3005, 2018

Dr. Angelina Riopel’s Bioresonance Therapy

By |May 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Q&A on BioResonance Therapy with Dr. Angelina Riopel

Over the past four years Dr. Riopel has begun working with BioResonace as a means to treat her patients. BioResonance is a unique therapy that is able to assess and treat the underlying causes of common health concerns. Specifically, Dr. Riopel practices with the MORA Nova, developed in Germany. Specifically, the MORA is able to identify the underlying cause of common health concerns such as allergies, digestive concerns and skin irritations.

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2905, 2018

Meet Dr. Alexia Georgousis, Nautropathic Doctor

By |May 29th, 2018|Q&A with Dr. Alexia Georgousis|0 Comments

Q&A with Dr. Alexia Georgousis, Nautropathic Doctor

Dr. Alexia is joining the Innate Wellness Team in the Annex. She is a naturopathic veteran with 20 years of experience! Visit her bio to learn more about her experience and read our interview below to learn more about her style of practice!

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2404, 2018

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

By |April 24th, 2018|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Health 101|0 Comments

By Evelyn Cho, RMT, R.Ac

What is it?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread body pain, accompanied with other symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, inability to concentrate and emotional distress.  In addition, there is often a co-existing disorder such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Women are far more likely to be affected than men, and symptoms usually onset between ages 20-50.

From a medical perspective…

Current research isn’t clear about the cause of fibromyalgia. There have been noted correlations of its onset after infections, physical trauma and psychological stress or abuse. Genetics also seem to play a role. There is currently no cure. Treatments include medications and lifestyle recommendations to minimize discomfort and improve general health. The most common drugs prescribed are pain relievers, anti-depressants, and anti-seizure medication.

From a Chinese medicine perspective…

Chinese medicine identifies 8 distinct types of fibromyalgia. A complicated case can involve more than 1 type simultaneously, or have different symptoms come and go.  Once the type is determined through diagnosis, a specific strategy is employed to combat the symptoms and root cause. With proper maintenance and lifestyle changes, health is within reach.

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2404, 2018

Eating for a Healthy Brain

By |April 24th, 2018|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Health 101, Vitamins and Minerals|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

North Americans are living longer than previous generations but as lifespan increases, the risk of chronic disease does as well.

Chronic inflammation is known to have a negative impact on ourhealth by accelerating the aging process and degeneration of various organs including the brain.  Healthy food choices, following an anti-inflammatory diet, like The Mediterranean Diet and maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, can help reduce inflammation, improve brain function and slowcognitive decline.  Research presented at the Alzheimer’s International conference in 2017 found that healthy older adults that followed Mediterranean Diet or a modified version, called the MIND diet reduced their risk of dementia by a third.

“Foods that keep blood pressure normal, provide us with antioxidants, and maintain healthy bacteria in our gut, or microbiome, will serve to help keep chronic inflammation in check in the brain and entire body,” ~ Rudolph Tanzi.

There are number of important difference between the Standard American Diet (aka. SAD diet) and The Mediterranean Diet.  Below is a brief comparison of the two diets:

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1411, 2017

Innate Wellness Holiday Picks!

By |November 14th, 2017|Gift Ideas, Monthly Features|0 Comments

Top 2017 Holiday Favourites!

Reve Blanket by Stray & Wander – this cozy Turkish blanket can be used as a throw on your bed or couch, and also doubles as a jumbo beach blanket.  It’s 100% Hand Loomed Turkish cotton, ethically sourced, and the more you wash it the softer and more lovely it gets – […]

1411, 2017

Chocolatey Chia Immune Smoothie

By |November 14th, 2017|Cold & Flu, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Health 101, Recipes, Vitamins and Minerals|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Looking for a change from your fruity, summer smoothie? This chocolatey, chia blend can be eaten warm or cold and combines the perfect winter ingredients. The combined antioxidants, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D & probiotic will help to boost your immune system this winter. It also contains a balance of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber that make for a balanced meal replacement.

Ingredients: Makes 1 Serving

1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Cashew Milk
½ Banana
1 Tbsp Cashew Butter or Almond Butter
½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Dropper DMulsion Vitamin D by Seroyal (1000IU)
1 Tsp Astragalus Powder by Harmonic Arts
¼ Tsp HMF Probiotic Powder by Seroyal

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1710, 2017

How to Get Enough Calcium

By |October 17th, 2017|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Health 101, Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals|0 Comments

By: Andy De Santis, RD and Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Andy De Santis is a Registered Dietician practicing at Innate Wellness High Park. He focuses on creating diet plans for patients of Innate Wellness. If you are interested in having a customized nutrition program created for you, please call the High Park Clinic. 

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the human body. Most calcium is stored either in our bones or our teeth, leaving a small amount found in other tissues or circulating through our blood. The way our bodies use and absorb calcium depends on the presence of specific nutrients, such as Vitamin D, and specific hormones, such as parathyroid hormone and calcitonin. Calcium levels are also influenced by specific female hormones such as estrogen (which increases calcium absorption).

Declining levels of estrogen as women age, through menopause, after hysterectomy, or via estrogen reducing drugs such as Tamoxifen (post-breast cancer treatment) can dramatically affect calcium levels. Individuals who don’t consume dairy can also be at risk for calcium deficiency but they can obtain more than enough calcium from their diet if they know other calcium rich foods! What is most important to know is that supplementing with high levels of calcium can be unhealthy and even dangerous for the body. So if you are low in calcium or suffer from low bone density – you need a balance of diet and supplementation to achieve your daily intake.

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2908, 2017

Bach Flower Essences for Children

By |August 29th, 2017|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Product Spotlight|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Bach Flower Essences are gentle yet very effective remedies to help support the stages of development and emotional difficulties with children. Flower Essences are prescribed based on the child’s state of mind, which may include their worries, fears and mood. They work on an emotional level, helping to balance these emotional states, which can help support their mood, behavior as well as physical symptoms.

“…the mood of the little one is the most sensitive guide to show what that particular patient needs” – Dr. Edward Bach

Children do not conceal their emotions and their behavior typically reflects their feelings, so determining which Flower Essence is needed can be quite simple. Physical symptoms such as illness or an injury can bring about a change in mood or disposition, and this mood is how we would determine which remedy is right for them at that time.

Flower Essences can be given as individually or in combination.   I love them and use them often in my practice. I make remedies in specific combinations based on the current emotional state, situation and constitution of the individual.

Flower Essences can be used in many different circumstances and are very helpful as support for new events like starting school, difficulties with others or fears. Here is a simple guide for using Flower Essences that is specific to Children.

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1107, 2017

Innate Wellness Favourite Summer Skin Picks

By |July 11th, 2017|Beauty, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Gift Ideas, Monthly Features, Product Spotlight|0 Comments

We are now full swing into summer! With hotter summer days comes the need for summer-focused skin protection. To keep your skin fresh and glowing try these Innate Wellness Favourite Summer Skin Picks!

Honey Marshmallow Lip Masque by Artifact Skin Co. – This delicious, and incredibly effective, sugar scrub will leave your lips feeling baby soft!

Eucalyptus Mint […]

1107, 2017

Juice VS Smoothie

By |July 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Interview with Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

If you have been thinking about healthy eating choices than you probably have considered introducing a juice or smoothie to your daily routine. Not so hard these days with all the fresh juice and smoothie shops around. But is one better than the other? We asked Innate Wellness Naturopath, Dr. Angelina, to tell us a little more about the ‘how-to’ of juices vs. smoothies.

What is the difference between fresh juice and a smoothie?

A smoothie is a drink that is blended and typically contains a combination of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein and can generally be considered as a meal replacement.

Juicing is a process that extracts the only the juice from the fruit or vegetable, leaving the fibre behind. This is considered to be more of a nutrient boost as opposed to a meal. […]