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Re-thinking New Years Resolutions and Our Health Goals

I love the feeling of a new year and the possibilities it brings! And while I don’t set New Years resolutions anymore, I have a natural inclination to go inwards and think of aspects of my life around which I want to reflect upon and make some changes throughout the year.   As human beings, we naturally want to reach higher and sometimes a challenge is exactly what we need to discover just how much we’re actually capable of. While I’m all for supporting people in setting goals for themselves, I find many of us simply set goals that are unrealistic. This eventually takes us back to square one, yet with a greater sense of frustration, disappointment and failure. This is particularly common among those of us...

Understanding your IgG Results: How to Avoid Yeast

Getting your IgG blood test results back from your ND can, at times, be overwhelming.  In my experience, results fall into a few categories: Strongly suspected food intolerances Surprise food intolerances No reaction People belonging to the first group often feel frustrated because they do not want to admit that they are reactive to their favorite foods and cannot imagine living without them. The second group often feel a huge sense of relief because now they know for sure that the symptoms they have been experiencing can be attributed to certain foods. Test results that reveal no or minimal reactions can be a little more frustrating, both for the patient and the practitioner.  When test results come back inconclusive, or without much to go on, it’s back to...

10 Steps To Clean Up Your Diet

Written by: Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, buy ND 1. Ditch Plastics Plastics (from water bottles and food containers) can contain chemicals that have estrogen-like properties and have been linked to weight gain, help diabetes, and infertility. Even BPA-free plastics can have these effects. 2. Drink Pure, Filtered Water Unfiltered tap water can contain chlorine, fluoride and other chemical contaminants. Carbon filters (such as Brita) only remove small amounts of chlorine. The gold standard in water filtration is reverse osmosis. 3. Go Organic Organic food contains less pesticides and chemicals and isn’t raised using hormones or antibiotics. The most important foods to choose organic are dairy, meat, and the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables. 4. Choose Your Meat Wisely Whether or not meat is “healthy” is in large part determined by how the meat is raised. Conventionally raised animal meats...

How Homeschooling My Kids Made Me a Better Naturopathic Doctor

Written By: Dr. Clare Sullivan, vcialis 40mg Naturopathic Doctor One could say that I did not take the traditional road to becoming an ND.  I traveled for a bit, I went to University for a year, I traveled a bit more but when I finally discovered Naturopathic Medicine I was convinced.  This is what I wanted to do – helping others through a philosophy of medicine that I truly believed in.  No more breaks.  I went straight from completing my undergrad to Naturopathic College.  It was rigorous, it was stimulating, it was overwhelming and exciting.  I loved it!  When it came time to graduate and start practicing – I had a baby! Apparently, my non-traditional road continued into my career which has now spanned 8+...

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Taking the Tricks out of the Treats – Making Informed Choices

Written by Dr. Clare Sullivan, abortion Naturopathic Doctor Halloween is just around the corner, and let’s be honest, it is a super FUN holiday! The sound of leaves crunching under your feet, staying up late on a school night, dressing up as your favorite superhero and getting free treats everywhere you turn – what could be better?  There is no denying the excitement it brings.  Today, in light that parents and children alike will be eating way too much sugar (and salt, food additives, food colouring, etc.) next Monday evening, I would like to talk about keeping things in perspective, to help us all make informed choices. Sugar The World Health Organization recommends a maximum daily intake of added sugar (for adults) of 25 grams per day,...

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