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November 15, 2017

About 11 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes.  The risk of kidney disease, loss of nerve function, heart disease and stroke are greatly increased with diabetes.  Complications associated with diabetes are cataract formation glycosylation and slow wound healing.  What is diabetes?  It is a chronic metabolic disorder of fats, carbohydrates and protein marked by hyperglycemia, and characterized by blood sugar levels elevating after fasting. 

Type I diabetes mellitus - caused by autoimmune destruction of beta cells (insulin-secreting) of the pancreas.

Type II diabetes mellitus - a result of decreased or lost sensitivity to insulin.  The major contributing factors are obesity, a high glycemic diet with low fibre and protein.

The difference between diabetes II and metabolic syndrome is the degree of insulin resistance.  Mostly likely an individual had metabolic syndrome before developing type II diabetes.  Metabolic syndrome gives you periods of hyperglycemia (high glucose leve...

November 4, 2017

We all can relate to the pain, nausea, ill-feeling, depression, irritability, light-headedness, sensitivity to light and noise that comes with a migraine headache. It can shut you down for 36-72 hours.  So what caused your migraine in the first place? 

1.  The most common cause of migraines is food sensitivities. 

Partially digested foods are absorbed and the body does not recognize  them.  Your immune system launches an attack on what it believes to be a foreign invader.  The immune system's course of action is an allergic response, which results in specific food sensitivities or allergies.  Pathogens create harmful toxins that get absorbed, particularly yeast/molds produce many toxins that are other causes associated with migraines like:

2.  Inflammation

3.  Leaky gut syndrome

4.  Dysbiosis (imbalance of microbial colonies most commonly found in the digestive tract).

How in the world can food sensitivities cause a migraine?

This is wher...

October 10, 2017

You were sent by your doctor to get blood work done.  A few weeks later you have your results in numbers in a chart.  WHAT DO THESE NUMBERS MEAN???  Your doctor might tell you your LDL cholesterol is 4.2, your creatinine 2.2 mmol/L and 6.4 for your Glycolated Hemoglobin (HbA1c).  Yikes!  Besides these numbers being a confusing new language and new pharmaceutical prescriptions to fix the numbers, there are also other risks of diseases when your body encounters an imbalance.

Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol is commonly known as the 'bad' cholesterol.  The main source for blockage in the arteries and cholesterol build up of plaque  is the lipoprotein carrier vessel.

Near Optimal: 2.6-3.3*   Borderline: 3.4-4.1*   High: 4.2-4.9*   Very High: >4.9*

* mmol/L (Canadian measurement)

Optimal if you have heart disease: <1.8*  Optimal if at-risk of heart disease: <2.8*

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) choleste...

September 15, 2017

How do you really know if you have arthritis when joint inflammation, stiffness and pain are characteristics of over 100 disorders?  Lupus, Tenosynovitis, Bursitis, Lyme disease, fracture, Tendonitis, joint trauma and Hemophilia are a few disorders that share symptoms of inflammation of the joints.  A medical diagnosis  is a must, as surgical joint replacement may be what you require.  There is so much that can be done at home to slow progression, alleviate discomfort and improve flexibility.

When the joint cartilage gradually breaks down, this painful condition is known as primary osteoarthritis and affects everyone over 40 to some degree.  Stiffness and pain are the results of cartilage wears away at the frequently used joints and low spine areas.  Physical stress of poor posture or obesity or joint injury or infections or a disease like diabetes can result in secondary osteoarthritis.

 Rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe crippling pain as it is a systemic di...

July 8, 2017

Sunscreen manufactures have added vitamins A, C, D and E into their product to help protect the skin when exposed to the sun's UV rays.  I recommend these antioxidants to be taken in supplement form to neutralize these free radicals and the oxidation inside the body.  The UV radiation harm the internal cells, external cells and DNA.  One sign of  free-radical damage is pigment spots on the skin's surface.  These pigment spots are referred to as 'age spots' or 'liver spots' but medically called senil lentigines or lentigo.  

What may help lighten these brownish patches is B-complex accompanied with B2 daily.  Taking vitamin C with bioflavonoids can help prevent skin sags and pigment clumping.  Although it may seem conflicting to take vitamin D while soaking it up in the sun's rays, but sunscreens as low as SPF 8 actually prevent the formation of natural vitamin D.  Vitamin E helps reduce free-radical levels.  Vitamin A (in beta carotene form) shoul...

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

Registered Holistic  Nutritionist

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