Got a cough?

Got a cough?

Hold off those antibiotics! Your cough can take three weeks to recover. 

With cold and flu season full swing ahead, we all start to get fed up having a cough that never seems to go away however did you know that most coughs go away on their own and using fewer antibiotics can not only help you recover faster but also boosts your immune system in the long run? 

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Flu Season is Here: Natural Ways to Fight & Protect Yourself This Winter

Flu Season is Here: Natural Ways to Fight & Protect Yourself This Winter

This year’s flu season is expected to be a doozy, as Canada and USA struggle to fend off this flu season. The reason for this year’s harsh flu season appears to due to a mutation of the flu strain. 

It is estimated that this year’s flu vaccine will only work up to 25% of the time and even those who receive the flu vaccine are at risk of getting infected with the flu virus. If you want to do everything possible to improve your outcome, there are additional steps can one to do help protect themselves from this year’s flu season.

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What is Health?

What is Health?

Balance is different for everyone, everyone experiences stress differently and we are all given the gift to choose. It's not all sacrifices, it is just being happy with the priority you have made for yourself and changing that priority as you go through life. You get to decide where your energy gets spent. You also get to decide to repair yourself when life gives you toughness. Take the time and energy to deal with the trauma this challenge confronts you with, so that you can come out of the trauma stronger instead of exhausted.

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Community is how we heal each other.

Community is how we heal each other.

Too often in healthcare we train patients to think that there is a perfect way to care for your body. You can eat all the right things and exercise all the right ways and do all the right activities. But there is no right way, there is no perfection. The perfection actually comes from the chaos of the human experience.

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What is Preventative Medicine?

We are all thrown onto this planet with different vessels to participate in the world with. The difference is our genetics and what I like to call “constitution”. Not everyone is made equal, yet we are all given the same health information in school and at home.

For the most part, this general health guidance is good information, “eat your vegetables”, “drink water” and “get lots of sleep”. But the details about how to proceed with these directions, differs from person to person depending on their constitution.

Some of us land on this planet with the ability to eat anything and feel 100% in all our endeavors, while others have all the food sensitivities under the sun. What makes these differences and how do you know how to best support your unique body?

This is where Eastern medicine comes in handy. Western medicine for the most part focuses on solving problems as they come up, but Chinese medicine looks at health in an entirely different way. The focus becomes “what should I do to attain my optimal state of health?” Our optimal health is, when we are not only pain free and able to complete all the tasks of our daily life, but also thriving with vitality and energy.

With every person I treat, I conduct a full assessment of their current body condition, and then I do an evaluation of their constitution, these two things allow me to understand what their body is built to handle. The patient’s main complaint may be pain or discomfort, so I will look at the big picture, to not only heal their disturbance but also best support their body in maintaining a balanced state of being.

Preventative medicine is, removing the narrow frame of reference when considering a treatment plan, by addressing all aspects of an individual’s human body as well as the area of concern.

Preventative medicine is educating people about all the symptoms they see and feel, telling them what these symptoms mean for their body, and how they can create efficiency of self-care. This type of approach, hopes to enable patients with the ability to fully enjoy their life.

Life is about living to the fullest, experiencing everything you want, and having the ability to attain each goal that you desire. Having the physical body function at it’s very best, is a part of attaining a healthy life.

So my question to you is, how do you define health? Is it merely the absence of pain and disease, or is it the beauty and richness of the human experience being perceived by you?