Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy
AMENDMENT PERMITTING NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE
APPROVED BY STANDING COMMITTEE
October 20, 2009
The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its clause-by-clause review of Bill 179 on Monday afternoon, October 19 th and approved an amendment to the Naturopathy Act, 2007 that will allow NDs to prescribe, dispense, compound or sell “drugs” that are designated by regulation. This amendment marks the achievement of an important goal for the BDDT-N and ensures that patients of Naturopathic doctors will have access to substances that are critical to maintaining NDs' scope of practice in Ontario. The regulation listing the specific substances NDs will be permitted to prescribe, as well as the purposes for which and the circumstances in which they can be prescribed, will be developed in the first instance by the Transitional Council and administered by the new College after approval by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care and Cabinet .
Very exciting news for the future of Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Arctium Lappa (Burdock)
Beets are currently in season and boy are they good for you.
Monday, September 21, 2009
What a summer it has been. With 2 practices on the go and many a friend's wedding, it seems that I haven't been in Toronto long enough to sit down with my computer and think, let alone write. But I'm back and this fall intend to do some writing.
It seems that the thing I keep hearing the most from my patients and friends lately is: 'I'm just SO exhausted!'
I'm convinced that the seasonal transition from summer to fall is a hefty one. It takes a significant toll on our physiology, and therefore it's important to rest and nurture ourselves after the frenzied summer months. It truly is a real downshift in our lives. Taken gracefully, the transition can be smooth.
Here are some tips:
1) Rest. There is no denying it. 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night truly restores our bodies, minds, and spirits.
2) Water. Aim for at least 1 litre of water a day. If you are active you will need plenty more than that. Water nourishes us on a cellular level and when we're feeling that oh so common afternoon sluggishness, it's amazing what a glass of clean water can do to pick us up!
3) Aim for a healthy digestion. That means plenty of fiber. By simply adding 1-2 tablespoons of freshly ground flax seeds (keep refrigerated), you are getting lots of fiber along with essential fatty acids. A healthy digestive tract is imperative - you can't absorb all the nutrients from your food without it!
4) Minimize stress. We can't particularly control our environments, but we can control our reaction to it. Minimize stress by taking what I lovingly refer to as 'mental health walks'. 20 minutes is all you need of alone time outside. This is not walking to or from work (unless you can detach easily and your walk is though the woods!) This is 20 minutes in comfortable shoes, taking big deep breaths. No ipods allowed. Just the sounds of nature in a beautiful setting. It's possible, even in the most urban of environments!
Accepting your limitations and yielding to the changing seasons will help not only your mental-emotional wellbeing, but your physiology too!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sorry folks - it seems as if June got away on me!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Is Naturopathic Medicine the same thing as Homeopathy?
- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture - diagnosis and assessment based on traditional Chinese tools of tongue and pulse diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs
- Botanical Medicine - herbs in their many forms - tinctures (like the very commonly used echinacea which is a herb extracted in alcohol), decoctions (or teas), compresses, salves, poultices, the list could go on. (see the herb of the month posts!)
- Nutraceuticals and Lifestyle counselling - supplements and their many forms, dietary changes, stress, sleep and energy management
- Homeopathy - A system of medicine based on the administration of minute doses of drugs (could be plant, mineral or animal) which are capable of producing in healthy persons symptoms like those of the disease treated.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Avena Sativa (Oats)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There is no research that can predict who is at risk and who is not. What the history of previous Influenza pandemics has indicated is that patients who had the greatest mortality were those whose immune system over-reacted after the initial Influenza virus infection.
Signs and Symptoms:
- fever*, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, disorientation, chills and fatigue (*Please note: some people such as the elderly and people who are immune compromised may not develop a fever).
- Some people have reported stiffness of the joints, diarrhea and vomiting.
- In severe cases it can result in loss of consciousness that can end in death.
How does swine flu spread?
- Spread of swine influenza A (H1N1) happens from person-to-person in the same way that seasonal flu spreads (through coughing or sneezing)
- Swine flu is contagious 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7+ days after becoming sick.
Naturopathic Approaches are valuable in both prevention and treatment
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Cough or sneeze into sleeve or jacket of bent arm rather than into closed fist or open hand (be courteous of others around you, especially on public transit!)
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Ensure adequate rest
- Wash hands with soap frequently during the day
- Walk and do stretching exercises to boost the immune system
- Dry skin brushing and hot/cold showers (ending your daily showers with a blast of cold water) can be useful to support optimal lymphatic system function
- Remember that ‘emotional’ stress, fear and worry can depress the immune system. Try yoga, stretching and breathing exercises
- Allow a mild to moderate fever (you read that right!) A fever of 1-3 degrees above normal 37.5 C has a profound effect on immune modulation and optimizes health
3) Naturopathic Treatment Recommendations
The Influenza virus must cross mucosal membrane barriers (the nose, the mouth, the eyes...) to cause disease. The integrity and therefore, protective quality of these barriers can be enhanced through the use of the following:
- Avoid foods that stress the gastrointestinal system. This would include reducing: sugar, refined foods, food additives, fried foods and trans-fatty acids.
- Maximize dietary choices that help build the gastrointestinal tract and enhance the
integrity of the mucosal membrane. For example: proteins
- Fruits and veggies provide vitamins and minerals needed for immune system function
- Water - Ensure a minimum of 8 glasses of pure water a day
Other Naturopathic Modalities that are helpful include: Nutraceuticals, Botanicals, Acupuncture and Homeopathy. Your ND can advise the best way to keep your body and immune system healthy and whole.
It is the body's terrain, not the pathogen itself that causes disease to manifest.
*information modified from CAND newsletter and its contributors*
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
New B.C. Regulations Mark Historic Moment for Naturopathic Profession in Canada
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The 'Warming Sock' treatment is a bit of a misnomer.
Friday, April 3, 2009
The importance of regular PAPs cannot be under-rated.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Spring and the Wood Element
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Lavender and Peppermint oils are great for headaches!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Aches and Pains got you down??
Tuesday, January 27, 2009