By: Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Humans have been consuming cow dairy for thousands of years. In fact, a recent archaeological dig from Britain showed that prehistoric farmers were consuming dairy products as early as 6,000 years ago – despite being lactose intolerant! And we are still at it! Humans consume dairy in volumes despite it being linked to a number of problematic health issues such as diarrhea, constipation, dermatitis, eczema, respiratory conditions and more. Cow dairy offers a creamy, satiating food that is readily accessible. Its nutritional profile is noteworthy with 1 cup of 2% milk offering 8g of protein, 5g of fat, 30% of daily calcium requirement as well as naturally occurring Vitamin A and B6. However, despite this healthy profile, milk seems to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people. In Canada, close to 7% of the population report a food allergy. At the top of the list of reported food allergens is dairy with 2% of the Canadian population reporting an actual Cow’s Milk Allergy (CMA). This is the highest reported food allergen in Canada! Anecdotally, from my clinical practice, many patients speculate that dairy is a trigger for their health concerns. However, they are often told that ‘there is no evidence’ that milk or dairy-based foods is an inflammatory or immune-triggering food – and so they don’t eliminate dairy. I am always surprised to hear this as there is plenty of evidence that milk is problematic. Here are a few reasons why: […]
By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND Many common health concerns can be associated with toxin accumulation within the body. Our everyday lifestyle exposes us too many types of toxins including pesticides and preservatives in food, air pollution, metals and chemicals in our drinking water and a plethora of toxins are found in our cosmetics and body care products. Toxins must be processed and eliminated, but when our exposure becomes more than what our body can deal with and eliminate we develop symptoms from a build up of toxins. Common health concerns that can be associated with toxicity: […]
Allergy Assessment using MORA Bioresonance Testing By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND Allergies develop when the immune system mistakes a harmless substance like a food, animal dander or pollen as harmful. “Leaky Gut Syndrome” (LGS) is a common underlying cause of food allergies and sensitivities. LGS is the result of irritation and inflammation of the gut lining, as well as disruption of the microbiome, which is composed of healthy flora within the gut. Irritation and inflammation result from chronic exposure to inflammatory foods, environmental toxins, pesticides, food additives and medication, which also disrupt the microbiome. The leaky gut lining allows both bacteria and food proteins, that normally do not pass through the gut lining, into the systemic circulation, there they trigger the immune system and are labelled as invaders and allergies and sensitivities develop. […]
By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Immunity is about harmony between the person and their environment that involves a complex web of interactions including those with other people, culture, food, work, weather…. Everything! One might say that the immune system is about relationships or how the cells of the body relate to the outside world. A person dealing with an immune issue whether it is frequent illness or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus MUST consider the relationship between their inner world and the outside environment. The Mind-Body-Immune System Connection An increasing body of research supports the idea that the mind and nervous system are capable of modulating immune response. The term ‘psychoneuroimmunology’ comes from the growing understanding that our thoughts, moods and emotions affect our neurological and endocrine systems that affect our immune function. The immune system communicates with our neurological and hormonal systems to activate or inhibit immune function. Physical illness and immune system issues can also affect our mental and emotional well being. This relationship goes both ways. […]
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.
with Matthew Richardson, R.Ac. 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. We often suffer silently or stock up on anti-histamines from the pharmacy and try to get through it for another year. But, there is an alternative and most importantly a more permanent solution that won’t require another trip to the pharmacy. […]
By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND Allergy Season is Here! Moulds, pollens and dust are some of the common culprits leading to hay fever and seasonal allergies. Allergens stimulate an immune reaction causing levels of histamine to rise, which leads to typical allergy symptoms such as itchy, swollen eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sinus congestion. Seasonal allergies make the onset of spring very unpleasant for a large number of the population. So what is the solution? […]