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 email@example.com, or book online!
October 24, 2013
Here’s what we came up with: daily exercise, drink enough water and avoid refined sugar.
After we agreed on the three things, which took all of three minutes, we asked each other if we actually did them daily.
Ah, cruel reality.
Now, we’re pretty good at walking the talk here, but when push came to shove, we couldn’t truthfully say that we did all of these things daily.
Enter the 28-Day Challenge.
Starting Friday, Oct 25, 2013, for the next 28 days, Dr. Tara, Dr. Shelby and Dr. Kendra are committed to:
- Exercising daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. This can be any type of exercise–walking, running, yoga, working out, classes, biking–so long as it is sustained. And no, you may not do 60 minutes one day and have it count for the next day. Each day is a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Drinking the appropriate amount of water daily. What is the appropriate amount of water? We’ll be using the benchmark of half of your body weight in pounds, in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll need to drink 75 ounces. With 8ozs to a cup, that works out to 9.4 cups. For every cup of diuretic (aka caffeinated beverage) you need to add an extra cup.
- Avoiding processed sugar, which means refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Fruit is good. Honey is good. Maple syrup, agave, stevia–all good. Just none of the nasty white stuff. Muffins? Not good. Pop? Nope. The little Halloween candies? Definitely not. If it has “sugar” in the ingredients list, it’s out. Period.
Want to join us? We encourage you to do so! Tell your friends, your mom, your hubby–take them all along for the ride and let us know how you do. Look for regular blog posts on our progress. We’ll be posting where we’re having trouble and tips for success along the way.
Just 28 days might be all it takes to create your new habit!
February 6, 2013
Since our post on new cervical cancer screening guidelines, we’ve added a few more dates for Well-Woman visits for 2013.
Naturopaths are trained and licensed to perform regular Pap smears, and pelvic and breast exams. Our unique Well Woman Visit offers a warm, caring environment for annual visits that includes:
- A complete breast exam
- Self breast exam education
- Full gynecological exam with PAP test
Here’s the updated list of Collingwood Well-Woman dates for 2013:
Space is still available for this Monday (Feb 11) with Shelby Worts, ND.
You don’t need to be a patient of the clinic to book an appointment. And if you are a patient, you can attend any date regardless of which naturopathic doctor at StoneTree is your primary care provider.
All dates are here in Collingwood at the clinic. Space is limited – just call 705-444-5331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your time. Price is $135.
If you’re curious about how our Well Woman visits were developed, you can read more about them here.
October 11, 2012
We’re happy to announce that breast thermography is returning to StoneTree! We’ll be hosting a clinic on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
The scans are completed by MedTherm, which offers a non-invasive breast screening with digital infrared imaging, read by a medical radiologist specializing in thermography.
Thermography detects changes in breast tissue function before mammograms can detect structural changes or lumps. It’s safe for everyone after puberty, and there’s no touching, squeezing, radiation or pain.
We host the clinics on behalf of MedTherm as a service to our patients and their friends and family. You can book your appointment by calling MedTherm at 1-866-242-5554. The cost is $250 +HST.
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.
September 6, 2011
This October, local midwife Lilly Martin will be traveling to Haiti with the organization Midwives for Haiti to help teach local Haitian women to provide prenatal care and skilled birth assistance to their fellow Haitian sisters, who too frequently die in childbirth without such care.
North American midwives help by lending their expertise to train the Haitian women on the ground – that means they can continue to provide care once the volunteering professionals have left. This training creates a true legacy gift!
Lily has set a goal of fundraising $1500 before she leaves which will pay the full tuition for one Haitian woman to learn these valuable, lifesaving skills.
Here is how StoneTree Clinic wants to help. On September 12th – our next Well Woman Visit day will be by donation ONLY.
What does that mean? The regular $135 fee for our Well Woman visit, which includes a breast exam, gynecological exam and Pap smear is waived. You decide what you would like to contribute to Midwives for Haiti.
No donation is too small. Many of us know women who have been avoiding getting a Pap or a breast exam done for years for all kinds of reasons. This is an opportunity to visit an all-female environment, with warm sheets and hot tea to do something important for women’s health. At the same time, you’ll be supporting the health of less advantaged Haitian women.
Call the clinic at 705-444-5331 to book your appointment today – the more the merrier!!
March 22, 2011
April is Cancer awareness month, and we have a couple of cancer-related events coming up – a free public talk on safe alternative cancer care, as well as a live event with environmental medicine expert Dr. Walter Crinnion at the Gayety Theatre in Collingwood.
I thought I’d share one of our recent newspaper articles on safely navigating the confusing waters of cancer care.
Speaking Up About Your Alternative Cancer Care
By Lia Sonnenburg, ND & Tara Gignac, ND
Nearly one half of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment are also using some type of complementary or alternative treatment as well.
It’s not a surprising statistic. A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening experience, and the journey through care can be no less harrowing. An option that provides help, hope and a sense of control can be a welcome option.
What you might find more surprising, though, is that the majority of those patients—some 75%—don’t tell their oncologist about their other care.
Why Patients Don’t Tell
Many patients report that their oncologist’s default response to alternatives is, “No.” It’s discouraging for patients, but it’s not unreasonable. Oncologists aren’t trained in how alternative treatments work or how they might interact or interfere with conventional care. The safe answer is to manage that risk by confining care to what they know best.
But patients want to default to yes. People want to do everything they can to heal and survive. So they take the supplement from the friend of a friend, and they don’t tell their oncologist because they don’t want to be told no.
Who To Tell
Many alternative cancer therapies are supported by great research, both inside and outside of conventional settings. Others are not. And some can be harmful to conventional treatment protocols. Knowing the difference takes more than a Google search. Going it alone is not a safe option.
Consider sharing both with your oncologist, and with a health care professional familiar with alternatives to make sure you get the best care possible.
If you or someone you know is confused by their care, or overwhelmed by their choices, you can attend our free session on March 30th at the clinic, or call 705-444-5331 to book a complimentary 15-minute appointment with a Collingwood naturopath. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
February 28, 2011
2011 is the year I start running again. I took 2010 off and focused on building strength and flexibility with regular yoga, which worked beautifully. March 20 will mark the first day of spring, and the day I hit the trails.
For anyone interested in an organized running group, check out Maximum Physiotherapy’s Spring Running Clinic in Collingwood. Sue and Brock offer a great program. It starts March 22, 2011. To learn more, visit http://www.maximumphysiotherapy.com/News-And-Events/Spring-2011-Running-Clinic/a~2481–c~344601/article.html
If you don’t fancy running but like to read, check out Born to Run by Chris MacDougall. Yes, it may seem strange to read a book about running if you don’t run, but if you’re not even a little intrigued to put on running shoes after reading it, I’ll treat you to an organic energy bar at the clinic…
February 16, 2011
If you’re the parent of a girl in Grade 7-8, you’re likely aware that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is recommending your daughter receive the HPV vaccination to decrease the risk of cervical cancer. It’s also being recommended for women up to the age of 26 who didn’t receive it when they were younger.
Many parents and young women have questions – if you’d like to have yours answered, or you know someone who could use some insight, join Lia Sonnenburg, ND at StoneTree on Wednesday, Feb 23rd at 7PM to learn more about:
- The development, safety and effectiveness of the HPV vaccine
- Cervical cancer risk and treatment
- Improving the reproductive health of women and teens
This info night is free to all – feel free to bring a friend. RSVP to the clinic at 705-444-5331 or email@example.com.
October 30, 2009
It’s been a busy week! H1N1 is top of mind, and based on the emails, phone calls and visits, many of you feel like you’re faced with a difficult choice.
We’ve added an H1N1 FAQ to the website with some of the most common questions we’re fielding here at the office.
Remember that prevention is still the best strategy. Our popular immune boosting program is now in full swing. It uses regular high doses of vitamin C intravenously as a natural anti-microbial, and can be a great preventative strategy. It can also be used at first sign of symptoms to stop an illness in its tracks.
Treatments are comfortable and relaxing. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call us at (705) 444-5331.
If you have concerns about H1N1, read the FAQ’s – there are links to other resources there, too. And of course, as always, if you have questions just contact us. That’s what we’re here for! -Tara