Before you aim your nosedive directly into the eggnog bowl, or begin firing Ferrero Rocher's into your mouth, keeping a few helpful tips in mind will allow you to remain festive and enjoy the holiday 'cheer' without completely sabotaging your health.
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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> For more information on Dr. Dempster you can visit his website <a href="http://www.thedempsterclinic.com/" rel="nofollow">www.thedempsterclinic.com</a>.
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.
11/20/2015 11:46 EST
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.
08/08/2015 02:16 EDT
Optimizing your gut health is always a tremendous objective to help feel, think and look your best. This is where essential nutrients for life are absorbed and waste is removed. Below are my top 5 ways to cure your IBS.
05/30/2015 04:38 EDT
More and more patients are demanding answers to the root cause(s) of their symptoms, not wanting merely a suppressive "band-aid" approach. There are multiple factors that impact our health on a daily basis, and this couldn't be any truer when discussing mental health. Traditionally, many conditions labeled under the umbrella of "mental illness" were summed up solely as genetic or biochemical imbalances.
03/25/2015 08:36 EDT
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).
03/01/2015 01:49 EST
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.
02/05/2015 12:45 EST
While I'm all for enjoying the celebrations of life, too much of these things can increase our susceptibility to illness and wear our us down. Fortunately, there a number of ways to support your system so you can enjoy the festivities while staying healthy this year. Below are my top five supplements for men to take through the holiday season this year.
11/25/2014 05:33 EST
While I am an enormous believer and fan of custom detoxification programs built around one's own unique biochemical makeup, there are many general strategies that can reduce your toxic burden and improve your ability to heal and kick start your path to optimal health and wellness.
11/02/2014 09:33 EST
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.
07/29/2014 01:11 EDT
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.
05/31/2014 01:29 EDT
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.
04/21/2014 08:06 EDT
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.
03/31/2014 05:38 EDT
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
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.
03/12/2014 01:03 EDT
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
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
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
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.
01/21/2014 07:57 EST
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 <em>harmful</em>. It's time to shed some light on these myths.
01/13/2014 05:10 EST
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