Entries by The StoneTree Team

Are Your Vitamin D Levels Too Low?

It’s the time of year when we often look to vitamin D levels in our patients, and for good reason–low levels of the “sunshine vitamin” have been linked to a host of conditions, including seasonal affective disorder and osteoporosis. We wrote about the interesting history and importance of vitamin D before, but new research is showing vitamin D matters for more than […]

A Symptom Management Resource for Cancer Patients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, almost 27,000 women in Canada will be diagnosed with this disease—74 women per day. Here’s the amazing part: 88% will survive it. The mortality rate for breast cancer has been declining since 1986. Between earlier diagnosis and better treatments, we’re simply getting better at tackling the problem. […]

The Tests We Use to See Into Your Health Future

If you look at the leading causes of death in Canada, you’ll notice that most of them are the result of chronic disease. They’re things like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers, and diabetes–things that tend to be slow-moving and subtle, creeping up on you over years, silently exerting their effects on your body without your awareness.   But […]

Easy Choices…Hard Life?

Easy Choices, hard life. Hard choices easy life. -Jerzy Gregorek  Jerzy Gregorek, four-time time World Weightlifting champion and author of The Happy Body, came to the United States from Poland in 1986 as political refugee. His words are worth considering. The things that feel the easiest—things like sitting in front of the TV, hitting the snooze bottom, putting […]

The Collaborative Approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is completely different from its mild-mannered cousin IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  IBD is a disease process, as opposed to a functional issue. The term captures both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both of which involve a chronic, and often severe, inflammation of the digestive tract. Symptoms of IBD usually involve […]

Can a Low FODMAPS Diet Help Your IBS and Digestive Troubles?

FODMAPs, or, Fermentable Oligosaccharide, Disaccharide, Monosaccharide, and Polyols, are a group of dietary sugars that cause digestive issues. They’re carbs that tend to be poorly absorbed, and they can hang around in the small and large intestine, where they ferment and cause all kinds of irritable bowel-type symptoms.    Example of foods that are HIGH in FODMAPS include:  […]

IBS: How Do You Test for Food Intolerance?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is surprisingly common. According to the stats, between 13-20% of Canadians are affected by IBS at any given time. There are many potential causes, but one of the most common is a food intolerance.   A food intolerance is often a result of what’s called an IgG food sensitivity–a delayed, hyper-sensitivity reaction […]