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  1. Natural Sun Care Solutions

    Natural Sun Care Solutions

    Dr. Naomi Ha, ND

         Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a suncare refresher. Excessive skin exposure to the sun can result in many damaging effects, and dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. This is because the UV rays that are emitted from the sun have the ability to cause DNA damage, which then promotes aberrant cell replication, resulting in a cancerous disease that can oftentimes be difficult to treat. Every single year, 80,000 Canadians are diagnosed with skin cancer, so it’s a huge problem. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of sun damage that are easy to implement. 

    Mineral Sunscreen

         Due to the rise of healt

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  2. Why You Need to See a Naturopathic Doctor Before Purchasing That Supplement

    Why You Need to See a Naturopathic Doctor Before Purchasing That Supplement

    Dr. Jeff Appelmann, BSc, ND

         When you walk into a ‘health food store’ you can be pretty sure to find something that is beneficial to take for what ails you - anything from a cold to cancer. Is there an advantage to seeing a naturopathic doctor prior to purchasing that vitamin or herb? You bet there is!

         Consider this - you are an individual. You may have more than one health concern happening at the same time. You may also be on prescription medication. Walking into a store and purchasing something to address one symptom might help, but there might be something better suited to your specific needs. You want what you take to be effective for your concern. And sometimes what’s best for someone else is not going to work for you

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  3. Innovative Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

    Innovative Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

         The springtime misery of seasonal allergies – allergic rhinitis or hay fever - affects about 20% of the population. Pollen from grass, trees and flowers provide the insult. It’s common for people to recommend the use of various antihistamines to reduce the common symptoms of sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itching in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. However, anti-histamines do not influence the underlying allergic mechanism but merely blocks its expression. Steroid based nasal inhalers can only be safely used for short periods.

         A broader range of treatment options to draw upon would be desirable. What other arrows are in the treatment quiver? 

         In Europe, butterbur root

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  4. Natural Remedies for Estrogen Dominance

         The basic issue of estrogen dominance is that estrogen levels are too high relative to other hormones, specifically progesterone. Usually it occurs when estrogen levels go too high, though it can also happen when progesterone levels fall too low. It can occur at any time during life – during reproductive years, perimenopause, or even menopause. Many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance coincide with symptoms of other health issues. Common symptoms include:

    • Irregular Cycles: cycles are longer or shorter than normal, come sporadically, or you don’t have a period at all.
    • Menstrual Issues: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, severe menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms like swollen breasts, water retention, and
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  5. Treating Eczema

    Treating Eczema

         There is no consensus on what the cause is for of the collection of symptoms referred to as eczema. There is no lack of speculation though. It’s either ‘genetic’, a nutritional deficiency, due to ‘food allergies’ or some variant of immunologic disorder. Or, all of the above plus a lot more.

         The symptoms are real though, causing a great deal of distress. Childhood eczema is quite common, though the symptoms often reemerge later in life.

         While there are various tests that might be employed, the Mayo Clinic states flatly “No lab test is needed to identify atopic dermatitis (eczema)”. Depending on the point of view, the range of treatments is very extensive. Some though stand out as showing some consistent efficacy and enjoying the favour of many clinicians.

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  6. Making Sense of Protein Ranking Scales

         The quality of a protein is determined by its essential amino acid composition and the digestibility and bioavailability of its amino acids, according to the Food and Agriculture Association and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO). Several metrics have been developed in an effort to condense these qualitative terms into easy-to-understand scores:

    • Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER)
    • Biological Value (BV)
    • Net Protein Utilization (NPU)
    • Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS)

    Protein Ranking Scales

         Protein Efficiency Ratio determines protein quality by measuring animal growth. In this rating, rats are

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  7. Effective Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

    Dr. Naomi Ha, ND

         The sun is shining outside your window, the warmth of spring envelops you as the last of winter melts away. You step outside to bask in the glory of it all, only... your eyes begin water, and you’re aware of the little tickle in your nose that becomes a full-on sneeze. Your nose then starts dripping like a faucet. Lo and behold, you’re a sufferer of seasonal allergies. These symptoms characterize the all-toofamiliar triad of allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as seasonal allergies. Fortunately, a wide breadth of natural remedies exist to prevent symptoms from manifesting or reduce the severity of symptoms during pollen season.

         Quercetin, a flavonoid found most abundant in onions, is an antioxidant that is often used in the prevention of allergy symptoms. This occurs through the mast cell stabilization effect, which prevents histamine release. Histamine is a chemical mediator that promotes t

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  8. Your Immune System is About to be Challenged

    Your Immune System is About to be Challenged

             Another allergy season is upon us. The first colds threaten. Fall carb foods entice. The immune system is challenged. How should you feed it to best support its healthy function?

             Vitamin D

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  9. Top 5 Things to Look for in Your Healthcare Practitioner

    Top 5 Things to Look for in Your Healthcare Practitioner

    Megan Boucher

             Finding the right healthcare practitioner can be challenging. It is hard enough to find a medical doctor these days who is even accepting new patients! Aside from someone local, whose hours work with your schedule, and who you don’t have to wait two years to see, one of the most important things in your journey towards better health is to have a practitioner who you can trust and who supports you. Whether they are a medical doctor, specialist, naturopathic doctor, or another member of your healthcare team, I believe the following are the most important things to look for when finding yourself a healthc

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  10. Adrenal Fatigue and Lectin Consumption

         Adrenal insufficiency is well understood in medicine but ‘adrenal fatigue’ is a functional condition. There is a large body of clinical opinion and scientific evidence with respect to the many insults that alone or in combination provoke the symptoms of exhausted adrenal function. Here, the subject is considered from the perspective of dietary consumption of lectins.

         The deleterious effects of chronic dietary consumption of foods with high lectin contents is receiving a great deal of attention these days. Many common plant foods contain lectins which the plant employs as defense mechanisms. Gluten

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