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Naturopath – What’s That?

Many people have no idea that our profession exists, no idea of the depth of our training, and no idea that we can help them live fuller, healthier lives as part of their healthcare team. We have 8 years of post-secondary training Naturopathic Doctors have completed an undergraduate degree, and four years of post-graduate study in Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Doctors have been a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario since 1925. Naturopathic Medicine is also covered by most extended healthcare providers. We’re trained as primary care providers Much like a visit with a family doctor or nurse practitioner, a Naturopathic Doctor …

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10 Common Sense Spring Detox Tips

(that don’t come from a box or a kit) What do Maple Syrup Season and Detox Have in Common? (Hint: It’s not what you think!) In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring and fall are considered more dynamic seasons – when something like a detox would be more appropriate because things are moving – and this coincides with the movement of sap in the trees. Summer and winter by contrast, are considered more static seasons in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are many time-tested ways to incorporate cleansing or a detox into your semi-annual routine. However, talk to a healthcare provider about …

Consider A Naturopathic Doctor For Your Health

By: Dr. Katrina Traikov ND For those of you who may not be familiar with Naturopathic Doctors Natutopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers , much like your family doctor or nurse practitioner. We have eight years of post-secondary training, including an undergraduate degree and four years training specifically in naturopathic medicine. Like other healthcare providers, we must complete licensing exams and continuing education, as well as maintain standards of practice. Naturopathic Medicine has been regulated in Ontario since 1925, and services provided are covered by most extended health care plans, or may be claimed as a medical …

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Defining Complementary, Alternative, Holistic and Integrative Medicine

  There are many terms out there, but what do they all mean? Complementary medicine Complementary medicine typically describes therapies that are used in combination with or alongside conventional medical treatments in order to decrease side effects, improve quality of life, treat disease or restore health. Alternative medicine Alternative medicine typically describes therapies that are used instead of conventional medical treatments. Holistic Medicine Holistic medicine typically describes an approach that takes the person as a whole into account (eg. mental-emotional, physical, spiritual, social and environmental aspects). Holistic medicine also often seeks to address the root cause or root imbalance behind the …

Use your health benefits

Did you know, naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended health insurance programs? Many plans cover up to a certain amount per family member per year. In addition, many plans renew each January, so why not take the time to get the most out of your coverage? Check with your provider for details. Alternatively, Naturopathic medical services can be claimed as a medical expense on your tax return. Originally shared in the Valley Naturopath clinic newsletter March 2013.

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15 Ways to Stop Seasonal Allergies Naturally

Want to stop the sneezing, congestion and itchy, watery eyes? The symptoms of seasonal allergies can be can be annoying or even unbearable. There are many simple and effective therapies that Naturopathic Medicine has to offer. Diet and lifestyle 1) Avoid products that stress or damage the respiratory system like second hand smoke, aerosols, air pollution, and many household cleaners. Click here to access the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.  2) Purchase a good quality air purifier, especially for your bedroom. 3) Vacuuming, dusting, and washing linens and drapes regularly can help decrease your overall allergen load. 4) Avoid wearing shoes in the house. Most …

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The Mediterranean diet in a nutshell

The Mediterranean diet is well researched. It’s linked with many health benefits; including a lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke even without losing any weight! It can also boost your good cholesterol, lower your bad cholesterol and your triglycerides; and help balance your blood sugar. It can also help lower your blood pressure! Let’s take a look at the components of this dietary pattern. 1) Lots of Veggies (and Fruits) Remember the food guide? Picture the fruits and veggies as the foundation, at the bottom of the pyramid. They’re an important part of our health. The Mediterranean diet involves eating 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Fresh vegetables and fruits are a great source of antioxidants; as well as vitamins, minerals, water, and …

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Naturopathic Medicine

10 Myths Naturopathic Medicine

OK, so a few of these myths are related to naturopathic medicine and not directly about it, but in any case. Myth #1: I can’t see my medical doctor and a naturopath at the same time Of course you can! Choosing to see a naturopath does not mean you need to pick having a naturopath over a medical doctor, nurse practitioner or any other healthcare provider. Many people choose to build a healthcare team around themselves composed of multiple healthcare professionals. Naturopathic treatment rarely conflicts with mainstream medical treatments or prescriptions, and Naturopaths are trained to understand the interactions between …

Naturopathic approaches to scars

Scars can be important to treat as they can interfere with the function of the muscles and organs they overly. In some cases they can also cause discomfort or pain. Osteopathic and other manual techniques can be helpful in releasing scar adhesions from healthy tissue, and in treating painful scars. Topical vitamin E, castor oil, and rose-hip seed oil can also be helpful in the treatment of some scars. For more information, feel free to call, e-mail or come in for a free introductory visit. Originally published in the Valley Naturopath clinic newsletter November 2013

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Naturopathic approaches to eczema aka atopic dermatitis

“Allergy” and ” ‘leaky’ skin barrier” are key concepts when talking about atopic dermatitis aka eczema. Patients with eczema, often have skin that is genetically predisposed to be ‘leaky’, exposing the immune system to more allergens from the outside world. Also in these cases, the immune system can also be genetically predisposed to react more readily to these antigens or allergens, resulting in an over-reactive immune system that’s being triggered all the time. Food sensitivities can play a big role in some cases of patients with eczema. Some patients find doing a hypoallergenic or elimination diet, or doing a simple …

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    Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended health plans (check with your insurance provider for details), or can be claimed as a medical expense on your tax return.

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    Renfrew, Ontario,
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    Any information presented here is provided for educational purposes only and is general in nature. It is not intended to be health advice for any individual. Please speak to your health provider before making any changes – dietary, lifestyle or otherwise - for direct and individualized advice. As information changes constantly, the accuracy and completeness of any information presented here cannot be guaranteed. Access of the information presented is solely at your own risk. It will be assumed that access indemnifies Valley Naturopath and any person involved in the preparation of the information presented here from any and all injury or damage arising from such use.