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Six Beneficial Supplements

There are several botanicals and nutrients that are worth their weight in gold when it comes to maintaining your health. Most people can enjoy the benefits of these supplements daily to help prevent flus/colds, increase resistance to cancer and heart disease while improving overall resistance to stress. Some of these remedies are used to correct common deficiencies in the western diet that contribute to conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer and increased infections.

Multivitamin/Mineral With Added Super foods and Antioxidants

While there may be controversy as to the benefits of a multivitamin to treat disease, there is no question as to whether or not chronic deficiencies of any nutrient will cause various diseases. A good quality multivitamin ensures that there are no deficiencies in critical nutrients for optimal body performance. The one I recommend most often is Biofoundation G. The reason is because of its superior quality and addition of super nutrients such as Resveratrol, CoQ10, R Alpha Lipoic Acid and N Acetyl Cysteine. These nutrients improve blood sugar regulation, help heal nerve damage and improve the ability to the body to detoxify the various toxins that the body is exposed to daily. Biofoundation G should be considered the nutritional foundation for most supplement regimes due to the broad-spectrum activity it confers.

Theracurmin

Curcumin is and extract of turmeric widely valued for its anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, anti cancer, brain protective benefits. Hundreds of research studies are now validating that daily exposure to Curcumin brings vast anti aging benefits that are hard to replicate via any other means. Anyone wishing to reduce inflammation or almost any chronic disease should consider daily intake of curcumin. The major challenge with regular curcumin is notoriously poor absorption. Theracurmin solves this problem via a special deliver method allowing for better penetration of curcumin into the regions that the body needs most such as brain and joints to confer the best benefits.

Cerebrovital 

The part of the cell called the mitochondria is responsible for supplying almost all the energy used by the body. Furthermore the number and health of these mitochondria play a critical role with regard to resistance to cancer, heart disease and maintaining optimal fat metabolism. Cerebrovital is a blend of CoQ10 and PQQ to improve the health of the mitochondria and also to increase the number of them in your cells as well! As we age the number of mitochondria in our cells decreases and is thought to be responsible for many of the deleterious effects of aging. Cerebrovital is compatible with Biofoundation G.

Bio Omega 3 

Bio Omega 3 is a clean high quality fish oil. Anyone who wishes to lose weight, decrease inflammation, heart disease or improve brain function should consider taking Omega 3s. The western diet tends to contain lots of poor quality fats and a deficiency of omega 3’s. A few capsules per day of Bio Omega 3 helps to correct this deficiency.

Mycelia Intrinsic Medicinal Mushroom Extract

Medicinal mushrooms are one of the most heavily researched natural remedies today. Considered by many to be a natural pharmacy they improve immune, cardiovascular and mental health dramatically. Regular intake has also been shown to increase overall stamina and resistance to most chronic diseases.

Solray D Spray 

Vitamin D is considered one of the most common deficiencies today. Increased risk of infection, cancer, depression, allergies and autoimmune disease is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Another important fact is the need to supplement vitamin D with the right form of vitamin K! Without vitamin K, vitamin D is unable to transport calcium to the right tissues in the body. Proper vitamin K and D supplementation is thought to aid bone density and also slow the generation of atherosclerosis.

For further information on whether these supplements are right for you, contact  Dr. Gallant, Rejuv-Innate Clinic at 604-467-7745 to book your appointment.

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TBM May Be Your Health Solution

The last 4 days were spent upgrading my knowledge of my favorite technique TBM (Total Body Modification).

There were some amazing NEW things learned this weekend I’d like to tell you about like…

  • How to regulate blood sugar levels when basic corrections are not holding.   ALMOST ALL anxiety can be boiled down to unstable blood sugar.
  • How to stimulate the body to SAFELY move heavy metals out of the body!   Now lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum and others can be removed for a fraction of the cost of chelation.
  • How to repair some of the underlying brain problems that create the tendency towards CANCER development in the body!  It is now known in integrative medicine circles that emotional trauma will precede cancer development and is a vital factor in the growth and spread of cancer.
  • How to remodel brain damage from head injuries, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s to stimulate growth and repair of nerve pathways.
  • How to STOP the degenerative cascade of autoimmune disease in its tracks!  The Degenerative Disease Syndrome (DDS) helps to correct the downward spiral patients with autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis!
  • Meditation to provide a spiritual armour for yourself to prevent negative experiences of the day from dragging down your health.
  • Guided visualization to learn to correct your OWN PERSONAL BIOCOMPUTER so you can fix yourself.

After correcting the basic reflexes in a patient there are many other advanced techniques that can be used to accomplish a variety of health benefits.

The weekend further reinforced the importance of basics such as making sure everyone is…

  • Drinking 1 liter per 50 lbs. of bodyweight per day
  • Vitamin B6 300mg/day
  • Eating at least 9 ounces of rare red meat a week
  • Supplementing Iodine
  • Supplementing Calcium
  • Remembering to salt food with sea salt regularly

If the basics are not in place, the correction of TBM reflexes will either not hold or likely create a healing crisis as the body begins to release toxins with the corrections.  The basic recommendations are vital to help the body metabolize and release all toxins that are liberated from corrections.

I’m pretty excited to see what kind of results we’re going to see in your health with the new tools we have at our disposal.

 

Be well!

Dr Jamie Gallant ND

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Determine How Healthy You Are

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Things  to consider when determining how healthy you are.

  • How often do you get sick?  More than 2 times a year?
  • Is your sleep deep and refreshing?
  • Do you have chronic pain anywhere in the body?
  • How active are you?  Are you exercising at least 3 times a week ?
  • How often do you eat fried foods, sugar, packaged foods?
  • Do you eat vegetables, fish, organic foods?
  • Are you over or underweight?
  • How is your energy throughout the day?
  • Do you get headaches and how often?
  • Do you have any allergies to pollens, foods or other chemicals?
  • How is your appetite?  Do you get heartburn, constipation, bloating?
  • How is your mood?  Are you generally relaxed and content or do you spend much of your time angry, depressed or anxious
  • Is your libido good or decreased?
  • Do you have skin problems of eczema, acne, psoriasis?
  • Have you had any issues with infections of any kind?
  • How often do you meditate?

Women only

Is your menstrual cycle 28 days?  Do you have any hormonal or PMS symptoms of mood changes, cramping, digestive changes, hair loss?Have you had any breast cysts or lumps in the past?

Many symptoms people seek help for are really signs of imbalance in physiology.  Working to improve overall balance often leads to improvement of things people weren’t actively treating.

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Eczema and Psoriasis

 
 
 
 
 
Key Pillars in the Treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis 

In my experience, I’ve found that to bring about any significant change in skin symptoms that various types of treatment are required. Skin problems  such as eczema and psoriasis can be difficult to treat and generally will not get better with “cook book” remedies and localized treatments alone. To see results, I recommend the following course of treatment.

  1. Test For Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to specific foods that are triggered by IgG antibodies. 

Food sensitivities is an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen and create an antibody-antigen complex. Special cells called macrophages normally remove these complexes.  However, if they are present in large numbers and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t remove them quickly enough.  The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions.

For further information on testing see http://rmalab.com/node/48

  1. Vitamin D Levels Via Blood Test

In Canada, a lack of direct sunlight in winter means we do not make vitamin D from October to April.

Only about 1/3 of Canadians have vitamin D levels* above 75 nmol/L, the minimum considered optimal for health.

A 2010 study estimated that 37,000 deaths could be prevented every year if the Canadian average vitamin D level* was 105 nmol/L.

Reasons for Vitamin D Deficiency:

Season or Latitude

The low angle of the sun in Canada means we cannot make vitamin D during the winter months.

Sunscreen Use 

SPF 15 sunscreen reduces D synthesis by 99%. 

Skin Colour

Dark skin has more of the pigment melanin, which can reduce vitamin D synthesis by up to 99%.

Age 

Vitamin D synthesis decreases by about 75% in a 70 year old.

Medications 

Specific medications, like anti-rejection, anti-seizure and AIDS medicines can speed up the breakdown of vitamin D, resulting in low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

Cholesterol-lowering medications are commonly prescribed for high cholesterol and heart disease.   Monitoring cholesterol is important, because having too-low cholesterol impairs the body’s ability to make vitamin D.

For more information on Vitamin D levels see  http://rmalab.com/medical-laboratory-tests/environmental-nutritional/d-spot

  1. Digestive Function 

Support general digestive function with enzymes, probiotics, demulcents and cholagogues to heal the gut lining and reduce bacterial imbalance.

Balance liver detox pathways via proper supplementation to support Phase 1,2, and 3.

Topical treatments including emollients, activated Vitamin D, Neem, or other botanicals

Coleus forskolli supplementation for psoriasis can be helpful. Carbolin 19 from Biotest is the best form.

Do aggressive biotherapeutic drainage for a minimum of one year.

TBM (Total Body Modification) basic reflexes have to be all up and running. Information  on TBM can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeF94riKtc

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Pain and Injury Treatments

back pain Pain is a signal from the body that something is not right with our physiology. Treatments to mask or “numb” the pain are often detrimental to health and do little to speed recovery for most pain sufferers. The naturopathic approach has many integrative therapies that speed healing and serves to correct the underlying cause of pain.

Pain Neutralization Technique

A gentle use of local reflex points to turn off painful regions. This system is highly useful to improve muscle tension and significantly reduce pain without the use of any aggressive or invasive procedures. Patients often report a substantial decrease in overall body pain in a handful of treatments.

Prolotherapy

An injection technique using dextrose and local anaesthetic to repair damaged, strained or stretched ligaments and tendons. Injection of damaged tissues helps to restore stability of unstable joints, often an underlying issue behind osteoarthritis, and chronic joint pain.

Neural Therapy

It is well documented that pain is often mediated through the brain and often unrelated to the region where pain is felt. Painful regions may not be damaged at all but dysfunctional reflexes to the region cause local pain, tenderness and spasm. Injections of local anaesthetic into scars or trigger points help to restore normal nervous communication to tissues.

Acupuncture

The use of acupuncture is an ancient practice to restore overall meridian balance to restore optimal flow of “qi” through the acupuncture meridians. Modern medicine is now beginning to document the benefits of acupuncture with regard to accelerating the recovery process while also providing a safe alternative to pain killers.

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Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Medicine bottleStay Hydrated!  Water is easily the most vital nutrient your body needs. Poor hydration will lead to poor circulation, decreased wound repair and increased tendency to spasm. I recommend about a litre of pure water per 50 pounds of bodyweight per day.

Balance Your Blood Sugar! The vast majority of people have suboptimal blood sugar balance. Whenever blood sugar fluctuates it tends to increase blood levels of stress hormones. Elevated stress hormones slow down wound healing and increase perception of pain. Try to eat high quality protein and vegetables every 3 hours.

Avoid Unhealthy Foods! Unhealthy dietary choices increase the toxicity burden of the body while also encouraging inflammation and allergic activity. Fried food, sugar and/or a diet high in processed grains are a good idea to avoid.

Try Supplements! There exist an almost infinite variety of nutrients, herbs and nutra-ceuticals on the market that can benefit health and pain. The first step is to correct the most likely deficiencies that can compromise general health. A high quality multivitamin/multi-mineral and a good source of essential fatty acids is a great start. 

Take Epsom Salt Baths! Epsom salt baths relax muscle spasm and can also improve detoxification. Try this whenever you feel sore or tense.

Fix Your Ligaments! Ligaments are what hold your joints together. It is near impossible to be pain free when over-stretched ligaments from old injuries are present. I’ve found Prolotherapy to be an invaluable asset to treating most chronic pain.

Delete the Pain Reflexes!  Most people are unaware the role the nervous system plays with regard to pain, spasm and poor range of motion. I use a technique called “Pain Neutralization” to retrain reflexes to delete pain and improve range of motion of painful joints often instantly!

Align the Spine!  Segments in the neck and back need to move freely in the right way to allow for optimal motion, health and comfort. Spinal adjustments improve biomechanics, joint circulation, pain and overall wellbeing.

Meditate Your Stress Away!Chronic stress is a known contributor to disease and pain. Regular meditation has been shown to reduce pain, improve IQ and improve most known parameters of good health. A variety of great tools that can be used at tybro.com and www.sanskritmantra.com to learn meditation. 

Exercise!  Nothing is more destructive to the body than poor circulation. Consistent exercise strengthens muscles, bones and connective tissue and improves systemic blood flow. Pain can be due to muscular imbalances and poor flexibility that can be improved with a proper fitness regime. Professional guidance is helpful to gain insight as to what kind of exercise is best for you.

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Miracles of Adaptogens

herbs21Adaptogens have a long-standing history of use throughout the world. Traditionally they have a reputation to extend life span, increase resistance to disease and build overall vitality in the recipient. In practice, I’ve found that it makes great clinical sense to incorporate adaptogens into your daily routine to maximize your health. Research done over the past several decades has been confirming a variety of benefits from several adaptogens. There exist dozens of great vitality building herbs, but in this article I will discuss five that I find most useful.

Astragalus Membranaceous

Considered a spleen, lung and Qi tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is known to increase resistance to infectious disease, build endurance and improve overall digestion. Research has also confirmed the ability of Astragalus to improve heart function as well.   Astragalus is quite easy to obtain, inexpensive and often okay with long term use. Another interesting property is the ability to build “wei qi” which is the Traditional Chinese medicine equivalent of building the overall immune system. Often it is used in conjunction with chemotherapy to reduce immune suppression of chemotherapy. In practice I use it to increase resistance to all sorts of viral infections while also building overall energy.

Panax Ginseng

Similar properties to Astragalus   except that it tends to be more stimulating or more of a “yang” tonic. Panax is great to build energy and vitality but for some can be too stimulating for regular use. Long term ginseng exposure has been found to be inversely proportional to cancer risk and also have been found to retard cancer growth. Ginseng used alone has been found to improve blood sugar metabolism of diabetics as well. Ginseng has also been found to increase resistance to radiation and also to improve liver function via several mechanisms. It is important to not get confused with other Ginsengs as Panax has distinct properties of its own. American Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng are two unrelated botanicals but valuable tonics in their own right.

Licorice

Used in many traditional chinese formulas and has a distinct flavor.  It improves utilization of other herbs in the formula. It is used as an antiviral, energy tonic, supportive anti-inflammatory and powerful healer of the gastrointestinal lining.  Anyone with stomach ulcers, acid reflux would do well to consider using Licorice as a supportive treatment. Licorice can help to normalize low blood pressure in people who tend to get dizzy when they stand up as well.

Rehmannia

A  traditional kidney and liver tonic. It often is in formulas used to combat long-standing burnout and adrenal fatigue. Inflammation and hot flashes are signs of a need for Rehmannia as it is known to help build “kidney yin” to bring down “empty heat” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.   Subjects given Rehmannia also exhibit increased resistance to liver damage.

Eleutherococcus senticosus or “Siberian Ginseng”

Not truly a species of ginseng but has garnered a reputation as a gentle yet powerful energy tonic. It is best used as a long term preventative to enable the recipient to better cope with physical and mental stress. It is very beneficial for those suffering from exhaustion while also benefiting overall immune function.

Rhodiola Rosea

One of my favorite tonics as research has shown it to provide increased endurance and ability to tolerate more exercise without inducing burnout. Rhodiola has also been shown to improve communication between the Hypothalamus, Pituitary and adrenal glands to improve overall adaptation to stress also known as the “HPA axis”.  Rhodiola has also been found to improve mitochondrial capacity to burn fatty acids for fuel which may aid weight loss. 

Who Needs Adaptogens? 

In my opinion, everyone can benefit from regular intake of adaptogenic herbs. The important consideration is to find out which ones are right for you by consulting with your local Naturopathic Physician.   Be prepared to experience improved energy, sense of well being and resistance to stress.

Although most adaptogens have an excellent safety record, it is still important to consider current medications and medical needs of a patient before deciding treatment.

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Flu Season is Here!

 

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The fall brings an increased incidence of flus and colds for kids and parents as well.  Below is a list of guidelines to increase resistance to infection.

 

  • Exercise Regularly – People who exercise have stronger immune systems than sedentary individuals.
  •  Minimize Sugar Consumption –  Sugar intake is a well-known immune suppressant.
  • Avoid Food Sensitivities –  Consumption of food sensitivities cause a tendency to weakened immunity, low energy and congestion.  If possible get tested and learn to  avoid/treat your food triggers.
  • Manage Stress – Regular meditation can be very helpful. I highly recommend “Dr Wrights Cleaning Our Technique” and/or “Conscious Mind Cleansing” to help clear emotional stress and improve sleep.
  •  Sleep – Go to bed and wake at the same time every day to encourage a proper biorhythym. This will decrease stress on the body and improve sleep quality.  If needed a sleep aid can be taken such as Neurexan, Z12, Chamomile etc.   Women suffering from menopause symptoms may benefit from oral progesterone.
  • Diet Eat a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably in season. I like to juice apples, carrots and celery in the fall daily.
  •  Nutrient Deficiencies Correct any nutrient deficiencies that you may have. Vitamins A, C, D, and Zinc all play a pivotal role in proper immune function.
  • Immune Tonics – Herbs such as Garlic, Echinacea, Reishi mushroom, Astragalus and Elderberry have wide spread effects on immune function. Some studies suggest that they may also extend life expectancy.
  • Immune Boosting Homeopathics – Homeopathic remedies such and Engystol, Gripp, Lymphdiaral and Pascoeleucyn can help to prevent and treat colds and flus. For an extra powerful boost these also come in an injectable form.
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Peeling the Layers to Health

 
 
 
 
 
stethoscopeWhen a patient comes into my office with a health challenge, there are many  treatment approaches that can be helpful. The reality is that many symptoms are actually caused by several systems of the body not quite working optimally.

Considering that several systems need corrective care to resolve the health challenge, Naturopathic Physicians are faced with the dilemma of where to start treatment and how many imbalances should be treated at any one time. My approach is a little of both. I treat generally by making sure the diet is ideal for balanced blood sugar, the body is well hydrated and all the basic TBM reflexes are firing correctly. TBM information can be found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeF94riKtc)

Once the general template is set, I then prioritize where to treat in a systematic fashion using electrodermal screening. Electrodermal screening involves testing the acupuncture meridians on the hands and feet to look for stress responses in the various systems of the body. While not diagnostic of disease, it provides valuable clues as to what systems are stressed, how much and what are likely causes behind the imbalance.   Treatment generally involves treating the MOST stressed system first with remedies that both nourish and detoxify that particular system. Remedies that neutralize the stress in that particular reading are chosen for treatment. This way treatment is customized to the patient. Testing is typically performed once a month to clear layers of stress in an order that can guide the body back to wellness. With this method, success is more likely to lead to long lasting results versus just treating symptoms that rarely lead to long-term success due to the fact that key underlying causes are not being addressed.

Generally, the approach is to consistently support mind-body communication while using supplements and drainage remedies to provide nutrition and detoxification. While taking system balancing supplements, other techniques such as TBM Acupuncture, Spinal manipulation and/or Pain Neutralization are performed to optimize mind body communication and to reduce stress and improve mind body regulation.

While the doctor plays a role in treatment, there are many things that a person can do to support their own healing:

  • Work with your Naturopathic Physician regarding supplementation of a variety of antioxidants and super foods.
  • Drink Water – 1 litre per 50 lbs of bodyweight a day if possible. 
  • Avoid junk food, reduce sugar and fried fats.
  • Eat a variety of whole foods and try to consume good quality protein several times per day.
  • Exercise-yoga, resistance training and pilates are highly recommended.
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Surviving Over Indulgence During the Holiday Season

 

imagesOnce again the holiday season is almost upon us. As we are all too familiar, this season brings with it many cherished family celebrations office parties and often much holiday stress. During these celebrations, we give ourselves permission to indulge in an over abundance of calorie rich food and alcoholic beverages and experience all the gastronomic delights the season has to offer. For most of us, the worst that happens is that we gain a little weight and then make our New Year’s resolution to lose that weight. Unfortunately, many of us are we do not realize that our digestive systems becoming overloaded and stressed. We start to experience symptoms that often include indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and gas/bloating. Our sleep becomes disrupted due to the discomfort of symptoms we experience. Of course, no sleep and constant digestive discomfort affects our mood and our day-to-day activities making us unbearable to be around.

If this describes one or more of your symptoms, Dr. Gallant has prepared the following customized trio digestive package for existing patients.

  • Flora Syntropy – provides GI tract with good bacteria needed for optimal digestion.
  • Catazyme 7 – an enzyme blend to help better digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • GB 40 – a mix of botanicals and nutrients to support better gallbladder and liver function.

If you are interested in purchasing a digestive package, please call Rejuv-Innate Naturopathic Clinic at 604-465-7745 and Dr. Gallant will be happy to determine whether this package is right for you.

Dr. Jamie Gallant, ND

 

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