Over the last 20 years of clinical practice, I’ve seen awareness of naturopathic medicine blossom and the scope of our practice expand along with it.  On reflection, the reasons people seek out naturopathic care today are no different than almost 20 years ago.  In my experience, these are the top  10 reasons people seek naturopathic…

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What is it? SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Normally, less than 10,000 organisms/mL are found in the upper small intestine. SIBO is defined as a bacterial population exceeding 10,000,000 organisms/ml.   What problems does it cause? Gas, belching, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, bad breath, nutrient deficiencies. Symptoms occur daily, regardless of dietary intake and…

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Is PMS a signal that lifestyle needs to change? Possibly. There about 150 symptoms associated with PMS – anxiety, short fuse and mood swings being at the top of the list. Bloating, breast tenderness, food cravings and headaches are also common. Symptoms may begin at or after mid-cycle and may last for a couple of days or the full 2…

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If you find yourself challenged by the daily grind of balancing healthy food choices with picky palates you’re not alone.  An estimated 40% of households claim to have at least 1 ‘picky eater’ in their midst.  Which begs the question – is picky eating hereditary or habit?  It appears it be both.  Some estimates claim…

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Intermittent Fasting, Autophagy, and Why It May be OK to Skip Breakfast The theory of ‘thrifty genes’ states that periods of food abundance fluctuating with periods of food scarcity are required for optimal metabolic function.  When we limit our food consumption to only 8 hours per day, this leaves 16 hours to hydrate, digest, renew,…

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