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Find out the RIGHT Foods for your BODY!

There are 2 main food reactions;

IgE- this is an immediate reaction.  For example, you drink a glass of milk and you end up in the bathroom with diarrhea.

IgG- this is a delayed reaction to food.  For example, you decide to have a banana for breakfast and you don’t feel the effects of the banana until the evening or the next day.

What symptoms would you experience if that food item doesn’t agree with you?

  1. Fatigue, feeling weak
  2. Skin- itching, redness, rashes, acne
  3. Memory fog, anxiety, mood disorders, headaches/migraines
  4. Joint pain, muscle stiffness
  5. More susceptibility to colds and flus
  6. Digestive- gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
  7. Weight gain

This is a blood test done at Lifelabs that will determine which foods your blood is sensitive too.  This tests a minimum of 120 foods; including gluten, dairy, meats, eggs, fish, nuts/seeds/beans, fruits and vegetables and herbs and spices.  Any food items that get highlighted as yellow or red are foods that you will need to eliminate as we heal your digestive tract so that you can go back to eating some of the foods again.

Maria Papasodaro, ND

(905) 451-3200


Acupuncture- Is it for you?

Do you suffer from muscle pain? Anxiety or Depression? Menstrual issues? Infertility? Headaches/Migraines? or you have deep wrinkles that you want reduced?

Acupuncture is about unblocking “qi” spots that are blocked in the body.  By tapping the needles into these spots we allow energy to flow efficiently and resolve the issues that you may be experiencing.

Acupuncture can also be used in a technique called Myofascial Release– this involves inserting needles into tight muscles.  The muscle then spasms and relaxes to provide instant relief.

3 things that can be added to your acupuncture protocol:

  1. Heat lamp– heat can be applied over the needles to help with fertility and sore muscles
  2. Acustim machine– electrodes are added to the tips of the acupuncture needles to provide a deeper stimulation into the muscles.
  3. Cupping– suction type cups are added following or prior to your acupuncture treatment to help release heat and massage the muscles.

Many believe that acupuncture hurts!  It actually doesn’t… they are very fine needles (not like getting a blood draw) and most don’t even realize when they are in.  The treatment is booked for 30 mins.  About 10 mins to put the needles in and 20 mins to relax.

Acupuncture treatments can be covered under your naturopathic coverage.  Most patients feel better within 6 treatments… but up to 12 spaced over a longer time frame.  Try it Today!  I would suggest booking a bunch over a couple of weeks just because the schedule can get full and at least you will have your spot saved to maximize your success.

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

(905) 451-3200


Lemon Water

Drink 1 BIG glass of lemon water every morning!

When to Drink?

If you drink before you even eat anything for the day it helps to detox your liver, and better your bowel movements.

If you drink it during a meal, it helps more as a digestive aid.


In spring/summer- use cooler water temperature

In fall/winter- use warmer water temperature

How much Lemon?

I prefer to squeeze 1/2 lemon into my water.  If you prefer to put the entire 1/2 lemon into your water- make sure the skin is washed well or I would use organic lemons.


Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND

(905) 451-3200


NEW TEST AVAILABLE- Iodine Plus Urine Test

Do you suffer from weight gain? Fatigue? Depression, mental impairment?… even fibrocystic breast disease or cancer?

Iodine is a key component of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4.  Selenium helps convert T4 to the more active form of T3.  It is not only important to test your blood for TSH, FT4, FT3, and TPO but also your urine iodine plus.

Minerals Tested in your URINE:

This urine test your iodine, selenium, bromine and cadmium levels:

Iodine: Too little iodine may contribute to the symptoms listed above and an excess of iodine can shut down thyroid hormone production and cause hypothyroidism.

Selenium: Helps the body use iodine more efficiently thus potentially improving thyroid function.  Used to track supplementation.

Bromine and Cadmium: Bromine competes with iodine for transport into the thyroid, so it interfere with the beneficial effects of iodine.  Cadmium can interfere with the beneficial effects of selenium

Identifying these levels gives way to the best naturopathic treatment plan to make sure you get the right does of iodine and selenium but also trying to detox your bromine and cadmium levels so that you begin to feel better and begin your journey to wellness!

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND



Let’s Get Those Migraines Under Control!

Have you identified what triggers your migraines?  Are they cyclical (around your menses)?  Do you notice them after you eat something that doesn’t agree with you?  Are they triggered by stress?

As you can see migraines can be caused by many different factors… let me figure out which one!

Naturopathic Treatment

-depending on the cause of your migraines will dictate your treatment

  1. Nutrition– determining which foods your body doesn’t like.
  2. Supplements– mineral deficiencies can cause migraines.  New study showed the benefit of magnesium in reducing migraines-consult with me to find out the right dose and form that would suit you best.
  3. BHRT– natural bioidentical hormone treatment can be used for many cases where there is an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen
  4. Acupuncture– allowing your “chi” to flow properly can reduce intensity and frequency of migraines.

Get to the root cause before jumping to taking prescription drugs everyday to manage this chronic c0ndition.

Begin your Journey to Wellness,

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND



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

(905) 451-3200


#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






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

Dr. Maria Papasodaro, ND



#4 of 10 Week Countdown- Kids Supplement Giveaway!


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



Week 8 Fish oil Winner!


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

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


#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