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Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

DOCTOR’S CORNER Dr. Leigh Arseneau ND As I reflect on the moments and memories of this year that have captured my heart, elevated and inspired me, I want to thank you, our patients, for trusting us with your health. We are truly honoured and grateful for the opportunity to have even a small positive impact on you, your family and your lives. It has been a privilege to walk by your side and serve you through times of difficulty, and times of triumph. We know that the path to peak health is not an easy one, but we will...

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Functional Medicine For Weight Loss

Functional Medicine For Weight Loss

Not surprisingly, weight gain and obesity are on the rise! According to the National Institute of Health, conditions casually related to obesity include arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, low back pain and colorectal cancer, just to name a few. Weight gain affects our self-confidence and lowers quality of life measurements such as mood and energy. That said, there is hope! It doesn’t have to be this way; there are solutions! Studies have informed us that weight control is not simply a result of calories in and calories out. It is much more complex...

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What Is Eczema and How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat It?

What Is Eczema and How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat It?

First of all, you will be wondering what is eczema? Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that commonly appears during infancy and childhood. It affects close to 20% of children. But, what does it look like? Eczema often presents as dry skin with red and itchy patches that may ooze, crust, appear scaly or harden. And can eczema spread? It can come and go and migrate around the body but is often seen on the areas where we flex (e.g. inner elbows and back of knees). How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat Eczema? Eczema is one of the most...

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The Autoimmune Paleo Diet

The Autoimmune Paleo Diet

Autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Hashimoto’s, and rheumatoid arthritis) affect millions of Canadians, of all ages. There are more than one hundred autoimmune diseases, and the root cause of all of them is the same: our immune system mistakenly attacking normal, healthy cells. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the thyroid gland is attacked. In rheumatoid arthritis, the tissues of your joints are attached. In psoriasis, proteins within the layers of cells that make up your skin are attacked. Experts recognize that certain dietary factors are key contributors to autoimmune disease. The Autoimmune Paleo Diet (AIP) is...

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Functional Medicine Approach to PCOS

Functional Medicine Approach to PCOS

Functional Medicine Approach to PCOS Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as 1.4 million Canadian women. Although PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, it is commonly underdiagnosed and poorly managed, leading to many women suffering without a comprehensive plan of action. PCOS can affect multiple systems and there are 4 different PCOS phenotypes, therefore, it can look very different in each person. Functional medicine uses an individualized, patient-centered approach that targets specific manifestations of a disease, so that patients can feel balanced and happy in their own body once the symptoms are...

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What are the benefits of IV Infusion Therapy?

What are the benefits of IV Infusion Therapy?

First of all, we need to understand what is infusion therapy. Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy involves infusing micronutrients, hydration, amino acids, plant extracts, and other natural products directly into the body. This treatment is in the form of a customized compounded IV bag; it is directly inserted into your veins and circulatory system. What this means is that the medicines do not need to be filtered through your digestive system, liver and kidneys but instead are delivered directly to the site of action.    So, what is infusion therapy good for? IV therapy can be tailored for specific health goals...

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Functional Medicine for Anxiety

Functional Medicine for Anxiety

The Functional Medicine approach to anxiety highlights an individualized, systems-based strategy for treatment. We know that your neurotransmitters are imbalanced, but what causes them to be dysfunctional in the first place? This is where individualized testing and treatment take precedence. For some, a neurotransmitter imbalance may be caused by excessive stress leading to a dysregulated HPA (hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal) axis; hyper-, or hypo-function. For others, the cause may be gut dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, sex hormone imbalances, neural inflammation, vascular insufficiency or a combination of these factors. Being a multi-casual disorder, treating everyone with the same approach is irrational. How do we...

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Advanced Medicine’s Gut-Brain Connection by Dr. Robyn Murphy

Advanced Medicine’s Gut-Brain Connection by Dr. Robyn Murphy

Understanding how your gut could be affect your brain There is no doubt that the gut is sensitive to emotion. Many are familiar with “butterflies” in your stomach or loose stool with anxiety. Well research reveals just how the gut-brain connection influences our emotional response. It makes sense that the brain has direct influence over the gut. The brain is the master control, which sends signals to the digestive tract through our autonomic nervous system to enhance overall function and optimize nutrient breakdown and absorption. This includes the secretion of stomach acid, motility of the gut and blood flow...

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Advanced Medicine’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by Dr. Kiellerman MD

Advanced Medicine’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by Dr. Kiellerman MD

Coined by Dr Hakaru Hashimoto in 1914, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Autoimmune or Chronic Thyroiditis (AIT) is probably the most common form of low thyroid or Hypothyroidism, though it can cause an overactivity of your thyroid, hyperthyroidism, also known as Graves disease. This is an attack on your thyroid of your immune system going haywire keeping your thyroid from producing thyroid hormone. Usually treatment is started with thyroid medication. If the doses of the thyroid medication are too low it can continue to feed the attack so it’s important to optimize the levels to improve the health of your immune...

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