The Natural Care Clinic team is really happy to wish you a happy New Year 2012!
In this 4th issue of our newsletter you’ll get to know a little more about Dr Carissa Doherty and then, she will share her tips to detoxify effectively, naturally and safely. A gentle and natural detox is the best way to begin the year, one of your 2012 resolutions?
What is your healthy resolution for 2012? Not decided yet? Here is what our team has decided to commit to:
- Janet (RMT) is going to learn line dancing.
- Dr Carissa (ND) committed to eating more kale…chips!
- Dr Sonya (ND) will do more ‘’forest bathing’’.
- Walking outside in the fresh air every single day for at least 30 minutes is Caroline’s (newsletter) resolution.
Congratulations to Dr. Becky for successfully completing her certification in Webster Technique: This Technique is a specific Chiropractic pelvic analysis and adjustment. It aims to reduce effects of misaligned pelvic bones and joins that can restrict the baby from assuming the best possible position for birth.
- Detoxification: Give yourself a lift for 2012! – Thursday Jan 19, with Carissa Doherty ND, at Fortinos’ Plains Rd E – community room
- Natural Treatments for Eczema, Asthma and Allergies – Wednesday Jan 25, with Sonya Doherty ND, at Fortinos’ Plains Rd E – community room
- Cold, Flu, and You – Protecting Your Family’s Health – Tuesday Jan 31, with CarlyWendler ND, at Goodness Me Burlington
For more info about our seminars and reservation: www.naturalcareclinic.ca
Focus on: Dr Carissa Doherty
Carissa Doherty has been a Naturopathic Doctor for 10 years. After seeing huge changes in her health with alternative treatments, she was committed to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor.
In 2005, her dream came true and she opened the Natural Care Clinic and got married soon after that. But after a series of health issues including, struggling to conceive, she had to stick to a strict naturopathic plan. After 6 months of dairy free, with an intense natural “clean-up” of her hormones, she was able to get pregnant with her beautiful baby girl Katya Ellen who is now 17 months old.
She believes whole heartedly that she would not be a mother if it had not been for the lessons she learned about health and wellness along the way, with a healthy dose of environmental toxicity and detoxification pathway knowledge attained throughout her training and experience.
Carissa’s Health tips: Detox for life?
The link between environmental pollutants and disease is no longer hypothetical. There are over 80,000 industrial chemicals in use in North America and it is no longer a question of if these chemicals are in our bodies but rather are they causing illnesses or obstacles to recovery.
The majority of these chemicals are not in a factory or even outside…they are inside our homes, in our house hold products.
You can make a huge impact on your health by decreasing the toxic load in your body. Knowing Southern Ontario has been named North America’s 3rd most polluted area; I encourage my patients to detox 1 to 4 times a year.
Effective detoxification methods can include an elimination diet, herbs, homeopathics, physical supports and a number of more options depending on your level of commitment and your health.
An elimination diet would mean clean and healthy eating and elimination of dairy, gluten, soy, egg, peanuts, shellfish and corn. Food should be free of chemical preservatives and additives and processed or cane sugar.
Castor oil packs are recommended over the liver 3-7 times a week. They should last for 20-60 minutes.
2 tablespoons of ground flax seed is an insoluble fiber that binds toxic load in the digestive system.
Acidophilus or probiotics help regulate the digestive system and allow the most aggressive elimination system work at maximum capacity. The acidophilus should be derived from human strains.
And lastly, herbs are a wonderful way to push toxins out of the body. Chorella is a great blood and lymphatic cleanser and is safe to take for those on medication. Red clover and Chelidonium are great blood and liver cleaning herbs. Raw garlic is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and will kill most microbes that can over grow in a body when given the opportunity.
A detoxification program should last 2-4 weeks and should be as strict as possible. Most people have more energy, achieve a more appropriate weight and feel overall healthier.
To learn more about detoxification and get a free bottle of castor oil, attend the seminar on Jan 19th run by Dr Doherty at Fortinos Plains Rd E –check www.naturalcareclinic.ca
To learn more about toxicity: watch the disappearing male (CBC doc zone)
Recipe: Caroline’s winter soup
Gluten-free / Dairy-free
This soup is good as is but it is also a great base for any variations. It is an easy, delicious and cook-ahead dinner for a whole family in winter. I do a big batch on Sunday night and it is our dinner for at least 2 days or I freeze it for a rush evening!
Serves at least 4 people with some leftovers.
Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 to 30 minutes.
- 1 cabbage
- 4 medium sized potatoes
- 6 carrots
- Asplash of olive oil
- Water or any broth (home-made is better)
- Optional : salt (as little as possible), chilli, garlic, onion, finely chopped greens (kale, spinach, collard greens…), fresh herbs (parsley, chives,…)
Peel, wash and coarsely chop all the ingredients. Blanch cabbage in boiling water for 5 minutes, strain.
In a large pan over medium high heat, add a splash of olive oil and a splash of water.
*Optional: Add onion and/or garlic if using. Cook until fragrant. Add potatoes and carrots. Reduce heat to medium.
Cover and let it ‘’sweat’’ for 1 or 2 minutes stir occasionally. Add cabbage and some boiling water or broth. For a thick soup, just cover the veggies, for a lighter soup add at least 1 inch of water.
Cook until carrots and potatoes are tender. Blend with a hand-held blender till the soup is creamy.
*Optional: Add your choice of greens and cook another 5 to 10 minutes.
Season with salt, pepper, chilli and finish with finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice. Enjoy!
Thank you for reading!