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My Birth Experience- yet another C-Section

My Birth Experience- yet another C-Section
January 27, 2020 12:59 PM

As some of you know, I wrote about how I begrudgingly had a C-section with my first. This caused me some trauma. Knowing what I know as a naturopathic doctor, I wanted to avoid that outcome at all costs. The benefits of a vaginal birth are quite substantial. There's a study that shows that c-section babies are at an increased risk of allergies, dermatitis and asthma. The benefits of the bacterial flora that the baby goes through as it is born is tremendous for the immune system and digestive ...Read more

7 Ways To Avoid Packing On Extra Pounds This Holiday Season

7 Ways To Avoid Packing On Extra Pounds This Holiday Season
December 06, 2019 03:32 PM

Do you have big plans for January? Many of our patients say they’d like to take control of their health in 2020. That often includes losing some extra pounds.   However, it’s always important not to get caught up in the numbers on the scale. Instead, a good alternative goal is to focus on lowering your body fat (but only if that would help your general health) and raising your energy levels. In other words, your goal should always be to improve your overall quality of life, not to chase aft...Read more

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Dealing with Holiday Stress
December 06, 2019 03:27 PM

December brings festive parties, fun times with family, favourite traditions… and stress. How much stress? According to a Healthline survey, the combination of joy and pressure that makes up the month of December means that more than 60% of us find the holiday season somewhat to very stressful.   Considering the many factors that make up holiday stress: the tricky family politics, the joys of winter weather, busy schedules getting in the way of regular exercise, the endless appetizers, and ...Read more

Which Is More Important: Diet or Exercise?

Which Is More Important: Diet or Exercise?
September 17, 2019 03:23 PM

Eat less, exercise more. You’ve probably heard that’s the secret to weight loss. So, it makes sense that if you want to lose weight quickly, or if you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau, you need to really ramp up the exercise, right?   Unfortunately, many people experience frustration with this approach. Why aren’t they successful?  Research suggests that weight loss can be more complex than a simple “calories in/calories out” formula. In fact, our hormones play a larger role in regulating our m...Read more

Environmental Pollution in the Home: Everyday Things May be Harming Your Health

Environmental Pollution in the Home: Everyday Things May be Harming Your Health
June 04, 2019 02:07 PM

Is your home affecting your health? If you avoid obvious pollutants like cigarette smoke, you may be pretty certain your home is not toxic. And if you clean regularly, you might even be slightly offended by the suggestion! However, indoor pollutants are much more common than many people realize. The sources of many pollutants are everyday objects and products we don’t consider harmful. The media devotes a lot of attention to outdoor pollution (and it’s a valid health concern). However, ind...Read more

My struggle with fertility and pregnancy loss

My struggle with fertility and pregnancy loss
May 03, 2019 04:11 PM

Conceiving my first wasn’t too difficult. It only took about 4 cycles. Most of you have read my not so great labour experience blog.  As a naturopathic doctor, I always feel like I must have it all figured out. The truth is, even if you do everything right, making a baby is quite the miracle. There are so many things that can go wrong! That perfect timing of healthy sperm and healthy egg meeting in the perfect location with a thick uterine lining to allow for the blastocyst to attach and grow...Read more

Is Insulin Resistance Slowing Your Weight Loss?

Is Insulin Resistance Slowing Your Weight Loss?
April 01, 2019 10:37 PM

You do everything “right.” Somehow, however, those stubborn extra pounds won’t leave. And worse, they seem to have shifted to your midsection. What happened to your shape? You can be eating healthy and still struggle with weight. For women, it’s easy to blame slowing weight loss on the hormonal shifts that come with age, but these changes are not necessarily due to menopause. Instead, insulin resistance could be the cause. How Does Insulin Affect Your Weight? Let’s start by looking at the...Read more

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Creating a Commitment to Fitness and a Healthier Life by Susan Lewis
January 23, 2019 04:29 PM

Walking 10,000 steps everyday is my mainstay and a lifeline. It is not an easy thing to establish a life long habit ...  fitness, in general, has required my having to create some sort of obligation to others and I have almost always built in an aspect of commitment.  In 1987, when we moved from Thunder Bay to southern Ontario with our young family, we had to reestablish some kind of fitness routine in our new community. I decided to take the fitness instructors course at the local YMCA and ...Read more

Tips for Optimum Brain Health

Tips for Optimum Brain Health
January 21, 2019 03:22 PM

Should you be concerned about your cognitive health? Consider these facts:   Dementia affects between five and eight percent of adults over 60. As the average age of the population rises, that could add up to an astounding 150 million people with dementia worldwide by 2050. Dementia is more complex than most people realize. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, many other diseases can play a role. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) happens when someone experien...Read more

Alcohol: Is Any Amount Safe?

Alcohol: Is Any Amount Safe?
December 17, 2018 11:22 PM

A glass of wine with dinner. A beer after a hard day of work. It’s not hard to integrate an occasional drink with a healthy lifestyle. Or is it?   In recent years, we’ve read that red wine is rich with antioxidants, and that an occasional beer can raise “good” cholesterol. But results from a new study suggest that even moderate alcohol consumption - the kind we tell ourselves is healthy - may actually be detrimental to our health. In other words, the much-heralded health benefits of drinkin...Read more