Category: Naturopath

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most popular folk remedies I hear about in my practice, and for good reason. There’s some impressive research to back up its health claims. But first things first: definitions. Apple Cider Vinegar: Is It All Created Equal? Apple cider is basically unfiltered, unprocessed apple juice. It becomes […]

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Why we have to stop telling our kids that sugar is “bad”

  I recently saw a video shared social media that praised a mother for strictly keeping her kids away from sugar. I won’t post it here, but it labelled her as the “Anti-Fat Mom” and the person that shared it suggested we should all try and be more like her. Ok, this got me all fired […]

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How to Build (Or Break!) A Habit

When it comes to trying to create a new habit (or overwrite one that isn’t serving you), the best resource I’ve ever found, hands down, is Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. I highly recommend that you pick up the book for yourself, but let me give you a brief little run-down of what I […]

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Why So Many Belly Aches? Cyclic Vomiting and Abdominal Migraines

  Recurring and prolonged abdominal pain and vomiting are, unfortunately, not uncommon in kids. Often, they occur together, although a child may have pain without vomiting. What are Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Abdominal Migraines? The terms Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) and Abdominal Migraines (AM) refer to two different conditions that have a lot in common, […]

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Berberine: Treating Metabolic Syndrome Naturally

The power of naturopathic medicine is in the philosophy: remove obstacles to cure and give the body the building blocks it needs to heal itself, and within reason, healing will follow. I prefer not to give supplements to treat symptoms, because that approach doesn’t get to the root cause… but in the short term, sometimes […]

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Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load

We all know that sugar is bad for us, right? (If you don’t, check out this article.) Suffice it to say for now that if I could change just one thing about the way people eat in America, it would be to dramatically reduce or eliminate processed sugar consumption.) But what counts as “sugar”? It’s not […]

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Accidental Needle Sticks and the Opioid Epidemic: is your child at risk?

Perhaps you’ve heard that we are in the midst of the “opioid epidemic.”  But do you know what that means for your child? What is the opioid epidemic? Many people in this country have become addicted to pain killers (opioids).  According to the NIH, more than 90 Americans die every day after an opioid overdose. […]

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Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

I wrote here on the basic theory of what inflammation is. Briefly: in initial stages, inflammation is part of non-specific immunity. It just means something hurts and your immune system calls all hands on deck to deal with it. In later stages, inflammation becomes specific: this means your immune system is carefully targeting a specific invader, […]

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Common Foods that Cause Sensitivities

Just about everyone has eaten something that made them feel bad later. What’s the reason? You might be experiencing sensitivity to a food you are eating. It can be hard to nail down food sensitivity. The onset of symptoms can come one or even two days after you have ingested the food. It all depends […]

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Food Allergies and Breastfeeding: Is my baby reacting to something I’m eating?

My baby is exclusively breastfed and has never eaten solids, but seems to react to my milk. What could be causing it? Proteins from the foods you eat are passed to your baby through your breastmilk and may be causing an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. The foods that most commonly cause these reactions in young […]

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