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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...

Iron-Deficiency

Are you suffering from the #1 nutritional deficiency affecting women?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, with almost 10 percent of women being considered iron deficient. Iron is an essential mineral nutrient that is required for helping transport oxygen throughout the blood. When there isn’t enough iron in the bloodstream, the body cannot get the amount of oxygen it requires to function optimally which may lead to fatigue, shortness of breath and eventually anemia. Are your symptoms caused by iron deficiency? The most common symptoms include: Fatigue Mood changes Fast heartbeat or shortness of breath Dizziness or lightheadedness Cold hands and feet Hair loss or thinning  What causes iron deficiency? Iron deficiency can be caused by a low intake of iron in the diet, poor absorption of iron due to digestive issues or blood loss from long,...

Are Food Sensitivities Causing your Health to Suffer?

As an ND I am often asked about food allergies and food sensitivities in practice.  What is important is to help patients understand the difference between food allergies and sensitivities and how they are affecting their health. Food Allergy – IgE reaction – Immediate These are the reactions diagnosed with a skin prick test.  The reaction is quick and can be life threatening in the case of anaphylaxis.  Other common reactions include hives, eczema, breathing and digestive problems. Because they are immediate they are much easier to diagnose. Allergen → Body releases IgE → Triggers release of histamine → Allergic reaction Food Sensitivity – IgG reaction – Delayed reaction can take 24-72 hours to develop In food sensitivities, the body is exposed to an allergen and releases IgG antibodies which...

THIS is the #1 Cause of Thyroid Disease

Written by: Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, Naturopathic Doctor Did you know that the #1 cause of thyroid disease is Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Hashimoto's thyroiditis is considered an auto-immune disease (meaning that the immune system goes rogue and starts to attack the body instead of foreign invaders). In the case of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the immune system starts to attack the thyroid gland causing it to start to fail.   Common symptoms of Hashimoto's include: Fatigue and low energy Constipation Unexplained weight gain Cold intolerance or always feeling cold Muscle aches and stiffness Depression   Testing for Hashimoto's The sad reality is that few doctors are testing their patients to check if they have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Part of the reason is that whether you test positive or not, the standard treatment for a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroid) is...

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