We’re Moving!

We are moving!

Saturday is the big day. After four months of renovations we are finally ready to move into our new home at 27 Third St here in Collingwood.

According to local lore, this historic building has been a medical office in Collingwood for 100 years. Many people have stopped by over the last few months and told us their stories about the building—including being born in it! It’s obvious how connected the community is to it. We are so happy to be a part of this legacy.

The new space is only one block away from the StoneTree you are used to. Here’s what you need to know about our new home:

  • Our new address is 27 Third Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1K4. Phone number is still 705-444-5331.
  • The main entrance is at the front of the building (Third Street).
  • We have free parking in the back, accessible from the laneway at the side of the building.
  • We also have wheelchair accessibility through the back door at the massage therapy office, as well as an accessible washroom inside.

We’re now open Monday until 8PM in the evening, so you’ll be able to get your supplements after work. Dr. Candice will also be seeing patients that evening until 8PM, and Dr. Kendra until 6PM.

As for the rest of us, don’t worry–you’ll see all the same faces in the office. Drop in anytime for a tour. We can’t wait to see you all there!

The StoneTree Clinic Team

The How of Weight Loss

“This year I’m going to lose the weight!”

This is a sentence many of us have uttered at least once at the beginning of the new year.

People Magazine does a yearly special at this time of year called “Half Their Size”, in which they feature everyday individuals who lost at least half of their body weight or more. They print before and after shots of these amazing people and a short description of how they did it. You can see a few tidbits and some pics here.

I always buy this issue. It is truly uplifting to see the transformations, but inevitably patients also end up in our office asking about the diets, supplements and programs mentioned in the issue.

To my delight, two of the six people in the issue credited working with a naturopathic doctor as part of their success.  

I love this exposure for our profession, but I also love what it means for those two people and the many, many others who struggled to find a healthier body through naturopathic medicine–the discovery that the how of weight loss is never earth-shattering.

Working with a naturopathic doctor means that there is likely no drugs, surgery or new diet supplement involved. No miracle pills, or magic chocolate or mysterious machines that create abs from ice cream.

Instead, the “exciting new discovery that shaves away the pounds overnight” that these people learned from their naturopath probably involved sensible eating and moderate exercise. It likely meant slow, but sustainable change.

It meant looking at their whole life and asking, “Where can we create more health?” because optimal health and optimal weight go hand in hand.

A One Word New Year Challenge

If you asked someone this week how their holidays were, there’s a good chance the person answering the question answered with one simple word: busy. In a season filled with family, friends, giving, receiving, eating, drinking, playing and resting, it’s become our most common response.

It’s more than just a knee-jerk response. North Americans are addicted to busy. If we aren’t run off our feet and swamped with our to-do lists, we just aren’t doing enough, it seems.

We see the outcome of this constant “busy-ness” in clinic everyday–worn out adrenal glands leading to low energy, increased weight, poor sleep and crappy moods.

The Italians have a saying: dolce far niente. It means the sweetness of doing nothing, and with this saying goes the cultural believe that doing nothing IS doing something. It has value and is to be cherished. In Italy, the answer to the question, How was your Christmas? might be more often met with descriptions of beautiful food and lovely visits.

So here is the challenge: Resolve that for the month of January you refrain from using the word busy. You don’t have to do less–just remove one word from your vocabulary for a month.

We’d like to take credit for the idea, but as with many great ideas, we got it off of some other smarty-pants on the internet.

Happy New Year everyone!