December 3, 2013
This is a question we get asked often by our patients. It’s a common occurrence for the StoneTree waiting room to be full, and the clinic to be hustling and bustling with patient visits and treatments of all kinds.
When people see this, they often think that, like their family medical doctors, our practices are “closed”, with new patients being taken on very slowly and carefully. In fact, closed practices are very rare in naturopathic offices, for one simple reason: our patients get better!
Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the individual and getting to the root of the problem, as opposed to only treating the symptoms. Chronic health issues are almost always about an imbalance in the body–getting to the root of the imbalance and helping the patient resolve it often helps fix the problem for good. Patients who get better don’t need to be seen as often so they make room for new ones to join the clinic.
Know someone with a chronic health complaint who might benefit? Offer them a 15-minute complimentary meet the doctor visit. We love to help!
November 11, 2013
Welcome to the time of year when we start to lose our healthy summer glow, and our skin seems to lose some of its magic, too.
Winter is hard on the skin. But it’s not just the weather–as you age, circulation to your skin decreases, and the resulting reduction of oxygen and nutrients hampers your body’s ability to flush out toxins & excess fluid (puffiness). This is what drives premature aging and causes the skin to develop a dull, ashen appearance.
Dr. Kendra has added a new tool called mesotherapy to her anti-aging services. It’s an effective, non-invasive treatment for facial rejuvenation, that ‘wakes up’ the body’s own healing response and stimulates microcirculation. It consists of tiny injections of small doses of medicines or homeopathic remedies into the mesoderm layer of the skin to nourish, rejuvenate, and promote the production of collagen and elastin.
It’s very effective for dull, aging skin, sun damaged skin, fine lines & wrinkles, acne scars and even alopecia (hair loss). After treatment, patients commonly describe their skin as looking glowing, rested, and firmer.
Mesotherapy can be used in addition to, or as an alternative, to many anti-aging regimens, including conventional treatments like botox, laser resurfacing, peels, topical creams and facelifts.
To learn more about how to look and feel younger in a safe, effective way, call the clinic at 705-444-5331 to book your 15-min complimentary consult with Dr.Kendra. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online!
September 9, 2013
If you’ve ever had a bee sting or a sprained ankle, you’ve experienced inflammation. Allergies? Another form of inflammation. Sunburn? Splinter? Frostbite? More inflammation. Arthritis? Appendicitis? Tonsillitis? Dermatitis? Colitis? All those “itis” words are also just a fancy way of saying “inflammation,” too.
Inflammation is your body’s reaction to an injury, infection or irritation, and despite how uncomfortable all the examples above sound, it’s a critically important process in the body.
Naturopathic doctors may see inflammation differently than what you’re used to. For a naturopath, inflammation isn’t bad, per se. It feels bad, and it can cause harm, but it’s also there for a reason.
Next time you find yourself facing an “itis” or some other inflammation, you might find it helpful to look at it as a naturopath might. Here are a few key principles to keep in mind.
- It’s a normal response. Acute inflammation is a normal, healthy response. It’s the body’s first response to harm, and acts as a marker to rally your immune troops to the scene of the crime and protect you from further injury. Without it, your body wouldn’t be able to fight infection and rebuild damaged tissues.
- Not all inflammation is bad. Once inflammation starts, your body has a corresponding process to shut it down again. Sometimes, though, we get out of balance, and we end up with chronic inflammation. Conditions like colitis and asthma are the result of chronic inflammation. Inflammation is not the enemy until it gets out of balance.
- Treating minor inflammation can have drawbacks. When you have a sore knee, for example, and you take Advil and go out for your run anyway, you may be removing the signal your body is sending you saying, “Hey. I need a break from running.” There’s nothing inherently wrong with treating inflammation, but just remember that you may be turning off the communication network that lets you know how you’re doing.
- Root cause is important. While a naturopath may well treat your symptoms, we’re always concerned with why you have them in the first place. In the case of inflammation, naturopathic doctors ask, “Why is the inflammatory response out of balance?” Chronic inflammation can be caused by many things, such as food intolerances, toxicity, an imbalance in your gut flora, or nutrient deficiencies. Looking at the whole person and understanding the root cause of the inflammation gives us the option of getting it back into balance.
Want to know how your naturopathic doctor sees another symptom or condition? Let us know in the comments!
May 30, 2013
Surgery is both amazing and traumatic. Surgeons can cut into us, take pieces out, put new pieces in, or repair something that is already there. And as long as there’s no infection, we actually heal, sometimes with only a tiny scar to show for it.
It’s remarkable, really, and a testament in part to the strength of your body’s healing systems. Your body really does have an incredible built-in healing mechanism.
There’s a catch, though.
The vast majority of people going into surgery are already in a state of reduced health. Even before the surgery begins, they’re sick, injured, or somehow health-compromised. It’s why many are getting surgery to begin with.
What this means is that the way in which your body normally heals is also compromised. Healing is slower. Less effective. The surgery itself becomes a further setback that your body has to deal with on the road to health.
Beating the Surgery Setback
The body doesn’t heal without help. Healing requires certain nutrients – things like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and zinc to name just a few. All of these nutrients support the immune system and the connective tissue. If your body is even slightly deficient in these nutrients–from your condition, or from stress, fatigue, and poor diet–then healing takes longer.
There are two ways to tackle this, and both apply before and after surgery.
- First, improve your lifestyle as much as possible. Giving your body the good food, rest, connection and movement it needs to thrive will make an enormous difference. Any doctor will tell you that healthy people do better during and after surgery.
- Second, add a clinical boost to your efforts. Sick people have trouble accessing nutrients at the cellular level. That means even a great diet can still sometimes not deliver the things your body needs at the micro level where all the healing action is really happening.
Here at the clinic, we tackle the second approach using intravenous (IV) nutrients and professional supplementation to support your body’s amazing efforts. The goal? Faster recovery, less discomfort, better outcomes and fewer pain killers.
To learn more about how our pre/post surgery protocols work, you can book an appointment online, or call the clinic at 705-444-5331.
April 25, 2013
Often, these patients have had a conventional thyroid test and have been told by their medical doctor that everything is fine. They arrive at our office unconvinced, however, because when they look up the list of symptoms of low thyroid function, they seem to have them all.
When we test further, we often find that the thyroid really isn’t working optimally. Why is that? Why does the story differ from your MD’s office to ours?
The discrepancy arises because of the difference in what is tested, and when.
- Conventional medicine measures one thing: TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Your medical doctor uses that number as a way of assessing how well the thyroid is doing it’s job. If that test is normal, your MD won’t test any further. You’ll be told your thyroid is not the problem. End of story.
- Naturopathic doctors measure more initially. Like your MD, we test TSH, but we also look at T4 (the inactive form of thyroid hormone), T3 (the active form) and TPO (a thyroid antibody).
Why? Because some people can have normal TSH levels, but still have thyroid issues which are only revealed by looking at the other numbers. Those people get the “all clear” on the first test, and their MD doesn’t look any further.
Why the difference in testing? It’s a difference in philosophy. Your MD is really trying to determine if your thyroid is diseased. As ND’s, we want to know if it’s working optimally, and those are not the same thing.
Curious about your thyroid? You can book an appointment online, or call the clinic at 705-444-5331.
October 11, 2011
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. A couple of quick clinic updates you might find interesting, including a new resource by request!
New Face: Lori Prest, RN
Please join us in welcoming Lori Prest, RN to the StoneTree Naturopathic Team. Lori is our new colon hydrotherapist and brings many years of experience in the world of complementary medicine to our team here in Collingwood.
StoneTree has been offering colon hydrotherapy for the past 3 years. This safe and effective treatment tool is a powerful method of detoxifying the liver, as the bowel is responsible for getting rid of the body’s fat soluble toxins.
Fall is one of the best times to detoxify to boost both your energy levels and immune function for the coming winter months. If you are interested in learning more about colon hydrotherapy contact the office at 705-444-5331.
Our Archived Articles, Now Online
We’ve written dozens of articles for various publications over the years, and we get frequent requests for them. You can now find the growing collection here:
We’ll be adding more over the next week as we get everything compiled online.
April 21, 2011
New research in the British Medical Journal, reported up to a 24% increased risk of heart attack in post-menopausal women taking calcium supplements. As most of my 50+ female patients are being told to take between 1200-1800mg of calcium a day by their MD’s, I know this research will result in a lot of questions.
The medical community is questioning the validity of the study, which is to be expected. It’s a long-accepted truth in conventional medicine that women need calcium in very high doses to build bone, and paradigm shifts happen very slowly in medicine.
As a naturopathic doctor, this tentative finding isn’t as surprising. When you have an understanding of how the body works at a biochemical level, the possible calcium-heart attack connection may make some sense.
Calcium has many important functions in the body, but it doesn’t work alone. It actually works in concert with, or in balance with, other nutrients. When you put calcium in the body in much higher amounts than normal, the other nutrients may not be present in high enough amounts to either support or balance what the calcium is doing.
Calcium is a contractor of muscles. All muscles, including, of course, the heart. Magnesium, calcium’s more chilled-out brother, is the relaxer of muscles. These two nutrients work in concert to effectively contract and then subsequently relax our muscles. With this relationship in mind, it might not be a stretch to consider that if you supplement calcium by itself at very high doses, there may not be enough magnesium around to balance it out and help our muscles to relax.
Want to read more about the study? http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-calcium-heart-20110420,0,4042620.story
Questions about your current calcium supplements? Just contact the office at 705-444-5331 or email@example.com.