Archives for January 2010

The Spiritual Quest for Thinness

The Spiritual Quest for Thinness Back in the 18th Century, ascetics fasted, starved themselves and wasted away to anorectic proportions in pursuit of spiritual purity. The belief stood that thinness was equivocal with purity, goodness and moral transcendence. Fasting would cleanse a woman of her sins and make her feel ‘pure’. Food was seen as a poison, a source of contamination that would rid a person of their spirituality. These people were known as Holy Anorectics. Today, many women in […]
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Keeping the Drive Alive: Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life at Any Age

Keeping the Drive Alive: maintaining a healthy sex life at any age By Nicola McFadzean, N.D. Human sexuality is a topic that gets ignored, misrepresented and generally swept under the rug. Our sexuality is a big part of who we are, but as men and women age, physiological changes occur that can alter the way we feel about and respond to sex, both physically and emotionally. Men and women relate to sex differently, and what we need from sex changes […]
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Oxalates and Their Role in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Oxalates and Their Role in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) Oxalates are non-toxic organic compounds naturally occurring in certain foods, mainly vegetables and fruits. An accumulation of oxalic acid crystals in the muscle and connective tissue cells may be the cause of the muscle aches and pain associated with FMS. FMS can be a debilitating condition, involving many systems within the body. It stands apart from arthritis and autoimmune reactivity in that the muscles are not inflamed on biopsy. However, the pain […]
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Role of Nutrition in Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN THE TREATMENT OF ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological syndrome which is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness. Theories vary as to whether it has a hereditary basis, if it is a psychological disorder caused by parenting styles or environmental factors, or whether it is caused by societal factors such as teaching styles in schools and the impact of television. The role of nutrition in ADHD has been […]
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Naturopathic Approaches to Lyme Disease Treatment

NATUROPATHIC APPROACHES TO LYME DISEASE TREATMENT By Nicola McFadzean, N.D. Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that utilizes natural therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy, along with diet and lifestyle changes. The philosophy underlying naturopathic medicine is to treat the underlying cause of disease, to treat the person holistically, and to start treatment using least invasive therapies first, working up the therapeutic order as necessary. Naturopathic medicine is well placed to assist patients with chronic Lyme disease. While […]
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Lyme Disease: A cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis

Lyme Disease: a cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis By Nicola McFadzean, N.D. Lyme disease was once thought of as an obscure disease that only affected people living in the northeast. Increasingly, however, Lyme disease is showing itself to be more prevalent than ever, and more widespread throughout the country, and indeed the world. The number of Lyme disease cases is difficult to estimate because of both unreported and undiagnosed cases. The number of reported cases exceeds 20,000 per […]
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Naturopathic Medicine and the Treatment of Infertility

Naturopathic Medicine and the Treatment of Infertility Introduction Infertility can be defined as the inability to conceive and produce viable offspring i. A diagnosis of infertility is usually only made after one year of engaging in sexual relations without contraception. Where once it was thought of that infertility was predominantly due to the female, studies now show that approximately 30% of cases are due to female factors, 30% due to male factors, 20% to combined, and 20% to unknown causes […]
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Could the Foods You Eat Be Making You Sick?

COULD THE FOODS YOU EAT BE MAKING YOU SICK?? If you suffer from fatigue, malaise, headaches, difficulty losing weight, insatiable food cravings, food addictions, trouble concentrating, or simply that run-over-by-a-truck feeling that you just can’t shake, you may have food sensitivities that you are not aware of. According to the experts, the rate of food reactions is consistently increasing. Poor diet, stress, trauma, infection, chemicals, drugs, environmental toxins and genetic predisposition are possible contributing factors to the development of food […]
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Disordered eating: is it all in the mind?

Whether you are a self-confessed compulsive eater, or have been diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, getting your eating habits back in balance and your body functioning optimally again is no easy task. Certainly, any type of disordered eating pattern usually has a psychological component that must be addressed. But there is also a strong physiological component that is overlooked in many medical circles. By taking a look at various body systems, we can assess where […]
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Nutrition for Digestive Health

Nutrition for Digestive Health Candida overgrowth is getting to be a more and more prolific problem. Our diets are getting higher and higher in sugar – I am staggered how many people I see ordering a Venti, Caramel Frappuccino as their regular daily drink at Starbucks!! Even a soy chai latte (seemingly “healthy” right?!) contains a whopping 48 grams of sugar for a grande size at Starbucks. The single most important factor in maintaining a healthy gut environment and preventing […]
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