Category Archive for: ‘Alternative Medicine’

How to heal faster and stronger

If you have an injury (acute or chronic) this weeks blog is for you. Ultimately, your body knows what to do to heal an injury. The classic model of injury healing comprises  four sequential, yet overlapping phases: (1) Hemostasis, (2) Inflammation (3) Proliferation   (4) Remodeling.   Within the first few minutes after the injury, a process of platelet aggregation …

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Are you at Risk?

There are four key factors that can be used to identify risks for inflammatory based diseases: Insulin Weight and waist size Blood pressure Cholesterol Insulin Insulin’s job is to keep blood sugar at an appropriate level. Carbohydrates generate a rise in blood sugar. The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream, which lowers blood sugar by storing it in cells. A …

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Is it Trendy to go Gluten Free? Or the Answer to Your Chronic Health Problems

Some  argue that going Gluten Free is an unsubstantiated fad, and that unless you have  Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance supported by laboratory testing,  there are no health benefits to this restricted style of eating. On the other hand, there is a substantial amount of evidence that non-celiac gluten reactions can result in a variety of adverse health conditions. …

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Acupuncture may be the key to your stress- and a number of associated health problems

One’s reaction to stress is mediated by the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA)   What is the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis? The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, secretes hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress as well as regulating digestion, the immune system, emotions, sexuality and energy metabolism. It is also involved in the “flight or fight” response to acute stress, which results …

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20(14) tips for a Healthy New Year

With 2014 around the corner, many people make New Years resolutions, such as adopting healthier habits. Here are some of my recommendations (not in any particular order):   1. Keep hydrated– drink a minimum of half your weight in ounces of water. If you active exercising, then increase your consumption. If your urine is dark, take  this is as a …

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Integrative Sports Medicine

Integrative sports medicine is a holistic approach to preventing illness and injuries in athletes while optimizing their performance through nutrition, manual therapies and corrective exercise. In general, athletes seek care for  three reasons: 1. Managing acute and chronic injuries 2. Performance enhancement 3. Injury prevention A holistic approach takes into consideration nutritional, structural and psychological factors. Nutrition Nutrition can be …

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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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GMO- The Movie Version…

We created a video to explain why we are voting yes on I-522. Hope you like it!

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    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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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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