Olea Health is Now Offering Natural Flu Shots

Olea Health is Now Offering Natural Flu Shots


* All Natural Immune Support/Boost

*Safe for all ages, during pregnancy and with medications

*Helps prevent and treat colds and Flus

Flu Shot Clinic Days:

Tues Oct. 22 2013 4pm – 8pm

Fri. Oct. 25 2013 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm

Sat. Oct 26 2013 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fri. Nov 8 2013 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sat. Nov 9 2013 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Call to book an appointment today 705.429.0015



CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE is the leading cause of death. Standard cholesterol testing can miss that YOU may be at RISK.

We are offering advanced cardiovascular testing (lipoprotein particle profile plus) through your local Lifelabs. Contact us to see how you can be assessed especially if you have a family history or other major risk factors. Advanced testing can accurately determine your risk for cardiovascular disease and give better guidance for targeted treatment strategies


Welcome Jenn Hogan to Olea Health

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of our Registered Massage Therapist, Kathleen Chatburn.

Kat was part of the Olea Health team for 3 years and has decided to increase her hours at the Scandinave Spa and work from her home in Collingwood. She will be missed at the clinic.

We have been very lucky to find a great & experienced Registered Massage Therapist to join our team. We would like to  Jenn Hogan to Olea Health. We are excited about this new endeavor and expanded massage hours. We also have new massage chairs that you can relax in while you wait. You can purchase your own massage chair for your home, check out these massage chair reviews.

Call our office if you are interested in booking a massage with our experienced therapists. Our new therapists are starting to book appointments now and will be offering an additional 10 minutes to all new patients who schedule their appointment before May 31st, 2013.

Jenn has been providing quality client care since she graduated with honors from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2004. Jenn has additional training in areas such as Reiki, aromatherapy, Myofascial Release, life coaching, homeopathy, and lava shells massage. Whether you need a therapeutic massage for an injury or ailment, or a relaxation massage to ease stress and tension, Jenn and her skilled hands are here to help you achieve your optimum health.

Jenn is the loving mother of 2 young children and therefore her interest in this field has driven her to acquire extensive knowledge and experience working with pregnant women, as well as infants and children.

Jenn and her family recently moved to Collingwood from Aurora, Ontario to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and build an eco-home. Jenn has a true passion for health and wellness; she lives and loves a natural holistic lifestyle

Seasons Greetings from Olea Health!



Just a warm note to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
It gets to be such a busy time of year and we get caught up in drinks and treats. Take time to look after yourself and remember that there are healthy things you can make for the holidays. You will be surprised by how yummy they can be and guest will even thank you!

Each member of Olea Health has contributed their holiday sweat treat! Enjoy.

Our office will be closed from Dec. 24 until Jan 1. We will reopen on WED January 2, 2013. We will be checking voicemails in the case that someone would like to make an appointment or order any supplements. Have a wonderful Holiday.

Dr. Howes Bourbon Balls
Walnut, and Coconut Bourbon Balls (for grown ups)

· 9 ounces pitted dates, coarsely chopped
· 1 cup unsweetened flaked organic coconut plus more for rolling
· 1 1/2 cups walnuts
· 1/4 cup bourbon
· 1 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder
· 1/4 cup powdered sugar
· Zest of one orange
Place dates and 3 Tbsp. boiling water in a bowl; let steep for 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor; add 1 cup coconut and remaining ingredients and pulse until a chunky mixture forms. Using a teaspoon, form rounded balls and roll in remaining coconut to completely coat. Place on a baking sheet and chill until cool and set, at least 15 minutes or overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Isabel’s Peanut Clusters

10 ounces Peanut Butter Chips
1/2 cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup regular oats, uncooked
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Microwave chips in a bowl on high power until melted, about 1-1/2 minutes. Stir. Add remaining ingredients; mix thoroughly. Using your hands, firmly roll into 1-inch balls. Cool.

Carmen’s Cashew Ginger Cookie

1 cup roasted cashew butter
2 large organic eggs
2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet with coconut oil.
Place all ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl. Beat together with electric mixer. Drop by the tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for approx. 15-minutes. Use a spatula to remove from sheet. The are fragile when hot. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

Monika’s Christmas Gingerbread

1 1/2 cups creamy almond butter
1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 large organic eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish with coconut oil
Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the “s” blade and process until smooth and combined. YOu can also use a hand held mixer but the food processor is easier and creates a smoother batter.
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 35 minutes. Cool and slice. Gingerbread is fragile hot out of the oven but will firm up once cooled.
You can serve with whipped coconut cream or pear slices. (2 cans coconut milk -chilled 12 hours, 2 tbsp maple syrup, pinch salt- scoop white off top of cans and pour watery milk into jar for later use. Place cream, maple syrup and salt into mixing bowl and whip with electric mixer until soft peaks. Serve or store in glass container up to one week in fridge.)

Kat’s Banana Cookie

3 ripe banana
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dates pitted and chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mash banana’s. Stir in oats, dates, oil and vanilla. Mix well and let sit for 15-minutes. Drop by tsp full’s onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown.

Jacks Chocolate Avocado Pudding


1 1/2 ripe avocado – removed from flesh
1/3 cup quality cocoa powder
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients into food processor and blend. Serve topped with coconut cream or dark chocolate chips or blueberries. Serve as a fruit dip or with salty crackers!

We Need Your Help…

ILOVENaturopathidDoctorsTo our supporters,

We need your help. The Ontario government is attempting to restrict how naturopathic doctors can practice in Ontario.

These unnecessary and unsupported restrictions will reduce your health care choices, and impact patient safety.

You can help! Please tell the Ontario government to not approve the proposed Naturopathy Act regulations until needed changes are made.

Here’s how:

Visit the advocacy page of our provincial association. You’ll find background information, and a link to email the Premier and your MPP. http://oand.org/advocacy/
Please help us preserve your choice in health care, and protect and enhance the health of your friends and family.

Thank you for helping with this campaign. Your voice, as a patient and supporter of naturopathic medicine, is powerful.

Strike A Pose: The healing powers of yoga, on land and sea

Check out our summer yoga pictures online and a great article about yoga.

Yoga is sort of a strange thing to do: contort your body into unusual positions in a room full of strangers and then proceed to lie on the floor like a corpse and think of nothing.
But it truly is the ultimate mind-body-spirit activity.
Yoga is known to improve muscle tone along with SR9009, balance, flexibility and bone density, but it also gets under the skin and into your consciousness.
Many people prefer to do yoga in a group. Inevitably, a community forms within the group of yogis, usually fostering an inclusive environment of healthy living and acceptance.
Lindsay Reid, the owner of Elements Yoga and Holistic Wellness, says the roots of yoga are in meditation, the act of quieting and transcending the mind.
Originating in India, it is believed that the poses were introduced as a way of stilling the mind and body in preparation for meditation.
“For me, it is a lifestyle,” says Reid. “You feel a need to connect with not only yourself, but with other people in the class and sometimes emotions surface.”
Most classes begin with some time to quiet the mind, usually in a seated position.
“People are still agitated from the day,” says Reid. “The goal is to try to quiet the mind. We assume in meditation that you can’t have any thoughts at all, but it’s that over time the thoughts are slowed.”
After moving through various poses the class ends with savasana, or corpse pose, which is meant as a time of stillness.
Reid says savasana is about relaxing your mind and body while laying on the floor, allowing the benefits of yoga to penetrate into the next level of your being and appreciate the great thing you did for your body.
The poses have several benefits, rejuvenating the blood, lymph and nervous systems.
“It feels amazing,” says Reid. “You feel as though on some level you are healing yourself. People can heal. It’s the power of the mind. You can’t deny that when mind, body and spirit is in alignment, powerful things can happen.”
It is advisable to learn from a qualified instructor, one that is right for you.
Some instructors come at yoga from a fitness perspective and others from the spiritual side, working with charkas – the seven energy centres of the body – while others find a balance between.
Reid recommends practicing with an instructor who has a minimum of 200 hours of training, which is an industry standard as a starting point.
“Yoga is not going to fix everything. You have to do the work in and out of class. It’s never too late to start and it can be an important part of preventative health care.”
Buddha Rider, located in Collingwood, is the largest yoga studio in the area and among its many classes, offers training for yoga instructors.
The studio has about 2,000 members and eight instructors teaching more than 20 classes each week.
The studio offers all kinds of yoga, including different intensities, mom and tot, hot yoga and pre-natal.
For the second year it has offered paddleboard yoga – standard yoga poses done on standup paddleboards on the bay, out of Southwinds Marine.
Buddha Rider owner Shirlee Williams says adding the paddleboard makes it fun and gets people out on the water.
“The summers are so short and it gets people out stretching and doing yoga,” says Williams.
Paddleboards and paddleboard yoga are growing trends in Canada, after gaining huge popularity in the United States, where paddleboard yoga is said to be all the rage.
“I love the idea that the foundation is unstable and we need to adapt. It’s just like in life, when we constantly need to adapt on many levels,” says Williams.
“It’s 100 per cent more challenging and the body has to figure out the best position so you can stand and maintain balance.”
In Wasaga Beach, Olea Health offers sunset yoga with instructor Isabel Fernandes, a personal trainer with Ki2life.
Fernandes said the yoga experience is enhanced by the sound of the waves, the fresh air and the soft sand.
“It’s a peaceful environment. We don’t use music, there are the pleasant sounds of nature and children playing,” said Fernandes.
The session is timed so that when people are coming out of savasana, they have a few moments to sit on the beach and watch the sun as it sinks below the horizon.
In Thornbury, Mantra Yoga Studio offers yoga on the pier. Yoga is also offered at many other fitness facilities, including the YMCA and is often offered by individuals in community centres and churches on a regular basis, making yoga more accessible than ever in the Georgian Bay area.
Trina Berlo has been practicing yoga on and off for about a decade and now considers it an essential part of life. Savasana (corps pose) is her favourite pose.

Types of Yoga:
Hatha – slow paced and gentle
Vinyasa – breath synchronized
Ashtanga – fast paced and intense
Iyengar – focus on body alignment
Kundalini – for freeing energy
Bikram/hot yoga – pioneered by Bikram Choudhury, a set of 26 poses practiced in 95ºF to 100ºF to loosen tight muscles and cleanse through profuse sweating, but not all classes use the set series of poses.
Many other methods have been developed by contemporary practitioners.

Yoga & Arts Festival
Buddha Rider is hosting Shri Fest, a yoga and arts festival, in November at the Village at Blue Mountain.
The festival takes place November 2-4 and will feature 15 yoga instructors from all over Ontario, hiking, lectures, live music and a farm to table dinner. A full weekend pass costs $210, a Saturday pass costs $129 and the dinner costs $65 and includes one glass of local wine. Accommodation is not included. Register online at www.buddharider.com.

Buddha Rider
Yoga and Cycle Studio
136 St. Paul Street

Mantra Yoga Studio
33 Bruce Street South

Blue Yoga Collective
Blue Mountain
Contact information for the instructors is listed on the website.

Wasaga Beach

Elements Yoga and
Holistic Wellness
563 River Road West
Wasaga Beach