The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is around the corner! It’s a holiday that all kids love and many parents hate. 🙂

A night of dress up? Great fun.

Walking around the community and connecting with others? Fantastic.

The gong show of candy eating, candy hiding, and sugar-infused candy fighting among siblings because “Someone stole my last Kit-Kat”? Not so much.

Sugar highs aside, Halloween is a lot of fun. But it’s a little less fun for kids with food allergies and intolerances, and can be downright nightmarish for their parents. So many of the treats that get handed out at Halloween are not safe for these kids–they’re full of nuts, dairy, and gluten.

Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Houses that have a non-candy treat or a healthy, hypo-allergenic treat can put out a teal-coloured pumpkin sign for kids who are more at risk but want to have fun on this very spooky night. If you want to participate, you can find downloads for signs, stickers and more at the Teal Pumpkin Project website.

StoneTree Clinic will be putting out a teal pumpkin and handing out organic juice boxes to our little ghosts and goblins. Stop by on Monday evening and give us a scare!

 

 

Migraines and Bacteria in Your Mouth

New research out of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine points to a potential link between certain bacteria in the mouth and the incidence of migraine headaches.

The bacteria, Rothia mucilaginosa and Haemophilus parainfluenzae, actually convert nitrates (found in chocolate, wine, and cured meats) into nitric oxide (a powerful vasodilator in the body).

These two bacteria are part of the normal flora of the body, but when given an opportunity they can cause trouble. (Just like another critter we know, candida albicans, which causes yeast infections!) The researchers suggest that the production of nitric oxide by these bacteria may be the cause of the migraines by increasing vasodilation in the head.

Of course, more research needs to be done to confirm this theory, but it’s yet another example of why a healthy microbiome is so important to our overall health.

Balanced flora keeps opportunistic bacteria in check and playing nice. When things get out of balance from antibiotics, hormones, chemical exposures and stress, it can throw the bacterial balance off and lead to all kinds of health complaints.

How to Support a Healthy Microbiome

  • Eat plenty of fermented food and fiber. This feeds our microbiome and helps to re-populate it.
  • Get outside and get your hands dirty. Garden, stack wood, rack leaves, move rocks.  Exposure yourself to nature and the wonderful bacteria that live it in. This inoculates our microbiome with lots of healthy critters.
  • Avoid antibiotics when you can, and take a probiotic when you can’t. Much research now has demonstrated the benefits of taking a probiotic, especially after and exposure to an antibiotic. Taking at least 10 billion for 2 weeks post antibiotics is a no brainer.
  • Lay off the antibiotic soaps. They’re not helping.

Eating You Alive Film

The 2016-17 Be the Change film series kicks off on October 19th with the new documentary “Eating you Alive”.

We love the film series as a rule, but we’re hosting this particular film because we know from training, from clinical experience with thousands of patients, and from our own lives, that what you eat is directly tied to your health.

This is one of the core philosophies of naturopathic medicine, but the evidence in the scientific literature is building to the point that it just can’t be ignored by anyone in health care any longer. Food is medicine. You can use that medicine to your benefit, or to your detriment. The choice is yours, and this is one of those films that makes the right choice abundantly clear, and easier to make.

There are showings at 5PM and 7:30PM on Wednesday, October 19th. Come out and join us to learn more about how your diet can change your health and your life!

:: Info and Tickets

Eating You Alive Trailer

The Benefits of Gratitude

Here at StoneTree, we have the absolute privilege of being in many people’s lives.

We get to hear about all the problems, symptoms, stress and loss that our patients navigate through, as well as all the successes, happiness, and positive change.

At this time of year, when we are all feeling the joy of another growing year and sitting down with our families and friends to give thanks for all our abundance, it’s abundantly clear to all of us here just how grateful we are.

We are grateful for our health

We are grateful for our families and friends

We are grateful for all the wonderful and healthy food we eat

We are grateful for the amazing natural environment we live and play in.

We are grateful to all our patients who allow us to be part of their stories.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Wherever you may be this weekend, try to find a few moments to feel grateful. The health benefits abound.

From the StoneTree Archives: