August 29, 2019

Babies are prone to acne and skin problems too. Think acne is a problem of the teen-age years? Think again. 

Neonatal acne occurs in 20% of newborns, and can appear as white or red spots on the face, neck, chest and back. Scarring is unlikely, if un-scratched. Most neonatal acne resolves within a few weeks or months. Causes are unknown, but in some cases practitioners will prescribe antibiotics or creams to avoid scarring. 

This 5 week old newborn, presented with red acne, yellow crusting in the lower portion of the ear, and frequent colic and regurgitation. The acne had begun at 3 weeks old, and had worsened by 4 weeks. The mother had a history of eczema and a history of food sensitivities. It appears likely, that the crusting in the newborn's ear was eczematous, though cradle cap is a likely cause of yellow crusting. 

These are the  lifestyle and treatment strategies that were applied: Stopping dairy, and two  doses of Homeopathic Sulphur 30c. 

The following was the time-l...

February 1, 2019

One misconception ... 

is how expensive it is to buy organic food. While there are grocery stores and local health food markets that offer organic food at prices that may be a out of one’s comfort zone; here are some tips and advice to incorporate a healthier way of eating that won’t break the bank.

Trader Joes

A great grocery store as a one stop shop is Trader Joe’s, some people believe Trader Joe’s to be an alternative grocery store that isn’t affordable but that is far from the truth. They offer items such as organic chicken at 1.99-2.99 a pound, packs of organic tomatoes (4 to 5) for around $3.49, 2 hearts of organic celery for around $2.19, organic carrots at 89 cents for a 1lb bag, organic peanut butter at $3.49, bags of organic pears and apples (2 pounds) at 2.99 and many other great, healthy and delicious items worth checking for.


Aldi recently made a lot of improvements. I wasn’t impressed with Aldi when they first opened but that have made tremendous strides over the ye...

December 23, 2018

Travel can wear down your immune system for a number of reasons. We often become exhausted, dehydrated, lack sleep, jet-lagged, and so on. Follow this Naturopathic TRAVEL acronym to prepare you for this travel season. 

T – Take food with you.

R – Rehydrate

A – Awareness

V – Vitamins and supplements*

E – Expectations

L – Locate foods you can eat

T- Take food with you:

Always bring foods and snacks that you can eat. For some this might be foods that are gluten free, dairy free, or FODMAP-friendly foods. These specific food categories may not be served on the plane or the airports. On shorter flight, you can bring small cooler bags of snack and foods. As long as there are no liquids, security won’t take it from you. Be sure to bring enough food to last for your journey. Long term travel will require different preparation.

Here are some great options for foods to bring: (Organic if possible)

  • Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits – you can create your own “trail mix” without all the added sugars.

  • Al...

December 17, 2018

A recent study showed that Magnesium has the qualities of enhancing Vitamin D levels, in those who had relatively lower baseline Vitamin D levels, and decreased Vitamin D in those who has higher levels of baseline Vitamin D in their bodies. This means, that Magnesium plays an important role in maintaining an optimal level of Vitamin D in the body. 

Why is this important?

Vitamin D plays an important role in our body. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, strong immune systems, and a sense of well being. During the winter time, we do not get enough sunlight to allow our skin to form enough active vitamin D. This begins to affect our mood and our health, for some in a major way, and for others in a minor way. The winter blues are one of the ways. Other serious ways includes heart disease, diabetes, neurological diseases, pre-eclampsia, dental diseases, autoimmune disorders, and the list goes on. 

What does that have to do with magnesium?

Few people are reaching the daily required dose of...

July 7, 2018

When it comes to supplements there are many misconceptions among people. This is a hot market, marketing claims are running rampant, everyone is trying to get a slice of this pie. Everywhere, you see advertisements for supplements that claim to make you younger, feel more energetic, live pain free, bulk up muscles. It is trendy to be in the supplement industry! But have you every stopped to think about the supplement quality? Here are some common myths and misconceptions: 

Myth #1: FDA regulation doesn't govern the Supplement industry. 

False! In fact, the FDA regulates the supplement industry. In an effort to do so, has established the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as a guideline for supplement production, packaging, labeling, and storage; namely CFR 21 Part 111. Though GMPs guidelines are not bulletproof, supplement companies that are inspected by the FDA and have received a GMP seal, are one step ahead of the rest of the companies that do not bother to create a quality assessmen...

June 8, 2018

It seems that sugar has gotten quite a bad rep recently. Not all sugars are created equal. Some sugars are actually beneficial and necessary, while others are best to stay away from. From diabetes, weight loss, candida, to cancer; most people may benefit from decreasing sugar consumption. The question now is why do we crave sugar?

Why we crave sugar:

1. Your brain needs sugar

The brain's main source of energy is glucose (sugar). The brain is rich in nerve cells. It has the most demanding task of thinking, memory, and regulating our body. When there isn't enough fuel for the brain, the brains chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) aren't produced and communication breaks down. Too little or too much of this energy source can be a damaging thing. Hypoglycemia (too little glucose in your blood stream) and Hyperglycemia (too much sugar) can both harm the body. Too much sugar, and the body can gain health issues such as depression, memory problems, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Too li...

May 31, 2018

Alternative addiction recovery methods cover a lot of ground, and there’s a lot to think about when it comes to making healthy choices. It can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared, so it’s important to do some research ahead of time and figure out what’s right for you. Some individuals prefer to look for a treatment that allows them to stay active in order to incorporate fitness into a new routine; others would rather take it slowly to ascertain what kind of recovery methods will help them stay on a sober path without stress.

No matter what your goals are, it’s important to keep your needs in mind. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, it might be in your best interest to pursue art therapy or learn relaxation techniques. These will help you battle stress, a major trigger when it comes to making unhealthy choices. If you’re having a hard time unpacking all the emotions that addiction--and then recovery--can bring, acting out certain situations in a kind of role-reversal with loved...

May 24, 2018

Many patients have come to me with having been diagnosed with auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto's Thyroid disease, Graves, Rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac disease, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), or others. Others have come not yet having been diagnosed, showing auto-immune type symptoms.

What are auto-immune diseases?

Auto-immune diseases are illnesses in which the body's defense system (immune cells) have begun to attack healthy cells, mistaking them for invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and infections. These aberrant immune cells can begin to attack any part of the body: heart, lung, joints, thyroid, skin, nerves, muscles, eyes, kidneys, and so on. 

If the aberrant immune cells attack the thyroid hormone, it may present as Graves, or Hashimoto's; both immune mediated Thyroid illnesses. If the aberrant immune cells attack the gut, it may present as IBD, Crohns, or Celiac's. These are only few of the ways in which the body's immune system begins to at...

February 25, 2018

Acupuncture is an alternative type of medicine that has been used in China for thousands of years. Tiny needles are used to relieve pain, stimulate smooth energy flow, and encourage a state of balance within the body. 

Acupuncture is useful for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Chronic pain

  • Fibromyialgia

  • Arthritis

  • Infertility

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Headaches

  • Sports injuries

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Constipation

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