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This is what my mom taught me.  Our hormones show us  about our environment & protect us from heart disease.  Whether its PMS, fertility or menopause you need help with functional medicine takes your symptoms seriously & offers natural solutions.     

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 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

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...

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...

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...

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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