Ozone Therapy – Moncton & Dieppe

Dr. Melissa Blake is certified in ozone therapy. She received her advanced training at the certification course offered by world leader in the field, Dr. Frank Shallenberger, MD.

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Shallenberger’s website:

Ozone therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. It is used to treat a variety of chronic diseases, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer (as part of an integrative plan, ozone has been shown to improve response to conventional treatments, reduce side effects, and improve outcomes)
  • Diabetes
  • Lyme disease
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Herpes and other stubborn viral infections
  • Chronic fatigue states
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Macular degeneration
  • Chronic bladder conditions
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Auto-immune diseases

What is Ozone?

The oxygen you breathe is present in the air as a pair of oxygen atoms. This is the most stable form of oxygen, and it’s colorless. Ozone is a blue colored form of oxygen (it’s what makes the sky blue), and unlike regular oxygen, it is composed of three oxygen atoms instead of two.It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it all of its remarkable medical properties.

The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions was first developed in Germany in the early 1950’s. Today, medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has gradually been spreading in America over the last 25 years.

Ozone is toxic, isn’t it?

Anything, including water and oxygen, is toxic if given in amounts that exceed the body’s capacity to utilize it. Ozone is found naturally in the body. The white cells make it as part of the immune response.Pure medical grade ozone, when it is used according to the established medical guidelines, has a safety record that is unparalleled.

Medical properties of ozone:

Ozone has five properties that account for why it works so well not only for macular degeneration, but also for most other chronic age related conditions as well:

  1. Ozone is a potent regulator of the immune system. This means that when the immune system is overactive (as in auto-immune disease), ozone will calm it down. Conversely, when the immune system is under active as in cancer, AIDS, and chronic infections, ozone will stimulate it. This unique ability of ozone stems from its action on the membranes of white cells that causes them to produce immune related messenger molecules called cytokines. Examples of cytokines are gamma interferon, interleukin-2, colony stimulating factor, and TNF-alpha just to name a few.
  2. Ozone stimulates increased uptake of oxygen by stimulating the enzyme diphosphoglycerate (DPG). DPG enables the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be taken up into the cell.In the absence of an adequate amount of DPG, our cells become starved for oxygen.This is a common problem in diabetics.
  3. Ozone improves circulation. It does this by enhancing the flow characteristics of blood as a liquid. This effect enables more of the oxygen carrying hemoglobin to reach the capillaries where ultimately the cells will receive more of the oxygen they require. Many patients with chronic inflammatory conditions have impaired circulation.
  4. Ozone increases antioxidant protection more than any other therapy including vitamin C. Most people with chronic disease have deficient antioxidant defenses.
  5. Ozone is a powerful mitochondrial stimulant. The fundamental underlying cause behind all degenerative disease from diabetes to heart disease to cancer is decreased mitochondrial energy production. Ozone can often correct this problem.

How is ozone used medically?

Ozone therapy should only be used by professionals who have been fully trained in its use. Doctors who want such training can receive it from Dr. Shallenberger, who offers training sessions twice a year in the United States and internationally.

Autotherapy is the most common, and in most cases the most effective way ozone is administered. The patient sits in a chair and has from 6-12 ounces of blood removed into a sterilized bottle.Then ozone is injected into the bottle, and the bottle is gently shaken, allowing the red and white blood cells to take up the ozone. The ozonated blood is then returned to the body. The entire procedure takes about 30-40 minutes.

Is ozone for me?

This is a decision for a doctor who is trained and experienced in the medical use of ozone. Some conditions simply will not clear up unless ozone is used, and of course many conditions will clear up without ozone. Because of its many therapeutic properties, ozone can be used as part of a therapeutic plan for almost every disease.

It is invaluable in the treatment of heart disease and circulatory disorders.Chronic infections such as hepatitis-C, herpes, Lyme, and AIDS respond very favorably to ozone.It is also very helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases.

It is important to realize that ozone therapy is not a panacea or some kind of magic bullet. Although it is often an indispensable modality, it is only rarely effective by itself. In the great majority of cases it must be combined with an individualized program of other alternative and natural therapies, such as nutrition and detoxification.

 

For more information or to book a consultation to discuss your medical options, please call 506-857-1300.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Finding the Positive in a Cancer Diagnosis

 

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If I told you that it’s possible to be well and have cancer, what would you say? In fact, some of the healthiest, most vibrant, enthusiastic, and energetic people I know have cancer.

With a cancer diagnosis there comes fear. Overwhelming, suffocating, blinding fear. And that’s ok. It’s normal. But after some time to digest the news – it’s important to move thru the fear and turn your attention to what you can do to improve your situation and live the life you want.

I have had the pleasure of meeting brave and stunning souls. Many of whom have faced the life they were given (and sometimes the death) with courage beyond what I thought humanly possibly.

One of the most powerful statements I have heard was from an inspiring 35 year old female patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a devastating diagnosis and would require aggressive treatment. After a few weeks of working together, she said the following, and it has stuck with me ever since:

“Cancer has given me permission to be the person I want to be.”

In an otherwise awful situation, she found opportunity. She started to create the life she had always wanted. (She is now 1 year cancer free and has started her own business doing the work she loves).

For some people it takes a life threatening diagnosis to make big changes.

There’s a lot of evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness, of being present. If nothing else, a cancer diagnosis can catapult a person into the present moment. Things that once seemed important become trivial and things we might have once ignored come clear into focus.

I think there are worse things then getting a shove towards being your authentic self.

When a person with cancer chooses to live in a way that reflects their highest self, healing will always happen. It may or may not mean cure, but healing is where the real magic is.

 

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5 Reasons You Need a Naturopathic Doctor

 

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I’m in love with naturopathic medicine. Being an ND brings me so much joy, I cannot fathom doing anything else with my life. For so many reasons, I believe everyone can benefit from having an ND on their healthcare team.

Here are my top 5 reasons why YOU should see a Naturopathic Doctor.

 #1. You suffer from (fill in the blank).

We get calls to the office everyday asking, “Can Dr. Blake help me with my depression/cancer/stress/pain/digestive concerns/high blood pressure/nutrition…etc.” The answer is always YES! No matter what your current state of health, naturopathic medicine offers a variety of different tools to help YOU prevent disease, reduce symptoms, and overall improve quality of life.

I have chosen specialties, areas of expertise in which I have a particular passion and have pursued additional education. It can be a good idea to seek that kind of specialized care for certain conditions. My areas of focus include:

Integrative cancer care (offering surgery/radiation/chemo support protocols as well as naturopathic cancer treatments such as tailored nutritional plans, therapeutic supplements, IV vitamin C, artemisinin, and mistletoe injections)

IV therapy (ex. IV Vitamin C, EDTA chelation, Myers cocktails, Magnesium drips, B vitamin injections, glutathione, immune boosters, etc.)

Mental health (ex. depression, anxiety, OCD, stress management)

Chronic disease management (ex. lyme disease, CFS, IBD, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease)

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#2. You want a science/evidence based approach.

Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and uses non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance.

The longer I am in practice, the more amazed I am about the power of natural remedies, nutrition, and mind-body medicine. There’s a tremendous amount of scientific literature to back up everything I do in practice – but I also believe the proof is in the pudding and continue to do what I do because of the amazing healing I see happening on a daily basis.

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#3. You would like to have a relationship with your primary health care provider and play a role in your health plan.

As a naturopathic doctor, I have been trained to understand the art of healing, which is more than recommending a nutritional change, dispensing an herbal remedy, or prescribing a supplement. To understand the details and individuality of a patient’s illness, it takes time. One of my favourite parts about being an ND is that I get to hear each person’s story. This is a great honour and plays a huge role in my naturopathic approach to health.

I believe that effective naturopathic treatment requires patience and good communication – between doctor and patient, as well as other health care professionals and family members that a patient may choose to involve in their care.

I often ask my patients “What do you think is going on?” or “Here are some options, what would you like to do?”. I believe that each individual is the expert when it comes to their health. Ultimately, when given all the information necessary to make informed choices, YOU are the best person for the job.

 

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#4. You want a healthcare professional who will look at the whole picture.

NDs don’t treat symptoms, they treat people. Everything is connected in the body and treating one symptom in isolation will never lead to cure.

A symptom is literally the tip of the iceberg – a sign of something bigger. The real issue lies under the surface and with careful questioning, a physical exam, quality testing, and some trial and error, the answers can be found and the body can achieve healing and optimal health.

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#5. You have been told “everything is normal” but still don’t feel your best.

I often see patients who are at the end of their rope….they feel awful but their blood work always comes back normal or they’ve tried several different medications but nothing has helped. So, partly in desperation, they come to see me.

Luckily, naturopathic doctors are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don’t respond to conventional medicine.

NDs look outside of the blood work box. There are so many wonderful, effective ways to determine an imbalance in the body, and blood work is not always the best option. Saliva, urine, hair, and stool testing, as well as a comprehensive physical exam and history, can provide objective data to help determine the cause of the problem you are experiencing.

In my practice I ask a lot of questions patients are not use to answering. I take the time to dive into their history, review any tests that have been done, and take into account all aspects of health; mind, body, and spirit.

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To summarize: YOU need an ND on your team 🙂

Happy healing,

Dr. Melissa Blake