Articles and Q&A's

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.
May 2016


Q: I’ve heard that cinnamon can help with my diabetes. Can I just sprinkle it on my food to get the benefits?
May 2016

Are You Hearing Things?

Um, no, you don’t have super powers; that constant distant noise or ringing and humming you hear may be tinnitus. “Tinnitus” is the persistent ringing, hissing, buzzing, or roaring noise you have in one or both ears. It may occur when the signalling cells in the inner ear are damaged and send unwanted signals to the brain. There are many potential causes, including normal aging, medications, head or neck injuries, as well as certain diseases. The condition could be transient or may persist for years. Try not to be overwhelmed or depressed about tinnitus; seek help from your physician or pharmacist ASAP. Our clients have been able to deal with it successfully with some natural and even non-drug options.
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.