Neural Therapy

Neural Therapy involves the injection of Procaine (also known as Novocaine), a common local anesthetic, into various but very specific areas. Procaine can safely be injected into the nerves of the autonomic nervous system, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, acupuncture points, trigger points, and other tissues.

Neural Therapy is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical function of tissues. Sources of these disturbances can include surgery, infections, injuries, accidents, emotional traumas, etc.

How does Neural Therapy work?

Locally, procaine causes an increase in blood flow,  is anti-inflammatory, and has analgesic effects.

Procaine also has systemic effects through its ability to reset the membrane potential of cells and restore normal function. Whenever a cell has lost its normal membrane potential, ion pumps in the cell wall stop working. This means that abnormal minerals and toxic substances accumulate inside the cell. As a result, the cell loses the ability to heal itself. Procaine acts on the cell wall to allow the ion pumps to resume normal action and restore the membrane potential. By reestablishing the normal electrical condition of cells and nerves, the disturbed functions are also restored to normality, and the patient returns to health.

Will Neural Therapy replace all other therapies?

Neural Therapy is just another modality available to you.  Combining it with a personalized naturopathic program will provide the best results.

How many Neural Therapy treatments are typically necessary?

Sometimes one treatment will resolve the problem. More often, patients experience a partial improvement after each treatment. Three to six treatments are the average number to achieve lasting resolution of a chronic condition.

What will I experience?

Patients usually report minimal discomfort and often there is immediate relief. After a treatment (which may include several injections), patients can experience emotional release, numbness around the injection sites, and lightheadedness. All of these responses are important in the healing process.

What is Neural Therapy good for?

  • pain
  • clearing scars
  • sinus issues and asthma
  • headaches
  • digestive concerns
  • anxiety
  • sleep disturbances
  • whiplash
  • post-traumatic conditions
  • chronic disease

For more information on this amazing therapy, please call or email to book your consultation with Dr. Blake.

It’s all about the TERRAIN

Any gardener knows that simply cutting the top off a weed won’t stop it from growing back. It actually creates a vicious cycle that lead to very resistant weeds.

The same is true in the human body.

Most of us have been taught that germs cause disease. But another theory, known at the terrain theory, suggests that it’s not the germ but the state of our “internal environment” that determines health.

This is why when you’re well rested, eating well, and energized you tend to get sick less often or at least get over an infection quickly. If you’ve had a stressful week, didn’t get much sleep, and have been snacking on refined foods – the likelihood of becoming sick is much higher. Yes, germs are part of the disease process, but we are more or less susceptible to illness depending on the state of our terrain.

At the end of his life, Louis Pasteur, the scientist who developed the germ theory, is quoted to have said: “the microbe is nothing; the milieu is everything.”

To be healthy, we need to tend to our soil.

5 essential ways to support a healthy (and disease resistant) terrain:

#1. Sleep

An absolutely underrated aspect of a healthy lifestyle is adequate, good quality sleep.

Tips for healthy sleep:

  • sleep in the dark
  • set consistent bed and wake times (ideally between 10pm-11am to bed and rise with the sun)
  • avoid stimulation 1-2 hours before bedtime, especially from electronics

#2. Nutrition

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. Nutrient depleted, refined, processed foods are healthy terrain enemies. Focus on lots of low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, good quality protein, and healthy fats.

#3. Support balanced gut flora

Many infection are related to “opportunistic organisms” – they are always around but don’t flourish until there is opportunity to do so. Supporting a good balance of healthy gut flora will keep these unwanted bugs in check and also support optimal digestion.

  • consume fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut
  • eat a diet high in fibre to fuel and support good bacteria
  • speak with a naturopathic doctor about a probiotic supplement

#4. Reduce toxins

Toxins create inflammation and oxidative damage. Try to avoid what you can as well as support your detox pathways to ensure you optimize the health of your terrain.

  • sweat it out! use infrared saunas and exercise to mobilize and eliminate toxins thru your sweat
  • reduce pesticides by using the ewg.org list of least and most contaminated crops
  • stop putting toxins on your body and opt for safe, natural body care products (drop in and check out the options)
  • speak to a naturopathic doctor about detox support

#5. Manage stress

I cannot “stress” this enough! Do what you can to eliminate unnecessary stress and then work to change your point of view about the rest of it. Herbs, meditation, exercise, acupuncture, counselling, prayer, yoga therapy, laughter, and breathing techniques are all effective stress management options.

 

 

The World of Bacteria – Harmful and Helpful

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Did you know there are more bacteria on earth than there are stars in the universe?

Scientists from the University of Georgia estimate the number of bacteria on our planet to be five million trillion trillion – that’s a five with 30 zeroes after it.

That makes them something to talk about.

We typically think of bacteria in a negative light – they cause infections such as strep throat, food poisoning, and Lyme.

But thankfully not all bugs (not even most) are bad.

In fact, many are essential to keeping us, and the planet we live on, alive. We have many species of helpful bacteria living in our digestive tracts and on our skin that help support digestion and are an essential part of our immune system.

This month we are exploring all things bacterial, including what we can do to support a healthy relationship with the bugs we like and resist the ones we don’t.

 

 

 

 

A Month Of Connection

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The Importance of Connection

This month we are exploring the benefits of connection; connection with others, food, nature, and of course with self!

I recently attended my uncle’s 60th birthday party. We have always been a tight family, especially the cousins, but with aging parents I couldn’t avoid asking the question of whether or not we would still be spending time together when we are celebrating our own 60th’s.

My younger (and seemingly wiser) cousins were quick to remind me that all relationships take effort and if we want to still have connection in 20, 30, or 40 years from now we “have to try!”

This is the message I want to convey this month – connection takes effort. It’s a choice. We need to be mindful of taking time out of our busy schedules to feel connected. The research suggests that by doing so, we can all lead healthier, happier, and longer lives!

This month I hope you slow down and taste your food; I hope you get on the floor and play with your children and grandchildren; I hope you spend a few moments here and there tuning in to what’s happening in your body below the shoulders; I hope you hug a tree. (Yep! I said it. I’m into hugging trees. It’s probably about time I fully adopt the naturopathic, crunchy-granola identity!)

So please come along with us on this journey of connection. Follow our Facebook page for empowering tips and tools to help deepen the many areas of your life that will benefit from connecting.

Cheers to a month of mindful connection!

Happy healing,

Dr. Melissa Blake

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Lyme Disease: what you can do to reduce your risk

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by strains of borrelia bacteria. The bacteria are transmitted to humans and pets bitten by an infected tick.

The incidence of Lyme disease in Canada is hugely underestimated. Reasons for this include: lack of awareness, missed early symptoms, and poor diagnostic procedures.

The symptoms of Lyme disease also overlap with other chronic diseases (such as MS, ALS, fibromyalgia, CFS, etc), increasing the chances of misdiagnoses.

The symptoms of early infection vary. Some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms, fever, and notice a bulls-eye rash, while others may not develop symptoms for a few months after being bitten. In any case, Lyme disease is a very serious illness that requires immediate treatment.

The tick population this season is especially high. Become informed about what you can do to reduce your risk.

Top 5 tick precautions:
1. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when in tick habitats. Tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from getting inside your pants.

2. Check your clothes for ticks often. Ticks will climb upwards until they find an area of exposed skin. Have a friend or family member check hard to see areas. Perform a full-body inspection once indoors. Ticks can cling to clothing; toss your clothes in the dryer for 20 minutes to ensure they are tick-free. Also check your pets.

3. Wear light coloured clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.

4. Walk on pathways or trails when possible staying in the middle. Avoid low-lying brush or long grass.

5. Apply insect repellent to your skin and clothing, especially on any exposed areas, such as ankles, wrists and neck.

Research on various natural extracts has proven significant benefit.

Garlic juice, when sprayed on residential landscape, had a significant repellent affect over a three-year study.

Rosemary, peppermint, citrus, and Rose Geranium essential oils also demonstrate tick repellent properties. I make a homemade spray with a combination of the oils, a bit of vodka, and water. We use it around ears, ankles, and wrists as well as on clothing and pets.

If you do find a tick, don’t panic. Remove the tick using these suggested techniques and follow up with your ND or MD to discuss.

 

The Nutritional Change You Can’t Live Without

I often tell my patients when it comes to things that are good for you more is not necessarily better….except when it comes to veggies!

If there is one nutritional recommendation that outlasts all the crazy diet fads and fits into every tailored nutritional plan it is to EAT MORE VEGGIES!

Eating more vegetables is one of the simplest dietary choices with the most profound health benefits.

Vegetables are nutrient dense – providing a good dose of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients in every serving. The plant chemicals not only prevent disease but promote optimal health!

Veggies also tend to be high fibre foods. Fibre helps to reduce blood sugar spikes, promotes healthy bowel movements, and balances cholesterol levels.

Studies have shown that people who eat more veggies have lower rates of stroke, diabetes and heart disease. These same veggie loving folks are more likely to maintain healthy body weight, which is linked to a reduction of several different chronic disease rates.

When it comes to cancer, veggies pack a preventative punch. Sarah Toule, from the World Cancer Research Fund, says: “Research shows just how incredibly important vegetables and fruit are as part of a healthy diet. In fact, they’re essential for maintaining a healthy weight, which our own evidence has shown reduces the risk of 11 common cancers.”

Here are a few suggestions to help you increase your veggie intake to help you feel your best and stay that way!


#1.

Soups and Stews: When vegetables are in chili, soups, and stews, they get really soft and the flavours all blend together. Think about a pot of chicken noodle soup: there are loads of vegetables in this soup and even the pickiest eaters love it. So when you’re making your next batch of chilli, soup, or stew why not throw in an extra serving of veggies (or two). The idea is to get creative, cut veggies up small and add in a variety of different veggies or consider pureed options like this delicious cauliflower soup!

 

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 #2.

Availability: Make sure the veggies are on hand and available. When you or your child is hungry and open the fridge to get a snack and there are baby carrots, celery sticks, salsa and guacamole, you’ll be more tempted to eat veggies for your snack!

 


#3.

Super Sneaky Smoothies: Hide vegetables in smoothies. Leafy greens blend up nicely and, if paired with berries and 1/2 banana, they won’t change the taste – only the health benefits! Cooked greens are also a great addition to smoothies! Why not have some fun with your blender. A few to try: cucumber, cooked kale, baby spinach, and beets.


#4.

Change the Texture! Dehydrate or bake veggies so that they are crunchy and chip or french fry-like. Kale chips are always a hit, but you also make homemade sweet potato fries, cauliflower steaks, plantain chips, and even green bean fries. We love turnip fries at our house and you could use this recipe for any root veggie 🙂

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#5.

Sauces and Dips Galore: If you or your child don’t like vegetables plain, consider them instead as a vehicle for awesome dips and sauces. Hummus is versatile and tasty, but rather than eat it with pita or crackers, try baby carrots, cucumber, or red bell peppers. If salads are boring you to death, maybe you need to explore some new salad dressings to jazz up the salad scene. You can also make your own pasta sauce with lots of yummy veggies. Chunky or pureed, mild or spicy are options that can be made depending on what you like.

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#6.

Weekly New Veggie Challenge: Commit to one new vegetable a week. Baby steps, right? One veggie at a time might be a good way to ease into a more vegetable-rich diet. They say that kids need to be exposed to a new food ten times before they really know if they like it or not (and most of the time after ten tries they end up liking it)! So don’t give up if you don’t like something on the first try 😉


#7.

Pureed Power: When a vegetable is pureed, you can easily “sneak it” in to increase the nutritional value of the dishes you normally like. Pureed veggies obviously can be added to soups and stews, but also pasta sauces, gravies, salad dressings, casseroles, and even used in baking. One of our family favourites is a take on the Oh She Glows cheese sauce which we made a couple of tweaks to and love it in a mac’n cheese. Serve it with a tossed salad and your getting a few servings of veggies in one meal!

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#8.

Drink your veggies: One super efficient way to get in a good dose of veggies is to drink ’em! When you consume fresh-made juice, it’s like getting an infusion of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole plant. Make juicing part of your regular diet to benefit from a wide variety of plant nutrients.

*If you live in the Moncton area, check out JUICD! They are currently offering weekly delivery of fresh-made juices to your door.


#9.

More of what you do like: If you really, really can’t seem to eat more veggies and you’ve tried all of my suggestions, then focus on which vegetables you or your child actually do like and increase the consumption of those veggies. Even if the veggie diet isn’t varied, the benefit will come from having more vegetables on a regular basis.


#10.

Focus on Fruits: And my last suggestion, if it’s a constant fight to eat vegetables but you or your child love fruits, then focus on eating a wide variety of fruits. The one downside to eating too many fruit is the high sugar content (even though it is ‘natural’ sugar, sugar is still sugar and contributes to health concerns when consumed in excess). But, fruits are still loaded in vitamins, water, and fiber, so if you can’t do a lot of vegetables, try to at least get some more fruit in the diet…and maybe start working on blending in some veggies using the suggestions above 😉


#11 (cause who could stop at 10??)

Buy Local. Imagine bitting into a crunchy carrot and the smell alone makes your mouth water..Or a crisp cucumber that leaves juice running down your chin..How about making a delicious salad and the lettuce is so crisp and tasty you don’t even need dressing? Those are the kinds of flavours and textures you get when your food is fresh. BUY LOCAL. It’s just better!