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Removing Barriers to Primary Health Care Services: Federal Government Exempts Naturopathic Medical Services from HST/GST

Health News1It has been a month since the Federal Government proposed the elimination of HST on naturopathic medical services effective February 12, 2014.  Naturopathic Doctors across Canada are applauding the Federal Government’s decision to exempt naturopathic care from HST as it further removes barriers to primary health care services for Ontarians.  States the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, this exemption “will provide greater access for patients seeking a proactive approach to their health care needs and those looking for individualized, whole person approach to prevent and treat health issues…resulting in improved outcomes in some of the most chronic and costly areas of the healthcare system.”

Allergies 101

Thank you to all those who attended the Food Allergy Information Session in conjunction with Anaphylaxis Canada at the Loblaws Cooking School in Markham last Friday, September 27, 2013.

The evening discussion highlighted valuable information regarding:
– Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.
– Common causes of anaphylaxis.
– One-on-one instruction using an Epipen and Allerject auto-injector.
– Tips for creating an allergy-safe environment.
– An update regarding food allergy labeling in Canada.
– How to identify common allergens when reading food labels.
– Delicious samples of allergen-free products.

It was an informative night, and I was pleased to be a community resource alongside in-store pharmacist, Alice Lee and in-store registered dietician Rowena Leung!

Loblaws Cooking School Anaphylaxis Collage

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Detoxification for Better Health_October 2013

Naturopathic Care: Collaborative, Integrative Medicine at Its Best!

Big things come in small packages.  This is a saying that is appropriate when discussing naturopathic medicine.  For as small as the available literature is regarding patient outcomes, this does not mitigate patient reports of higher levels of satisfaction from the care they have received, feeling listened to, increased feelings of self-efficacy and empowerment, motivation to continue to make sustainable lifestyle choices, increased knowledge to make informed healthcare consumer decisions, trust that the recommendations they are incorporating into their lives are resulting in improved health, reports of reduced use of prescription medications, reduced visits to the hospital and a reduced need for invasive medical interventions.

As a proud champion of whole person, integrative care in the context of a therapeutic naturopathic family medicine relationship, please feel free to check out the below presentation capturing Ontarians thoughts about naturopathic medical care.  You spoke and we listened – there is an increasing concensus that naturopathic care improves patient outcomes, quality of life and medical costs for persons dealing with chronic disease.

Heart Disease Prevention and Naturopathic Medical Care

It is with much pleasure I am posting a slideshow prepared by my esteemed colleague, Dr. Dugald Seely, MSc, ND Research and Clinical Epidemiology Director at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, which discusses the power of naturopathic interventions in preventing heart disease!  Read on to see how the incorporation of naturopathic medical recommendations contributed to the improvement of quality of life, as well as reducing patient medical costs.

Another (Great!) Reason to Consume a Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean DietSoul-satisfying goodness making the dinner table sparkle with an array of colour and nutrients comes to mind when I think of the Mediterranean diet.  However, there are other reasons to incorporate elements of the Mediterranean diet involving fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy fats for those who are striving for a healthy heart and brain.  The reason:  your sugar levels.  Doesn’t it seem as though everyone is talking about their glucose levels these days?  I don’t think I know of a single person who doesn’t know of an immediate family member, relative, friend or co-worker who doesn’t struggle with this is some shape or form.  Read the benefits of how the Mediterranean diet can help you get your sugars into check here and speak with your Naturopathic Doctor about strategies to make this a manageable lifestyle change for the better!

For the Health of our Children and our Communities

A special thank you to lovely teacher Wendy Vaiopoulos for inviting me to attend the Children’s Wellness Expo 2012 at the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville.  Candid pictures were taken by talented photographer, Craig Richardson which you can see here.  Cheers to the health of our community!

Your Secret to Staying Disease-Free For Life

After a delightful summer of dragon boat training with Naturopathic Current – the end of summer Regatta is now upon us!  This weekend, you are cordially invited to come out to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto, Ontario on September 8-9, 2012 for the 18th Annual Great White North Dragon Boat Festivities.  All the proceeds raised are donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario to raise money for breast cancer research, health promotion and advocacy.

And now, after a Naturopathic interlude…your secret to staying disease-free for life: exercise!  Sweaty, heart-pumping, endorphin-releasing, mood elevating, waist-reducing, muscle toning, health-promoting play!  An article was published this August 2012 in Archives of Internal Medicine and featured on the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Network, which shows that people with higher fitness levels experienced a lower incidence of chronic medical conditions.

The researchers assessed 18,670 healthy participants between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2009. After adjusting for age, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, alcohol use, and smoking, they concluded that exercise was significantly associated with a lower risk of developing chronic disease outcomes.

Creating Healthy Food Cravings!

I was recently speaking with a fellow Naturopathic Doctor, whom had noticed the following observation in her interaction with her own patients – that very typically, those who did not seem to enjoy their food, also tended to come from families who did not have the pleasure of having their very own household chef.

Well fret no more, it is easy to create healthy food cravings for even those persons who claim they cannot cook!  Below you will find my delicious tropical mango recipe which requires “no cooking” in the classical sense, but is sure to be a family favourite.

Delicious Mango Salad

Ingredients
2 medium-sized ripened mangoes
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro or mint
1 medium-sized red pepper
1 medium-sized carrot
1/4 cup red onion
2 Tbsp of sesame oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 pinch of fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp of crushed cashews or white and black sesame seeds

Directions
1. Peel the skin of each mango and proceed to cut the fruit as closely as you can to its pit. Don’t worry too much if there is fruit remaining on the pit, you can cut as much away as you are able, and use these pieces in your salad. I often like to cut the fruit off the pit in 2 large sections, after which I can proceed to julienne these sections more carefully, and to your preference. For riper mango, I tend to leave these in larger sections, so as to preserve its shape for visual aesthetics. For less ripe mango, I tend to cut these into skinnier rectangular pieces. Once you have finished preparing these sections, place in a medium-sized serving platter.
2. In a separate bowl, immerse approximately 1/4 of the bunch of fresh cilantro (or mint, depending on your preference) in cool water. You want to completely cover the bunch with water. Depending on the amount of dirt adhered to the roots of the fresh cilantro or mint bunch, you may wish to cut that off before immersing in your bowl of water. Set this aside for later use, allowing any remaining debris from the fresh herbs to gather at the bottom of your bowl.
3. Wash your red pepper and carrot. Slice both lengthwise and proceed to cut each in sizes roughly equivalent to the size of your mango. Place on platter with mango.
4. Remove the outermost peel of your red onion. If you tend to tear up easily when cutting onion, you may wish to lightly rinse off the portion of onion you are using to minimize irritation to your eyes. Proceed to cut your onion in square or rectangular pieces. Layer on platter with mango, red pepper and carrot.
5. Go back to the bowl with your cilantro (or mint). Remove the fresh herbs from the bowl, taking care not to disturb the debris from the fresh herbs at the bottom of the bowl of water. Take a pair of scissors, and begin to cut the cilantro leaves from their stem one at a time. Once you have removed the leaves from the stem, take a handful of the leaves and use the scissors to cut the herbs. I prefer using scissors as opposed to a serrated knife as it tends to cut the herbs in a way that allows them to retain their delicate shape and freshness without looking too handled. Layer this in the serving platter with the mango, red pepper, carrot and red onion.
6. Measure the sesame oil, balsamic vinegar and ground pepper and add to platter right before serving. Give all the ingredients a quick toss with your salad utensils.
7. Garnish with crushed cashews (or mixed white or black sesame seeds) before serving.
8. Enjoy your delicious tropical mango salad and bask in comments of your culinary expertise from your family and friends. Bon appetite!

You Are Cordially Invited to Attend the Children’s Wellness Expo 2012!

Children’s Wellness Expo is this Saturday, June 16, 2012!

This event is to raise awareness of the products and services available in our community that promote the health and wellness of children and their families.  The founder, Wendy Vaiopoulos is a lovely Ontario teacher who is passionate about supporting our children’s academic growth.  She is also passionate about connecting children and their families with professionals in our community who are committed to providing holistic services for health and wellness.  I am very excited to be invited to this community event at the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville, Ontario.

In addition to this event, Wendy is generously donating her hair and raising money for A Child’s Voice Foundation Angel Hair for Kids, an organization which I am also pleased to have contributed to in the past.  These wigs are provided at no cost to under privileged Canadian children who have lost their hair due to illness and/or medical treatment.

Please invite your family members, children, friends and neighbours to attend this year’s Expo.  I look forward to seeing you there!