Feb 20

Hormone Harmony: Testing for Hormone Imbalances

Hormone Harmony: Testing for Hormone Imbalances

By: Dr. Lisa Watson Naturopathic Doctor

The importance of hormones for human health can’t be understated.  The over 50 hormones in the human body act as chemical messengers that control most major bodily functions – from hunger, stress, mood and emotions to reproduction.

The body maintains an intricate balance of hormones, a state called homeostasis.  When this delicate balance is compromised a wide variety of symptoms can occur – fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, acne, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual irregularities, and many many more.

When identifying an unbalanced hormonal state, hormone testing can provide valuable information that will allow you to take steps to restore your optimal hormone balance, resolve symptoms, and restore optimal health.

Hormone Testing

Three important factors need to be considered when seeking testing for hormone balance.

Timing of Testing

Time of day and time of month are important factors in getting valuable information from hormone testing.  For most hormones, testing should be done first thing in the morning.  An exception to this rule is cortisol, which is often tested at multiple points over the course of the day.

Time of month, or more accurately, time of the menstrual cycle, is also an important consideration for women.  Generally hormones should be tested about one week before an expected period, when levels are at their peak.

Testing Sample Type

There are three main ways to test for hormone levels – blood (serum), saliva or urine.  Each has it’s benefits and can be used, depending on the information needed.

Blood – a simple blood draw can give a great deal of information about thyroid hormones, insulin and blood sugar levels, vitamin D, prolactin, FSH and LH.  It’s a quick process with well established reference ranges.  However, it’s not considered the best test for steroid hormones like estrogen and progesterone, as levels in the blood stream do not accurately reflect free hormone levels available for action in the body.

Saliva – a home saliva test kit will provide excellent information about the free hormone levels of many steroid hormones: cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, DHEAS and testosterone. This test is often considered the most accurate reflection of hormone balance in the body.  The drawbacks to salivary testing are the less well established reference ranges and the lack of testing for hormone detoxification pathways.

Urine – a newer testing type for hormone balance, the dried urine test for comprehensive hormones (DUTCH), gives a good overview of the steroid hormones estrogen, cortisol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAS as well as the metabolites produced when our body breaks down these hormones.

Balance Over Absolute Values

The last important consideration for hormone testing is that the results of your hormone test should be interpreted by a practitioner with a great deal of expertise in hormone testing and hormone balancing.  When looking at a hormone test the most important information is the balance between the different hormones, rather than the absolute values of each individual hormone.  A low normal progesterone with a high normal estrogen results in the same symptoms as a normal estrogen and a very low (or abnormal) progesterone.

Hormones are responsible for a vast variety of functions in our bodies, and their imbalance is an important (and common!) cause of symptoms.  If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance, book an appointment with your Naturopathic Doctor today to discuss your options.


Dr. Lisa Watson delivers health care that supports balanced and attainable health at all ages and stages of life. Of primary importance is health care that nurtures the body, mind, spirit, family and community. As a Naturopathic Doctor and mother, Lisa believes that health care and a healthy lifestyle are intrinsically linked and that each serves to support the other. Dr. Watson practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

Check out Dr Watson’s blog: www.drlisawatson.com

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Feb 13

Condoms and Lubes – The Slippery Truth

By Dr. Jen Newell Naturopathic Doctor

With Valentine’s Day approaching, obvious thoughts turn to all things love, romance and sweet nothings. With that, in my practice come questions about chemicals and unsafe ingredients in condoms and lube and what natural options I recommend. This year I had the opportunity to attend W.E.L.L Summit in NYC and one of the breakout sessions was about the production and supply chain of condoms with Sustain co-founder Meika Hollender. I learned so much and couldn’t wait to come home and share it with my patients (and pretty much everyone I know).

Condoms

I had never given condoms much thought but after W.E.L.L Summit they seemed to occupy a lot of time in my mind. I was stunned to learn more about the supply chain involved in the production of condoms. Condoms are an $11 billion global industry and currently 3 brands (Trojan, Lifestyles, and Durex) control 95% of the market. Unfortunately, these brands do not put any emphasis on sustainability, fair trade practices or processing without carcinogens. Most latex collected from the rubber trees is cultivated in Asia and Africa and the majority of the rubber plantations use child labor and pay their workers below minimum wage. Another concern I have with condoms occurs when they are produced; conventional latex condoms often contain harmful carcinogenic chemicals that are introduced to the female body during use. Though the vaginal mucus membranes absorb only a small amount of nitrosamines and the overall risk of cancer from condom use is low, I would love to see all condom manufacturers eliminate the nitrosamines from their products. Check out this report about nitrosamines in condoms put together by the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. This all being said, the benefits of condoms far outweigh the risks and I am not discouraging their use.

What condom brands do I recommend?

If you are visiting the USA I recommend that you pick up Sustain Condoms (unfortunately, this brand is not yet available in Canada). Sustain is the first condom brand to use certified Fair Trade Rubber, ensuring that no child labor is involved in the collection of latex, and that plantation workers are paid fairly and that they and their families are provided healthcare and educational opportunities. Sustain is also free of nitrosamines so that both users and factory workers during manufacturing are not exposed to this potentially harmful chemical. Another unique feature of Sustain is that it is the first condom positioned for women and has a strong female sexual empower message and design.

Other brands that are nitrosamine-free (you’ll notice a number of these are non-latex condoms):

Lubricants

A few years ago I started researching the ingredients in sexual lubricants because a lot of my fertility patients were asking if it may contribute to their challenges getting pregnant. I was appalled by some of the commonly used ingredients in personal lubricant and wound up down the rabbit hole trying to find safer alternatives that would not compromise the users health.

Ingredients to avoid in your lube:
  • Glycerin

Glycerin is known to increase the risk of yeast infections and is definitely worth avoiding in any lube that is being used vaginally.

  • Parabens

I recommend that people avoid parabens in all personal care products including personal lubricants. There is evidence that parabens contribute to hormonal imbalances by disrupting endocrine function by mimicking estrogen.

  • Sugar

Sugars are not vagina friendly and can contribute to the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the development of bacterial vaginosis.

  • Propylene Glycol and Chlorhexidine

These ingredients can lead to tissue irritation and may causing burning.

Vagina-Friendly Lube:

Now that you are well equipped to make an informed choice about the condoms and lube you use, you might be wondering how a Naturopath can help with your sexual health. Did you know your ND can perform a gynecological exam and PAP? Also, there are many natural options to help with libido, family planning and hormonal balance so if you are struggling with exhaustion, low libido, or vaginal pain or discomfort check in with a Naturopath.

Works Cited

Reproductive Health Technologies Project – Nitrosamines in Condoms

http://rhtp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FAQCondomsandNitrosamines.pdf

Sustain Naturals

https://www.sustainnatural.com

American Chemistry Society – Studies Raise Questions About Safety of Personal Lubricants

http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i50/Studies-Raise-Questions-Safety-Personal.html2012

Berkeley University of California Wellness – The Slippery Facts About Lubricants

http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i50/Studies-Raise-Questions-Safety-Personal.html2012

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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Feb 6

Athletes – Sick, tired and slow? You are only as strong as your immune system.

Immune SupportBy: Jennifer Tanner, Naturopathic Doctor

Your alarm clock buzzes and you press snooze…again. You miss another work out but don’t care because they haven’t been that good lately. You finally get up and realize your cough is still there. Argh, what’s going on?

Poor performance, persistent fatigue, disturbed sleep, altered appetite / moods and frequent illness are all signs that your immune system is struggling. We need this defence against invasion of foreign microorganisms. Repetitive or chronic upper respiratory tract infections can be your bodies way of telling you it has been pushed too hard.

But isn’t working out healthy for me? Yes, but the two extremes of being sedentary or overtraining lead to increased incidences of illness. Lifestyles outside of the optimal zone may leave us vulnerable to viruses and bacteria for approximately 3-72 hours after prolonged, rigorous work outs. Psychological stress can be an additive factor to the effects of intense exercise on immune function. Sounds like its time to take a break! Optimal rest paired with a balanced training schedule lead to better performance.

Athletes can put a lot of pressure on their body. During lowered immunity, it can be tough to overcome this additional stress. Supplementing can balance your expenditure of nutrients and prevent you from feeling chronically drained. Here are few of my favourites to get athletes through the winter months:

* Green products such as spirulina not only give your immune system a boost but improve stamina.

* Probiotics could improve immune function, enhance recovery from fatigue and maintain a healthy GI tract, all of which could positively affect athletic performance.

* Did you know kiwis are packed full of Vitamin C? This mini powerhouse not only supports a healthy immune system but plays a role in reducing muscle damage markers.

* Astragalus is an adaptogen used to prevent and treat colds and upper respiratory infections by supporting the immune system.

* Zinc is a mineral that can be sweated out. Regardless of how sweaty you are, most athletes will still maintain normal levels. Short term dosing can be considered during times of illness.

Because inadequate nutrition can affect almost all aspects of your body, including the immune system, a well-balanced diet is important. Book your appointment today to find out what supplements you should be taking to support your system.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9129264

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665020

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17618005

Dr. Jennifer TannerDr. Jennifer Tanner, has a broad, evidence based practice with a focus on sports and performance based medicine. Being a marathon runner and having been a competitive equestrian, an active lifestyle is important. Dr. Tanner uses a variety of tools including Acupuncture and Clinical Nutrition, putting an emphasis on “food as medicine” and addressing the root causes of inflammation . In conjunction with the Integrative Health team, Dr. Tanner is thrilled to help people achieve an optimal state of health and pursue their performance based health goals!

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Jan 31

30 Days of Awesome

Learn to Fuel vs Stressing and Starving

By Dr. Erin Wiley ND

We live to see others celebrating their health. My goal as a Naturopathic Doctor is to make lifestyle change simple and effective so that more people can live well and enjoy life. With 10 years of experience running an integrative clinic, working with some of downtown Toronto’s most dedicated health enthusiasts and balancing a busy family schedule, I have learned that the simplest solution is often the best solution. Breaking lifestyle change down into the most basic fundamental steps, that will have the biggest metabolic reward is the best recipe for long-term sustainable success.

For those of you looking to build lean body mass, improve your mood focus and concentration and generally feel awesome. Here are my top 3 fundamentals and tips for the Think Fitness Canary District 30 Day’s of Awesome Challenge:

  1. Decrease your exposure to insulin

Whenever we eat carbohydrates (sugar, starch, pasta, bread, potatoes, etc.) we make insulin. Insulin is often referred to as the “hibernation” hormone because is slows your metabolism, signals your body to store fat, and makes you feel tired and sluggish. In today’s modern world of easy convenient food, carbohydrates often dominate the market and unfortunately, from a metabolic perspective, whatever we are saving in convenience we are paying for with reduced energy and performance. My general recommendation is to follow a low carbohydrate or mediterranean style diet and  consume between 3-6 servings of carbohydrates per day, but this advice of course varies based on your own individual needs. Unlike carbohydrates, when we eat protein, healthy fat and green vegetables we do not make insulin and instead encourage our body to burn fat for fuel providing a consistent sustained release of energy.

Action Item: Implement a low carbohydrate breakfast to fuel your metabolism and encourage your body to burn fat for the day.

Examples:

  • 2 poached eggs and 1/2 and avocado
  • Sardines and kale salad
  • Green smoothie with protein powder
  • Smoked salmon and spinach salad
  • Hard boiled eggs or egg salad
  • Avocado salsa with cucumber slices

Bonus points for trying: Bullet Proof Coffee

2. Increase your exposure to micronutrients

Our bodies NEED the micronutrients found in plants and many of us are starving. Every great diet, from paleo, to mediterranean and vegetarian all have one thing in common, they are plant-based. Making energy, metabolizing waste and building healthy tissue is all dependant on our exposure to these powerful super foods, even our gene expression and the health of our microbiome can be modified by our exposure to vegetables. We need way more than we are getting.

Action item: Fill at least 1/2 your plate with greens at every meal

Examples:

  • Broccoli, rapini, broccolini
  • Zuccini
  • Kale, Cabbage, brussels sprouts
  • Spinach, lettuce, mixed greens, collard greens
  • Cucumber

Bonus points: Blend a green smoothie or green juice every day. Just be sure to minimize your exposure to sugar by limiting your fruit intake.

3. Build more muscle by prioritizing your recovery time as much as you prioritize your gym time.

Rest is actually very productive for your body. This is when your body repairs damaged tissue, grows new muscle, and forms new neutron connections. When my clients are pushing their exercise really hard but hitting a plateau it is often their recovery time that needs re-evaluating.

Action items:

  1. Always pack a post work out snack. This snack should be consumed within 15-30 minutes after your workout and should contain carbohydrates to replenish your muscle glycogen and protein to repair muscle damage.
  2. Practice good sleep hygiene for a deep restful sleep that optimizes your growth hormone production.
    • Sleep in a dark cool room to maximize melatonin and thermogenesis
    • Sleep naked
    • Go to bed before 11pm
    • Avoid eating food within 2-3 hours of going to bed to optimize your fasting time

4. If you are experiencing challenges with your health, have hit a plateau with your performance, have pain and inflammation, have digestive concerns that are limiting your nutrition, or any trouble sleeping. It is absolutely time to book with your Naturopathic Doctor.

Dr. Erin Wiley is a naturopathic doctor with a strong focus on preventative and integrative medicine. She is the Owner 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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Jan 30

PMS and IV Therapy

integrative-092By Dr. Erin Wiley Naturopath

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is extremely common, in fact it is estimated that 3 out of 4 women will experience some form of pain, cramping, fatigue, and mood changes associated with their period. While these symptoms are not necessarily pathological, they are by no means normal and certainly not part of our quest for optimal health.

PMS symptoms occur most frequently in the time between ovulation and menstruation, and are often most severe the day before and day one of your period. This is when your cycle is going through the biggest shifts in estrogen relative to progesterone. The severity of your symptoms is related to your body’s ability to adapt to these changes.

Metabolizing your hormones optimally helps your body adapt to regular monthly hormone shifts that are part of a normal cycle. This metabolism requires nutrients such as B Vitamins and trace minerals. IV therapy offers the unique ability to replenish the body’s micronutrients when the limitations of oral supplementation and diet cannot achieve a therapeutic dose. While understanding all of the influencing factors on your hormone balance and metabolism are important, as is lifestyle medicine and a thorough diagnosis, IV therapy can be a very supportive adjunctive therapy that decreases symptoms and increases your ability not only to cope but perform at your best each month.

The standard course of treatment for PMS is two IV sessions per week in the two weeks before your period for 3 cycles. However, the best recommendation will be determined by your Naturopathic Doctor. IV therapy refers to high doses of micronutrients such as B Vitamins and Magnesium that are administered directly into the blood stream using a standard IV administration set. Most treatments last 30 – 60 minutes and can be performed in the comfort of our IV suite. The Naturopathic Doctors at IHI who utilize IV therapies in their practice have completed additional training and rigorous examinations prior to receiving a license to practice IV therapy.  While IV therapy is not without risk, it is a safe therapy with minimal side effects.  The most common side effect is irritation at the injection site.  Some patients may experience low blood pressure or lightheadedness after the treatment, but these typically last only a few minutes.

Coping with the pain, fatigue, low mood, anger and frustration of PMS can be extremely challenging and take days or even weeks of productivity away from your life each month. Let’s get started by booking your initial intake with a Naturopathic Doctor. If you have administrative questions about this therapy or our fee schedule please call our front desk team at 416-260-6038. We want to end your PMS! We look forward to working with you.

 


Naturopath TorontoDr. Erin Wiley is a naturopathic doctor with a strong focus on preventative and integrative medicine. She is the Owner 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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Jan 23

Go Ahead and Ditch the Scale this year!

weightlossI know itʼs a strong word but I HATE the scale! The scale can be extremely misleading and discouraging. I have had too many clients come see me after a great week where theyʼve lost multiple inches, but their weight doesnʼt change. In this situation itʼs easy to get down on yourself and think your efforts have gone to waste. This is NOT the case!!! Here are some reasons why…

Water weight: Drinking just one 16-ounce glass of water before jumping on the scale can translate to 1 lb of weight gain. This is of course temporary but gives us a reason not to trust the scale. The reverse of this is true as well. If you weigh yourself after in intense workout the scale may say youʼve lost an extra pound or two. Unfortunately this is also just temporary

Constipation: Being backed up for a couple days can add anywhere from 1-4 lbs to the number on the scale. Again, this is just temporary!

High sodium: Eating high sodium foods are not ideal for health or weight loss but on top of that they skew the number on the scale. Salty foods can cause your body to hold on to water, which temporarily causes the number on the scale to go up.

High carbs: When you consume more carbs than your body needs they get stored in your liver as something called glycogen. Glycogen attracts water, so ultimately this has the same effect as the high sodium meal -temporary higher weight on the scale, due to increased water.

These are just a few reasons that the scale can be skewed, the list goes on and on! Donʼt let the scale bring you down. If youʼre clothes fit you better and youʼre feeling great, than keep doing what youʼre doing!

Aly ShoomAly is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP) who specializes in weight loss. Aly graduated top of her class from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and holds a BA from Western University. Aly’s warm and approachable demeanor empowers her clients to take control of their health. She uses a unique approach, with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address your weight loss and nutrition needs. Aly believes that eating healthy isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having a plan you can stick to that gives you energy while allowing you to eat the foods you love. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance you can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life!

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Jan 16

SMART Goals – Set Yourself Up For Success

CounsellingBy Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW

With each new year comes the annual mind game that is the New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions are usually just another way of saying goals; however, when we attach them to January 1st, they typically come loaded with emotion and an underlying notion that they will not be achieved. One major common denominator of unrealized goals is that they are not SMART. No, your goal doesn’t have to be a member of Mensa; I’m talking about S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Get ready to make over your goals and set yourself up for success! Lauren’s Top Tips for setting SMART goals are here:

S = Specific: Having too general idea of what you’d like to achieve (eg. “I want to lose weight.” “I’d like to change careers.”) makes for too vague a goal. When deciding upon your goal, be specific. I will lose 10 pounds. I will find a new full-time job in marketing. When you know exactly what you want, you can start finding your path to getting it.

M = Measurable: You should know when you’ve achieved your goal. In what ways can you measure your success? Using the example of weight loss, a scale can tell you if you’ve been dropping the pounds, and a tape measure can help you determine if you’ve lost inches.

A = Attainable: So, how are you going to do this?! Do you have the resources you need, such as access to great veggies and appropriate time to cook your own meals? If you have the goal of running a 5K, do you have good running shoes? A running buddy to stay motivated and accountable? A few days a week that you can spend time training? Figure out what tools/support you need, and make sure you’ve got it!

R = Realistic: If you’re hoping to lose 60 pounds in two weeks, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Same deal if you think you’ll land the perfect new job after one internet job search. Make sure your goals are within the realm of possibility. Don’t forget, when you achieve one goal – what an amazing feeling! – you can set another. Also, goals can change as you see them come to life; you may need to re-evaluate your needs and desires. Nothing is written in stone. Flexibility will help you reach your goal.

T = Timely: Without a deadline, a goal may never get achieved. Sure, you may want to lose 10 pounds…. But over eight weeks? Six months? Or… like… whenever? Having that deadline helps you stick to your plan and keeps you motivated.

And extra tip is to eliminate words like want – “I want to lose weight.” The word want sends the message to your mind that this is something desirable but perhaps out of reach, or something that you may or may not actually do. “I am going to lose weight” is much better language, and even serves as an affirmation. Bonus!

Still need help reaching that goal? Check in with your counsellor for personalized ways of staying on track, accountable, and motivated with someone who is always on your team.

CounsellorLauren Berger is a Registered Social Worker providing counselling and psychotherapy at IHI. Check her out at www.laurenberger.ca, drop her a line at lauren@laurenberger.ca, follow her on Twitter: @LaurenBergerMSW, or sneak a peek at her Instagram: laurenberger_msw.

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Jan 9

Running for weight loss with Dr. Jennifer Tanner

running-forweight-lossBy: Dr. Jennifer Tanner, ND

When I started running my goal was to cross the finish line. I didn’t realize that I was going to leave about ten pounds behind too! I have tried weight lifting, aerobic classes, Zumba and the list goes on but nothing has been able to reduce those muffin tops like running!

When you look back into the history of man, walking and running were the activities of choice in order to survive. Flash forward to 2017, not much has changed. Our bodies still thrive on full movement. Walking and running engages upper and lower body musculature while activating the core.

The great thing about running is it is not an exclusive club. Anyone with a goal and a pair of sneakers can do it. To get started, set a goal – 1km, 5km, 10km, half or even a full marathon. Then set a realistic time and compete against yourself. I used an app called Run Keeper to keep in line with my distance goals when training for Toronto’s Scotiabank Marathon. If you are new to running, you might want to check out the app Couch to 5k. Still not sure? Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier and get outside for 25-30 minutes 3-4 times per week. Sticking to a training schedule will help you stay motivated. If you thrive in a crowd, you might want to consider joining a group such as the Running Room.

Physiologically, what is happening? You need to burn approximately 3500 calories to lose one pound (which is probably what I consumed at my Moms Christmas feast!). With this type of exercise, your resting energy expenditure will stay elevated even when you have stopped running. In other words, you burn fat while sitting at your desk post run! Running can be addictive. Not only physically but mentally as well. Studies show an increase in serum concentrations of endorphins and endocannabinoids leave you feeling happy, less anxious and itching for another run! These changes can contribute to analgesic affects and may be attributed to a sounder sleep. When you find an activity that resonates with you, the weight will begin to drop off. So, take control. Drop the left-over holiday treats and go for a run!

Pair your training with a personalized nutrition plan for optimal weight loss results. Turn your New Years Resolution into a reality so you can add something different to next years’ list!

See next months’ addition: When you’ve HIIT the wall. What to do when your training and weight loss programs plateau.

Dr. Jennifer Tanner, has a broad, evidence based practice with a focus on sports and performance based medicine. Being a marathon runner and having been a competitive equestrian, an active lifestyle is important. Dr. Tanner uses a variety of tools including Acupuncture and Clinical Nutrition, putting an emphasis on “food as medicine” and addressing the root causes of inflammation . In conjunction with the Integrative Health team, Dr. Tanner is thrilled to help people achieve an optimal state of health and pursue their performance based health goals!

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Jan 2

Make a Statement – Goal Setting in 2017

Dr. Tabrizi ChiropractorBy Mehran Tabrizi

It’s a common way of thinking to set goals based on measurables: how fast you want run, how much you want to lift, how much weight you want to lose. But how much of that is contributing to your actual well-being?

The purpose of life is discovery of self, with all of its glories and shortcomings. Yet on the path we make the mistake of falling into the traps of identifying with our egos and external drivers, striving to fit in—whether it be into a pair of jeans or into a subset of society. The ‘strong cross-fitter’ or the skinny archetype of the ‘yoga body’. In the process we lose sight of the process, succumbing to the external perception versus looking at the internal production—which is the true key to personal growth and sustainable health.

Health is focused attention on the right problem. We tend to break it down into simply ‘feeling better’ or eradicating pain, but minimizing injuries is only part of it. It is also about emotional stability and anti-fragility—learning how to understand ourselves and not only withstand the pressures of this life, but to thrive in it. To set not only physical goals, but goals for life achievements and the legacy we want to leave.

The role of your health care practitioner is not to be your guru or even your teacher, but more to act as your concierge guide, providing you with the latest evidence-based skills to earn your achievable goals; helping you to see your vision and plan in the execution, navigating the barriers and giving you tools for success.

In my eclectic experience and research, the most significant variables for goal attainment would be as follows:

  1. neurological readiness
  2. structural and physiological alignment
  3. technique and recovery

This seems like a huge task, but it begins with being honest about your motivation, getting real with your ‘why’, and assembling the right team to support and challenge you.

Be broad in your ideas of health and happiness. Allow yourself to be more imaginative and expansive in the measures you use and the goals to which you strive. Measures like kindness and the courage to be more curious about life are just as important as heart-rate variability or other bio-markers. Appreciate the opportunity for health and embrace the adventure of achieving self-mastery, with the goal to not only feel better but to be better.

What is your statement in 2017?

ChiropractorDr. Tabrizi is a chiropractor, osteopath and a passionate member of both the local and scientific community, whose goal is to teach that the pursuit of optimal health and wellness is much more than being symptom-free. His practice is rooted in the philosophy of treating the person rather than just treating the illness or ailment. As a result of his interdisciplinary training, Dr. Tabrizi has developed a neuroscience-based therapeutic education approach to treating his patients, focusing on healing illness from a wider perspective, placing equal responsibility on patient as well as practitioner. Dr. Tabrizi aims to educate his patients and provide them with the tools and framework needed to integrate pain management and healthy living into the fabric of their everyday lives.

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Dec 20

Get Fit Summit with Dr. Marc Bubbs

Get Fit SummitAre you ready to achieve your New Year’s resolutions in 2017? Regardless if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health and fitness, it helps to have tips and secrets from the experts to guide you along the way. Good friend of the IHI clinic Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS is giving away a FREE weight loss eBOOK as part of his interview for the Get Fit Summit hosted by Ash Ghandehari (7x Ironman Athlete), which starsts December 26th. The Get Fit Summit will bring together 25-top experts from across North America to give the inside tips and tricks to finally achieve your goals in 2017. Best of all… the summit is absolutely FREE! What will your legacy be in 2017? Start the year off right with a few tips from the pros to achieve your goals in the New Year. Click here to learn more.

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