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Hair loss, or lack of hair growth, is one of the most common concerns that I see in my office. Many women, of varying ages, are suffering from thinning hair. There are a few times in life when hair changes are considered normal Pregnancy- High levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase of the hair, resulting in less shedding and thicker hair Postpartum- Once hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels, a large shedding of hair happens. This usually occurs between 3-6 months postpartum. These are all the hairs that were in the prolonged growth phase while pregnant Women may lose...

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What is Eczema? Eczema is not a whole lot of fun. It typically presents as a red, scaly itchy rash that likes to appear on the creases of the elbows, the backs of the knees, behind the ears, on the face, on the hands. Eczema is quite common in babies and can be found anywhere on the body. It is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin. 5 Foods That Can Make Eczema Worse 1) Dairy- The proteins found in dairy (casein and whey) are the triggers for eczema. It is not an issue with lactose (as in a...

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For starters I am going to say this kids are going to get sick, no matter what you do, so drop the guilt factor about them getting sick. Their immune systems are fairly new to this world, so they are experiencing a lot of bugs for the first time. When their body encounters these bugs it is going to mount a response. Part of this response is the production of “memory cells” so that the next time their body sees this bug it will know how to fight it. With that being said, it is not fun for anyone to...

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adrenal, cravings, diet, fat, healthy eating, magnsium, naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, Salt, stress, sugar -

Picture this, you work hard all day to eat “healthy” choosing vegetables over treats, and then 9 pm hits. The kids are in bed and all you can think about is finishing the tub of ice cream that is in the freezer. Sound familiar? Many of my patients, especially tired, stressed out moms, mention to me that their intense cravings derail their efforts to make healthy food choices. In today’s blog post I am going help you get control back over your cravings. Cravings get a bad rap, but they actually aren’t a bad thing. They are a sign. They...

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acne, Eco Chic Movement, food, hormones, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, Ottawa, PCOS, skin, stress, women -

I am guessing that you never expected to still have acne in your late 20’s and 30’s? Many of my patients sailed through their teens and early 20’s with perfect skin only to be saddled with what we call “late onset adult acne”. I have a confession to make, I am one of those people. I always had great skin, which is really helpful when you have a skincare line! Then suddenly when I started my practice, my face broke out and didn’t stop for close to 3 years. Why was this happening?!  There I was a “skincare expert” with...

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