Men's health·Research·Women's health

sex-hormone binding globulin and hormone/metabolic imbalance

Women’s health concerns are becoming more and more prominent. In clinical practice, naturopathic doctors see both imbalances with estrogen and progesterone, and estrogen and testosterone. The availability of these hormones on the body’s tissues is dependent on carrier or binding proteins. Sex-hormone binding globulin is the protein to carry both estrogen and testosterone. Elevated levels… Lire la suite sex-hormone binding globulin and hormone/metabolic imbalance

Diabetes and Cardiovascular·Research

Canadian Medical Association Journal and study for heart disease

CMAJ April 29, 2013 First published April 29, 2013, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120567 © 2013 Canadian Medical Association or its licensors All editorial matter in CMAJ represents the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Canadian Medical Association. Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial Dugald Seely, Orest Szczurko, Kieran Cooley, Heidi Fritz,Serenity Aberdour, Craig Herrington, Patricia Herman,Philip Rouchotas, David Lescheid, Ryan… Lire la suite Canadian Medical Association Journal and study for heart disease

Cancer·Mental health·Research·Stress

stress-disease and when the body says no

I have recently read a book on the impact of stress on the body, written from the perspective of Vancouver Dr Gabor Maté, an incredible doctor and healer who has toured internationally giving lectures on his extensive work on mind-body medicine and his work with overcoming addictions.

When the Body Says No is written in such a way that is easy to understand, broken down to easy-to-grasp concepts, while being filled with heart-felt examples. The book explores Dr Maté own experience with understanding his emotions and reactions of the body, while exploring deeper the connection between stress, hormones, immune system, and neurological system – which includes how we have learned to feel and behave, a concept he explores through the biology of belief..

These concepts are not so unusual, and in many ways, have been written before by many authors. However, the ease of reading in his writing opens to a greater understanding.

It is no wonder that most etiologies of illnesses or disease (perhaps not so from congenital) stems from an emotional reactivity, quite possible to a sensitivity, that further triggers a cognitive or behavioral reaction. Firmly held is the belief that stress, whether from external or internal sources, further enhances these processes. And so, when it comes to stress, what I have taken from the book is that we look at the external stresses that motivate us such as financial matters and societal pressures, and then internally how sensitive we are to relationships, responsibility and spiritual fulfillment and happiness, followed by the physiological stress of our body in relation to nutrition, air, water, and toxins. All of these can be changed, and stand a good chance to change if the steps towards healing take place.

Just one example of a possible emotional reaction includes why some people have an internal sense that something went wrong in their past, such as abuse, trauma, etc… without ever recollecting an event to have caused such a feeling or thought. He explores a concept referred to as the attunement theory and the biology of loss. Parents who express love and affection appropriately, but do not have the time or patience to actually give the child what they emotionally need, and not just what the parent thinks the child needs,  can often lead the child to feel like no one understands them, and the ongoing sense that they are alone in the world. And so, a big part to parenting comes from intuition and emotional connectivity to your child, with the balance of thoughtful behavior changes, encouragement, and discipline. Sounds like a daunting task!! And so, it is not necessarily to blame parenting for one’s emotional imbalance, but to have a good look at what could have been the triggers in the hopes of making positive change to your life and to break negative patterns.

He finished the book by giving the seven A’s to healing. Quite simply explained to start making small big changes.

Cancer·Men's health·Research

prostate cancer and MCP

PSADT – prostate specific antigen doubling time, is a useful clinical marker for recurrence of prostate cancer post radical prostatectomy or external-beam radiation therapy. A low value general signifies a poorer prognosis. MCP – or modified citrus pectin, are polysaccharides obtained from the peel and pulp of citrus fruits. MCP has been clinically shown to… Lire la suite prostate cancer and MCP

Cancer·Inflammatory Bowel Disease·Research

Medicinal mushrooms

They are not called magic mushrooms for no reason… These three Chinese/Japanese mushrooms have been shown in vitro (meaning, in test-tube laboratory studies) to be anti-cancer and anti-tumor against certain cancer cell lines. They also show promising natural treatments for other conditions: Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): chemopreventive effects of tumor growth and metastasis (1) Cordyceps sinensis:… Lire la suite Medicinal mushrooms

Cancer·Men's health·Research

Soy and green tea for men

There is sufficient evidence to support the consumption of soy and other phytoestrogens as cancer prevention in women at risk for breast and uterine cancer. Green tea has been under investigation and its anti-oxidant properties make it very intriguing for cancer prevention. A recent study found positive effects for both soy and green tea in… Lire la suite Soy and green tea for men

Diabetes and Cardiovascular·Research

Why is cinnamon so good?

Cinnamon is the spice of  life. It is a natural treatment for lowering fasting blood glucose and minimizing secondary complications of type 2 diabetes. It sensitizes insulin for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. It has anti-angiogenesis properties in cancer growth. It stimulates the circulatory system, improving cognition and depression. In chinese medicine, it is a… Lire la suite Why is cinnamon so good?

Cancer·Research

Advocacy for naturopathic medicine

Research in peer-reviewed journal on what licensed naturopathic doctors do. Naturopathic medicine serves as a form of primary care in the treatment and prevention of disease. It is commonly used for chronic conditions, for treatments unsuccessful by conventional standards, as adjunctive care for cancer and other immune-related and stress-related conditions. It is excellent to visit… Lire la suite Advocacy for naturopathic medicine