I love to learn, so daily detox tips naturally fuels my curiosity for fun research. Hence, why after 8 years of naturopathic medical education, I decided to further my training and entered into a fellowship in Anti-aging, Regenerative, and Functional medicine. As a result, I became one of a few ND’s in North America board certified in this field, and recently spent a weekend at Harvard Medical School working with some of the brightest and most progressive doctors in the business. What an inspiring few days! Many of our conversations focused on the concept of aging, what we can do to support and ultimately slow down this process. Traditionally, when most people think of ‘anti-aging’, images of Botox injections, tummy tucks and facelifts often came to mind. While this may appeal to some, I am from the camp that cutting edge anti-aging medicine focuses much more on the cellular and genetic level, where all degenerative processes begin, rather than just focusing skin deep. What we surround our cells with has a direct effect all the way down to our genetic core. This, as you can imagine, not only impacts and how WE look, feel, and behave – but can also significantly impact the health of our children.
Pain is the most commonly treated condition by doctors today. We ALL know someone who suffers from a chronic pain condition, many of us likely experiencing it currently or have at some in our lives. In fact, pain killer prescriptions are currently the most frequently prescribed medication – and there does not appear to be any sign of this trend slowing. Yet, most people continue to eat the worst foods for pain. While many people associate musculoskeletal pain with Arthritis primarily, there are literally dozens of diagnoses that can result in joint and muscle pain. To put it simply, pain = inflammation. Much like a campfire needs fuel to burn, so do inflammatory processes in our body. The real question is what causes inflammation?
Most of us have heard about our thyroid gland in some capacity. Thyroid conversations tend to take place when conversations ensue as to why we can’t kick those extra few pounds, to those discussing why our internal thermostat seems all over the place. Indeed, our thyroid gland is involved with these processes, but do you know what else your thyroid does? In fact, the thyroid is one of the most essential glands to regulate overall healthy, AND it is one of the most easily damaged by toxins, nutrient deficiencies, and stress. If you are living and breathing on this planet, these factors affect us every day!
Caffeine-addicts beware: there may come a day when your search for a nearby coffee shop lands you in the increasingly popular phenomenon known as the "juice bar." Colorful juice drinks, containing everything from kale, spinach, beets to wheatgrass, have got more and more people saying goodbye to hot java and hello to liquid vegetables and fruit. Juicing is rapidly becoming a way of life.
When I meet with a new patient for the first time I always ask myself; "What is the root cause(s) of their condition?" I treat a wide variety of patients who each present with a unique medical history and a corresponding set of symptoms as a result. Could it be hidden yeast in food making my patients sick? While many have previously been diagnosed with a specific disease or illness, it is the underlying factors for each unique case that are most important when determining any treatment program.
By now you’ve likely heard of someone explaining about recent restrictions to their diet based on something they’ve read in a book, heard on tv, or even been told by (gasp!) – your Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist. Others may have experienced an allergy or food sensitivity symptoms in Toronto. Many of you may have even begun to experiment with your diet by eliminating certain foods, and this can be a great place to start especially if you’re dealing with any of the following issues:
- Digestive disorders
- Skin rashes/disorders
- Mood issues
- Chronic joint pain
- Weight gain (or inability to lose weight)
- Inability to concentrate and focus