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Natural Medicine Research

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Is There Research on Naturopathic Medicine?

You bet there is.  Here’s an overview of some interesting natural medicine research:

  1. Alcohol extract of sage enhances memory (Psychopharmacology 2008; 198(1): 127-139)
  2. Standardised willow bark extract continues to show benefit for painful osteoarthritis, with similar effectiveness and better tolerance than conventional therapy. (Phytomedicine 2008 15(11):907-913)
  3. Garlic standardised for allicin content and administered in a slow-release tablet had a cholesterol-lowering effect in mild hypercholesterolaemia. (J Atheroscler Thromb 15(6):334-338)
  4. Several case reports describe where repletion of vitamin D resolved back pain or significantly improved patients’ quality of life, even after failed back surgery. (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, February 2009)
  5. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation reduces risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, helps fibromyalgia patients, could improve recovery from cardiac surgery, and may even minimize tumors in breast cancer. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, January 2009, Clinical Biochemistry, December 2008, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, December 2008, & The British Journal of Nutrition, December 2008, respectively.

Please do not self-medicate based on this information, consult a naturopathic doctor to determine whether these are appropriate for you and also to source out the most effective products.



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Best New Year’s Resolution Ever!

I’ll stop at nothing in my quest to find ways for you to stay healthier.

So here’s what should be your New Year’s Resolution – Have More Sex.  It’s a natural mood elevator, sleep inducer, stress reliever, immune booster and pain reliever. Studies have shown intercourse helps reduce prostate cancer risk in men and helps prevent breast cancer and endometriosis in women.

So have more (safe) sex!

Can Money Buy Happiness?

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Proof that Money Can Buy Happiness!

Research suggests that money can make us happy if we spend it on the
right things. It seems that buying life experiences, such as dinner out or theatre tickets, rather than material possessions like the latest designer handbag, leads to greater happiness for both the buyer and those around them.

Why? Because purchasing experiences, as opposed to things, boosts feelings of well-being and vitality as well as social connectedness. The results also showed that purchasing experiences produced happier people regardless of the amount spent or the income of the purchaser.

Experiences also lead to longer-term satisfaction. “Purchased experiences provide memory capital,” noted Ryan Howell, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. “We don’t tend to get bored
of happy memories like we do with a material object.”

So replace the happy memories of your favourite handbag with happy memories of experiences with your loved ones.

As an interesting aside, one of my colleagues at Thorpe Benefits Health & Wellness, Louisa Jewell, says that studies show that having a short commute makes us happier longer than purchasing material possessions like a new TV.

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

Wrinkles: Nature or Nurture?

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Are Wrinkles “Just Genetic”?

A study involving identical twins suggests that wrinkles aren’t entirely dictated by genetic make-up; certain environmental factors can add years to a person’s perceived age.

Factors that can affect your face:

– divorce
– use of antidepressants
– major weight gain/loss
– stress

Our solutions, reduce your stress levels, support your adrenals so that you deal with stress more easily, avoid dramatic fluctuations in weight, eat a healthy diet, address depression naturally and maintain healthy relationships.  It’s a tall order, but our naturopathic doctors can help support all of these.

Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Health Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger and Me

Every year about this time, I think I should get ambitious and make a gingerbread house from scratch – it still hasn’t happened.  I thought a little information about the health benefits of ginger might motivate you and me to include more in our diets through other means like stir-fries and curry.
Here’s the scoop, ginger helps:

  • Soothe ulcers
  • Morning sickness and motion sickness
  • Lower cholesterol and platelet clumping
  • Reduce inflammation

Time to go make a nice cup of ginger tea. Go overboard with ginger!

Here’s What I Believe

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Why Do I Believe in Naturopathic Medicine?

I believe, because I’ve seen success with it time and time again.  People who were told they had a 1% chance of success conceiving and having healthy pregnancies, people who were told that they would never conceive on their own and their only hope was donor eggs, conceiving and having healthy pregnancies naturally, people who had had repeated failed IVF attempts, forgoing all the drugs, turning to vitamins, minerals, diet and herbs and having healthy pregnancies.  I’ve seen acne improved, hair loss stopped, skin cleared, digestion working normally, hot flashes relieved, weight loss, energy and vitality returned to normal, breathing cleared, babies made, cramps gone, thyroid and immune function restored and on and on.

When you’ve witnessed it for 16+ years with your own eyes, you can’t help but believe in the power of the human body to heal and the power of nature to help it along.   We can help you too, call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

7 Ills That Don’t Require Pills

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Why Take Drugs if You Don’t Absolutely Need To?

From the Harvard Health Letter:

  1. Arthritis: Combine weight loss with exercise, especially easy on the joints exercise like swimming, and you may have less pain and greater mobility.
  2. Cholesterol: Adding soluble fibre from psyllium, oat bran, fruit and vegetables to your diet can reduce levels of bad cholesterol. Cutting back on carbs helps lower total cholesterol.
  3. Cognitive decline: Memory training can help you stay sharp, and physical exercise can do even more.
  4. Depression: Regular physical activity has a potent antidepressant effect. Just do something, even if it’s only 5 minutes of exercise per day.
  5. Diabetes: Exercise makes muscle more receptive to insulin (improves insulin resistance), and eating fewer sweets and carbohydrates helps control blood sugar levels and appetite.
  6. High blood pressure: Lose weight, get more exercise, and eat less salt for those that are salt sensitive (not everyone is).  Weight training and cutting back on carbs can help too.
  7. Osteoporosis: Weight-bearing exercise causes bone tissue to get stronger and denser. Extra vitamin D from sunlight and vitamin K from leafy greens can make all the difference with bone density.

What is the Best Fat Burning Exercise?

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Fat Burning Exercise

Recent research suggests that the best kind of exercise for fat loss is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) versus Steady State Exercise. What that means is that subjects who did 20 minutes of cardio that was broken up into chunks consisting of 8 seconds of high intensity and 12 seconds of low intensity exercise lost more fat over a 15 week period than subjects who did a steady 20-40 minutes of cardio at 60% of their maximum capacity. Each group exercised three times per week and increased their exercise intensity as their fitness level increased.
For significant fat loss, dietary changes are usually also required.

A Little Anise is Nice

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Health Benefits of Anise

Anise is used to add a hint of licorice to everything from holiday cookies to bottles of ouzo and raki.
Researchers have isolated 22 compounds in Anise’s essential oils and found high levels of organic mixtures called phenylpropanoids. Phenylpropanoids are found in a wide variety of plants, and some are thought to have health-boosting benefits.
These compounds were tested for their activity against various major and minor microbes. A few showed some effectiveness against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, and Mycobacterium intracellulare, a bacterium which can cause illness in immune-compromised patients.
Some phenylpropanoids exhibited anti-inflammatory activities. Pimpinella essential oils also showed estrogenic effects and were considered to have phytoestrogen properties.

Go easy on the Ouzo though.

If you are looking for natural antibiotic treatment for any infection, our naturopathic doctors can help. Call us at 416-481-0222 or Book Online Now.

What Should I Eat (or Not Eat)?

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Whole Foods Diet

From Michael Pollan’s book, “In Defense of Food”:

1. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
2. Avoid food products containing ingredients that are a) unfamiliar, b) unpronounceable, or c) more than five in number, or that include d) high-fructose corn syrup.

Our naturopathic doctors are nutrition experts that can guide you as to what is healthiest for you to eat. Call us at 416-481-0222 or book an appointment right now.