Vaccines and Homeopathy, Redux

Carly Weeks, a columnist for the Globe and Mail, wrote an article about how nosode use in place of vaccines is compromising public health and I wrote a commentary in response.  A recent outbreak of measles has triggered the re-emergence of the discussion, and Weeks has now written another article blaming the decisions some people…

Too Much Of A Good Thing – A Fruit “Overdose”

How much fruit is too much?  For example, is it unhealthy to eat 4-5 pieces of fruit a day all at the same time, as an afternoon snack? The accurate, but unsatisfying, answer to this question is “It depends”.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

One thing that makes naturopathic medicine different from other forms of health care is that it is guided by a set of principles. NDs believe these principles are important because they create a strong philosophy regarding illness, healing and continued good health. A Distinct System Of Care The application of these principles, listed below, ensure…

Good Hydrations Part 1

Hydration: How Much Water Is Enough? This is the first in a series of two articles discussing the importance of water. This article focuses on how important the right quantity of water is; the next will focus on the importance of water quality.We’ve all heard the advice to drink at least 8 glasses of water…

Good Hydrations Part 2

Hydration: Does Water Quality Matter? This is the second of 2 articles looking at the importance of water.  In the first article, I discussed the importance of quantity – ensuring that you’re drinking enough.  In this article, I’m going to look at the importance of water quality.In North America, we have access to an abundance…

Building A Healthy Body – Start With Your Frame

Build A Strong Frame Our bodies are the homes we live in throughout our lives. Houses built on strong frames can withstand a great deal – the same is true for our bodies. Having a healthy frame, or skeleton, enables us to enjoy all the activities that add so much to the quality of our…

Sweet Poisons

You’ve heard the expression “pick your poison”.  When it comes to sweet stuff, you need to do just that.  Sugar, consumed to excess, can be toxic and lead to conditions such as diabetes.  But what about artificial sweeteners? If you’ve read some of the past posts on the importance of limiting your sugar intake, this…

Warding Off Winter “Beasties”

   A Scottish Prayer May the good Lord protect you From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night. With the weather ups-and-downs of early winter, the cold and flu viruses have started to circulate and people are asking for tips to ward them off.  Here are my favourites:…

Poor Sleep, Fibromyalgia and Pregabalin

This post originally appeared in Quora. Recently, a Twitter follower asked me what she could do about deteriorating quality and quantity of sleep, and advised she is taking the medication pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. Bad sleep is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, but it can also be caused by many other conditions. Because fibromyalgia…

The Skinny On Sugar Cravings

Concern among the general public and scientific communities about obesity has resulted in the development of all kinds of diet aids: low fat this, low carb that.  On the low carb side of things, we’ve seen a proliferation of sugarless sweeteners being touted as the way to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the…