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You may be wondering what’s the big deal with Vitamin B12 “shots” (injections). Lots of people are talking about them these days – I certainly get asked about them frequently. What are they good for? Do they really give you more energy? Do they hurt? Can anyone get them?

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Let’s face it, summertime is an easy time to forget about the great health habits we worked on the rest of the year. With more social gatherings, barbecue in the backyard, camping and warm weather, we tend to indulge a bit more. I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise, because life is meant to be enjoyed, beer, barbecue and all (in moderation when it doesn’t interfere with any health goals or treatments). But, I do want to encourage and motivate you to stay on track with your health this summer. After all, our liver, heart and intestines don’t take a break during the summer, so lets help them out by not overwhelming them with too much indulging!

Health is a lifestyle, not a crash diet or exercise plan, so lets have some fun and get into creating and maintaining some healthy habits this summer! Join me on Monday July 17th for a 10 day Health Habits Challenge! I’ll post a new healthy habit on Facebook to work on everyday that you can do for that day, for the whole 10 days and hopefully longer! Follow along, share with your friends and join in the healthy fun!

The rules of the game are simple:

  1. Take on the new challenge each day to the best of your ability
  2. Carry each new habit out until the end of the challenge
  3. Like, comment and/or share the challenge each day if you feel inclined to do so! Lets work together to build a healthier community!

The first challenge is to mark it down on your calendar to get started on Monday July 17th!

Make sure you Like my Facebook page so you don’t miss out on the challenge!

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Thyroid conditions are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions. So many people, especially women, live with a thyroid condition without even knowing it. Feeling tired and lethargic, slowly gaining weight for no apparent reason, hair loss, depression, constipation… But why is it so common and why isn’t it diagnosed properly?

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There are a few natural times in the year when we naturally tend to focus on our health, including September, January and April. These are new “beginnings” in a sense, and we want to start fresh. But when we think about it, there is no better time to focus on your health than NOW.

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I love smoothies! I find them to be a great breakfast option, post-workout re-fuel or mid-morning snack! But not all smoothies are created equal – in order for a smoothie to be suitable for a meal or snack, it must meet certain requirements of components it should and shouldn’t contain.

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There’s something about these ice fishing huts that brings up a feeling a nostalgia for me. I’ve never been in one, nor do I really care for smelts, but I love seeing them pop up every winter.

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Food sensitivity testing is by far the most common lab test I run. It’s a simple blood test done through a finger prick, that will tell you what foods your immune system is reacting to. But is it worth it? And is it the right test for you?

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What is Health?

by on January 23, 2017 | Posted in General Thoughts on Health

As a member of the health profession, I feel it is my duty to have a good answer to this question, especially since I promote the idea that “All You Need Is Health” through my work. However, there more I ask myself the question, the harder I find it is to come up with an answer. (more…)

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If you’ve ever travelled to a country near the equator, you may have experienced what is commonly known as traveller’s diarrhea, or more eloquently, Montezuma’s Revenge! When you’re away for only 1 or 2 weeks, spending a few days at arms reach from the toilet is not what most of us call an ideal vacation. (more…)

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Hair loss in women can be alarming, seeing large quantities of hair coming out in the shower or in the hair brush, day after day. Seeing what used to be a full head of hair become thinner and thinner. Hair can play a major part in our identity, but more than that, losing hair is a sign of something else going on in the body.

It is normal to lose from 50 to 150 hairs per day. Each individual hair has a life cycle which is rooted in the hair follicle, and at the end of its cycle, it falls out. If hair loss is much greater than 150 and there is noticeable thinning, then it is important to find and address the cause of the hair loss.

What causes hair loss in women?

Nutritional deficiencies: Nutrition plays a fundamental role in hair growth. Being deficiency in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and even protein can cause hair loss. Ensuring a diet high in these elements and a healthy digestive system is essential for healthy hair.

Thyroid conditions: Hair loss can be a sign of a thyroid condition. Both hypo- and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. This is important to consider.

Other hormone imbalances: Too much testosterone can also cause increased hair loss, especially male-pattern balding in women.

Stress: Stress leading to adrenal fatigue is a major cause of hair loss in women. When everything else is balanced, this is often found as a culprit for hair loss.

 

 

How can it be treated?  

First and foremost, it is important to identify and treat the cause of the hair loss. Without doing this, any efforts will be fruitless.

Once this is being done, it is important to use treatment on the scalp in order to prevent the loss of hair follicles and to stimulate hair growth. This can be done with a scalp massage, using castor oil or emu oil and essential oils such as lavender, thyme, cedarwood.

If there is excess sebum production, daily washing can be helpful as the sebum can clog hair follicles, preventing new hair from growing.

 

Mesotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy consists of taking an individuals blood, extracting the platelets, stem cells and growth factors and re-injecting these into the scalp to stimulate follicles to produce new hairs. Alone or in combination with herbal mesotherapy preparations, hair growth has been found to be greatly improved. This is an important therapy to consider as it can greatly improve results when the cause of the hair loss is being addressed.

PRP also shows promising results for balding in men, increasing thickness of hair in balding areas.

 

A note on hair growth after chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is known to cause hair loss. Once therapy is completed, hair normally grows again, but for many people, hair does not grow back as it used to. Although PRP is fairly new for this type of hair loss, it is showing promising results in terms of safety and efficacy.

 

Here is a great resources for great information and tips on hair loss with info on scalp health, nutrition, all related to hair loss: https://www.hairlossrevolution.com/bradley-cooper-hairline/.

 

 

Dr Renée Purdy is a naturopathic doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. In her practice, she values making health achievable and long lasting. She likes to explore the mind, body, spirit connection in health, and her approach includes using food as medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling. Her focus is on digestive health, hormone balance, thyroid health and adrenal fatigue.

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