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Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is World Autism Awareness Month. One of the goals of a naturopathic biomedical approach to treating autism is to identify underlying conditions common in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of these conditions is mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are cells within each cell of the body that are primarily responsible for producing ATP, a source […]

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Healing the Brain from Post-Concussion Syndrome

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion happens from a powerful movement to one’s head.  Traffic accidents, playing sports and every day slips and falls are all sources of concussions.  Brain injuries affect different people in different ways resulting in a great deal of subjectivity in diagnoses and treatment. Symptoms can range from very mild […]

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Blood Brain Barrier Integrity

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. One structure essential to brain health that is often damaged in a brain injury is called the blood-brain barrier. The lining of blood vessels in the brain called endothelial cells forms the blood-brain barrier. These cells fit tightly together and are surrounded by immune cells called astrocytes. This lining […]

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Cardiovascular Health Risk Assessment

Early detection of cardiovascular risk factors will significantly reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke.  Most of us have our cholesterol checked yearly.  However, a recent US study showed that nearly 75% of patients that were hospitalized for a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels.  This demonstrates that there are many other factors […]

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Heart Health

February is heart month.  Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada, only outnumbered by cancer.  What can we do to help decrease our risks?  We need to take control and manage our risk factors.  First, a surprising number of us smoke—this needs to stop.  Second, get active.  Everyone needs at least […]

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