Finding the Positive in a Cancer Diagnosis

  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 digestContinue reading “Finding the Positive in a Cancer Diagnosis”

Thinking outside of the (lunch) box

This fall a big change is happening for my family. My daughter starts kindergarten in September. Although she has attended day care on occasion, most of her care to this point has been at home with the help of our extended family. Having a child in school presents a couple of challenges that make meContinue reading “Thinking outside of the (lunch) box”

What You May Not Know About Naturopathic Medicine

After reading a great article by fellow naturopathic doctor Talia Marcheggiani, “Destroying Myths About Naturopathic Medicine” I was inspired to put my own spin on some common misconceptions. Naturopathic Medicine is not scientific. FALSE There is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports naturopathic therapies. Along with, of course centuries of history proving bothContinue reading “What You May Not Know About Naturopathic Medicine”

Happiness Begins In the Gut

The gut and the brain are connected. Maybe that sounds odd to you but in recent years the gut-brain connection has become a hot research topic. Studies like this one highlight the importance of a healthy gut flora and the benefits of probiotics on mood and brain function. There’s evidence to suggest healthy gut floraContinue reading “Happiness Begins In the Gut”

Guest Post – Postpartum Depression

Pregnancy, child birth, and the postpartum period place high demands on a woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Although welcoming a new life into the world comes with strong feelings of happiness, the postpartum period is a fragile time during which many women struggle with depression. In this article, naturopathic doctor and CCNM clinic resident,Continue reading “Guest Post – Postpartum Depression”

Seriously Boost Mood with Food

It may be nice to know certain foods are high in specific nutrients and have been proven to positively benefit mood. Especially if depression, anxiety, or blueness are concerns for you, nutrition is a powerful tool that can help you stay or get well. Here are 4 nutrients you can increase in your diet toContinue reading “Seriously Boost Mood with Food”

An Attitude of Gratitude

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is.” – Albert Einstein In the past, the main focus psychology has been on conditions that contribute to dis-ease (such as anxiety and depression) and how to treat these states. There was littleContinue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”

The Golden Child

Turmeric is by far my favourite spice and why pretty much everything I cook ends up being a shade of yellow. With so many benefits, I’d be crazy not to cook with it! http://www.mynewroots.org is a wonderful food blog by holistic nutritionist, Sarah Britton. Here’s what she has to say about turmeric. “Turmeric: The GoldenContinue reading “The Golden Child”

Fitting in Fermented Foods

We’ve heard it before, the importance of good bugs in a healthy digestive tract. Much of our immune system resides in the digestive tract and a balanced level of beneficial bacteria has been linked to reduce allergies and fewer colds, along with overall reduced digestive distress (such as gas, bloating, constipation, etc). More recent researchContinue reading “Fitting in Fermented Foods”