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I first heard about Dr Som and Dr Reid from a colleague at work who was very satisfied with the
care she was receiving and the results to help her cope with chronic arthritis pain. I had spoken to my friend about some of the challenges that mid life had brought adding to my on-going health issues and she invited me to join her at a presentation on women’s health that Drs Som and Reid were doing at the Kitchener library and this was back in 2008. For decades I struggled to cope with symptoms of fibromyalgia including pain, fatigue, head aches and digestive issues along with very heavy periods due to fibroids so I felt it was worth my time to go and listen. Menopause was my next hill to climb and this was the next step in the journey to finding healthy balance. Trying to keep up with caring for my family and maintaining a challenging career, not ready or able to retire I have to be in control of my health. The presentation was compelling and Dr Som didn’t just talk about their practice, but rather she focused on what was happening to our bodies and explained the changes and how these changes would manifest into fatigue and head fog, insomnia etc.. It was clear that she understood the struggle and the underlying cause. She understood the cumulative effect of years of stress, nutritional challenges and the normal physiological changes that come with age. My previous health coach had moved away and I needed someone I could trust. Dr Som’s empathy and incredible knowledge earned her that trust. It was an easy decision and has turned out to be the right one for me and in the past year for my husband (after being diagnosed with prostate cancer). We have tried the pharmaceutical route and only ended up feeling worse because drugs tend to relieve symptoms, but the underlying cause isn’t addressed. Working with Dr Som, I have learned to monitor and adjust my diet and find supplements to help me cope and relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and menopause. Som’s tool box is varied with her knowledge of non-drug remedies – vitamins, herbal remedies, acupuncture, Bowan therapy and coaching skills. Som shared her knowledge to help me understand how by body reacts; to read the way I feel and so be more confident about managing my health. Today, I feel healthier than I have in years and have stopped longing for retirement. Instead I am looking forward to new and better challenges and no longer feeling limited by my body. I go to the gym 3 times a week and working out feels good again and it’s not a struggle. The challenges of my career and job stress are under control and my outlook is positive. Dr Som and Dr Reid work together as a team. I know they consult and share experiences and knowledge which is key to natural healing. No two people are alike and often the remedy is a combination of several things including treatments and lifestyle changes. They understand that and help you move at a pace that is right and comfortable for you. If you want to take control of your health and need someone you can trust to work with you and provide you encouragement and options to heal without hurting your body, Dr Som and Dr Reid are an awesome team to work with.

Before attending HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre I had regular headaches/migraines, and stomach aches, along with eczema, joint pain, exhaustion, brain fuzz, anxiety and a list of other issues I’d been dealing with for a large part of my life. Many of these issues I’d been to other family doctors about and was either given a prescription that was only a temporary ‘fix’ or told there was nothing they could do. After many strong recommendations from other family members who have had great results from Dr. Thammasouk I booked my first appointment! I can say with 100% certainty that she has truly changed my life. I no longer stress about where the closest bathroom is when we go out and if I have a pain reliever in my purse for that headache I know will arrive at the most inopportune moment. The ability to crawl into bed at a reasonable hour, actually sleeping and waking up feeling refresh is one of the best feelings! All of the issues I originally went to her for along with many others that I thought were ‘normal’ are gone and my quality of life has drastically increased. Dr. Thammasouk provides a very relaxed and no-pressure atmosphere at her clinic right down to her amazing, always smiling secretary, Karen! Dr. Thammasouk is great at supporting her diagnoses with scientific research and providing you the information so that you have the ability to make an educated decision on how you prefer to proceed with treatments. Over the past few months I have developed a trusting and respectful relationship with Dr. Thammasouk. If you have any hesitations about HealthSource, I recommend giving them acall. Everyone is always happy to answer any questions and you can start receiving professional help with stable results right away! My only regret with Dr. Thammasouk is that I didn’t start sooner! I can’t recommend her and the clinics resources eno ugh! kk

Is this your barrier to achieving a healthy body?

While weight loss plans routinely tout “scientific evidence” to back their claims, the fact is, any diet that results in a calorie deficit will produce weight loss. The problem is this: Depending solely on limiting your caloric intake while not including a healthy exercise routine will certainly help you lose weight, however, it will also slow down your metabolism – something counter-productive to healthy weight loss since a slower metabolism means you will burn less calories at a resting rate (the amount of calories being burnt when you are not exercising). As a result, with the proper exercise regimen you burn more calories even when you are not exercising. That being said, some people appear to be exercising and eating the proper caloric intake, but still can’t get their weight down. There are a number of things you need to consider if you have difficulty losing weight and I am going to give you some insight into this common problem:

The one thing I absolutely insist on with my patients: Stop measuring your health by the number on the scale!

If I were to ask you how you measure your weight loss progress, most people would say that they use their bathroom scale or the scale at their gym. You must not rely solely on the number on a scale to assess your progress! Why? Body weight alone (the number on a scale) is not an accurate measure of body composition, and therefore, is not an accurate measure of overall health. Your scale does not differentiate the amount of weight you lost from fat versus muscle nor does it tell you how much weight you lost from water and your hydration levels. In other words, you may not see the number on the scale change, but you could still be losing fat while retaining muscle. Imagine what happens on a yo-yo diet. Even after losing weight, you might still be considered over-fat if your weight loss occurred predominantly in muscle and not from fat. Having excess fat on the inside while looking normal on the outside may result in disease risks that are similar to those who appear to be overweight. What you want to do is this: preserve your lean muscle in order to increase your body’s metabolic rate. This allows your body to burn calories more effectively each day.

Here is what you need look at instead:

I always ask my patients to look at their body composition in order to measure their healthy body. I use a Bioimpediance Analysis to measure your body composition. It is one of the most accurate in-clinic tools you will find. Having an unhealthy body composition, in other words, carrying too much fat in comparison to lean muscle, increases your risks for developing chronic disease such as heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and certain forms of cancer. Even if your weight is within a normal range, you can still have unhealthy or altered body composition. What does body composition analysis look at? It measures the amount of body fat in comparison to lean muscle tissue and the distribution of water inside vs. outside your cells (your hydration status). This helps indicate whether or not you’re in need of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals supplementation or other forms of nutritional support. This tool can be used to identify your baseline measurements, and then assess your progress as you start a healthy weight loss program. After I measure your body composition, we also begin to look beyond diet and exercise – I have to understand why a person is overweight. I go through the steps of addressing: thyroid disorders, elevated stress hormones (cortisol), low b-vitamins, low protein intake with high carbohydrate intake, inflammation, appetite control, and so on. When we begin to look at your health as being more than the number on the scale, I find that my patients begin to benefit in many ways, for example, healthy fat loss of 1-2 lbs / week, improved strength, more energy, better sleep and fewer aches and pains. Contact Dr. Reid or Dr. Thammasouk to find out more about how we can help you achieve measurable results.