Holiday Hours

This time of year is a busy one here at StoneTree Clinic. The holiday season is filled with joy and fun, but also with stress and illness and tummy troubles.

As a result, the clinic is open for business as usual, with a few exceptions below. If you need an IV for a cold, a colonic for a post-turkey detox, or you want to squeeze in a new patient visit before your benefits run, out give us a call and we’ll fit you in!

  • Thursday, Dec 24th – 9AM – 12PM
  • Friday, Dec 25th – CLOSED
  • Monday, Dec 28th – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Dec 29th – 9AM-5PM
  • Wednesday, Dec 30th – 9AM -5PM
  • Thursday, Dec 31st – 9AM – 12PM
  • Friday, Jan 1st – CLOSED

Dealing with Holiday Sugar Cravings

This time of year the clinic is bustling. People are staying up late, drinking more and enjoying huge amounts of chocolate treats and Christmas baking. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to tummy troubles, disturbed sleep and weakened immune systems—and more aches, pains, colds and flus as a result. It keeps us hopping at StoneTree.

Our tools are great for dealing with these issues–IV vitamin C for colds, colon hydrotherapy for tummy troubles and a many wonderful herbs and supplements to help improve sleep. But all those tools are really just dealing with the symptoms and not really getting to the root of things, which at this time of year is seriously increased sugar intake.

It’s hard to resist the egg nog, booze and sweet treats. To make the problem worse, the more you eat, the more you want, and the whole thing escalates in a fight to the finish for the last Turtle in the staff room. But if you can reduce your sugar intake a little, you can help your body stay in balance.

So what can you do to battle these Christmas time sugar cravings?

  • Don’t skip meals. The holiday season is ripe with skipping meals – we’re just too busy to eat. So we show up in the staff room at the end of the day and can’t help but eat half a dozen sugar cookies. Use a protein shake or fruit smoothie as a great, healthy option for eating on the run.
  • Don’t go to parties hungry. Have a big salad or bowl of soup or both before you got out and socialize. Filling your tummy with wonderful fiber and nutrition will leave less space to fill with crackers and sweet treats.
  • Eat protein. At least 1.0-1.6grams per kg of body weight per day. Therefore if you weigh 70 kg – that’s at least 70-112g.
  • Sleep. When we a tired we crave more sugar. Lack of sleep messes up our activity levels, our cravings, our appetite hormones and more. Skip that extra episode of your favourite show and head to bed a little earlier.

This holiday season, take a little time to take care of yourself. Your sugar cravings and your immune system will thank you for it!

Health Mysteries

“In the beginning, disease is difficult to recognize but easy to cure.
In the end, disease is easy to recognize but difficult to cure.”

– Franz Mesmer, German Physician

I love this quote. It’s a lesson for patients in the value of prevention and long term health thinking, but also a reminder to doctors of the importance of not shying away from the hard diagnostic work of challenging cases.

Challenging cases are something every doctor gets, and we see our share. Every week, new patients arrive at StoneTree with health care dilemmas. And while each patient’s symptoms might be vastly different, at the heart of many cases there’s a common theme: they feel awful but conventional medicine says there is nothing wrong with them.

These patients are often angry and frustrated. Their lab tests have come back not showing anything significant. They’re being told, “It’s all in your head.” They feel like they might be malingering hypochondriacs.

Of course, they’re not malingering hypochondriacs. Their body is in that first stage of disease that Mesmer is talking about, the stage where it is very difficult to identify a problem, particularly by standard tests that are geared toward diagnosing disease, not subtle imbalances. And that leaves patients with a problem: they have a health mystery that no one seems interested in solving except them.

Well…we like the mysteries. The great thing for many of these patients who end up in our office is that although recognizing what is wrong with them has been frustrating and difficult, the fix can often be much easier.

Dealing with nutritional deficiencies, low grade toxicities, food intolerances, hormone imbalances or immune system issues in the early stages reap huge rewards. People have more energy, and get better sleep. Their moods balance. Their immune systems, which seemed to be betraying them, now behave properly and their detox systems are not overrun.

There’s a prize for solving the mystery, and that’s a faster, easier return to health. That’s why we like the mysteries. As Mesmer suggests, a hard problem to solve beats a hard disease to cure.