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Healthy Living Profile

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Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

February is love month, love for your heart that is. For over 60 years the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been fighting heart disease and stroke through educating the public, raising funds for research, and supporting recovery. February is typically the month that the Heart and Stroke Foundation increases it’s campaigning for this worthy cause. As stated on their site “the threat of heart disease and stroke is more urgent than ever, with our ageing population and rising rates of obesity and diabetes”. Continue reading

What does the Thyroid Do?

Dr. Jennifer Luis, BSc., BEd., ND

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

The thyroid gland is situated in the middle part of the neck and it is so important that humans cannot live without the hormones it produces.  It is responsible for the metabolic rate and function of the whole body – energy, weight control, mood, digestion, thought processes, muscle tone, hair texture, menstrual cycle… to name a few.  The thyroid secretes thyroid hormones that tell cells and organs what to do.  There are varying levels of thyroid dysfunction which are measured by looking at the blood levels of these hormones.
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Progesterone Anxiety Connection

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

What is Progesterone ?
Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It is crucial part of the menstrual cycle.
Progesterone helps to regulate your cycle, but its main job is to get your uterus ready for pregnancy. After you ovulate each month, progesterone helps thicken the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop again and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg does not implant in the uterine wall, progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy.
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ABCD’s of Skin Cancer Identification Vancouver

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Beauty marks make a person unique! Moles (also known as nevi in medical terms) can develop on the skin’s surface in any location and at any time in one’s life. Colours can vary from pink or red to light or dark brown or to black and they can be flat or raised. While the vast majority of new moles are healthy and normal, there are some important characteristics to be aware of that may require further investigation. Continue reading

Belly Fat and the Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

“The results from both epidemiological and physiological studies have demonstrated a strong association between excess abdominal adipose tissue and the presence of metabolic risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD), including insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and increased circulating inflammatory proteins”(1). Continue reading

Is Stress Affecting your Weight Loss or Muscle Building Program?

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, N.D.

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai

I commonly hear many of my patients mentioning they are having a difficult time losing fat or gaining muscle even though they are working out very hard, lifting weights and eating very clean. The problem may be due to the amount of stress they are under. Specifically I am referring to Cortisol levels. Continue reading

Breaking the Pain and Weight Cycle

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Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Dr. Natalie Waller

A limiting factor to staying active and maintaining a healthy weight is pain.
When you first start an exercise regime, you will encounter sore achy muscles that can make exercise feel difficult. Starting slow and building up is a great way to ensure that you don’t end up with too much discomfort that will stop you from achieving your goals. Continue reading