Articles and Q&A's



June 2015

All About Dad

Traditionally, it is our Moms who take care of the health of the family, whereas Dads are more likely responsible for the “health” of the car! Just as keeping up with the scheduled maintenance on the car keeps it running smoothly for as long as possible, adopting a few healthy habits can do the same for the body. So Dads… Listen up!
June 2015

Age Spots

Q: I love spending time in the sun, but am starting to develop age spots! Other than wearing sunscreen or going to see my dermatologist, is there anything I can take to help?
May 2015

Miracle Arthritis Remedy from New Zealand Waters

The Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) from New Zealand has proven its effectiveness for 25 years and remains one of the most time honoured natural arthritis remedies. The flesh of the mussel is made of 9 different glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s, or mucopolysaccharides) and is more effective than a glucosamine or a chondroitin alone. In herbal medicine we believe that the synergistic effect of small amounts of 9 different ingredients is more effective than a large amount of one single ingredient. In the past 25 years, I have seen Perna work better than glucosamine alone. The first generation of mussel supplement was made by drying, freezing and lyophilizing the flesh of the mussel and was marketed under the name of “Perna Caps®” by VetriScience. These are still highly in demand.
April 2015

Natural Approach to Allergies

It’s that time of year again when the sneezes we hear around us are due to seasonal allergies rather than the common cold or flu. Traditional remedies such as antihistamines carried by conventional drugstores may sometimes lose their original efficacy over time or their use should be minimized, as in the case of pregnancy or in patients with certain cardiovascular conditions.
April 2015

Gluten Defense

Q: I have Coeliac disease and have to avoid gluten in my diet. Is there a supplement I can take to help me dine out safely when I’m not sure about the gluten content in the food?
April 2015

Gelling Up Your Joints

Why is it that as we age, our joints become annoyingly “creaky”? Part of it is that our joints are a dynamic, ever-changing structure; new tissues are synthesized while at the same time, older tissues are degraded. As we age, the balance of building up and breaking down goes in favour of breaking down and our bodies are not able to “fix” damaged tissues as readily.
March 2015

A Little "Mussel" for Arthritis

With spring and all the good-weather activities just around the corner, this is a good time to review some nutritional remedies for arthritis. The Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) from New Zealand has proven its effectiveness for 15 years and remains one of the most time honoured natural arthritis remedies. The flesh of the mussel is made of 9 different glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and is more effective than a glucosamine or a chondroitin alone.
March 2015

Fungal Infections

Q: I have been trying to get rid of a fungal infection in my toenail for months. I've tried over-the-counter products without success. Is there any other topical option?
March 2015

(Un)Pleasant Interactions

“Do not take dairy products, antacids, or iron preparations with this medication.”; “Do not take with ASA.”; “Avoid use of alcohol.” You may have noticed similar messages affixed to your prescription bottles warning against consumption of certain foods and/or other medications. Hopefully, your pharmacist would have taken a moment to highlight these precautions. But, why are we concerned?
February 2015

Cold Sores

Q: I always get cold sores in the winter months. Is there anything natural I can take to help them heal faster? A: Yes, the amino acid L-LYSINE is an effective treatment for cold sores as it antagonizes the growth of the virus, thus limiting its spread.
February 2015

Natural Protection for Your Heart

"Exercise, eat well, keep your cholesterol levels down, watch your blood pressure…" it’s likely that many of you have heard one or more of these phrases at a visit to the doctor’s office or even the pharmacy because these are the things that can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke.
February 2015

Protecting the Hearts of the Young and the Old

More than 1.4 million Canadians have heart disease and approximately 90% of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease which includes smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stress. That’s right; no longer is heart disease a concern of the middle-aged and elderly, with today’s hectic lifestyle making it difficult for us to find time to take care of ourselves, even the young have to start thinking about what we can do to protect our hearts.