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Barberry reduces insulin levels

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND Insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar levels.  A person can have normal blood sugar levels yet high insulin.  I will often test insulin levels in my patients with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or any of my patients that are having difficulty losing weight without obvious cause.  A patient may Read More

Natural health products prove effective for allergic rhinitis

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND Allergy season is upon us and many of our patients are looking for alternatives to pharmacological therapies.  This systematic review aims to synthesize the available evidence relating to the treatment of allergic rhinitis with a variety of natural health products. A total of 57 062 articles were derived from searching seven Read More

Do You Need More Magnesium?

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND Magnesium is involved in over 600 biochemical pathways in the body (1).  As a result, it plays an important role in many common health conditions and symptoms. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps and twitches, headaches, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, chocolate cravings, and much more.  Some Read More

Functional Medicine

Dr. Allison Ronda, ND Functional medicine is a systematic biology-based approach focused on identifying and addressing the root cause of imbalances and disease in the body. Every symptom and health problem an individual experiences could be a contributing factor to the underlying root cause and disease state. The exact mechanism and cause of each disease Read More

Cloth Face Masks

I’m Rebecca Bliss, and I’ve started “Blissed Out” because the government is asking Canadians to wear masks when out in public, and I want to make sure people have high quality, best fitting masks that are unique and fashionable. Make sure you’re protected, with a style all your own. Contact me at blissed.out01@gmail.com. My masks are Read More

Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND This recipe checks all the boxes for the perfect recipe in my book.  You can make it ahead, leftovers are delicious, it’s a great side dish for BBQ season but can also be a full meal, it’s vegetarian and gluten free!  I’ve made this for family and friends more times than Read More

Do birth control pills cause depression in teenagers?

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND A group of 1010 females aged 16-25 were followed up for 9 years to examine the association between oral contraceptive (OCP) use and depressive symptoms.   This study was published in JAMA Psychiatry.  OCP use as a whole was NOT associated with an increase in depressive symptoms BUT at age 16 years Read More

Dr. V’s Sleep Challenge

Dr. David Vojtisek, ND We have all heard ad nauseam how all-important it is to get our sleep. Most of us have also experienced what it feels like when we don’t. As it turns out the process of sleep is extremely important for many of our bodies’ regulatory functions. Our internal organs need to decrease Read More

Vitamin D in pregnancy may prevent allergies in babies

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND A recent study highlights the importance of Vitamin D during pregnancy.  This study has shown that Vitamin D status in early pregnancy has a significant effect on rates of allergies in young children.  Women with lower blood levels of vitamin D in early pregnancy were more likely to see atopy (allergic Read More

Naturopathic Intravenous Therapies

Dr. David Vojtisek, ND Many of you may not be aware of the fact that vitamins, minerals and other natural substances can be administered intravenously, that is, by being dripped directly into the bloodstream via a vein. Why not simply take the same substances orally, as a pill or capsule? The main reason is that Read More

Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. Allison Ronda, ND Given the constantly changing events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is experiencing different degrees of reaction and anxiety. We are not mental health practitioners, but there is evidence-based information that can help in times of high anxiety and stress. During these stressful times, it is more important than ever to take Read More

Covid-19 Clinic Re-opening

St Albert Naturopathic Clinic is very pleased to announce that we have met all the guidelines set forth by Alberta Health and the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta to re-open our clinic to in-person visits.  We are confident that we can provide a safe, healthy environment for our patients and staff. We will be Read More

The Effect of Exercise on Premenstrual Symptoms

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND Researchers looked at a total of 361 studies on this subject for this systematic review.  Overall, exercise was found to be effective in improving physical symptoms such as pain, constipation, breast sensitivity, and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and anger.  The authors concluded that exercise is an effective intervention for alleviating premenstrual Read More

Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku

Dr. David Vojtisek, ND The fact that spending time “out in the sticks” has a calming and relaxing effect is something most of us have either experienced for ourselves or at least heard mentioned. It has, however, now been put to the test in many scientific studies, many of them in Japan. The practice of Read More

Milk Consumption and Breast Cancer Risk

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND This research was based on data from the Adventist Health Study-2 which looked at the diet and health among Seventh-Day Adventists in North America.  The data suggests that milk raises breast cancer risk and the more you drink, the higher the risk may be. “Consuming as little as 1/4 to 1/3 Read More

HOT/COLD CONTRAST SHOWERS

Dr. David Vojtisek, ND   Hydrotherapy includes a broad spectrum of techniques using water in various ways to improve different aspects of health and well-being as well as treating various health conditions. An easy, do-it-yourself technique is called “contrast bathing or contrast showers.” Its practice has been studied and shown to improve immune function by Read More

5 Ways to Rev Up Your Energy

Dr. Rebecca Tocher-Richmond, ND For many people, the best indicator that you’re having a great day is feeling that your energy is high, and you’re enjoying accomplishing the tasks at hand. Now, how often do you have that feeling?  Do you remember the last time you felt that way? It’s normal to have periods of Read More

Monster Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?  Yes please!   They are also great for a healthy snack anytime. Ingredients 2 Banana (mashed) 2 Egg 1 Carrot (grated) 1/2 cup Almond Butter 2 tbsps Coconut Oil 2 tbsps Maple Syrup 1 1/2 cups Oats 1 cup Almond Flour 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds 2/3 cup Organic Raisins 1 tsp Cinnamon   Read More

We’re here to help!

    We’re in this together and we wanted to let you know what we’ve been working on to support you through these challenging times.  Although the front door of our clinic is closed, we are still here for you!  We welcome your phone calls, emails, and online appointment bookings.  We offer phone consultations to all of Read More

COVID-19 UPDATE March 18/20

Today, we made the difficult decision to close our clinic temporarily to patient visits for the health and safety of our patients, community, doctors and staff. We did not make this decision lightly, however, we are confident that this is the best choice to make.  We are still open to purchase supplements this week on Thursday, 9 am-7 Read More

COVID-19 UPDATE March 16/20

We know that you have been receiving a lot of information about COVID-19.  We wanted to update you on our clinic procedures and the precautions we are taking to protect our patients, staff and community at this time. St. Albert Naturopathic Clinic is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our patients.  Although this Read More

Intravenous Therapy: a modern therapy for our busy lives

by Dr. David Richmond, ND The digestive tract is, and has always been, the way we should receive our daily nutrients.  But what happens when your body is depleted, stress is constant, you have malabsorption due to GI issues and your food quality is less than stellar?  My analogy for patients is that getting healthy Read More

The Goods on Gluten-Free – Should You Try It?

by Dr. Rebecca Tocher, ND One of the most talked about nutrition topics of the past couple of years has been whether or not gluten should have a place – or be forbidden – in our diets. Until recently, even the word ‘gluten’ would have been used almost exclusively in culinary, confectionery, and severe allergy Read More

Diagnosing and treating headaches

by Dr. David Vojtisek, ND Diagnosing and treating headaches can be a challenge in both allopathic and naturopathic medicine. This is largely due to the fact that there are many types and varieties of headaches that cannot be diagnosed easily with bloodwork or other common test methods. Headaches caused by more serious medical issues such Read More