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Cell phone in your pocket? Study says no for dad’s-to-be

Cell phone in your pocket? Study says no for Dad’s-to-be

When talking to couples about what they can do for optimal conception, I always discuss diet and lifestyle. An equally important factor especially for males is to keep their cell phones away from their reproductive organs.
This study highlights the reasons why not to keep your cell phone in your pocket if you want healthy sperm:

The influence of direct mobile phone radiation on sperm quality 2014

There are many supplements that can improve the quality and quantity of sperm, but if you are still carrying your phone in your front/back pockets, you’re just throwing your money out window.
My rule of thumb is, if your phone is on you, it’s on ‘airplane mode’
For more information on optimizing your fertility, contact us today

Dr. Kirsten Almon ND in Mississauga

certified in HypnoBirthing
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Herb Walk in Mississauga

We had a marvellous herb walk this past Saturday to celebrate mid-summer.

The weather was gorgeous and we witnessed & learned about many of the earth’s herbs as medicine in full summer delight.
Thank you to Riverwood Conservancy and to Nina Barabas for inviting me to join in this year’s celebrations!
Here are some pictures from the herb walk:
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Dr. Tiffany Wyse walking with Dr. Nina Barabas on a herb walk in Mississauga

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nina barabas teaching on a herb walk in Mississauga
nina barabas teaching on a herb walk in Mississauga
Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga
June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

mississauga riverwood Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga
Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

tiffany wyse teaching herbs

For those interested in learning more about herbs, contact Dr. Tiffany Wyse and read one of her articles below:
Herbal Medicine for the treatment of drug resistant bacteria
Dr. Tiffany  Wyse Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga
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Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing ® Offered at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Benefits of HypnoBirthing ® Prenatal Classes in Mississauga

The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing ® is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. Self-hypnosis and deep relaxation are very effective techniques, which allow women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birth.

Studies have found that women using hypnosis in labour experience:

  • less discomfort
  • shorter labours
  • fewer medical interventions & less postpartum depression.

HypnoBirthing ® also helps to take the fear component out of labour so that women can feel empowered and do what millions have done before them – have safe births with healthy babies!

These classes are suitable for all expectant parents and their support persons, whether they plan to birth with a doctor or midwife, at home or in the hospital. These classes will focus on the following:

–  Learn how to guide and support your partner during the birth process with: breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques.

Our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors greatly enjoy their family practices while pursuing greater training in fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care.

Our instructors are certified Naturopathic Doulas and HypnoBirthing ® specialists. As Doulas, they have attended births and provided physical, emotional, and informational support for birthing mothers and their partners before, during and after labour.

Contact Erin Mills Optimum Health today to find out more about our Prenatal Classes in Mississauga today!

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Allergies – natural relief approach

Allergies – a Natural relief approach discussed by your Mississauga Wellness Clinic

The doctors at your Mississauga wellness clinic discuss natural relsief strategies to allergies.  Read below about natural health strategies that you can implement into your life to make your experience with allergies a better one.

What is an allergic response?

An allergic response is your body’s reaction to an external stress that it perceives as harmful. A sneeze gets stuff out. Runny eyes gets stuff out. A Runny nose gets stuff out! The redness in the eyes is the immune system showing up to fight. This is how the body fights the environment.

If you let TV/Radio commercials teach you how to manage this “problem”, you will take an allergy pill to stop the runny eyes, nose, and sneeze. This will definitely make you “feel” better and can be important in emergency or certain social situations (job interviews, church, etc).

BUT,

The pills are turning off your body’s ability to fight and react to the environment

Instead of hampering my body, I assist and empower it:

1 – Address the environment (minimize obvious and less obvious triggers)
2 – Increase your adaptive potential (get adjusted, sleep, drink water, moderate exercise, relax)

Realize that the severity of your allergies today can be because of your behaviour from days earlier. The severity of your allergies can also clue you in to how well your body functioning on other system levels.

So, allergies represent your body’s ability/inability to comprehend your environment.

Your body is taking care of you, it is NOT “sick”! Support and Empower it. Don’t stop it.

Keep reading below about natural ways to approach your seasonal allergies


 

Spring is here, and so can allergens! – Welcome message from our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse:

With the new season life is sprouting up & the brown & gray landscapes are turning green. I am so pleased to begin the new season as the newest & “greenest” member of Erin Mills Optimum Health. I can see so much potential for healing in this awesome place.

Spring brings so much:

the promise of new life, new blossoms blooming and a new baseball season. For some of us though spring brings allergies and allergies suck.
Sometimes we must retreat inside, even on beautiful days to feel better. Sometimes allergies trigger asthma making them even worse. For some of us we think that the only way to deal with the allergies is to take prescription medicines that may work temporarily but never really get to the cause of why we react.

nice spring blooming tree flowers white in Mississauga

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Tiffany Whyse photo for herb walk in Mississauga

tiffany whyse describing a plant on the herb walk in Mississauga

 


Natural Relief from Seasonal Allergies

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga, I am always discussing health topics such as allergies with my patients.  My patients are often looking for ways to take a more natural approach without the use of drugs towards better health.  Allergies is a perfect example about a health topic that requires an alternative viewpoint such as one from a Chiropractic perspective.  Many community members in Mississauga are often learning about allergies from allergy drug commercials on television, but they don’t stop to think about what allergies are or how to address them from a more natural perspective.

How a Chiropractor views allergies

Allergies are your body’s attempt to address your external world.  You can stop your body’s allergic response with drugs, but in doing so you are shutting down your body’s immune system and interfering with your body’s attempt to deal with your environment.

Chiropractors and Naturopaths agree that allergies can definitely be:

  • Annoying
  • itchy
  • irritating
  • socially unacceptable

Common Allergies & Symptoms include:

  • red, itchy eyes
  • sneezing
  • runny or clogged nose
  • sinus headaches
  • wheezing
  • watery eyes

Chiropractors also realize that allergies can make it difficult to:

  • Breathe, and can be a big component of asthma
  • make your eyes itchy, sore, and watery
  • make you sneeze and coug
  • make you feel sluggish and doz
  • make it difficult to sleep

What can you for allergies then?

  1. Help your body function better.
  2. Minimize your exposure to allergens that your body has difficult with.

1) There are many ways the help your body function better:

Your Mississauga Chiropractor can help determine some spots where you can start.  All aspects of function matter – physical, chemical, and emotional aspects all play a major part at how your body is functioning well.

My practical expertise at Erin Mills Optimum Health is at helping your spine and nervous system work better.  As a Chiropractor I do focus more on the physical impacts on your body, but I also will discuss the emotional and chemical components.  The reason that chiropractic can help is the role of the spine and how it can impact the nerve system which controls your immune system.  If your immune system is coordinated with better instructions from your nerve system, it tends not to over react and create allergic reactions to the mundane allergens.

By reducing stress on your nerve system, it also allows your body to have a greater capacity for handling the external world.  A greater capacity to manage is very important in the allergy world.  By increasing your capacity to adapt to the environment as well as by reducing the allergens you are exposed to, you can greatly improve your allergy experience.  It does take effort, but you are worth it!

2) Minimize your exposure to allergens that your body has difficult with.

Minimizing your exposure to allergens just makes sense.  Avoid what you are allergic to! Clean, fresh air is better than air filled with allergens.  You won’t be able to avoid everything, but your body will definitely appreciate your attempts to reduce your exposure to irritants.  Vacuum more, filter your air, and avoid foods and events that you know will over stress your body’s immune system.

Keep reading below to get more ideas at how you can help your body function better this allergy season, but don’t forget to minimize those allergens too!

What causes allergies?

Seasonal allergies are a form of allergic rhinitis, or inflammation of the nose. This occurs when the immune system reacts defensively to substances in your environment– like pollen, mold and pet dander – by releasing a flood of histamine, a neurotransmitter that triggers inflammation.

Inflammation is a normal, healthy response to pathogens, which helps the body naturally heal itself. Like any allergy, hay fever is an immunity disorder in which the body overreacts to a non-dangerous trigger, such as pollen.

Risk factors for allergic rhinitis include a family history of allergy, having other allergies, such as food allergies or eczema, exposure to second-hand smoke, a poor diet, lack of exercise, fatigue and stress.

Researchers also speculate that an aggressive childhood vaccination schedule may prompt an autoimmune response, which might be associated with the rise of cases of allergic rhinitis.  To learn more about this check out Vaccine Choice Canada.

-Dr. Callum Peever

So what causes seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis or hayfever is a type 1 hypersensitivity to airborne allergens such as pollens, pets, dust and foods. When a sensitized individual breathes in the allergens it creates a response by IgE antibodies which release multiple inflammatory modulators, like Histamine.

-Dr. Tiffany Wyse

Chiropractic’s Holistic Perspective of Allergy Prevention

Chiropractors, like your doctor at Erin Mills Optimum Health, view all aspects of wellness – including a healthy immune system – as directly connected to the nervous system. The spinal cord is at the center of the nervous system, and can be hindered by vertebral subluxations. These areas of dysfunction in the spine result from misaligned spinal bones.

Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations with specific maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments. Correcting vertebral subluxations can calm the inflammation of allergies caused by an over-excited nervous system.  The nerve system has an intricate role with regards to the immune system, or the inflammatory process –

The Role of Mast Cells in Inflammatory Processes: Evidence for Nerve/Mast Cell Interactions 

Chiropractic and the Neuroimmune Connection

Improved Allergen-Specific IgE Levels in an 8-year-old Female Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature

The Risks of Allergy Medication

Many people attempt to counteract the inflammatory action of histamines with allergy drugs called antihistamines. They function by blocking the histamine receptors in certain cells.

The common use of antihistamines is concerning because they carry certain risks, which people are not aware of. Some of these drugs cross the blood-brain barrier and have strong sedative effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, poor concentration, blurred vision and tremors.  The brain is being seen as more and more important, and allowing it to be exposed to chemicals from drugs doesn’t make sense.

Other antihistamines can cause dangerous drug interactions.

Allergic rhinitis already hinders learning, decision-making speed and psychomotor speed – why take a chance of making the situation worse by adding drugs into the mix?

Keep it clean with nasal irrigation.

Nasal irrigation is a safe and highly effective method of allergy control. Used for centuries in some cultures and now popular in the West as well, nasal irrigation involves flushing the nose and sinuses with saline solution, either from cupped hands, a syringe or a neti pot.  The process rinses dried mucus and foreign matter like pollen from the nasal and sinus cavities.

The Efficacy of Hypertonic Saline Nasal Irrigation for Chronic Sinonasal Symptoms  

 Efficacy of daily hypertonic saline nasal irrigation among patients with sinusitis: A randomized controlled trial


What can we do Naturopathically for Allergy Relief?

Instead of focusing on the what we are allergic to, as Naturopaths we are interested in why we are allergic. Seasonal allergies are frequently only symptoms of an imbalanced immune system and an overburdened detoxification system. If we can address those things then we can get rid of allergies for good!

We have many tools at our disposal to help. We may begin by addressing the gut and any underlying sensitivities, we also use immunomodulators specific for allergies to restore the immune system, we use hepatics to improve liver function in order to decrease the allergic response and then reinoculate the system with probiotics in order to establish & maintain a healthy terrain.

-Dr. Tiffany Wyse Naturopath

Want to learn more? Watch the interview with one of our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors below:

A big congratulations to our very own Dr. Aisling Lanigan for a wonderful interview on naturopathy and allergies! Check it out:

Fight Allergies with Nutrition

Certain nutrients also fight the inflammation response that triggers allergies. Vitamin C, for instance, suppresses histamine production by white blood cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in many of the fruits and vegetables the doctor recommends consuming for optimal health. The nutrient is especially plentiful in rose hips, acerola, red peppers, guava, kiwifruit and broccoli.

Researchers tested a vitamin C nasal spray on patients suffering from allergic rhinitis. After two weeks of daily treatment, 74 percent experienced significant relief of inflammation and nasal secretions.

Treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis with ascorbic acid solution.

 Carotenoids, including beta-carotene, are also abundant in several plant sources. Research shows that these nutrients are associated with lower levels of inflammation.

Association of Serum Carotenoid Levels With N-Terminal Pro-Brain-Type Natriuretic Peptide: A Cross-Sectional Study in Japan

Carotenoid-rich foods include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash and collard greens.

Omega-3 fatty acids are among the “essential” fatty acids that the body cannot synthesize on its own – and therefore must obtain through diet. One investigation correlated low incidence of allergic rhinitis with high levels of onega-3s in the red blood cells of study subjects.

Other studies also show that omega-3s counter the specific type if inflammation associated with allergies.

Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are consumed during allergic inflammation and affect T helper type 1 (Th1)- and Th2-mediated hypersensitivity differently

To get a healthy dose of this nutritional powerhouse, consume fish and fish oil (taking care to avoid those with high mercury levels), flaxseed and walnuts.

Consume Local Honey

By eating local honey, it is thought that you can be exposed to small amounts of local pollen.  This could train your immune system by having it experience small amounts of the local pollen at a time, as opposed to one big rush during the allergy season.  By making efforts throughout the year you can try to minimize the impact that the allergy season has on your body.

Supplements to Consider from our Naturopathic Doctors

Several plant based remedies also show promise in reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. For instance, an analysis of nettle extract uncovered several mechanisms by which it suppresses allergic rhinitis.

Nettle Extract (Urtica dioica) Affects Key Receptors and Enzymes Associated with Allergic Rhinitis

Bromelian, an enzyme extracted from pineapples, is available as a supplements and has been shown to reduce allergic rhinitis.

Blocking of protease allergens with inhibitors reduces allergic responses in allergic rhinitis and other allergic diseases.

Researchers have also found that the flavonoid quercetin, which naturally occurs in tea, impedes histamine release in allergy sufferers.

THE IMMUNOMODULATORY EFFECTS OF PROBIOTIC BACTERIA ON PERIPHERAL BLOOD MONONUCLEAR CELLS OF ALLERGIC PATIENTS

Spirulina, an algae that is a popular health supplement, reduces nasal discharge, itching, sneezing and congestion.

Efficacy of Spirulina Supplementation on Isometric Strength and Isometric Endurance of Quadriceps in Trained and Untrained Individuals – a comparative study

Biminne is a Chinese herbal formula used to treat allergic rhinitis. In one study of 58 people with year-round allergic rhinitis, biminne was found to effectively relieve symptoms in most of the participants.

The Chinese herbal formulation Biminne in management of perennial allergic rhinitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week clinical trial

Tinospora Cordifolia (Guduchi) is a medicinal herb popular in India. In one study, researchers gave 75 allergic rhinitis patients either tinospora cordifolia (TC) extract or placebo for eight weeks. The researchers concluded: “The difference between TC and placebo groups was highly significant…TC significantly decreased all symptoms of allergic rhinitis.”

Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis

The Power of Allergic Rhinitis

“Probiotic” literally means “for life” and encompasses a variety of microorganisms that live in and confer health benefits on a host.

You may be most familiar with probiotic supplements in the context of digestive health. However, since a large portion of the immune system is in the gut, what protects the digestive system can indirectly help the function of the entire body, including the nose and sinuses.

Guidance for Substantiating the Evidence for Beneficial Effects of Probiotics: Prevention and Management of Allergic Diseases by Probiotics

Probiotics are available in yogurt and other lacto-fermented foods as well as in capsule form.

Stress Reduction

Stress and fatigue may exacerbate allergies. That’s why it is key for allergy sufferers to keep emotional stress in check. Winning stress-reduction strategies include daily aerobic exercise, meditation, prayer, tai chi and yoga. Adequate sleep is also essential.

Exercise

Regular exercise is integral to boosting the immune response and warding off allergies. Talk to the doctor about what type of exercised are right for you.

Mississauga natural scene with a river and bridge

Sniff Out Sniffles with Chiropractic

Before beginning any supplementation program, or individual approach to allergy prevention, it is vital that you consult with a doctor of chiropractic.

Don’t delay.

Call our wellness clinic in Mississauga today to schedule an appointment.


 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

As a health and wellness clinic in Mississauga we often work with patients who suffer with fibromyalgia.  The condition can be very painful and debilitating if steps are not taken to learn how to function with it and move forward in spite of it.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread, migrating, and frequently debilitating pain and fatigue.  The medical rheumatologists determine the diagnosis through a series of criteria:

  • Chronic, widespread pain in each of the four quadrants (above and below the waist, bilaterally, in the axial skeleton) that has been present for at least 3 months
  • Pain elicited upon palpation of less than four kilograms of pressure in a least 11 of 18 tender points

Patients with fibromyalgia often times experience stiffness, fatigue, numbness, migraines, tension headaches, IBS, TMJ problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, depression, fog, sleep problems, and have difficulty with exercise.

What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?

“Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that likely has more
than one single cause, although recent data tends to support
the notion that the primary cause is a breakdown in the normal
function of the central nervous system (CNS) and the
abnormal pain amplification experienced by patients tend to
occur at the level of the spine, not of the peripheral tissues.1,4
This is important in considering its clinical application with
chiropractic care. In regards to pain processing, perception of
pain involves an ascending and descending neural pathway.
Peripheral nerves send information to the brain via the spinal
cord (ascending) for processing and the brain relays the
appropriate response back down the spinal cord, out the
peripheral nerves (descending). In patients with fibromyalgia,
these two pathways have been shown to operate abnormally.1,6”

The above excerpt is from:

Resolution of Chronic Fibromyalgia and Improved Spinal Curves Following Correction of an Atlas Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature

 

What is the medical treatment of Fibromyalgia?

Patient suffering with fibromyalgia are often in such bad pain that the medical system initially aims at addressing the pain levels through use of painkillers.  Unfortunately:

“The American Pain Society cautions against the use of opioids, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti inflammatories, benzodiazepines, and tender or trigger point injections for the treatment of fibromyalgia due to a lack of evidence of efficiency.”

If not pain killers, how do you survive with Fibromyalgia?

“…more than 90% of patients also seek alternative therapies on their own accord and report a strong preference for non-pharmacological treatment options.”

As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, a huge aspect of helping a patient suffering with fibromyalgia is to help them to learn to function with it and to improve in spite of it.

These are some main points I think of when helping a patient learn about Fibromyalgia and how to move forward with it:

By understanding these points, it can help a person make action steps to improve health and function in spite of fibromyalgia pains.  Chiropractors are experts at helping patients implement strategies to address to points, but ultimately the person experiencing the fibromyalgia pains has to master the understanding of them to live at their best.

  1. The brain is the most important part of our body and allows us to feal, function, adapt to the environment, move, and live.
  2. The spine allows us to move about against gravity, has muscular attachments, but ultimately it protects the spinal cord from injury.
  3. The brain can only respond to the information it receives from the nerves.  If the information it receives are signalling danger, the brain feels pain and responds accordingly.
  4. Danger signals from the nerves do not necessarily mean damage is occurring.
  5. When the nerves are pinched or bothered at any point along the nerve pathway, the entire nerve pathway signals are sensed as danger
  6. When the spinal cord itself is under strain or stress, all of the messages processed through it to the brain will be at a heightened sense of danger.

How do you implement the above points to help?

The above points can be simple…but also confusing and complex.  Especially to live and act according to them.  As mentioned above, Chiropractors are trained at implementing the above physiological science into practical action steps for our patients.  Many times our practical action steps involve adjusting the spine in order to reduce interference along the nerve system and then to also help encourage proper function.  Most of the contact points are done along the spine and pelvis, but some can be along the nerve pathways or mechanical pathways into the legs or arms.

A lot of the patient education and goals are aimed towards functional goals that help to point out successes in function, and not pain.  One example of why we do this as practitioners is that it is important to guide a person towards where they want to go and accomplish as opposed to constantly highlighting where they are.  The pain focus can unfortunately take up a person’s whole consciousness, leading them to not see any functional health improvements, life enjoyment, or quality of life aspects.

To learn more about applying Chiropractic thinking towards fibromyalgia challenges, connect with a Chiropractor, have your spine and nerve system analyzed, and then implement and try your hardest to understand the concepts.  I have found that the patients who are able to do this are able to have the best results and are the happiest, in spite of fibromyalgia.  You can also read more regarding these concepts, under a different topic at:

The most important part of the body
Vertebral Subluxation
Activator Methods Chiropractic  
Upper Neck Injuries

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga