Articles and Q&A's



March 2018

Replenish Your Gut

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a collection of possible signs and symptoms that vary from bloating, gas, gastrointestinal (GI) cramping, and food sensitivities to aches, and pains outside of the GI tract. It is believed that these symptoms result from a compromised epithelial lining of the gut, which allows for the passage of toxins and bacteria into the blood stream. Specifically, when the proteins forming the tight junctions between the cells lining the gut (i.e., the epithelial cells) are impaired, things not normally allowed to pass from the lumen of the gut into the blood stream can pass through.
February 2018

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

Most of us are aware that sugar is bad for our waistline and our health. We also know the obvious culprits are soda, candy, pastries, sugary cereals and ice cream. But sugar is hiding out in places many of us would not expect. Sometimes, what we think of as “healthy” choices are in fact loaded with sugar. Take fruit juice, for example.
January 2018

Options for Shingles Vaccine

Q: I’ve heard there is a new vaccine against shingles coming out. What are the main differences between the two options? A: Zostavax®II is the vaccine against shingles that most people have heard of. It is a live, attenuated virus vaccine, meaning that the virus has been weakened in the lab. Although the virus can still replicate and produce an immune response (and possible mild disease), it should not cause a full-blown outbreak of the disease.
December 2017

Protect Yourself From Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection with potentially dire consequences. Most people recover on their own at home, but others who are at higher risk, such as the old and the young, and people with low immunity or other diseases may require treatment in hospital. We definitely want to do what we can to prevent contraction of the infection as well as prevent the escalation of pneumonia.
December 2017

Ready, Set, Go! (Travel Prep)

Wintery weather often makes us think of escapes to sunnier destinations. Even though making sure you are immunized against diseases that you may contract at your destination of choice does not seem as important as finding the best flight or hotel at the best price, it is worth it to take a pause and give it some thought. After all, holiday getaways are not as jolly when you have traveler’s diarrhea! Here are a few tips to get you started as you plan your Winter escape.
November 2017

RECOVERY®: More Than Just Glucosamine

Glucosamine is a well-known supplement amongst those who have joint issues such as osteoarthritis. Even medical doctors have been known to recommend it to their arthritic patients. Despite its popularity as a joint supplement, clinical and experimental evidence shows limited benefit to using just glucosamine on its own.
October 2017

Weight Control

Q: It’s fall and all I hear about is “pumpkin spice latte” this or that! Combined with two upcoming family holidays where a big turkey feast is featured, I’m not sure my waistline can take it. Any suggestions on how to pre-empt what seems the inevitable weight gain?
October 2017

Cold and Flu Support for All Ages

Q: I’m a nursing mother to a 7 month old baby and I have a young child in preschool. My husband works with the public. I am wondering what we can do to try to keep us all as healthy as possible during the upcoming cold and flu season?
October 2017

"Cerenity" Now


September 2017

Toddler Probiotic

Q: It seems like the moment my normally healthy child steps foot into school, he catches every cold that goes around. I’ve been told that probiotics may be helpful to boost his immune system, but he doesn’t like to eat yogourt. What else can I try?
September 2017

Breathing Easier with Natural Supplements

Breathing is such an automatic function that we often do not realize how important our respiratory systems are until they are affected by something like the smoke that drifted into the Lower Mainland from the wildfires in the Interior of B.C. Thankfully, our respiratory tracts are lined with tiny hairs called cilia from the nose right down to the smallest bronchioles to help sweep debris and particulates out of the body. When the cilia are not able to work as well as they should (e.g., are overwhelmed), particulates can cause irritation to the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. To help things along, there are some supplements that can support the lungs’ natural detoxification and respiratory function.
September 2017

Relief for Dry Eyes

Having dry eyes can be such a bother. Not only do your eyes feel irritated and even painful, but your vision could be so blurry that driving or even walking across the street becomes dangerous. Your long-term vision could also be in jeopardy.