Articles and Q&A's



May 2016

Multifaceted Magnesium

Besides calcium, magnesium is probably the most well-known mineral in the body. It is the most plentiful cation in the body and is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body including those involved in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation. About half of the magnesium in the body is stored in the skeleton, whether it be on the surface of the bone or embedded as a constituent of bone crystals.
May 2016

Achy Breaky Body

Pain. What a terrible 4-letter word. However, living pain-free may be more within reach than you think. Without trivializing it too much, pain is a perceived sensation with many potential causes. It is a subjective feeling triggered in the nervous system by a physical stimulus such as a blunt or shearing force, a chemical, a poke, a pinch, etc. So, we can feel “pain” when we get a trivial paper cut or, more seriously, suffer a car accident, shingles outbreak, pinched nerve, severed limb, etc. In a way, it is an evil game of “telephone” between the trigger site and your brain. Imagine if we can somehow interrupt this telephone game; the message would be lost and you will not have that sensation of pain anymore. Sound too good to be true? Read on!
April 2016

Look As Good As You Feel

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Even though that’s a noble principle to live by, we can’t help but lose a bit of self-esteem if we get a pimple on our forehead, or our psoriasis resurfaces on our elbows, or our rosacea worsens, or, heaven forbid, our first wrinkle! What’s most important, of course, is that we live and eat a healthy lifestyle from within, but even the best of us could use a bit of help from the outside in.
March 2016

Medications Made Just For You

What do the following individuals have in common: a dog unable to take the pills his vet prescribed, a woman with a urinary tract infection, a baby with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and a man seeking pain control who cannot tolerate oral anti-inflammatory medications? All of them can benefit from compounded medications. But what is compounding?
February 2016

Elise for Incontinence

Mapping every available washroom along one’s daily routine is a reality for many women of all ages who experience some form of urinary incontinence. It is estimated that nearly 10% of Canadian women are affected and although it is often assumed that incontinence is a normal part of aging and only the elderly are affected, this is not always the case. “Stress incontinence”, the involuntary leakage of urine when a person coughs, sneezes, strains or makes a sudden movement, can result when the muscles and tissues around the opening of the bladder get weak.
January 2016

An Ideal Weight Loss

What do we expect from an ideal weight loss program? Fast results, easy to follow protocol, not feeling tired or hungry while on the program, and long-term weight maintenance are a few things that one might hope for. Those who have tried numerous weight loss programs, whether it be a commercially-available program or one that they do on their own may think that it is not possible for all of these wishes to be met. However, they may find that the “Ideal Protein” (IP) Weight Loss Protocol can satisfy these demands and more.
December 2015

The ABC's of D

Vitamin D has received a lot of attention in the media recently. Even Health Canada has recommended (modest) increase in the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) levels that it recommends. With many healthcare experts and practitioners recommending levels much higher than the DRI, it is important to take a look at what this vitamin is and what it can do for us.
December 2015

Natural Support for the Flu

Q: What should I have on hand in during for the flu season? A: Getting the flu shot is the most effective way of preventing the flu illness. Homeopathic medicines can be used to complement the flu shot.
November 2015

Cold & Flu...Go Away!

The changing colours of the fall leaves are an indication that cold and flu season is upon us. Although for most people, these are not life-threatening illnesses, they can make your life miserable, especially during the holiday season. Protect yourself from the cold and flu by following these simple steps.
November 2015

Fishy versus Fresh Liquid Fish Oil Supplements

Q: I have a hard time swallowing pills so I wnted to try a liquid fish oil supplement, but heard that they can go rancid. Are there brands that are "fresher" than others? A: All oil-based supplements have the potential to be oxidized and go rancid; however, fish oil supplements are particularly susceptible due to the high levels of EPA and DHA that they contain.
October 2015

Super SAM-e

Due to its extensive action, it has been used for many different purposes including depression, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, intrahepatic cholestasis, and even sexual dysfunction.
October 2015

Cold & Flu

Q: With the cold and flu season just around the corner, what can I keep on hand for both myself and my children in case we get sick? A: Elderberry is a traditional winter remedy that has been shown to curb the propogation of influenz A an B strains.