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Vitamin E: Not just Alpha-Tocopherol

Vitamin E: Not just Alpha-Tocopherol  -2012-04-20

For my first post, I thought I'd take on a topic that has been in and out of the media for the past few years, vitamin E.

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Who are the NHPD?

Who are the NHPD?  -2012-04-20

The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) is tasked with the important responsibilities of framing legislative proposals to help ensure the safety, quality, and efficacy (effectiveness) of natural health products for sale in Canada, and assessing product regulatory license applications for safety, quality, and efficacy, under federal and Health Canada mandates.

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NOx technology- A remarkable discovery!

NOx technology- A remarkable discovery!  -2012-04-20

Every now and then there are discoveries that can be called true paradigm shifts in nutrition. NOx technology is exactly that, a monumental paradigm shift.

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Natural Health products: Hype, Promises and Lies

Natural Health products: Hype, Promises and Lies  -2012-04-27

Do you remember coral calcium, shark cartilage, oxygen drops and structured water? These are some of the natural products (dietary supplements) that fall into the category of hype, promises and outright lies!

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Natural vs. synthetic ingredients: Myths, misinformation and other misgivings

Natural vs. synthetic ingredients: Myths, misinformation and other misgivings  -2012-05-04

To paraphrase the great Grucho Marx, a molecule is a molecule is a molecule. My colleagues and I regularly receive a large number of questions and complaints from customers asking about the source of ingredients used by AOR in their products and whether they are natural or synthetic.

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Prostaphil-2 vs. Saw Palmetto - A Battle of the Heavyweights.

Prostaphil-2 vs. Saw Palmetto - A Battle of the Heavyweights.  -2012-05-04

In the blue corner we have the current champion, saw palmetto extract, and in the red corner, the plucky upstart challenger Prostaphil-2, a specifically defined pollen extract from Europe.

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Help! Someone explain my label.

Help! Someone explain my label.  -2012-05-04

What are the differences among the directions of uses, 'with food', 'without food', or with a 'fat-containing meal'?


When a supplement is recommended to be taken with or without food, it is indicated on label.

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Detoxification patches, footbaths and more: What really works?

Detoxification patches, footbaths and more: What really works?  -2012-05-15

Who remembers the famous "detox foot-baths" that were the talk of the industry around ten years ago? The detox foot-baths were precisely that, a foot-bath with warm salt solution that had two electrodes connected to a battery.

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Fat vs Sugar: The Real Enemy Exposed

Fat vs Sugar: The Real Enemy Exposed  -2012-05-16

Almost everyone knows that fat is bad for you. For many years we have been trained and taught by the media, health professionals and even our friends and family that one of the most important things we can do stay healthy and disease free is avoid saturated and trans fats.

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Stearic acid and Magnesium Stearate: Poison? Are you serious?

Stearic acid and Magnesium Stearate: Poison? Are you serious?  -2012-05-29

It seems that every few weeks the question comes across my desk, 'why do you put magnesium stearate in (product X)?'


Customers have invariably visited one of the nutraceutical website equivalents of tabloid journalism, seen an article about how magnesium stearate is harmful in some capacity (I'd point examples of these articles out, but I'd rather not support their behavior by helping them get page hits), and then call us and demand to know why we're 'poisoning' them.

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Weight Management-it's more than just swallowing a pill

Weight Management-it's more than just swallowing a pill  -2012-06-06

It seems that every few weeks the question comes across my desk, 'why do you put magnesium stearate in (product X)?'


Customers have invariably visited one of the nutraceutical website equivalents of tabloid journalism, seen an article about how magnesium stearate is harmful in some capacity (I'd point examples of these articles out, but I'd rather not support their behavior by helping them get page hits), and then call us and demand to know why we're 'poisoning' them.

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Antioxidants Part I: Value of ORAC - A road to nowhere

Antioxidants Part I: Value of ORAC - A road to nowhere  -2012-06-12

An antioxidant is any substance that promotes health by removing reactive species that may otherwise exert h

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10 Simple Steps to a Good Night's Sleep

10 Simple Steps to a Good Night's Sleep  -2012-06-15

Sleep issues seem to be quite common in Canadians.  A recent study conducted by Université Laval, found that 40% of Canadians experience at least one symptom of insomnia a week.

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Bioactive Forms of Nutrients: Not all Supplements Are Created Equal

Bioactive Forms of Nutrients: Not all Supplements Are Created Equal  -2012-06-25

A sure fire way to assess the quality of your supplements is to check if the vitamins and mineral are in the most biologically active and absorbable forms. Most formulations contain vitamins and minerals in their most commonly used and often cheapest form.

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A supplement that shows promise in helping teens kick their pot habit

A supplement that shows promise in helping teens kick their pot habit  -2012-06-29

In my first blog post with AOR, I thought I would jump in with both feet and talk about a recent study funded by the National Institute of Health concerning a supplement that helps teens kick their pot habit.

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Fiber: Beyond Digestive health

Fiber: Beyond Digestive health  -2012-07-09

We all know that fiber is good for us, yet the subject is never a part of any polite conversation. All too often fiber is still being thought of as a laxative and yet, fiber offers so much more than just an excellent laxative. Its health benefits go way beyond digestive health.

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Grapefruit seed extract fraud- yet another body blow to the industry!

Grapefruit seed extract fraud- yet another body blow to the industry!  -2012-07-10

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Celiac Disease: On the Rise in Canada

Celiac Disease: On the Rise in Canada  -2012-07-20

I was asked to do a radio show this past weekend on gluten and celiac disease.  So, to prepare for the radio show I had to do some research

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Curcumin adds another feather in its cap: Diabetes prevention

Curcumin adds another feather in its cap: Diabetes prevention  -2012-07-30

A study published online a few weeks ago out of Thailand has added another medical benefit for curcumin supplementation, prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.  Curcumin, a component of turmeric root, which is a spice in curry, shows a multitude of benefits. 

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The New Super Food: Sour Cherries!

The New Super Food: Sour Cherries!  -2012-08-10

Over the past few years I have watched more and more positive research emerge supporting the health benefits of tart (sour) cherries. As a natural health advocate I am always on the look out for foods (not just supplements) that stand out from the rest as health promoting superstars. Tart cherries join blueberries, pomegranate, acai, kale and broccoli as the newest member of the elite super food club. What may distinguish tart cherries from this group is the wide range of health benefits including anti-inflammatory effects.

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Antioxidants Part 2: Free radicals –Proverbial villains or the Unlikely hero?

Antioxidants Part 2: Free radicals –Proverbial villains or the Unlikely hero?  -2012-08-15

Antioxidants have been the hallmark of health and nutrition since the early 1970's. Consumers, physicians and the media have been bombarded

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Can whey protein be used for weight loss?

Can whey protein be used for weight loss?  -2012-08-28

Last week in the media, a popular doctor stated that whey protein could help reduce fat in your gluteous maximus (buttocks).

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What exactly is Whey protein?

What exactly is Whey protein?  -2012-08-28

Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk (the other being casein) and it is a by-product of the transformation process of cow's milk into cheese.

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When is the best time to take whey protein?

When is the best time to take whey protein?  -2012-09-04

The answer really depends on your goals. A high-end whey protein, such as Advanced Whey, is fast digesting, so it is ideal for when you need amino acids quickly such as first thing in the morning as a healthy breakfast, or after sport or training.

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Isn’t whey protein hard on the kidneys?

Isn’t whey protein hard on the kidneys?  -2012-09-06

There is no scientific evidence that high protein intake causes kidney problems in healthy individuals. I know many bodybuilders who have been consuming up to 500g of protein per day for extended periods of time.

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The NOx 3,2,1 pathway: There’s NOthing like it!

The NOx 3,2,1 pathway: There’s NOthing like it!  -2012-09-11

Since 1998, when the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for the work on nitric oxide (NO) as a signalling molecule that was responsible for dilation of the blood vessels, research in NO has accelerated rapidly.

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Which AOR supplements may help with ankylosing spondylitis?

Which AOR supplements may help with ankylosing spondylitis?  -2012-09-14

The theme for AOR this month is Arthritis and Joint Health, so I thought this was a topic worth discussing.


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a progressive inflammatory bone disease that usually begins in the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis and then migrates up the spine through the lumbar, thoracic and cervical areas.

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How Do I Choose a Protein Powder?

How Do I Choose a Protein Powder?  -2012-09-17

In making this choice, I tell my clients to focus on these three factors:

Manufacturing process

When choosing a protein supplement, manufacturing process is the most important factor to consider.

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Would the AOR Advanced Joint Support formula be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Would the AOR Advanced Joint Support formula be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis?  -2012-09-18

In my second blog this month in relation to Arthritis and Joint Health, I will look at the condition rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Can whey protein raise glutathione levels?

Can whey protein raise glutathione levels?  -2012-09-20

There has always been a glutathione-enhancing capability attributed to whey protein in general, and to alpha-lactalbumin in particular. Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide composed of cysteine, glutamate, and glycine.

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Conclusion on choosing a whey protein

Conclusion on choosing a whey protein  -2012-09-25

Choosing a whey protein has become an exercise in labels comparison due to recent scientific discoveries and improved manufacturing process. The first step obviously consists in identifying your needs.

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The relationship between Nitric Oxide and Alzheimer’s disease

The relationship between Nitric Oxide and Alzheimer’s disease  -2012-09-27

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an advanced stage of dementia which progressively worsens with time and is associated with a high degree of mortality. The disease is not part of normal aging, and is likely caused by various processes that damage nerve cells.

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What is methylation and why is it important?

What is methylation and why is it important?  -2012-10-05

This month AOR is focusing on anti-aging.  I thought I would answer this question of methylation as it is such a huge piece of an anti-aging strategy.

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What is homocysteine and why should I know about it?

What is homocysteine and why should I know about it?  -2012-10-12

This week's blog will focus on the subject of homocysteine.  You can see from below that I have included the same methylation diagram from last week.  In the middle of this diagram you can see homocysteine. 

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Are liquids better absorbed and more bioavailable than capsules?

Are liquids better absorbed and more bioavailable than capsules?  -2012-10-17

It is true that liquid vitamins and herbs 'may' (with HUGE emphasis on may) be better able to get into your system than supplements in capsule or tablet form. BUT this is not true in all cases. 

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I’ve been using MSM for my arthritis pain, is there anything else it’s good for?

I’ve been using MSM for my arthritis pain, is there anything else it’s good for?  -2012-10-22

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an organosulfur compound that occurs naturally in some primitive plants and in very small amounts in some foods and beverages.  MSM is an underappreciated compound that I like to refer to as, "Likes to share" or "Designed to share".

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Q:

Q: "What is MTHFR mutation all about?"  -2012-10-26

I recently attended a lecture at a local conference given by a colleague Dr. Ben Lynch ND.  The subject of his talk was MTHFR.  This acronym stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.

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I cannot find Nattokinase anymore. Is there anything I can do?

I cannot find Nattokinase anymore. Is there anything I can do?  -2012-10-26

The Special Access Program (SAP) provides access to nonmarketed drugs for practitioners treating patients with serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional therapies have failed, are unsuitable, or unavailable.  The SAP authorizes a manufacturer to sell a drug that cannot otherwise be sold or distributed in Canada.

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Is Curcumin an answer to Alzheimer’s Disease?

Is Curcumin an answer to Alzheimer’s Disease?  -2012-11-15

Epidemiologists, researchers that look at populations and disease pattern

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Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes?

Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes?  -2012-11-15

November is national diabetes month in Canada. Diabetes has now become an international health problem of epidemic proportions. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association there are currently 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

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Natural Options for High Blood Pressure

Natural Options for High Blood Pressure  -2012-11-16

This month with AOR I did a webinar entitled "Promoting Healthy Blood Sugar".  In the webinar I gave several

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Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes? Part 2

Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes? Part 2  -2012-11-23

It is clear that a diet high in fructose can predispose a person to multiple disease processes. Figure Two summarizes the effects of fructose and the connection with type 2 diabetes.


The ability of fructose to raise uric acid levels sheds some light on possible mechanisms in the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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What can I do to help prevent the cold sores?

What can I do to help prevent the cold sores?  -2012-12-10

During this time of year as the holidays are approaching, some will find

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What would be a good supplement to take over the holidays to keep my immune system strong?

What would be a good supplement to take over the holidays to keep my immune system strong?  -2012-12-21

While there are several options to consider when wanting to keep your immune system strong over the holidays

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What would be your recommendations for when I get a Cold/Flu?

What would be your recommendations for when I get a Cold/Flu?  -2013-01-15

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat that does not last for more than 2 days, while other symptoms such as runny nose, congestion and cough are present by the fourth or fifth day.  These symptoms usually last around a week.

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Earlier this year I saw carnosine mentioned on Dr. Oz, why should I be taking this supplement?

Earlier this year I saw carnosine mentioned on Dr. Oz, why should I be taking this supplement?  -2013-01-16

Earlier this past year, the amino acid L-carnitine was deemed safe, and thereafter released by Health Canada

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Andrographis: A Natural Approach to Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Andrographis: A Natural Approach to Upper Respiratory Tract Infections  -2013-01-16

Andrographis is certainly worth considering for helping to fight your respiratory infections.  Read More

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Curcumin Longvida Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Curcumin Longvida Benefits for Alzheimer’s  -2013-02-08

There is considerable research in natural products and the prevention and reversal of Alzheimer's Disease (A

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What Natural Alternative can I Try for my Blood Pressure?

What Natural Alternative can I Try for my Blood Pressure?  -2013-02-08

May I suggest having a look at one of the feature products from AOR this month – Cardana Caps. This is a com

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Is Vitamin D The Missing Link In Chronic Pain?

Is Vitamin D The Missing Link In Chronic Pain?  -2013-03-20

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Lactobionic Acid: A New Strategy to the Calcium Conundrum

Lactobionic Acid: A New Strategy to the Calcium Conundrum  -2013-03-13

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What do you suggest as preventative medicine for good brain health?

What do you suggest as preventative medicine for good brain health?  -2013-03-27

While there are many products to choose from to help your brain from a preventative medicine perspective, I

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My son is on medication for his schizophrenia, can we also use natural alternatives?

My son is on medication for his schizophrenia, can we also use natural alternatives?  -2013-04-01

Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the Canadian population.  This number is continually growing and Canada ha

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Curcumin bioavailability: The need to compare apples with apples

Curcumin bioavailability: The need to compare apples with apples  -2013-04-03

Curcumin is the largest of the three curcuminoid components present in the root of Curcuma longa. Curcumin i

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American Ginseng vs. Korean Ginseng - AOR’s Choice

American Ginseng vs. Korean Ginseng - AOR’s Choice  -2013-04-15

Getting back to the question at hand, Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius are quite similar herbs because they both contain active ingredients known as ginsenosides.

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An interesting tale of red meat, l-carnitine, and gut bacteria.

An interesting tale of red meat, l-carnitine, and gut bacteria.  -2013-04-16

A recent paper published in Nature Medicine has sparked a major controversy. Emotions seem to be running high since one of the mainstream nutritional products, l-carnitine, has been implicated in causing atherosclerosis or formation of plaque in the blood vessels and thus increasing the likelihood of strokes, heart attacks and even death!

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Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!  Part 2:

Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me! Part 2:  -2013-04-25

Not surprisingly, improving the bioavailability has turned out to be the holy grail in the halls of natural product research labs the world over.

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Reduce stress and anxiety with GABA

Reduce stress and anxiety with GABA  -2013-04-26

GABA is a supplement worth taking for dealing with issues of anxiety.  I have been using it in my clinical practice for many years for this very reason.

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I take AOR's Total E, but I am concerned about toxicity and taking too much?

I take AOR's Total E, but I am concerned about toxicity and taking too much?  -2013-04-30

The upper dosage of Vitamin E, according to the NIH is 1,500IU for a 19+ year old Male/Female. AOR's Total E provides roughly ~400mg per softgel of a mixed tocopherol and tocotrienol blend.

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Emerging Weight Loss Stars: Is Triphala The New Green Coffee Bean Extract?

Emerging Weight Loss Stars: Is Triphala The New Green Coffee Bean Extract?  -2013-04-30

Since the beginning of the Dr Oz era, weight loss supplements have been the centre of attention in the natural health product industry. First it was raspberry ketones, but the evidence hinged on a few test tube and animal studies with theoretical benefits and no actual human evidence.

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Is the intake of grapefruit juice linked to increased breast cancer risk?

Is the intake of grapefruit juice linked to increased breast cancer risk?  -2013-05-03

The human body relies heavily on enzymes to perform all sorts of functions such as: the breakdown of various foods so that the nutrients can be absorbed, accelerating various chemical reactions which otherwise would be too slow for the requirements of the body, and generating energy quickly and efficiently among others.

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How diet affects our overall health: Interactions between food, nutrients, and the microbes in the gut - Part 1

How diet affects our overall health: Interactions between food, nutrients, and the microbes in the gut - Part 1  -2013-05-15

The ancient physicians and philosophers were fond of saying “You are what you eat” or there were the prophetic words of Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine”. These statements were held to be fundamental truths. Even though they had little idea about gut microbiota, they did appreciate that the gut was the foundation of overall health.

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Safe or Unsafe: What’s the deal with Vitamin E?

Safe or Unsafe: What’s the deal with Vitamin E?  -2013-07-12

One of the most frequently studied natural compounds is vitamin E. It is a family of molecules that have a potent antioxidant effect in fat rich tissues such as skin, nerves and vital organs.

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Stomach Ulcers? Here’s why zinc is not enough…

Stomach Ulcers? Here’s why zinc is not enough…  -2013-06-04

The short answer is that zinc carnosine is the best available form of zinc for digestive health according to the current research. As you've alluded to, there are many different forms of zinc.

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Berberine, the Next Superstar Part 2: An Old Dog with New Tricks

Berberine, the Next Superstar Part 2: An Old Dog with New Tricks  -2013-06-07

The human gut contains over a thousand different types of bacterial species, yet most of this population is accounted for by just forty different species. Animal models suggest that obesity is associated with specific types of these bacterial species. For example, obese mice have different types of bacteria in their gut compared to their thin counterparts

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You Asked Us:

You Asked Us: "What is Saccharomyces Boulardii?"  -2013-06-14

Digestive health is often coined the “bread and butter” of Naturopathic Medicine. As NDs, we often incorporate some sort of GI assessment and/or treatment in the majority of our cases.

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UCLA study sheds new light on longvida form of curcumin

UCLA study sheds new light on longvida form of curcumin  -2013-06-18

A study on a special formulation of curcumin called Longvida, which has just been published, has revealed new mechanisms of "pre-Alzheimer's" disease pathology. It suggests possible ways to address a silent process that begins decades before memory loss (1).

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Neurogenesis:

Neurogenesis: "What Can I Do To Stimulate Brain Recovery And Regrowth?"  -2013-06-21

Anti-aging, especially in terms of the brain and cognitive function, has become a focus of both the public and scientific community in the quest to find the fountain of youth in the natural health field. All you have to do is walk into a bookstore and look at the health section to find that at least one third of the books are about "improving your memory" or “healthy brain aging.”

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Homocysteine Reduction with Vitamin B

Homocysteine Reduction with Vitamin B  -2013-06-28

Two recent studies from Oxford University have provided major clues about the cause, as well as how to significantly delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the elderly.

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The Skinny on L-Carnitine: Good or Bad for Your Heart?

The Skinny on L-Carnitine: Good or Bad for Your Heart?  -2013-07-24

A recent study published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Medicine has sent waves through the natural health community by linking L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, with heart disease.

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Phytoestrogens in Menopause

Phytoestrogens in Menopause  -2013-08-01

Many women today are searching for safe and effective alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), largely due to the increased health risks associated with their usage. Inevitably, somewhere along this search they come to discover “phytoestrogens”. The short story with phytoestrogens is that they can be very helpful for menopausal concerns and they should be considered extremely safe. The full story requires a bit more explanation because there is a great deal of misinformation that exists surrounding their efficacy and safety. Let's take a closer look.

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Understanding Different Forms of Lipoic Acid

Understanding Different Forms of Lipoic Acid  -2013-08-07

First let's start by briefly discussing the benefits of using R-lipoic acid. It's important to know that a sustained release lipoic acid formulation has a much different application versus an immediate release lipoic acid supplement, even though both are utilizing its highly potent antioxidant activity. In the simplest explanation, immediate release lipoic acid creates a sharp rise in blood levels and is therefore most useful for regulating blood sugars, managing weight and improving diabetic concerns.

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Advanced Bone Protection and Dairy Allergies

Advanced Bone Protection and Dairy Allergies  -2013-08-15

The patented Japanese bone health protein used by AOR, Advanced Bone Protection (ABP), has undergone at least six human clinical trials and shows excellent potential to protect bone health and counteract the damaging effects of osteoporosis.

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Promising New Study on Ashwagandha and Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Promising New Study on Ashwagandha and Alzheimer’s Symptoms  -2013-08-22

Early last year, a group of Indian and Canadian researchers published a breakthrough study in the highly respected journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on a widely used Ayurvedic herb that reversed the symptoms of the dreaded Alzheimer's disease!

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Hops for Hormonal Support

Hops for Hormonal Support  -2013-08-27

Recent research finds the hops plant has shown benefit with respect to hormonal health. 8 – prenylnaringenin (8PN) is the name of this compound and is what is referred to as a prenylflavoid. It is deemed to be the most estrogenic of the phytoestrogens (plant based forms) (1).

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Understanding Different Types of Magnesium

Understanding Different Types of Magnesium  -2013-09-09

Magnesium is one of those supplements that is very well known for its benefits throughout the natural health community. Magnesium is involve

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Talking to Your Doctor About Dietary Supplements

Talking to Your Doctor About Dietary Supplements  -2013-09-13

Many people assume that because a natural health product is “natural” then it is most likely safe. While the vast majority of supplements are extremely safe, the potential for interactions with prescription medications is always present.

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Nitric Oxide's Role in Modern Medicine

Nitric Oxide's Role in Modern Medicine  -2013-09-17

itric Oxide has been garnering a lot of attention in the past decade for its potential role in improving numerous health conditions. Since being named "Molecular of the Year" in 1992, Nitric Oxide has been studied for its biochemical role in everything from Blood Pressure to exercise to Alzheimer's Disease. Nitric Oxide (NO), not to be confused with Nitrous Oxide (N2O) (commonly referred to as 'Laughing Gas'), is a powerful 'effector' molecule, meaning it turns switches 'on' and 'off' in our body.

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The Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Vitamin B

The Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Vitamin B  -2013-09-24

Recently a study that was published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) discussed how B vitamins (specifically folic acid, B6 and B12) may be able to slow the development of Alzheimer's disease, slowing the shrinkage of brain volume (Douaud et al. 2013).

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The Truth About Nitrates and Nitrites

The Truth About Nitrates and Nitrites  -2013-09-24

Most of the concern about the safety of nitrates has arisen from epidemiological data on their potential to form N-Nitrosamines; these are thought to be cancer causing and also responsible for causing “blue-baby” syndrome. However, one must be careful in evaluating the data and when drawing any conclusions.

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10 Strategies for Healthier Skin

10 Strategies for Healthier Skin  -2013-10-03

Skin health is a never-ending journey that doesn't just go away after adolescence. Even as adults, we all strive for perfect skin. Yet, why is it so difficult to avoid acne and rosacea blemishes? The simple answer is that there are so many contributing factors and that we rarely look past the exterior. In order to have truly great skin, it is crucial to examine and improve the health of our digestive tract, immune system and hormonal system while minding the external environment that our skin comes into contact with.

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Restore Hormonal Imbalances Naturally with Sulforaphane

Restore Hormonal Imbalances Naturally with Sulforaphane  -2013-10-11

The liver is often an over looked part of hormonal metabolism. All steroid hormones (cortisol, estrogen etc.) are converted and metabolized into different forms by the liver. One of the most confusing parts of hormonal health is that many hormones exist in the body in various forms

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Is Their Truth in 'Grain Brain' or a Misleading Brain Drain?

Is Their Truth in 'Grain Brain' or a Misleading Brain Drain?  -2013-10-18

A funny thing happened on the way to Albuquerque for the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) conference and annual meeting that I attended last week. Seated next to me was a lady with a brand spanking new copy of Dr David Perlmutter's book “Grain Brain”. Throughout the flight I saw her frantically highlighting various passages in the book.

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Do You Have an Iron Deficiency?

Do You Have an Iron Deficiency?  -2013-10-29

The answer might be little complicated. The first issue is: Do you know if your iron is low? The fancy name for this is "iron deficiency anemia". It's estimated that iron deficiency causes half of anemia cases worldwide, and affects women much more than men.

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Movember Edition: 6 Natural Ingredients for Men's Health

Movember Edition: 6 Natural Ingredients for Men's Health  -2013-11-13

In lieu of it being MO-vember, and as men around the world are trying their best at growing a Tom Selleck worthy mustache, the underlying motivator is the importance of promoting men's health.

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The Power of Beets in Blood Pressure Reduction and Sports Performance

The Power of Beets in Blood Pressure Reduction and Sports Performance  -2013-11-22

Support for the use of nitrate rich foods or drinks in maintaining good health continues to be published. Two new studies from the UK suggest that the nitrates in beetroot can reduce blood pressure level as well as boost the performance running time of female athletes

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Beyond Caffeine and Coffee: How to Boost Your Energy

Beyond Caffeine and Coffee: How to Boost Your Energy  -2013-12-02

There are dozens of reasons why you may be tired. In many cases, there is a clear answer as to why; maybe you've been running on 4 hours of sleep each night of the week, you've been working 12-hour days for the past month, or you have a 3-month old newborn (you get the picture).

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Curb Cravings Over the Holidays!

Curb Cravings Over the Holidays!  -2013-12-18

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us will be attending gatherings, parties and feasts over the coming month. With these comes a barrage of tempting treats, drinks, and rich foods that send our taste buds and waistlines soaring.

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The Truth About Daily Multivitamins

The Truth About Daily Multivitamins  -2013-12-30

All supplements are not created equal. If you have done any personal research on AOR's website or drnibber.com, you inevitably have come acr

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Could Stress Be Affecting Your Thyroid?

Could Stress Be Affecting Your Thyroid?  -2014-01-14

The stress response is meant to improve your chances of surviving a physical threat to your safety temporarily, but prolonged, frequent or e

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Get Your Sleep Habits Back on Track!

Get Your Sleep Habits Back on Track!  -2014-01-21

First of all, you may think that you're just fixing your sleep patterns but it's important to know that you're fixing much more than that. Research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to more than a few yawns and a dragged out day. Here's a brief list of health concerns that have been linked to poor sleep:

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Vitamin K: Stay Stronger Longer

Vitamin K: Stay Stronger Longer  -2014-01-31

Most people know that adequate calcium intake is essential for healthy bone formation. In 2011, the benefits of calcium were called into question when a research study found that calcium supplementation was linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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3 Uncommon Herbs To Help Beat That Winter Cold!

3 Uncommon Herbs To Help Beat That Winter Cold!  -2014-02-06

With "old man winter" still bearing down hard on most of the country, many people continue to be down and out with a cold and or the flu, as

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Magnesium Monumental for Athletic Performance!

Magnesium Monumental for Athletic Performance!  -2014-02-24

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for proper muscle function in any population. However, its importance for athletic performance is proving to be monumental! A few years back, researchers studied levels of dietary magnesium intake in elite basketball, handball and volleyball players.

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Could Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter?

Could Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter?  -2014-03-05

In science it is easy to get carried away with over-interpretation of data; one sees flowers where there aren't any! This serious flaw is highlighted in the recent 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine; Franz Messerli, a well published cardiologist at Columbia University noted a strong correlation between the consumption of dark chocolate and winning the Nobel Prize.

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Spring Cleaning: How To Protect and Maintain a Healthy Liver

Spring Cleaning: How To Protect and Maintain a Healthy Liver  -2014-03-11

While much of the country is still under snow, March is the month when spring officially arrives.  In honor of spring, I thought it would be

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The Pros and Cons of Protein Powders: Plant vs Whey

The Pros and Cons of Protein Powders: Plant vs Whey  -2014-03-21

We all know how important adequate protein intake is for good health. Just to put everyone on the same page, here are the main benefits of p

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Is Dairy REALLY Bad For Your Health?

Is Dairy REALLY Bad For Your Health?  -2014-03-28

Dairy-free living hasn't quite become the craze that gluten-free has, but it's definitely a hot topic and these two foods tend to go hand-in

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Getting an Athletic Edge With Branched Chain Amino Acids

Getting an Athletic Edge With Branched Chain Amino Acids  -2014-04-07

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are specific amino acids that have the most significant role in stimulating protein synthesis since they

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New data shows HPV eradicated by AHCC supplement!

New data shows HPV eradicated by AHCC supplement!  -2014-04-08

A recent study presented at the Society of the 45th Annual Gynecological Oncology meeting in Tampa showed that a natural health p

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Compliance and Enforcement of Natural Health Products in Canada, the New Landscape

Compliance and Enforcement of Natural Health Products in Canada, the New Landscape  -2014-04-10

There were many times when I had left Health Canada Natural Health Products Advisory Committee (NHP-PAC) meetings more frustrated than confident that full regulation of pre-market approval, and compliance and enforcement, of natural health products (NHPs) in Canada would ever take ground. In one corner, we had pharmaceutical stakeholders pushing for stricter standards of evidence for safety, efficacy, and quality.

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Common Raw Food Supplement Myths Debunked

Common Raw Food Supplement Myths Debunked  -2014-04-11

There are many passionate people in the natural health product industry that fight to preserve its reputation and integrity. Unfortunately,

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Spring Has Sprung - Have Your Allergies Sprung Too?

Spring Has Sprung - Have Your Allergies Sprung Too?  -2014-04-17

With the start of spring come the blooms and blossoms and that pesky partner in crime – pollen! Seasonal allergies affect millions of Canadi

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Whey Protein and Cancer: Friend or Foe?

Whey Protein and Cancer: Friend or Foe?  -2014-04-25

One of the most controversial questions in the integrative oncology field is whether cancer patients should avoid whey protein. Some people

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Vitamin D Benefits Questioned: Are We All Wrong About The Sunshine Vitamin?

Vitamin D Benefits Questioned: Are We All Wrong About The Sunshine Vitamin?  -2014-05-01

Vitamin D is one of the most widely accepted and rigorously researched natural substances. Numerous government and scientific agencies suppo

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Balancing Hormones: The Missing Link in Weight Loss

Balancing Hormones: The Missing Link in Weight Loss  -2014-05-09

At any given point in time, more than 50% of us are trying to lose weight. Yet, the most frustrating part of this journey is that even if we're successful, most of us will regain a portion or all of that weight back over time. This begs the question: Why is everyone having the same problem? How come all of the dietary adjustments, exercise regimens, and fat-burning pills don't seem to stick for a great proportion of the population? Well, perhaps it's your hormones.

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Common Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Common Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity  -2014-05-15

In addition to these tests, a biopsy of the small intestinal tissues may be performed as well as genetic testing looking for specific genes known as HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. The blood tests can produce false negatives, yet the biopsy test is more precise but also much more invasive, and the gene tests can show that you have a genetic predisposition for the disease but not Celiac disease itself.

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Could Your Antiseptic Mouthwash Raise Blood Pressure?

Could Your Antiseptic Mouthwash Raise Blood Pressure?  -2014-05-19

This clever title comes from a recent review article by researchers (Hill et-al) from the University of Alabama. Recent studies have shown that just seven days of antiseptic mouthwash use, particularly chlorhexidine, wipes out the local oral bacteria. This results in nitrates not being converted in the mouth into nitrites.

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Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency

Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency  -2014-05-23

While eating a well-balanced, whole foods diet is essential for disease prevention and the maintenance of health, is it enough if you are deficient in key vitamins and minerals? What are the signs and symptoms of deficiencies you can observe in your body?

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10 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Exposure

10 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Exposure  -2014-05-28

There is much speculation and many questions surrounding the idea of detoxification: What products work best? How long should I be doing a detox program for? Do detox products really work?

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Should There be a Change in Attitude Towards Menopause?

Should There be a Change in Attitude Towards Menopause?  -2014-06-03

ith the baby boomer population becoming or already of age for the onset of menopause, it becomes an important topic of discussion. The average duration of menopause is about one year, but perimenopause can be present for three to four years. Symptoms of menopause can persist for a year or two after menopause as well, making the progression of menopause last for up to six years!

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Calling All Students – It’s Exam Time: 3 Reasons to Think About Bacopa

Calling All Students – It’s Exam Time: 3 Reasons to Think About Bacopa  -2014-06-10

For that student in your life who may need a little boost around exam time, may I draw your attention to the

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Current Natural Health Product Regulation – What You Need to Know

Current Natural Health Product Regulation – What You Need to Know  -2014-06-19

The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) is a branch of Health Canada tasked with the responsibilities of framing legislation and asse

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8 Simple Steps to Improve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome

8 Simple Steps to Improve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome  -2014-06-24

The health of our bowels tells us a lot about our overall health. So if you suffer from variable bowel function (ie. alternating constipatio

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Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency: Part 2

Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency: Part 2  -2014-06-30

We live in a world of calorie dense but nutrient poor foods. Do to over farming and poor agricultural practices, many vegetables, fruits, an

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3 Reasons to Think About Vitamin E This Summer

3 Reasons to Think About Vitamin E This Summer  -2014-07-09

With summer officially arriving a few weeks ago, many of us are enjoying the outdoors and will be heading off on sun-filled (hopefully) vacations over July and August. With extra time spent outdoors, and the sun's energy at its strongest over summer months, many of us if we are not careful, can overdo it and succumb to that dreaded sunburn.

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Give Your Blood Vessels Some TLC!

Give Your Blood Vessels Some TLC!  -2014-07-14

Many people in North America suffer from diabetes, obesity and heart disease. One of the key underlying factors in all of the above conditio

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Healthy Bones: It's More Than Just Calcium

Healthy Bones: It's More Than Just Calcium  -2014-07-22

Most people know that adequate calcium intake is essential for healthy bone formation. Since calcium is the primary mineral found in bones,

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Carnosine and Cataracts: A Powerful Antioxidant For Eye Health

Carnosine and Cataracts: A Powerful Antioxidant For Eye Health  -2014-07-30

Maybe you have heard of carnosine (or maybe even mixed it up with L-carnitine at times) but most of us have no idea what it's used for. Whil

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Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries & How to Speed Recovery

Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries & How to Speed Recovery  -2014-08-12

So long Spring! As we move into summer, many of us are taking full advantage of the great weather and getting active with hiking, biking, other summer sports, or training for races and events. Summer weekends especially are jam-packed with activities, but many of us can overdo things and potentially injure ourselves.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

A Beginner’s Guide to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain  -2014-08-25

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is characterized by widespread chronic muscle pain and heightened pain sensitivity, often with accompanying fati

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Help Ease Fall Season Stress

Help Ease Fall Season Stress  -2014-08-28

Summer is winding down and it's back to work and school for the majority of us. With the hectic pace and high responsibilities of modern soc

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3 Reasons to Think About Probiotics for Back to School

3 Reasons to Think About Probiotics for Back to School  -2014-09-03

Well, it's that time of year again. Time when students collectively groan and parents dance a jig in celebration. I am talking about "back t

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Top Nutrients to Combat Stress

Top Nutrients to Combat Stress  -2014-09-05

Stress is practically unavoidable in our fast paced culture. It triggers a hormonal pathway and cascade that places excess demands on the bo

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Top 5 Ways to Help Control Your Seasonal Allergies

Top 5 Ways to Help Control Your Seasonal Allergies  -2014-09-10

Almost one-quarter of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Allergy season can last (depending on geographic locati

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Common Nutrient Deficiencies on a Gluten-Free Diet

Common Nutrient Deficiencies on a Gluten-Free Diet  -2014-09-16

Adopting the gluten-free diet can significantly improve your health if you suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but

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How to Recover Faster from a Broken Bone

How to Recover Faster from a Broken Bone  -2014-09-18

Most of us have had the unpleasant opportunity to experience a fractured bone at some point in our lives. Aschildren, we're constantly running, falling and bumping into one another on the playground.

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3 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System This Fall

3 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System This Fall  -2014-09-23

The fall is a time when the stress levels ramp up, the weather becomes cooler and viruses and bacteria challenge our immune system. Getting enough sleep, eating a nutrient rich diet and avoiding refined sugar are excellent ways to keep the immune system healthy.

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Vitamin D2 and D3 Decoded

Vitamin D2 and D3 Decoded  -2014-10-03

Most people understand the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels for optimal health. Some of the health problems linked with inadequate vitamin D levels include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and cancer.

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Will Headphones Damage Your Hearing?

Will Headphones Damage Your Hearing?  -2014-10-06

With technology continuing to advance at a rapid pace, many of us have our favorite playlists or programs on our phones or other devices and

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Is it Time to Reset? 5 Tips for a Fall Detox!

Is it Time to Reset? 5 Tips for a Fall Detox!  -2014-10-21

Most people don't successfully carry out and maintain a detoxification program. It is difficult to stick with a strict diet or drink an unpleasant tasting powder. Most commercially available detox kits contain herbal supplements that are little more then a laxative.

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Top Strategies for Breast Cancer Prevention

Top Strategies for Breast Cancer Prevention  -2014-10-24

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Or should I say 'Breast Cancer Industry Month'? The Pink Ribbon industry's propaganda discourse, corporate 'pinkwashing', and floodgates of pink ribbon products and promotions distract us from the fact that 1 in 9 Canadian women are still expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and 1 in 30 will die from it.

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Proper nutrition is the foundation for any pregnancy. However, even pregnant women eating a well-balanced diet may need additional support for their body and their growing child.

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Proper nutrition is the foundation for any pregnancy. However, even pregnant

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Could Broccoli be a Potential New Treatment for Autism?

Could Broccoli be a Potential New Treatment for Autism?  -2014-11-05

An active ingredient in broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) known as sulforaphane has recently shown promise in the area of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

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Beat the Winter Blues: Ease Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Beat the Winter Blues: Ease Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder  -2014-11-12

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) occurs at a certain time of year, generally beginning in the fall and lasting through the winter. People who suffer with this disorder typically experience feelings of depression and fatigue along with several other symptoms.

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Can Curcumin Help Improve Mood in Just One Dose?

Can Curcumin Help Improve Mood in Just One Dose?  -2014-11-17

By now, I'm sure that most of us health buffs have heard about curcumin. Curcumin research has dominated the science and nutraceutical field

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The Fish Oil Dilemma

The Fish Oil Dilemma  -2014-11-19

We hear this all the time: "Eating fish is good for you! It's good for your heart, it's good for your mood, it's good for your joints! Fish and fish oil supplements are great for overall health!"

Yes, it is true that there is a wealth of research to show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as anchovies, sardines and salmon are necessary for optimal health.

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Top Nutrition and Supplement Tips for Men

Top Nutrition and Supplement Tips for Men  -2014-11-25

November is prostate cancer awareness month, and we all know it has arrived when our co-workers and friends start growing a moustache that n

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Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients

Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients  -2014-11-28

Going back to the basics, supplements exist because over time, humans have found that higher doses of certain nutrients than what we normall

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12 Tips to Protect Your Vision

12 Tips to Protect Your Vision  -2014-12-03

One of the most common eye diseases is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). At least one million Canadians suffer with the disease, yet most people are more familiar with diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. Knowing about the disease and how to help prevent it may be life changing.

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3 Common and Treatable Causes of Female Hair Loss

3 Common and Treatable Causes of Female Hair Loss  -2014-12-09

Losing hair is stressful for anyone and it's certainly not an uncommon occurrence. Many women suffer with a diffuse type of hair loss of var

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Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients Part 2

Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients Part 2  -2014-12-17

Going back to the basics, supplements exist because over time, humans have found that higher doses of certain nutrients than what we normall

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3 Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season!

3 Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season!  -2014-12-22

When the days get shorter and the Christmas carols are back, we know it's time to get ready for the holiday season. Whether you are celebrat

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Harness the Immune Boosting Power of Mushrooms with AHCC

Harness the Immune Boosting Power of Mushrooms with AHCC  -2014-12-30

Mushrooms and fungi have been used in medicine for thousands of years. They have been used traditionally to treat and prevent infections, protect the liver and offset the negative effects of stress. There are many different varieties of \mushrooms that have demonstrated beneficial effects against cancer cells, boosting the immune system and reducing chemo side effects.

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Bioactive Folate in the Treatment of Depression

Bioactive Folate in the Treatment of Depression  -2014-12-31

Depression is a mood disorder that approximately 1 in 8 Canadians will experience at some point during their lifetime. Symptoms vary but often include feelings of sadness, sleep difficulties, fatigue, lack of motivation, loss of interest and withdrawal from friends and family

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Are Hard to Pronounce Ingredients Still Safe?

Are Hard to Pronounce Ingredients Still Safe?  -2015-01-09

Recently, health-conscious gurus with good intentions have suggested that any compound that cannot be easily pronounced or recognized is a h

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7 Strategies to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

7 Strategies to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick  -2015-01-15

Did you know that the most common New Year's resolution is to lose weight? Number 5 on the list is staying fit and healthy. Health is usually on the top of the list for most people as they start a new year, but these resolutions are quickly put on the back burner as the schedule fills up and stress mounts.

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What Weight Loss Supplements Actually Work?

What Weight Loss Supplements Actually Work?  -2015-01-20

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the news regarding weight loss supplementation after a survey found that many consumers were misin

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Cheers to a Healthy, Happy New Year!

Cheers to a Healthy, Happy New Year!  -2015-01-27

Indulgence seems to be a way of life in North America, and it is probably the cause of most of our health problems. Indulging in food, drink

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Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients Part 3

Common Misconceptions About Non-Medicinal Ingredients Part 3  -2015-02-04

Going back to the basics, supplements exist because over time, humans have found that higher doses of certain nutrients than what we normall

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Natural, Evidence-Based Strategies For Pain Management

Natural, Evidence-Based Strategies For Pain Management  -2015-02-25

Pain is fact of life. Everyone experiences it at some point or another. Research suggests that up to 50% of the population may be suffering

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Understanding Different Types of Calcium: Part 1

Understanding Different Types of Calcium: Part 1  -2015-03-03

Ensuring that you are taking the best form of calcium for your body will not only benefit your bones, but will also save you from spending money on a type of calcium supplement that is not going to work well for you or which may provide little value to your body.

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4 Surprising Health Benefits of Boswellia!

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Boswellia!  -2015-03-16

Boswellia Serrata, also known as Frankincense is the underappreciated anti-inflammatory counterpart to Curcumin. Many practitioners and rese

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Understanding Different Types of Calcium: Part 2

Understanding Different Types of Calcium: Part 2  -2015-03-23

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How I Stay Relaxed & Focused: Jon Cornish - CFL's Top Canadian Player

How I Stay Relaxed & Focused: Jon Cornish - CFL's Top Canadian Player  -2015-03-25

Hello to my readers,

Thanks for taking the time to check this blog out. Starting today, I'll be contributing thoughts and ideas a

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Easing Anxiety, Depression, OCD and Panic Attacks with Inositol

Easing Anxiety, Depression, OCD and Panic Attacks with Inositol  -2015-03-31

Mood disorders come in a wide variety of presentations and have many different symptoms. However, they all tend to have overlapping symptoms as well – so it is not uncommon for someone with anxiety to also have depression, or someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to also experience panic attacks.

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Understanding Male Infertility

Understanding Male Infertility  -2015-04-06

Infertility is becoming much too familiar in today's society. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear stories from close friends or family

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Nutrition Essentials and Colon Cancer Prevention

Nutrition Essentials and Colon Cancer Prevention  -2015-04-14

It has been said that "we are as healthy as our colon", and this is not far from the truth. The importance of our bowel function to health a

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April is Autism Awareness month

April is Autism Awareness month  -2015-04-21

You may be wondering why we need an Autism Awareness month. Well, there are different perspectives on what this month entails, ranging from

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Mother's Day: Jon Cornish on Life Lessons & Family Outings

Mother's Day: Jon Cornish on Life Lessons & Family Outings  -2015-05-07

What's something your mom always said to you that you might still refer to today?
My mom always encouraged me to think

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Natural Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract: Part 1

Natural Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract: Part 1  -2015-05-08

The concept and reality of food allergies and sensitivities has been growing in the past few years. As a naturopathic doctor I see food sens

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To take more than 1000 IU/day or not, that is the question. How much should we be taking? Recently, some research was released suggesting that Canada's (and the USA's) current vitamin D recommendations are too low due to some statistical errors that were

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To take more than 1000 IU/day or not, that is the question. How much should we be taking? Recently, some

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A beginner's guide to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

A beginner's guide to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)  -2015-06-02

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) used to only be considered in overweight women with irregular menstrual cycles and signs of excess androg

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Promising Natural Compounds for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Promising Natural Compounds for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries  -2015-06-17

It seems that every week there is a news story highlighting the rising toll and damage of head injuries and concussions. Traumatic brain inj

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Understanding Natural Treatments for Cervical Dysplasia

Understanding Natural Treatments for Cervical Dysplasia  -2015-06-30

Cervical dysplasia, also known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), is the term used to describe the precancerous development of cer

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Why Free Curcumin is the Only Curcumin that Matters

Why Free Curcumin is the Only Curcumin that Matters  -2015-07-06

When you swallow any natural health product(NHP) like an herb, vitamin or any other supplement in a capsule or tablet, you expect that the p

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Sun Damage Protection: The Power of Curcumin

Sun Damage Protection: The Power of Curcumin  -2015-07-14

Uses for curcumin, the primary active component in Turmeric, are numerous and include providing protection and healing benefits to the skin.

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FIVB World Tour: Tips for staying on top of your game while traveling

FIVB World Tour: Tips for staying on top of your game while traveling  -2015-07-16

Being on the FIVB World Tour means a lot of travel. From the months of April-September, Heather and I spend most of our time playing in events around the globe, with at least one two-month long trip every season. We just got back from one of these 8-week-

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Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners  -2015-07-24

There are many misconceptions about meditation. People might believe its just something Buddhists do, or that it's just sitting around doing

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A Brief Guide to Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

A Brief Guide to Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion  -2015-07-28

Pharmaceutical drugs are not inherently bad. In many, many cases they improve the quality of life in those suffering from disease and they a

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Natural Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract: Part 2

Natural Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract: Part 2  -2015-08-04

Last time we discussed the effects of food sensitivities on digestive health. For part 2 I wanted to outline some of the key nutrients that

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9 Natural Options for Heartburn Relief

9 Natural Options for Heartburn Relief  -2015-08-18

Heartburn is a common symptom that is often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is essentially the medical term for "stomach acid improperly rising into the esophagus", which ultimately causes a burning sensation. This uncomfortable feeling of heartburn is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor.

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Glutathione: Harness the Most Potent Antioxidant in Your Body!

Glutathione: Harness the Most Potent Antioxidant in Your Body!  -2015-09-03

Glutathione is considered the most powerful endogenous antioxidant with a wide variety of functions in the body. It consists of three amino

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5 Tips for a Healthy Back to School Season

5 Tips for a Healthy Back to School Season  -2015-09-16

As the school year is starting so do the routines and stresses that come along with early waking, after school sports and the return of dreaded homework (and more housework for the parents too). After a long summer of relaxation we could use an extra boost to get ours brains back into gear. The good news is that there are a number of dietary and simple nutrients options that can help with optimizing your focus, memory and stress reliance. Try these suggestions for yourself and with your kids to start the school year on the right foot.

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Welcome back to part 2 of my Meditation for Beginners blog post series! By now you might've found meditation to be a little difficult (or perhaps even boring!)

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Introducing Veggie Softgels: A Superior Delivery System for the 21st Century

Introducing Veggie Softgels: A Superior Delivery System for the 21st Century  -2015-10-08

When it comes to supplements, there is a variety to choose from including lozenges, liquids, tablets, capsules and powders and as a consumer, you likely want the best for your buck. While tablets and capsules are the traditional, more widely used agents and have a time and place in every supplement regime, there are alternative delivery systems that allow for better delivery of nutrients to the body and thus better efficacy. Softgels represent that superior delivery system.

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Rules I Live by in the Kitchen: A Naturopath Explains

Rules I Live by in the Kitchen: A Naturopath Explains  -2015-10-14

Eating healthy can be complicated. What percentage of my caloric intake should be polyunsaturated fats? Is it linoleic acid that's good for me or alpha-linolenic acid? Which oil is best to cook with? It's easy to see why many people can become obsessive with their eating habits and lose their love of food.

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Coffee Confidential

Coffee Confidential  -2016-09-29

Today is National Coffee Day, the story goes that coffee beans were originally discovered centuries ago in Ethiopia.

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