Health, wellth, and intake forms

I spend a lot of time thinking about words.  Part of it is my cultural studies background.  Part of it is a personal obsession with etymology and semiotics and self-reflection. Words are power.  Health is power. Unfortunately, many people have less access to wellth, or health power, than others.  They may have less access to healthcare because [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Philosophy|0 Comments

How I recovered from (postpartum) depression

After my second child was born, I suffered from severe postpartum depression and anxiety. I was completely overcome by my own negative self-talk.  I felt like my whole life was out of control. My thoughts would spiral endlessly through anxiety, fear, despondency, self-deprecation, and then I could top it off with shame for having any [...]

Perfect Pancakes (GF and vegan)

Stereotypically for a naturopath, my family has some specific dietary restrictions.  Between the four of us, we don't eat gluten, dairy or eggs.  For the most part, this is very easy to accommodate.  There are tons of gluten-free grains and dairy-free options out there (and a good reminder that I should post my cashew cheese lasagna [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

What a naturopath eats

Last week, my Facebook newsfeed was plastered with posts and comments about this Business Insider article, featuring a day in the diet of a registered dietitian nutritionist.  Curious what all the fuss and sarcasm was about, I read in shock that her "healthy" diet included a big glass of juice, 3-4 mocha lattes, popcorn, and [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015|In My Garden, Recipes|0 Comments

Boost your shower with contrast

I love the simple things in life.  Especially if it's something that's easy to do and accessible to most everyone.  That's one of the many reasons I love contrast showers. You probably take a shower sometimes, right?  So why not make the most of your time in the shower by using this simple technique to [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|Home Treatments, Hydrotherapy|0 Comments

In praise of weeds

No, I'm not talking about marijuana or the TV show it was named after. The weeds I feel deserve accolades are the plants growing in the cracks in the sidewalk - the most forgotten or despised or ignored of all the plants. Some people spend lots of time and energy spraying weeds with chemicals or yanking them [...]

Signs you need a naturopath

Not sure if seeing a naturopathic doctor is something for you?  Here are some signs that naturopathic medicine is likely a good fit for you. Your life is wellthy You already live a wellness-based lifestyle.  You eat whole foods and often cook at home.  You love fruits and vegetables.  You buy some things organic.  You are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2015|Herbal Medicine, Philosophy, Women's Health|0 Comments

Tips for increasing cervical mucus

Why does cervical mucus matter? No matter whether you are trying to conceive through intercourse or through insemination, the quality and quantity of cervical mucus matters.  Fertile cervical mucus, usually produced around the time of ovulation, helps sperm move more easily towards the opening of the cervix and into the uterus.  This mucus helps protect [...]

By | July 8th, 2015|Women's Health|2 Comments

Gluten-free granola goodness

I started making granola at home after becoming disillusioned with the cost of healthy cereal options for my kids.  I'm a savoury breakfast kind of person so I had never tried it before, but I knew I could make a granola that was gluten-free, high in fibre, and low in sugar. Here's my recipe.  It's a [...]

By | July 3rd, 2015|Kids, Recipes|0 Comments

New rules for naturopaths in Ontario

some of my study notes for the prescribing exam Eight years ago, the province of Ontario passed the Naturopathy Act, 2007.  While naturopaths have been practicing under the Drugless Practitioners Act, 1925 (DPA) since the 1920s, legislative changes were sought out in order to bring naturopathic doctors (NDs) into the Regulated Health Professions Act, [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|Philosophy|0 Comments