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Weight Loss with Acupuncture & Cupping

By |July 11th, 2017|Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Interview with Xianmin, Registered Acupuncturist

The summer is a perfect time to begin a weight loss program due to the abundance of fresh healthy food and longer days which aid in the regulation of metabolism. Naturopathic weight loss protocols often involve acupuncture and cupping. But why? Acupuncture can be a great technique to reduce feelings of hunger and relieve stress. Cupping helps to reduce stagnation in the tissue and works on the level of cellulite. This month we asked Innate Wellness Acupuncturist, Xian Min about the details of his weight loss program. To learn more about how acupuncture and cupping might work for you, book a free 15 minute consult with Xianmin.  […]

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The Wisdom of Summer Eating

By |July 9th, 2017|Digestion, Nutrition, Recipes, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Summer is ruled by the fire element in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the height of ‘yang’ energy, which rules expansion, growth, and creativity. Nature is at its peak in terms of growth and the motion of natural energy is moving upwards – meaning that this is the perfect time to harness that natural high in your energy levels! Being mindful to match your eating habits to the movement of this season can help maintain health and energy all year round.

Enjoy beautiful meals with colorful fruits and vegetables. Not only are these foods inspiring and fun but they are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Avoid COLD foods but consume COOLING foods. Cold foods cause contraction in the stomach and interfere with digestion. This includes overconsumption of raw fruit/vegetable juice*, salads or raw greens, iced drinks and ice cream. On the other hand, cooling foods are ones that disperse heat without creating coldness in the stomach. These include: salads, sprouts, fruit, cucumber, tofu and many herbal teas (see our Cooling Chrysanthemum Tea recipe). […]

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Cooling Chrysanthemum Tea

By |July 9th, 2017|Recipes, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Chrysanthemum tea is traditionally steeped in hot water with the addition of sugar and sometimes with the addition of goji berries. This tea can be used to ‘cool’ summer heat amongst other healing properties. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is also believed to clear the liver and the eyes.

With this recipe, I have included chamomile and mint to add to the cooling benefits of the chrysanthemum. I have also recommended maple syrup or Manuka honey instead of rock sugar or cane sugar as they are higher in nutrient density, health benefits and lower in glycemic index. This tea is best mixed in a large dry batch of loose herbs then made one pot at a time. […]

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The Myths of Social Work and Psychotherapy

By |April 20th, 2017|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW and provider of psychotherapy

Myth: Only crazy people or people with severe issues receive psychotherapy.

Everyday, people seek therapy for a range of reasons. Some pursue psychotherapy for treatment of anxiety or depression. But others want help coping with life stressors or transitions like martial strain or separation, parenting challenges, the loss of a job, stress management or conflict at work. Others may need help managing and balancing work and family responsibilities, coping with an aging parent, or improving relationship skills. By learning problem solving skills and coping strategies, anyone (young and old) can benefit from psychotherapy. I work with both adults, teens and children. […]

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Common ‘Myth-Conceptions’ of Naturopathic Medicine

By |April 18th, 2017|ND Editorial|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

A large part of naturopathic medicine is empowering patients to recognize the valuable role they play in their own health by asking the right questions and staying informed. As a naturopathic doctor, I have been asked a lot of questions around what naturopathic medicine is and what it is not. Below are the most common & important ‘myth-conceptions’.

Myth # 1 – “My medical doctor doesn’t ‘believe’ in naturopathic medicine”.

Many patients worry that their doctor does not ‘believe’ in naturopathic medicine. This is an important conversation to have with your doctor– if you don’t ask, you will never know. BUT – most medical doctors and naturopathic doctors will communicate and exchange information to promote the best patient care possible. In fact, more and more, medical doctors and naturopathic doctors work within the same clinics.

If your medical doctor says they do not believe in naturopathic medicine than she or he probably has not read about the profession. Naturopathic doctors who are trained through the 7 accredited North American Schools practice evidence-based medicine with a primary focus on lifestyle counseling, nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy. Naturopathic doctors are trained to help you make the ‘health-style’ changes you need to promote wellness or complement conventional treatment. Naturopathic medicine has been found to take the burden off of the health care system and is a great addition to conventional patient care.  […]

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The Myths of Physical Fitness

By |April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC

There are many confusing ideas around physical fitness & health. These are the 4 most common misconceptions that come up in my chiropractic practice.

Myth #1 – Sit ups and crunches are needed for strong abdominal muscles. Research from the U.S military has shown an increase in lumbar disc injury from regular abdominal crunches and sit ups. They have changed their basic training regime to cut out the more traditional abdominal exercises for plank and core exercises. The Canadian military and U.S navy are also following suit to reduce injury.
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Mindful Travel Tips for Families

By |March 7th, 2017|Mind Body Medicine, Travel|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

The March Break is almost upon us. It is family travel time! Traveling with family members big and small can be challenging. I remember an old teacher once saying “If you think you are enlightened – spend a week travelling with your family!” Certainly, these times can test our patience but they are also the best of times for creating memories, strengthening bonds and reconnecting to the the important people in our life. If you are worried about how you will make it through, try these suggestions for mindful travel with family.  […]

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Homeopathic Travel Guide

By |March 7th, 2017|Homeopathy|0 Comments

By: Quinn McCutcheon, Student practitioner at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Homeopathic remedies are natural, safe and effective for the whole family. As we are all unique, it is important to understand how to select which remedy is best for each individual.

The chart below is a quick and helpful tool to reference symptoms to the remedy. This will help to better ensure fast and effective results. If there is improvement after two to three doses of a remedy, do not re-dose unless there is reoccurrence of symptoms. However, if there is no improvement after two doses, reassess the symptoms and try a different remedy.

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Defining a “Successful Relationship”

By |February 13th, 2017|Relationships, Self Care|0 Comments

By Lindsey Danisch, Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist

A “successful relationship”: We need to redefine this concept.

For some, this term “successful” is saved only for those partnerships that end in life-long marriage-‘til death do they part. But who is to say that’s the only qualifier for success?

A 3-month relationship, where partners learn about they sexual desires and preferences, is a success.

A 5-year relationship, where you now more clearly understand of the qualities you need in a long-term partner, is a success.

A 20-year marriage that has ended, where you’ve learned to love and let go, leading to more self-discovery and resilience, is a success.

I have clients who tell me they’ve had “no successful relationships” and after a little more conversation, I can see that they’ve had many successful relationships. While those relationships have now ended, the amount of information they’ve learned about them is amazing.

The ability for my clients to reframe their relationships experiences is empowering.

Let’s take back this phrase and redefine what success looks like in relationships of all kinds. Every relationship, no matter how short or long, teaches us something about ourselves and desires. They help us prepare for future relationships-and that’s what success looks like!

 

Lindsey Danisch MSW, RSW

Provider of Psychotherapy

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3 Simple Steps to Weight Loss

By |December 30th, 2016|Detoxification/Cleanse, ND Editorial, Nutrition, Weight Loss|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

1. Choose a weight loss goal that is realistic for you. Bring into mind your ideal weight. Or, use a Body Mass Index calculator to determine your healthy weight. Remember that lasting weight loss occurs at about 1 pound per week. If this seems like it will take too long, plan your weight loss goals in steps. If your healthy weight is 150 and you are currently 200lbs – this could take 50 weeks. So set your first goal at 190 for 10 weeks and when you reach this goal – celebrate! Our best achievements in life do not happen all at once. They are the accumulation of many small victories.

2. Identify the habits that are holding you back BEFORE you choose a weight loss plan. Bad habits are one of the biggest barriers to weight loss. They say it takes 21 days to change a habit. Pick a habit that needs to change and work at it until you can maintain the routine for a month. Yes, this may delay your weight loss plan but it will make you more successful in the long run. ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’

What kind of habits are we talking about?

TIME MANAGEMENT. Eating well means planning well so that you can prepare meals at home or at least plan for healthier options. Taking some time on Saturday or Sunday to grocery shop & cook can set you up for the week. Or in today’s world, we have services like Grocery Gateway that bring the groceries right to you, or Blue Apron that bring you the prepped food for healthy meals. There are also healthy meal delivery services that provide you with healthy, cooked meals. […]