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

8 survival herbs for the zombie apocalypse

(or any another kind of disaster situation) Knowledge about how to use wild plants as food and medicine may not be common to the average city dweller, but with my quick guide, you too will be better suited to survive a zombie invasion or another post-disaster scenario. 1. Burdock root Burdock root makes for an [...]

By | June 12th, 2015|Herbal Medicine|0 Comments

5 ways to shrink fibroids naturally

Fibroids, benign growths in the uterus, are one of the most common gynecological health issues.  According to American statistics, approximately 40-60% of women have fibroids by age 35; by age 50, up to 80% of women will have had uterine fibroids at some point in their life. African-American women are significantly more likely to develop fibroids than [...]

Abhyanga Ayurvedic self-massage

Guest post by Sairupa Krishnamurti, student intern Ayurveda Primer Ayurveda is an ancient South Asian system of healing that dates back over thousands of years. From Sanskrit, ayu = life, and veda = wisdom. Ayurveda is often translated as the “knowledge of life, or science of life”. The medicine is vast, but throughout its nature-based teachings an emphasis is placed on self-awareness and self-care. Practices that one can do at home are often taught, such as breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and self-massage. […]

By | May 25th, 2015|Ayurveda, Home Treatments|0 Comments

Let’s talk about sex

Many of us may think we talk openly about sex but far too often I have patients who come to see me for sexual health concerns they have never discussed with other healthcare providers. I am glad that my patients feel comfortable asking me about a wide variety of issues related to sex practices: how to avoid giving and getting sexually transmitted infections, how to get or not get pregnant, and how to improve sexual function. Dissatisfaction with one’s sex life, sometimes called sexual dysfunction, is a rather common concern.