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Free 15 Minute Consultations

Taking charge of your health is a big step!  And choosing who will help you on your journey is a big choice.  I believe there is a Naturopathic Doctor for everyone – maybe I am the one for you.  The best way to find out is to come for a free 15 minute meet and greet.  A chance for you to ask questions – and for me to understand your wants and needs. Set yourself up for success and start with a free 15 minute meet and greet.  It m...

Alopecia Areata – A Naturopathic Approach

Alopecia Areata – A Naturopathic Approach

Hair loss can be a devastating symptom for men and women alike. When it happens during adolescence or young adulthood it can be even more so. Alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that affects up to 0.2% of the population (that’s over 50 000 people in Toronto alone) most often starts in people under 20 years of age. Men and women suffer equally from alopecia areata and it occurs in all ethnic groups. While we don’t know exactly what causes alo...

Digestive Problems in Teens

Digestive Problems in Teens

A 17 year old girl goes to her Medical Doctor because she is having severe digestive problems.  She is nauseous and vomiting daily, she feels sick when she eats certain foods and has loose bowel movements.  Her Medical Doctor runs a pregnancy test and tells her to drink more milk.  A few weeks later she is back in his office and he repeats another pregnancy test and suggests antacids. “Isn’t there something more we could be doing?” asks ...

Teen Acne

Teen Acne

With acne affecting up to 85% of teens, most teens will have to deal with a pimple or two sooner or later.  But in some teenagers acne is a major concern – impacting not only their skin but their self-esteem, body image, social life, school performance and ability to get a job. Teens are seeking treatment for acne in record numbers.  But most over the counter acne treatments have never been shown to be effective.  Millions of dollars are spe...

30 Healthy Snacks for Teens

30 Healthy Snacks for Teens

There is no arguing that teens love to snack.  Most teens head straight to the fridge as soon as they get home from school.  Unfortunately they don’t always make the right snack choices.  Snacking is important and choosing healthy, nourishing snacks can give you the energy you need to live your life and feel amazing. Bad Snacking Teens seem to know exactly which foods they shouldn’t eat – and then eat them anyways!  Favourite teen snack...

40 Vegan Calcium Sources

40 Vegan Calcium Sources

We all know that calcium is an essential mineral that is used by the body to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth.  But did you know that calcium is also used for blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, regulation of enzymes and cell membrane function?  That is one useful mineral! Figs are a vegan source of calcium If we aren’t consuming enough calcium in our diet, our body will take the calcium it needs from our bones ...

Treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally

Treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or “multiple ovarian cysts” affect many teenage girls and adult women.   PCOS often begins shortly after puberty and can persist for years.  It can be a frustrating, and sometimes painful condition.  It can also make becoming pregnant difficult.  However, there are natural treatment options available that are safe and effective even for teenaged girls. What are ovarian cysts? Ovarian cysts are formed wh...

Do You Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Quiz

Do You Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Quiz

There are many causes of Vitamin B12 deficiency – autoimmune conditions, inadequate dietary intake (common in vegans and vegetarians) and inability to absorb B12 from food sources.  B12 deficiency is one of the most common causes of anemia (a lack of healthy red blood cells). Vitamin B12 deficiency is easily treated with Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin) injections or vitamin supplements.  Diagnosing Vitamin B1...

50 Sources of Protein for Vegetarians

50 Sources of Protein for Vegetarians

When I became a vegetarian at 10 years old, my mother (and everyone I talked to) was concerned how I would get enough protein.  Everyone associates meat with protein, but the reality is that there are an abundance of protein-rich foods to meet the daily requirements of protein for vegans and vegetarians. So how much protein do I need? Rice and other whole grains are a source of vegetarian protein Daily protein needs are the same for vegan, veget...

Onset of Mental Disorders – Teen Years

Onset of Mental Disorders – Teen Years

The majority of ‘adult’ mental health disorders start during the teen years. This is not surprising given the substantial development occurring in the brain during the teen years. Problems with this development has been linked to mild mood disturbances and major illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Anxiety Most anxiety disorders begin in childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood. Children tend to experience separati...

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