IV Therapy

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The Benefits of Intravenous Therapy

Many Naturopathic Doctors have additional training and are licensed to provide Intravenous or IV therapy.  IV therapy refers to the administration of substances directly into the vein.  There are many benefits to this type of therapy.  For starters, intravenous administration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, homeopathics and plant based nutrients allows for an exact dosage since it bypasses the digestive system.  This means that absorption of nutrients is not hindered by gut issues that may exist.  As a result, clinical results are more effective than typical oral regimens.  Also, higher doses of supplements can be administered since there is no risk of gastrointestinal upset.

Naturopathic IV treatments can be used to treat cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, Crohn’s, Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, sleep disorders, hormonal irregularities, B12 deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, decreased immunity or infection, allergies and detoxification.  It is also helpful for treating heavy metal toxicity.  For athletes, it improves performance, increases energy and reduces recovery periods

There are several different types of IV treatments available.  Some of the more common treatments include the following:

Meyer’s Cocktail:  No, this isn’t a special martini.  It’s actually much better!  The Meyer’s cocktail was formulated by Dr. John Meyer at John Hopkins Medical Center in the 1970’s and consists primarily of a combination of B vitamins, selenium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C but it can be customized to treat each patient’s specific needs.  It has been used to decrease the severity and frequency of migraines, increase immunity and energy and to improve sleep, mood and athletic performance.  It is also particularly good for individuals that are under a lot of stress and are suffering from adrenal fatigue.  A common protocol is to administer a Meyer’s cocktail once a week for 6 weeks and then to administer it as needed.  Treatments usually take about 20-30 minutes.

High Vitamin C:  High dose vitamin C treatments were first introduced in the 1970’s , by Dr. Linus Pauling.  These treatments are primarily used for cancer.  They are used in conjunction with or instead of allopathic cancer treatments.  They significantly improve clinical outcomes of chemotherapy and radiation protocols and also help to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  These treatments are usually administered several times a week for a period of time and then reduced, as the condition requires.  High dose vitamin C usually takes 1-3 hours to administer, depending on the dose of vitamin C.  Other IV Cancer treatments, including sodium bicarbonate, mistletoe and others, are also available.

Although IV treatments may seem daunting at first, aside from the initial prick of the needle, the treatments are relatively painless.  The solution is usually administered through a drip bag and patients can listen to music, read or just lay back and rest.  Throughout the treatment, patients usually experience a sensation of warmth and relaxation.

IV treatments are a powerful tool available to Naturopathic Doctors.  They are safe, effective and can often provide relief and improvement where other therapies have failed.  Find a naturopath in your area that is certified in IV therapy and experience the benefits for yourself.

Rahima Hirji is a Naturopathic Doctor and Director of Sage Naturopathic Clinic.  She also works at the Bosnar Centre for Health and the Dundas and University Health Clinic.  She has an eclectic practice where she enjoys working with pediatric patients and has a special interest in weight loss, womens’ health, autoimmune diseases and infertility.  She is certified in IV therapy.  For more information, check out www.duhc.ca or call 416.598.4999

Here are five things that you should know about food intolerances…

Allergy vs. intolerance/sensitivity
A food intolerance or sensitivity is not the same thing as a food allergy. Food allergy symptoms typically appear immediately after eating the offending food. In addition, food allergy symptoms are often quite severe and may even be life-threatening. Food intolerance symptoms are not life-threatening and are delayed. Food intolerances fall into two categories; digestive and immune, and are sometimes referred to as sensitivities. There is typically a delay between eating the offending food and experiencing the symptoms. Food intolerances can be lifestyle-threatening, as they may contribute to chronic health concerns.

Food intolerances may be affecting your lifestyle
I have found food intolerances to contribute to many health concerns such as migraines, fatigue, joint pain and digestive issues. I have also noted a strong correlation between skin conditions and food intolerances. A study by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine showed that food sensitivity is a key culprit in obesity. The study, entitled “Eliminating Immunologically-Reactive Foods from the Diet and its Effect on Body Composition and Quality of Life in Overweight Persons,” was led by John E. Lewis, Ph.D. During the study, subjects eliminated reactive foods from their diet for 90 days. Body composition, blood pressure, pulse, and quality of life were assessed at baseline and at 30-, 60-, and 90-day follow-ups. The results of the study showed that participants lost an average of almost 1 pound per week. Participants also showed improvements in ratings of quality of life.

Digestive vs. immune food intolerance
Food intolerances can be either digestive or immune. With a digestive intolerance, a person has difficulty digesting and therefore breaking down the offending foods. Digestive intolerance symptoms typically include cramping, diarrhea and other similar issues. Most people with a digestive food intolerance can correlate their symptoms with ingestion of the offending foods. If you have a digestive intolerance, you might find relief by taking a digestive enzyme with meals. If that doesn’t help I would recommend seeing a naturopath for more support. With an immune intolerance, the body responds to certain foods by activating an immune response. With an immune food intolerance, symptoms are incredibly individual and each person will manifest them differently. In order to determine that you have an immune food intolerance, you may wish to have a food intolerance test done.

You can develop a food intolerance later in life
A food intolerance can develop at any point in life. A person who has previously had no issues consuming a food may start experiencing negative symptoms later on in life. Food intolerances can be triggered by many factors. These factors include overconsumption, genetic predisposition, poor digestion and stress as well as other environmental factors. If a person eats a diet that is based on the same ingredients and foods, this diet could overload his or her system. The body may tire of such a repetitive diet and react by rejecting those foods.

An allergist tests for food allergies and a naturopath tests for food intolerances
Food intolerance tests and food allergy tests are different. If you feel as though you may have a food allergy, visit an allergist. He or she will often perform a skin prick test to determine if you have a food allergy. IgE-based testing continues to be the gold standard for suspected food allergies.

I see patients with food intolerance almost every day. If you feel as though you may have a food intolerance, you can try to keep a diet diary and do an elimination diet or you can take a food intolerance test. Most of my patients find it very difficult to keep a diet diary and correlate their symptoms with the foods they have eaten. With all the ingredients in an individual meal, they have trouble being disciplined enough to do an elimination diet. For these individuals I recommend a food intolerance test. A finger prick is used to collect a few drops of blood which are analyzed to check for specific food intolerances.

After determining which foods you have an intolerance to, you should remove the offending foods from your diet for a period of time. Once your body has had the opportunity to heal, you may reintroduce the foods in question. This should be done on the advice of a medical professional such as a licensed naturopathic doctor.

– Dr. Mubina Jiwa, ND

Shoulder Dysfunction, A Pain in Your Neck; Literally!

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Shoulder Dysfunction, a cause of Neck pain or Vice-Versa?

The shoulder blade (Scapula) helps to determine how both the shoulder and the neck function. When one or another is not functioning optimally, it can cause dysfunction and pain in the other. The interdependency between the neck and scapula is due, in part, to 3 major muscles, which have a direct role in the inner workings of both the Neck and the Scapula (Trapezius, Omohyoid, Levator Scapulae).

Shoulder dysfunction is one possible cause for neck pain, and while the following exercises and guidelines are proven to help correct this, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Causes of Shoulder Dysfunction

The main cause of shoulder dysfunction is a malfunctioning relationship between the muscles that attach to the Scapula (shoulder blade). In present day society, sitting has the largest negative effect on the shoulder musculature.

Sitting with a forward head position, rounded and hunched shoulders, has been known to be detrimental to scapular position, shoulder muscle strength and range of motion. The effect of sitting can be found in, but is not limited to, over-active Upper Trapezius, underactive Middle and Lower Trapezius, Serratus Anterior.

Number one exercise to help!

The Low Row!

Holding a Theraband for resistance set your Scapula using SOE. With your arScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.59.14 AMm directly at your side, palm facing behind you, push your hand back against the resistance until your
arm reaches 30-45°(as seen to right). Then gently return to your side. Perform as many as possible until muscle begins to tire, repeat with the other arm, then start entire process again 2 more times.

If you find that you are suffering from Neck pain, come by the office and find out if its coming from your shoulder!

Author: Dr. Mitch Ormond, Bsc. (Hons) Kin, DC

Chiropractor, Acupuncture and Orthotic provider

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Welcome to the relaunched blog of the Dundas University Health Clinic

Far too frequently have I heard patients refer to headaches or body pain as ‘normal’ or ‘regular’.  Pain or discomfort should never be considered normal!  A lot of the pain, decreased flexibility or body aches that most people suffer from at one point or another in their daily lives can be diminished or avoided completely with a few everyday changes.

POSTURE and ERGONOMICS:      Good posture is a prime way to avoid body stresses and strains.  In today’s culture we spend far too much time in a seated position, especially sitting at computers or working on hand held devices. Seated posture is a big insult to our bodies but it is also important to think about sleeping posture, standing posture, lifting postures; all of these also effect the strains and forces that we put through our bodies on a daily basis.

SLEEP/RESTING:     Proper rest and sleep cycles are very important for maintaining good health.  Our bodies use sleep to recover from the stresses of the day.  Rest and sleep cycles are also very important for maintaining proper hormone and chemical balance in our bodies.

BALANCED DIET:   In today’s world it it too easy to rely on restaurants or prepackaged/prepared foods.  That can be effective as there are increasingly healthy choices available, but knowing what the healthy choices can sometimes be daunting.

PROPER FOOTWEAR:   How our feet hit the ground and how they are supported affect how energy is transferred from heal strike up to the rest of our bodies.  Incorrect foot support can lead to  many issues such as knee dysfunction, hip pain, low back pain, headaches, tired achy legs, and these can all be helped from proper footwear.

DAILY MOVEMENT:   In our increasingly sedentary lives moving our bodies seems to have been relegated to only to the gym and an effective gym routine is hard to maintain!  Getting movement into our routines, especially movement that counteracts our seated postures, is effective in avoiding aches and pains.  Strengthening postural muscles that are weak and lengthening over used, tightened muscles can help avoid strain.

A lot of these points may seem simple enough but everybody knows that maintaining them can be very difficult. Over the coming weeks and months the posts on this blog will come from all of the different members of our healthcare team.  In this blog you will find tips and information that will make leading a more healthy and pain free life more attainable!




Welcome to our brand new website! We hope you like it!

With the new site comes a new blog, where we’ll be periodically sharing health information from our various health care team members. The first installment comes from Dr. Robert Evans and is on a pretty timely topic: boosting energy. Given how long this past winter has felt, we could all use a little extra energy boost!

Everyday energy boosters for long-term health

dog-walkEveryone is familiar with the feeling of complete energy drain. Those times when no matter how enticing a new movie, fabulous shoe sale, or friendly barbecue, you just cannot pull yourself together to go. What can be a bit harder to recognize is chronic energy drain. In this case, you may not necessarily feel the classic signs of exhaustion; for example, achy muscles or that an all-over tired feeling. What you will experience is an increasing lack of determination for performing many of the activities you used to love. Simply try the following tips and strategies to help increase your energy production.

Keep moving
Increasing physical activity actually increases energy. The key is to focus on daily physical activity and not just the idea of exercise. Scrub, dig, shovel, walk, play, ride, or wheel through your day. Small steps like turning off the TV after dinner to go for a walk with your partner, dog, or children can make a big difference. Start with 15 minutes.

Sleep well
Making time for sleep is essential to feeling alert and ready to make a difference in your day. Most people need at least 7 to 9 hours every night. To help create a restful atmosphere, try to fully darken your bedroom (turn your alarm clock away if the display gives off too much light), regulate room temperature (too hot or too cold, and you’ll wake up), and use white noise (a fan or quiet music) to help induce sleepiness.

Nourish yourself
Meal timing is another important factor in maintaining energy levels. People often skip meals, and wonder why they are tired in the afternoon. Skipping meals can cause blood sugar swings, often resulting in fatigue. You should eat at least three nutritious meals each day with the last meal well before bedtime. Having a very light snack in between these meals can also help to moderate energy swings.

Decompress and reduce stress
One of the biggest energy reducers is stress. Stressors like worry, anxiety, or fear can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Counter these energy killers by programming more relaxation activities into your day. For many individuals, increasing exercise burns off the chemical effects of stress and anger, while others find relief in quiet pursuits such as listening to music, reading a great book, meditation, or even just talking on the phone with a friend or family member.

Get some sun and vitamin D
The body makes vitamin D after exposure to sun, which can help with higher physical performance and improved mood. Try to get 10 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun at least three times a week. Vitamin D supplementation can be an important part of your supplementation program if you live in a area with limited solar strength for most of the year.

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