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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease using Naturopathic Therapies vs. Conventional Treatment

I didn't think this would happen for at least a decade more, but it did.  The Canadian Medical Association's Journal (CMAJ) published a journal study comparing the treatment of Canada Post workers in Edmonton, Toronto & Vancouver using conventional treatment of cardiovascular disease versus naturopathic treatment.

And lo and behold, naturopathic treatment was more successful in reducing the 10 year risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality risk.  In addition, the patients who were treated by a naturopathic doctor reduced costs to the health care system and the employer (Canada Post) by a whopping $1025 in the first year alone.

The study also analyzed naturopathic care vs. statins.  Statins are a class of medication used to lower cholesterol and have been shown to decrease mortality risks.  Naturopathic care resulted in a 2 fold improvement in benefit + a 2 fold reduction in cost.  Therefore, that means naturopathic care was 4x more cost effective.

Dr. Brian Goldman, MD who hosts a show on CBC radio and is an emergency room doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto discusses this study and naturopathic medicine in this interview.  Take some time to listen to it and you'll be surprised at how positive he is regarding naturopathic medicine's role in Ontario and Canada's health care system.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Saskatchewan/ID/2382402569/

Yours in Health,
Ian Koo, ND

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Is a chocolate bar worth 3000 sit-ups? That's what it'll take to burn it off.

I find that most people these days are unaware of what 100 calories or even 1000 calories really means.  It seems like it's just a number.  One is bigger than the other and we know that too many calories can be bad for you - that's what we've been told.

However there are ways to get through to patients and it's to re-phrase calories to number of minutes or hours needed of exercise to burn those calories.  All of a sudden, when I tell patients that they may need to walk for one to two hours to burn off that bag of chips, the chips don't look as appetizing any more.

Here's a fabulous slide showing different fast food options and the number of hours or number of reps of a particular exercise needed to burn it off the meal.

It even makes me think twice about eating that bag of chips even though that's my weakness.

Yours in Health,
Ian Koo, ND

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Friday, April 19, 2013

BPA and lead found in the urine and blood of Canadians

I remember a number of years ago hearing that polar bears in Canada's arctic region had been found to have traces of toxic chemicals in them.  If bears in remote regions of Canada are toxic, what about us humans?

A new report released by Health Canada shows that children as young as three years old have traces of lead in their blood and bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine.  The concentrations of lead have decreased slightly from when we last tested the Canadian population in 1978-1979.  This is a positive sign, but lead in any amounts have been shown to be detrimental to humans, especially growing children.


The levels of BPA are still high despite despite being added to Canada's toxic substances list in Oct. 2010.  BPA was detected in a whopping 95% of Canadians ages 3 to 79.  BPA found in the urine is an indication of RECENT exposure.

Making some lifestyle changes can have a meaningful impact on the levels of such toxins in your system.  Few patients or even other health care practitioners know or realize how these toxins impact your health.  Patients with multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc. can all benefit from this.  Here in my practice, we've tested the levels of toxic chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, benzene, etc. in patients' urine (environmental pollutants profile) and have instituted changes accordingly for each patient, kind of like an episode of Dateline I recently saw.

Please watch this Dateline episode about "detoxing" or going "chemical free" and the difference it makes to the reporter's urine samples and that of her young children.  Quite eye-opening.


Yours in Health,
Ian Koo, ND

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