Naturopathic Medicine

Nutrients Depleted by The Pill

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Oral contraceptives are widely used among many women of reproductive age, and are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in developed countries. Typically, oral contraceptive pills (OCP’s) are a combination of both estrogen and progestin. Estrogen inhibits ovulation and progestin thickens the cervical mucous, making it more difficult for sperm to swim through, and […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 5-10% of this population. The diagnostic criteria, known as the Rotterdam criteria suggests a diagnosis if 2 or more of the following are present: Oligo-ovulation or Anovulation – Oligo-ovulation is irregular ovulation, which is typically characterized by menstrual […]

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Winter Itch: Managing Eczema

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Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry skin patches with redness and itching. It can occur anywhere on the body, but is often found in flexural areas such as elbow creases and the back of the knees. The most common type of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis, which often manifests in infancy and […]

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Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle

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Tracking your menstrual cycle can provide more information than just an estimation of when your next period is. It can provide insight into your hormonal and reproductive health and give you more clarity as to when you are more fertile, therefore providing a better understanding of when your chances of conceiving are higher during each […]

Herbal Highlights

Herbs for Acne

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Acne is a treatable condition that is often a manifestation of a deeper internal imbalance. In many cases, acne is a result of inadequate detoxification and insufficiency of the liver to process chemicals and hormones. This results in a backlog, and higher than normal levels of hormones left in circulation. These excess hormones, particularly testosterone […]

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The Hype About Hypertension

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7.5 million people in Canada live with hypertension, which is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90mmHg on two or more consecutive blood pressure readings. What does this mean clinically and why do we care so much about this? Blood pressure is a marker of an individuals risk for diseases such as heart attack, cardiovascular […]

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Dealing with Headaches

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Headaches are a very common pathology, with approximately 50% of the world’s population being affected at any given time. The majority of headaches are benign, with no underlying pathology. Of these primary benign headaches the most common are tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. Tension headaches account for about 40% of primary benign headaches in […]