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N-Acetylcysteine and PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in reproductive aged women, affecting up to 10% of this population. It is characterized by hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovaries and oligo- or anovulation, and is often associated with insulin resistance and weight gain2. N-acetylcysteine is a popular supplement that is used in PCOS patients to improve […]

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Lifestyle Factors That May Be Affecting Your Fertility

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Around 16% of Canadian couples experience infertility, which has increased from around 5% since 1984. Despite the continuous growth with  assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and intracytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI) there are modifiable risk factors that still play a huge role in our reproductive health. Below are a […]

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Alleviating Period Pain

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Dysmenorrhea, or abdominal and pelvic pain associated with menses affects more than half of menstruating women, with 15% having such severe pain that they are debilitated for several days per month. This is an astounding number, as these women are often unable to engage in normal daily activities and may require absence from work each […]

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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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Everyday Natural Therapies for Acne

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Acne is characterized by inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, often on the face. The production of acne is due to an excess production of keratin (skin cells) and a hormonal related excess production of sebum by sebaceous glands. This leads to a blockage of the hair follicle, leading to an environment that […]

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Sun Safety: How to Choose a Low Risk Sunscreen

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If you’re like me, the moment the sun finally makes its long-awaited debut you just want to spend all day soaking it in. I’m sure many Canadians feel the same way, as we only have a few short months of summer so the opportunity to take advantage of the sun’s natural source of vitamin D is short […]

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Adapting with Adaptogens

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Adaptogens are herbs that buffer the body’s physical, mental and emotional response to stress. They work predominantly via the endocrine system and provide support to our adrenal glands. These glands sit above our kidneys and release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to stressors on  the body, in an attempt to maintain homeostasis. […]

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What is Dry Brushing?

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The skin is the largest organ of our body. Not only is it a great physical barrier that supports our immune system, it also aids in the elimination of waste products and toxins. A great tool that can help assist in the elimination properties of the skin is dry brushing. Dry brushing is a technique that […]

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Could Your Cinnamon Be Causing Harm?

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Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. It adds a warming flavor that is so comforting to me, my morning oats just aren’t the same without it. However, last year in Botanical Medicine our professor informed us of the potential toxic effects of a certain type of cinnamon, which is the most readily available type […]