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April is Autism Awareness Month
April 2 is World Autism Day

ADHD: Naturopathic Medicine treatment option

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with deficiencies or disabilities in communication, behaviours and social skills. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a diagnostic classification with three subclassifications: Autism; Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD); and Asperger’s Syndrome. The occurrence rate of ASD’s has increased significantly since the early 1990’s, from a rate of 4 per 10,000 cases to the current level of 1 in 65. Continue Reading


ADHD: Is Naturopathic Medicine a realistic
treatment option?

ADHD: Naturopathic Medicine treatment option

ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a complex condition that affects learning either through inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsive behaviour. It is a learning disorder on its own, or part of other conditions such as tics/Tourette's Syndrome, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Continue Reading


Teenage Mental Health Problems

Teenage Mental Health Problems

It may be safe to say that Canada hasn't gained full understanding of the depth of mental health in its population. It's comforting to know there is more awareness through initiatives like Bell Canada's "Let's Talk” campaign or the "Elephant in the Room” campaign started by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Has this been enough? Continue Reading


Allergies and Homeopathy: The Science is There!

Allergy suffers - maybe a little less so as they anticipate what the allergy season ahead of them will look like in 2015.

Allergies and Homeopathy

Canadians seek out many solutions to their allergic symptoms. Conventional treatments include inhalant medicines ("puffers"), allergy shots and antihistamines. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches are also used by many Canadians.

Key reasons for the public interest in homeopathic medicines... Continue Reading


Preparing for Allergy Season

The Naturopathic approaches to reducing and eliminating spring (seasonal) allergies.

Allergy Season

Not everyone is excited about grass growing and trees budding. Spring allergies torment some people. They try antihistamine medicines, steroid nasal sprays or puffers, and allergy shots.

Do you know you have allergy symptoms, but don't know what you're allergic to? Continue Reading


The Gluten-Free Debate: Is This The Next Trans-Fat Mistake?

The zealous approach that the CBC and other media are taking to discredit the Gluten-Free movement is a display of bad journalism.

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Months ago CBC Marketplace looked at Gluten-Free foods in a show called "Is Gluten-Free Healthier: The Truth Behind the Trend". Host/Journalist Tom Harrington had one key message in that show: that Gluten-Free (GF) is only necessary for people who have Celiac Disease (CD). The show also concluded that people who choose to eat GF foods (or simply to live GF) to feel better may actually be putting their health at greater risk.

The show implied the only test to justify a person's decision to adopt the GF diet is... Continue Reading


Myth Buster: Endometriosis

We're here to bust five common myths about healthcare and endometriosis.

Misinformation abounds on the internet. It's hard to know what's fact and what's myth. Deciphering the truth gets even trickier if you're trying to research which natural healthcare option is best for you.

If journalism, as I understand it, is supposed to present an unbiased account of the topic being explored, then Tom Harrington has certainly failed...Continue Reading


The Magic of NAET

As a doctor, I am always trying my best to stay on top of new information and treatments that can help my patients. Recently I began to appreciate that I have learned some effective techniques but have been keeping them a "secret" from some of my patients.

Naet

The treatment program that I wish to stand up and shout about is NAET: Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques. I have been trained as an NAET practitioner since 2000. It is most often recommended to my patients who suffer from environmental or food allergies.

As an ND I know that many people suffer from "hidden" allergies - reactions to many things in their daily lives that don't produce typical allergy symptoms, such as tearing eyes, runny nose or sneezing. These hidden allergies though are one very important underlying factor in health. In 2001 I treated 2 severely autistic children (my first of many to come) with NAET. Both were following healthy organic diets, taking many supplements...Continue Reading


Key Ideas For a Healthy Diet

Spring is almost here, and this is the time when most of us start thinking about eating and feeling healthier. Since this is National Nutrition Month, we thought at Touchstone it's time to write about the keys to a healthy diet.

Healthy Diet

As Naturopathic Doctors and Nutritionists we often hear people say, "I just want to eat a healthy balanced diet, but what does that actually look like?" There are a lot of mixed messages about what is considered a healthy diet between ever changing dietary trends and the abundance of information on the internet. We understand how confusing it can be to interpret this information. So let us interpret it for you. Eating healthy can be easy and straightforward, if you know the basics. With busy schedules and people eating on the go, it seems like we've gotten away from the basic principles of a healthy diet. So the aim of this article is to provide a guideline for people who want to get back to the basics (of a healthy, balanced diet)...Continue Reading

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