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The Many Benefits of Castor Oil

Recently, after we ran out of castor oil once again, Dr’s Clare and Sarah had an enthusiastic chat about their favorite uses of castor oil. Both agree that it is one of their favorite products for its flexibility, its ease of use and its cost. It’s a staple in both their home medicine cabinets and is almost always on the shelf at the clinic. What exactly is castor oil? A vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (or seed) grown predominantly in Brazil, India and East Africa. Documentation of its use dates to ancient Egypt but has been used throughout the ages in both the health and beauty industries. Although very safe for use from head to toe, both doctors caution to not use it internally due...

IV therapy bag

Who Can Benefit from an Immune Boosting IV Treatment?

Scrolling through the list of conditions that IV therapy can treat can seem a little overwhelming. It is true that there are many conditions that can benefit from IV therapy so in the next series of blogs we hope to help you understand how specific nutrients can help certain conditions and why.   Let’s begin with the Immune Boosting IV. This IV is ideal when you know you will be exposed to illness for example prior to a long flight, if you have family or co-workers around you who are sick or if you are feeling a bit off. It can also help speed a slow recovery following illness to get back to feeling 100%.   The immune boosting bag has a combination of nutrients to balance it out...

Essential Minerals Series: All About Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that we talk about often in our practice, and is the first mineral in our Essential Minerals Blog Post Series by Dr. Clare Sullivan.   Why is talking about zinc so important? Because it is the 2nd most abundant essential trace mineral. It is absorbed in the small intestines and excreted in through the kidneys (urine), skin (sweat) and bowels. It was first discovered to be essential only 50 years ago but since then has been found to be required for optimal health. Some of the roles of zinc in the body: Immune function Protein synthesis Reproductive health Wound healing Brain function Thyroid health Sense of taste and smell Production of stomach acid Stimulates apoptosis – programmed cell death What are the signs and symptoms...

Food-Sensitivities

Why Are You Testing Me For Food Sensitivities, My Digestion is Great?

What is the IgG Food Sensitivity Test? IgG Food sensitivity testing is a test that we run here at Docere Naturopathic Clinic on a weekly basis. Many patients come in looking for answers to their digestive concerns. They recognize that there are offending foods but are having trouble pin pointing their exact food sensitivities, or are too busy or overwhelmed to follow an elimination type diet. This test makes sense for them – once they have a road map in hand it can be much easier to navigate food. And once the offending foods are removed we can help heal their digestive tract and improve their symptoms. [caption id="attachment_4039" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Sample Test Report – IgG Food Sensitivity Test Rocky Mountain Analytical[/caption] How Does One Heal Their Digestive Tract? It...

5 Strategies for Surviving Allergy Season

May flowers bring Kleenex season! Don't let allergy season get the best of you. Here are my top tips for surviving allergy season: Get into the habit of nasal rinsing Yes, I know, the idea of shooting water up your nose is almost worse than the allergies themselves, but trust me and give it a try. Nasal rinsing involves rinsing the nasal passages and sinuses with saline water. It helps to flush out pollens that you’ve breathed it and keeps your nasal passages moist which is a key barrier for the immune system. My favorite tool is the Neil Med Sinus Rinse bottle which is available in local pharmacies. Nasal sprays can provide some relief but I don’t find them as effective as nasal rinsing which really...