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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… Continue reading →

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… Continue reading →

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: … Continue reading →

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… Continue reading →

Hormone Solutions for Women & Men: Welcome to Dr. Kristy Prouse, MD

Dr. Kristy Prouse MD, is the Medical Director of the Institute for Hormonal Health in Oakville. An accomplished surgeon and leading OB/GYN with degrees in Psychology, Genetics and Cell Biology and trained in Functional Medicine, Dr. Prouse founded the institute in 2011 when her own experience with hormonal health issues connected her to a naturopathic… Continue reading →

Building Strong Back-to-School Immune Systems

Kids will be heading back into the classroom next week, and after the initial celebration by parents is over and the weather cools, thoughts turn to avoiding the seemingly inevitable “back to school” cold—both in our kids and ourselves! Here are some of our best tips and tools as you head back into a new… Continue reading →

Does One Thing Matter?

Whatever we are not changing we are choosing.–Laurie Buchanan This is a powerful quote in a health care context. The evidence shows over and over again that the quality of our health is directly linked to our lifestyle choices. What we put into our bodies. Consume junk food or whole food? Water or soda pop?… Continue reading →

SIBO: What Is It and Could You Have It?

Tummy troubles are one of the most common complaints that naturopathic doctors deal with. Usually, we have great success–if we can help a patient get to the bottom of food intolerances, rebalance their flora, or deal with stress, then tummy troubles like IBS can become a thing of the past.  But when our usual magic… Continue reading →

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

With the incidence of Lyme disease climbing in Ontario, and in Simcoe County specifically, we’re getting more and more questions at the clinic about what people can do to keep their families and themselves safe.  Here are answers to some of the most common questions, as well as info on a new tick removal kit… Continue reading →

Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

Canadians don’t deal well with sustained heat and humidity. Sure, the odd day or two of over 30 gives us something to complain about, because we love to complain about the weather. But day after day of +30C with high humidex? That’s something we don’t adapt to very well.   Many people around the planet, however, do… Continue reading →