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Dr. John Dempster

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. John Dempster is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and is the medical director/founder of The Dempster Clinic – Center for Functional Medicine. At his Yorkville clinic in Toronto, Canada, he focuses on a functional medicine model to treat a variety of patients ranging from high performance individuals to those with dealing with chronic illness such as Cancer, Diabetes, Mental Health conditions, Autoimmune illness and more. In addition he has a strong passion for helping patients embrace an Optimal Aging philosophy to help them achieve a long, healthy, vibrant and fulfilling life. As a result, Dr. Dempster has a clinical focus on Intravenous or parenteral Nutritional Therapies when treating and preventing chronic illness.

As an avid seeker into integrative and evidence based medicine, he has furthered his studies by completing an advanced fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M), and is board certified in Functional, Regenerative, and Anti-aging medicine. In addition to his busy practice, he writes regularly for a number of publications and speaks to corporations on a variety of health & wellness topics. Dr. D is also featured frequently on national television, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Aside from treating patients and teaching those how to improve their health and lifestyle, Dr. Dempster finds time to live a balanced life. He is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, fly fisherman and white-water canoe adventurer throughout Canada’s arctic.

For more information on Dr. Dempster you can visit his website
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Top 7 Ways To Reverse And Prevent Diabetes

There are a variety of different types of diabetes; however Type 2 Diabetes is the most common affecting 90-95% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is almost 100% curable by making changes to your diet, lifestyle, and environment.
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5 Secret Weapons for Managing Stress

Gone are the days where we don't look at the mind body connection. In fact, the more research that rolls out the more we see it as the ABSOLUTE connection needed to bridge the gap not only for treatment of, but also in prevention of the many chronic diseases facing developed nations today.
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Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness

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Top 5 Nutritional Tips to Decrease Your Risk of a Heart Attack

If I were to ask you to choose between a Snicker's Bar and a bagel, which caused the biggest spike blood sugar when consumed -- which one would you pick? The glycemic index is a tool that measures foods for this exact reason, and yes certain breads such as bagels and other breadstuffs do actually score higher (GI=95) on this scale than this beloved Snickers candy bar (GI=51).
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I am a huge fan of the month of January. For those of you who just raised your eyebrows and HATE winter, my apologies to you. For me, January has always been a great time for self-reflection and self-improvement -- something I'm a big subscriber to. This is a great time of year to reset, tighten up and re-focus our personal goals on all levels.
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Top 5 Supplements Men Need to Survive the Holiday Season

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The Top Five Daily Detox Tips (That Work!)

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5 Signs You Need To Get Your Thyroid Checked Right Away

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

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05/31/2014 01:29 EDT
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Is it a Food Allergy, Intolerance, or Sensitivity?

Of the information generation, many are self-diagnosing as being "gluten free," "lactose intolerant," etc. While removing these foods from a diet will almost never cause anyone harm, it often requires a more thorough understanding to truly comprehend if what we're eating, drinking, or breathing can harm us or heal us.
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The Top Five Unhealthiest 'Health Foods'

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03/31/2014 05:38 EDT
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Top 5 Dangerous Toxins Hidden in Your Home

I often mention that it is not about being perfect in avoiding every toxin -- this is an impossible task in today's world. However, it is important to be aware of toxic sources in your living/working space and reduce or eliminate as many as possible. Combining a reduction & detoxification strategy has never been more important than it is today.
03/20/2014 12:45 EDT
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Are You Getting The Top 5 Foods That Fight Cancer?

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03/12/2014 01:03 EDT
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Is Your Body on Fire? Here's How to Reduce Inflammation

Did you know that most adults over the age of 40 are harbouring unwelcome and unwanted toxic metals in our body? Toxic what?? We have all been exposed to metals such as; mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, etc. at some point from our environment. Common sources include paint & gas fumes, flames, vaccinations, fish, and dental procedures, etc.
02/18/2014 12:13 EST
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7 Heart Healthy Tests That Can Save Your Life

Currently, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). It is time for a functional medicine approach to treat and prevent heart disease. Here are my seven heart tests that can save your life.
02/11/2014 05:27 EST
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Yes, you heard me right. Fat is good for us, and unfortunately we've been fed a load of garbage when told to eat a low fat diet to obtain our best weight and optimal health. Fat is required for the production of hormones, optimal brain cell function. We have to eat fat to lose fat. However, not all fats are created equal and not all fats are healthy.
02/05/2014 12:53 EST
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Top 7 Food Rules for People in Pain

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.
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Do Vitamins Really Make You a Healthier Person?

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.
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