So you’re overweight and you want to be healthier and look sexier but you are discouraged. You have tried to lose weight in the past and while you have had some success in the beginning, the results never seem to last. So why do people have such a hard time losing weight? While the specific answer is different for everyone, chances are you are stuck in one of the following three phases.
As I approach the completion of my formal training as a naturopathic doctor I reflect on the last 4 years and how the experienced has changed me.
This article discusses a remarkable case of a 18 year-old woman who had suffered with psoriasis since birth and was refractory to conventional medical approaches. After applying a standard naturopathic protocol for one month the woman returned in complete remission and has remained so provided she maintains her treatment plan. After hearing this miraculous case the obvious question is: “What was the treatment?”
Although I have only been seeing patients for about a year now, I have started to see some positive results and I’ve begun to make some observations about the people who are getting better.
I recently had a case of a perimenopausal woman in her mid 50’s whose chief concern was that she wanted to begin lactating. She had never given birth, nor was it her intension to serve as a wet nurse. She simply had a strong conviction that to lactate, for her, would be a profoundly healing experience both spiritually and physically. She suffers from a chronic incurable illness and so the objective for me has always been to maximize her quality of life. As you might imagine, her request raised s
Magnesium is an extremely useful therapeutic nutrient. It provides benefits for a wide variety of conditions and is a remarkably powerful nutritional agent.
This article discusses the concept of biofilms and how the members of these intricate communities interact with each other and with their host to shape their environment.
I recently had the opportunity to hear Dr. Joe Pizzorno ND, speak on the topic intestinal permeability. Despite his extensive clinical experience and familiarity with the literature, it was Dr. Pizzorno’s respect for traditional wisdom that got me thinking.
Recently the CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) program "Marketplace" aired an exposé on homeopathy publicizing the many arguments that have been levelled against the alternative medical system from the prevailing medical and scientific communities. This article clearly outlines the criticisms of homeopathy and offers some playful rebuttal from a logical standpoint. While it is routinely observed that homeopathy flies in the face of science, I hope the reader will see how scientific argum
As the New Year begins we tend to reflect on the choices we have made in the past year and turn our thoughts to the coming year by considering what we will do this time around. Maybe we have goals that were unmet or maybe a shift in priorities is in order. Whatever the direction we choose, we can always improve the efficiency and effectiveness of actions in directing us towards the outcomes we desire.
Adrian investigates patient perception of the value of time and money in relation to "alternative" health care practitioners.
I have begun to get a reputation as someone who recommends a lot of detox programs. Despite my affection for the process until recently I had never done a detox myself. For fear of hypocrisy I thought I had better put my mouth where my money is and try one of them myself. Before beginning I thought I would investigate the various detox programs available.
In this article I would like to relate an experience I had in clinic when prescribing herbal medicines. I thought this would be a simple task; however it didn’t turn out to be as simple as I expected. The experience taught me a valuable lesson about natural medicine.
As a student of naturopathic medicine I have gone through a few phases with evidence-based medicine (EBM). The initial seduction of the promise of certainty has given way to cynicism and disappointment with the realization of the level of bias and deception still present in publications. Now, as a young doctor-in-training with the responsibility of making informed clinical decisions for my patients, EBM and I are negotiating a middle ground. The following is an allegory for how I currently see