Being a woman is incredible

Women’s hormones show us a lot about our health & our environment. Finally more research is being done so women can thrive!  This hasn’t always been the case.  Into the 90’s women were left out of research.  The conditions that women impact women have largely been misunderstood. Whether it’s your cycle, fertility, energy or stage of life that is shifting, natural solutions can restore balance.  

Progesterone & GABA for Anxiety

Progesterone & GABA for Anxiety

Progesterone: the Peaceful Hormone Progesterone restores a sense of calm.  For those balancing the responsibilities of home, work and family, progesterone helps you keep your cool.  It acts on the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors in the brain.  These are the...

Period Problems?  5 Steps that Help

Period Problems? 5 Steps that Help

Below are 4 of the most common period problems along with the 5 steps that can help.  First, let me explain what I hear women talk about often when it comes to their cycle. 1. Heavy Periods If your periods are long, or heavy it is called menorrhagia.  You may be...

Low Libido? Find Out Why!

Low Libido? Find Out Why!

Getting your bounce back is possible. Low libido has many causes ranging from low testosterone or iron to body image dysmorphia, chronic stress, and hormone imbalance. The DUTCH Hormone Panel Functional lab testing is thorough and shows what's really going on. Hormone...

Shedding New Light on Endometriosis

Shedding New Light on Endometriosis

What Is Endometriosis? Endometriosis happens when the endometrial tissue is found growing outside of the uterus.  This tissue is shed each month during menstruation if it's where it normally should be.  When it spreads to the pelvis, ovaries and fallopian tubes it...

How to Fix Your Migraines

How to Fix Your Migraines

Migraines are common and disabling to people.  They make up 5% of hospitalizations, and 20% of neurology consultations. Women experience them twice as much as men.  Those with chronic migraines can end up relying on strong pain medications. Migraines are usually...

What I Recommend for Birth Control & Fertility

What I Recommend for Birth Control & Fertility

Why I Have Never Used the Pill The most popular form of birth control in the industrialized world is the pill. Ninety-nine per cent of women have used this synthetic hormonal contraceptive at one time. Despite evidence indicating there are health risks associated with...

Women are Saying No to the Pill

Women are Saying No to the Pill

In the last decade, oral contraceptive usage has dropped.  This suggests a collective desire to regain control of our bodies and health.  Many women report headaches, weight gain, mood issues and a host of other symptoms from taking the pill. What is replacing the...

A Contraception Device Gone Wrong…Again

A Contraception Device Gone Wrong…Again

Don't Let Bayer Into My Body Permanent sterilization by a procedure called Essure was approved by Health Canada in 2001. It was sold in the US until just a few months ago when it was finally banned.  Bayer bought this product in 2011 despite many complaints from users...

Fix PMS Yourself

Fix PMS Yourself

PMS affects at least 75% of women. That's right, the majority of women are feeling it.  Of these some suffer more than others.  Twenty percent of women with PMS require regular interventions with medication.  Eight percent have symptoms so severe they are now labeled...

Surprise!  Vitamin D & Hormones

Surprise! Vitamin D & Hormones

As we head into the darker months many people begin to supplement with vitamin D.  In many cases this is a good step in maintaining mood, immune and bone health.  In fact many people don't realize that every cell in the body has a vitamin D...

Why Birth Control isn’t the Answer

Why Birth Control isn’t the Answer

Birth control or oral contraceptive pills are given out for everything.  If you have unexplained heavy cycles, skin issues or experience PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) your doctor will likely prescribe birth control.  Why is this a problem?  It masks what it going on...

Success with PCOS

Success with PCOS

Over this past year I've been working with PCOS patients.  Nearly always there is an underlying blood sugar dysregulation, gut issue, inflammation and hormone imbalance.  Thyroid can be implicated as well especially if autoimmunity is a contributing factor.  I'm...

12 Tips for Radiant Skin

12 Tips for Radiant Skin

Skin issues like acne, exzema, psoriasis, keratosis polaris, and rosacea are common. In fact, 40% of adults have keratosis polaris characterized by rough, dry skin. How can conventional medicine discount diet in the treatment of skin conditions yet use synthetic...

Why Belly Fat?

Why Belly Fat?

Why Belly Fat?This is a question I often get from patients.  It's an imbalance of hormones beginning with our stress hormones and involving insulin.  When we get stressed we either overeat or under-eat and this is why.  Both make sense from an evolutionary...

New Research on Fertility

New Research on Fertility

Both women and men want to optimize health prior to conception.  Addressing underlying health concerns at this time is ideal.  Pregnancy, birth and caring for an infant is a time of joy.  It also requires a lot more energy than most admit.  Stress can be high. Get to...

4 Steps to Hormone Balance

4 Steps to Hormone Balance

I often hear from female patients that they have been prescribed oral contraceptives without hormone testing.  Perimenopause, low libido and even depression or skin issues can be rooted in an imbalance.  Why not test to see what is actually going on?  In Functional...

Understand Your Hormones to Feel Great Again

Understand Your Hormones to Feel Great Again

Get to Know Your Body Fatigue, depression, and irritability can caused by a hormone imbalance. Getting to know the key players can help. Hormones rule our brain, bone and heart health.  I’ll explain a little about how the key players work together. Hormone health...

Blood Sugar Regulation for PCOS

Blood Sugar Regulation for PCOS

What is PCOS? Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects 10% of North American women in their child-bearing years. It’s the leading cause of infertility and is on the rise. Syndromes are a group of symptoms that conventional medicine groups together.  PCOS is more of a...

What You Need to Know about Heavy Cycles

What You Need to Know about Heavy Cycles

Hormones 101 First things first: Birth control is NOT the only solution for heavy cycles! In fact, when it comes right down to it, birth control is more of a band-aid than a solution. Are you someone who wants to understand what actually going on? Underneath there are...

6 Ways to Live Cleaner & Reduce Chemicals

6 Ways to Live Cleaner & Reduce Chemicals

Reduce Your Chemical Exposure I hear the word genetics used to describe conditions that we can't control.  It's true that there's is a lot we have no control of.  When it comes to genetics we actually have a lot more power than we think.  Diet and lifestyle choices...

the Root of Postpartum Depression

the Root of Postpartum Depression

Anemia & Insomnia Sleep in pregnancy is important. It’s often the last uninterrupted sleep for months or even years. In counselling psychology, the cause of most postpartum depression is understood as a combination of insomnia and anemia together. This makes a lot...

Nutrients to Nourish Dry Skin

Nutrients to Nourish Dry Skin

Vitamin A & D Skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis polaris and rosacea are common. In fact, 40% of adults in the developed world have keratosis polaris.  Dry skin is a common complaint in clinic and there are several possible causes.  I start by...

Regular Carbohydrate for Hormone Health?

Regular Carbohydrate for Hormone Health?

When you skip a meal or eat inconsistently in other ways your body has to compensate. Several hormones are involved including insulin, cortisol and thyroid.  Cortisol has an important anti-inflammatory function. Insulin is involved and works hard to stabilize the...

Replacement Model for Hormones

Replacement Model for Hormones

Activities that include social time and play are ideal. Any kind of movement helps manage stress and hormone balance.  Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) affects 90% of women at some point.  In 25% of these cases clinical intervention is required.  I treat a number of women...

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