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Naturopathic doctors – medically trained, naturally focused

In celebration of Canada’s Naturopathic Medicine Week taking place May 9th – 15th, I would like to discuss how naturopathic doctors can help you and your family and many of the great benefits we can provide. One of the major advantages to seeing a naturopathic doctor is that each treatment plan is based on the individual patient through a thorough assessment.

I recall a patient who met with me on account of his wife who had suggested he come to see me for a few ongoing health concerns that were not being resolved with his general practitioner (GP). Initially, he was very skeptical about what I did as a naturopathic doctor, admitting he had no idea what to expect. In fact, he thought his experience was going to be “a little out there,” to say the least. How surprised he was after just five minutes into his visit with me.

He could not believe how extensive his first visit was which included me understanding his health concern and his full health history, a proper physical exam, and the lab work I sent him for. He reported “finally being heard” and felt like I had a good understanding of what he was struggling with. Moving forward, there was now a solid plan set in place to get his health back on track. He commented how medical our office was and he did not feel uncomfortable at all.

Naturopathic medicine is not as “out there,” as one may think. In fact, naturopathic doctors are fully licensed and regulated doctors who have extensive medical training, but are focused on natural treatments where applicable. Naturopathic medical care blends scientific knowledge (research) with traditional and natural medicine (evidence-based medicine). Many may not realize that in Canada, our profession’s infrastructure includes professional licensing, accredited educational institutions and provincial standards of practice.

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The balance of progesterone and women’s health

Progesterone is a vital component to women’s health. It is a hormone produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands and plays a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, including pregnancy in women.

Data shows that two-thirds of women who self-report depression or difficulty coping with stressful situations have at least one hormone out of the normal range.

With such alarming statistics, hormone testing should be of top priority. Yet, too often, I see hormones overlooked as anti-depressants are commonly recommended without any hormone testing done at all. It is important to get proper hormone testing done in women of any age where moods are a concern as low progesterone levels are often the culprit.

A patient of mine in her thirties has been dealing with significant anxiety to the point that she was having panic attacks on a weekly basis, even daily panic attacks prior to her menstrual cycle. She was put on numerous anti-depressants with limited improvement in her anxiety. This had my patient very frustrated as she had three young children to look after, and this anxiety had become debilitating, not allowing her to always be there for her kids.

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Hope for the Future

I heard dozen times that the “youths are the hope of the future and the Fatherland...”

The youths are the ones to continue the past and present generations.

In a smallest unit of the society—a family—the children are the hope of the family’s generation.

They are the ones carrying the names, cultures, traditions and treasures of the family.

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Multivitamins — useful or useless?

Multivitamins come in all shapes, forms, sizes and colours. Some are chewable, some are liquid. Some promise to give you a longer lifespan while others guarantee they will help to ward off heart disease.

With so much advertising around the use of multivitamins, it may come as no surprise that most people presume they should be consuming a daily supplement.

However, is it really worth your time, research and investment?

Taking a multivitamin is a popular practice and many of our new patients coming into the clinic are already on a multivitamin supplement. Most people have one of two beliefs about multivitamins; either that they have all of their daily nutritional intake covered by taking one, or that multivitamins make “expensive urine” and have little benefit.

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Making it all add up

Whenever the education experts (including media pundits), government bureaucrats and parents would all line up to bemoan the latest international test scores of Alberta students — and then proceed to blame the teachers for them — I would always tell myself how glad I was that my kids were safely out of school.

And then I started having grandchildren. Does this mean I have to be invested in the next round of the “new math” debate, all over again? I guess so.

Here’s a question from an international Grade 8 level math test: Find 1/3 minus 1/4.

Four possible answers below the question are presented to test whether the student knows the method to finding the answer, which is 4 minus 3 over 3 times 4 (that’s 1/12 in the old math I was taught).

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