Pacific Wellness Toronto News

THE CHRISTMAS STORY ABOUT YOU

Magic book with magic lights on dark brown background. Vector illustration.

Trees have lost their leaves and revealed their dramatic shapes of curled branches pointing to the gray skies.

Squirrels are looking for edibles among rusty leaves on the ground and the sun prefers to hide behind the clouds.  The chilling wind is making it hard to believe the world is still beautiful.  How can you see any beauty in such misery and emptiness? How can your body deny the fatigue and stop emotions from floating down the spiral of sadness?  “What are my choices?” You are asking this question while looking up to heaven and waiting for answers.

The universe has responded:  “Remain in purity.  If you wish, you can dress it up with Christmas glitter and lights.  You can fill yourself with sweets, caffeine and alcohol.  You can put on a pretty face and costume and you can pretend you are on holiday for life.  And how long will this last?” The universe suddenly throws a question.  You come up with a quick answer:  “Until the holidays are over.  Then detox and back to reality.”  “Do you know anything better than this?”  You are shooting another question.  “Remain in purity” is a persistent answer.

“Remain in your essence. Your essence is made of energy, energy turns into light with the help of love.  Light crystallizes and becomes matter.  And voila, here you are.  Wrapped up in the matter, you, pure loving energy and light.  With one thought you can sparkle like diamond dust and emanate the joy of creation.  You are what you create. You are all knowing and all inclusive.  You are complete.  You are everlasting and constant.  You are eternal peace and harmony.  You are all aware and all knowing.  You are timeless and you can disguise yourself in many forms of creativity and choose to play in billions of dimensions.  You can play with your creations in any way you like and you will always be you.  In the end you always return to your essence.”

Your mind is catching up and agreeing with your heart.  “ If I am complete, I am missing nothing. If I am all knowing, I do not fear because nothing is unknown.  If I am timeless, I never cease to be.  I only play differently each time I want to explore a different way of being,  so, I think differently and see differently whenever I choose to create something different”.  Although trees have lost their leaves, their naked shapes turn into marvelous sculptures, squirrels gracefully nibble on their edible finds, the skies turn from gray to silver and the sun lights an empty spot between the clouds.  And did I mention the wind?  It turned into a soothing breath.

Claudia

2017 Holiday Season Hours

During the Holiday Season our clinic will have the following schedule:

December 24th, 25th and 26th  Closed

December 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Open: 9:00 ~ 19:00

December 30th Open: 9:00 ~ 16:00

December 31st, January 1st, 2nd and 3rd Closed

We will reopen on Thursday January 4th and resume regular office hours: 9:00 ~ 19:00 

Important ReminderMost insurance companies do not allow any transfers of unused benefits to the following year.  

Supplements for Everyday

Health food store shelf display multiple brands variety vitamins and supplements in chewable gummy form. Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available in many different brands.

Just like there are staple foods to keep around your home to make healthy eating simpler, there are also supplements to always have on hand to support your healthy lifestyle.

By Dr. Bianca Drennan, ND

I call these “supplements for everyday,” and they are for almost anyone. I often get asked what supplements are good for “overall” health and what are the things people should take on a daily basis. While I always use diet and lifestyle as my first and least invasive intervention with patients, there are certain nutrients and functional foods that are challenging to obtain in our diets, especially in the amounts needed to achieve a therapeutic effect. I am not the kind of Naturopathic Doctor that is going to prescribe numerous supplements, all providing a different action and benefit (unless absolutely needed). Rather, whenever I prescribe a supplement to a patient, I aim for things that are multipurpose and as a result have multiple benefits. This increases compliance long-term (which is what produces results), in addition to being much more cost effective for the patient. Naturopathic medicine often gets a bad rap for being expensive because many people are prescribed a myriad of supplements which are never covered by health plans. I am also a firm believer that health does not need to be complicated, and some of the greatest benefit comes from the simplest of interventions. However,  there are certain situations and conditions that do require more extensive supplementation, and that is okay too. Below is a list and brief description of some of my favourite supplements that nearly all my patients are on, and ones that I even take myself. Depending on your individual needs, you may require more than the “supplements for everyday.” Before beginning any supplement, consult your Naturopathic Doctor to discuss brand and dosage information, as well as potential side effects.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have been studied to be important for a multitude of conditions. I love fish oil because there are several benefits and you can reap them all in one supplement. Although there are dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, anchovies, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseeds, eggs, hemp, chia), it is very difficult and nearly impossible to consume the amount that a supplement would contain. Fish oil has demonstrated benefit for heart health, brain function, memory, acne, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances – the list goes on. It is difficult to find a reason not to take it! Fish oil can be purchased in capsule or liquid form. I encourage you to buy a high-quality fish oil due to potential contamination and oxidation that is often found in generic brands. If purchasing the capsule form, be sure that the bottle is opaque or dark brown rather than clear, and store it in a dark place unrefrigerated. Exposure to light and heat can spoil the fish oil, and refrigeration causes a breakdown of the gel capsule lining which then exposes the oil to air. If purchasing the liquid form, the oil should again be in a dark container, but in this case it should be stored in the fridge. Fish oil is a mild blood thinner, therefore those that are taking an anticoagulant should have their clotting factors checked to ensure safe and effective treatment.

 

Vitamin D

 

Like fish oil, vitamin D has an incredible number of benefits ranging from cancer prevention and treatment, mood balancing, hormone balancing, and immune modulating. Those who live in northern climates are at risk for vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency due to the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is synthesized through the skin via sunlight (approximated 15 minutes in the sun). However, many people in northern climates experience a lack of sun exposure, especially in the winter months. This lack of vitamin D is often related to many people’s low moods during those months. In addition, it is becoming more common in research to recommend protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of sun exposure, which has led people to use more sunscreen than in the past. This blocks UV absorption and inhibits vitamin D production. Therefore, it may not only be important to supplement with vitamin D in the winter, but also in the summer. Vitamin D comes in many forms – tablets, gel caps, and drops are the most common. I tend to tell patients to stay away from the tablet form as it is not properly absorbed. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and is therefore best absorbed when consumed in a fatty medium. This is why gel caps and drops are better options. Store in a dark place unrefrigerated.

 

Probiotics

 

Probiotics are the new kid on the block. They have been around forever, but research is beginning to unveil more and more benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are filled with beneficial gut bacteria, which is difficult to obtain in the diet. Fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi are sources of probiotic bacteria. I often prescribe probiotics to patients who experience a lot of gas and bloating throughout the day, and overall digestive dysfunction. Probiotics are incredibly effective at reducing these symptoms which are common in many people. I also use them frequently for patients who have just taken antibiotics or who have a history of frequent antibiotic use. Antibiotics are effective at killing “bad” bacteria, but unfortunately also wipe out our “good bacteria.” This can lead to many side effects, which is why probiotic supplementation is essential. Probiotics are also effective for mood stabilization, immune regulation, skin conditions, and yeast infections. Promoting healthy gut bacteria is becoming one of the most essential ways to achieve long-term health. Our gut bacteria is linked to a number of systemic functions and is not restricted to digestion. As with fish oil, it is important to buy a high-quality brand. Probiotics are live bacteria, and therefore proper transport and treatment of these bacteria is essential in order for you to end up with a product that contains what the bottle says. Many generic brands do not transport or store them properly, which kills many of the bacteria. In addition, lower quality brands do not perform quality testing to ensure that the product you are purchasing is in fact up to par. Sometimes it is important to spend a little more in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. Be sure to purchase a multi-strain probiotic to reap the most benefit unless otherwise directed by your Naturopathic Doctor, and store them in the fridge.

Dr. Bianca Drennan ND, provides nutritional consulting and naturopathic medicine services at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments four days a week.  If you would like to detoxify and trim your body, improve your lifestyle or address certain health concerns please call us at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request to arrange your initial appointment.  The naturopathic appointments are covered by most employee benefits.