SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR COLD AND FLU PREVENTION

It’s important to stay healthy during the winter season. We have a number of patients that are coming into the clinic with colds or the flu. Eating healthy, getting lots of rest and minimizing your stress levels wil contribute greatly to keeping your immune system from crashing and making you more susceptible to infections. Some nutrients and herbs that are helpful are vitamin D3, vitamin C, and astragaus. Astragalus is a herbal remedy that has been coming up for many patients in the office this time of year. Astragalus is very helpful to boost and support your immune system. It is safe and very effective.

The recommended dosage for Vitamin D3 has gone up in the past few years. . . . → Read More: SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR COLD AND FLU PREVENTION

New Study confirms the importance of exercise and diet in prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

A new study shows that exercise, a Mediterranean diet and a healthy BMI all are associated with less tangles and lower levels of plaques seen on the brain scans of Alzheimer patients.

In addition, previous studies have linked a healthy lifestyle to delays in the onset of Alzheimer’s, but this new study is the first to demonstrate how lifestyle factors directly influence abnormal proteins in people with slight memory loss who have not been diagnosed with dementia thus far. In addition, these factors have also been shown to reduce shrinking of the brain and lower rates of atrophy in individuals with Alzheimer’s.

Nutritional Considerations

In addition to diet and exercise there are several nutrients to consider in treatment and . . . → Read More: New Study confirms the importance of exercise and diet in prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Can Gluten Sensitivity cause Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating autoimmune disease that destroys the insulation surrounding the nerves.  It can lead to a number of health problems and ultimately can cripple a person’s ability to walk.
Some of the early symptoms of MS include: Numbness, tingling, burning, pins and needle sensations and coldness of the hands and feet; brain fog, poor memory, weak muscles, fatigue, loss of co-ordination, slurred speech and visual disturbances.

 

If you have these symptoms you could also have a gluten sensitivity. Gluten has been shown to trigger the production of antibodies that attack the nervous system and cause demyelination.  Gluten has been shown to contribute to mineral and vitamin deficiencies.  These same nutrient deficits can disrupt the . . . → Read More: Can Gluten Sensitivity cause Multiple Sclerosis?

Curcumin Can Help

I think one of the most difficult things for any practitioner is treating chronic conditions that have left a patient feeling helpless, frustrated and at the mercy of managing it with pharmaceutical drugs that bring with it, it’s side effects.

As an auto immune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) falls into a category of illness that is typically difficult to treat beyond symptom control and if caught early enough – a slow down of joint degeneration.

As meds manage but can not stop the progression and there can be long term side effects, it is important to look at other possible therapies that are not harmful. There is hope for healing without complications. It is a compound that is known . . . → Read More: Curcumin Can Help

The Truth about Cancer

Just about everyone has been effected by the big C word, Cancer. Either directly or by knowing someone that has been effected. Ty Bollinger’s father died of cancer and he decided that there were such few options available in the main stream to treat someone with cancer so he set out on a quest to find out more about what could be done.

He took a team of videographers and set out to interview over 100 experts over 20 countries on effective approaches in the treatment of cancer. He has now has a 9 series documentary that shares what he learned on this journey and he is sharing it with everyone to give them hope and other options in . . . → Read More: The Truth about Cancer

Our Attraction to Technology

We live in a world where technology provides so many different ways to access information and save us time in our lives. As Naturopathic Physicians, one of our principles is to look for the cause of symptoms. Sometimes this cause can be very evident, other times it can be very elusive. I have encountered a handful of patients in the past 3 months that have been effected by the Wearable Technology which has become very popular and very trendy in our overloaded lifestyles. Everyone wants to see that they are getting enough steps in their day, see how their heart rates are, and see how well they are sleeping, but at what price. I most recently had a patient . . . → Read More: Our Attraction to Technology

Healthy Weight Loss is Attainable in 6 Weeks

The Semiahmoo Wellness Center has been using the ChiroThin weight loss program at our clinic for the past 1 ½ years with great success. It is a doctor assisted program where we monitor you weekly to make sure you are losing fat and not muscle mass. You are not using shakes or powders but actual real food so that when you are finished the program you just keep eating real food. There are no injections with needles and no major exercise for the 6 weeks you are on the program.  We have found that some people can lose weight with regular exercise and a very healthy diet, but others have a harder time losing those stubborn pounds. Our program . . . → Read More: Healthy Weight Loss is Attainable in 6 Weeks

Bedwetting may be all in the GENES!!

How many parents are having bedwetting challenges with their children. Why do some children continue bedwetting while others overcome it earlier.  As with many things there could several reasons why a single condition such as bedwetting can have multiple contributing factors.

–       slower central nervous system

–       food allergies

–       diabetes

–       infections (kidney and bladder)

–       excess water consumption before bed

–       scared of the dark

–       laziness

–       caffeine in many sodas

 

Bedwetting and New Research

 

There has been recent research indicating a link to folate/ vitamin B12 levels attributing to a child’s bladder control.  Within these studies they state “Decreased Vitamin B12 Levels in Children with Nocturnal Enuresis” in ISRN Neurology, showing that children . . . → Read More: Bedwetting may be all in the GENES!!

Welcome Baby Sommer!!

Welcome to the world Baby Sommer!

We are so happy to announce the birth of Dr. Justyna Sommer’s little baby girl, Arianna Caitlin Sommer! She came into this world bright and early on Thursday, January 8th at 5:59am, weighing 9lbs 2oz and 21.5 inches in length.

Dr. Justyna and her Husband are doing very well, enjoying every waking (and sleeping) moment with their new bundle of joy!

We would like to remind our patients that while Dr. Justyna is away on maternity leave, Dr. Janine Mackenzie will be looking after her patients. Please call the office, 604-535-4003 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackenzie.

Our New Registered Massage Therapist

The Semiahmoo Wellness Center is excited to be announcing that Kate Armstrong RMT is joining our Clinic. She graduated from the top of her class from the West Coast Massage College. She has been heavily involved with athletic injuries and sports rehabilitation, headaches, neurological conditions such as M.S. and  many other massage related conditions. She presently is very involved in the equestrian community.

 

Having spent many years as an athlete herself Kate understands the importance of optimizing athlete performance with effective therapy but also looks forward to encountering many types of people and injuries in her career. Kate brings into her massages a passion for healing, meticulous attention to detail as well as a hunger for greater knowledge.