Category: General Health
The following article on chronic pain is a true testament to the importance of treating holistically. This neurosurgeon, Dr Hanscom, impressively came up with his own chronic pain treatment method after he was struck with the frustrating reality that spinal surgery has very poor outcomes for patients suffering with chronic pain.
I frequently see people in some degree of chronic pain or suffering from chronic diseases which can have detrimental effects on our mental health. Or is it possible that in reality it is our mental health that is affecting our physical health!
Stress has a major effect on every part of our body and has a dramatic impact on our physical health. With my own recent personal experiments, along with recent feed back from people using heart rate variability (HRV) monitors, this technology allows us to have a greater awareness of …
Two years ago Emily and I decided to move to the Sunshine Coast, almost on a whim. She was able to get a job as a school counsellor on the Coast, while I decided to become a daily commuter. Although I knew the hours would be long, I make good use of my commuting time researching and responding to my client emails. Our main reason for moving though was a sense of longing for a quieter and more peaceful life away from the city. The Sunshine Coast is great for that as you are close enough to the city but too far for most people to want to live full time.
Last December we decided to go “all in” and sold our place in North Vancouver. We purchased 5 acres of densely forested property on the upper side of the Sunshine …
Have you ever noticed that some people have irritating habits that they may not even be aware of?
Although, I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and pride myself on intent listening and critical thinking skills, I cannot help but wonder about how some people may feel defined by their chronic health conditions. Is it possible that certain habits, such as addictions, lack of exercise, poor hygiene, specific dietary patterns or excessive caffeine use, may be contributing to certain chronic health condition and if only the person was willing to change their behaviour they may be able to overcome their dis-ease? Is it also possible though that other, more subtle habits, such as negative thinking, worry or anger, among other factors might be contributing to illness? On the opposite side of the coin, I am constantly amazed by the unrelenting dedication …
I’ve just received the results of my NutrEval testing from Genova Diagnostics. For a mere $1200 CAN ($1000 USD) the NutrEval is considered to be one of the gold standard Functional Medicine tests available. It pretty much measures everything.
Although the price tag on this test is high, I must say the report is actually very thorough and clearly outlines nutritional deficiencies through both direct and indirect measurement of blood and urine.
From nutrients to heavy metals, this test pretty much provides it all. And although I still like the CardioION profile from the former Metametrix Laboratory better, the NurtEval is a decent runner up and offers similar information.
Anyways, what really prompted me to do this was what happened to me after my Ketogenic diet ended in June of 2014. I was surprised at how nutritionally depleted I became. Some of you …
Being a bit of a tech geek …. this is the last thing that I really want to be talking about, but some recent research and media have made the issue unavoidable when it comes to good preventative health measures. Electromagnetics from wireless, cellphones, cordless phones and high voltage electrical circuitry are clearly bad for some people.
Several years ago I was asked to research a problem that came up on Saltspring Island (where I am originally from), when BC Hydro decided to upgrade the hydro lines that feed power to Naniamo from the mainland. Friends of my family, with 2 young girls, lived directly under the lines and they where worried about the health impacts of increasing the voltage 20 fold through the upgrades that BC Hydro was planning.
I scoured the medical literature for them, at that time, and could find …
As many of you know, it has been a busy year for Westcoast Integrative Health. We have settled into our new location on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver and are now connected to an amazing compounding pharmacy run by Peter Lee. Peter brings a wealth of knowledge, with regards to integrative medicine, and I have no doubt that Balanced Health Integrative Pharmacy is going to be a staple in the lower Lonsdale area.
Along with a change in location, I have also finally decided to implement our paperless electronic medical charting software. I purchased the software 3 years ago now but have been a little nervous to start using it simply because of the change from good old paper, but the environment is worth it! So I have overcome the fear and set a deadline for going paperless by February 2015!
More and more research is suggesting that a healthy gut is the key to a healthy life. The process of chronic inflammation has been shown to start in our mouths, as the following article outlines, with bacteria that can cause gum disease. One family that I have a particular interest in assessing for is Provetella. These organisms are called facultative anaerobes and feed on undigested fibres in the mouth and digestive tract. Essentially, when we do not practice good oral hygiene and eat fibre or sugar, these bacteria can overgrow and in large amounts can lead to infections associated with the rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.
Many people that have had root canals are susceptible to cavitation with Provetella. Cavitation is a situation that is recently getting more attention with new 3D imagining available at some dental offices. This type of imaging …
After my first week as a Mediterranean I am really starting to get a feel for the differences between the western world and the “old” world. Aside from the food being amazing, one of the major differences I have observed is the overall attitude of the people here.
The french would say it’s a “je ne sais quoi”, and I must admit, in contemplating trying to describe the overall experience, I have a greater appreciation for this term. I want to describe it as a …. “just don’t give a s*it” attitude but that’s not quite right either. The local people on this small island are generally very friendly and caring, regardless of economic status.
In attempting to explain, one recent experience comes to mind, with the affectionate declaration of our host the other day … “We’re going to make a party!” …
Located on a small island off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, in the first 24 hours of our trip we are already engulfed in the rich culture of Mediterranean living. Although 20 hours of travelling was a little arduous, using the simple technique of slight sleep deprivation and circadian adjustment with cappuccino and melatonin, my wife and I woke up after a 9 hour sleep completely adjusted to the 9 hour time difference of our new surroundings.
We were up at 7 and at the local outdoor market this morning at 7:30 am buying fresh produce and fish for our lunch. This is a daily ritual here that is apparently split between men and women evenly. Women typically buy the produce and men select the meat or fish for the day.
Many of us might think of the mediterranean diet as a lot …
After 6 months on the ketogenic diet I was surprised by my blood test results, although in retrospect I suppose I should have expected what happened. My entire nutritional profile is low!
Apparently the ketogenic diet, although very good at supporting many health concerns metabolically, including anxiety, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, is not very nutrient dense. These results where also in light of focusing on as much veggies as the diet allows.
As part of my regular routine, I continued to take a high potency multivitamin (ultrapreventativeX), niacin, and several antioxidants (lipoid acid, carnitine, quercetin, NAC and Coenzyme Q10) on a regular basis throughout the experimental diet. Apparently this wasn’t enough to maintain my calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin b6, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B2 levels. Yikes!
Although I would still not hesitate to suggest this extreme …