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  1. Drug Induced Nutritional Deficiencies

    One of the most common side effects of medications is that they have the ability to rob you of essential nutrients. The diagram below lists several examples of some of the most common drug induced nutritional deficiencies.

    Credits:  Chart by Dr. Peter Osborne of the Gluten Free Society.

    Nutritional Deficiencies
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  2. Of Sound Mind - Strategies and Tactics for Protecting  and Improving Brain Health.
    27
    Oct

    Of Sound Mind - Strategies and Tactics for Protecting and Improving Brain Health.

    T wo qualities of brain health that practically concern people are acuity and memory. Acuity relates to sharpness vs. fuzziness while memory concerns short and long term retention and recall. As an organ of the body the brain’s performance is a function of the nutrients and insults it is subjected to. Protecting and improving the operations of the brain involve three strategic considerations. You have to consciously think about these, make choices and act. Or not.
    Insults Things that actively impair brain function. Things you stop doing. Dietary insults lead the way. A couch potato lifestyle and a pizza and soda diet are bad for the brain. Readers already know what they have to do in these regards. Pharmaceutical insults are something else. Many prescription drugs have deleterious effects on brain function. For example, statin drugs, like Lipitor are especially bad. Statins make you stupid as they

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  3. For Your Information: Injection and IV Services by Naturopathic Doctors
    07
    Jun

    For Your Information: Injection and IV Services by Naturopathic Doctors

    Consumers may not be aware that in Ontario Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) may provide injection and intravenous (IV) services to their patients. These are valuable treatment options that can be of great benefit to consumers as patients.
    NDs who offer injection services are required to undergo training and be specially certified. Around 20% of Ontario NDs are so certified and it is likely that only some of these offer extensive injection services as part of their practice. To find a qualified ND offering injection or IV services use the following link to the "Connect with and ND" web page at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. In the Areas of Focus search box, highlight ‘IV Therapy’. (http://oand.org/naturopathic-medicine/connect-with-an-nd/)
    What kind of benefits to patients can be had through injection or IV therapy? Michael Frosina, ND, who practices in this field, explains: "People w

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  4. Estrogen Dominance: Not Just a Woman’s Predicament!
    06
    Jun

    Estrogen Dominance: Not Just a Woman’s Predicament!

    Would it surprise you to know that the hormone estrogen which has a major impact on the female reproductive cycle, is also coursing through the male bloodstream too? While estrogen in the man’s body has an important role to play in cognitive function, blood clotting and emotional regulation, a lot of men have estrogen levels exceedingly high in relation to testosterone, a not so talked about imbalance known as estrogen dominance. Gynecomastia (male breasts), beer belly, impaired sex drive and even the development of certain cancers such as breast and prostate are characteristic outcomes of estrogen dominance and lingering high estrogen levels in men.

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  5. Vitamins as a Memory Booster
    27
    Mar

    Vitamins as a Memory Booster

    Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Folic acid regulate levels of homocysteine, an amino acid associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to a 2009 study conducted by the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging, the above B vitamins slow the rate of brain shrinkage, a common impairment among individuals with Alzheimer’s. Individuals with the slowest rate of brain shrinkage scored significantly better on cognitive tests

    It is always wise to invest in a good Vitamin B Complex either in a liquid form or in tablets or caplets, in order to ensure a balanced s

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  6. Natural Vitamins and Supplements Improve Brain Function

    Can’t find your car keys? Forget what’s on your TO DO work list? You’re not alone. Each one of us forgets things occasionally. We may call it a ‘seniors moment’, but memory loss is nothing to take lightly. All of us know the old saying use it or lose. Well, it’s the same for our brain.
    This giant sized look alike walnut, is the hub center of various types of intelligence, reasoning, memory and other cognitive skills. One of the ways to keep it from becoming sluggish, is to be mentally active. Volunteer, learn a musical instrument, pick up the newspaper and do the Sudoku, learn a new hobby etc. This will keep the electrical impulses in the brain, firing.
    All of us know that the basics to prevent memory loss are to:

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    • GMO Facts - FAQs
      15
      Oct

      GMO Facts - FAQs

      What are GMOs?
      GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems,

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    • Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?
      16
      Sep

      Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?

      A survey last month for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign suggested that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the past year.
      Evidence suggests fewer men go to dentists or ask the pharmacist for advice and information, or attend contraception clinics, although men are more likely to end up in the hospital because they delay for so long. Even male cancer helplines are used more by women, speaking on behalf of partners, fathers or sons. And the fact that more women get skin cancer than men but more men die from it, indicates how late men are going to doctors. Men are slowly getting better at it, says Mike Shallcross, associate editor of Men's Health magazine, but the contrast is made between men's attitude to testicular lumps

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    • What are the benefits of exposure to sunlight?

      Sunlight and  Cancer
      The connection between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role. Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60% drop in the risk

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    • How to Protect against Lyme Disease
      15
      Jun

      How to Protect against Lyme Disease

      If you live near or often spend time in a wooded area in south-western Ontario blood-sucking ticks are part of your world especially during in July and August when their populations rise. During this process, you may be wondering whether there are better ways to survive tick season, especially if you don’t want to use DEET (a chemical insecticide that may cause eye irritation, rash, or other side effects) on yourself or veterinarian-grade pesticides on your pets. Even if you do use chemicals in your tick management plan, it’s still a good idea to back them up with natural tick prevention strategies. The stakes can be high. First described in 1977 as “Lyme arthritis,” tick-vectored (transmitted) Lyme disease is now the most common critter-vectored disease in North America. More than 30,000 cases were reported in 2008, including many in towns and cities where no previous infections had been recorded. Lik

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