A few words from Dr. Carissa Doherty, Naturopath and Owner of the Clinic : ”I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and confidence in the Natural Care Clinic and its team of practitioners. I wish everyone happiness and health for the holidays.
I would like to share with you my favourite health aid of 2011: I have seen amazing health changes with castor oil and I recommend this support to young and old. There is a seminar coming up in January for detoxification and one of the best protocols is using castor oil on the liver. (for more info : click here)”
- Congratulations to Dr Becky and Dr Carissa, who have passed their exam to become Certified Childbirth Educators. We hope to launch a class in the New Year.
- The Natural Care Clinic offers corporate ‘lunch and learn’ programs. These seminars are taught by our Naturopathic doctors and cover a wide range of topics such as energy, detoxification, stress management, immunity ergonomic and more… Contact us to organise a session.
- This holiday season, offer health and wellness to your loved ones with the Natural Care Clinic gift certificate!
- Getting rid of Premenstrual Disorder (PMS) – Wednesday Dec 7, with Carissa Doherty ND, at Goodness Me Burlington
- Boost your Fertility – Thursday Dec 8, with Carissa Doherty ND, at the Burlington Central Library
- Tired? Got the Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder – Saturday Dec 10, , with Sonya Doherty ND, Goodness Me Burlington
- Planning for Healthy Babies –Tuesday Dec 13, with Carissa Doherty ND, at Goodness Me Waterdown
For more info about our seminars and reservation click here
Focus on: Janet Thorpe, RMT
After providing massage therapy in her home clinic for seven years, Janet joined The Natural Care Clinic in 2007. Her training and experience in shoulder release techniques help relieve the upper body tension often caused by long hours spent on the computer, infant care and stress. To prolong the benefits of your massage, Janet can recommend stretches or strengthening exercises specific to your areas of concern.
In November, Janet attended a two-day nerve mobilization workshop that provides her with another framework for effective treatment.
Janet also works with ESL and FSL students. She has studied Mandarin for several years and this past summer, spent two incredible weeks in China. Recently, her son Dan moved to Vancouver to pursue graduate studies at UBC. She and her husband Don look forward to having him home for the holidays.
Janet joins Carissa and the Natural Care Clinic staff in wishing you a very joyous holiday season.
Janet’s Health tips: Massage Therapy and the Nervous System
In the last newsletter, Dr. Wendler identified stress as a threat to the immune system. Stress is of particular interest to massage therapists.
When faced with long-term stress, our body postpones its healing/housekeeping duties. A different branch of our nervous system takes over, increasing our heart rate and shunting blood from our digestive organs to energize our limbs. This is commonly referred to as the” fight-or-flight” response. It is not healthy to sustain this response indefinitely. How do we encourage our nervous system to switch back to the “rest-and-digest” branch that promotes healing?
One of the simplest methods is diaphragmatic breathing. You may have noticed that many people have a tendency to take high, shallow breaths when experiencing stress, which is not helpful. It is recommended that you inhale slowly through your nose and draw air deeply into your lungs at waist level, exhaling naturally. After a few minutes of diaphragmatic breathing, you will lower your heart rate and ease transition to the healing mode of our nervous system.
It is not uncommon for massage therapy clients to report numbness and/or tingling in their extremities. These symptoms generally indicate some form of nerve involvement and should not be ignored. Many clients are symptom-free after several sessions of soft tissue manipulation and remedial exercise. Others heal more quickly with a combination of massage and chiropractic therapies. In Dr. Becky’s words, “When we synergize treatments, patients always do better.” The multidisciplinary nature of the Natural Care Clinic affords frequent opportunities for discussion and collaboration.
Recipe: Lizanne’s stuffing Gluten-free / Dairy-free
Here is a ‘bread-less’ recipe: Lizanne, our family food coach, created to enjoy a delicious gluten-free Christmas meal!
Sausage and Potato Stuffing
- 2 tbsp canola or olive oil
- 3 large potatoes (russet or white), cubed
- 1.5 pounds fresh ground sausage meat (GF)
- 2 – 3 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 large (or 2 medium) cooking onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 tsp dried savory
- ½ tsp each salt & pepper
Cook ground sausage until no longer pink, breaking up into small pieces or chunks with spoon. Parboil the cubed potatoes for a couple of minutes, keep them firm.
In separate pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions, celery and spice mixture. Cook veggies and spices for approximately 4 – 5minutes. Add sausage meat and potatoes and continue to cook, covered, until potatoes begin to soften (do not overcook potatoes – you should be able to pierce them with a fork, but do not leave them mushy), approximately 10 minutes.
Remove stuffing from heat. Let cool, then refrigerate. This is a great “make-ahead” recipe that can sit in the fridge for up to 2 days before stuffing the bird.
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