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It is interesting how many people require the use of a C PAP machine to sleep due to sleep apnea. There is some concern over long term use of this device causing damage to the lung due to a continual air blowing into them every night. Yet the side effects from sleep apnea have been noted as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and depression. An interesting article highlights a few remedies for the symptoms of sleep apnea, read on

An extroidinary number of young adults suffer from depression. It can be linked to a poor diet, lack of sleep and physical activity. The pressures on teens to be 'on' with social media and electronics, takes away from that personal connection we have with human beings. Homeopathy is an excellent tool for these people because it is safe and gentle. Remedies have no side effects, but are strong enough to be very effective, because they are tailor suited to the individual's symptoms. If you would like more information about how we can help, book a free get acquainted chat with us, click here.

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The natural healing power and goodness of black rice has been very well noted in modern times. Loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin E, fibre, and valuable anti-inflammatory properties, this special rice is truly remarkable in its abilities. What’s really incredible about Black Rice is the fact that it contains even more antioxidants (per serving) than blueberries; which are famous for their anti-ageing properties. The main thing that separates Black Rice from all the other varieties of rice is its amazingly strong antioxidant properties; which come from its pigment. This is the same type of pigment found in other types of antioxidant rich foods such as the many varieties of berries. Black Rice has been eaten in regions of Asia for thousands of years; in fact for centuries it was reserved for only Chinese royalty. Today this type of rice is picking up in popularity and popping up in more health food stores across the US, Australia, and Europe, as people discover the numerous health benefits that whole grain black rice has to offer. In ancient times, Chinese Emperors reserved this wonderfully nutty rice for their own consumption because it was thought that it would extend their lives. Black Rice does provide many health benefits that we are just finding out about now; including prevention and treatment of very serious ailments. Avoiding diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others is surely a great way to extend the length and quality of your life. In China, black rice has been known for being good for the kidneys, stomach and liver since ancient times. In addition to its healing and nutritious qualities, it would seem that Black Rice was also considered to be somewhat of an aphrodisiac at one time. It is highly likely that the Emperors down throughout the ages probably shared their Black Rice stock with their consorts or concubines. Read more

Homeopathy is suited to a number of symptoms a person may have. Here are a few symptoms that may suit low back pain and the corresponding remedy:

Rhus Tox: stiffness of the back, painful on attempting to rise and getting moving. A bruising or burning pain that is worse from damp and cold. Better for continued motion.

Phytolacca: stiffback in the morning on rising and in damp weather, weak and dull pain in the kidney region, aching pains in the lumbar region, streaking up and down the spine into the sacrum.

As one can see homeopathy is suited to one's unique symptoms. If you suffer from lumbago, contact us for a one on one homeopathic tune up.

A remedy mentioned in Jahr's book called "General and Special Therapeutics of Mental Diseases and Psychical Disorders" in 1857, was nitric acid. It was mentioned as good for symptoms of dysthymia, which is depression. The symptoms are as follows:

  • gloomy sorrowful and dejected
  • tearfulness
  • profound lowness of spirits
  • frequent sorrowful thoughts about a past occurence
  • anxiousness with palpitation of the heart
  • dread of contentions, quarrels
  • fearfuness
  • discouraged, despair ad dread of approaching dissolution
  • disgust for life with longing for death
  • indifference, want of sympathy, joylessness
  • disinclined to talk

Homeopathic remedies are matched to a person's symptoms. If someone has symptoms of dysthymia, seek the help of a professional homeopath.

An interesting case study from a book published in 1857, called "General and Special Therapeutics of Mental Diseases and Psychical Disorders" by GHG Jahr and John M Galloway speaks of the remedy called "Ignatia". Its principle sphere of action, is depression caused by grief and sorrow, which at any time can change to exhaltation and vice versa.... joyless melancholy wit senseless staring at an object, great dislike of conversation. Internal grief and gnawing sorrow, with sighing and vexation, great anxiousness about the heart, tendency to be easily frightened.

In the clinic, we usually look at certain remedies to target liver function. Homeopathic remedies may be chelidonium, phosphorus or carduus marinarus. Herbs maybe milk thistle, artichoke, dandelion or supplements like NAC  or vitamin E. This great little article recommends a few foods for fatty liver, read more

Dr. Jahr writes in his book called "40 Years Practice", the following:

Increased appetite and canine hunger, calc. and lyc. and no less silic. have shown themselves the most efficient remedies in my hands, likewise ver. alb. for excessive hunger after typhus. For the voracious appetite not exactly canine hunger, which torments people who are otherwise healthy, derived the best use from china, cina, verat. alb., and sometimes mec, sep and sulphur. For attacks of nocturnal hunger china is likewise an excellent remedy. If such attacks are accompanied by waterbrash and nausea, no medicine surpasses silic. and in children calc.

For some reason this nobel prize winner, has a lot to say about homeopathy. In my humble opinion a lot of people have a lot to say about a lot of things that they are not qualifed to comment on. Read some rebuttals in the news to these comments CLICK HERE also enjoy my diagram below!

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Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by a decreased bone density that leads to brittle bones and increased fractures. For a complete explanation click here to view a video on osteoporosis. Despite the abundance of calcium available in North American diets, society is suffering from this disease more so then less industrialized societies. Many assume that osteoporosis if from a lack of calcium in the diet. However, many countries that do not consume calcium rich dairy products do not suffer from the osteoporosis that North Americans do. One theory about bone loss is that when people have an acidic terrain due to dietary influences (eating too many acidic foods such as sugar, alcohol, grains, meat, dairy and legumes) and too little alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) the body will leach minerals from the bones to maintain a normal pH (acid balance). This may explain why people who eat a poor diet tend to suffer from osteoporosis. However there are other correlations to brittle bones such as:

  • Being a slight frame, underweight with low body fat percentage
  • Certain medications such as glucocorticoids (humulog, cortisone, prednisone), antacids (proton pump inhibitors), seizure medications (barbiturates, dilantin, phenobarbitol), pain medicine (oxycodone, codeine, morphine, methadone) and diabetic medications
  • Certain diseases such as hyperparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, alcoholism, rheumatoid arthritis, anorexia nervosa, kidney and liver disease
  • Having gastric bypass surgery
  • A lack of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D in the diet
  • Smoking is linked to a 230% increase in spinal osteoporosis in men and a 19% increase in bone fractures
  • A sedentary lifestyle or being bed ridden

What can you do to help yourself if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis?

  • Eat a healthy diet with at least 50% of your food intake in the form of fruit and vegetables. Choose whole grains, lean protein and legumes. Dairy products such as plain yogurt are an excellent source of calcium and protein. Limit caffeine because it leaches minerals. Avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar and drinking more than two glasses of alcohol per day.

  • Get some exercise daily. Weight bearing exercises are a good to help with bone density. Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regime.

  • Improve your digestion and stomach acid. Calcium is one of the harder minerals to digest and absorb so ensuring the stomach acid is adequate helps considerably. Consider taking a digestive enzyme.

  • Take a calcium supplement that includes two parts calcium, one part magnesium and vitamin D. Certain forms of calcium are easier to assimilate, such as calcium citrate or calcium hydroxyapatite.

  • Quit smoking

Food Sources of Calcium

What food sources are good for calcium?

  • Yogurt, Milk, Cheese
  • Artichoke
  • Collards
  • Turnip greens
  • Navy and pinto beans
  • Calcium fortified orange juice
  • Sesame seeds
  • Almonds
  • Sardines bones included
  • Salmon bones included
  • Tofu and Soya milk

Many know that dairy products are quite high in calcium but have trouble digesting them. For a list of common dairy and non-dairy foods and their calcium content click here

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     Nails are a marker for health. They are composed mostly of the protein keratin. Healthy nail beds are pink and nail disorders can be an indicator for health issues in both the nails of the fingers and the toes. Simple grooming practices can improve the condition of dry and brittle nails. Always cut your nails after they have soaked to prevent further cracking. Use nail polish remover as little as possible or choose a non drying variety. Keep your nails no longer than a quarter inch long because longer nails are more apt to break. Apply hand cream to your hands and nails each time you wash them.

     Some nutritional deficiencies are linked to poor nail health such as:

  • a lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C leads to hangnails
  • a B vitamin deficit can cause fragile nails and a tendency to horizontal ridges
  • low digestive juices such as hydrochloric acid leads to breaking and chipping nails
  • a lack of B12 can cause dryness and curved nails
  • low beneficial flora (acidophilus and bifidobacteria) can lead to fungal growth under and around the nails
  • an iron deficiency can cause spoon or concave shaped nails
  • a lack of zinc can cause white spots on the nails

     Problems can range from thickness, discoloration, horizontal ridges, brittle, peeling nails and fungal infections. What is going on in the inside reflects on the outside. "As within so without" some wise person once said.

Brittle and Peeling Nails

     Brittle and peeling nails are an issue for many. As people age our nails become drier and may crack and break easier. Those who have low thyroid levels and hormone deficiencies tend to suffer more with this condition. It can also be an occupation hazard for those who have to wash their hands frequently. Applying moisturizer to the hands and nails each time one washes them or does the dishes can help prevent breaking. Some nutritional deficiencies contribute to this problem as mentioned above. A lack of protein, B vitamins and low digestive juices can contribute to weak nails. Some supplements that help to improve the strength of nails and improve keratin production are B complex, Silica or horsetail extract, black currant seed oil (contains GLA which is great for skin, hair and nails) and calcium and magnesium.

Fungal Infections

     Typically the toenails suffer from fungal infections. Those tend to suffer from toenail fungal infections are the elderly, diabetics, those who eat a diet rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates and those who have had toe injuries that damage the nail bed. Fungal infections can be spread so if someone in your family has a toenail fungus be sure to disinfect your shower area and clean your feet after swimming. Symptoms of toenail fungus are thickened, discolored and brittle nails. This condition can be very difficult to treat naturally and with drugs. It is a tenacious condition that requires much patience. One home remedy that has worked for many is simply applying vick’s vapour rub on the nails twice a day. Natural remedies include capryllic acid, probiotics, grape fruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, undecyclic acid and thyme.

Nail Shapes

     Curved nails where the nail curves in the right direction but excessively can indicate a heart or lung condition. When the nails are curved up like a spoon it can indicate an iron deficiency or a fungus. Nails that are ridged vertically indicate stress, infections, nutritional imbalance, heart disease or major illness. Thick nails can be related to thyroid conditions, nail bed injuries or fungus. Ridges that run up and down the nail can be an indicator for a tendency to develop arthritis. Dented or pitted looking nails may be found in those with psoriasis or a protein deficiency.

Nail Colour

     Yellow nails may be a result of nail polish, fungal infections or disorders of the lymphatic, respiratory or hepatic system. Black nails are a result of injury or fungal forms. A dark blue line in fair skinned people may be an indicator of melanoma. Greenish coloured nails is a sign of a bacterial infection or fungus. White spots on the nails may be a result of a zinc deficiency or injury. When the nail bed is missing the moon it can be a sign of lupus or autoimmune disease. Dark nail beds are a sign of poor circulation, heart disease or shock.

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     Many people only think of blood sugar in reference to diabetes or hypoglycemia. The incidence of diabetes has risen year after year due to our quick fix food choices. Diabetes in itself is correlated to other diseases such as heart disease, cancer (colon, breast and prostate), blindness, amputations, neuropathy, obesity, pms, kidney disease, arthritis, kidney and gallstones to name a few. However, many of us have fluctuations in our blood sugar that can cause lasting effects on the quality of our health and life. Metabolic syndrome is a term that indicates blood sugar instability without having diabetic readings on a blood test. Some indicators for metabolic syndrome are:

  • apple shaped obesity, large mid section
  • high cholesterol
  • kidney or gallstones
  • hypertension
  • overweight

     Controlling blood sugar involves eating foods that are low glycemic. They are foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats. High glycemic foods are those that flip into a sugar quickly in the blood. They are foods like white flour, sugar, white rice and other refined carbohydrates. Many prepackaged foods are high glycemic, contain trans fats, salt and preservatives. Studies have shown that those who eat a diet that focuses on lower glycemic foods and are rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy oils like nuts and olive oil have less incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and enjoy increased longevity. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in red meat, saturated and trans fat and refined carbohydrates tend to suffer more from hormonal imbalance, obesity, fatty liver, cancer and heart disease.

     Changing ones diet is one of the most difficult things for people to do. However, with perseverance in making some simple changes to your diet by eating many fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins you will improve the quality of your life and prevent many of the killers of our time. For more information on how to eat well for health, refer to my book called "Your Drug Free Guide to Healthy Weight Loss".

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     Exercise helps to counter the affects of stress. We are made to move and many of us are glued to our desk chairs or our couches. A new study in "Psychoneuroendocrinology" researched the effects of fitness and aging on the HPA axis. They compared three groups, a young unfit group (age 25-30), older unfit (age 64-67) and an older fit (64-68) by exposing them to a battery of stress producing events. Cortisol levels did rise in all three groups, the older unfit group had the most significant increase. Therefore a higher level of aerobic fitness in the older groups may modify neuroendocrine changes we suffer from as we age. Not only that, exercise is a nice stress reliever when one can take time for themselves, enjoy a nature walk or a nice swim. Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga has been found to increase feelings of relaxation as well.             

     Meditation and relaxation have been  shown effective in reducing stress levels and improving mental clarity in those who practice it daily. Another article in the journal "Psychoneuroendocrinology" found that those who practice meditation have lower than average cortisol levels than those who do not. 

     A healthy diet  is a must for good health. Eating low glycemic foods, such as whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables and choosing lean proteins such as turkey, chicken and fish can help keep us healthy. Limit the use of sugar, alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea. Drink licorice tea because it is nourishing to the adrenal glands. Being obese or overweight can impact our stress hormones too because enlarged fat cells release a hormone cascade that talks to our glands. Not only does high cortisol cause weight gain but being overweight can alter our hormonal expression as well. All the more reason to be proactive and maintain a healthy weight.

     Supplements can help with stress. Please check with your doctor of health care practitioner if you suffer from any underlying condition or are taking prescription medications. Many people take hormone and mood altering drugs but it may not be necessary and can be harmful due to their long term side effects. If you are healthy and do not take any other medications you may want to look at the following remedies:

*Vitamin C: 500 to 1000mgs per day, helps maintain a healthy immune system and decrease cortisol.
*Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins such as B5 are supportive of adrenal function, B6 is good for the immune system and hormones and B12 is useful for the nervous system and helps us to make digestive enzymes.
*Fish oil: is an excellent brain food, good for mood, depression and also beneficial for preventing heart disease and reducing pain from inflammation.
*Magnesium glycinate: a good form of magnesium that helps with relaxation for a better sleep and nervous system.
*Phosphatidylserine: is a supplement that is made from healthy fats, that are similar to the fats that line the cells in our brain. It has been shown to blunt cortisol levels in stressful situations and is also good for those with trouble focusing and concentrating.
*Ashwagandha: a herb called indian ginseng has amazing adaptogenic powers by reducing stress levels and accoring to the Life Extension Foundation has been found to have some anti-cancer activity. 
*Rhodiola is a herb that is useful for stress and helps to improve exercise endurance.

At Caruso Homeopathic Clinic we have a variety of tools to help determine a protocol to support your unique mind-body picture. To book an appointment click here.

10 Days to A Cleaner More Efficient You!

   Ancient traditions and North American Indians have historically engaged in detoxification or purification rituals at every change of season to help improve the health of the body and mind. It is no wonder that this tradition lives on with many health conscious people due to its rejuvenating properties. Herein is a quick questionnaire to determine if you you need to detox.

Do you have any of the following symptoms? Please answer yes or no.

Headaches ______ Insomnia _______ Dizziness_____

Dark Circles under eyes_____ Itchy ears _______

Ringing in ears ______ Excessive Mucous ______ Sinus trouble_____

Hoarseness_____ Canker sores_____ Hives_____ Acne_____

Chest congestion_____ Sleepiness_____ Mood swings _____

Irritable_____ Binge eating_____ Overweight_____ Diarrhea _____

Bloating_____ Constipation_____ Heartburn_____ Coated tongue______

Unrefreshed Sleep_____ Use of aspirin and pain killers______

Fibromyalgia symptoms or muscle aches_____

Use of birth control pills_____ PMS _____

Key: If you answered yes to any of the following you may need to detoxify your body for it to run at its peak efficiancy.

     Our society is exposed to more toxins in our environment than ever. In the past heavy metals were our main concern, now children are showing up with pesticides and plastic chemical compounds in their systems. Many of us just don't feel as well as we should. There is a reason that many stars such as Demi Moore and Gyneth Paltrow like to do periodic detox diets to stay slim and feel great.

     Much research has found that environmental toxins are hazardous to our health. Each year 4 billion pounds of chemicals are released into our environment in the form of chemicals and pollutants from plastics, pesticides, heavy metals, and other sources. We are exposed to them in our water, air, soil, food and dust every day. Over time a build up of these toxins will affect the quality of our life in certain ways, such as in the symptoms listed above.

     There are ways to stimulate your body to clear out these toxins and help you feel energized and great while doing so. Typical organs of elimination are the liver, kidneys, intestinal tract, skin and lymph. Think of it as a spring cleaning for your body to get your system jazzed up and ready to work at its peak efficiency. Not all detox programs are healthy; your body needs key nutrients and support to release toxins, so water fasting or juicing is not the right way to go. Many people try and detox and do not support the different phases of detoxification and just allow toxins into the blood stream and feel worse than when they started.

     We have an exciting new program at the clinic. It is a 10 day cleanse that supports your body in detoxing by using targeted nutrition that aids your organs in excreting toxins. Our program includes a clean protein, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It outlines a "clean eating" plan and gentle exercises. At the end of the 10 day program you will lose weight, feel energized, have fewer aches and pains, have a more stable mood, and have clearer eyes, skin and tongue. For more information contact us at the clinic regarding our detox package.

The Flu and Immune System Facts and Fiction

     I was at a seminar on the weekend that re-affirmed my beliefs about the damage we inadvertently do to our immune system through a variety of “well meaning” assaults. Ask yourself the following: When you get sick do you get a fever? How often do you get a cold or flu? Your answers will tell you the strength of your immune system.

     Did you know that those who respond to illness with a high fever actually have a great immune system? It turns up the heat and boils up germs and recovery is swift. Those who get a mild fever are sick longer and illnesses such as a dry cough, post nasal drip or sinus congestion can linger. The problem lies in both a person’s genetic predisposition and what people have had passed down to them. Also another problem lies in medical suppression via over treatment of minor illnesses through the use of antibiotics, using vaccinations and other drugs. When we use antibiotics we don't allow our body to fight the bug on its own. We also deplete our good flora that keeps our immune system happy. Also we will use Tylenol to drop a fever when it is doing a good job in boiling those germs. This makes the illness linger longer. Our society vaccinates against bugs that are not always dangerous and we think we are doing ourselves a good turn, yet we are mutating these bugs, weakening our immune systems and exposing ourselves to the toxic preservatives in vaccines.

     People who claim they never get a cold or flu bug usually are not healthy. Those who get them one to two times a year are normal. According to homeopathic literature, those who do not get colds are actually not well. Their body is usually working on a deeper pathology. Those who get sick often are in another category. Never getting sick is not a good sign. One may notice that people who get cancer say they have never even had a cold or those with rheumatoid arthritis may say they haven’t been sick in years. The immune system has been suppressed and the body’s vital force is now working on a deeper pathology. Does this mean you should start licking doorknobs to get a cold? No! What it means is the following:

  1. Having a cold or virus one to two times a year is normal. It is actually a sign your body has the ability to fight off bugs.
  2. Spiking a fever when you are sick is normal too, and healthy as long as it doesn’t go too high which is quite rare.
  3. Do not take Tylenol or Aspirin to suppress a fever unless directed to by your doctor because it will prolong your illness or cause Reye’s Syndrome.
  4. Take a day or two off to recover. Half of our society’s problem is that they won’t allow themselves the time to recover and decrease their stress load.
  5. Have your case taken by your Homeopath to help restore a normal functioning immune system and remove suppressive barriers to health.
  6. Eat a healthy diet, rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein. Do not consume sugar, refined carbohydrates and limit alcohol as it depresses the immune system.
  7. Take a high quality probiotic to get your good/beneficial bacteria high if you have taken antibiotics. Antibiotics wipe out the beneficial flora in our gut which protects us from pathological microbes. Probiotics boost the immune system and displace bad bacteria in the gut. 60 to 80 percent of the immune system is found in the gut’s lymphatic system.
  8. Take vitamin D3, 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day. It has been shown to be beneficial to the immune system, prevents cancer and autoimmune diseases.
  9. When you are sick with a bug, call this office for a natural treatment and use antibiotics only as a last resort.

    How many of us get sick with a cough or cold and think, "Wow I cannot take a day off work for this?". Yet that is what our body needs to heal itself? Heal yourself naturally by using non suppressive treatments that support your immune system not suppress it.