October Is Breast Cancer Month

I can’t emphasize enough just how important self breast exams are!

Blood-sugar imbalance, thyroid dysfunction and adrenal fatigue are not only related with weight gain and difficulty losing weight; these physiological concerns are also associated with breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Do you preform self-breast exams?

Muco Coccinum- cold and flu prevention pellets.

Now arrived… our successful- Muco Coccinum- cold and flu prevention pellets.

Once tablet every 2 weeks. Safe in children. Pop in to pick up yours! Lots of colds going around now!
Remember if you come down with something, call us for our acute cold and flu appointment.

FREE seminar on HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES/ SNACKS

As much as we want to enjoy that last bit of summer, our office is offering a FREE seminar on HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES/ SNACKS on Thurs, SEPT 20th. We will have stations set up with examples of healthy lunch ideas and will do a talk at 7. Drop in anytime after 6 pm. Please call our office if you are planning to attend as there will be limited space. 705-429-0015

New doc at Olea – Wasaga Beach Sun

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New doc at Olea article that appeared in the Wasaga beach Sun on July 19th 2012

http://www.simcoe.com/community/wasagabeach/article/1406811

WASAGA BEACH – Naturopathic doctor Catherine Howes has joined Olea Health in Wasaga Beach.
Howes, 32, made the unlikely transition from archeology to medicine while on a journey that took her all over the world.

She said she was first exposed to holistic medicine 10 years ago through a natural healer, closer to home, in Caledon and continued to learn about natural and traditional medicine during her travels as an archeologist.

Howes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biological anthropology and archeological science at the University of Toronto. Her work in the field took her to South America, Europe and Alaska.

She has also traveled through Asia and as a student at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto she traveled twice to Nicaragua to do volunteer medical work.

After graduating from the four-year program as an accredited naturopathic doctor, Howes practiced at a clinic in the Sarnia area for one year before moving back to the area to be closer to her family.

Howes said she decided to study natural medicine after learning about it in her travels and after dealing with health issues of her own and those of her family members.

“I like the idea of an emphasis on natural alternatives,” said Howes. “The goal is to optimize patient care using every resource that’s available to you.”

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct, integrated system of primary health care practiced by licensed physicians, which blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic philosophy is based on the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that symptoms of disease are warning signs of improper functioning of the body, said Howes.

Howes will be working at Olea Health on Wednesdays, Fridays and every other Saturday. Filling in for Monika Lukacena, the naturopathic doctor that owns the clinic, who is working reduced hours after the birth of her son.

“I cannot believe it has been more than four years since I first opened Olea Health in Wasaga Beach. I have been so pleased with the interest in naturopathic medicine in the local community as well as the surrounding area. Supporting local professionals allows us to offer unique health care and educate our community on disease prevention and healthy living. Thank you so much for all your support. We are excited to welcome Dr. Catherine Howes to the team. She has so much to offer to the clinic and to the local community. We look forward to seeing her practice grow,” said Lukacena.

The plan is to grow the practice and Howes will stay on as the patient load increases.

Howes specializes in women’s health, hormonal issues, digestive issues, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia, stress and depression, allergies and asthma, anti-aging, detoxification, recurrent infections, medication and supplement concerns and wellness check-ups.

Olea Health is located at 587 River Road West. Call 705-429-0015 to book an appointment. Visit www.oleahealth.com for office hours.

Sunset Yoga Classes

Back by popular demand- our sunset yoga class. Relax to the most beautiful backdrop scene and sounds. Register at our clinic 705-429-0015 to book your spot. Prepayment is required to ensure class size.

Start: Monday June 4 @ 8 pm at beach 5/6
Cost: $90.00 for 8 sessions

Feel free to contact us with further questions.

Massage Therapy Gift Certificates

We offer Registered Massage Therapy gift certificates that every person would love.

Come by or call our office to give that special someone a gift that is well deserved!

Mothers Day

Mothers day is this Sunday.

We offer Registered Massage Therapy gift certificates that every mom would love.

Come by or call our office to give your mom a gift that is well deserved!

Since the season will be upon us…

Now that the sun is out … get your adult/ kids sun protector in cream or spray. Available at your local health food store or the Environment Network in Collingwood.
I thought I would share this again for those who are interested in sunscreen alternatives.

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/?utm_source=201204earthdayresources&utm_medium=email&utm_content=fifth-link&utm_campaign=fund

Don’t Rush the Food- …. Statement by Dr. Sears, MD:

1. Baby’s intestines need to mature. The intestines are the body’s filtering system, screening out potentially harmful substances and letting in healthy nutrients. In the early months, this filtering system is immature. Between four and seven months a baby’s intestinal lining goes through a developmental growth spurt called closure,meaning the intestinal lining becomes more selective about what to let through. To prevent potentially-allergenic foods from entering the bloodstream, the maturing intestines secrete IgA , a protein immunoglobulin that acts like a protective paint, coating the intestines and preventing the passage of harmful allergens. In the early months, infant IgA production is low (although there is lots of IgA in human milk), and it is easier for potentially-allergenic food molecules to enter the baby’s system. Once food molecules are in the blood, the immune system may produce antibodies to that food, creating a food allergy . By six to seven months of age the intestines are more mature and able to filter out more of the offending allergens.

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-infants-toddlers/food-allergies/common-signs-food-sensitivities

All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

Use these all-natural dye recipes made from household ingredients to create Easter eggs in beautifully subdued shades. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.

Bluish-Gray
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Jade Green
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Green-Yellow
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Orange
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Red-Orange
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

Pink
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Lavender
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.