The Effects of iodine on intelligence in children: a meta-analysis of studies conducted in China. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2005;14(1):32-42.

Bleichrodt, N. & Born, M. P. (1994) A metaanalysis of research on iodine and its relationship to cognitive development. Stanbury, J. B. eds. The Damaged Brain of Iodine Deficiency :195-200 Cognizant Communication Corporation New York, NY.

Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal “Burnout” may explain your fatigue

Adrenal “Burnout”, Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal Insufficiency, and Hypo-Adrenalism all refer to the concept of pushing your adrenal glands too hard for too long.  Living in a heightened survival state will eventually cause them to stop functioning at the capacity they did when they were getting proper rest and recovery. 

Have you ever done something in life when you pushed too hard and felt wiped out or exhausted?  Did you notice how tired you were after that?  Imagine being hyped up on caffeine and staying up all night for a week.  Now, imagine how tired you would feel after that.  Adrenal fatigue is similar; when someone ignores how their body is feeling and continues to push and push, eventually their body will fatigue.

Your adrenal glands are responsible for the release of hormones related to energy and some sex hormones.  Adrenal glands give you the energy to adapt to your environment.  They help you modulate your response to change and are regulated by the autonomic nervous system: fight or flight and rest and digest. 

It takes collaboration to have energy

 

According to the Anthroposophical teaching of Rudolph Steiner, the Adrenal Glands and Thyroid Glands form an interesting bond.  The adrenal glands wrestle with the question: “Where Am I?” They are a safety and emergency gland of adaptation and survival. They control explosive outbursts of energy. They are needed in pursuing and being pursued.  They control breathing, heart rhythm, and feeding.

The thyroid on the other hand wrestles with the question: “Who Am I?  It has to do with steady and continuous activity.  It controls temperature and helps to learn a sense of self and “I”.

Designed to ask “Who Am I”

One thing that I find fascinating about the connection between these glands is that the size of a body’s gland predicts the experience of that body.  This means the larger the adrenal gland, the more survival-based the body; the larger the thyroid gland the more protective mechanisms the body has.  This can be seen with the smaller relative size of the adrenal glands in a human and the larger relative size of the adrenal glands in a mouse or chipmunk.  This reflects the life of a defenseless mouse or chipmunk and the ability of a human to be creative and survive.

Humans are the only animals to have a larger thyroid gland than adrenal gland.  This suggests we were designed to be asking the question: “Who Am I?”  We were not designed to be constantly questioning our safety, like a mouse.

An interesting side note is that men have relatively larger adrenal glands than women, and women have relatively larger thyroid glands than men.  Men may have been designed more for survival or they may have adapted this way.

(The following information has been taken from notes from Dr. Sherman, N.D. and confirmed in my practice, hence I did not feel the need to rewrite the data.)

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency

 

• inflammation
• food
• allergies
• insulin resistance (high carb intake)
• toxicity
• dysbiosis – imbalance in the micro-organisms in the body
• “burnout”- trying to do more than physically capable
• metal toxicity
• drugs
• chronic pain
• viral infections
• trauma – physical and emotional
• extreme exertion - i.e. difficult birth

Most Common Presenting Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

 

• Fatigue, excessive 94%
• Nervousness and irritability 86%
• Mental depression 79%
• Apprehension 71%
• Weakness, excessive 65%
• Lightheadedness 47%
• Faintness or fainting spells 42%
• Insomnia 40%
*John Tintera, MD, The Hypoadrenocortical State and It’s
Management. NY State Jr of Med, 1955;55(13)

Most Common Clinical Manifestations of Adrenal Fatigue

 

• Exercise intolerance
• Postural hypotension
• Generalized muscle weakness
• Weight loss, with difficulty gaining – this may or may not be present
• Salt craving
• Hypoglycemia
• Slow recovery for minor surgeries
• GI complaints: nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea alternating with
constipation.
• Hyperpigmentation
• Fibromyalgia and arthralgia
• In women, sexual dysfunction, due to loss of primary androgen production by the
adrenals.
• Psychologically: anxiety, memory disturbance, depression (in 20-40%) and a variety of psychoses.

Associated Conditions with Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency

 

• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Chemical sensitivities
• Multiple food and environmental allergies
• Refractory asthma
• Glaucoma
• Anxiety disorders
• Weight loss

Other Events Leading to Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency

 

• Vaccinations
• Infections
• Grief
• Employment stress/burnout
• Injuries
• Dysbiosis

Have you every wondered why you need things to be just so or you’ll snap? 

 

Rather than purely debating your sanity when you feel you “need” things to be a certain way, let’s look at your adrenal glands.  Studies from the 1930s show that rats who had their adrenal glands removed still survive, as long as proper temperature, food, salt, water, and rest is maintained, without excessive exercise or infection. But if any one environmental factor changed, the rats died.
*Jeffries, WK, Safe Uses of Cortisol, 3rd edition, 2004; p.255


Goals of Treatment Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency

 

• Maintain circadian regularity as much as possible.
• Regulate physical activity (Mild rhythmic exercise in morning or before 2 pm).
• Avoid highly stressful situations in the late afternoon and evening.
• Sleep is the best recovery activity for a failing adrenal gland.
• Diet : Breakfast important (suppresses excessive cortisol production
• Minimize caffeine intake (maximum 100mg/day, preferably in the morning)
• Adequate Salt intake (Celtic or sea) especially important for hypotension.
• Focusing/meditation
• Stretching (no power yoga) or Tai chi
• Avoid sugar and refined carbs; promote balanced meals with healthy fats & protein
•Frequent small meals requires less adrenal stimulation. Hypoglycemia is
more common with a weak cortisol response.
• Eliminate allergies, especially food sensitivities.
• Consider gluten sensitivity as a cause of autoimmune adrenalitis.
• Avoid dysbiosis, which stimulates cortisol, maintain a healthy gut flora.
• Hormone support
• Learning to accept what is, becoming fearless in all things.

Guide to Hormone Disruptors / Endocrine Disruptors

Guide to Hormone Disruptors / Endocrine Disruptors

This information is most relevant to mothers with children, women who are planning pregnancies or are pregnant, women dealing with fibroids, endometriosis or other hormonal disruptions, and men dealing with borderline low sperm quality and quantity.  This is because recognized effects of reproductive toxicants include menstrual irregularities, early or delayed puberty, infertility, early pregnancy loss, fetal death, impaired fetal growth, and birth defects.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic naturally occurring hormones in our bodies.  Many of us know about harmful plastics and BPA.  However, there are many other chemicals and sources of toxicants.  Below is a quick guide to classes and sources of endocrine disruptors and where we can strategize to eliminate them and choose healthier alternatives.  While there are many chemicals (over 80,000), I have restricted the list to those that specifically disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, although many more carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals exist.

  

Other endocrine disruptors parabens Body care products Choose natural body care products free of parabens or anything ending in paraben
BHA & BHT Body care products Choose clean body care products
triclosan Body care products Choose clean body care products
siloxanes Hair products, moisturizers,  Choose clean body care products

While many of us are becoming more eco-conscious, my goal is always to up the ante, and every year, pick a few changes that I can make.   Also, I try to be mindful that industries are also changing due to public pressure, so stay informed.  Lastly, let’s not give in to fear, just make the changes that work for you and talk to us if you need guidance.

References:
World Health Organization
CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment)
Vital Link Vol 20 issue 1 spring 2013
Ewg.org (environmental working group)
http://www.saferchemicals.org/resources/chemicals/pfc.html
http://www.oeconline.org/our-work/healthier-lives/pollutioninpeople/solutions/pcbs
http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/nr/2003/sp0316.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PatientAlerts/ucm070003.htm
http://www.hhs.gov/safety/bpa/

Summer Health Tips 2013

Summer Health Tips 2013

Summer is finally here!  We hope you are finding ways to rejuvenate and get lots of natural vitamin D.  

In this newsletter we are giving you tips to control your weight, insights into breaking bad habits, understanding in one cause of eczema and pain patterns.  Just click on the titles to the articles below and enjoy learning.  FYI, if you want to increase pleasure in your life remember that one of the top things that stimulates the pleasure center in the brain is Learning.

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How to Break Your Bad Habits: Why you do what you do and how to change

Why do some people not eat the healthy things although they want to lose weight?  Why don’t people exercise even though they know it feels great to do it?  We all have some habits that aren’t consistent with our goals and values.  Understanding why we do it might help us to finally change.

Often the reason why we keep our pattern is the secondary gain, or the advantage we get out of keeping the habit in the first place.  For example, I have seen people with weight issues not lose the weight because the weight protected them from being visible, or attractive, especially with a history of sexual abuse.  Another example is someone whose chronic anxiety was serving them by helping them feel in control.  Sometimes people overwork themselves because they feel uncomfortable with feeling useless and feel their value or self worth is in their achievements.

“Bad” Choices serve us in some way but may be subconscious

Often the benefit we are getting out of our “bad” choices are subconscious and really take a lot of reflection.    For example, it is easy to think that the benefit out of eating poorly despite wanting to lose weight is simply that it tastes good.  However, look a bit deeper.  How are the poor food choices really serving you? One of my patients said her comfort foods reminded her of family picnics and she made associations with food and the feeling of love and belonging. One man said that the most special times he had with his father were the times his father would take him out for chicken wings and pizza on special father and son outings.  I can only imagine the strong love and connection associations he made with wings and pizza.

Subconscious secondary gains often go to the very heart of us

When examining the above examples, you can see that our “bad” choices go to the very heart of us – to our sense of safety, security, self worth, love, connection, and even our identity.  I have often heard patients say that without their chronic illness, they wonder “then who would I be?”.  Ultimately our choices serve us in some way.  

Another insidious unconscious secondary benefit that I have heard is this, “If I really get healthy then I will have no excuses or distractions left - I will be left ultimately with the responsibility of my choices and failures and successes.”  If this rings a chord with you, that’s great.  Be honest.  You are not alone.   What if ultimately we are responsible for our choices and failures and successes, whether we make excuses or not? And what if that’s not so scary?

How to begin to make lasting changes

If we can see what the value is in our “bad” choices, perhaps we can begin to see other alternatives or options to satisfy those deep needs of validation, love, connection and safety.  For example, rather than keeping the weight on in order to protect from being visible or attractive, could they get physically fit and take a self defense class, and get as strong as they could?  This isn’t to say that taking a self defense class is adequate against physical or sexual abuse, but the point is putting weight on isn’t adequate either, and the goal is finding out alternative solutions of feeling safe that serve what you truly want.

If you are not sure what you are getting out of your destructive or defeating habits or choices, ask yourself – what am I getting out of this?  If I were to never have this cigarette/overeating/workaholic pattern (fill in the blank), would I lose anything?

According to Rick Kirschner, ND, author of several bestselling books, he states, “Resolution occurs only when the purpose they originally served is identified and worked out in a more positive manner.”  He further states that the desire for change will come.  “When the negative person comes to despise his or her negativity, when the overweight person can no longer stand the burden, … when brokenhearted people cannot stop yearning for lasting love, these are subconscious signs and signals that the old attitudes and behaviors have outlived their usefulness.  Most important, they indicate better resources, and better maps of reality are now available that can lead to healthier choices and lives…When the conscious mind sets the direction [of desired change] and the unconscious intentions rise to the surface and are dealt with creatively, then the subconscious is likely to follow along and create better and more satisfying results.”

References:

1. Rick Kirschner, NDNR Naturopathic Doctor News & Review article, June 2012 Vol 8 (6)

Eczema or Red Skin Syndrome? Could Steroid Cream actually be causing your eczema?

Thanks to a patient who informed me of Red Skin Syndrome, or Topical Steroid Addiction, I have realized that this may be the cause of the eczema symptoms in some of my difficult eczema patients.  Dr. Rappaport, MD, has first described Red Skin Syndrome, in which what appears to be eczema are actually cases of topical steroid withdrawal. I had been seeing this clinically in some of my eczema patients, and I feel Dr. Rappaport’s information to be extremely relevant and accurate.

What is Topical Steroid Addiction, or, Red Skin Syndrome? 

The typical story is when eczema previously treated with corticosteroids spreads to new areas, and more and more potent steroids need to be applied.  When discontinuing the corticosteroids, the eczema “comes back” but with different characteristics or even in different locations.  What Dr. Rappaport believes is that it is not eczema returning, but rather the skin having a withdrawal from corticosteroids.  Red Skin Syndrome has different qualities and characteristics than true eczema.

How do I know if I have Red Skin Syndrome or Eczema?

The hallmark signs of Red Skin syndrome are burning pain along with intense burning itch.  Other signs that can happen after withdrawal of corticosteroids is shedding of the skin, edema or swelling and oozing of yellow fluid.  The discontinuation of steroid cream completely and allowing the skin to heal is the only way to heal the skin for good.  This may take anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. 

Naturopathic Support Speeds You Through The Process

As a naturopathic doctor, I believe a strong support network and having naturopathic remedies to support the gut function and liver and kidney elimination functions are invaluable in speeding up the process of clearing and returning the skin to normal functioning.  Helpful remedies include probiotics, vitamins A and D, zinc, and herbal remedies that support the liver and kidney.

If this sounds like you, for more information, click on this website http://itsan.org/eczemacure.html and read the Q & A under the Resources tab. We have supported patients through this process and have found that naturopathic treatments are invaluable in helping through this difficult time.  Call our clinic for naturopathic supportive measures and help walking you through to healing.

Is Your Pain Staying No Matter What You Do?  Time to break any pain pattern links.

Is Your Pain Staying No Matter What You Do?  Time to break any pain pattern links.

If you have found yourself experiencing pain that is not going away, it may be due to a pain pattern that is linked or associated with something completley different.  These associations are things you are exposed to in life that are propagating your pain response without your awareness. 

What is Pain?

Pain is a firing of nerves caused by some irritating stimulus.  It usually is in response to some imbalance created in our equilibrium.  In regular terms, pain is a response of that hurts and tells us something is not the way our body wants it or something is bothering it that it does like.

Science is helping us discover that our experience of pain is heightened or lowered by the interpretations of these nerve firings and not just the nerve firing.  This means that there may be ways of changing our experience of  pain even if our body is being exposed to an irritant, i.e. even if you are not healed completely you can still have a reduction in pain. 

How to Change Pain.

Proof that our experience of pain can be changed even if the initiating painful irritant is not changed comes from  studies conducted with burn patients.  When the bandages on burn patients need to be changed it is extremely painful and usually morphine is all that helps.  These studies show that virtual reality games are more effective than morphine for these patients in decreasing pain.  The distraction of the nervous system with the interpretations the brain made about playing a video game and hearing music changed the experience of pain.  It changed it so much so that MRI’s show a dramatic shift in the registration of pain in the brain. 

There is a connection between the nerve firing and our interpretation of the stimulus that creates the awareness of pain or hurt.  If we can disconnect the interpretation and just experience the nerve as a sensation the experience of pain is changed and much more tolerable. 

The interpretation of pain is governed by the same patterns that govern much of our human experience and therefore associations and linking happen.  Linking is the process of association.  You experience A next to B and you link or associate A and B together.  If this happens multiple times or in an intense memorable way, you will link A and B eternally together until the pattern is de-linked. 

One prime example of this comes from pain in the body linked with emotions.  Someone experiences physical pain and starts to feel sad and depressed.  They link pain with sad and depressed.  Then the more they feel sad and depressed the more they feel pain and the more that leads to feeling sad and depressed.  This pattern can get imprinted to the point where later in life that person could start to feel sad and depressed and shortly after start experiencing pain in their body.  This pain pattern is usually covert and not consciously observed by the one experiencing this phenomenon.

There is Hope to get out of pain.

If you have tried many treatments to get rid of pain and have not seen a change, a few things are most likely going on.  One is that you have been misdiagnosed, two is that you may need more time for the treatment to work, or three is that your body has made some strong associations/links that need rewired.

There are many ways to de-link these associations.  The distraction technique to de-link pain and emotion or interpretation has numerous techniques, an example would be with the virtual reality games.  There are many other distraction techniques to help break the association such as EFT, mindfulness meditation, and many psychological techniques. 
A non-psychological way to break the associations is through a treatment called neural therapy. 

Fastest Treatment to get you out of Pain.

Neural therapy tries to change the nerve signaling by breaking the link at the nerve endings and nerve roots.  It is a technique where the nerves are injected with natural substances that change the firing of pain and help reset the nerve firing.  It is designed to settle down overly stimulated nerve endings.  It is extremely effective at giving immediate pain shifts.

If you are experiencing pain that is not going away, it is important to rule out any associations or linking that your body has made so that you can actually heal and repair.  Call our office if you would like to learn more about this or if you are not sure if your treatments would accomplish this.

Remember that making a disease and repairing from disease opposite ends of the same rope.  Disease and health are just responses the body makes to things we expose ourselves to.  This means that when we remove irritants and help the body see clearly, by de-linking pain patterns, it will repair to the best of its capacity.

Do You Want to Control Your Weight?  The key hormone to control your weight.

What would you do if you knew the secret to controlling your weight?

Having the ideal body size is a thing that eludes many people in our world.  The fight to control unwanted weight is an ongoing battle that is tiring and seemingly never won.  Imagine knowing how to control your weight.  If you knew, would you use it or would you at least be glad you knew how to control your weight?

The Secret Control

Science has isolated the process of weight loss and weight gain and the secret is in the control of insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that is released from your pancreas.  It is released in response to increases in blood sugars.  The higher the spike or the faster the blood sugar levels increase the more insulin is released.  Insulin helps to control the levels of sugar floating in your blood to keep you in optimal health.

What makes insulin spike?

Insulin spikes when we are exposed to sugars.  It spikes higher when we are exposed to processed sugars or anything that breaks down into sugar rapidly.  An example of something that breaks down into sugars rapidly would be flour products like: breads, pastas, cereals.

How does Insulin make you Fat?

Insulin makes you fat when you have excessive insulin spikes over time.  Insulin does two things that make you fat.  First, it tells your cells to store the sugars as fat.  Second, it tells the fat cells not to release the fat for breakdown. 

What does this look like?

Let's say someone has been letting their insulin spike without counterbalances for quite a while.  They are eating lots of breads and pastas without properly timing exercise.  This sends a message for insulin to chronically be elevated which in turn causes fat cells to hold on to fat.  So what happens when they do exercise is that they preferentially burn proteins and glycogen instead of fat.  This is why so many people tell us, I exercise so hard and can’t lose weight.

How can I find out if this is a Problem?

In a good assessment and some blood sugar tests we can tell you if this is going on for you.  If we suspect your insulin is getting overly secreted, we will do a trial program that stabilizes insulin and you will notice your weight getting under your control.  Seeing your weight getting under control is another way of diagnosing that this was a problem for you.

What can I do to control Insulin?

The top three keys to controlling Insulin are exercise, diet, and stress management.  Exercise to control insulin does not have to be marathon runs or even hours at the gym, these activities sometimes drop your blood sugars too low and lead to craving sugars that cause rebound spikes after large carbohydrate meals.  Walks after meals and moderate exercise can help with insulin just fine.  The diet component is all about controlling rapid blood sugar spikes.  This can happen through carbohydrate/sugar minimization, proper food combining, and focusing on replacing carbohydrates with high quality fats.  The high quality fat replacement sounds counterintuitive but it actually control insulin very well and trains your body to preferentially burn fat as the main energy source instead of storing fat.  Stress causes the release of “the stress hormone”, cortisol, which causes you to dump sugar into the blood stream.  This mechanism usually goes awry in someone with poor insulin regulation because this stress response can cause insulin to spike when blood sugars rise and lead to weight gain.

Are there things I can take to help with weight loss or weight control?

Yes!  There are many things to help with weight loss.  I will list a few but the list of things that can help is too long for me to do justice to it.  If you are truly interested in weight loss it would be good to sit down and see where you are at and decide what products would best suit your  situation and goals.

Garcinia Cambogia

  • Acts as a fat blocker - meaning fat cells will not be permitted to form.
  • Acts as an appetite suppressant - helping to control your cravings.
  • Zeros in on metabolizing belly fat - helping to eliminate it.
  • Helps emotional eaters - because the supplement has been shown to cause an increase in serotonin levels. This helps balance out mood swings and alleviates the symptoms of stress and depression.
  • Helps manage the levels of Cortisol in your body - a hormone that is directly tied to stress levels.

Guarana Seed Extract

According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, or NMCD, guarana is used as:

  • a stimulant
  • weight-loss aid and performance enhancer
  • prevention or treatment of dysentery, malaria, hypotension, heart problems, chronic fatigue syndrome and urinary flow problems
  • fever; diarrhea; and head, neck and joint pain
  • an aphrodisiac  

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)  Is an essential fatty acid (EFAs)

  • Decreases abdominal fat – adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this product can be quite helpful.
  • Increases metabolic rate – it increases the metabolic rate in some people which helps to burn calories faster.
  • Enhances muscle growth – muscle burns fat by utilizing more calories which is useful in weight loss.
  • Lowers insulin resistance – insulin resistance leads to Diabetes. Lowering insulin resistance can help preventing adult-onset diabetes. Low insulin resistance means that muscles can use up calories faster so it makes it easier to lose weight.
  • Reduces food-induced allergic reactions – CLA can be very helpful in this aspect
  • Enhances the immune system – enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit which can be obtained by using CLA

Rhodiola

  • Amps up your energy – increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of our red blood cells, making it particularly effective at increasing energy, vitality and stamina during times of stress
  • Reduces the amount of stress your body (and mind) experience:
  • Has a calming effect on our body and mental state because of an ability to reduce overly high cortisol levels, one of our major stress hormones.
  • In turn this improves memory and focus, energy levels, immune system, and causes a significantly better insulin response.
  • Also helps with binge eating (which often happens because of excess Cortisol)!
  • Helps you burn belly fat (oh yes… we all love that one!) – reduces belly fat, by increasing production of an enzyme called ‘hormone-sensitive lipase’, a substance which allows your body to access and utilize the fat stored in abdominal cells. 
  • Makes you smart. Like really, really smart.
  • Increases the sensitivity of your neurons (them thinkin’ cells in your brain) to the presence of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters involved in focus, memory, pleasure, mood and a whole bunch of other nice feelings.
  • Used as an extremely effective alternative to antidepressants.

Raspberry ketone

  • Is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries.
  • Regulates adiponectin - a protein used by the body to regulate metabolism.
  • Causes the fat within your cells to get broken up more effectively, helping your body burn fat faster.
  • The recommended dose is 100mg per day.  To get the same benefit from the whole fruit, you’d have to consume 90 pounds of raspberries.

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy

If you are experiencing fatigue and want more energy then we would like you to sign up for one of the Incredible Energy Programs.  We have been testing protocols for the treatment of fatigue over the past 10 years in our clinic and have come up with an extrememly effective approach that works for all stages of fatigue.  Wether you are feeling tired and exhausted or you have chronic fatigue syndrome, our programs can help you.

You Need Energy to Live the Life You Want

How often have you caught yourself saying I am exhausted, I’m too tired, I’m still tired when I wake up, I have no energy, or I want more energy?  If you find yourself saying these things then you definitely need some help.  We will help you create the energy you want to have so you can create the life you want to live.

The Incredible Energy programs help you understand what is causing your lack of energy and help you correct it.  Once you understand the energy drainers and builders you will automatically have the power to get your energy reserves growing.  Once you know the root cause and get the support you need to correct the root cause you will experience Incredible Energy.

The First Step:  What is causing my fatigue

The first step is to get a good assessment of your energy situation.  How full or empty are your reserves?  What are the daily drains to your energy?  Are you currently doing anything that builds energy or are you just draining it? There are many causes of fatigue and therefore it is extremely important to know what is causing your fatigue.  Some of the reasons for fatigue can only be diagnosed through a thorough exam and lab work-up.  This would include hormone imbalances, infections, and a whole host of diseases that show with fatigue as a symptom.  It is important to rule out the most serious causes of fatigue first and we can help with this.

The Next Step:  Treat the cause and the fatigue goes away

After a good assessment then we can embark on learning and implementing the key factors that build, create, and sustain your energy.  In order to beat fatigue, you need to know what builds energy as well as what steals energy.  Once you have this knowledge you can create a daily routine that does more building and less stealing. The end result will always be more energy to use where you want.

Build up the Depleted

Many people have exhausted their body's energy reserves overtime and have gone into a state of fatigue.  Others have had a traumatic event or series of events that have caused the body to be fried.  This traumatic event could be anything stressful for the body such as an illness, like a virus, to  an emotional trauma.

Digestion and Adrenal Fatigue

Everyone with fatigue, that I have seen, needed some form of treatment for the digestive tract as well as with their adrenal glands.  The digestive tract consumes 90% of the body’s energy when trying to digest food.  If you are having difficulty digesting certain foods you will always see lower energy.

The adrenal glands are the energy modulators of the body.  When living in a state of constant stress for an extended period of time the adrenal glands can enter a state of adrenal fatigue or exhaustion.  Correcting adrenal fatigue has been a big part of the success of our program.

When we treat the digestive tract and adrenal glands, energy improves!

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is identified by severe and long-term tiredness with debilitating effects that cannot be explained by other medical causes. Chronic fatigue strongly differs from drowsiness since individuals not only feel lethargic but also suffer from a severe lack of energy and motivation.

How do I know if I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or if I am just tired?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is diagnosed when fatigue does not diminish after proper sleep and nutrition and the fatigue is lasting for more than six months.  Individuals at risk for chronic fatigue are between the ages of 30-50 and women are believed to be at higher risk, however anyone can develop CFS.

Four or more of the following symptoms, that last six months or longer and are not explained by another medical condition, are what doctors are looking for to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Impaired memory or concentration
  • Post-exertional malaise, where physical or mental exertions bring on "extreme, prolonged exhaustion and sickness"
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Muscle pain (myalgia)
  • Pain in multiple joints (arthralgia)
  • Headaches of a new kind or greater severity
  • Sore throat, frequent or recurring
  • Tender lymph nodes (cervical or axillary)

What does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome feel like?

Symptoms experienced by individuals with chronic fatigue are similar to flu or viral infection symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, and extreme fatigue that often prevents normal daily activities.

Other commonly associated symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Extreme recovery periods following vigorous but routine activities,
  • Forgetfulness, difficulty with concentration, confusion, brian fog, irritability
  • Joint pain without swelling
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Sore throats
  • Irritable bowel
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or bloating
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Chest pain, Shortness of breath, Chronic cough
  • Visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain or dry eyes)
  • Allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
  • Difficulty maintaining upright position (orthostatic instability, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, balance problems or fainting)
  • Psychological problems (depression, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)

I have symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, what should I do?

If you are experiencing symptoms resembling those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome then please consult with us to get the guidance you need.  Talk to us about our program options to help you beat fatigue.

Tell me a little more about the programs before I commit?

We have created an advanced program that is effective at pulling people out of months and years of chronic fatigue within 1-2months.  We also have less aggressive approaches that are effective but take a little longer.

We use a combination of approaches based on your specific situation to get the best possible outcomes.  If you are interested in the program details please call and tell us your specifics to see how we can help.  604.737.0012

Unique natural program for chronic fatigue

Every person with chronic fatigue will have their own unique set of circumstances that have caused their symptoms.  Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, encouraged us to treat the person and not the disease.  So with that in mind we will design a treatment approach that is unique for each person.

  • Discover and reduce dietary and lifestyle irritants.
  • Rejuvenate the cells with the use of specific high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants geared towards energy production.
  • Support the regulation of energy through rebalancing the adrenal glands and other endocrine glands, thyroid and ovaries or testes.
  • Support the mind and body connection by exploring any emotional connections.

We have created two options for you to build Incredible Energy and beat fatigue.

Intermediate and Advanced Programs

The distinguishing marks between our advanced and intermediate fatigue programs are in the speed of recovery and the types of treatments used.  Simplified, our advanced program uses intravenous infusions of high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in combination with diet, lifestyle, and herbs and our intermediate program does not use intravenous therapies.  The advanced program is designed to be a rapid shift out of fatigue and the intermediate is designed for those who are ok with a slower change.

Intermediate Program

This program is for those who are concerned about the time and commitment that this program will require as well as for those who are new to the concept of taking control of your health.

It involves an initial assessment to understand the root cause of your symptoms and a discussion of possible tests and treatment options.  The program involves dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking supportive nutrients and herbs to help build you back up.  It usually requires 1 visit per month for 4-6 months to get someone completely back on track.  Saying this many people see improvements within the first 1-2 months but need continued support.

Cost:  Average range for someone with fatigue is from $300-2,000 depending on severity and duration of treatment.  Prices may vary slightly depending on situation.

The costs would include:

  • supplements up to 6 months
  • herbs for adrenal and digestive support
  • tests for food sensitivities and to discover root causes
  • visits for 1-6 months
  • follow up phone and email support

Advanced Program

This program is for those who are serious about wanting to experience more energy in their lives.  It requires more commitment than the intermediate program but the pay off is more impressive.

In our advanced program we utilize intravenous and/or intramuscular injections of high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  We find this to be a pivotal part of the treatment success but it is not the whole piece pf the puzzle.  We still use dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking supportive nutrients and herbs to help build you back up in addition to the IV infusions.  This program involves IV treatments 1-2 times per week for 1-2 months depending on the depletion of the individual.  This protocol has been able to pull people out of years of chronic fatigue and pain into full functioning highly energized individuals in a 1-2 month period. 

Cost:  Average range for someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is from $1,500-4,000 depending on severity and duration of treatment.  Prices may vary slightly depending on situation.

The costs would include:

  • IV infusions 1-2 times per week for at least 2 months
  • supplements for 2-6 months
  • herbs for adrenal and digestive support
  • tests for food sensitivities and to discover root causes
  • visits for 2-6 months
  • follow up phone and email support

Call us to find out what program would best work for you.

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy: Do you or someone you know suffer from fatigue?

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy: Do you or someone you know suffer from fatigue?

Beat Fatigue and Create Incredible Energy

If you are experiencing fatigue and want more energy then we would like you to sign up for one of the Incredible Energy Programs.  We have been testing protocols for the treatment of fatigue over the past 10 years in our clinic and have come up with an extrememly effective approach that works for all stages of fatigue.  Wether you are feeling tired and exhausted or you have chronic fatigue syndrome, our programs can help you.

You Need Energy to Live the Life You Want

How often have you caught yourself saying I am exhausted, I’m too tired, I’m still tired when I wake up, I have no energy, or I want more energy?  If you find yourself saying these things then you definitely need some help.  We will help you create the energy you want to have so you can create the life you want to live.

The Incredible Energy programs help you understand what is causing your lack of energy and help you correct it.  Once you understand the energy drainers and builders you will automatically have the power to get your energy reserves growing.  Once you know the root cause and get the support you need to correct the root cause you will experience Incredible Energy.

The First Step:  What is causing my fatigue

The first step is to get a good assessment of your energy situation.  How full or empty are your reserves?  What are the daily drains to your energy?  Are you currently doing anything that builds energy or are you just draining it? There are many causes of fatigue and therefore it is extremely important to know what is causing your fatigue.  Some of the reasons for fatigue can only be diagnosed through a thorough exam and lab work-up.  This would include hormone imbalances, infections, and a whole host of diseases that show with fatigue as a symptom.  It is important to rule out the most serious causes of fatigue first and we can help with this.

The Next Step:  Treat the cause and the fatigue goes away

After a good assessment then we can embark on learning and implementing the key factors that build, create, and sustain your energy.  In order to beat fatigue, you need to know what builds energy as well as what steals energy.  Once you have this knowledge you can create a daily routine that does more building and less stealing. The end result will always be more energy to use where you want.

Build up the Depleted

Many people have exhausted their body's energy reserves overtime and have gone into a state of fatigue.  Others have had a traumatic event or series of events that have caused the body to be fried.  This traumatic event could be anything stressful for the body such as an illness, like a virus, to  an emotional trauma.

Digestion and Adrenal Fatigue

Everyone with fatigue, that I have seen, needed some form of treatment for the digestive tract as well as with their adrenal glands.  The digestive tract consumes 90% of the body’s energy when trying to digest food.  If you are having difficulty digesting certain foods you will always see lower energy. 

The adrenal glands are the energy modulators of the body.  When living in a state of constant stress for an extended period of time the adrenal glands can enter a state of adrenal fatigue or exhaustion.  Correcting adrenal fatigue has been a big part of the success of our program.

When we treat the digestive tract and adrenal glands, energy improves!

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is identified by severe and long-term tiredness with debilitating effects that cannot be explained by other medical causes. Chronic fatigue strongly differs from drowsiness since individuals not only feel lethargic but also suffer from a severe lack of energy and motivation.

How do I know if I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or if I am just tired?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is diagnosed when fatigue does not diminish after proper sleep and nutrition and the fatigue is lasting for more than six months.  Individuals at risk for chronic fatigue are between the ages of 30-50 and women are believed to be at higher risk, however anyone can develop CFS.

Four or more of the following symptoms, that last six months or longer and are not explained by another medical condition, are what doctors are looking for to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Impaired memory or concentration
  • Post-exertional malaise, where physical or mental exertions bring on "extreme, prolonged exhaustion and sickness"
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Muscle pain (myalgia)
  • Pain in multiple joints (arthralgia)
  • Headaches of a new kind or greater severity
  • Sore throat, frequent or recurring
  • Tender lymph nodes (cervical or axillary)

What does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome feel like?

Symptoms experienced by individuals with chronic fatigue are similar to flu or viral infection symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, and extreme fatigue that often prevents normal daily activities.

Other commonly associated symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Extreme recovery periods following vigorous but routine activities,
  • Forgetfulness, difficulty with concentration, confusion, brian fog, irritability
  • Joint pain without swelling
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Sore throats
  • Irritable bowel
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or bloating
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Chest pain, Shortness of breath, Chronic cough
  • Visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain or dry eyes)
  • Allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
  • Difficulty maintaining upright position (orthostatic instability, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, balance problems or fainting)
  • Psychological problems (depression, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)

I have symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, what should I do?

If you are experiencing symptoms resembling those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome then please consult with us to get the guidance you need.  Talk to us about our program options to help you beat fatigue.

Tell me a little more about the programs before I commit?

We have created an advanced program that is effective at pulling people out of months and years of chronic fatigue within 1-2months.  We also have less aggressive approaches that are effective but take a little longer. 

We use a combination of approaches based on your specific situation to get the best possible outcomes.  If you are interested in the program details please call and tell us your specifics to see how we can help.  604.737.0012

Unique natural program for chronic fatigue

Every person with chronic fatigue will have their own unique set of circumstances that have caused their symptoms.  Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, encouraged us to treat the person and not the disease.  So with that in mind we will design a treatment approach that is unique for each person. 

  • Discover and reduce dietary and lifestyle irritants.
  • Rejuvenate the cells with the use of specific high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants geared towards energy production.
  • Support the regulation of energy through rebalancing the adrenal glands and other endocrine glands, thyroid and ovaries or testes.
  • Support the mind and body connection by exploring any emotional connections. 

We have created two options for you to build Incredible Energy and beat fatigue.

Intermediate and Advanced Programs

The distinguishing marks between our advanced and intermediate fatigue programs are in the speed of recovery and the types of treatments used.  Simplified, our advanced program uses intravenous infusions of high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in combination with diet, lifestyle, and herbs and our intermediate program does not use intravenous therapies.  The advanced program is designed to be a rapid shift out of fatigue and the intermediate is designed for those who are ok with a slower change.

Intermediate Program

This program is for those who are concerned about the time and commitment that this program will require as well as for those who are new to the concept of taking control of your health.

It involves an initial assessment to understand the root cause of your symptoms and a discussion of possible tests and treatment options.  The program involves dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking supportive nutrients and herbs to help build you back up.  It usually requires 1 visit per month for 4-6 months to get someone completely back on track.  Saying this many people see improvements within the first 1-2 months but need continued support.

Cost:  Average range for someone with fatigue is from $300-2,000 depending on severity and duration of treatment.  Prices may vary slightly depending on situation.

The costs would include: 

  • supplements up to 6 months
  • herbs for adrenal and digestive support
  • tests for food sensitivities and to discover root causes
  • visits for 1-6 months
  • follow up phone and email support

Advanced Program

This program is for those who are serious about wanting to experience more energy in their lives.  It requires more commitment than the intermediate program but the pay off is more impressive.

In our advanced program we utilize intravenous and/or intramuscular injections of high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  We find this to be a pivotal part of the treatment success but it is not the whole piece pf the puzzle.  We still use dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking supportive nutrients and herbs to help build you back up in addition to the IV infusions.  This program involves IV treatments 1-2 times per week for 1-2 months depending on the depletion of the individual.  This protocol has been able to pull people out of years of chronic fatigue and pain into full functioning highly energized individuals in a 1-2 month period.  

Cost:  Average range for someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is from $1,500-4,000 depending on severity and duration of treatment.  Prices may vary slightly depending on situation.

The costs would include:

  • IV infusions 1-2 times per week for at least 2 months
  • supplements for 2-6 months
  • herbs for adrenal and digestive support
  • tests for food sensitivities and to discover root causes
  • visits for 2-6 months
  • follow up phone and email support

Reminder:  If you or someone you refer signs up for our advanced program by June 1st, you get one complimentary IV infusion of high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Canada postal workers lose weight and reduce risk of heart disease through naturopathic medicine

Here's an article that shows how seeing a naturopathic doctor as little as 7 times a year drastically improved the health of Canadian postal workers. If you want to learn more about how these naturopathic visits can help you or your organization call our clinic. 

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April Newsletter: Cut Inflammation and Fat | Create Incredible Energy

April Newsletter: Cut Inflammation and Fat | Create Incredible Energy

Spring Forward

Hope you are enjoying spring.  We have written some articles that will help you Spring Forward in your health and life this spring.  If we did not cover your interests please let us know for next time.  In this newsletter we cover the connection between your gut and acne, beating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, energy herbs safe in pregnancy, cutting inflammation, and other healthy tips.

Congratulations Dr Nari!

We are extemely pleased to announce that our very own, Dr. Nari Pidutti, won 3rd place in the 16th Annual Best of the City Readers Choice Awards for Vancouver Naturopathic Doctors! This is Dr. Nari's second time winning this award, she place 3rd in 2011 in the Naturopathic category as well.  We would like to thank all of our patients for voting and being apart of our clinic!

Remember Your Health Goals?

At the beginning of the year we wrote the following:

 " We want to encourage you to set some specific health goals that you would like to achieve this year.  We want you to aim high enough on your health goals that you will actually need accountability to reach them.

What are your health goals for this year?

What will you get if you achieve your health goals?

What will you feel if you achieve your health goals?

What are the blocks to you achieving your health goals?

Once you have answered these questions you are ready to set clear time sensitive steps to achieve these goals.  If you are not sure on how to do this or unclear on what steps will help you achieve your goals, let us help you create that plan."

It is time to check in and see how your health goals are going.  If you are on track, well done!  If not, what is holding you back?  Have you noticed any patterns?  What will it take to change these?  What do you need to get you back on track?  If you are still feeling weak in going after your goals it may be an emotional block that is holding you back.  If so, let us help you walk through that block and get the joy of living healthy again.

We hope this spring springs you further than you can imagine!

Sincerely,
Drs. John and Nari Pidutti

9 Quick No-brainer Changes to get you Healthier

Getting healthy can feel like a constant uphill battle, such as fighting the urge to sleep instead of working out, or saying no to that cookie craving.  Sometimes, however, little changes can improve your sense of confidence and get you feeling good that lead you to saying – I can do this!  So here are some quick ideas:

1. Substitute baked purple potatoes instead of toast for breakfast.  Purple indicates high levels of proanthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants.  Purple potatoes also have been shown to lower blood pressure.  Roast at 350 for 1 hour the night before and all you have to do is peel and eat for breakfast.  My children devoured theirs with some goat yogurt and honey.

2. Try organic goji berries instead of raisins in your oatmeal.  In traditional Chinese medicine Goji berries strengthen the “yin” and benefit the eyes.  Try it in steel cut oatmeal with some cinnamon, salt and a bit of honey.

3. Swap out green tea or matcha green tea for coffee.  

4. Add in a greens drink to your breakfast routine.  Let’s face it – taking out the juicer is a tough sell on a busy morning.  I am always thinking about how to pH balance and alkalinize my meal.  So while fresh juices and real greens are always best, on a busy day, add in a powdered greens drink to your usual breakfast routine.  My favorite is Vitamineral Greens Powder (unsweetened) or Greens First (if you like Stevia).  These are available at our office.

5. Instead of rice, potatoes or your usual starchy side dish, substitute with a colorful carb vegetable.  Try beets, roasted eggplant, squash or braised cabbage.   These low glycemic nutrient dense carbohydrates can easily make your plate more colorful and interesting.  These carbohydrate rich vegetables are more nutrient dense than your usual rice or white potato side.

6. Instead of ice cream, try blended frozen bananas.  Keep peeled frozen bananas in the freezer and blend with good quality blender or hand blender to make soft serve ice cream.  Add in unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor.  My children didn’t even know it wasn’t ice cream.  (Thanks to Eat Simply for this tip https://www.facebook.com/eatsimply).

7. Add chia seeds to your smoothies.  Most people make some version of a protein smoothie.  To your usual mix, add in some powerful chia seeds, which have omega oils, and is a vegetarian source of protein.

8. Swap proportions.  Instead of a large steak and a vegetable side dish, swap the proportions so that you have a vegetable meal and a steak side dish.

9. Stop eating when you are 80% full.   In Japan they call this hara hachi bu.  The Okinawans in Japan have a longer than average life span.  In fact, almost 29% of Okinawans live to be 100, four times the average in western countries. 

What are your favorite no brainer health substitutes or quick tips?  Leave a comment below.

Heart Healthy Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea, also known as sour tea, has been recently investigated for its heart protective effects.  I’ve enjoyed hibiscus tea personally but more recently discovered its effects on cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

An extract of the herb Hibiscus sabdariffa has been shown in animal studies to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.   It works by decreasing fatty acid synthase (the enzyme that makes fatty acids) and lowers HMG CO-A reductase (just like statin drugs).  It also increases LDL receptor expression (which lowers blood LDL levels).

Interestingly this same plant also acts on inhibiting Angiotensin I Converting Enzyme (ACE), which is the same action in a well-known class of blood pressure lowering drugs.  Several human clinical trials showed significant reductions in blood pressure mostly taking hibiscus in a tea form.  Systolic blood pressure dropped on average between 5-11%.  One study showed similar effectiveness of hibiscus and captopril (an ACE inhibiting class of blood pressure lowering medication).

Another study in 2010 showed a small but significant reduction of serum triglycerides by 10% compared to a control group when supplementing with HSE capsules at a dose of 500mg twice a day.  HSE stands for Hibiscus sabdariffa 74% Polyphenol Extract.

One study also showed a reduction in fasting glucose by 6.7% in normal patients and reduced blood glucose 8.4% in those patients with metabolic syndrome.  HSE was given in capsule form.

Hibiscus tea benefits a wide range of benefits of reducing blood pressure and abnormal lipid metabolism, especially triglycerides.   These heart healthy effects make this sour tea kind of sweet.

References:
1. Yang MY, Peng CH, et al. The hypolipidemic effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa polyphenols via inhibiting lipogenesis and promoting hepatic lipid clearance.  J Agric Food Chem 2010 Jan 27;58(2):850-9
2. Ojeda D, Jimenez-Ferrer E, et al. Inhibition of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity by the anthocyanins delphinidin- and cyaniding-3-O-sambubiosides from Hibicus sabdariffa. J Ethnopharmacol 2010 Jan 8:127(1)7-10
3. McKay DL, et al. Hibiscus sabdariffa L. tea lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. J Nutr 2010 Feb; 140(2):298-303
4. Herrera-Arellano A. et al. Effectiveness and tolerability of a standardized extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa in patients with mild to moderate hypertension: a controlled and randomized clinical trial. Phytomedicine 2004 Jul;11(5):375-82
5. Herrera-Arellano A, et al.  Clinical effects produced by a standardized herbal medicinal product of Hibiscus sabdariffa on patients with hypertension.  A randomized, double-blind, lisinopril-controlled clinical trial.  Planta Med 2007 Jan; 73(1):6-12
6. Faraji MH, Tarkhani AHH.  The effect of sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on essential hypertension. J Ethnopharmacol. 1999 Jun;65(3):231-6
7. Gurrola-Diaz CM, Garcia-Lopez PM, et al.  Effects of Hibiscus sabdariffa extract powder and prevention treatment (diet) on the lipid profiles of patients with metabolic syndrome. Phytomedicine 2010 Jun;17(7):500-5

Pregnancy Safe Energy Boosting Herbs

Pregnancy is a wonderful season of life.  One main complaint during pregnancy, however, is fatigue, especially when there are toddlers to care for as well.   There are herbal remedies that are safe in pregnancy that can help boost your energy.

It is important to first rule out any medical conditions that is causing fatigue.  See your doctor to make sure you are not anemic or have a thyroid condition or anything else.  Also, make sure you practice sound sleep hygiene habits and try to eat nutritionally dense foods low in sugar, talk to us about these if you are not sure.

If all else is normal, boosting your energy with herbal remedies can help to stay functioning.  The following herbs are considered to be adrenal adaptogens, also known as tonics in other cultures.   In Korea and China, ginseng is a well known tonic, in Europe its blackcurrant.  Adaptogens increase the resistance in the body to stressors and act to normalize physiological function, and bring the body towards homeostasis (balance).  Adaptogens and tonics are generally non-toxic.  Adaptogens taken regularly have been shown to improve fatigue and improve carbohydrate metabolism.

The following list is taken from a class given by Dr. Mary Bove and Dr. Cathy Carlson Rink who both are naturopathic doctors, herbalists and midwives.  Pregnancy safe adrenal energy tonics include:

Rhodiola rosea
• Widely studied in Russia for increasing resilience to stress
• 300-500mg per day of dried root or 100mg of a standardized extract extract standardized to 3 percent rosavins and 0.8-1 percent salidroside, as the naturally occurring ratio of these compounds is approximately 3:1.

Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
• Also has beneficial effects on the thyroid
• 3-6 grams daily of the dried root
• 300-500 mg of an extract standardized to contain 1.5 percent withanolides
• Generally safe. Large doses have been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, and vomiting

Asparagus Racemosa (Shatavari)
• Also a reproductive tonic
• This also moistens dry membranes, making it useful for constipation and dry coughs

Astragalus membranaceus
• Known as a Qi tonic in Traditional Chinese medicine
• Immunotonic and promotes tissue healing
• Also reduces edema or swelling in pregnancy

Eleuthrococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng)
• Also beneficial if there is edema or swelling in pregnancy
• also helps insomnia or dream disturbed sleep
• 1-4 g/day dry root

Panax ginseng
• This herb can be too stimulating, start low and increase the dose as needed
• This is a premiere herb for energy, and also helps with insomnia and dream disturbed sleep

Shisandra chinensis
• 2-6 grams/day of dried fruit
• very astringent, mild effects on energy

Ocimum sanctum (Holy basil, tulsi)
• This herb also helps with blood sugar control, which is helpful in pregnancy
• Also is a sleep restorative

Licorice is known as an adrenal adaptogen but should not be used in pregnancy unless under the care of a well known physician and should be limited to 2-4 weeks.

Alcoholic based tinctures taken long term are best avoided in pregnancy.  Dried encapsulated might be the best form.  Ask your naturopathic physician if you need more energy while pregnant and want to use these herbs or if you are taking herbs and want to get pregnant.

References:
1. Mills S, Bone K, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. 2005, St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone).
2. Mills E., Duguoa, JJ, Perri, D and Koren, G, Herbal Safety in Pregancy and Lactation: An Evidence Based Approach. 2006,  Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis Medical.

One tip to drop fat and cut inflammation

Wheat is one of the most commonly consumed foods in the western world.  Yet we do not have a collective grasp on how it affects our bodies. 

Are whole grains really that healthy?

The health benefits of whole grains come from the nutrients delivered as well as the fiber.  The problem comes from some very allergenic components, exorphins, and the overload in carbohydrates when people consume large amount of wheat flour products.

Exorphins

Exorphins are peptides (small proteins) that bind to opioid receptors and come from outside the body.  Wheat has exorphins that bind to opioid receptors in our brain giving the morphine like effect of feeling good when we eat wheat but enhancing the addiction to wheat.  To read a great article on food cravings and exorphins read this.  http://www.healingmountainpublishing.com/articles/exorphins.html

Dangerously Deceptive

When we consume wheat it is digested rapidly into sugar and creates an instant surge in our blood sugars.  We feel an immediate decrease in our hunger as well as an instant rush of energy and satiation.  This is due to the exaggerated blood sugar levels as well as exorphins.  This spike in blood sugar and enhanced sensation of satiation is quickly wiped out by a blood sugar crash and a desire for more.  This enhances the addictive cycle we experience with wheat as well as leads to increased fat production in certain individuals.

Medical research has shown that decreasing simple carbohydrates (soda, candy, sugars) helps in preventing the top killing diseases in North America plus many others; cancer, diabetes, and heart disease to name the top.  Aside from some fiber and a small amount of nutrients, bread has a very similar effect on blood sugar as a can of soda according to Dr. Williams, author of Wheat Belly and a cardiologist.

Wheat has been linked to numerous health conditions

1. Celiac Disease
2. Neurological Disorders
3. Diabetes
4. Heart Disease
5. Schizophrenia
6. Arthritis
7. Rashes

My Grandparents lived off wheat why can’t I?

In 1985 the National Heart, Lung, and blood Institute Program advised to eat “healthy whole grains”.  This is not a bad idea if you were consuming wheat that was high in fiber and rich in nutrients.  In 1985 the obesity charts in America also started to skyrocket, which may have some connection as we understand what was done to wheat in the late 1970’s.  This jump at the same time may also be due to other issues as well.

In the 1970’s, agricultural scientists genetically hybridized wheat strains. Wheat was hybridized, crossbred, and introgressed with the hopes of building resistance to drought or pathogens and to increase yield or crops.

The changes to wheat were done in such a way that they increased the simple carbohydrate part of the grain.  From a calories perspective in the 70’s when world hunger was a big scare it made sense.  Yet now we know that this increase in the simple carbs is leading to serious health problems.  We now see the following trends with wheat consumption:
1. Appetite stimulation – consume more per sitting and more frequently
2. Exposure to brain – active exorphins = addictive
3. Exaggerated blood sugar surges – trigger cycles of satiety alternating w/ heightened appetite = unhealthy cycle. Hard to maintain.
4. Inflammatory and pH effects that erode cartilage and damage bone
5. Activation of disordered immune responses –increased celiac disease and a host of other inflammatory conditions with association to wheat sensitivities
6. Hormonal disruption – increase in abdominal or deep visceral fat.
7. Growth in visceral organs
8. Process of glycation – this is an oxidative breakdown that leads to serious health problems- See our article on Advanced Glycosilated End Products.

Another issue with wheat products, that our forefathers did differently, is the yeast added in making them.  There is an Italian study done that shows the yeast used in breads can change the amount of inflammation in celiac disease caused by wheat (1). This points to the idea that there may be more than just a problem with wheat.  The yeast mixed with the wheat in this study broke down the gluten in a different way than our modern baker’s yeast.  There is still so much more to be learned. 

What to do?

Some people have chosen to completely avoid wheat and others have decided to minimize.  If you are sensitive to wheat then you may be able to just minimize.  If you have celiac disease, which you may not know until you get tested, you will need to completely avoid wheat. 

Talk to us if you are not sure if you have a wheat sensitivity or if you think you have gluten intolerance (celiac disease).  We can help direct you in the appropriate testing and treatments.

The benefits of decreasing or avoiding wheat are the following:

1. Decrease in trigger of blood sugar rises
2. No exorphins to drive impulse to consume more, no initiation of the glucose-insulin cycle of appetite
3. Little drive for appetite (except genuine needs)
4. Calorie intake decreases
5. Visceral fat is reduced/disappears
6. Insulin resistance improves
7. Blood sugar decreases – reversal of diabetes in some cases
8. Slows down aging

(1)  Safety for Patients with Celiac Disease of Baked Goods Made of Wheat Flour Hydrolyzed During Food Processing was published in the January 2011 issue of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Foods to avoid and supplements to take

Diet and Supplements are helping Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients in Vancouver

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis effects over 1 million people in North America.  It is unclear at this time what causes the condition.  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is characterized by four or more of the following, that lasts more than 6 months and are not explained by another medical condition:

  • Impaired memory or concentration
  • Post-exertion malaise, where physical or mental exertions bring on "extreme, prolonged exhaustion and sickness"
  • Unrefreshed sleep
  • Muscle pain (myalgia)
  • Pain in multiple joints (arthralgia)
  • Headaches of a new kind or greater severity
  • Sore throat, frequent or recurring
  • Tender lymph nodes (cervical or axillary)

In our Vancouver clinic we have found that addressing each person as a whole individual has given great results in the midst of so many uncertainties.  Treating why a person is experiencing a condition vs chasing symptoms gives results where little else has.  Read here for more on our approach when treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the clinic.

Dietary changes and supplementation with specific antioxidants are proving to be beneficial in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Studies show wheat, milk, corn, and additives like food colorings, nitrates, and nitrites are linked to CFS.  There is also some promise in research on the following supplements; glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, alpha-lipoic acid, oligomeric proanthocyanidins, Ginkgo biloba, and Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry).

The article below showcases some of the research around these supplements and the food intolerances being explored in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Read about Supplements and Dietary changes that are showing benefit.

Is your Gut causing your Acne?  The Gut-Brain cause of Acne

Solve Acne without Dangerous Side Effects

How to solve acne without dangerous side effects or re-occurrence has been perplexing dermatologists and patients for years.  Interestingly enough an old theory is proving to show impressive clinical outcomes.  Naturopathic Doctors have been treating acne and its relationship with the digestive tract since the profession began.  Research is finally proven what was clinically known all along.  

The following article is an in-depth article that explores the multifaceted connection of Acne and how to begin treatment.  It explores how inflammation in the gut leads to increased inflammatory load in our bodies and increased oxidative damage that eventually leads to issues in the skin.  Our Vancouver clinic uses a comprehensive program that focuses on cleaning from the inside out to get clear acne and other skin blemishes.  We may also incorporate the use of Glutathione to help clear the skin.  Glutathione given intravenously has become the most sought after skin treatment in the South Pacific (Philippines, Indonesia, etc.).

Abstract from; Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis - back to the future?  Whitney P. Bowe, Alan C. Logan

Over 70 years have passed since dermatologists John H. Stokes and Donald M. Pillsbury first proposed a
gastrointestinal mechanism for the overlap between depression, anxiety and skin conditions such as acne. Stokes
and Pillsbury hypothesized that emotional states might alter the normal intestinal microflora, increase intestinal
permeability and contribute to systemic inflammation. Among the remedies advocated by Stokes and Pillsbury
were Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures. Many aspects of this gut-brain-skin unifying theory have recently been
validated. The ability of the gut microbiota and oral probiotics to influence systemic inflammation, oxidative stress,
glycemic control, tissue lipid content and even mood itself, may have important implications in acne. The intestinal
microflora may also provide a twist to the developing diet and acne research. Here we provide a historical
perspective to the contemporary investigations and clinical implications of the gut-brain-skin connection in acne.

Read Full Article here:  Gut-Brain cause of Acne PDF  

Dr. Pidutti’s Green Smoothie Recipe

GREEN SMOOTHIE

Soak overnight any combination of the following seeds: 

approx. 1-2 tablespoons flax seeds (not ground)
approx. 1-2 tablespoons Salba, a.k.a. white chia seeds (not ground)
Sunflower seeds
1-2 dates to sweeten per serving

To soak:
Fill a container with your seeds & water, ensure water level is about ¼” higher than your nuts/seeds.  The water will be jelly like in morning, this is normal, throw everything into the blender.

Ingredients:
• Add your fruit of choice (that you aren’t sensitive to) bananas, berries, mango, papaya, and/or apples, in any combination
• Add 2-3 fistfuls of greens: any combination of kale; romaine; baby greens; spinach or parsley
• Add ¼ tsp of tumeric (optional)
• Add 1-2 tbsp of fish oil or cod liver oil
• For a creamy texture, add ½ avocado (peeled & pitted)
• For additional protein, add protein powder (optional)
• For a chocolate taste, add 1 tsp carob powder