When ‘being in the moment’ hurts – 4 mindful strategies that helped me recover from tragic loss.

January 18th, 2018|

It was a Monday morning in early May. I had just positioned my chair by the window to catch the warmth of some early spring sunrays on my skin. For the first time after what had been a long and trying winter, I felt my energy picking up, and with it came inspiration and motivation – things I was looking forward to express in my work that day. The sound of my phone abruptly brought these plans to a halt. As I received the news I heard myself gasp. The impossible had become possible. My loving, playful, intelligent, problem [...]

3 lab tests to consider to improve your mood without anti-depressants

April 9th, 2015|

You feel ready to collapse – tired, irritable, flat, anxious and ready to cry at the drop of a hat. You need a time-out, but the world around you doesn’t allow for such a luxury. Your GP suggests you start taking anti-depressants. Of course, that is always an option, but before you fill that prescription consider doing a bit more research into the cause of your symptoms. The tests described below identify common causes of the symptoms you are experiencing, and once recognized, they can be addressed with great success. Keep in mind that these [...]

Complex pain & fatigue conditions require a complex approach to treatment.

January 15th, 2015|

Chronic pain & fatigue syndromes, such as fibromyalgia (FM) and myeloencephalitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are complex conditions that are often misdiagnosed, disregarded and misunderstood. At Infuse we know that these conditions are not just ‘between the ears’, that they are not mood-disorders and - although rarely demonstrated by blood tests - that there is something very real going on in the bodies of these people. People affected are often times people who used to be very driven, ‘type A’ personalities who‘s busy lives have abruptly come to an halt and they no longer are able to the things [...]

How my mom ditched her heart medications to climb the Rocky Mountains

August 19th, 2013|

It doesn’t happen often I get to use my naturopathic toolkit on my parents, since the Atlantic Ocean keeps us apart for most of the year. So when they came over this summer to travel British Colombia with me, I made sure I brought my equipment with me, including my acupuncture kit. You never know when an opportunity presents itself. Having spent numerous vacations in the Alps, we are all avert mountain hikers, so we were excited to explore the Rocky’s with it’s famous crystal blue lakes and stunning views. Our first hike was supposed to [...]

Get a head start on your day: do the breakfast smoothie – fast, easy, and full of the good stuff

June 23rd, 2013|

Ever wonder how you’re supposed to get all your vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, fiber, AND antioxidants in without having to spend you’re whole day thinking about organizing meals? The solution to your struggle is here: do the breakfast smoothie. Whatever you do: don’t skip breakfast. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. People who eat breakfast tend to have more energy, perform better and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired, and are more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks before lunchtime. I don’t [...]

Sugar pill cures typhus fever – or…was it placebo?

May 23rd, 2013|

It is amazing that so many skeptics are so misinformed about homeopathy, and it is ironic (to be diplomatic) that these skeptics hold themselves out as “defenders of science,” while being embarrassingly ignorant of the “body of evidence” that verifies the efficacy of homeopathic medicines and the biological activity of its doses. (Dana Ullman, MPH) Ask any skeptic of homeopathic medicine what they know about homeopathy and they will tell you that they are sugar pills with some substance that is so diluted that there is nothing left of it. Therefore it can’t work. Therefore it has to be [...]

The truth about antacids and why you’re better off without them

May 15th, 2013|

They look so innocent, those pink colored tums, or antacids. But in reality they might be the cause of many of your health concerns, including maldigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even depression.  Not only do they not cure the cause of your symptoms (they just suppress them), they also create a whole list of new problems, especially when used on a regular basis. Let me explain this before talking about natural treatment options. First of all – and contrary to popular belief - heartburn, or acid reflux, or GERD is not caused by too much stomach acid, but rather [...]

The science delusion and its implications to our healthcare

May 7th, 2013|

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the (ironically) biases within contemporary science: a discussion I embrace wholeheartedly, as it seems to be particularly relevant to the future of our healthcare.  The discussions show how even science, known for its unbiased and objective methods of enquiry, can develop preferences for certain worldviews over others, without evidence to uphold these views. Thus, the pursuit of knowledge can be influenced, and even held back by biases existing within the scientific and medical community. On January 13 2013, Rupert Sheldrake, a renowned member of the scientific community, gave a provocative talk [...]