Being a woman is incredible.

This is what my mom taught me.  Women are unique and amazing!  Our hormones protect us from disease.  They show us alot about our environment, diet and lifestyle.  Whether its PMS, fertility or menopause you are wondering about a functional approach takes your symptoms seriously and offers natural solutions.   We do the best preventative testing.  The right information let’s you make informed decisions about your long-term health.  Let’s put you first. 

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...

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...

Why Belly Fat?

Why Belly Fat?

"Why do I have abdominal weight gain?" - This is a question I often get from patients. Basically it's an imbalance of hormones beginning with our stress hormones and involving insulin.  You may have heard me talk about how cortisol is a glucocorticoid.  Gluco meaning...

New Research on Fertility

New Research on Fertility

I've had both women and men come to improve their health prior to conception.  This is ideal.  Optimizing health and addressing underlying health concerns is good to do at any stage of life.  Pregnancy, birth and caring for an infant is a time of joy.  It also...

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...

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 This Summer

6 Ways to Live Cleaner This Summer

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 are heavy players. In fact 90%...

Getting to the Root of Postpartum Depression

Getting to the Root of Postpartum Depression

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 insomnia combined with anemia. This makes a lot of sense. In acupuncture theory we...

Which Nutrient Dense Foods Create Vibrant Skin?

Which Nutrient Dense Foods Create Vibrant Skin?

Lack of skin exposure to sun is as high a risk as too much sun for skin cancer. Preventing burns is important but also be careful what products you are using.  If you wouldn’t eat it most of the ingredients then don’t put it on your skin. Here is part one in a series...

Optimizing Women’s Health Naturally

Optimizing Women’s Health Naturally

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...

Is intermittent fasting good for you?

Is intermittent fasting good for you?

How are blood sugar, cholesterol & the HPA axis involved? Here's the good news: Intermittent fasting is normal part of our genetic and evolutionary history. Times of feast and famine are a part of many if not all cultures. It's a hormetic stressor, meaning it promotes...

How are hormones affecting you?

How are hormones affecting you?

What causes estrogen dominance, infertility and andropause or male menopause? Our endocrine system has several glands, enzymes, hormones that work together in a complex system of negative feedback loops. Pregnenolone is the precursor to many of our hormone pathways. ...

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