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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a highly debilitating condition with variable combinations of persistent, widespread musculoskeletal pain, debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbances, cognitive dysfunction and psychological distress. The prevalence of these conditions is increasing, and it can be challenging for patients to get a clear diagnosis and effective treatment. The management of this complex condition has perplexed the medical community for many years, and

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Canada’s Revised Food Guide

Canada’s long-anticipated revised food guide was released on Tuesday morning. It has sparked much controversy by removing food industry influence and particular food groups, mainly those pertaining to the dairy, cattle and sugar industries. The new food guide suggests: ~ Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits~ Choosing whole grains~ Eating “protein foods” where plant-based proteins, like legumes, beans, and

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Genetic Predisposition vs. Lifestyle

Is your current health status due to a genetic predisposition, your lifestyle choices and mindset or a combination of both? “A new study finds that if you tell people that they have a genetic predisposition to certain health characteristics, such as a low capacity for exercise or a tendency to overeat, their bodies start to respond accordingly. Even if their

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Vitamin C and Your Gut

“Low vitamin C levels appear to impair the gut-liver axis’ role in vitamin E transfer and bioavailability that is crucial in maintaining antioxidant protection and preventing inflammation in metabolic syndrome (MetS) patients. The review suggests that improving vitamin C status may help alleviate endotoxemia – the presence of endotoxins in the blood – and its consequent pro-inflammatory responses which are

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The Role of Vitamin D and K

Vitamin D, vitamin K and what I will refer to as “unsupervised supplementation”. This post is primarily about the role of vitamin D and K. It is also about being mindful of what you are supplementing with, and the importance of seeking professional guidance when taking vitamins and herbal medicines. ***Vitamins are classified as fat soluble (A, D, E &

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TMAO and Its Link To Diet

The food that you choose to consume is entirely a personal preference. For the most part, I don’t promote a strict paleo, keto, mediterranean, low fat, low fodmap, high carb, low carb, plant based, fruitarian, raw, vegetarian, vegan etc way of eating (WOE). I will rarely suggest that a patient follows a special WOE unless it is absolutely necessary. Under

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FGID’s – Part 3

The phrase “butterflies in my stomach” refers to a common experience – that fluttery feeling in the stomach before a stressful event, a big presentation, a first date and even moments before riding on a rollercoaster or boarding a plane. It is an idiomatic expression that means that a person is anxious or has a nervous feeling in their stomach.

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FGID’s – Part 2

Stress, Distress and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s). The response to stress is an integrated and coordinated physiological process that can result in adaption or pathological maladaptation. Protective and damaging effects of stress mediators: central role of the brain The mind involves the whole body, and two-way communication between the brain and the cardiovascular, immune, and other systems via neural and

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Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s)

Hello lovely readers, One of our other practitioners, Mary Clark, at Awakenings Health will also be contributing to this blog moving forward. Mary practices acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and does nutritional counseling. She’s a wealth of knowledge, and we wanted to share her thoughts as another resource for you in your quest for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

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