Recipe: Dr. Steve’s Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast shakes are an easy (and tasty) way to get a full complement of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Because the sweet flavour of the fruits is so strong, you can add vegetables and still get a great, rich taste. It makes smoothies a particularly good option for people who aren’t enthusiastic vegetable eaters.

This recipe comes from our friend Dr. Steve Rallis, DC, president of Healthscore. Dr. Steve’s recipe gives you an unbelievable 10 full servings of fruits and veggies!


  • 1 cup fruit juice (apple, orange, pineapple) -not from concentrate. Fresh squeezed is better.
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen and organic are suggested)
  • ½ cup blueberries (frozen and organic are suggested)
  • 5 cups of baby spinach


  • Put the fruit and juice in the blender.
  • Start blender and then slowly add the baby spinach.
  • Blend until smooth, adding water if necessary to change consistency from thicker to thinner.

Adding 1 tbsp of olive oil or flax seed oil is also a great way to add your essential fats to the smoothie. Protein can be added, too, and if you don’t have the juice, just use fruit and add water or soy milk!


Please Join Us For Our Grand Opening!

Mark Your Calendars! We’d be honoured if you could join us for the official Grand Opening of our new clinic this Friday.

Date: Friday, June 20th

Time: Drop in anytime from 3-7PM

Location: StoneTree Clinic
115 Hurontario Street
Suite 200
Collingwood, ON

Stop by anytime between 3-7PM for:

  • office tours, including our new colon hydrotherapy and IV suites
  • some great food and refreshments
  • a chance to meet the entire StoneTree team, and ask any questions you may have
  • an opportunity to join us in celebrating the start of summer!

We’d love to see you there!

Yours in good health,
Tara Gignac, ND

Map and Directions

Colon Hydrotherapy Comes to Collingwood

It’s finally here! We’re pleased to announce we’re now offering colon hydrotherapy treatments in our Collingwood naturopathic office. We’re now booking appointments for new and existing patients in our modern hydrotherapy suite.

Colon hydrotherapy (also called colonics, or colon irrigation) is a painless, safe and effective method of removing dried fecal matter and restoring the colon to optimal health and function. It’s one of many treatments used by licensed naturopaths to help:

  • restore and/or regulating bowel functions and routines
  • reduce the need for laxatives
  • reduce toxins built up in the colon
  • detoxify the liver and lymphatic system
  • prepare for medical procedures that require bowel preparation with laxatives
  • enhance the elimination of barium following barium studies

To learn more about how colon hydrotherapy works, visit our colonics page on our website, or call 705-444-5331 to book your appointment.

Success Stories: IV Therapy

Quote - IVThis letter arrived recently from one of our clinic patients. As a naturopath, I think these are some of the best moments. Thanks B for the kind words, and for finding such great health! -Tara

I write you today in appreciation and acknowledgment for your warm reception, constant care and outlook for my health and well being.

I have been coming to you now for more than one year. I can honestly say that I owe it to you and your staff for my healthy lifestyle, encouragement when needed, and overall well being. The IV therapy has assisted in getting me back to the person I knew I could be. I exercise more regularly, walk without becoming winded and have fewer migraine headaches. My cholesterol levels are lower and blood pressure is good.

When I had a cold and chest congestion in the spring, after several weeks of antibiotics nothing seemed to shake it. I used your inhalation therapy three times along with a special IV, and it cleared up quickly.

I stopped taking the IV therapy for a month and can honestly say I seemed to get tired quickly. I’m back on schedule and appreciate my good health. I am recommending you and your services always.

Thank you.

Collingwood, Ontario

Would you like to inspire someone to feel better? You can tell us a few words about your experience at StoneTree here. We keep all personal information confidential.

Success Stories: Children’s Health

Quote - KidsThis 11 year old patient recently prepared a speech for school about his experience at our office, and how he was able to improve his focus, mood and body. Way to go! We’re all very proud of you – thanks for letting us share your story. -Tara

Dear Ms. M. & Fellow Students:

My life without “junk food”. It all began two years ago when I was nine years old. I constantly craved sugar, sugar, chocolate and more sugar.

I was tired, cranky and gaining weight. My Mom and Dad did not know why I gained so much weight when I played hockey, soccer, baseball and I swam all the time.

My Mom suggested we talk to a naturopathic doctor, our friend Tara. On our very first visit, Tara asked me all kinds of questions, here’s some: How was my focus in school, was I tired, how did I sleep, and what did I crave?

We decided that I should stop eating certain foods for one month to see how I would feel. Tara promised I would be allowed one treat every month.

It was a huge challenge! I stopped eating all foods such as chocolate, Cheez Whiz, KD, ketchup, cheesies, chips, microwave popcorn (DEATH IN A BOX), gummies, hot dogs, Gatorade, ice cream, fast food such as Pizza Hut and Wendy’s and cereal (and guess what – this means Cheerios!) My family removed all foods with preservatives, dyes and artificial flavors from our house.

We learned that if you can’t say it why you would put it in your body: Monosodium Glutamate, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Acesulfane-Potassium, Tricalcium Phosphate, all Artificial Colors and Flavors added. We became experts at reading food labels, even Dad!

After three months, I began to feel “gnarly”. I replaced most of the foods that I love with organic or homemade. My Mom has become an expert at finding foods with no “crap”. She found organic nachos and salsa, ice cream and yogurt, organic pop, who knew that “root beer” was really white. My friends love to visit, there’s always a ton of fruit at our house and my Mom makes amazing “smoothies”, “pancakes”, French Toast”, and homemade chocolate sauce, to die for.

Two years later, how do I feel now? I feel tremendous. I’ve lost weight. Tara takes my body mass index (BMI) at every visit. She puts sticky pads on my toes and hands and hooks me up to a machine. My body fat has dropped and my lean muscle has increased. I have tons of energy. I am like a freight train at hockey, lots of speed and agility. I actually love to run during soccer, major change for me. My focus, well, it’s okay most days – just ask Mom and Ms. M.

I love healthy food, fruit, cheese, whole grain bagels, veggies and dip, yogurt parfaits, but I got to admit, those little “Ferrero Roche” chocolates, they still get me.

Would you like to inspire someone to find their best health? You can tell us a few words about your experience at StoneTree here. We keep all personal information confidential.

Travel and International Volunteering: Tara Speaking in Craigleith

Tara 2Tara will be speaking to the Craigleith Probus Club on Mar 25, 2008, where she’ll share images and stories from her naturopathic health care mission to Paraguay, SA. Tara will also be discussing the opportunities for travel that volunteering provides, and offering advice for those interested in international work and travel.

You can learn more about Tara’s book Escape 101 at .

Details: March 25th, 2008 – Craigleith Community Centre, 7-9PM

Tara Speaking in Thornbury: Naturopathy, Health and Developing Nations

Tara Gignac, ND in ParaguayThe Arts Advisory Council will be hosting Tara Gignac, ND at the Thornbury Library on May 22.

Tara will be showing photographs and answering questions about her use of naturopathic medicine during her health care mission to Paraguay last year. Drop by for an insightful look at life and health in one of the Western hemsiphere’s most impoverished countries.

  • Date: Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 7PM
  • Location: L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Thornbury, Ontario (map)

Collingwood Breast Thermography Clinic

StoneTree will be hosting its next Breast Thermography clinic on April 21, 2008 in our Collingwood naturopathic clinic office.

Space is limited, so please contact our office at 705-444-5331 to reserve an appointment.

The clinic is held as a public service in our offices. We’re pleased to be able to offer space for the Medical Thermography International, which performs the screening. You can learn more about how breast thermography works at the Medical Thermography International website.

Radio Interview with Tara

Tara will appear on Wasaga Beach’s 97.7 FM The Beach on Wednesday, Feb 27th. She’ll be interviewed by Mariane McLeod during the Georgian Bay Today show from 9-10AM about naturopathic approaches to wellness and aging.

You can tune in at 97.7 FM, or call in to the Wasaga Beach station with questions about naturopathy at 705-422-1071.

Book Review: Younger Next Year

One of my favorite health books of the past few years is Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until 80 and Beyond. I first listened to the audiobook, which is also fantastic.

The book alternates between 70-something Chris Crowley, and Henry Lodge, MD, his doctor. The combination of the two perspectives keeps you engaged, and makes the content all the more compelling. The book is centered around “Harry’s Rules” – seven rules for the reader to follow. They include such things as “Quit eating crap” or “Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.” Not exactly earth-shattering, I know, but the delivery is what makes it stick. Crowley claims he can ski better now than he could 20 years ago, and I believe him.

Younger Next Year contains one of the most compelling arguments for exercise and eating well (among other things) that I’ve come across. If a book exists that can get you to move your body, this is it. If you’ve always wanted to take control of your health, but never quite felt motivated enough, this one’s for you.

(PS – There’s also a Younger Next Year for Women. While the information in the original applies to everyone, some of you might enjoy the version tailored for women. )