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Dr Walsh’s work with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders is profound. He outlines the clear differences between individuals with ADD and ADHD and the need for specific functional support in these individuals based on his theory of individual biotypes. Once again the outcomes are life changing!
Biotypes, for definition purposes, is a group of organisms with identical or very similar genetic profiling. The term is often used to differentiate bacteria, so it is interesting to see in the context of mental health conditions. Biotyping, in the context of clinical mental health is critical as it allows the physician to individualize treatment based on different subtypes of a health condition using genetic land laboratory based evaluations.
As most physicians inherently know, using the current “Evidence Based” (or sometimes referred to as the “Evidence Biased”) approach to medicine, not everyone fits into the box. …
I am convinced that Dr William Walsh’s biotypes of depression will become mainstream psychiatry! It’s just a matter of when. But in my humble opinion, this shift can not come soon enough given the often silent suffering of people with depression and anxiety.
The eloquent nature of Dr Walsh’s work is unavoidably effective in the assessment of depression and anxiety, explaining why many people do not respond to conventional medications. According to Dr Walsh only about 38 – 50% of people suffering with depression will respond to conventional Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) and similar, which correlates well to the available research. This, however, in most cases leaves more than half of this population battling major side effects of the medication they are prescribed, with sometimes fatal consequences.
Although the details of yesterdays tragic school shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan are unknown, …
Happy New Year!
Every year, for the first 4 to 6 months, I put myself through a “dietary challenge” to support my clients with specific health conditions. I figure that if I follow the diets I prescribe I will better be able to troubleshoot issues that arise for people that require the diet for medical reasons. It is also harder for clients that are required to follow the diet to whine at me, when they know that I have adhered to the required diet strategy myself.
In no way are dietary guidelines meant to be cruel, but it has become increasingly clear to me that dietary and lifestyle practices are critical to successful medical outcomes. Compliance to dietary guidelines has also become a reasonable screening tool for me to gauge the commitment level that clients have to get better. I’m certainly not …
December 5th, 2015 marks the 10th year of Westcoast Integrative Health and my practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
In medicine, 5 years post-graduation is considered to be the turning point of experience moving from a junior practitioner to a novice. It takes a lot of clinical experience, with actual patients, to get really good at practicing the art of medicine.
Early in my career I was very fortunate to have good mentoring with a lot of clinical exposure. Dr. Sandy Wood and Dr. Jonn Matsen allowed me to see thousands of clients in my first 2 years of practice. To put this into prospective, a conventional busy family practice can fill up with 800 to 2000 patients, so it is common that a family MD may only see this many patients in their entire career. Dr Matsen and Dr Wood never fill up. …
I’m always keen on natural things that help children, but this recent study on melatonin and eczema does warrant some caution.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that most of us know, when taken before bed as a supplement, helps some people sleep. It is actually also quite a powerful antioxidant that can help repair and protect our mitochondria … the little power plants in our bodies that give us energy. This antioxidant potential is the proposed mechanism in researched support for some cancers.
In most of us, melatonin is produced by the conversion of tryptophan, the infamous turkey sedative, to serotonin during the day and melatonin at night. If we are under a lot of stress, or battling some inflammation or an infection, melatonin production can be highly blunted for the production of a more essential nutrient. Vitamin B3. Along with …
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 …
Check out the following links for brain games that help your cognitive function!
Lumosity uses games to train your memory, increase attention, and improve problem solving, processing speed, and flexibility of thinking
Brain Trainer Special employs games involving letter, number, and sequencing memorization
CogniFit Brain Fitness also uses games designed to improve cognitive abilities such as memory and concentration
Brain Fitness Pro uses a variety of memory training exercises to increase focus, memory, and problem-solving skills
Personal Zen is a game designed to reduce anxiety by teaching you to focus on the positive, rather than dwelling on the negative
Fit Brains Trainer offers more than 360 games and puzzles to help improve your mental agility
Happify is another app that helps you develop a more positive attitude, which can make you more resilient in the face of stress
Eidetic employs a spaced repetition technique to help you …
Creating another human being has got to one of the most amazing experiences in life! I commend all of you that have done it.
One thing I see commonly in practice is women worried about environmental toxicity before or during pregnancy and sometimes there concerns are justified.
Living in the most toxic environment humans have ever seen, it’s no wonder people have some concerns about exposures, especially when child development is involved.
The big ones to consider are;
Heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, as these have been shown to impair development both in utero and postnatally. Simple sources of exposure are amalgam fillings, fish, cigarette smoke, older paints and pluming, as well as contaminated water sources and some vaccinations.
POP’s or persistant organic pollutants, such as solvents and pesticides, along with other endocrine disrupting agents like parabens and plasticizers are …
I am excited to announce the start of the SIBO Testing and Treatment Clinic in the greater Vancouver area. Please visit our new website, like us on facebook or follow us on twitter. Our mission, as always, is to provide “great health through good digestion” and my goal is to be the most comprehensive clinical source of information for testing and treatment of SIBO in North America.
Once again, SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and has clinical significance in a host of health conditions outlined below.
Westcoast Integrative Health was the first private clinic in Canada to offer client direct SIBO testing using Quintrons Microlyzer DP, which measures both methane and hydrogen breath samples. The concern with offering testing to large amounts of people was the practicality of the testing, which required an in-office collection procedure which took 3 to …