info@naturestouchnd.ca
36 Vodden St. East Ste 202
Brampton, ON L6V 4H4
(905) 451-3200
11/15

Infertility

Infertility is often defined as the inability to conceive in one year of actively trying before the age of 35.  After age of 35 it is in about 6 months.  There are many reasons for why a couple may have fertility issues.

For men: we like to look at sperm quality and quantity

For women: egg quality, disease in the endometrium/ovaries (such as endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids), thyroid imbalance or other hormonal imbalances.

How can Naturopathic Medicine help?

  1. Trying to identify any hormonal imbalance- this involves doing some testing of hormones by blood or salivary hormone test.  It is also very important to look at the entire thyroid panel: TSH, FT4, FT3, TPO, also B12, ferritin and vitamin D levels.
  2. Nutritional Treatment: women who are at their ideal weight also have better chances of conceiving- this involves eating the right amount of food and the right foods for her body (such as identifying any food sensitivities).
  3. Vitamins and Minerals- many can help improve egg and sperm quality and quantity and also improve the uterine function
  4. Bio Identical hormones- such as progesterone creams/suppositories may be needed just after ovulation to help hold the pregnancy especially in situations of recurrent miscarriages.
  5. Herbs- herbal supplements may help improve the communication between the pituitary in the brain to the uterus and ovaries to help balance out the hormones.
  6. Acupuncture- many positive studies using acupuncture to help encourage blood flow to the uterus which does increase the chances of a pregnancy.

If you are planning the conceive, it is best to begin your naturopathic journey 3-6 months prior to become the healthiest you can be and to start your treatment protocol to optimize your chances during that first year.  It is important to try to plan for this as brain and neurological development of the fetus occurs during the first few weeks when you don’t even know if you are pregnant yet.

If you have already been to a fertility clinic and have completed various rounds of IUI or IVF with no success… it might be a good idea to seek out naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Maria Papasodaro

www.naturestouchnd.ca

(905) 451-3200

10/18

#4 of 10 Week Countdown- Gluten Free and Dairy Free POTLUCK!

Gluten Free-Dairy Free POTLUCK!

Took place Thursday Oct. 12 at Chris Gibson.

  1. Dairy Free Cheese- Daiya Cheese Chedder with Gluten free Crackers- found at Walmart
  2. Gluten Free Italian Style Bread toasted with Avocado and Tomato- Walmart
  3. Glutino Pretzels- Walmart
  4. Salads: 1. Chickpea mango- with olive oil and salt and parsley (can add coriander instead) 2. Sweet potato, black beans and broccoli salad with oil and salt.
  5. Other items: Gluten free pasta- Irresistibles and  Barilla brand with tomato sauce
  6. Gluten free Betty Crocker Chocolate chip cookies- mix box made fresh- Walmart
  7. Irresistibles Gluten free Bread Crumbs – Food Basics
  8. Terra chips- sweet potato and beets- Walmart
  9. Gluten free Nature’s Path Sunrise Cereal- Cinnamon- Walmart

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Thank you to all that came to my 10 Year Anniversary Potluck… hope these food ideas help!

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

www.naturestouchnd.ca

 

10/09

#4 of 10 Week Countdown- Kids Supplement Giveaway!

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The Winner of the Kids Supplement Giveaway was Jeannette E.  Congratulations!!

 

09/16

Week 8 Fish oil Winner!

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Winner of the Fish oil package…. goes to… Rosa M.

Can pick up anytime at the front desk of the office… Congratulations!!

09/05

#9- Top 10 Health Tips!

#9- Top 10 Health Tips!

Over last 10 years, 3 maternity leaves I have managed to treat over 1,000 patients and many health concerns.  Here are my TOP 10 to help you start to address your health concerns…

10. Contrast Showers- take a hot shower and always end with cold for 30-60 seconds.  The cold helps to close your skin pores and helps to circulate your blood more efficiently.

9. Multi-vitamins are pointless unless they have therapeutic amounts of each ingredients. More effective to take individual vitamins or minerals that are needed.

8. Most adults and children should be taking a probiotic, fish oil and vitamin D- ask your ND on how much.

7. Do you need to hit the gym- depends on your health goal- but what you really need is to move- put your pedometer on to reach 10,000 steps per day.

6. Get your blood tested to find out which foods agree with your body.  Eat the right foods for your body to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

5. Emotional suppression leads to physical disease- let me put together the right Bach flower remedy that is best for you- this helps to unravel layers of emotional suppression until we can address the root cause of the emotion that is contributing to your physical symptom.

4. Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water everyday- this is your minimum amount!

3. Most people are magnesium deficient- ask your ND for the right dose for you.

2. Chronic disease takes at least 10 years to develop- Prevention is Key!  Inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc.

1. Most important triad is the relationship between our adrenals, thyroid, ovaries/uterus (women)/tests (men).  Stress has a huge impact on our hormonal cycle.  Cortisol effect leads to adrenal fatigue and insomnia and then effects thyroid (hair loss, weight issues, dryness) and/ or effects uterus/ovaries (irregular menses, infertility, fibroids, cysts) or in men (decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility).

Stay tuned for next week…

#8.  Win 2 bottles of FISH OILs by Metagenics.  Stay tuned on how to put your name in the draw to win!

 

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

(905) 451-3200

 

08/28

10th Week Countdown Begins…2007 vs. 2017!

10 Years of Nature’s Touch Naturopathic Clinic!

  • 2 clinic locations; Inside A Healing Place and BodyWorkx Health Group
  • Over 1,000 patients treated
  • 6 Naturopathic “Walk for Wellness” events in recognition of Naturopathic Medicine Week
  • 3 TV appearances on Rogers TV, countless seminars, lunch and learns, presentations
  • 3 years of teaching experience at Centennial College
  • 1 Hair cut Donation for “Locks for Love”
  • 3 children- 2 girls (7, 5) and 1 boy (2.5)
  • 1 E-book on top 10 wellness tips to begin your journey to wellness.
  • Corporate consultations-Canadian Tire and St. Bernard School
  • Member of Momstown, Moms Entrepreneurial Brampton
  • Expanded clinical hours with the addition of Dr. Kamila, ND
  • Certifications: Naturopathic Doula, First Line Therapy Practitioner, Gluten Sensitivity, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Prescribing Rights, IVIT certified

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08/23

Your Thyroid!

Do you hold back your emotions? Do you say “yes” but really want to say “No”? Do you keep in what you really want to say or do?  If you do any of these, your thyroid can be at risk!  Your thyroid represents your throat chakra- Your Voice!  When you hide your voice you are allowing your thyroid to become susceptible to disease.

Testing your Thyroid?

Most medical doctors will only test your TSH.  However there is a more complete panel to run to look at the entire picture of your thyroid function.  Most important blood work to run at the beginning includes:

TSH

Free T4

Free T3

TPO (thyroid antibodies)

Even when levels come back normal, there are low or high levels that should still be treated especially if you are still having symptoms.

Two main conditions to look out for?

  1. Hypothyroidism- fatigue, weakness, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, cold intolerance, muscle cramps
  2. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis-fatigue, weight gain, constipation, joint pain, infertility

You can see many symptoms are very similar so best to screen right from the beginning as TSH can still be completely normal and others can be abnormal and therefore go undiagnosed for many months or years.

Naturopathic Treatment

  1. Stress reduction
  2. Herbs and Minerals to help improve thyroid and adrenal function
  3. Dietary changes
  4. Desiccated Thyroid

 

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

(905) 451-3200

www.naturestouchnd.ca

04/21

Are Bio-identical Hormones for you?

There are two main times in a woman or a man’s life that hormone imbalances may arise.  For women, it happens during your menstruating years, and then at menopause.  For men, before age 50 then at andropause.

Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms:

  1. weight issues
  2. insomnia
  3. anxiety
  4. irritability/anger
  5. hot flashes
  6. memory fog
  7. low libido
  8. irregular/heavy periods
  9. hair loss
  10. breast tenderness
The best way to determine a hormone imbalance is by performing a salivary hormone test.  Saliva is more accurate than blood, especially because it is performed at a specific time in the cycle and therefore, the exact values are known.  Hormone test investigates your levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol.
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Are naturally occurring hormones, like the ones already in our body.  In menstruating women, a natural progesterone cream would help to correct a deficiency in progesterone or an excess in estrogen.  During menopause, often a combination of estrogen/progesterone creams are required to offset the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone as they decrease.
Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND
(905)451-3200
www.naturestouchnd.ca
02/10

Mental Health

Naturopathic medicine works by addressing the root cause of disease. This is one of my oaths that I obey with every patient.  It works by treating both the body (physical symptoms) and the mind (emotional suppression).  Mental suppression leads to physical disease.  For instance, obesity- we address diet and nutrition but at the same time need to address why the patient uses food as comfort- what is the emotional trigger?  Another example is hypothyroidism- we address the physical with nutrition and optimizing thyroid function but at the same time need to address the emotional suppression with the throat.  Are there feelings of inability to say NO, pleasing and keeping your mouth shut, or a lack of opportunity to express an artistic ability.

Naturopathic Approach to Mental Suppression

  1. Lifestyle Counseling
  2. Bach flower remedies- help to unravel layers of emotional suppression until we address the root cause
  3. Homeopathic remedies
  4. Journaling- when finished each day-tear up the sheet of paper- Do not keep and re-read!
Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND
www.naturestouchnd.ca
(905)451-3200

 

12/05

The Perfect Lifestyle Program… Join the Group in 2017!

After having 3 kids (in 4 years…) and nursing all of them for about 16 months each.  It was time to focus on getting my body back.  Of course we know that diets don’t work… why? because they are designed for short term use.

Through my struggles and successes of putting this program together…It finally works!!

Lifestyle changes are not just about losing weight… it is much more than that.  It is about having more energy, better mood, better bowel movements, less pain, less anxiety/depression/memory fog and also, the most important to help prevent your risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancers.

There are 2 main parts to MY program:

  1. EAT THE RIGHT FOODS FOR YOUR BODY- this involves me helping you discover which foods your body is sensitive too.
  2. EAT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FOOD- each person requires a different amount of food to sustain healthy daily functioning.  Let me help you put together the right amount of food to eat.

This new group will also been involved in a new facebook page set up by Nature’s Touch Naturopathic Clinic.  All patients enrolled in this program will have the OPTION to be part of this group.  The group is a support group for myself and other members to post food ideas/pictures, encouragement, tips, successes and failures.  No part of your case will be discussed as that will continue to remain confidential.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to message me at info@naturestouchnd.ca

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

Nature’s Touch Naturopathic Clinic

(905)451-3200

www.naturestouchnd.ca