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No Flour Delicious Zucchini Brownies September 17, 2013

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IMGblog_3401Paleo lovers rejoice!! A delicious brownie recipe that is chocolatey and moist and better yet contains absolutely no flour of any kind. Adjusting to the paleo diet can be difficult when it comes to baking as coconut flour can be gritty and almond flour can be dry and flaky.

This version eliminates flour altogether which means there are less carbs and more of everything tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond butter. Preferably raw and unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated Zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of natural sweetener (unpasteurized honey, pure maple syrup, stevia)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Alternatives: Add some nuts for crunch or raisins for the chew.

Sprinkle unsweetened flaked coconut on top.

Want straight up Brownies? Skip the cinnamon and nutmeg

Melt 85% dark chocolate and spread on top of brownies once cooled.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Pour into a greased baking pan or into lined muffin tins (use coconut oil for greaser…delicious)
  4. Bake for 35-45 mins till fork comes out clean

Enjoy and remember to share!

Thank you to one of our patients for directing us to the Delighted Momma for the inspiration behind this recipe. Some changes have been made but we like to give credit where credit is due! 

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Nova Health does Acupuncture. Consider it for better health! September 10, 2013

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acupuncture-9Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments and forms of healing in existence. Its philosophy is rooted in the traditional teachings of Taoism, and finding balance between yin and yang.
Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points throughout the body. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities.

According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (“chee”), flows throughout the body along pathways, or meridians . between the surface of the body and its internal organs. This flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. However, it is when the flow of energy becomes blocked that people become ill.

There are as many as 2,000 different acupuncture points along the body’s meridians. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.

Acupuncture can either be used on its own, combined with traditional medical treatments or with alternative remedies and treatments. acupuncture-399-pixel

Acupuncture, like any type of treatment, begins with a consultation. The acupuncturist/ND/MD will ask about your medical history and any conditions you’re currently experiencing.
When the acupuncturist is ready to begin your treatment, he or she will swab the chosen points on your body with alcohol or another disinfectant to cleanse the area, and will then insert the amount of needles required.

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are hair-thin, made of solid stainless steel and they are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch depending on the type of treatment being delivered.
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of pain as the needles are inserted. Some people reportedly feel a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.

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In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis).
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Eat an Avocado a day!

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You should be eating Avocados!

Avocados contain the good fats that we don’t eat enough of and are high in protein.

These pictures will explain more health benefits and how to eat them for you amateurs out there!So how do you add avocados to your diet? Here are some ideas:

On their own with a little lemon/lime juice and seasoning

Toppings for burgers, wraps, sandwiches etc

As a dip or spread like guacamole – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chunky-paleo-guacamole/

In salad

On the side of your plate to add to any meal- great paired with meat!

Smoothies

Avocado chocolate pudding – http://fastpaleo.com/recipe/easy-avocado-chocolate-pudding/

Do you have any other delicious and creative ways of adding this super fruit to your diet?Image

 

Did you know this about MSG?

Filed under: Food,research — novahealthnaturopathic @ 2:24 pm

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We have all heard of MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and usually relate it to Chinese food but did you know it exits in many other common packed foods? (One more reason to say no to processed foods!) It’s main use is to enhance flavour and trick the brain into thinking you are still hungry when you are full as well as creating an addiction for the food. Possibly why we crave chips, cookies and Kraft dinner when they actually don’t taste that great or satisfy us. Contributing factor to obesity and heart disease amongst other things? Highly likely!

msg-ratIf you still buy packaged foods then be aware that MSG can be hidden in foods under the following names so label check EVERYTHING!
Sodium caseinate
Yeast extract
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Textured whey protein
Textured vegetable protein
Tydrolyzed yeast extract
Textured soy protein
Autolyzed yeast extract,
Autolyzed vegetable protein
Calcium caseinate.

The toxin can also be labeled as “natural flavor” or “spice. eat-real-food

MSG may exhibit an allergic-type reaction or hypersensitivity. For those people, the effects of consuming food containing MSG may include: a burning sensation, facial pressure, headache, nausea and chest pains appearing about 20 minutes after consumption and disappearing about two hours later.

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http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-dangers-of-msg
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/addit/msg_qa-qr-eng.php
http://www.naturalnews.com/041984_MSG_toxic_foods_side_effects.html#ixzz2eV7VSqs1

 

Chelation Therpay August 8, 2013

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Many doctors will state that chelation therapy doesn’t work, that there is no proof of its value or that it is dangerous. Hopefully the following information and the reference materials provided will allow you to learn more about it, and empower you to make health decisions based upon facts, not rhetoric. Some doctors dismiss that with which they are not familiar, educated in or have personal experience with, regardless of evidence contradicting their opinions. Patients should ask their doctors as to their personal familiarity with chelation and whether or not they have personally read any studies on it in order to balance their opinions with others. Having such an open discussion may clarify the extent of your doctor’s knowledge about chelation and better allow you to make an informed decision that is right for you.

What is Chelation?IV-therapy

Chelation (pronounced ‘key-lay-shun’) is a Latin translation meaning to ‘bind onto’ or to ‘pinch’. It relates to the chemical process whereby one substance (in the case of chelation therapy this is a natural amino acid – not a drug) bonds onto another mineral – such as lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum or calcium. This is a completely natural process, which transpires thousands of times a day in your body to allow for life itself.

Chelation therapy ‘exploits’ this natural chemical process in order to rid the body of harmful (and toxic) mineral levels and to weaken the mineral ‘shell’ that forms on the plaques inside your veins and arteries. It simply provides your body with amino acids known to bind onto specific metals and allows for the natural chemical process to occur.

The History of Chelation Therapy

•It was first used during the World War II, when the British army developed the chelating agent ‘British Anti-Lewesite’ (BAL) to counter poison gas that was being developed as a new form of weaponry.

•It was introduced in the United States in 1948 to treat industrial workers suffering from lead poisoning.

•U.S. Navy doctors endorsed chelation, noting that those who received chelation and who also had atherosclerosis experienced less angina, better memory, better sight and an overall increase in vitality.

•Since the 1940s, over 400 controlled studies have examined the use of chelation therapy.

•More than 20 million treatments have been conducted worldwide since the1940s with no fatalities – compare this with bypass surgery, stent implants etc.

•Chelation is the undisputed, only treatment (accepted and used by ALL doctors and hospitals) to treat lead poisoning.

•Chelation is only disputed (by conventional medical agencies) with regard to its use for cardiovascular disease – more so in North America (which has an estimated $ 5 billion dollar ‘industry’ in heart surgeries and pharmaceutical medications).

•Advocates now use chelation for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism and general health promotion.

•Since the publication of the book Bypassing Bypass (1990), written by Dr. Elmer M. Cranton, hundreds of thousands of patients have learned of and received chelation therapy to treat blocked coronary arteries, angina, impaired circulation, decreased exercise tolerance and a litany of circulatory or cardiovascular conditions (such as vascular dementia, peripheral vascular disease, impaired vision etc).

•Since the publication of the book Forty Something Forever: A Consumer’s Guide To ChelationTherapy and Other Heart Savers (1992), written by Harold and Arline Brecher, North Americans have becoming increasingly aware of the ability of chelation therapy to reverse the ‘free radical damage’ caused by environmental pollution, aging and dietary habits and have used the therapy as part of a longevity / preventative health strategy.

How Chelation Therapy Works

By binding onto various minerals, the chelation treatment can ‘pull’ or remove these (toxic) minerals from the body in a safe manner. The mode of treatment allows for the minerals to be excreted through the urine, reducing the level of the minerals in the body and, hence, reducing or eliminating their ability to cause disease. The recipient’s health can benefit from this process in a number of ways.

Cardiovascular Healtharteries

Patients who suffer from atherosclerosis (ie. a blockage and hardening of larger vessels – such as those of the coronary arteries of the heart – those which are treated with bypass surgery), arteriosclerosis (a blockage and hardening of smaller vessels – such as those in peripheral vessels) and coronary artery disease are prime candidates for chelation. While the way in which it works is complicated and an area of some discussion, chelation can be envisioned as working by ‘pulling out’ the calcium that lies in a hard shell that forms over the plaques that form in blood vessels. By removing the mineral support, the ‘shell’ is broken down and the underlying deposits caused by cholesterol (etc.) become exposed and can then be dissolved and the blockages removed.

The main way chelation works is by reversing the free radical formations, which damage the vessels in the first place, leaving them susceptible to accumulations of fatty deposits. This process is described in Bypassing Bypass (1990). By reversing the free radical damage and removing the hard shell, the vessels not only become unblocked, they regain their ability to flex and expand, that is to say they loose the hard, rigid status. This leads to the ability of the vessels to respond to exertion, increases rate of circulation, decreases spasms and repairs damage to the vessel linings themselves.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, Senile Dementia

Chelation works for these conditions first by binding onto and removing minerals known to be causative in Alzheimer’s and suspected in Parkinson’s. Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s since the 1980s. If one removes aluminum from one’s body, future damage is prevented and existing damage caused by the minerals is repaired. With Senile Dementia and Vascular Dementia, chelation serves to increase blood flow through all vessels in the body (not just the heart). Chelation works at a variety of levels, by increasing circulation to the brain, removing toxic materials and providing repair to free radical damage (to brain tissue),

Cancer

While this heading is a simplification of a huge spectrum of diseases, several cancers are linked to damage to cells caused by toxic metal accumulations and free radical damage. These causative factors trigger a process wherein the immune system’s ‘oncogenes’ are not able to control the development of cancerous cells. Chelation removes the offending toxic materials and provides aggressive anti-oxidant support to free radical damaged tissue. Years of clinical data and case reports (available through the American College for the Advancement of Medicine) reveal profound results in cancer patients treated with chelation. Of course, these patients should first be screened for the presence of heavy metals etc.

Arthritis

Much in the way that chelation reverses toxic metal accumulations in cancer and heart disease patients, numerous studies show marked improvements in arthritis patients after chelation therapy. A reduction in the accumulated toxic metal crystals serves to reduce their ability to promote inflammatory responses in the arthritic joints. Likewise, reducing free radical damage serves to decrease inflammatory responses throughout the body, including sites of arthritis.

Autism

Many autistic patients have been found to have substantially elevated levels of mercury, lead and other heavy metals- chelation will remove these. Much clinical evidence indicates that the patients show rapid improvements upon removal of these toxic metals. As ‘heavy metals’ are known to be neurotoxins, removing them in a developmentally delayed or impaired individual serves a logical purpose.

A Summary of the Actions of EDTA Chelation

•Free Radical Control: As mentioned above, free radicals cause cell destruction via a process called ‘lipid oxidation’. Lipid oxidation is caused by metal ‘ions’ being inserted into the cell membranes. Chelation removes the ions that cause the damage, allowing for repairs on a cellular level

•Re-established normal prostaglandin hormone balance: Prostaglandins are hormones involved in vessel spasms, clot formation and arthritis. There must be a constant balance between the different types of prostaglandins. Lipid oxidation caused by free radical exposure promotes too much of the prostaglandins which form clots, cause spasms in vessels etc. Chelation corrects the lipid oxidation and hence reduces the prostaglandins that cause problems.

•Protects Blood Platelets: Platelets are the blood cells that clot together to stop bleeding. They also cause vessels to spasm by producing a substance called ‘thromboxane’. When platelets come into contact with EDTA, they reduce their tendency to stick together. Patients with impaired circulation, diabetes, vascular dementia, etc. will have greater blood flow and not require blood thinners (which cause a litany of other side effects).

•Improves Energy Production Inside Cells: Every cell has a ‘furnace’ (called the mitochondria) that produces energy required for the cell to survive. EDTA stabilizes the membranes of this ‘furnace,’ allowing for increased energy metabolism. This allows for greater cell function, survival and exertion.

•Improves Tissue Flexibility: As aging occurs, we are exposed to toxins (smoking, alcohol, chemicals, toxic heavy metals, etc.) and the cells in our tissues develop cross-links between large protein molecules. This leaves the tissue rigid, with a loss of flexibility, and results in wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Chelation has shown an ability to break these cross-links, resulting in a reduction of age spots, a healthier colour to the skin and a more youthful appearance.

Criticisms of Chelation Therapy

Most people who criticize chelation attack its role and use in the treatment of heart disease. No one debates its ability to remove toxic metals but, ironically, question its use in conditions known to be caused by toxic metal accumulations (such as Alzheimer’s). These very same experts rarely demonstrate a personal awareness of the existing research / evidence regarding chelation, over 400 trials and extensive clinical data having been conducted on the therapy since its invention.

As illustration, most cardiologists and doctors who dismiss chelation in the treatment of angina, blocked coronary arteries, atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis refer to a 1963 study by Drs. Kitchell and Meltzer, published in the American Journal of Cardiology (11; 501-506). They reported that chelation offered “no benefit” in treating heart disease patients and this opinion is the ‘gold standard’ brought up by modern day chelation critics. The problem is that the actual results of this 1963 study did not agree with their stated conclusion of “no benefit.” In fact, review of the data by several researchers showed that 64 of the patients had a reduction of symptoms after only 20 treatments, and 46 were still showing improvements 18 months after treatments ceased. Interestingly, at the time of this new study, Dr. Kitchell was on the payroll of the company developing the ‘Internal Mammary Artery Bypass,’ the forerunner to the current bypass surgery procedure.

What Criticisms of Chelation Leave Out

To reiterate, there have been over 400 studies on chelation therapy. Not one regarding heart disease, when the actual data is reviewed (ie. instead of the author’s conclusions), shows anything but indications of benefits. The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) has reviewed all trial evidence and recorded that more than 75% of patients treated with chelation for cardiovascular symptoms have shown significant improvements and over 90% have benefited when they received 35 or more treatments and followed diet, exercise and lifestyle advice.

Drs. Chappell, M.D., and Stahl, PhD, (published in the Journal for the Advancement in Medicine, 1994;7) reviewed 19 studies on the use of chelation on 22,765 patients. They found that these 19 medical studies all showed measurable and sustainable improvements in blood circulation (determined by before and after treatment medical tests) in 88 of the patients treated.

Statistics that the critics don’t talk about regarding cardiovascular health are equally interesting.

•A 10-year study by the American National Institute of Health compared survival rates of those who had bypass surgery and those who did nothing to treat their heart disease. The results showed those who received the risky bypass (with noteworthy mortality from the operation itself) were no more likely to live longer, be healthier or have fewer heart symptoms than those who did absolutely nothing to treat their conditions.

•The American Journal of Cardiology (June 15, 1998; 81(12): 1393-1399) reported that in a 22-year follow-up study of bypass patients, bypass offered “neither survival nor symptomatic benefits.”

It is important to be aware of both sides so one can be aware of the large amount of data on both allopathic and naturopathic modalities. Critics say chelation doesn’t have enough evidence to support its use, despite the extensive data. They do not, however, say the same when scientific evidence clearly questions the value and use of bypass. Stent implants have even less success than bypass, and both had significant mortality and post-operative symptoms such as depression, increased chest pain etc. In keeping with standards of ‘evidence-based medicine’ chelation’s extensive clinical and trial evidence should be treated with the same standards as surgical and pharmaceutical options.

Other Studies and Conditions TreatedEDTA_chelation_therapy_detox_heavy_toxic_metals

•Between 1964 and 1968 several studies were published on the use of chelation in the treatment of diabetic circulatory diseases. Every trial demonstrated improved circulation in both the impaired vessels in the legs of the diabetic patients as well as the arteries and veins throughout their bodies (Angiology 1964, 15:379-394; Journal of the American Geriatric Society 1966;14: 272-294).

•A study of patients with peripheral vascular disease (impaired circulation in the peripheral limbs – mainly legs and some arms), showed that 91 had a ‘marked improvement’ after chelation therapy (Medical Hypothesis 1988;27: 41 -49).

•Dr. J. Bjorksten published a summary of studies on chelation and concluded that chelation therapy could increase the lifespan of man by 12% (Rejuvenation 1980; 8:59-66).

•Drs. McDonagh, Rudolph and Cheraskin published a study on patients with impaired cerebral vascular arterial blood flow (those with vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc). Their study revealed that 88% of the patients showed objective (ie. measured by medical testing) improvements in cerebrovascular blood flow (Journal of Holistic Medicine, 1982; 4(1):21-23).

•Dr. Schettler performed a study on EDTA chelation for the drug company Tiemann Pharmaceuticals (who make a medication used to prevent platelette aggregation -Fludilat). It showed that the patients who received chelation increased their walking distance by 250% while the drug caused a 64% increase. When reviewing these results, the company then dropped several of the chelation patients from the study’s data and concluded that chelation offered “no benefit.”

•Drs. Cranton and Blumer published a remarkable study on the possible preventative role of chelation in cancer development. They provided chelation to patients who lived beside a highway and who were exposed to lead-based exhaust fumes and then followed them and their neighbours for 18 years. Only one of the chelated patients died of cancer while 30 of the 172 non-chelated patients studied died (Journal of Advancement in Medicine 1989;2(1,2): 183-188). This translates into a 90% reduction in cancer mortality!

It is important to note that the data demonstrating the effectiveness of chelation come from well-controlled and peer-reviewed studies.

Further Reading

•www.acam.org -Website for the American College For Advancement In Medicine

•www.icimed.com – Website for The International College of Integrative Medicine

•www.autismanswer.com – Website on the role of chelation in the treatment of autism

•Dr. Cranton, Elmer. Bypassing Bypass. (2nd ed.) Virginia: Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 1990.

•Halstead, Bruce, and Rozema, Theodore. The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation Therapy. (2nd ed.) TRC Publishing, 1997.

•Brecher, Arline, and Brecher, Harold. Forty Something Forever: A Consumer’s Guide To Chelation Therapy and Other Heart Savers. Health Savers Press, 1992.

 

Coffee or Tea Drinker? July 26, 2013

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What do you think is better for your health? Is Green Tea really the most superior?tumblr_md271pZF0k1r04kdao1_500

After some research Tea still seems to come out on top in terms of health benefits.

Green tea has amazing benefits, no argument there, but perhaps more people should look at White Tea as it has 3x more anti-oxidants.

For those of you who need a caffeine kick but want the health benefits might consider Oolong Tea instead of the typical Black Tea.

Need an anti-oxidant rich tea without Caffeine but lots of flavour? Rooibos Tea is for you!

Coffee still has been shown to reduce certain diseases as well but has more risks from over consumption than Tea.

And when it comes to Tea or Coffee, organic is best as it has not been sprayed with Pesticides..ewww.

You decide! Or just have a variety of coffee and different teas daily to cover your butt.

Sources:  The Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption
Tea Research by Numbers
A Proper Cuppa
Medicinal Teas

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Naturopathic Medicine Options for Autism July 19, 2013

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Summary of Bio-medical Treatment 

This summary follows the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) philosophy.  It involves treating the underlying causes of the symptoms of autism and emphasizes nutritional interventions. It is based on scientific research, medical testing, and clinical experience.

 Biomedical Treatments

Improving Diet

A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits and proteins is essential to provide key nutrients.  Avoid sugars, artificial colours, preservatives, fried foods, pesticides.

Food Sensitivities

Due to abnormalities in the digestive tract or immune system, food allergies are common.  Both food allergy testing (via blood work – IgG testing), the elimination diet (eliminating wheat, rye, barley, oats, dairy, sugar, corn, soy, yeast, peanuts, and egges) and diet logging are helpful.

Peptide metabolism: Gluten and Casein

Most autistic children suffer from some degree of intestinal dysbiosis, abnormal intestinal permeability, and nutritional abnormalities.

Increased intestinal permeability is associated with absorption of opioid-like polypeptides from the partial digestion of casein (in dairy) and gliaden (in grains).  Elevated opioid peptide levels have been documented in urine of children with autism (Reichelt, 2003, Nutr Neurosci; 6:19-28)

Study showed a glutin free/ casein free diet improves 63% of children according to parent ratings (Biomedical Treatments for Autism ARI Publ 40, Apr. 2007)

For more info visit: www.gfcfdiet.com.  Book:  By Lisa Lewis, Glutin and Dairy Free Diet

Reduction of polypeptide levels by administration of duodenal enzymes such as secretin, Betaine HCL, Pepsin and Histidine have been shown to improve social and language skills in autistic patients (Horvath, 2002, Curr Opinion in Pediatrics; 14: 583)

Dybsiosis: Yeast and Bacteria

Organic acids, produced by yeast can be found in the urine of autistic patients (Shaw, 1995, Clin Chem; 41: 1094-1104)

Candidiasis – Studies show treatment with antifunal drugs (Nystatin, Diflucan) and antibiotics (Metronidazole) can reduce clinical symptoms of autism (Clin Pract Alternat Med, 2000; 1: 15-26). Naturopathic antifungals/antimicrobials: herbs and probiotics, colostrums can be helpful.

Impaired Detoxification

Studies show metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism (James et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2004; 80: 1611-1617).

Improving detoxification –

  • Methylcobalamin (injections or sublingual) and folic acid – are involved in oxidative phosphorylation and lessen oxidative stress.  Homocysteine increases with B12 deficiency.  High homocysteine is associated with inhibition of N- acetyl-asparate.  A study of 45 autistic children showed autistics had lower n-acetyl-asparate than controls (Friedman, 2003, Neurology; 60: 100-107)
  • Vitamin B6 and Magnesium – high doses have been found to be effective in treatment of autism symptoms in double blind trials.  Magnesium is involved in mitochondrial energy production (co-factor for NADPH and ATP production).  B6 is also involved in increasing mitochondrial function.  Combination of magnesium and B6 thereby diminish oxidative stress and have been shown to be helpful for austistic children (Rimland, 1996, J Autism Dev Disord: 26: 237-241)
  • Glutathione and NAC (pre-cursor to Glutathione) – many autistic children have low levels of active glutathione (anti-oxidant needed to protect the body from toxins and heavy metals – aids with elimination)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – commonly depleted in autism.  One study showed 23% lower levels in autistic children than controls (Vancassel, 2001, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids;65: 1-7) .  Repletion may restore healthier membrance and receptor function.

Heavy Metal Toxicity: mercury, lead, arsenic

Deficiencies in phase 2 detoxification pathways allow the accumulation of toxic emvironmental chemicals and heavy metals.  Autistic children may not be able to excrete these chemicals and heavy metals because of compromised detoxification pathways.

Lead and Mercury are known neurotoxins and initiators of oxidative stress.  Reduction of total body load of these xenobiotics diminishes oxidative stress and could create conditions under which reversal of symptoms can occur.  Oral or intravenous DMSA (heavy metal chelator) can reduce the body burden of the heavy metals (Bradstree, J Am Phys Surg, 2003; 8: 76-79)

Lab Work

Organic Acid Test

Comprehensive Stool Analysis (yeast, bacteria)

IgG foods

Amino acids

Provocative challenge test for metals

Essential Fatty Acids

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References and further reading

**Autism:  Effective Biomedical Treatments by J. Pangborn, PhD & S. Baker, MD

**Children With Starving Brains:  A medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder by J. Mc Candless, MD

Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD by W. Shaw,

http://myautismrecovery.com/

http://www.tacanow.org/

http://www.autism.com/index.asp

 

 

Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes July 9, 2013

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Hey there! Today we are are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Oxbro.medium_2752554211-300x231

No birthday is complete without chocolate cupcakes right? Here is an excellent Paleo friendly recipe taken from “The Food Lovers Make it Paleo” by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason 2011.

Yummy Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes 

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Photo from paleoeffect.com

Recipe

1/2 cup coconut flour
6 eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 F
Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer
Place muffin papers into muffin trays
Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup batter
Bake at 350 F for 35 mins or until toothpick comes out clean
Let cool and enjoy!!

Variations: Add some chocolate chips, coconut, nuts or berries to the batter.
Melt some dark chocolate and use as drizzle for the top of the cupcakes.

Substitutions: Coconut oil can be used in place of Palm oil
Honey, Agave Nectar or Liquid Stevia (less) can replace maple syrup

Yum yum yummmm!!!

 

Sunshine, Sunscreen and Vitamin D June 13, 2013

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suntaningFor any of you who are trying to figure out if the sun really is healthy for us or not,  Loren Cordain’s book The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young (2012) gives some great insight into the benefits of sunshine and the dangers of sunscreen. He believes that the universal application of sunscreen lotions may actually produce adverse health effects. Do sunscreens really prevent cancer or do they just protect against sunburn? There is no evidence to suggest sunscreen actually protects you against major types of skin cancer but rather increases your risk due to its ability to allow you longer sun exposure without burning. Not to mention the amount of chemicals found in Sunscreen! While that is a whole other blog post, Dr. Oxbro believes you should be informed. Click here to educate yourself on safe sunscreens and alternatives: Natural News. The more naturally you live, the healthier you will be.

As we all know UV radiation causes damage to our skin. What you may not know is UV is divided into two categories, UVA and UVB. UVB is responsible for the Lobster look we get after too much time in the sun and most sunscreens employ one or more ingredients to block UVB. Until recently very few blocked UVA which is now believed to be the main cause of melanoma.  So then, wouldn’t the best sunscreen contain ingredients that block sunboth UVA and UVB? Would seem logical and it is, but research shows that using sunscreen every time were in the sun actually increases our risk for certain types of cancer. Truth is sunlight is both good and bad depending on how you are exposing yourself to the sun. According to Loren Cordain, PhD., chronic, long term exposure such as what outdoor workers experience is protective from skin cancers whereas the occasional intense burn with little regular sun exposure may promote melanoma and other types of cancer.

What about Vitamin D?

We all know we need vitamin D and getting it from the sun is a great way to supercharge yourself naturally. If you are using sunscreen that blocks UVB you are blocking out your body’s natural response to UVB which is to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a powerful anti-cancer substance that we desperately need for health, well-being and survival. In the last 20 years evidence reveals that low vitamin D increases the risk for 16 different types of cancers as well as autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, mental illness, osteoporosis and susceptibility to infectious diseases.  Who wants that?!

 Safe Sun Exposure

So then, how do we enjoy the suns healthy vitamin D benefits without burning? Dr. Loren Cordain suggests applying a more natural sunscreen containing both UVA and UVB protection (SPF 8-15) for the first few times you will be out in the sun, especially for people with fair complexions.  After you have a healthy tan, or some sun tolerance, begin to lower the amount of sunscreen and the SPF value during sun exposure. After that, you hardly need to worry about it. A healthy diet can also protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. You can read more about that here: 6 Food Groups that will Protect you from the Sun. The key is common sense and moderation. We have all heard it before, wear light clothing, hats and sit in the shade when it gets too hot. What we want is regular sunlight exposure, (15-30 mins daily) not excessive. Regular sunlight increases our blood levels of vitamin D which in turn decreases our risk of developing many illnesses and diseases.

How much Sunlight and what about Supplements?

article_vitamindWe each need different amounts of sunlight depending on skin colour. Very dark skinned people need twice the amount of sun to achieve similar blood concentrations of vitamin D as light skinned people.  In the summertime daily sunlight exposure for 15-30 minutes should rapidly boost your levels of Vitamin D. While a good diet rich in fish, veggies, free range eggs and other natural sources provides us with some Vitamin D, it is not nearly enough. Not to mention what the winter season means for soaking in vitamin D goodness through sunlight…nearly impossible!

Here at Nova Health Naturopathic Centre, Dr. Oxbro recommends taking a natural Vitamin D supplement of up to 3000 IU. This may vary from person to person and their amount of sun exposure on a daily basis. Your best way of knowing how much Vitamin D you need personally is to have blood work done. This way the doctor can read your levels and determine what is best for you!

References: Cordain, Loren.(2012) The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young. Pages 207-211

 

Helpful Ways to Better Afford Organic Food on a Tight Family Budget June 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — novahealthnaturopathic @ 3:02 pm

One of the biggest complaints among ordinary families trying to eat healthy is that clean, organic food is simply too expensive, and thus out of reach for the average budget. But eating right does not have to break the bank, especially when you know what to look for and how to shop for it. Here are some helpful tips for maximizing your food budget while still being able to afford the best foods for your family:

1) Buy local. Though not always certified organic many of the foods sold at your local farmers market are likely grown using organic methods. In fact, many local farmers and backyard gardeners employ growing methods that exceed certified organic standards, and yet are able to sell their goods for less as a result of not having to pay for official organic certification.
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2) Take advantage of generic organic. If the grocery store is more your style, be on the lookout for store brand organic products, which are popping up all across the country. Popular grocery chains (Loblaws, Walmart, Costco) now offer generic organic product lines that are significantly cheaper than the more expensive brands sold at higher-end grocery retailers.

3) Buy in bulk. You can also look for organic items sold in bulk, as purchasing in higher volumes will almost always translate into lower costs. Nuts, oils, dried seaweed, seeds, frozen fruit and various other packaged products will typically last quite a while on the shelf, which makes stocking up on such items, particularly when they are on sale, a great way to maximize your spending power.

4) Grow your own food. If you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, you may also consider planting a few things of your own. Tomatoes, herbs, and squash, for instance, are relatively easy to cultivate at home. The average suburban backyard is capable of sustaining all of these in small plots, as well as a few fruit trees and other goodies, given the appropriate climate. Try planting just one or two crops and move forward from there – you might be surprised at how much food you can yield at home rather than buy from the store! 

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6) Become a coupon shopper. Some people still mistakenly believe that coupons are available only for cheap, processed foods on the conventional market. But many popular natural and organic brands also offer coupons, which can often be found in coupon books at the registers of health food stores. Many manufacturers also offer coupons on their company websites, so be sure to keep an eye out for these deals.

7) Join a cooperative. Building upon the idea of buying in bulk, many families trying to eat healthy will join a local cooperative. Also known as a co-op, these organized buying systems combine the purchasing power of multiple families to get the best deals on things like unprocessed dairy, local meats, fresh produce, and other healthy items.

Check out Kingston Public Market for local, organic food! Kingston Public Market

 

 

 
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