Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is Here!

One of our most popular blog posts from this year was Dr. Tara’s Best Menopause Advice. It’s a real-life account of our own Dr. Tara’s peri-menopausal adventures, ending in some solid naturopathic advice: eat right, exercise regularly and deal with your adrenal glands.

Sometimes, however, the peri- and post-menopausal hormonal situations need more than the basic approach. And while many women have pursued conventional hormone replacement therapies like Premarin, many more are scared off by the side effects and possible cancer link.

That’s where bioidentical hormone replacement comes (BHRT) comes in.

BHRT is about restoring normal hormone balance using hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the ones in your body, allowing for lower dosages and fewer side effects.

Local Area Access to Bioidentical Hormones

Through the years, many of our patients have been frustrated by their inability to access BHRT in the Collingwood area. Things like natural progesterone cream, desiccated thyroid and “biest” estrogen replacement were treatments you could read about but not easily get your hands on.

Historically, ND’s in Ontario couldn’t access these substances, and local family doctors, without extra training, did not feel able to prescribe them. Our patients would have to make the trip down to clinics in the city to get access to these effective, natural alternatives.

In 2016, Ontario ND’s were granted prescribing authority with limited access to natural hormones. That means we ca now prescribe natural thyroid and some hormone creams, but not always enough to get the job fully done. Off our patients go to Toronto again.

With this in mind, StoneTree Clinic is happy to welcome the newest member to our team, Dr. Gervais Harry, MD.

Dr. Harry brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has been a practicing physician for over four decades, with training in Family Practice, Obstetrics Gynaecology, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, General Surgery, and Urology. He was a Urological surgeon for 25 years and has worked in family practice for 15 years. We’re very fortunate to have him with us!

Dr. Harry’s true passion, however, is Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy, and it’s what he’ll be bringing to the StoneTree Clinic team starting in January. No more drives to Toronto!

Dr. Harry is offering complimentary 15-minute “meet the doctor” visits if you would like to learn more. You can book online, or by phone at 705-444-5331. Please note that Dr. Harry’s services at StoneTree are not covered by OHIP, but are fee for service.

Holiday Hours

Hi All,

A quick update on clinic hours for the next couple of weeks:

  • This year, the clinic is closed from Friday, Dec 23rd through Monday, Dec 26th
  • We’ll also be closed Monday, Jan 2nd, 2017. 

Otherwise, clinic hours are the same as usual. All our docs are here, and there are IV’s available every day that we’re open.

If you need care, or are trying to use up your benefits before year end, you can book online, just call the clinic at 705-444-5331.

Remember that it’s Doctor Tara’s last month of seeing patients before her two-year leave.

Happy Holidays!

The StoneTree Team

A New Year’s Call to Quit Smoking

Earlier this month Fortune reported that former New York mayor Micheal Bloomberg’s foundation is committing over $300 million to fight global tobacco use. The hope is that helping developing countries with anti-smoking campaigns may result in the same decline in tobacco use that we have experienced here in the northern hemisphere.

In 2015, the Canadian Tobacco report, stated that only 15% of Canadians reported to be smokers–an all time low.

This stat makes the gang at StoneTree celebrate. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease. Seeing the percentage of Canadian smokers hit its lowest ever is awesome, but we would love to see that number to be zero one day in the future.

Alan Carr, author of Alan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking has helped millions of people successfully quit. We have recommended his resources a lot. You can find his book here, and more information on his methods here.

Here’s to a smoke free 2017!

It’s Official: Complaining is Bad For You

Sometimes there is nothing better then sitting down with a bunch of girlfriends and having a good vent. Your husband keeps leaving the toilet seat up. Your kids are driving you crazy. Your boss makes your life a misery. Endless housework and shopping and driving the kids everywhere. You feel tired, look haggard and you haven’t had any fun for weeks. (Sound familiar yet?)

Getting negativity off your chest can be great, but when complaining becomes a daily habit, it turns out that it’s not just annoying to those around you, it is actually damaging your health:

  • Chronic complaining has been shown to shrink the hippocampus–that’s the area of the brain responsible for problem solving. Less problem solving=bad.
  • Chronic complaining also increases the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol have been associated with decreased immune function, increased blood sugar and blood pressure, increased weight gain, and a whole host of chronic diseases. Also bad.

Things get worse, though, because, as the article above states, “Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you.”

Ouch.

What to do about it?

Travis Bradberry, writing for Entrepeuner.com has a couple of great ideas.

Be grateful. Every time you feel yourself complaining about your lot in life, stop. Stop yourself and think of something you are grateful for. Kids making you crazy? Think how grateful you are that they are all healthy and well and you are not spending your Christmas season with one of them in the hospital.

Be purposeful. Sometimes our complaining is an insight into something in our life that has to change.   Consistently complaining about a job? Maybe it’s time to consider a career change. Not happy with your weight? Time to get off of the couch. Not happy with your finances? Maybe it’s time to sit down and make a plan.

Not happy with your husband? That’s up to you, but at the risk of harming your hippocampus, I’m sure your girlfriends will still tolerate a little more complaining…:)

‘Tis the Season…To Worry About Carbs???

The holiday season is a tough one for many of our patients. After managing their sugar cravings, decreasing their alcohol consumption and eating more green things, they’ve finally got a handle on a huge part of the health equation.

Enter Christmas. Yikes. Holiday drop-ins. Staff parties. Family traditions centered around egg nog and baking. It’s a time when nutrition tends to go off the rails, and for some, it’s replaced with stress about how their nutrition has gone off the rails.

This year, no doubt, the stress will about whether or not the holidays were “paleo” or “low carb” enough. But is it really all about the carbs?

Chris Kresser put together a great article to speak to this question. The short version is something you’ll be familiar with if you’ve been to our clinic: what really matters is the quality of your carbohydrates, not the quantity. Or as we say here at StoneTree: Eat foods that nature makes.

There are cultures that eat very high-carb diets that don’t have issues with obesity and chronic disease. In those cultures, however, their carbs are real food. It is the cultures that eat highly processed carbohydrates–foods that are nothing like how nature intended them–that have an issue.

If you’re going to be obsessive about food over the holidays, at least obsess about quality, not quantity. And remember to be present–you can miss a lot of beautiful holiday moments fretting about counting carbs…