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Think about it – skin is our largest organ but its health is constantly in danger! Whether we’re talking about exposure to sun/wind/cold, stress, pollution, poor nutrition, or even just the simple reality of aging, our skin is in a constant battle for health and radiance. We all want radiant skin.

So, how does it stand a chance? How can we help our skin remain healthy, even with all these odds stacked against us?

The answer is simple – care about your skin! It deserves your attention, your respect, your consideration. Whether it needs more help in the way of healing acne, limiting the effects of aging, rejuvenating dry areas, limiting oiliness, or managing any of the host of other skin conditions we see everyday, remember – you deserve to take care of your skin!

If you’ve always wanted your skin to be healthy, balanced, and radiant, check out our top 5 tips on how to protect and pamper your fragile, beautiful self!

  1. DIET – Think anti-inflammatory

You may already know that inflammation is the root of many BIG diseases, but did you know it is also at the root of many challenging skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis? So reducing your intake of inflammatory foods means increased health all over – inside, as well as on the surface of your skin! Give your body at least 4-8 weeks to adjust and respond to an anti-inflammatory diet; then you should begin to see an improvement in your skin’s health.

  1. WATER – Drink up!

Water has an amazing impact on our body – in fact, our bodies wouldn’t function at all without water! But even being a little deprived can impact the way our bodies work – a good, consistent flow of water helps flush our system and effectively distribute nutrients to all our organs and sub-systems. Particularly if you’re struggling with chronic skin conditions, it’s vital you invest in helping your body stay healthy and rid of toxic residues.

Remember – staying hydrated doesn’t have to mean sipping on a water bottle every moment of the day; there is water in everything you eat and drink! (Juices, and fruits and vegetables are the best if you’re looking for healthy, hydrating menu options.) Make it a habit to appropriately fill your diet with nutrient-dense foods and never making yourself wait when you feel thirsty – listen to your body, respond to your body, support your body.

Now, right about now you may be getting ready to run to the store and pick up a mega-sized water jug (or perhaps pull out that one left in the back of the cupboard from your high school football days?). Before you jump to that extreme, consider this – there is no special quantity of water that is right for everyone to stay hydrated everyday in every circumstance. If you’re looking for a general rule to follow though, the latest research suggests that women can safely consume 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of water in a day (across all foods and drinks), and mean can safely consume 3.7 liters (125 ounces) daily. So say good-bye to the age-old “you should drink 8, 8-ounce glasses of water every day” and learn to respond to your individual body’s needs for water and hydration.

  1. GLUTATHIONE IV – It’s Time to Detox

Glutathione is a super antioxidant that is made by your own body! Consuming amino acids, in combination with special treatments provided by medical professionals, can help boost your Glutathione levels, in turn boosting your body’s ability to flush toxins, and encourage clearer, brighter, more vibrant skin (with no unpleasant side effects!). While topical brighteners may get the job done, they are notorious for inflaming, discolouring, and irritating skin, sometimes even leading to hyperpigmentation and long-lasting damage. Give us a call to discuss how we can work together to heighten your Glutathione levels and give your skin a natural brightening.

  1. ACUPUNCTURE – Your Face Will Thank You

Acupuncture is just for the body, right? Wrong! Contrary to popular understanding, acupuncture is a fabulous treatment for your face (when administered by a medical professional). Facial acupuncture has been proven to relieve facial skin of congestion, and stimulate improved circulation and collagen production.

In addition, facial acupuncture relaxes and smoothes wrinkles in key areas like around the eyes and across the forehead. Saggy skin? A thing of the past. Acupuncture can even help balance out pale or red-ish skin. So pause before you invest in those colour correctors or injectables – try this natural anti-aging, cosmetic treatment first. You won’t be disappointed!

  1. HYALURONIC ACID – Water Loving

A lot of the ways we’ve encouraged you to take care of your skin starts inside – with the things you eat, the beverages you drink, and the ways you flush your system. But there are also important ways you can care for your skin from the outside! Treating your largest organ well, inside and out, is the best way to foster a healthy lifestyle and see real results.

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrophilic (water-loving) chemical that is built right into our bodies (primarily right in our eyes and joints). It’s like a natural moisturizer – it’s hydrating properties have been used to treat everything from cataracts and arthritis, to dry eyes. So it should be no surprise that we want to encourage you to use Hyaluronic Acid right on your skin, too!

As we age, our skin’s ability to preserve moisture slows down – that’s why we start to notice sagging, wobbling, and limpness in so many areas. Hyaluronic Acid, however, has the ability to hydrate and nourish skin to help it not only look but truly feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. (Already using topical skin-care products or anti-aging creams? Check the labels – we bet you’ll find Hyaluronic Acid on the list!) Combine using Hyaluronic Acid with wearing an appropriate SPF-level sunscreen, and you’ll see some fabulous results as your skin is gradually healed and replenished.

With these 5 tips in mind, let us leave you with just 1 more – enjoy the process! Skin care doesn’t always have immediate results, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, taking care of your skin should feel rewarding and rejuvenating!  Treat yourself to a little pampering now and your skin will thank you. Ask how we can help you achieve glowing skin from the inside out.

Tips for Losing Weight

Our weight has a vital role in our health. It can cause illnesses to develop, but more importantly it can keep us from functioning at our optimal level. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Follow these tips to get you started on your weightloss journey.

1)  Dig deeper!  Visit your doctor to rule out and address medical conditions which can impede your weight loss progress, such as hypothyroidism, Estrogen/Progesterone imbalance & food sensitivities. These can impede weight loss even if you’re doing everything else right.

2) Add more protein to your diet.  One study showed that eating 25% of calories from protein cut the desire for late night snacking and reduced constant thinking about food.  (reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847729).  Adding more protein will boost your metabolism and you’ll feel fuller longer.  

3) Avoid eating 3 hours before bed. Eating before you sleep can add on the pounds. Instead, drink fluids and brush your teeth right after dinner so you’re less tempted to have late night snacks.

4) Reduce your intake of added sugar. Sugar can be found in many foods – even healthy foods can have a high sugar content! But if you cut down on things like soft drinks, coffee, tea, desserts, and snacks you’ll have a better chance at losing weight.

5) Exercise regularly. You’ve heard this before, and that’s because exercise does wonders for your health. Do a combination of aerobic exercise and weight bearing exercises to retain your muscle and keep your metabolism high. Start out easy and gradually increase the intensity and weights to avoid overworking your body and injuries. And make sure you talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program if you have health concerns or pain.

If you start implementing these few tips you’ll be on your way to a better and healthier you!

 

We are proud to announce that HealthSource is part of a North American observational study (CUSIOS Trials) looking at how integrative medical care impacts patients with advanced cancer. Read more about the study here:

HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre is proud to share that we are a part of a North America-wide observational study to explore the impact of advanced integrative care delivered by Naturopathic Doctors for patients with advanced cancer.

Integrative oncology aims to combine the best of conventional and whole-person naturopathic care seamlessly and safely to: improve survival, enhance quality of life, reduce side effects from conventional treatments and help prevent recurrence. The goals of the Canadian/US Integrative Oncology Study (CUSIOS) are to observe and measure the overall survival of late stage cancer patients who receive advanced integrative oncology treatments, and to describe integrative therapies provided by naturopathic doctors.

A total of 400 people with advanced breast, colorectal, pancreatic, and ovarian cancer will be studied in ten clinics across North America over three years. Each participating advanced integrative oncology clinic provides comprehensive whole-person care in naturopathic oncology, applying advanced science-based treatment for people with late-stage cancer.

CUSIOS study objectives

Bastyr University (BU) and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) are dedicated to supporting cancer research and studying overall outcomes in patients receiving Advanced Integrative Oncology (AIO) care. We want to investigate the impact of AIO care in advanced stage cancer patients, specifically stage 4 breast and colorectal cancer and stage 3 and 4 ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Therefore, we are conducting an observational study where we collect data on patients receiving AIO care at one of the participating AIO clinics in Canada and the United States (US).

What is Advanced Integrative Oncology (AIO) care?

AIO care is defined as comprehensive support for each stage of a cancer patient’s standard oncology experience (from diagnosis and treatment decisions to restoration of immune function and health after completion of standard treatments). Patients included in this study receive care from licensed naturopathic physicians who have AIO training.

Treatments

Treatment options may include dietary supplements, mind/body medicine, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, hyperthermia, nutritional support, acupuncture, and advanced intravenous therapies. Naturopathic doctors providing AIO care communicate with each participant’s medical and radiation oncologists to ensure truly integrated care. The goal is to improve not just the quality of life for people living with cancer, but also to improve overall survival. AIO care is conducted according to community standards of care and is individualized and typically paid for by the patients themselves or by patients’ medical insurance.

Study Specific: Cancer Types

The CUSIOS will focus on the following cancer types and specific stages:

Stage 4 breast cancer

Females with primary breast cancer; and Metastatic breast cancer in one or more distant site (s) including bones, liver, lungs, brain or any other site in the body outside of breast or regional lymph nodes.

Stage 4 colorectal cancer

Primary colon or rectal cancer; and Metastatic colorectal cancer in one or more distant site(s) including liver, lungs, bone, brain or any other site in the body outside of the colon or rectum.

Stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer

Primary ovarian cancer; and Metastatic ovarian cancer in one or more distant site(s) including peritoneum, uterus, diaphragm, liver, lungs, bone, brain or any other site in the body outside of the ovary.

Stage 3 or 4 pancreatic cancer

Primary pancreatic cancer; and Metastatic pancreatic cancer in one or more distant site(s) including liver, lung, diaphragm, bone, brain or any other site in the body outside of the pancreas.

 

How does someone become part of the study?

Dr Reid at HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre will screen each and every oncology patient to determine whether or not they are eligible candidates for the study.  This occurs during the initial assessment as a new patient. If a patient both meets the eligibility criteria and accepts the opportunity to participate, they will be guided through an informed consent process and entered into the study.

What does it mean for the patient?

The design of this study is observational, meaning that the treatments and care a patient receives is no different whether a patient is in the study or not. The results are reviewed in retrospect, after they have occurred, and are not changed or modified during the course of the study. The study is focused on the collection of information only, in order to advance the field of advanced integrative oncology.

A huge and sincere THANK YOU for your votes and awarding HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre your Favourite Alternative Medicine Clinic – Diamond Winner!! That is #1!! Results from the Record Reader Awards are in!Favourite Alternative Health Clinic

What Does It Mean To Us To Be #1?
It measn we were voted as the favourite alternative medical clinic because we are liked by our clients and we are trusted by those who are under our care. Our clients have seen great results both in terms of increased health as well as being treated well as a patient.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and for your support and trust in our centre!

I have seen both Dr. Reid and Dr. Thammasouk are both very knowledgeable in mainstream medicine and natural medicine, and in science, blood chemistry, and care for the patient. Life changing!

They are good listeners, good question askers, and have a good intuition of what direction to focus on. Over the years I have visited 5 good naturapaths. This is the best naturapath experience I have had and my visits and treatments with Dr Reid have reversed my MS.

The attention to blood chemistry has been phenomenal. Things that I wish my GP would have done. Dr Reid’s focus on diet has been great. He has a good sense of what is the most important thing to do in a certain situation.

I highly recommend them.

-T.U.