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Are your Cleaning Agents Making You Sick?

      Most household cleaning agents are made up of a laundry list of toxic chemicals, many of which may cause hormone disruptions, antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions and even leaky gut syndrome. Triclosan is one of these heavy hitters and is found in products ranging from liquid hand soap and dishwashing detergent to toothpaste, facewash, deodorant, a range of …

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Do You Have Shoulder Pain?

    Shoulder pain occurs in up to 21% of the general population with 40% persisting for greater than one year Shoulder impingement accounts for 40-65% of injuries Shoulder injuries make up annual costs  estimated  at $39 million Altered shoulder mechanics can be the primary cause of degenerative changes   The shoulder joint requires a balance of stability and mobility. …

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Are You Scarred for Life?

      Scar tissue can cause many problems, including: Limited range of motion Decreased circulation Interference of sensory and motor nerve function Pain Scar tissue is a natural reaction of the body to trauma. It forms as part of the inflammatory and healing processes. Scars can be found on any tissue on the body, with the most common sites …

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GMO- The Movie Version…

We created a video to explain why we are voting yes on I-522. Hope you like it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMx9Q37AEgc

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I See Pain in Your Future

  About three years ago, I was on a casual Sunday morning walk with my dad’s walking group in Vancouver, B.C. Aside from enjoying the beauty along Locarno Beach, I was observing how the people around me were walking and moving. Let’s face it, given my profession, it’s what I do. At one point in the walk I asked one …

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RICE vs MEAT: Which is better for an acute injury?

         RICE is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is considered to be the standard approach to an acute injury within the initial 24 to 48 hours.     The basis of this approach is that inflammation causes the pain associated with the injury. Take away inflammation and you take away the pain. In …

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Voodoo

    Back in high school, when I first expressed interest in holistic medicine, I was labelled a would-be “witch doctor” and told that herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic and other alternative therapies were “voodoo”. Well, times have changed and most of these friends have embraced alternative therapies. Some of them are even MDs. You may be wondering what motivated me to …

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GMO- The Right to Know

If you haven’t heard of GMOs or I-522, or just want to know more, this blog is meant to inform you (and if we’re lucky, it will inspire you enough to vote in the November election!). GMO is an acronym for “Genetically Modified Organism”. The basic idea is this: genes are the chemical blueprints that determine an organism’s traits. Removing …

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Reducing Cholesterol Naturally

If you have high cholesterol, it’s important to know that statin drugs are not your only option for bringing it down. There’s a lot you can do to lower your cholesterol naturally. Listed below are recommendations that have been shown to decrease LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), and/or increase HDL (the “good” cholesterol). What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a soft, waxy …

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Flu Season is Just Around the Corner. Are There Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System?

Nutrition Exercise Sleep Massage Acupuncture   IMMUNE FUNCTION – Nutrition Vitamins E, C, and A, and the elements selenium, magnesium, copper, and fatty acids singularly and in combination on can be beneficial for immune function. Nutrient-dense foods should be encouraged to promote proper balance of nutrients. A multivitamin/mineral that supplies nutrients without providing excess can be beneficial. A balanced varied …

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