Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease: Two Sides of One Coin

Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease: Two Sides of One Coin

Hashimoto’s disease and Grave’s disease are both conditions where the immune system damages the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland that helps regulate metabolism. Grave’s disease features an overactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s disease causes an underactive thyroid. Both conditions are distressing and can be dangerous, the question is, how can we prevent and treat them using natural or integrative therapies?

Read More

How Reine DuBois, Clinic Director & Naturopath, Manages Insomnia

How Reine DuBois, Clinic Director & Naturopath, Manages Insomnia

As the clinical director and senior naturopath of The Health Lodge I find myself wearing many hats.
In my clinical practice I treat women like myself all the time – busy with lots of expectations - I call this capable woman’s syndrome.  When I have lots on my mind attempting to rest my busy brain after another 12 hour day can bring fear into an already exhausted body - as an inability to sleep is often a challenge I am faced with.
 

Read More

Why am I bloated? The skinny on SIBO

Why am I bloated? The skinny on SIBO

Bloating, cramping, burping, reflux, constipation and diarrhoea. These are symptoms of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth).  We have trillions of bacteria in our large intestine, but we’re actually not supposed to have much bacteria in our small intestine. The small bowel is meant for digestion and absorption of food. When the bug population in our small bowel is too high, fermentation happens too early and gases are produced. That’s SIBO in a nutshell: an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine that produces gases causing bloating, pain, constipation and diarrhoea.

Read More

Why the Long Cycle? What you need to know about PCOS.

Why the Long Cycle? What you need to know about PCOS.

Irregular periods. Acne. Excess body hair. Obesity. Difficulty conceiving.  These are signs of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It’s a common condition, affecting up to 21% of women of reproductive age. Yet only about 30% actually get diagnosed. 

Read More