Nutritional & Lifestyle Counselling
I consider nutrition and lifestyle practices to be the foundations of health and wellness. These modalities also provide you with the tools you need to take your health into your own hands. In a clinical setting, this includes assessing your nutritional practices (both what you eat and how you eat) and your lifestyle and looking for ways to modify or adjust habits to optimize health. It may also include assessment of food sensitivities or deficiencies, which are evidenced on your blood work or functional tests.
Botanical medicine includes the use of herbs or plants in the form of teas, tinctures, or capsules. Traditionally, herbs have been used for healing for thousands of years. More recently, modern medicine now uses the wisdom of plants to model many pharmaceutical medications. For example, the bark of the white willow is chemically similar to aspirin. Both are used to help decrease pain and inflammation.
What I find so fascinating about plants is that they can exert a pharmacological action on the body but also stimulate the body’s own intrinsic healing to occur.
Orthmolecular medicine involves the use of nutrients that are natural to the body to optimize their levels in order to treat and/or prevent disease. Nutrients can be used in some cases, much like a medication would be use, to affect certain biochemical pathways in the body to exert a desired effect. Nutrients are also used to address nutrient deficiencies. A well-known examples would be the use of iron to address iron deficiency anemia. I use nutrient-based supplements when it would be difficult to achieve a therapeutic amount from food.
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM works on the principle that our health is based on how well our Qi or vital energy is able to flow throughout our body. This is affected by diet, lifestyle, and mental/emotional factors in a person’s life. Treatments include the use of Chinese botanical medicines and acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the use of small, disposable and sterile needles inserted into specific acupuncture points to aid in the movement of Qi. It can also be applied to locations of pain to address various pain syndromes.
Intravenous (IV) infusions can be used to help treat a wide-variety of conditions from depression, fatigue, migraines, infections, low immunity and as an adjunct to cancer treatments (i.e., in combination with conventional cancer therapies). Infusing nutrients directly into the blood stream ensures absorption and allows for much higher doses to exert the desired effects that may not be tolerated orally.
B12 injections are used to address low B12 levels, which can cause neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling as well as fatigue (amongst other symptoms). The injections are done intramuscularly usually into the posterior deltoid muscle (upper, outer arm). Dosing and frequency is based on serum B12 levels that are checked via blood work.
Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrients affect a person’s genes. Nutrients can be used in such a way to prevent or treat nutrient-related chronic diseases based on a person’s individual genetic profile. This involves using a lab such as 23andme to collect a saliva sample to sequence your genome. Your raw data is then analyzed using advanced software. From there your need for specific nutrients to treat a current illness or prevent disease is determined.
Did you know that Naturopathic Doctors are trained to do gynaecological exams such as PAPs and breast exams, and it is within our scope to do so? In my province, they are not covered under Manitoba Health so patients must pay out of pocket for the service. This is a great option for people who do not currently have an MD or may prefer a female to perform the exam when they have a male MD. I always update Cervix Check Manitoba so that you stay on track for your regular exams.
Functional & laboratory testing
Did you also know that Naturopathic Doctors can order blood work through conventional labs? We can order routine blood work such as CBC, iron panel, thyroid panel, serum B12, vitamin D3 and much more. Again, this is not a service which is covered under public health so patient’s pay out of pocket for each test.
I also offer several functional tests such as
SIBO testing (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
salivary and urinary hormone testing
food sensitivity testing
comprehensive stool analysis
heavy metal testing
organic acid testing