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Monday, November 15, 2010

When the Body Says No - The Cost of Hidden Stress

Dr. Gabor Mate, MD gave an excellent lecture at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) convention this past weekend. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't heard him speak to pick up a copy of his book: "When the Body Says No - The Cost of Hidden Stress".

You can find more information on him and the book here. He really gets you to put things into perspective.

Yours in health,

Ian Koo, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Essentials Health Centre
"The care you want, the health you need"

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Twinkie Diet - a nutrition professor's experiment

Click to view the video.

Definitely don't recommend this diet.

Yours in health,

Ian Koo, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Essentials Health Centre
"The care you want, the health you need"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Food Allergies/Sensitivities & Migraines - The test you need to know about

I sometimes get perplexed reactions when I tell patients that their migraines or headaches can be caused by the foods that they are eating. Of course, there are other causes as well, but today we'll focus on the food aspect. I invariably get an answer like this "my doctor/GP says there's no correlation between migraines/headaches and the food you eat".

Luckily for me, new research published in Cephalalgia, An International Journal of Headache, has found that there is indeed a correlation. The researchers performed an IgG food antibody testing on 30 migraine sufferers. This is the first study of its kind showing that "diet[ary] restriction based on IgG antibodies is an effective strategy in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks."

I routinely perform this kind of testing on my patients as I have found that a number of symptoms - not just migraines - can be alleviated by eliminating or restricting foods that show up as highly reactive in the tests. If you know someone who has migraines, this test may help to reduce the frequency or even the severity of the attacks.

You can read the whole study here.

Yours in health,

Ian Koo, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Essentials Health Centre
"The care you want, the health you need"