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Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

According to ancient Chinese Philosophy the man is a representative of the universe. He’s a  microcosm of the macrocosms. Therefore, it is man’s desire to become one with nature and live according to its rules. One of the basic but most important ways to connect with nature is to synchronize life’s activities with the changing of the seasons. Among the five elements, the autumn season is controlled by the metal element. The action of metal is to cut; cut and separate the unnecessary from the necessary, to keep what’s needed and get rid of the waste. Autumn is a time to store everything that is essential and necessary for survival, and let go of all the excess from the the summer. In the natural world, we see animals trying to gain weight, store food, and prepare their homes to be warm and cozy in preparation for the long winter months ahead. Trees are no longer giving fruits and leaves fall down to the earth, all in an effort to preserve energy. For many of us, the fall is a time where we “get back to work” and return to our busy routines. Many people will work exceptionally hard as the seasons change, but without balance, they find themselves burnt out by the time November comes around. For human beings, autumn presents a time to find a healthy balance between work/family/school routines and self-care. It is a time to slow down and recover from the summer’s fast-paced activities. It encourages us to look into ourselves in an introspective way and do some internal emotional cleansing. It’s a good time for moderate physical activities like yoga, tai chi, meditation or other deep breathing exercises. The typical climate of autumn is a chilly, dry wind. According to Chinese Medicine, the wind is a “carrier” of external pathogens like viruses and bacteria. These winds tend to penetrate the body through the neck and the back of the neck; for women the lower abdominal region is another area of susceptibility. To strengthen our “immune system” energy, it is very important to keep these areas warm and covered. It is also very important to adjust our diet. It is a good time to eat concentrated foods with a contracted quality, like nuts, brown rice of any kind, legumes (especially  lentils), and an assortment of root vegetables like radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, celery root, and onion & garlic. Change of Season Soup (click here for recipe) is a great addition to the autumn diet as it tonifies the immune system and nourishes the internal organs. Generally, cooking methods appropriate to the fall season will be longer, and more warm foods should be consumed – such as soups and stews which are easier on the digestive system and help our bodies cope with the colder temperatures. Sleep is also essential to overall health and strong immunity; as cold and flu season approaches, this is the time to prioritize rest by going to bed earlier and waking at a regular time. Just remember, in order to eat you need to cook first, in the same way, a healthy winter body requires support and preparation through the autumn!   Source Centre is pleased to bring you the Health Topic of the Month. Each month, the team at Source Centre looks at a health issue that’s making waves, breaking the news, and even sparking controversy. Health Topic of the Month gives you professional insight on today’s hot-button health issues from leaders in alternative health....

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Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Following a July 2015 radio piece about the risks of minimally invasive fibroid surgery on CBC’s The Current, we asked the health team at Source Centre for their opinion on dealing with uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are usually non-cancerous growths in the uterus that are usually caused by hormonal imbalance. Uterine fibroids can be detected during pelvic exams; only larger growths can be detected by pelvic ultrasound. Symptoms can include heavy menstrual bleeding, spotting between cycles, and pelvic pain or pressure. Interested to learn more? Read on.     Dr. Tara Andresen, Naturopath Fibroid growth is stimulated by hormonal changes, in particular by estrogen and progesterone. Naturopathic treatment focuses on improving estrogen clearance which can work to improve fibroid symptoms. Treatment includes diet changes as well as nutrient and herbal supplementation. Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplement is a good example of a naturally occurring phytonutrient that improves estrogen metabolism.   Divya Yadava, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Uterine fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus that are usually caused by too much estrogen in the body. As a nutritionist, my approach would be to eat foods that can help reduce estrogen. By eating a diet rich in soluble fibre, probiotics, cruciferous vegetables and liver-supportive foods you can help your body clear excess estrogen naturally. My favourite estrogen-busting meal would be a fresh kale salad with roasted beets and crunchy almonds topped with a garlic-hummus dressing, served with a protein of your choice. Click here for recipe. Changing your lifestyle is also a big part of the puzzle – lack of exercise and stress tend of increase estrogen levels. As a holistic nutritionist, I can create a program that combines customized diet and lifestyle recommendations to help you banish excess estrogen and prevent future fibroids.   Yuval Blum, Acupuncturist Uterine fibroids are known as ZHENG XIA in ancient Chinese medical texts. Fibroids may cause abdominal pain, swelling, and bleeding, yet require completely different acupuncture treatments because each fibroid stems from a unique cause. For example, I often find that an imbalance of the liver organ and its meridian can manifest as fibroids, so performing acupuncture along this meridian can help balance the energy flow through the uterus, which is on the same meridian. Acupuncture has helped many of my patients strengthen the liver, reduce estrogen, and shrink the fibroids.   Lana Kevic, Art of Feminine Presence, Womb Blessing Signs of dis-ease or imbalance appear in a person’s energy field long before manifesting in the physical body. When fibroids appear in a woman’s reproductive system, variations in the energetic field can cause, or be said to result from blockages in creative expression. Our desires and vision are suppressed, and result in physical growths in the centre and birthplace of our creativity. Energy work can offer a subtle and powerful path towards healing.   Dr. Leo Quan, Network Chiropractor When we’re under prolonged stress – physical, emotional, mental, or environmental – we can easily cause a state of disconnection between brain and body. When there’s a disconnect with the uterus, it can lose its ability to repair and regenerate, as well as fend off growths like fibroids. A healthy fibroid-free uterus is a uterus that is connected to the nervous system. Network Chiropractic adjustments to the spine can stimulate the nervous system to grow new connections to the uterus, helping it to heal from fibroids.   Source Centre is pleased to bring you the Health Topic of the Month. Each month, the team at Source Centre looks at a health issue that’s making waves, breaking the news, and even sparking controversy. Health Topic of the Month...

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How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

The other day I was making dinner while listening to CBC’s As it Happens, when I heard “the voice”. That is, Andy Barrie’s voice, which immediately lured me to really listen in. A warm familiar voice, Andy is a former Metro Morning host, which I continue to wake up to daily, catching up on the news of the day as I get ready for work. Andy was being interviewed to share the highs and lows of his journey with Parkinson’s and the results of his treatment with “Deep Brain Stimulation” or DBS. In a nutshell, DBS uses electricity to “stimulate” the brain to suppress the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Andy shared that DBS is even used to treat people with anorexia and chronic depression. This came as a surprise to him when he first learned about this from his doctor. He thought anorexia and depression were primarily psychiatric diseases. Andy’s doctor explained,“There’s no such thing as a psychiatric versus a neural disease. Everything in the brain is expressed in some way or another.” Hearing this, I was struck by the importance of our nervous system. Until hearing Andy Barrie, I didn’t see how vital the nervous system is for our emotional, mental, and physical well-being — or in a word, “Everything”. My next thought was then, how powerful chiropractic can improve my body’s everyday function… for everything. Chiropractic is not just for back pain, neck pain, headaches or when our bodies don’t seem to be functioning well. Chiropractic is also for maintaining proper everyday functions like rest, repair and digestion. Going to see Network Chiropractor Dr. Leo Quan, for over two years now, I’ve learned that the key to chiropractic is making your nervous system more effective. Network Chiropractic, a gentle method of chiropractic that clears up the “traffic jams” in the nervous system caused by stress and disease, helps your brain to better communicate with the rest of your body. It’s helped me with my back pain and neck pain. It’s helped me feel less stressed and be better connected. Network Chiropractic is a great tool for restoring and enhancing the nervous system. With Network Chiropractic, I’ve felt numerous health benefits from treating chronic pain to mental and emotional well-being. Want to experience the benefits of Network Chiropractic first hand? Call us at (416) 923-4325 or email health@sourcecentre.ca to book an appointment with our chiropractor, Dr. Leo...

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What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

It’s about that time where a lot of us emerge from hibernation and get back into shape. Maybe you have have already brought out the bicycle for the first ride of the season? Or started some house cleaning, decluttering or home improvements? How many of you have started hitting the gym or joined a sports league? As we get active again, we sometimes will overdo it and get injured. I’m a shining example of this having played my first volleyball game after a very long break from the sport. I had so much fun, I played hard like it was playoff season. Over the next 2 days, I paid the price with many body aches and pains. Some of you may have already experienced this, yes? Maybe you’ve been wondering if there’s an easy way to distinguish between different injuries. For example, is it actually a muscle in pain or something else?  What does a chiropractor mean when they say a strain or a sprain, and how is that different than a pull or a tear? What’s the chiropractor’s perspective on this? While a chiropractor knows best if you’re dealing with a strain or a sprain, there are some simple things to know. A strain is an injury of a muscle or the tendon that attaches a muscle to the bone. This is usually the same as saying a pull or a tear. In reality a strain involves varying degrees of tearing of the tissues (microscopic, a partial tear of some of the fibres, or a full tear across all the fibres). A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that attach bones to bone. It can also be an injury to a joint between two bones. Both sprains and strains can feel similar so usually some additional checks by a chiropractor are needed to know if it’s a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint that is injured – or a combination. Do you have any questions about your injury? Or sprains and strains in general? Please chat with me on Twitter or Facebook! Yours in health, Dr. Leo The chiropractor without the...

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How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

As a chiropractor, I hear many different stories about the health challenges that people face. Some describe symptoms like pain, muscle tension and headaches. Others talk about muscle strains, pinched nerves or sciatica. So many different conditions, and yet there is one thing in common with all of them. It’s escalating tension. But not just the muscle tension that many think of. Did you know that tension gets stored in our bones, joints and nervous system? When we face a stressful situation and are unable to resolve it in the moment, the thoughts and emotions get stored not just in our brain but also in our muscles, bones, nerves and other tissues. When someone is telling me about their symptoms be it pain, numbness, weakness or stiffness, I can usually trace it back to stored tension. Why is tension such an important factor in pain and other symptoms? Tension goes hand in hand with relaxation. We need both. Imagine the simple movement of bending your elbow. As your bicep muscle shortens and tenses up, the opposing tricep muscle must relax and lengthen. This is true when looking at our body as a whole. Tension and relaxation are different sides of the same coin and our bodies function best when a balance is maintained between both. When tension escalates, our bodies resort to storing the tension away in bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues. When tension goes up, pain and other symptoms predictably increase to match. Even more, accumulating tension in our bodies is much like adding straws to the camel’s back. If we keep adding tension to our bodies like straws to the camel’s back, tissues will ultimately weaken, strain and tear. Now that sounds like a painful situation! In short, pain and many other symptoms are often rooted in a buildup of tension. If you’re experiencing symptoms like pain, stiffness or weakness, you might want to find out how much tension you’re holding. Yours in health, Dr....

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How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

While most people associate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the treatment of pain, it can also be a very effective treatment for internal conditions. Randy started acupuncture due to constant upper back pain. He also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a university professor who focuses in research, Randy spends most his hours in front of a computer. While assessing his posture, it’s clear that a few minor posture changes would make big difference for him. We decide to put most of the focus on his digestive system while checking if posture changes would alleviate the upper back pain. The digestive system symptoms are mostly bloating, gassiness, and urgent “explosive” stools. All medical tests had come back negative, and couldn’t provide him any solution for this condition. While examining his diet and eating habits, 3 main trends became clear to me. Randy comsumes a lot of “cold” and uncooked food (smoothies, salads, sandwiches…); He often skips meals due to his very busy schedule; He always eats while he’s working or reading. This is a classic case that is described in Chinese Medicine as “weak digestive system.” The digestive system, in the eyes of Chinese Medicine, enjoys regularity. In the 5-element method, it belongs to the Earth element. Earth is stable, steady and moves in regular rhythm. Therefore, regularity in eating hours is very important. Another very important aspect of healthy digestion is that eating is a full body activity. It is recommended not to eat while working, reading, watching TV etc. When we eat, we need to eat! Above all, the most important guidance I could give Randy was to consume more warm and cooked food, and stop the cold raw foods, including ice cold drinks, smoothies, ice-cream and salads. The cold slows digestion and “allows” food to rot in our body. The digestive system is a system that prefers heat, and dislikes cold. In Chinese Medicine, this is the most important aspect of healthy digestion. It is now known that most digestive enzymes function better at temperature of 38-42 degrees… After a 6 week treatment plan that consisted of weekly acupuncture with a focus on digestive health, along with close monitoring and guidance with his diet, all symptoms have been resolved. His bowels are normal and in good consistency. He is no longer gassy or bloated. And his upper back pains are no longer an...

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