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Meet the Massage Therapist!

By |July 12th, 2016|Innate Wisdom Practitioner Q&A, Massage Therapy|0 Comments

At Innate Wellness we have 4 different massage therapists with 4 different styles. We decided to sit down and ask our therapists about their top techniques in practice. Still not sure which RMT is the right fit for you? Visit their bios or call our front desk staff to inquire (416-760-9424).

 Emily Carr-Locke, RMT


Q: You take an intuitive and gentle approach to massage. Is there a patient population that you think your massage style works with best?

A: I have been told that I have a very intuitive touch. I have had many different patients with different health presentations tell me that I really ‘found the right spots’ and helped to relieve an ongoing issue or trigger point that no one else had been able to find. I am able to provide a deep, focused, and relieving treatment which can help patients with frozen shoulder, decreased range of motion, injuries, as well as general aches and pains caused by posture, stress, or physical restrictions. I also have many patients with chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia or chronic stress/anxiety who need a varied treatment with different goals, techniques, focus, and awareness. […]

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Sports Medicine & Injury Prevention

By |June 6th, 2016|Innate Wisdom Practitioner Q&A, Pain and Fatigue|1 Comment

Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC

It’s official! The warm weather has arrived and with it naturally comes more running, swimming biking and outdoor sports. Injuries can be common especially as people are getting ramped up for summer training schedules. In this month’s Q&A Dr. Jon shares his top tips for building fitness and staying injury free all summer long!

Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC

You have worked a fair amount with fitness from the average person to the athlete. Do you have any general recommendations for those beginning a new fitness program?  […]

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Fitness, Nutrition & the Menstrual Cycle

By |June 6th, 2016|ND Editorial, Nutrition, Pain and Fatigue|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, women have different needs than men. Fitness-based nutrition programs & training schedules have long assumed that men and women are the same. Modern research has taught us that there are important differences between the sexes and understanding our uniqueness can help maximize female performance.

Female body composition is naturally higher in fat. The upside is that women use fat as their primary energy source. Women use dietary fats more efficiently than men but tend to lose fat less readily. How is that fair?! Estrogen seems to play a large role in this paradox. It has been shown that estrogen enhances fat use during exercise BUT reduces a woman’s ability to burn fat as energy after eating. Therefore, women may be better off to consume food before exercise but avoid food for 90 minutes after exercise to allow for the body to reach the maximum benefits of exercise induced fat burning.

Women’s bodies tend not to burn carbohydrates as fuel until they reach very high levels of exercise intensity (~80-85% max effort). Carbohydrate loading may not be appropriate for the female fitness routine unless she is training at max effort (80-85% VO2max). If a woman is carbohydrate loading during moderate exercise she may not utilize this macronutrient. Worse, these unused carbs are ultimately converted and stored as fat. Therefore, unless a woman is training at a regular high intensity, she will benefit from keeping carbohydrates more moderate or approximately 30% of daily nutrient intake.

The menstrual cycle and hormonal fluctuations women experience throughout the month influence their physical response to training as well as their metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. This mean that women need to vary nutrition and fitness schedules based on where they are in their cycle. Ignoring this important variable can lead to fatigue, delayed onset of muscle soreness, injury and ‘hitting the wall’ with a thud.


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Bio Resonance Cellulite Therapy Package

By |April 27th, 2016|Announcements, Detoxification/Cleanse, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Cellulite Therapy with Bio Resonance


We are pleased to announce Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND now offers a non-invasive, pain-free cellulite therapy.

Bioresonance is a non-invasive, pain-free therapy that uses electromagnetic frequencies to balance and detoxify the body.   The therapy addresses cellulite locally by improving detoxification, blood and lymphatic flow locally, improving circulation and reducing water retention. Collagen, the structural element of the skin, is strengthened and the skin becomes more smooth, firm and toned. There is also systemic improvement of circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as hormonal regulation. […]

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Healthy Weight Loss

By |April 27th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND


Weight loss is a big business. It is confusing and we have been sold the idea of quick fix, dramatic weight-loss that is often not healthy nor sustainable.   Unfortunately this often leads to yo-yo dieting, dramatic weight-loss then the inevitable weight gain, and do it all over again.   So what is a healthy diet? How does one achieve a healthy weight?


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A Holistic Approach to Cellulite

By |April 6th, 2016|ND Editorial|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND


It is estimated that approximately 90% of females over the age of 35 have been have some degree of cellulite. It does not just affect those that are over-weight, although excess body fat can make the appearance of cellulite worse. Many factors influence the development of cellulite. Female anatomy, hormones, blood and lymphatic circulation, diet and lifestyle factors all contribute to the formation and appearance of cellulite.

Contributing factors to cellulite formation and appearance:

1. Hormonal stimulation of fat cells, primarily by estrogen. Estrogen stimulates fat cell production and growth and fat cells make estrogen – its a vicious cycle. Exposure to environmental toxins and sub-optimal detoxification by the liver can lead to a build up estrogens, which is termed ‘estrogen dominance’.

Environmental exposure of estrogens is significant. ‘Xenoestrogens’ are a sub-category of chemicals called endocrine disruptors, which are known to alter the normal function of our hormones. Sources include plastic – bottled water and any food sold and prepared in plastic should be avoided. Skin care and beauty products, insecticides sprays, and many other products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. The Environmental Working Group provides a comprehensive database of environmental toxin sources. (www.ewg.org).

Estrogen metabolism happens primarily in the liver. The liver breaks down estrogen, along with many other substances, so they can be eliminated by the body. When the liver is over-burdened or sluggish, estrogens are not efficiently eliminated from the body.

Our primary goals are:

Decrease exposure to environmental toxins
Keep liver function efficient. Consume plenty of green leafy vegetables, bitter greens and herbal bitters. The bitter flavor stimulates the livers production of bile improving digestion and releasing toxins through the bile.
Balance estrogen levels. Consumption of dietary fiber and phytoestrogens, help to keep estrogen levels balanced […]

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Acupuncture for Allergies Package

By |April 5th, 2016|Allergies, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|0 Comments

It’s finally that time of year where April showers start turning into May flowers. It is also the beginning of Allergy Season, which for many of us is the start of dealing with symptoms such as runny nose, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, sore throats, headaches and possibly skin reactions. Treat your allergies with acupuncture!!

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has been treating allergy symptoms for thousands of years with great success. Paired with dietary and lifestyle changes, acupuncture can help treat your symptoms but will have long lasting effect reducing the chance of any symptoms returning in the future.

This year we are offering an Acupuncture for Allergies Package to help you nip your allergies in the bud (literally!). This includes:

Initial acupuncture intake
3 follow-up acupuncture sessions
Price $350 (save $50).

*Additional sessions can be bought at our regular package rate of 3 sessions for $255. Please call our High Park or Annex location to book an appointment or for more information.

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7 Secrets of Successful Skin Aging

By |April 5th, 2016|ND Editorial, Skin Hair & Nails|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND


Glowing skin is often interpreted as a sign of “well-being” and “health” in humans. Many anti-aging strategies target our desires to appear young and healthy. Aging is a complex process with different organs aging at different rates. Yet, it is the skin that shows the first obvious marks of passing time.

Aging skin is a normal process and ‘successul aging’ should focus on healthy and active participation in life. Preventative dermatology looks at delaying aging through a combination of methods. The goal is to achieve healthy, smooth, blemish-free, translucent and resilient skin OR to get the skin “looking better” but not younger per say. This is the realistic goal of anti-aging techniques that people need to understand. The following seven steps will help you to achieve your best skin and delay age-related changes.


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Natural Pregnancy Free Spring Lecture Series

By |March 1st, 2016|Fertility, Post Natal Care, Upcoming Events at Innate|0 Comments

Join us for our free Spring Lecture Series on Pregnancy. Each week, one of our practitioners will be speaking on their area of expertise. T Whether you are thinking about getting pregnant, are already pregnant or are preparing for delivery, complementary care can be a great support! Contact us at Innate Wellness Naturopathic Medical Centre to learn more! 416.760.9424. Sign up to reserve your spot – space is limited.

If you are just thinking about pregnancy and are curious about fertility check our Free Spring Lecture Series on Fertility at our Annex Location

Week 1: Naturopathic Support for Pregnancy and Beyond! with Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Wednesday, May 4rd, 7-8pm, 5 Quebec Avenue, Toronto

Dr. Regan offers naturopathic support for moms-to-be through nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, supplementation and acupuncture. Wondering how your nutrition requirements change throughout pregnancy? Which herbs are safe to take and which are not? Are all pregnancy vitamins created equal? Join Dr. Regan for a short talk and open Q & A on all your pregnancy questions.

Week 2: The Pregnancy Diet—Healthy Eating for Mothers To Be with Liane Wansbrough, CNP

Wednesday, May 11th, 7-8pm, 5 Quebec Avenue, Toronto

Holistic Nutritionist Liane Wansbrough is passionate about good food and helping you understand why it’s important to feed yourself and your baby well. As a mother of two children, Liane found most information about eating for pregnancy overwhelmingly focused on the negative: avoid this, avoid that. Her approach to diet is to educate women about how to capitalize on the many positive things food can do to promote health at critical points during a baby’s development. Join Liane and learn the key nutrients you need during pregnancy and the best foods to get them from. 

Week 3: Acupuncture for Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery […]

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Naturopathic Preconception Planning

By |March 1st, 2016|Fertility, ND Editorial, Nutrition|1 Comment

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND


Preconception is an important, but often overlooked step, in pregnancy preparation. Naturopathic preconception planning can improve chances of conceiving and help ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.

Ideally preconception work should begin one year, to a minimum of three months before desired conception. During this time the menstrual cycle and ovulation will be tracked, helping us understand when ovulation is occurring. Factors influencing the menstrual cycle will be addressed, along with general health and nutrition. A period of detoxification may be necessary for some.

The following is a detailed outline of areas that will be addressed during Preconception Planning: […]