Articles and Q&A's

December 2016

Homeopathics for Winter Ailments

The cold chilly months of winter typically correspond to an increase in visits to the doctor’s office, not only for treatment of upper respiratory infections, but often injuries related to winter sports. In addition to the usual prescription and over-the-counter medications one might find at a pharmacy, there are a variety of homeopathic remedies that can be extremely useful.
November 2016

AnxioCalm (TM): Echinacea for Anxiety

A few years ago, a product came on the market under the name, “AnzEase”. It was described as a homeopathic preparation of Echinacea that was indicated for anxiety. Back then, our dad, Henry just couldn’t wrap his head around how Echinacea, an herb well-known for its use in boosting the immune system could help with anxiety. Recently, the product was re-launched under the name “ANXIOCALM™”. This time around, the company has rebranded the item as a herbal product as the mechanism of action has been elucidated. First, it is important to note that the strain of Echinacea used is E. angustifoliae, whereas the strains used to boost the immune system are E. pallida and E. purpurea. Secondly, the dose matters and in this case, more is not better. In fact, each capsule contains only 20mg of E. angustifoliae as it was found that at higher doses, the effects on the nervous system were lost.
November 2016

Supplements for Dry Skin

Q: I moisturize my skin every day, but it still looks and feels dry! What else can I do? A: Using a topical moisturizer may not always be enough to maintain the skin’s moisture levels. For very dry skin, consider using a fatty acid supplement, which helps to nourish the skin.
October 2016

Mercury and Flu Shots

Q: I visit my elderly parents in their care home and was told that I should get a flu shot. Should I be concerned about the mercury content? A. In order to minimize the impact of influenza infection on the elderly population, it is important for their visitors and caregivers to consider getting the flu shot.
October 2016

Pumping Up Your Iron

Feeling overly tired or weak? Have pale skin and feeling cold? Experiencing chest pain or a rapid heartrate? Feeling an uncomfortable tingling or a creepy-crawly sensation in your legs? Getting the urge to nibble on some ice or dirt? Fighting infections frequently? These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of iron deficiency and if you experience all of these, you should speak with your doctor. Iron is a very important mineral in our bodies as it is an essential component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues.
September 2016

Say Yes to No-otropics (Brain Health)

Do you feel you are getting more forgetful with each passing day? Studying for an exam? Hoping to improve your ability to focus or be sharp? Feeling the brain strain from everyday life? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then say “yes” to nootropics.
August 2016

Neuro-Force (TM)

Q: My elderly parents complain that they are not as sharp as they used to be. I have noticed that I’m starting to be more forgetful. Is there anything that all of us can take to help?
July 2016

Be a Bone-head; It's Good For You

Bone broths are hip nowadays, but what’s the big deal? A true bone broth is prepared via a multi-step process. In essence, it requires special preparation of the bones and meats, followed by a prolonged system of boiling and simmering. There are many ways to make these broths, and different cultures will have different formulas. You can even add your own HEMP HEARTS. The combinations of recipes are endless and broths can be made from beef, chicken, fish, pork, veggies, etc.
June 2016

Nature's Aid Skin Gel

Q: I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summertime so I’m often dealing with sunburns even though I use unscreen! Is there something I can keep with me to help? A: Nature’s Aid™ Skin Gel combines aloe vera with tea tree oil, vitamin E, witch hazel, and rosemary to provide a gel that can soothe as well as reduce the itchiness associated with sun burnt skin.
June 2016

Broccoli for Beautiful Skin and More

Not everybody can appreciate the flavour of broccoli, but it is hard to deny how healthy this vegetable is for us. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and radish have been inversely associated with various types of cancer. This can be attributed to the phytochemical sulforaphane, a sulfur-containing isothiocyanate. There is preliminary research suggesting that sulforaphane plays a role in increasing the action of Phase 2 enzymes, which are responsible for inactivating many carcinogens. It may also inhibit the activity of certain Phase 1 enzymes that could increase the carcinogenic activity of some substances.
June 2016

A Natural Approach to Travel Prep

With summer just around the corner, some of us will be making plans for travel to exotic locales. In a previous article, we discussed the use of vaccinations against preventable viral diseases of the liver (e.g., Twinrix®) as well as traveler’s diarrhea (Dukoral®). For those with guts that are sensitive to changes, even small changes can cause a big upset in this homeostasis resulting in diarrhea, cramping, indigestion or worse.
May 2016

Summer-Ready Legs

Despite our rainy reputation, summer in the Lower Mainland can be quite warm and sunny. For those who have spider veins and/or varicose veins, this could mean either suffering through the hot weather in pants or long skirts or baring the legs with some level of self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the look of these conditions.