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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.