Ease Winter Blues with Massage Therapy

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an illustrated molecule of dopamine; highlighting the treatment of winter blues with massage therapy

Massage therapy may be your solution for winter blues! One of the many effects that massage has on our bodies is stimulating the release of some key neurohormones. What are neurohormones you ask? They are simply hormones that are produced by our nervous system and secreted into our bodies for circulation. Let’s take a quick…

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Low White Blood Cells & Heart Disease

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Doctor checking patient's heartbeat by stethoscope at hospital; highlighting the link between heart health and low white blood cell count

It is refreshing when mainstream medicine starts to catch up with integrative and preventive medicine practices. If you listen to CBC Radio you may have recently heard about how an incidental finding of low white blood cells can actually be a cause for concern:  a lowered immune system can increase your risk of all-cause death.…

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5 Common Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Electron microscope image of IBS Bacteria causing irritable bowel syndrome

Canada has one of the highest prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the world, with an estimated 18% of the population affected. This means that close to 1 in 5 people are struggling with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and nausea. The effects of irritable bowel syndrome are not confined to the…

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Natural Solutions For Seasonal Affective Disorder

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woman walking in light snow with trees in the background on a grey day; highlighting Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Fall can mean hibernation for many with the dark and dreary days of winter approaching in the Okanagan. The lack of sunlight and colder weather can have a severe impact on our mood. It can leave us feeling tired, depressed, detached and unmotivated. Like everyone, you may notice a cooler night here, maybe a…

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Thyroid Symptoms, Normal Test… Now What? A Look at WTS.

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Close-up of a female doctor doing a medical examination. The focus is on the mature adult woman being examined in a thyroid exam

Your thyroid test is normal, so now what? If you continue to feel unwell, press on and seek a second, or even third medical opinion. You know your body best. You need a doctor who takes you seriously. Talking to a doctor who takes into account ALL your health concerns in combination with clinical judgement…

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Are Bacteria & SIBO Causing Your Tummy Troubles?

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Woman having stomachache, holding with hot water bottle on pink background; highlighting the symptoms of SIBO

Bacteria are found abundantly on our skin and in our digestive tracts. In most instances, this bacteria is beneficial to our health and well-being. However, when a large amount of bacteria overgrow in the small intestine, this can result in a syndrome known as Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO is thought to be involved…

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April is Counselling Awareness Month

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Blossoms in April, highlighting that April is counselling awareness month

Spring has arrived! How fitting that a month of flowers blooming, sun re-emerging and birds singing, is the same month celebrating a profession that encourages growth and renewal. The American Counselling Association has appropriately named the month of April Counselling Awareness Month to celebrate this profession and bring awareness to the necessity and benefits of…

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