When I was in school my understanding of hormones, and what I was taught about them, was pretty basic. At the time I was quite content to learn specific physiological effects of the individual hormones, commit them to memory, and hope to remember all I had learned for the future. Continue reading
Despite routine thyroid testing, many people with a thyroid condition go undiagnosed. Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, low mood, hair loss, feeling cold, low energy, swelling or water retention, joint pain, brain fog, memory loss, infertility and irregular periods. Continue reading
Histamine and it’s reaction to the body are often a hot topic in the the spring. Seasonal allergies lead to high amounts of histamine being released in mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose and for some people the small capillaries of the skin. Hives and itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose are common reactions to excess histamine. However, histamine also causes reactions in the gut and other organs when the body is overloaded. Continue reading
Have you heard about Detox? Are you considering if you should be doing one? Why would you do one? Which is right for me? Continue reading
IV nutrient therapy is gaining a lot of popularity thanks to the media, but it by no means is a new therapy and has been performed by Naturopathic Doctors for decades.
Yes, it absolutely can be your hormones and it often is! While I’ve seen hair loss due to low iron and other nutritional deficiencies, I usually see patients with thinning hair due to hormonal causes. Continue reading
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.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer among humans and solar UV radiation, particularly its UVB component (290-320 nm), is its major cause. One way to reduce the occurrence of the cancer is via the use of substances (often antioxidants) termed “photochemopreventive agents”. ‘Photochemoprotection’, which we define as ‘the use of agents capable of ameliorating the adverse effects of UVB on the skin’. Among many photochemoprotective agents, botanical antioxidants are showing promise. Because UV radiation is known to cause excessive generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) thereby resulting in an oxidative stress condition. Approaches aimed at counteracting ROS production may be useful for the prevention of skin cancer. One approach to reduce its occurrence is through the eating of foods that have resveratrol in them. Resveratrol (trans-3,4′,5-trihydroxystilbene), a phytoalexin found in grapes, nuts, fruits, and red wine, is a potent antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative properties. Continue reading
Targeting Angiotensin 2 as an Anti-Aging Plan
Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., ND
For many years doctors have been treating kidney disease, high blood pressure and heart disease with drugs that block something known as angiotensin II (anne-gee-o-ten-sin-two) or short form Ang II. Ang II can cause constriction of the blood vessels and salt retention so blocking it can help relax the vessels and put less stress on the vessels and thus the kidneys and heart.
The holidays are a time for celebrating however some on the renal diet may be held back by the dietary restrictions. However some good news with regards to, yes that’s right, chocolate!