5 Chocolate Recipes You Don't Have to Feel Guilty About

Christmas is approaching quickly and there’s a lot of sugar around. If you are a chocolate lover like I am, let's not miss out on all the fun.  

If you are managing your blood sugar like I am, it’s nice to know that 70% dark chocolate has a low glycaemic index of 22.  Hypoglycaemic guidelines state we stay below a glycaemic index of 50, so this works, right?  Dark chocolate is a guilt free treat.

I am sharing five of my favourite recipe ideas that I hope you find useful over the holidays…

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Hiding Under the Covers

Hiding under the covers is something that I regularly prescribe and encourage.  It is a mental health day, a restoration day to be used in when feeling burned out, fighting a lot of colds, having a lot of headaches or feeling moderately depressed and don't know why.  I am writing this blog before Christmas and it is my experience that the month of December is very stressful.  Many people start to twitch in December.

I am sharing an excerpt taken from Jennifer Louden’s book The Woman's Comfort Book. This is a guide self nurturing and restoring balance in your life.  There was a time when this book stayed by my side.  Fatigue often means we can't come up with ideas as how to care for ourselves, and this is a great resource…

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When Diet Isn't Working

When Diet Isn’t Working

We are a diet crazy society at the moment.  Are you Paleo? anti-inflammatory?  carb free?  fruitarian? vegetarian?

Confused?  don’t know what to eat anymore?

The first mistake you might make is thinking that any one ‘diet’ will work for you.  The diet that works for you has no name.  It is a custom diet based on the individuality that is you.  To think you are going to be able to pick up a book and follow the blueprint in the book probably won't work for the long run.   You need to find the food that works for you. In order to do this you have to troubleshoot, tweak and find what works for your body.

Welcome to a fresh mindset.

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An Attitude for the End Zone

When Doris Grumback was 70, she wrote Coming to the End Zone: A Memoir.  The End Zone is that time of life when you must be conscious or you will miss the rest of your life.  It could start at anytime, but by the time you are 60, you automatically begin to feel like an elder, at least older than most and more experienced than many.

Here are some random thoughts about the End Zone from Jack Rosenberg (Author of IBP: Body, Self and Soul):

That which is most important comes first.  Listen to your body voice.  When you seek approval from others, it stops your internal aliveness, sense of well-being and in the end zone, it will limit your sense of freedom.  When you make decisions, you can't check with everyone in the past on whom you have counted to tell you what to do or what to rebel against, most of your trusted advisors have died anyway.

You need an intention, not a goal, to accomplish what you wish to accomplish in the rest of your life.  Do not make a plan so ambitious that it cannot be completed.  A goal so immense that it occupies your life is a trap and keeps you from living in the end zone.  Don't make a "when....then...." out of the last years of your life.

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Homeopathy in Mumbai

They say that that India is  a mixture of the best and the worst.  It is a sensory collision of colour, pollution, temples, poverty, spirituality, beaches, partying, chaos and people.  Mumbai is the home to Bollywood and I discovered, quite expensive compared to the rest of the country.  I was surprised to find that rents in Mumbai can easily compare to those in Toronto or Vancouver. 

Some of the current leading and most talented homeopaths in the world are in India.  My two weeks in Mumbai were taken with studying Homeopathy with Dr. Rajan Sankaran at the Other Song Academy.  

Rajans work is considered the largest breakthrough in homeopathy in the last century or more.  His work has made homeopathy into a clarified system of understanding casetaking and analysis.   Every year in November, they hold an International Clinical Workshop, specialized for the most advanced long-term students, and this is where I was privileged to study for two weeks.

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Usnea barbarata: Nature's antibiotic

Usnea barbarata (Old Man's Beard) is a type of lichen that grows on trees.  Though lichens appear to be single plants, they are really a combination of fungus and algae that grow together for their mutual benefit.  Usnea is an immune system tonic that can be used in acute situation as well as for long term immune enhancement and general prevention.  Be sure to remember this humble but powerful plant when cold and flu season comes around this year, or any other time your immune system needs an extra boost.  It has no side effects and is safe for children.
Usnea is one of the most powerful herbs we have for it's antibiotic, antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  It's use dates back to ancient China, where it was used for  cooling and overheated system and topically

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How and when to End Treatment

Congruent endings are as important and valuable in the process of seeing your naturopath/homeopath as the beginnings and middle.   It is a topic that is not spoken about very much.   I have had long term patients not know how to talk to me about this and leave abruptly with a email, or a sentence in the session and leaving me disconcerted and with questions. These articles cover important aspects of any treatment process and are as applicable to the homeopathic/naturopathic process as in counselling.

When to End Treatment, Ryan Howes PhD.

Psychology Today magazine, 2017

A few months ago, a journalist sent me some questions for an article about ending therapy (because of my series on termination, I presume). I worked hard writing responses, but the article never ran, so I thought I’d post them here to bring some closure to all this hard work.

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Prevention of Colds and Flu

In these times of varying health reports in the media, it can be confusing.  It is the position of this clinic that continued ongoing homeopathic and naturopathic care is your best 'defence' regarding acute colds and flus.  If you are already coming in for homeopathic treatment, you are already doing your best for your health by strengthening your overall system in a holistic way.

In the context of Naturopathic and Homeopathic medicine, it is considered that getting a cold or flu once or twice a year is a good thing. It is also important to come into the clinic at this time, as your body is expressing itself in an acute way and I can get important information that I would not otherwise be able to obtain.  The acute state is important for homeopathic prescribing, and also an important way our body detoxifies.  

 If it is your time then let's make your experience as painless as possible….

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What to Ask on your Yearly Physical Examination

Routine blood work and a physical exam should be done annually for both men and women.  These tests can help your doctor look for things like hypertension, anemia, infections, cholesterol levels, liver and kidney function, blood sugar levels and thyroid function. We recommend you specifically ask for cholesterol levels, TSH (thyroid), ferritin and liver enzymes if they have not previously been done.  Depending on your individual health and treatment plan, your doctor might also test your hormone levels.

During your first visit at the clinic, we recommend you bring in any screening bloodwork that you may have had done before you have arrived at the clinic.  We will review findings and recommend any additional testing that may need.

Women’s Health Screenings
There are some annual tests that are specific to women’s health.  An exam is recommended yearly and includes…

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My e-health

Are you aware of the new online system where you can print your recent lab results at home?

Myehealth offers a fast, secure method for patients to obtain their laboratory results.  As soon as results are released from the performing lab, they are available online in my ehealth.  Excelleris uses a variety of secure technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

It is a free service for BC patients, and is available in 4 languages.

To register you must:

  • be age 16 or older

  • have a BC care card number

  • have had lab work within the last 30 days at: Lifelabs, Valley Medical laboratories, BC Biomedical laboratories

  • as an outpatient only at Vancouver Coastal Haalth or Providence Health Care

When you visit the lab, ask the technician to provide you with a reference number.  When you get home and visit the ehealth website, you will be asked to create a password (keep it safe) which will give you access to your results, which you can print off in the comfort of your home.

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Letters to Hahnemann

October 24, 2016.  I am on the train on the way to Paris having just spent a very pleasant and educational afternoon at the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany (www.igm-bosch.de).

The Robert Bosch foundation is a archive, library, and research centre for the history of homeopathy and the social history of medicine, and where the historical documents and many personal effects and medical tools of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy can be found.  This article will be more of interest to my fellow colleague homeopaths and I hope it will be of some interest to my patients.

My visit to IGM began with my connection with Archival specialist Sandra Doelker…

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