Dr. Johnson - Red Deer Advocate
Are you having difficulty falling asleep due to running thoughts or fears? Feeling mentally stressed? Do you have a lingering sense of being anxious and overwhelmed?
Passionflower is one of the most powerful herbs used to treat anxiety, restlessness/agitation, and to improve sleep. It is also one of the best-studied herbs with a long history of clinical use and has an exceptional safety record.
Passionflower acts on GABA receptors in the brain, an important system in many common nervous system disorders, including anxiety. It is not a sedative and therefore allows individuals to maintain alertness with its use.
Recently, one of my patients was suffering from a great deal of mental stress and exhaustion from a lack of restful periods of sleep. The daily demands of running her own business, caring for her two young children, as well as an ailing parent, were beginning to feel like too much for her and had started to take its toll on her peace of mind.
Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes and yeast infections are the all-too-familiar side effects for individuals on antibiotics.
When you are already trying to tackle dealing with an infection that is making you feel unwell, the last thing you want to experience are the uncanny side effects of antibiotic usage.
Not only do the side effects make life a little more miserable, they also limit your doctor in terms of what they are able to use to treat your infection if the side effects continue and become too severe.
However, there is a way to decrease and even prevent these side effects — and it is readily available.
Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
A recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed just how well Naturopathic Doctors can help reduce cardiovascular risk.
This study is the largest randomized clinical trial ever published on naturopathic medicine, and confirms the significant role that it should play in our health care system.
The researchers found that workers who received care from a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) in addition to typical care with their medical doctor (MD), lost weight and lowered their blood pressure, compared with a group of workers who received only MD care.
Two of the most important principles I took from my naturopathic medical education were the prevention of disease and the emphasis of educating my patients; both of which I think have been lost in the majority of medicine today.
I view this as a huge problem as our health care has maxed out budgets and cut jobs on a regular basis, yet our care is based on treating sickness instead of preventing it.
Case in point: A 51-year-old male truck driver grudgingly walks into his doctor’s office for his annual checkup and to review his most recent blood work.
His doctor tells him that everything looks fine, but he is on the verge of pre-diabetes due to his blood sugar results. The visit ends there and the patient goes back to living his life as he had been before as he did not think it was something to be concerned about.