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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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The DNA Test That Could Change Your Lifestyle

While our bodies share standard functions, our genetics alongside our environment make each of us unique. Now we can tap into these differences due to research behind genetics and nutritional influences.

This can help answer common questions like, “What does ‘healthy food’ look like for my body?” “Why do some diets work for some people, but not for me?” “Do I need to take a vitamin supplement?”.

Our genes – our DNA – are influenced by our environment; this is the study of ‘epigenetics’, and its changing medicine. It can also change you – by understanding how your body converts, metabolizes and utilizes nutrients from your food. Read more

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IBS or SIBO

It is thought that as many as 20% of the Canadians suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms can vary, but include gas, bloating, cramping, constipation and or diarrhea and mucous in stool. There is now evidence that supports that disturbances in the bacteria that populate the intestine play a role in IBS. Patients with SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, show the same symptoms as those who suffer from IBS! Diagnosis of SIBO is done through a breath test where the presence of Hydrogen and or Methane gas in the breath is present form these bacteria. If found positive, a treatment plan will be made up to to eliminate the bad bacteria in the gut. This is commonly done with both herbs and or antibiotics.

The doctors at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Come see if your IBS is actually SIBO.

 

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PRESCRIBING RIGHTS FOR NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS:

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove and Dr. Cathryn Coe are  now licensed to prescribe scheduled drug medications. This prescriptive authority allows patients of Naturopathic doctors access to controlled medicines that are dispensed through pharmacies. This service will be important for many of the people in our community who use Naturopathic doctors for their primary care, as they do not have a family medical doctor. Naturopathic Physicians who are licensed to prescribe will not be able to prescribe federally controlled substances such as opiates, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines.

What are the benefits of saliva hormone testing?

Saliva hormone testing is most useful for uncovering hormone imbalance. For example: discovering a woman has insufficient progesterone to balance high estradiol levels or; that high cortisol levels are interfering with the action of progesterone and testosterone. Once a hormone imbalance has been uncovered, nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy can be instituted.

Apple Oat Muffins

Some ideas for snack: cut apple with yogurt or almond butter as a dip

Vitamin B12 and Type 2 Diabetes

Reference: Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Common in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Not Taking Metformin and is Nutritional in Nature,” Jawa AA, Raza R, et al, Endocr Pract, 2009 Nov 26:1-13;

Venus Legacy

Have you been struggling to find a non-invasive, pain free solution to rid of fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite and stubborn fat?

At A New Leaf we are now offering a comfortable and affordable treatment called the Venus Legacy to help minimize those problem areas.