Naturopathic Medicine

Medicine Is Evolving to Involve the Patient

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Medicine is evolving. The lack of sustainability associated with resuscitation is driving a demand for healthcare that leverages technology to assist in communication, compliance and curation of lifestyle options to prevent and reverse chronic disease.

5 Signs You Need To Get Your Thyroid Checked Right Away

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Depression or anxiety -- including sudden onset of panic disorder -- can be symptoms of thyroid disease. While there can many other factors involved, thyroid should be one of the first areas of assessment when treating anxiety or depression. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks.

Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? It's Time to Start Juicing

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Hodish warns that while the nutritional benefits of juicing far outweigh the hassle of preparing a freshly squeezed drink, it's still a lot of work. "Juicing is a task. It takes time," he says. To be more efficient, Hodish makes all of his juice in the morning -- it takes about one pound of produce to yield a single serving -- and stores it in mason jars to prevent it from oxidizing.

7 Things My Healthiest Patients Do

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Even the busiest of the multiple ball balancers find a way to move. Ride your bike to work, walk during your lunch hour or sit on a stability ball at your desk. Anything is better than nothing. You are designed to move. It will increase mental clarity, stimulate your immune system and make you a friendlier person.

The Top Five Unhealthiest 'Health Foods'

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada
Dr. John Dempster

Soy contains isoflavones which interfere with an enzyme that we need for T3 and T4 (Thyroid Hormone) production. A Japanese study at the Ishizuki Clinic found that just 35 mg of isoflavones per day caused thyroid suppression in healthy individuals in just three months which can lead to many problems including weight gain, malaise, loss of libido, and hair thinning.

Are You Getting The Top 5 Foods That Fight Cancer?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Turmeric is popular spice that is found in curries, etc. It contains enormous anti-inflammatory properties that can act as a natural 'fire extinguisher' to quench inflammation. Inflammation provides cancer cells an advantage to grow, thus anything we can do to reduce it will help reduce our risk of not only cancer, but most chronic disease facing developed nations today.

Top 7 Food Rules for People in Pain

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

One of the most important yet misunderstood steps in addressing chronic pain, is the discussion of underlying food sensitivities. Known as a delayed allergy, these reactions are identified by an IgG, IgA or an IgM antibody reaction. These are very different than the true (immediate) allergy, defined by an IgE reaction.

Do Vitamins Really Make You a Healthier Person?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

How many times have you heard that supplements are merely just expensive urine? Have you also heard that supplements are not needed as we get everything we need from our diet today? Even worse, recent mainstream media articles have also suggested that vitamin supplements are even harmful. It's time to shed some light on these myths.

Is Gluten Really That Bad for You?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Emerging science shows that gluten may be much more damaging than once thought. What was once believed to only affect those with a diagnosis Celiac disease (a debilitating illness resulting from an extreme gluten response) is now being correlated as an inflammatory trigger in almost one in four people today.

Functional Medicine May Save Your Life

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Many of you may have already heard of the term "functional medicine," an emerging buzzword in the arenas of health and wellness. That being said, you may still be slightly in the dark as to what this cutting-edge medicine is really all about, and how it can benefit you.

Beat Colds and Flus...Naturally!

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

The leaves are turning beautiful colours, there is a fresh bite to the air, and it's that time of year again -- cold and flu season! Below are my top five Cold and Flu busters for you, your family, and friends (who are not perfect 365 days a year...).

Are the Foods You're Eating Friend or Foe?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

What do shellfish, tree pollen, bee stings, and peanuts all have in common? For many people, the mere mention of these foods brings up memories of itchy skin and watery eyes. In fact, many of us have also been conditioned that this is the ONLY form of an allergic reaction that has a serious impact on our health. But is it?

Four Tips For a New Year's Detox

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

Whether it's from everyday toxins, or compounded from too many holiday parties, many people head into January feeling frumpy and fatigued. While you may have the perfect detox diet and supplements already lined up, by integrating these four steps you will ensure that your New Year's resolutions are well within reach.

My Love Affair with Naturopathy

Meghan Pearson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I had been toying with the idea of visiting a Naturopathic doctor for a couple of years when the opportunity came up for me to take the plunge. I have been OK with how standard healthcare has treated me thus far. But I have decided that I want answers. Not just band-aid solutions, or easy fixes. Enter Dr. Erin Wiley, ND.