Grow a Mo, Save a Bro: The Crisis in Men’s Health

We spend a lot of time on women’s and children’s health issues here. At some level, that makes sense–after all, the general practitioners at StoneTree are women, so the health concerns of women are top of mind for us. We’re living them ourselves, and many of us are moms, too.

But there’s more to it than that. Men and women approach health care differently, and as a result, are served differently, too. Women are more likely to seek help from a care provider, and they are more likely to bring their children in for care. They are also more likely to come to a care provider earlier in the onset of their health complaint. 

In comparison, men tend to visit the doctor less often, and have shorter consultations when they do. They are more likely to see their health care provider later after the onset of their complaint, and they are less likely to report all of their symptoms.  

There is a persistent and troubling myth that men don’t care about their health but they do. The system is just not set up with male sensibilities in mind. This is part of the reason that men’s health is in crisis. Men die, on average, six years earlier than women, largely for preventable reasons. It’s a tragedy.

The organize that speaks to this issue best is the MOVEMBER movement, founded by two friends over a beer in a bar. Check out their origin story here. What began in 2003 with 30 “Mo Bros” has now seen more than 5 million participants.

The movement started with a focus on prostate cancer and has since incorporated testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. Their goal by 2030 is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

How do they do it?

  • Give facts. Guys need data, info and facts to feel empowered and to take action. Did you know that when detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%? Find it late, and those survival rates drop below 26%.
  • Give self-care resources. Guys want to take care of themselves. Teaching them self-care like the know thy nuts helps them feel in control.
  • Tell the truth. Mental health is a huge issue for men. Globally, every minute, for example, a man dies by suicide–in Canada, 75% of suicides are men. Men tend to keep to themselves and not talk. This website speaks to men about speaking out like a man would.
  • The Mo Movement. It’s Movember! Show your support. Grow a mo, attend an event, or contribute to the movement. You’ll find all the details here.

Hey! You don’t have to grow a Mo to support Movember! There are all kinds of ways to participate, including walking or running 60km over the month! Learn more here.

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 doctor and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who helped her in a way that was missing from the standard of care in Western medicine.

Check out her story here: 

She’ll be bringing her expertise in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to the clinic on select dates this fall.

The therapy is great for symptoms of:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain / decreased muscle mass
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings, irritiability
  • Decreased libido
  • Increased anxiety, stress, panic attacks
  • “Fuzzy thinking”, lack of confidence and memory problems
  • Sleep disturbances and insomnia
  • Peri-menopausal challenges for women such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness
  • Andropausal challenges for men such as hair loss, erectile dysfunction

Dr. Prouse works alongside naturopathic doctors integratively. When you book to see her for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, you actually see a Naturopathic Doctor first. The two doctors work collaboratively to develop the best functional medicine plan to rebalance your hormones.  

Dr. Bronwyn Hill, ND and Dr. Candice Soldaat, ND are the StoneTree Clinic Naturopathic Doctors who will be working alongside Dr. Prouse this fall.  If you are a patient of one of the other ND’s in the clinic no worries, you can simply see Dr. Bronwyn or Dr. Candice for your BHRT consult and they will send you back to your regular STC ND for regular care.  

She will be making the drive up from her Oakville practice to join us for limited dates in the fall:  

  • Sept 13
  • Oct 11 
  • Oct 25
  • Nov 8 
  • Nov 22 
  • Dec 6 

Contact the clinic to book – 705-444-5331 or [email protected]. Spaces are limited.  

EVENT: Cancer Treatment Research & Innovation Day at CGMH

This year’s Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day is June 19. This year’s focus is on cancer.

StoneTree Clinic’s Dr. Ehab Is presenting on the integration of conventional and complementary care.

There is still time to register!

The Details:

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
  • 8:00am-2:00pm

The day’s events include:

  1. Keynote Speakers: Exploring topics including cancer, quality improvement, and community initiatives
  2. Networking and Research Poster Viewing: Chance to view local health and wellness research/initiatives and network with fellow attendees

This event is open to everyone. Health and wellness professionals (both clinical and administrative), community members, and all sectors. Best of all, there’s no charge!

–>Registration and info

Dr. Candice is Back!

Dr. Candice is back from maternity leave starting June 17th.  A big thanks to Dr. Bronwyn for taking such good care of her practice while Dr. Candice was home with her son Owen. 

Her hours are: 

  • Mondays 10AM – 7PM 
  • Wednesdays 9AM – 12:30PM 
  • Fridays 8AM – 12PM 

Dr. Candice has a general practice, but her prime focus is on helping patients with infertility, PMS and other menstrual problems. She offers 15-minute complimentary “meet-the-doctor” visits.  

We’re thrilled to have her back, and she’s looking forward to reconnecting with her old patients and meeting all the new ones as well. You can book online to see Dr. Candice here

Don’t forget! StoneTree Clinic bills insurance directly in an effort to make care more accessible to those with insurance.  

Gratitude and 2018

Last year was a big one for StoneTree Clinic. Our team and our patient community grew a lot! Here are a few highlights from 2018:

  • One new naturopathic doctorDr. Bronwyn Hill, ND. She started her ND career as a volunteer student over a decade ago, helping out Dr. Shelby and me when we were practicing over on Erie Street. She graduated from the Canadian College of medicine five years ago (she and Dr. Maggie were classmates) and after a few years in the city, she decided to make the move up north. We couldn’t be happier.
  • With well over 2200 IV’s being done in 2018 we needed some help, and added two new faces in the IV suite:
    • Sahar El Awady (Dr. Ehab’s wife). She brings both her history as an anesthesiologist in Eygpt, and real passion for patient care. She started in the IV suite this fall and is eagerly learning the naturopathic approach to health care.
    • Deb Chatwin, nursing assistant extraordinaire. You will see her as Angela’s right hand this January, learning the ropes and helping out.
  • One new face behind the front deskBridget McMaster joined us this summer as a student intern and we get to keep her until she heads off the Naturopathic College in the fall of 2019.
  • Three maternity leaves, which added 3 new babies to the STC family!
    • Dr. Kendra welcomed Rowan into her family in April of this year. She is now back to work and reconnecting with her patients and we get to snuggle with Rowan during case conference every week.
    • Dr. Maggie and her family welcomed a daughter, Rose into her family in October and Dr. Candice welcomed her son, Owen into the world just in time for Christmas this December. Both moms will be back to patient care in the late spring. Dr. Bronwyn is looking after their patients and loving it.

And most importantly….

  • Over 800 new patients came to the clinic for the first time! That means that in January we’ll kick off the new year by welcoming our 7,000th new patient! As always, we’re grateful for your trust in us and feel truly privileged to be a part of your health journey.

Thanks to all of you for a great year, and for growing with us as we find our way. As always, if there’s any way we can serve you better, let us know.

From the team at StoneTree Clinic, we wish you all a healthy and happy 2019!

It’s Even Easier to Use your Extended Benefits Before 2019

It’s easy to forget about your health–especially if your body hasn’t yet decided to remind you. And it’s particularly easy at this time of year when you’re running around dealing with holiday commitments and other stressors.

But now might be the most important time of year to remember to support your immune system and shore up your stress hormones.

This time of year we usually do a shout out to our patients to ensure they are:

  1. Taking care of themselves during the stressful holiday season
  2. Maximizing the use of their extended benefits package before the calendar turns over 

This year, STC has made it even easier for our patients to take care of themselves and use up the extended benefits they are entitled to – especially in times when cash flow is tight. We now offer direct billing to extended benefit insurance companies.

Simply bring in your policy card and let the front desk know you want to direct bill–they’ll do their best to get it done for you!

Dr. Kendra is Back November 5th!

Dr. Kendra is back in the house on November 5th. She is already booking up fast!

Her hours this fall/winter are:

  • Monday 2-6
  • Tuesdays 9-5
  • Thursdays 10-1

A big welcome to baby Rowan! We are all so excited to have another baby in the StoneTree Clinic family.:)

You can book an appointment with Dr. Kendra here, or by calling 705-444-5331.

Upcoming Workshops: Cancer Care, Sleep Habits

Cancer Care: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Approaches

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00PM-7:00PM
FREE
Call or email the clinic to register

Join Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ehab Mohammed ND to learn about the best evidence to support the use of complementary intervention in the care of those with cancer. Whether you are engaging in conventional cancer care or not this open session will be of value to you.

Dr. Ehab spent over 20 years practicing and researching oncology at the University of Cairo as a medical doctor. He is now training and licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor and is passionate about the integration of complementary and conventional care.

Learn more about Dr. Ehab here.

Healthy Sleep Habits For Kids: A Workshop for Parents

Wed, 3 October 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
FREE
Register here

Join Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Bronwyn Hill ND and Jessica White, a Certified Integrative Sleep Consultant, to learn how to create lasting changes in your house that will positively affect your family’s sleep.

Enjoy and informative session to learn the latest on sleep science, nutrition, and take home strategies to help children ages 3-10 get their recommended sleep hours for optimal health.

Learn more and register for your spot here.

 

Dr. Maggie’s Family is Growing!

If you’ve been to the clinic lately, you may have noticed Dr. Maggie’s growing belly! Her family is looking forward to welcoming their newest member this fall.

The rest of the StoneTree Clinic team is thrilled to have another STC baby about the clinic, but, as always, we’ll be sad to see one of our team members go on mat leave.

Dr. Maggie’s last day is Friday, October 4th. For all of you who need to see her before then, you can book here. She is expected back in May 2019.

In the meantime, we’re so pleased that Dr. Bronwyn will be caring for Dr. Maggie’s patients during her absence. Both these great docs graduated in the same year from naturopathic college and have worked together since they were interns there.

You can check out Dr. Bronwyn’s profile here.

Calling All Teachers!

Dealing with kids can put a real tax on stress glands and immune systems–it’s the kind of thing that can lead to constant colds and flu, sleep and mood issues, or that overall “tired” feeling that is so tough to shake.

For our patients who are teachers, the hustle and bustle of the school often has them completely worn out by the end of June. They rely on summer to rest and recharge.

The magic of summer, however, isn’t just in recovery. It’s in building a strong base for the coming year. Prevention really is the best medicine, and for teachers, summer is the best time to put that in place. Supporting the stress glands and boosting the immune system before school starts almost always makes for a healthier school year.

Simcoe County teachers have a wonderful extended health plan for naturopathic medicine, and the benefits restart at the start of their new year, which is September. Getting in during the summer months prepares you for the upcoming year, but also ensures you maximize the coverage you are entitled to.

We now make it even easier for our teachers to access care with direct billing to your extended health plan. This ensures you can come in without having to worry about cash flows during the summer months.

We love working with teachers and keeping them healthy and well during the school year. Teaching our kids is important work–please pass this on to the teachers in your life!

Book your appointment online here, or call the clinic at 705-444-5331.