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Fall Allergies are in Full Force

     Fall allergies are out in North America and many of us will suffer until the first frost. Luckily there are some supplements and homeopathic remedies that should reduce symptoms of allergies. Check with your doctor or homeopath if you are taking other medications when you take supplements. Homeopathic remedies don’t conflict with any medications or conditions and are safe and gentle for any age. However, homeopathics should be taken a half hour before or after food one or two times a day as needed. Here are a few helpful supplements for allergy relief this season:

  • Urtica Urens MT is a tincture made from stinging nettle leaf that contains carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin. This herb has anti-inflammatory effects (Riehemann K et al 1999). Historically, nettle has been used as a diuretic and a blood purifier which clears uric acid from the blood. Nettle may be beneficial for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, possibly because of the quercetin content (Blumenthal M 1998).
  • Quercitin is a flavonoid found in red wine and green tea. It has been studied for its ability to reduce the symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that subjects with nasal allergies treated with a nasal spray that included quercetin, along with extract of Artemisia abrotanum L, experienced rapid and significant relief of nasal symptoms that was comparable to antihistamine preparations (Remberg P et al 2004). Also patients with nasal allergies found that quercetin was effective and safe without or in conjunction with conventional pharmaceuticals (Thornhill SM et al 2000).
  • AllerControl by AOR has a mixture of herbal remedies that have been found to significantly reduce allergic symptoms. Here is a list of the herbs it contains and their benefit as taken from AOR (
    • Perilla is a herb that contains many active ingredients, such as rosmarinic acid and luteolin. Oral supplementation with perilla leaves or extracts of rosmarinic acid has been shown to suppress allergic reactions (Takano H et al 2004). Rosmarinic acid relieves allergy symptoms by preventing the activation of immune responder cells and by inducing apoptosis, or cell death, in already activated immune responder cells (Hur YG et al 2004). Natural flavonoids like rosmarinic acid kill off excess allergy-activated immune cells while leaving the vast bulk of responder cells to fight off bacteria and other foreign invaders. Rosmarinic acid has been demonstrated to kill allergy-activated T cells and neutrophils without affecting the T cells or neutrophils in their resting state (Sanbongi C et al 2003). Perilla leaf extract and rosmarinic acid were found to be nearly equally effective at inhibiting the allergic response when given orally. A follow-up study confirmed that oral administration of perilla leaf extract inhibits production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and attenuates the allergic response and inflammation in mice (Ueda H et al 2002).
    • Rosemary that contains rosmarinic acid inhibited interleukin-2 (IL-2) promoter activation of T cells (Won J et al 2003).
    • Rosmarinic acid had potent immunosuppressive effects and inhibited both the activation and proliferation of T cells (Yun SY et al 2003). Researchers demonstrated that daily treatment with rosmarinic acid in perilla leaf extract given orally to mice prevented allergic asthma caused by dust mite allergen. The study concluded that oral administration of perilla-derived rosmarinic acid may treat allergic asthma effectively by limiting cytokines and allergy-specific antibodies (Sanbongi C et al 2004).
    • Another study demonstrated that perilla leaf extract enriched with rosmarinic acid is effective among humans suffering from seasonal allergic symptoms (Takano H et al 2004). In this study, rosmarinic acid particularly inhibited the eye-related symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
    • Like rosmarinic acid, luteolin is a natural plant flavonoid that may have potent antiallergic properties. It is found along with rosmarinic acid in various species of the perilla plant but at lower concentrations. In one study, luteolin was shown to be the most potent inhibitor of interleukin-4 (IL-4) production in certain immune cells. Okayama University researchers found that luteolin was the most potent inhibitor of histamine release from immune mast cells (Inoue T et al 2002). Oral administration of perilla leaf extract inhibited inflammation, allergic response, and tumor necrosis factor in mice (Ueda H et al 2002). Also, luteolin was documented to inhibit interleukin-5 (IL-5), which promotes the growth and survival of eosinophils, one particular type of leukocyte that is activated during allergies (Park KY et al 1999).

The following homeopathic remedies are useful for allergies. Not one size fits all in homeopathy, so if these do not suit you seek the help of a professional homeopath to find your fit. The following remedies are popular remedies for hay fever. Typical dosage is 6 to 30Ch potency, taken four pills one to three times a day as needed.

  • Allium Cepa is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies for allergies. Its symptoms include burning watery eyes and nose, feeling worse in the evening and in a warm room and a forehead headache.
  • Arundo is a remedy that covers the symptoms of itchy nostrils and palate. There is burning and itching seen.
  • Pollens 19 is a remedy that is a mixture of common allergens in North America. It is used to decrease symptoms of these allergens. It is typically taken once a week prior to allergy season to decrease sensitivities.
  • Sabadilla is a remedy that works on allergic symptoms that affect mostly the nose and tear ducts. These types are sensitive to cold, have spasmodic sneezing and runny nose. There is a pain in the nose with copious watery discharge.

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Back to School; A Time for Focus

          The school bell is ringing once again and many parents are happy to get their kids back into the routine of going to school. For some children focus is an issue that impedes their school performance, learning and social contacts. Many of us have heard of the disorder called “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” or ADHD. I believe this condition is being over diagnosed which leads to "quick fix" prescription drugs rather than dSchool Kidsealing with the underlying problems or potential causes. Some symptoms of ADHD are lack of focus, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Many people with ADHD have overlapping disorders such as food allergies, depression and anxiety. There are a whole range of psychological factors that need a multi faceted approach to treatment.

     Effective treatments range from proper placement in school, parental education, proper nutrition and further testing for things such as food sensitivities, heavy metal and microbial infections like candida or parasites. Prescription medications should be used as a last resort and with great caution due to their side effects and negative influences on a developing mind.     

     Each individual case of ADHD is unique. Not one cause has been found in ADHD cases. Preliminary research suggests some correlations with ADHD are as follows:

  • Researchers have found that some parents of children with ADHD symptoms tend to work more than a 40 hour week and live a fast paced lifestyle whereby the children do not get much one on one attention. They may not eat meals, read books, walk or play games together. (Note, I ponder if this is more related to the parent having ADHD and their choices rather than causing ADHD in the child.)
  • If a parent has ADHD, usually one or more of their children will have it too. Twins are found to have an 80% chance of having ADHD if their sibling has it. Environment can change the genetic expression of diseases.
  • There is a link between video games and television time and poor focus. Fast paced images that children become used to with today’s media may cause a child to lose interest in a regular paced environment such as in a classroom.
  • A lot of the ADHD children I see in the clinic eat primarily starchy carbohydrates with little protein, vegetables and fruit. These children may be so called “picky” eaters. Many families eat pre-packaged foods, high sugar, fat and carbohydrate content foods. Our children are heavier than they have ever have been. This is a result of our eating habits and exercise time. Make sure your child has a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats that is healthy with a focus on fruits, vegetables, lean protein (chicken, turkey, fish), whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat or rye bread), yogurt (plain with added fruit is best) and healthy fats (nuts, if they aren’t allergic, olive oil and coconut oil for cooking). Eating healthy should be a family affair and an act of solidarity. It not only sets a good example, but improves everyone’s health and it seems less like punishment for the child if the child is the only one eating "differently".
  • Kids who get a 20 minute walk in nature tend to have better focus than those who walk in the city according to a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. This tells us that our environment is important. People are not made to sit indoors. What was even more interesting about this study is that they found these small nature walks are equally as effective as medication.  
  • Other issues to consider are food allergies, microbial infections (such as parasites and candida) and heavy metal toxicity. These can be ruled out with further investigation in the clinic.

     Supplements that are useful for ADHD are many. As mentioned above a personalized assessment may be worthwhile for your child to wade through some of them. Some supplements that are helpful are fish oil, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B complex. It is wise to think twice about putting your child onto prescription drugs. Try and get to the bottom of the issue naturally. Making a few positive changes such as dietary, school settings, outdoor time and starting on a natural regime will help with many cases of ADHD. We have a fall package for initial consultations for ADHD or autistic children. See the right hand side of this newsletter for the FOCUS package and for more information.


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Arthritis of the Knee and Slips and Falls


     The knee is a delicate joint that can easily be damaged with slips and falls. The knee is usually a joint that is affected by arthritis due to wear, tear and inflammation because it is a weight bearing joint.

     Ice can be quite slippery in the winter months and dangerous for those who are not steady on their feet. Aside from being conscientious by shovelling and salting your walkways, how can we help those who have taken a tumble and hurt their knee?

     At the first sign of injury, start treatment with the homeopathic remedy arnica taken internally and topically. Arnica Montana 30CH is a great remedy for anyone's first aid kit because it is useful for any injuries, strains or sprains. Topical arnica cream can also help reduce localized swelling if the skin is not broken. Another remedy that is quite helpful in knee injuries is Bryonia Alba. It is given to those who have redness, tenderness and swelling of the knee. They feel irritated with the pain and don't want to be disturbed or moved. They feel worse moving around and better for cold compresses on the injury. In the clinic the homeopathic remedy called ligament is very useful in knee injuries. Typical dosage for homeopathic remedies is a 6CH or 30CH, taken every three to four hours inbetween meals. The pellets or drops go under the tongue and are left to dissolve there.

     If the knee requires more support due to deeper injuries from tears in the ligament or tendon there are a few supplements that have been proven to regenerate the joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin are quite popular for joint health and readily found in health food stores. A professional formula called "Joint, Ligament, Tendon" used in the clinic has quite a few ingredients that are known to support healing of joints and menisces tears. Substances within this formula that are known to aid in pain relief and healing are as follows:

  • MSM is a sulphur based supplement that helps to restore elasticity to joints
  • Apres Flex Boswellia (bioavailable form of boswellia)
  • Cynatine FLX contains sulphur and cysteine which help to repair tissues and adds keratin for repair and growth of normal tissues.
  • Amino acids L proline, L arginine, L glycine help with tissue biosynthesis and cellular replication
  • Herbs such as spinach, european strawberry and enzogenol Monterry pine
  • Silicon and manganese are minerals that are used in the body to make collagen, keratin and other substances that aid in tissue repair. 
  • Hyaluronic acid helps to restore the fluid in the joints that are helpful for ease of movement.

     Thus for your first line of defense, keep a homeopathic first aid kit on hand. It may just help the injured joint heal enough so that further intervention is not required. If the knee problems persist try a supplement that helps to restore the ligament and reduces inflammation.

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Breast Cancer, An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure


   In Canada, it is estimated that one in nine women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. One in four cases of cancer are diagnosed as breast cancer and it is estimated that 23,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed in 2013 alone. These statistics from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation are frightening. Many of us have had a friend or relative who has suffered with breast cancer. It has touched all of us in some way.

     Prevention is key for breast cancer. Doctors promote mammography screening as a tool for early detection. However, controversy surrounds the radiation exposure that varies from machine to machine and damage to breast tissue from both radiation and compression. Younger women with susceptibility to cancer may be more effected negatively by mammography techniques. Self breast exam is something women can do in the privacy of their own home. Some studies show positive results with thermography. Thermography detects temperature variations in targeted areas of the body. Cells that produce more heat are typically abnormal cells. Although it doesn't detect cancer cells or a tumour, it can detect abnormal heat patterns so one can be more proactive about their breast health. Another way to be proactive to protect yourself from breast cancer is to optimize your diet, hormones and elimination.

Dietary Prevention

     Certain diets have been researched and found to have a positive impact on breast cancer. Some diets that have considerable research are found herein:

  • High fibre and low saturated and trans-fat diets seem to be inversely related to breast cancer.One study found that dietary fibre prevented breast cancer in pre-menopausal women but not post menopausal women. This finding is interesting because pre-menopausal women are exposed to more natural estrogen during their menstrual cycle and post menopausal women typically have lower amounts of fluctuating estrogen. Another study found a positive correlation to a high fibre and complex carbohydrate diet that included many fruits and vegetables with a lower breast cancer incidence. This study showed that dietary fibre had a protective effect likely due to the phytochemicals from fruits, vegetables, seeds and legumes such as lignans, flavonoids, isoflavones and glucosinalates. These compounds may help to reduce negative estrogen, increase natural anti-oxidants and protect women developing cancer. With this information in mind, it makes sense that a high fat diet (trans and saturated fats) and low veggie and fibre intake are linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer. Studies also found that obesity is correlated to an increase in many cancers, not just breast but pancreas, gastrointestinal and colon
  • Blood sugar seems to related to cancer development. The higher the blood sugar the higher the incidence of cancer. Some research shows that the sugaring of cells from high blood sugar and high glycemic foods cause oxidative damage to cells that cause them to become abnormal and create inflammation. Thus a low glycemic diet isprudent for cancer prevention. Low glycemic means that the food consumed turns more slowly into a sugar in our blood stream than a high glycemic one does. Typically high glycemic foods are white rice, white flour and sugar.  
  • Pesticides carry a negative effect on the development of hormonal cancers because they are considered endocrine (hormone) disruptors and are called "xenoestrogens". These are negative estrogens our body is exposed to from outside sources. They can load our system with the wrong types of estrogen. Other sources of negative xenoestrogens are hormone replacement drugs, birth control pills, pesticides, recycled water, plastics (BPA, phthalates, DEHP), preservatives as well as many household, personal and toiletry products  since they containparabens and phthalates. Xenoestrogens are different from phytoestrogens since one is a negative estrogen and the other are plants that have estrogen effects. The term phytoestrogen leaves oncologists scratching their heads. They are unsure whether they help or hinder. Some studies confirm their protective effect agaisnt hormonal cancers and others not. Phytoestrogens contain compounds such as isoflavones, lignans and coumarins. Soy, flaxseed and beans all contain phytoestrogens. However, much research finds the intake of these foods actually decrease the incidence of breast cancer. One theory is that these foods are higher in fibre and remove negative estrogens. Another theory is that phytoestrogens occupy a spot in our estrogen receptors and thus block negative estrogens or xenoestrogens from entering. The Japanese consume much soy in edamame and miso and have a much lower cancer rate. It is important to choose a non genetically modified version of these foods and to consume them in their whole food form, not a fast food form for optimum health. There is a wise adage that states "everything in moderation".  If you have breast cancer consult with your health care practitioner.
  • Hormone replacement drugs (HRT)increase one's incidence of breast cancer. Three out of 100 breast cancer diagnosis are from HRT use. Using estrogen alone (without progesterone) increases the risk even more.
  • Organic produce is key in reducing one's exposure to toxic xenoestrogens from pesticides that effect our hormones negatively. Given the poor growing season in Canada and the availability of organic produce, when you have to choose only some foods as organic, be sure to do so for the one's that typically contain the most pesticides, called the dirty dozen. The clean 15 have less pesticide residues due to the structure of the plant and absorption. 
  • Cruciferous vegetablessuch as broccoli, cabbage, rapini, Brussels sprouts, kale and Swiss chard contain glucosinalates that help prevent cancer in general especially breast, colon and prostate cancer. Many supplements have been made from broccoli and/or broccoli sprouts such as diidolylmethane (DIM), indol 3 carbinol (I3C), glucoraphanin and suphurophane. These products are anti-oxidants that aid in detoxification and hormone modulation which makes them excellent for cancer support.
  • Iodine rich foodshave been found to be quite beneficial for breast cancer support. Low iodine may be also linked to prostate, endometrial and ovarian cancer. Those with hypothyroidism have two times the risk for breast cancer and interestingly hypothyroidism may improve if low levels of iodine are corrected nutritionally. Fibrocystic breasts may be improved with this mineral as well. Interestingly a few studies on some sea vegetables find that it decreases cancer occurrence. Sea vegetables contain iodine, iron, folate, vitamin C and K as well as compounds such as fucoidins, sulfated polysaccarides, haloperoxidases and other anti-oxidant alkaloids. These substances help to control blood sugar, reduce oxidative damage, improve hormonal function and reduce the incidence of breast cancer. One product that contains two types of sea vegetables is called "InSea". This one works well for weight reduction, thyroid and cancer support. 
  • Higher alcohol intakeis linked to an increase in breast cancer. Studies do not distinguish the type of alcohol consumed, thus it appears all alcohol increases the risk. Studies find that both menopausal and pre menopausal women are at risk for breast cancer. It appears that the aldehydes in alcohol deplete the vitamin folate and impair liver function. Folate helps the liver to detoxify estrogen. It is recommended that women do not drink more than one alcoholic beverage per day. If you do decide to imbibe, be sure to take a Vitamin B complex that includes folic acid afterwards to replenish your stores.

Improving Organs of Elimination

     Further to the statement that alcohol inhibits the liver's ability to properly excrete estrogen, enhancing liver function by eating well, reducing alcohol, trans fats and increasing vegetables and water intake can help to protect one from breast cancer. Some people do a cleansing diet for 21 days, however in the clinic clients are recommended that they always choose whole foods. Cruciferous (see above for their health properties) and bitter vegetables (stimulate elimination, excretion and bile flow) such as dandelion, turnip and collard greens, garlic, onions and eggs (sulphur and choline compounds) help the liver to perform its function. Spices such as rosemary, cinnamon, turmeric are beneficial for the liver. Drink plenty of pure water. If you can invest in a water filtration system. Many now guarantee to filter out prescription drug waste that is recycled through our septic system into our drinking water such as antibiotics, HRT and birth control pills. Some people require additional liver support  by supporting both phase one (binding the toxin) and phase two (excreting the toxin) of detoxification. Those who have tried a liver cleanse and suffer from symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irritability or digestive upset often haven't supported both phases of detoxification. Thus toxins  re-circulate instead of being eliminated cause symptoms.

     Improving bowel movements helps the body to trap negative estrogens, toxins and aids in general health. Bowel function can be improved by choosing foods that have a higher fibre content, legumes (kidney, garbanzo, navy and black beans), fruits, vegetables and whole grains (such as quinoa, millet, teff, oats and rye). Healthy fats are beneficial and help keep the digestive tract lubricated. These fats are found in coconut, tree nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, flax and chia seeds. Drink plenty of clean water to flush toxins and aid in bowel movements. An online water calculator can help you to determine how much water to drink daily. Foods that increase constipation are dairy (especially cheese), white bread, rice and flour, sugar, high protein diets and a lack of healthy fats.

     Lymph flow is imperative for healthy fats. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues that are comprised of the adenoids, tonsils, spleen, lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph. Its main function is to distribute fluid that contains white blood cells through the lymph. The lymphatic system also removes waste and toxins from the body. Improving lymph drainage in the armpit and breast helps to remove toxins and sends immune system cells to attack wild cells. Bras have been thought to seriously decrease lymph flow however, research has not yet to back that up. A book called "Dressed to Kill" incites curiousity on this issue. On the other hand, countries where bras are not used have much less breast cancer incidence. A simple method of improving lymph flow is to use Kneipp's method of alternating hot and cold shower or massage.There are many herbal combinations used to drain lymph that typically contain ceanthus, cleavers, burdock, phytolacca, prickly ash and lobelia.

     Cortisol levels seem to be correlated to the development of breast cancer. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is involved in the flight or fight response, blood pressure, insulin, immune response and inflammatory response. People who have a stressed life can develop both very high cortisol levels or very low cortisol from long term stress. Those who have a flat dinural cortisol level, tend to not have a good survival rate after 7 years. Thus adrenal fatigue, a condition where the adrenals are unable to respond to challenges with a normal output of adrenal hormones is linked to a poor survival rate with regards to breast cancer. The adrenals are small glands that sit ontop of the kidneys. They put out adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol and glucocorticoids. Some signs of adrenal fatigue are:

  • cold hands and feet
  • inability to get moving in the morning
  • fatigue in the afternoon
  • sleepy after lunchtime
  • high stress levels, anxiety and depression
  • insomnia or excess sleeping
  • weight gain especially around the abdomen

     The HPA axis is a feedback loop in the nervous system that controls the hormone output from the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal gland. In the clinic we recommend doing a few clinical tests to ascertain proper hormone output. Often people ask what these tests are compared to their family doctor's blood tests. The difference between the testing we do in clinic and the doctor's blood test is they are using a scale on their tests that detect pathology or disease. We are using a scale that detects variations in normal function to help ward off disease. If you have an abnormal adrenal gland with standard medical tests, you may have addison's or cushing's disease. With a cortisol test or adrenal function panel, it detects abnormal patterns in cortisol that can be altered proactively with supplementation, stress reduction and lifestyle intervention. One simple questionnaire we like to use in the clinic is the identi-stress questionnaire which detects abnormalities in the HPA axis.


     There are a variety of supplements mentioned herein that are helpful for prevention of breast cancer. Each person is unique and should be treated as such. Some of the supplements mentioned are InSea, DIM, Lymph drainage and I3C. Other supplements which may be helpful are B vitamins, melatonin and calcium d glucarate. A healthy regime is best suited to one's individual needs. For an assessment, contact the clinic at 519 827 9237

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Get Your Groove Back in 2011

Groove     Many of us wonder why we just don't feel as well as we should. We could use a few extra hours of sleep and seem to be on autopilot going through our days like a robot, sleeping, waking, eating, showering and working. We do it all over again the next day. We may feel more irritable than usual and tend to over react to situations that would normally not bother us. 

     What can be blocking us from feeling that "joie de vivre" that we once had? There can be many explanations according to our particular circumstances but here are a few:

 Adrenal Fatigue

     The adrenal glands are a hormonal gland that sits on top of our kidneys that control our stress hormones like adrenal, noradrenaline and cortisol. Signs of adrenal fatigue include an unrefreshing sleep, afternoon fatigue, sugar and coffee cravings, feelings of irritability and mood swings in response to things that would normally not affect you. 

     Adrenal fatigue is thought to be caused by poor diet, long term stress, medications like steroids or hormonal imbalance. Natural treatments for adrenal fatigue include stress management and reducing caffeine intake. Supplements that support the adrenal glands are vitamin B complex, rhodiola, licorice tea, ribes nigrum (black currant bud) or adrenal extract. These substances have been used to help nourish the adrenal and help support its function. If you have an underlying disorder or unsure if you do have adrenal fatigue seek the help of a professional.

Poor Diet

     Your Mother called and she wants you to eat your vegetables. Kidding aside, diet is really important for our physical and emotional well being. Here is a quick list of foods to avoid:

  1. Refined foods (such as white flour, white rice, sugar) are high glycemic foods that flip into sugar quickly in the blood and cause an imbalance in blood sugar and also leads to ill health due its poor nutritional content.
  2. High fat foods such as deep fried, trans fats, lard, saturated animal fats contribute to inflammation and heart disease.
  3. Drink no more than than three to five alcoholic drinks per week. 
  4. Avoid fruit juices and soda pop because they are mostly empty calories.
  5. Steer clear of prepackaged foods as they are usually high fat, carbohydrate and/or full of salt and preservatives. 

     Here is what your diet should focus on:

  1. Choose whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat, slow cooking oats, rye, quinoa or bulgur.
  2. Eat half of your daily food intake in the form of fruits and vegetables and get a wide variety of fresh produce (fresh or flash frozen vegetables are better than canned and next best to fresh.)
  3. Choose lean proteins such as wild game, poultry, fish and legumes. If you do eat red meat try and choose lean cuts.
  4. Choose healthy fats like nuts and oils like olive, grapeseed or coconut.
  5. Drink filtered water, green tea and organic coffee (in moderation)

Lack of Exercise

  • According to a recent study, regular daily exercise of walking a half an hour per day has been shown to be equivalent to Prozac in those with mild depression.
  • Exercise releases endorphins, feel good hormones, that give us energy and relieve pain.
  • Regular daily exercise helps us to break up our routine. It is good for our soul to have a daily walk or ski along nature trail or outdoors. Plus we get extra vitamin D from the sun.

Time for a Detox

     If our organs of elimination such as our liver, intestinal tract, kidneys and lymphatics are not working at their peak we feel more sluggish than usual. If we retain toxins it can impede our elimination, energy and block our ability to adequately remove more impurities from our body. Signs that we need to do a detox are chronic headaches, fatigue, acne, coated tongue, aches and pains. By supporting our organs of elimination and helping them to excrete toxins we can improve our absorption of nutrients and removal of waste.

Check with the clinic if doing a detox if right for your particular needs.

Ill Health

     Many diseases such as arthritis, insomnia, depression, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia can lead to a lack of energy to enjoy life to it's fullest . If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions alternative medicine can help. If you take any prescriptions for your disease seek the help of a professional to guide you through a natural regime. 

Lack of Resources and Planning

     Some of us need to add some structured time for fun into our busy schedule, learn it is okay to say "no" to work and "yes" to play. We can always delegate to relieve yourself of some of your duties so you can spend time doing something interesting. People with children can teach them how to help out with daily duties. Extra hands makes for less work. We may have forgotten what we like to do because it has been so long since we had an opportunity to enjoy ourselves.

     If you do not have the finances to take a vacation or join a hobby you must pay for, why not make up your own trip or hobby? If you have friends in the city or with a cottage, ask if you can visit. Plan nice outings at surrounding parks or trails. Start your own hobby group, like a pot luck lunch, each person can bring different tools that your group can share.

     Do things that make you feel good. If you had ever had a talent or passion when you were younger why not try your hand at it again? You may have loved softball, soccer, painting, dancing or even reading.

     When we realize that the meaning of life is not the prize at the end of the efforts but our experience along the way we will shift our focus on what is called "present time consciousness". This always helps us to enjoy life and the here and now. 

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     In natural medicine many people speak about high dietary protein intake as a cause for a loss of bone density and osteoporosis. An interesting study of 615 people found that there was no dietary correlation. In hindsight, a more acid based diet, that doesn't focus on lots of fresh fruits and vegetables may cause the body to buffer the blood by drawing minerals from the bones. However, this is yet to be seen. Weight bearing exercises and a medium to larger body frame seems to be protective for osteoporosis. Some medications cause bone loss such as antacids and antidepressant medications. In the clinic, we typically recommend a healthy modified mediterranian diet, supplements to correct any nutritional imbalances and homeopathic remedies to help enhance bone remineralization. To view this study, click here

Another study finds that protein intake helps synergistically with calcium stores in the skeletal system. Those who seriously restrict protein intake such as vegans may be at higher risk of osteoporosis. Those who are lacto ovo vegetarian may benefit because longevity studies show that lacto-ovo vegetarians tend to live longer, have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, obesity and bone loss.

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     Women have had to suffer with menstrual issues for eternity. Sometimes women naturally tend to have a heavier flow than others and sometimes the menses gets worse as they age. Each person is treated as an individual at the clinic and a full casetaking is done to assess a person's unique needs. Some causes of excessive bleeding are related to fibroids, endometriosis, faulty liver and high estrogen and/or a lack of progesterone. In the clinic we use a variety of techniques to dampen down excessive flow, one is liver support, another is a menstrual tea that contains shepphards purse, yarrow and raspberry leaf. There are also a variety of homeopathic remedies that help with excessive flow like:

  • Crocus, which has flow after over exertion, miscarriage or labour. The discharge is dark and stringy blood. These types may have a nervous temperment. A strange symptom is that they may feel as if something is alive in their abdomen.
  • Hamamelis is a useful remedy for protracted uterine hemorrhages that come from a loss of tone in the blood vessels of the uterus. Hemorrhages may occur after labour or an abortion/miscarriage. The blood may be dark, black clots with watery thin blood mixed in. The flow stops at night.
  • Sabina is a remedy that helps with flow that is profuse, bright red blood. Like Hamamelis there may be dark clotted blood mixed into a watery red flow. There may be a dragging pain in the uterus that extends to the back and loins.

     As one can see homeopathic remedies are quite specific to the individual and suited to their nature. For more info on how we can help, please contact us, click here. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks #guelphhomeopath

Homeopathic remedies are very beneficial for pregnant mothers, because they are safe, gentle and effective. Each remedy is suited to the unique symptoms of morning sickness. Herein are a list of common remedies:

  • Cocculus is a good remedy for chest pains after eating, barely able to get up in the morning due to nausea and vomiting, nausea makes her feel very faint and motion makes symptoms worse
  • Sepia is a common remedy and useful for morning nausea where the viscera feels turned inside out, they have the sensation of emptiness in their stomach, yet the thought of food sickens them, the face can be yellow and their stomach hurts when they are hungry.
  • Ipecac is a remedy that is good for nausea and vomiting that has great uneasiness in the stomach. The nausea and vomiting is excessive and they don't get a moments break. They may vomit bile and mucous.

As one can see remedies are greatly individualized. If you need more support, contact us. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks #guelphhomeopath

     Many times people feel run down, stressed or fatigued after excessive study, a big stressor or illness. Homeopathy can help people regain their vim and vigour. Each homeopathic remedy is suited to one's unique set of symptoms so two people will receive different homeopathic remedies depending on their unique needs. To highlight how specific homeopathy is, have a look at the symptoms suited to one great homeopathic remedy called Kali Phos. It is one of the best nerve remedies. It is suited to the following symptoms:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Mental and physical depression
  • Caused from overwork, over excitement and worry
  • Supports the sympathetic nervous system
  • Mental symptoms are anxiety, nervous dread, lethargy
  • Starting easilly
  • Irritability
  • Sleep walking, night terrors
  • Every task seems hard to do
  • These folks feel better with rest, proper nourishing meals and warmth

     Typcial potency for Kali phos can range from a 6X up to a 200CH, depending on one's needs. Each person's unique symptoms of fatigue must be supported with a specific homeopathic remedy. If you would like more information on how we can help you please contact us.


     Many people bring their children to the clinic with constipation issues. Typically we look at the diet first to see if there are any barriers to proper elimination. Usually in children that suffer from constipation who need a dietary corrections avoid eating vegetables and fruits, don't drink enough water or focus mostly on dairy products, white flour and refined sugars. Often simply altering the diet helps. However, some kids need further support with probiotics or homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies are suited to the individual's unique symptoms. For example, Calcarea Carb is a common remedy where the stools may be large and hard, similar to bryonia alba. Kids who need this remedy may also tend to be a bit chubby, sweat easily and have a good appetite. Bryonia on the other hand, had dry, large stools. They are very thirsty and seem to never be quenched. Lac Defloratum is a great little known remedy for constipation, with painful laceration of the rectum, hard large stools with great straining. There is a tendency to sick headaches, poor nutrition and car sickness. For more information on how homeopathy can help you with constipation, contact us. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks

     Many people bring their children to the clinic with constipation issues. Typically we look at the diet first to see if there are any barriers to proper elimination. Usually in children that suffer from constipation who need a dietary corrections avoid eating vegetables and fruits, don't drink enough water or focus mostly on dairy products, white flour and refined sugars. Often simply altering the diet helps. However, some kids need further support with probiotics or homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies are suited to the individual's unique symptoms. For example, Calcarea Carb is a common remedy where the stools may be large and hard, similar to bryonia alba. Kids who need this remedy may also tend to be a bit chubby, sweat easily and have a good appetite. Bryonia on the other hand, had dry, large stools. They are very thirsty and seem to never be quenched. Lac Defloratum is a great little known remedy for constipation, with painful laceration of the rectum, hard large stools with great straining. There is a tendency to sick headaches, poor nutrition and car sickness. For more information on how homeopathy can help you with constipation, contact us. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks

     Many people bring their children to the clinic with constipation issues. Typically we look at the diet first to see if there are any barriers to proper elimination. Usually in children that suffer from constipation who need a dietary corrections avoid eating vegetables and fruits, don't drink enough water or focus mostly on dairy products, white flour and refined sugars. Often simply altering the diet helps. However, some kids need further support with probiotics or homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies are suited to the individual's unique symptoms. For example, Calcarea Carb is a common remedy where the stools may be large and hard, similar to bryonia alba. Kids who need this remedy may also tend to be a bit chubby, sweat easily and have a good appetite. Bryonia on the other hand, had dry, large stools. They are very thirsty and seem to never be quenched. Lac Defloratum is a great little known remedy for constipation, with painful laceration of the rectum, hard large stools with great straining. There is a tendency to sick headaches, poor nutrition and car sickness. For more information on how homeopathy can help you with constipation, contact us. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks

     One of the most used pharmaceutical drugs is antacids. Once people are put on them, they often don't go off them. Long term use of antacids are linked to low levels of calcium and magnesium, B12, folic acid and iron. It is also linked to osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures. This is likely due to poor assimilation of nutrients due to buffering the stomach acid. One deadly risk of antacid use is the infection C. Difficile. This bug is often contracted after antibiotic use and in hospitals. Homeopathy is a natural medicine that is suited to one's symptoms. Each person with high acidity, may be recommended a different product. Here is the details of a very popular homeopathic remedy NATRUM PHOS, that highlights how individualized the symptoms are:

  • Suited to symptoms related to excess acidity and lactic acid from too much sugar consumption
  • The belching can be sour and have a taste
  • The tongue may be coated, creamy, yellow on the roof of the back of the mouth and tongue.
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Flatulence with sour risings and vomiting
  • Greenish diarrhea
  • Trouble swallowing

As one can see homeopathic remedies are very individualized. If you have an acidic stomach, please contact the clinic on how we can help you. #carusoclinic #homeopathyrocks #guelphhomeopath    Read on