Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to specific foods that are triggered by IgG antibodies (a type of immune response).  In an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen and create an antibody-antigen complex. These complexes are normally removed by special cells called macrophages.  However, if they are present in large numbers and the reactive food is …

Fibromyalgia: one of many misunderstood medical conditions

Fibromyalgia (FM) has fascinated me from day one of naturopathic medical school because it doesn’t neatly fit into any diagnostic category. The diagnostic criteria remain vague. Some researchers still hold the belief that FM isn’t even a separate condition, but instead a variant of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or IBS, or hypothyroidism or perhaps a chronic infection? So what going on? …

Root causes of Anxiety

Anxiety is pervasive. We all know someone in our inner circle of friends, family or colleagues who is currently suffering from anxiety. Symptoms and severity will vary, but in our culture today, anxiety is everywhere. The best definition I’ve ever heard came from my cherished university professor. He says, simply, that anxiety is the anticipation of an aversive stimulus.  Not …

Ketogenesis and Ketone Utilization in Various Health Conditions

Part 1: Ketogenesis Ketones will only be created in the body if blood sugar and insulin concentration in the blood is low. If the body is in the process of ketogenesis (making ketones for fuel) and sugars/carbs are introduced, insulin will be released and ketogenesis will stop. Sugar and carbs are always the primary fuel. When glucose is not available, …

Using ketones for Weight Loss

The best diet for weight loss isn’t a ‘diet’ at all. It’s a lifestyle change that happens gradually and can be sustained long term or indefinitely. The path to sustained weight loss won’t be the same for everyone as several underlying medical conditions should be assessed and treated accordingly. But what can be stated for nearly everyone is that a …

What are these ketones I keep hearing about?

Supplemental or ‘exogenous’ ketones have been receiving a lot of popular attention lately, and for good reason. Adding in additional ketones is a quick and efficient way for the body to enter into a state of ketosis, giving the body an energetic, athletic and cognitive boost. Cells need energy all the time. The most common way that energy is produced …

How Herbal Tinctures Can Help You

In western herbal medicine, tinctures are used nearly as ubiquitously as tea but remain relatively obscure. Unlike tea, an herbal tincture is generally a much more concentrated solution made of a water-alcohol extract of a plant. Many of the medicinal constituents found in plants are poorly extracted in water but are well extracted in alcohol, these constituents include essential oils, ...

Why choose a natural sunscreen

The sun is out in full force! Our selection of natural sunscreens are not only effective, but less harmful to us and the environment. We also carry after sun formulas just in case. Oxybenzone, a derivative of benzophenone is a common ingredient in conventional sunscreens which has been shown to negatively affect marine life, coral reefs, our own endocrine system, …

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Ozone Therapy and Preventative Health Care

Oxygen is crucial to our body’s health and life. It is well researched that as people age, there is a significant decrease in effective oxygen use, which impairs thousands of vital chemical reactions and causes cellular activity to become sluggish. Cardiovascular diseases further decreases oxygenated blood flow from reaching your organs like the heart and brain. Symptoms of this process …

Herbal Medicine Consultations Now Available

Herbal Medicine is a system of holistic healing which uses plants to assist in the prevention and treatment of illness as well as in the facilitation of health and well-being. Until relatively recently, humans have existed in relationship with the plant world and have been dependent upon plants for health and healing. Medical Herbalists strive to merge traditional herbal wisdom …