Sep 15

Pain and Your Relationship to It

Integrative-009The practice of Integrative Medicine requires an open mind, receptivity and the confidence to share knowledge and experience. At our monthly team meetings our practitioners come together to learn from each other and expand the opportunities for healing for our clients. This blog is a great example of what was born from our last team discussion on pain. Tell us what you think, we would love to share your feed back. – Dr. Erin Wiley Clinic Director

By Crescence Krueger, BA

When the clinical team at the Integrative Health Institute got together for a meeting last week, our topic was pain. It’s what often brings people to the clinic and having a clear relationship to it is vital to healing. In a time when our social attitude towards pain is generally avoidance, becoming truly intimate with what you feel can be difficult to do. But it is essential. Like any other relationship, the one you have with your body flourishes when you come to it with utter receptivity. To receive another is to love them; when that “other” is your own sensations, feelings and thoughts, you love yourself, and in that, healing becomes possible.

Pain is the terrain of my work as a doula, helping women through the process of giving birth, and it is also the focus of my work in passing on a real understanding of yoga. In fact, both birth and yoga bring one into an unmediated experience of life’s power to regenerate and sustain itself, and pain is integral to the process. Being able to feel is vital to a woman’s ability to give birth, so vital that while pain receptors in the body of the uterus disappear in the nine months of pregnancy, they remain in the cervix, the outlet. Why? A woman needs to feel the dramatic transformation her cervix undergoes because it is this feeling that specifically triggers the release of the hormones that contract her uterus, alter her brain state and make it possible for her to give birth. Without feeling, the process stops, which is why women who get epidural anesthesia in the first part of labour usually need to receive a drug version of oxytocin, the hormone that contracts the uterus. Without it, they would never give birth. Of course, sometimes an epidural is the compassionate response to what a woman is feeling. Intelligent use of technology is a gift in giving birth, just as it is in all other realms of life. But an epidural rate in downtown Toronto hospitals of around 90% is reflected in a society whose first instinct on feeling any discomfort, from a headache to sore muscles, is to obliterate the feeling with drugs rather than listen to it. This speaks not of intelligence, but of a deep reactivity and fear of pain, which only causes more suffering as one separates from one’s experience, and with it, from what is real.

The thousands of years old technology of Yoga understands that it is your strength to receive your experience that leads to physical health, peace of mind and an abiding sanity. Feeling everything, including pain, allows the nurturing force of life to freely move through you. Pain is a sign that your body is responding well to your given circumstances. Pain is not the enemy; its presence tells you that change is necessary and, in fact, is already happening. Without pain, we would die. We wouldn’t know what our bodies needed. From hunger pains to the pain of sudden or chronic injury and illness, pain is our guide.

However, a numb or disassociated system needs extreme sensation just to feel “something”, and the idea of “no pain, no gain” can lead to using pain as one’s only reference, when much subtler sensations would be the appropriate touchstone, the result being continuous injury. A joint needs 60% damage before an MRI will show any damage. Additionally, addiction to the endorphin high that comes with pain can happen. Runners, or anyone doing an extreme sport, often get addicted to the high they get in pushing their bodies to their limit. While feeling great, people are actually hurting themselves. The opposite also happens. One can get a feeling of pleasure in being a victim of pain because there can be a kind of power in it, a feeling of virtuousness, or an opportunity to gain another’s kindness, or simple attention that feels otherwise impossible. We have a tendency to weave meaning into our pain, relating present pain to our past experiences of it. In giving birth, past trauma can be reawakened in the present, so having a means to integrate it, rather than react to it, is one of the things I give the women I work with. It can mean the difference between feeling whole and strong after giving birth or feeling overwhelmed and fragile. So a distinction needs to be made between the pain we are feeling and the suffering we may experience in association with it. Even when pain is persistent, much can be done to reduce suffering. To be with another in their pain and fully receive them is the heart of compassion and the essence of healing. We need to be received first before any pain can be “fixed”. Sometimes this is all that is needed for life to restore us.

The great American modern dancer Martha Graham said, “The body never lies.” Our bodies speak what we may not be able to put into words. In opening to pain, you open to every aspect of your experience; the integration that results is the definition of healing and also of spiritual “enlightenment”. To heal doesn’t mean you need to solve an issue but simply be able to live fully with it. In love.

 

CrescenceCrescence Krueger has a deep understanding of what women need in order to give birth. Over the last twenty-one years, her work as a doula has brought her again and again into the heart of women’s authentic power, as they give birth not only to their babies, but also to themselves as mothers. Crescence practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

To learn more about Crescence and her services as a doula, take a look at her website, follow her on twitter, or email her at ckrueger@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

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Sep 8

Recipes for a Summer of Health: Strawberry Basil Sorbet

9b3dc9e7825700debdf64544a51970c6We have asked our foodie and nutrition friends to share their recipes to keep your health and wellness goals on track all summer long! This wonderful Strawberry Basil Sorbet recipe comes courtesy of the Hacienda del Sol.

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

1 cup fresh coconut meat
1 cup strawberries
1 cup fresh basil
1 lemon juiced
1 tsp honey
pinch sea salt

Process all in food processor.  Divide into ice cubes trays.  Freeze.  When ready to serve, re-process cubes to break down into a smooth gelato like consistency.

Hacienda del SolHacienda Del Sol is an Eco Wellness Retreat and Spa oasis, which focuses on detoxification and rejuvenation. Our ongoing 7 to 21 Day juice cleanses, detox, fitness, yoga and spa retreats aim to renew you from the inside out. Visit them on facebook or twitter for more info!

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Sep 2

After-Hours Emails Ruining Your Sleep?

emailBy  Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS

Almost every person that walks into  our clinic has some sort of sleep  concern; inability to effectively fall asleep, stay asleep, or achieve deep restful sleep. The topic of sleep and recovery is a very rapidly growing area of research at the moment.  A growing epidemic of sleep disorders seems to be happening in conjunction with the rise in prevalence of mobile devices and connectivity. Do these devices really impact your sleep and ability to recover? Let’s see what the latest science is saying.

In a recent article, professor of sociology Dr. Scott Schieman at the University of Toronto discusses the findings of his research on the causes and health consequences of social stress. He starts out by listing  the following statistics;

  • Canadians average less than 7 hours of sleep per night (6.8 hours)
  • Over 20% say they have trouble falling asleep
  • Almost 30% wake up during the night
  • Over one-third report waking up “feeling tired”

Compared to previous generations, sleep quantity and sleep quality are on the decline. What is happening here? A new study in the journal Sleep tells us that cognitive intrusion is to blame. Cognitive intrusions are all the small tasks that require a state of ‘wakefulness’ to accomplish, stimulating your nervous system and inhibiting you from unwinding and sleeping deeply. It seems the #1 culprit is by far “after hours” e-mails. It only takes one email from your boss or unhappy client to trigger stress hormones and negatively impact sleep.

The bottom line is if you sleep poorly, you’ll have poor cognitive function and productivity. If you can’t realistically solve your unhappy client’s or boss’ problems at 11:00pm, be sure to shut off your phone 2-3 hours before bedtime to ensure restful sleep and recovery.

I always instruct my clients to set the stage for deep, restorative sleep by ensuring the bedroom is completely dark, and there is no ambient noise. Black out blinds and ear plugs (I prefer the ‘jelly’ type to the foam ear plugs) are often necessary if you live in the city. Finally, make sure your mobile device is NOT on your nightstand, leave across the room so the WIFI connectivity does not interfere with deep sleep.

Sleep is crucial for recovery and optimal productivity. Try these tips and start sleeping better today!

Dr. Marc Bubbs N.D. has been working with athletes and active people for almost a decade. As a Naturopathic Doctor and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Marc focuses on the integration of health and exercise, believing that movement is the best medicine. He focuses on a holistic approach, using a combination of traditional Eastern and cutting-edge Western medicine to meet his client’s health and performance goals. Marc spent several years working in London, England as a personal trainer and strength coach for business executives and competitive athletes. He currently works as a sports medical consultant at Laylor Performance Systems and Canada Basketball. Dr. Bubbs practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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Aug 25

Medihoney: The little miracle in your summer first aid kit!

3_Mile_LakeBy Dr Erin Wiley, ND

The cottage season is my favourite time of year. Traditionally my friends and family gather together to celebrate. The cottage is packed and teeming with excitement. We play hard, eat well and generally enjoy the company and the beautiful scenery. It is also a place where mishaps are bound to occur. This year the Medihoney in my first aid kit that was a little miracle that kept the cottage magic alive and well. Medihoney is well researched and known to help speed the healing of burns and ulcers. It is anti-microbial and speeds recovery time by optimizing the pH of the wound. It is anti-inflammatory which decreases any itchy sensations and helps to create a protective barrier that keeps the wound moist yet microbe free. While Medihoney has many clinical uses, don’t let the best everyday uses for this little powerhouse get overlooked.

1. Mosquito bites

Since I avoid the use of chemical bug spray, I suffered quite a few bites this year. The Medihoney was huge relief. The barrier cream stayed in place and soothed the itch almost instantly. It is safe for children and worked really well for my little daughter too.

Medihoney-Medical-Honey2. Sunburn and cooking burns

Although we really believe in safety first, this years tally for burns was one sunburn, one cooking burn and one burn from a ‘sparkler’. Thankfully they were all very mild. Across the board the Medihoney seemed to bring relief and I was impressed with the healing time on the sunburn.

3. Shaving rash, nicks and scrapes

Let’s admit it, bathing suit season means more personal grooming. The Medihoney barrier cream worked really well for shaving rash and minor nicks and scrapes in my cottage pool of test subjects.

4. Athletes foot and chapped skin

The cottage has many windy dirt roads great for running. The barrier cream did a great job in between sweaty toes during the long hot distance runs. As well as supporting the kiddo’s who spend all their waking hours in the lake, and let’s not forget the dishpan hands from the epic cottage dinners. It works best if also applied at night.

5. Wounds

Thankfully there were no wounds this year, but we did test the wound gel on a post surgical biopsy site, which healed really well without any scab, or irritation and only a very mild redness at the site.

Clearly this little remedy was a big hit in the cottage safety kit. I hope your summer season was filled with as much fun and excitement as mine was. If you are using Medihoney for new and novel applications please let us know how it is working for you.

Here’s the research behind this little first aid superstar!

  • Gethin G, Cowman S. Manuka honey vs. hydrogel – a prospective, open label, multicentre, randomised controlled trial to compare desloughing efficacy and healing outcomes in venous [2008]. J Clin Nurs. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02558.x.
Click to view this abstract
  • Robson V, Dodd S, Thomas S. Standardized honey (Medihoney) with standard therapy in wound care: randomized clinical trial.
J Adv Nurs. 2009 Mar;65(3):565-75.
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  • Smith T, Legel K, Hanft J. Topical Leptospermum Honey (Medihoney) in recalcitrant venous leg wounds: A preliminary case series. Adv in Skin & Wound Care. 2008;22(2):68-71.
  • Regulski, Matt. A novel wound care dressing for chronic venous leg ulcerations. Pod Mgmt. Nov/Dec 2008: 235-246.

For more information please visit Derma Sciences Learning Portal: http://www.dermasciences.com/products/advanced-wound-care/medihoney/inside-the-u-s/abstracts/

Medihoney is available from our dispensary at the Integrative Health Institute.

Dr. Erin Wiley is a naturopathic doctor with a strong focus on preventative and integrative medicine. She is the Co-founder and Clinic Director of the Integrative Health Institute, an integrative medical clinic located in downtown Toronto. Erin has a strong clinical emphasis on stress related illness, anxiety, depression and hormone balance. As a naturopathic doctor, Erin is passionate about working with people to help them better understand their health and achieve their health goals.

 

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Aug 18

Stand Up for Health

SUP2By Dr Jen Newell, ND

Last year I tried stand up paddling (SUP) with the awesome ladies at SUPGirlz in Qew Beach, Toronto. This year I dove even deeper into SUP and have been getting a great workout learning more advanced paddling techniques and how to surf on a SUP board. Stand up paddling is growing in popularity and, as I can attest to, offers amazing health benefits.

Health Benefits of SUP:

Fun activity/exercise

Stand up paddle boarding offers a family-friendly and fun form of exercise. In order to remain upright, you engage your balance and strength to propel yourself through the water.

SUP is a great activity for all ages. It’s a low impact activity and puts very little stress on joints and tendons.

Core and Muscle Strength

SUP is a great workout for building core strength. As you maintain you balance on the board you activate your core and stabilizer muscles. Your legs will also get an amazing workout!

Your arms, back, and shoulders work hard as you paddle. You will definitely feel your lats after a good day out on the water.

SUP3Relaxation and Stress Relief

SUP offers relaxation. Spending time on the water is soothing and the gentle sound of the waves lapping on the shore is meditative. To add another layer of relaxation to SUP, it is now becoming trendy to practice yoga on a SUP board out on the water. This adds another level of complexity and challenge to yoga as you stretch and move while also remaining balanced on the board.

I highly recommend SUP to those looking for new activities to incorporate into their life for both health and pleasure. Check out SUPGirlz for great introductory instruction as well as a number of unique classes and workshops. SurfOntario also offers great information and assistance to those interested in taking up SUP or lake surfing.

 

Dr. Jen Newell is passionate about helping people embrace health, feel amazing and easily incorporate “real” food into their busy lives. Her mission is to make health accessible and achievable, and to inspire patients to live an active, vibrant and healthy life.

Jen has a clinical focus on digestive health, food sensitivities and healthy nutrition; mental health and stress-related illness; women’s health, hormone balance and fertility; optimal aging; and dermatology. She focuses on integrating healthy foods into one’s diet in a medicinal and therapeutic capacity and providing individuals with nutritional support that is easy to incorporate into a busy day. Dr. Newell practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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Aug 11

Recipes for a Summer of Health: Tortilla Soup

tortilla-soupWe have asked our foodie and nutrition friends to share their recipes to keep your health and wellness goals on track all summer long! This wonderful Tortilla Soup recipe comes courtesy of the Hacienda del Sol.

Tortilla Soup

2 large tomatoes
3-4 cups potassium broth
1 red pepper
3 cloves garlic
½ cup sundried tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp hot sauce
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp cayenne
3+ tsp salt (to taste)

Blend in a vitamix or high powered blender until warm Garnish with diced avocado, fresh tomato cubes, cilantro and crispy tortilla strips (optional).

Hacienda del SolHacienda Del Sol is an Eco Wellness Retreat and Spa oasis, which focuses on detoxification and rejuvenation. Our ongoing 7 to 21 Day juice cleanses, detox, fitness, yoga and spa retreats aim to renew you from the inside out. Visit them on facebook or twitter for more info!

 

 

 

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Aug 5

How Many Days Could YOU Go Without Sugar?

Sugar LoopsBy Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS

This article really peaked my interest this morning. It’s about a man named Jason Holborn who realized – after reading an insightful article by Gary Taubes – that he had an addiction to sugar and no matter what he tried to do he just couldn’t give it up. So, as a last ditch effort he decided to post the number of days he was off sugar in BIG LETTERS outside his house. Impressively… he made it up to 574!

This made me start to think, how long have I gone without any sugar? As an athlete, sugar finds it’s way into your diet from supplementation during exercise and recovery shakes afterwards. I would have to guess that the longest I’ve gone without sugar is probably only a month!

The latest statistics on sugar put the current consumption at 160 pounds per person, per year. That is an incredible number. It’s no wonder ¾ of the population in North America are either overweight or obese. We’ve seriously altered the food system and it seems we are left with convenience foods that are HIGH in sugar and LOW in nutrients. Not a great recipe for health, performance, and ideal body weight.

For Jason, he is allowed to eat fruit… natural sugars. He states in the article that since giving up candies, pies, and sweets he really appreciates just how naturally sweet fruit truly is. He said before kicking his sugar habit, he thought bananas were tasteless and watermelon bland. Now his palate explodes with flavour when he eats these foods.

The tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine state humans were intended to consume foods with lots of different tastes; sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, and salty. This allows for a natural balance to occur in the body and for all systems to run effectively.

Today, everything is just a varying degree of SWEET, SWEET, and MORE SWEET! So, my challenge to you is to see how long you can go without sugar? Do you think you could last a week? Two weeks? A whole month? If you are looking to improve your health, lose weight, or improve your performance/recovery than this challenge is for you!

 

Dr. Marc Bubbs N.D. has been working with athletes and active people for almost a decade. As a Naturopathic Doctor and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Marc focuses on the integration of health and exercise, believing that movement is the best medicine. He focuses on a holistic approach, using a combination of traditional Eastern and cutting-edge Western medicine to meet his client’s health and performance goals. Marc spent several years working in London, England as a personal trainer and strength coach for business executives and competitive athletes. He currently works as a sports medical consultant at Laylor Performance Systems and Canada Basketball. Dr. Bubbs practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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Jul 28

Health at Your Finger Tips: What Your Nails are Telling You

 

By Dr. Jen Newell, ND

Take moment to really examine your nails. The nails offer many small and sometimes subtle clues about your overall health. Listed below are a few health concerns that may be reflected in the appearance and health of your nails. If you notice any of these changes to your nails please bring them to the attention of your healthcare provider and Naturopathic Doctor.

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Dr. Jen Newell is passionate about helping people embrace health, feel amazing and easily incorporate “real” food into their busy lives. Her mission is to make health accessible and achievable, and to inspire patients to live an active, vibrant and healthy life.

Jen has a clinical focus on digestive health, food sensitivities and healthy nutrition; mental health and stress-related illness; women’s health, hormone balance and fertility; optimal aging; and dermatology. She focuses on integrating healthy foods into one’s diet in a medicinal and therapeutic capacity and providing individuals with nutritional support that is easy to incorporate into a busy day. Dr. Newell practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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Jul 21

Recipes for a Summer of Health: Puttanesca Sauce over Zucchini Pasta

raw+zucchini+pastaWe have asked our foodie and nutrition friends to share their recipes to keep your health and wellness goals on track all summer long! This wonderful recipe comes courtesy of the Hacienda del Sol.

Puttanesca Sauce over Zucchini Pasta

Yield: 5 servings

Recipe created by Crystal

This is a delicious detox friendly recipe and you’ll be amazed how much the texture of the zucchini pasta resembles real pasta! If you are used to eating heavy wheat pasta…..you won’t miss it at all! Above all this pasta is easy to digest, which is what makes it such a great detox recipe. The more easily a meal can be digested the less energy and resources the body has to waste on digestion, rather then helping your body renew and cleanse.

1 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked in one cup of water for 20 minutes

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped

½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or quarters

½ teaspoon fresh sea salt (or to taste)

To make the Puttanesca Sauce: Empty the sun-dried tomatoes from the soak water. Roughly chop the sun dried tomatoes. Place them in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly, and let the juices marinate together for at least 30 minutes. Serve over the Raw Zucchini Pasta!

Raw Zucchini Pasta

5 zucchini

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

To make the Zucchini Pasta: Cut ends off zucchini then cut in half. Sandwich 1 segment of zucchini between the metal nose of your spirooli and spiked handle; start spinning. Repeat with the remaining zucchini segments. Voila, instant pasta! Toss the spaghetti in the olive oil and the lemon juice. Allow the spaghetti to sit at room temperature for at least one hour. For best results spoon out the marinated zucchini onto non-stick drying sheets and place in your dehydrator for one hour before serving.

 

Hacienda del SolHacienda Del Sol is an Eco Wellness Retreat and Spa oasis, which focuses on detoxification and rejuvenation. Our ongoing 7 to 21 Day juice cleanses, detox, fitness, yoga and spa retreats aim to renew you from the inside out. Visit them on facebook or twitter for more info!

 

 

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Jul 14

Chaga Mushroom Magic

http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-5075189902-hd.jpgBy Dr. Jen Newell, ND

I love adding medicinal foods into the treatment plans of my patients. I strongly believe that food should be the foundational medicine and can really contribute to great health. One of my favourite superfoods for health is the Chaga mushroom.

Chaga is a wild mushroom that grows on birch trees in Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska and Canada; it thrives in harsh winter environments. It appears as a hardened, blackened, crusty formation like a bursting tumor on the trunk of a birch tree.

Health Benefits of Chaga Mushroom:

ORAC Value and Antioxidant Status

The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale designed by the USDA, measures the amount of free oxygen radicals that a food, or supplement can absorb in your body. Chaga has the highest ORAC score for natural foods or supplements as tested by the USDA and Tufts University in Boston, MA.

ORAC values are associated with the ability of a food to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals contribute to age related degeneration and disease, inflammation, and some cancers. Foods with high ORAC values are considered antioxidants and protect against the effects of free radicals.

Top ORAC fruits and vegetables per 100 g ~ Tufts University

FOOD ORAC VALUE
Chaga 365,570
Acai berry, freeze dried 41,000
Cacao, raw (also contains caffeine) 26,000
Tibetan Goji Berries 25,310
Prunes 5,890
Purple cabbage 4,200
Pomegranate 3,370
Raisins 2,890
Blueberries 2,450

Immune Support

Increased research is exploring the benefits of chaga mushroom extract on immune function. Animal studies have successfully shown that chaga mushroom extract improves immune response by stimulating IL-2 cytokine expression (regulates both immune activation and homeostasis)and increasing T cell (white blood cell important to adaptive immunity) population.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis)

Chaga mushroom extract may be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Oxidative stress (free radical damage) to cells lining the gastrointestinal tract may contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Chaga mushroom extract suppresses edema (swelling) and mucosal damage within the gut and has an anti-inflammatory effect at sites in the colon and rectum.

 

How to Consume Chaga Mushroom:

Tea – Chunks of chaga can be boiled in water for 15-30 minutes to create a dark decoction that you can drink as a tea or use a base for soups of smoothies. You can also boil the chaga with other herbs or spices to create customized tea blends. It mixes well with chai spices (cardamon, ginger, cloves, anise, fennel, etc.) or with cacao, chickory and dandelion root.

Tincture/Supplement – A few supplement companies have created really fantastic liquid chaga extracts as well as included chaga in their supplement formulations. These can be recommended by a Naturopathic Doctor and integrated into a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Powder – Chaga mushroom powder can easily be added to soups, smoothies, and teas. It has an earthy, slightly vanilla-like taste.

 

Resources

(n.d.). Retrieved from Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/036974_chaga_mushroom_anti-cancer_tonic.html#

Enkhbaatar Batjargal, H. H. (2009). Effects of Korean Chaga mushroom extract on stimulation of immune response in mouse splenocytes. The Journal for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology .

Lemieszek MK1, L. E.-S. (2011). Anticancer effects of fraction isolated from fruiting bodies of Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilát (Aphyllophoromycetideae): in vitro studies. Int J Med Mushrooms

Najafzadeh, M. R. (2007). Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in lymphocytes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Mol Cells , 31 (2), 165-73.

ORAC Results Fruits and Vegetables per 100g / 3.5oz (Conducted by Tuffs University Dept. of Health Sciences Boston, MA:U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Health Project Expo 2003)

 

Dr. Jen Newell is passionate about helping people embrace health, feel amazing and easily incorporate “real” food into their busy lives. Her mission is to make health accessible and achievable, and to inspire patients to live an active, vibrant and healthy life.

Jen has a clinical focus on digestive health, food sensitivities and healthy nutrition; mental health and stress-related illness; women’s health, hormone balance and fertility; optimal aging; and dermatology. She focuses on integrating healthy foods into one’s diet in a medicinal and therapeutic capacity and providing individuals with nutritional support that is easy to incorporate into a busy day. Dr. Newell practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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