EcoHealth and Wellness Inc.

A Centre for Holistic Healing | Jozef Krop MD (retired), CNP

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EcoHealth Family Health Tips: 3 Hidden Home Health Hazards

What makes us feel sick and tired? What helps us feel better?

There are many, often complex, reasons behind ill health – but we don’t always have to look for the most complex solutions.  If you watch out for these 3 hazards you’ll be putting yourself and your family to get on the path to better health!

Hazard 1: Scented household, laundry, air-freshening and body-care products

Opt for scent-free products as the chemicals used in scented products are often carcinogenic and can cause headaches, foggy concentration, and respiratory distress. 

Hazard 2: Newly purchased furniture, bedding, carpets, clothing & plastic toys

These items can give off a ‘new’ item smell that is laden with toxins and chemicals. Always wash and air-out new items. These chemical smells can cause flu-like symptoms.

Hazard 3: Mold

Mold growth in damp basements, behind wallpaper, under carpets or in the bathroom needs to be removed from the home. Mold can impact the respiratory and nervous system and can even affect your mood.

Home is where you relax. By avoiding these hidden home health hazards you lay a foundation for good health for you and your family.

This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your family’s health!

Holiday Season Meditation

Loving-Kindness Meditation

This can be a stressful time of year.

The loving-kindness meditation can help fill your life with peace.

Sit quietly, close your eyes, take 3 slow deep breaths.

Repeat the meditation out-loud or in your mind.

Do this once a day until the New Year.

May I be happy and peaceful

May my family be happy and peaceful

May my friends be happy and peaceful

May all people I work with be happy and peaceful

May all people in my neighbourhood be happy and peaceful

May all people in my city be happy and peaceful

May all people in the province be happy and peaceful

May all people in the country be happy and peaceful

May all people on the continent be happy and peaceful

May all people in the world be happy and peaceful

Effective Natural Immune Boost Shots

What is it?

Not everyone will choose to receive the conventional flu shot, and of those who do not – not all of them will be protected against the flu this year.  There are many strains of the influenza virus in existence and the flu shot only protects against a limited number of strains.  Additionally, many people are aware of the possibility of adverse effects of the flu shot and want to avoid the risks altogether. 

At the flu clinic you will receive a homeopathic Immune Boost and Flu Prevention Injection to stimulate and support your immune system, as well as a homeopathic cold and flu prevention protocol.  The Flu Prevention Injection is recommended once a month for the duration of October to March and may also be recommended at the onset of a cold or the flu

When and where do I go?

October to March during clinic hours at EcoHealth and Wellness. As part of the initial Immune Boost and Flu Prevention appointment, you will receive a homeopathic Immune Boost and Flu Prevention Injection to stimulate and support your immune system, as well as a homeopathic cold and flu prevention protocol. 

Immune Boost and Flu Prevention is recommended for everyone – even those who have chosen to receive the conventional flu vaccine.  Protect yourself and your family this winter!

New Patients

Cost of Initial Flu Prevention visit: $50

Flu Prevention Injection: $25

Current Patients

15 Minute consult fee + Flu Prevention Injection fee

Back to School

Getting Healthy for the Fall!

Vacation season is quickly coming to a close and everyone is getting ready to get back to their regularly scheduled routines.  Whether it’s back to school for the kids and teens or back to work for you, now is a great time to make sure you’re at optimal health for the coming fall season. 

Increasing your fresh and whole food intake by adding more fruit, vegetables and whole grains to your daily meals and eating high quality lean protein such as organic chicken, wild caught salmon and legumes will provide you and your family with the basic building blocks to great health.  Nutritional supplements of essential vitamins and minerals as well as herbal medicines can go a long way in improving your overall wellbeing and energy while helping to lend support to the immune system in time for a busy fall season. 

If you are looking to avoid illness this cold and flu season, speak to a Naturopath about safe and effective nutrient, herbal and homeopathic alternatives to conventional cold and flu treatment.

No matter what your health needs are, the time to start is NOW!  Being mindful of your health now will reduce illness during school and work while improving performance and productivity throughout the year.

The Benefits of IV Therapy

Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy

Nutrients administered by IV are absorbed more rapidly and efficiently, as they do not have to be processed by the body in the same way that oral supplements are.  It is effective in the treatment of conditions ranging from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), headache and fatigue.  It can provide a boost of immune-promoting nutrients to reduce the severity of an infection or prevent it altogether.  In digestive concerns such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and other conditions where nutritional absorption through the gut is impaired, it is an effective way to provide many much-needed nutrients. It is beneficial to boost the body before any operation and also speeds up the healing process after operations. It is also excellent for detoxification.

IV therapy works well on its own or to enhance a comprehensive wellness program and is easily tailored to meet individual needs.

Types of IV include:

Myers Cocktail

-A combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium

-Great results in the treatment of various health conditions and complaints (asthma, migraine, fatigue, depression, upper respiratory tract infections)

IV Glutathione

-Important in detoxification

-Supply in increased demand due to environmental and other toxicity

-Important in inflammatory conditions

Vitamin C

-Antioxidant

-Important in immune function

-Antiviral and antibacterial

-Improves skin health and appearance

-Enhances healing and improves recovery time in illness or injury

At EcoHealth, patients are tested by electrodermal screen to ensure compatibility with IV ingredients, to reduce any reaction for possibly sensitivities

Rejuvenating Mesotherapy

Cosmetic Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy has effectively been used in cosmetic procedures, particularly on the face.  The increased blood flow hydrates and plumps the skin, while the injected agents improve skin health and vitality by providing nutrients.  Over the series of treatments, there is noticeable improvement in the skin’s appearance and quality over the treated area.  Fine lines and wrinkles start to become less noticeable and the skin retains a healthy glow.

Mesotherapy is also used in the treatment of acne, stretch marks, can lift sagging tissue, is useful in body contouring during and after weight loss, helpful to improve hair growth and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Mesotherapy is not only used for cosmetic purposes, but also in pain and injury management. It is effective in treating muscle soreness, back and joint pain, nerve pain. It reduces pain of arthritis, headache, inflammation and also stimulates regeneration, healing and improves range of motion.

What is Mesotherapy exactly? It’s a medical procedure where a very small needle is used to deliver micro amounts of substance (homeopathic, vitamin, drug, etc.) into the top layer of the skin.  It sounds painful, but it has minimal discomfort as the needles are minute in size.

How does it work? It helps increase the circulation to the treated area by creating tiny points of inflammation on the skin. With better circulation the healing of skin and tissues improves, reducing any pain as well as improving appearance.

At EcoHealth all ingredients used in Mesotherapy are tested by electrodermal screening for each patient. This is to check for any sensitivity to reduce the chances of a possible reaction. Ingredients the patient is sensitive to will not be used.

Hyper, Tantrums, Inattentive…Is this Your Child?

Hyperactivity, Tantrums, Learning issues …is there a link to environmental exposures?

Kids should live being happy and playful.  But sometimes acting-out behaviours seem to take over leaving little ones feeling upset and their adult care-givers feeling frustrated. Some of these include:

-lack of concentration           -fatigue                             -hyperactivity

-short attention span            -irritability                       -depression

-respiratory difficulties        -digestive difficulties      -muscle aches and pains

-headaches                              -urinary problems           -anger, aggression

In some cases, when the child can’t be comforted, regular medical attention doesn’t seem to alleviate symptoms, or regular discipline guidelines don’t seem to work – the underlying reason can be exposure to environmental stressors.

Try to notice – does your child’s behavior change when they are exposed to:

At home:

Perfumes, tobacco smoke, scented laundry products, scented hair products and deodorant, room deodorizers like Febreeze, chlorine and other cleaners?

Sometimes these reactions can even be the result of food allergies and sensitivities

New additions:

New paint, new carpeting, new furniture, new rubber/plastic/vinyl toys, new unwashed clothing?

At school:

Fruit-scentet markers, liquid paper white-out, recently waxed school gym floors, newsprint, photocopy toner, perfumes?

The chemicals in these items  have been found to cause behavioural responses. You child’s acting-out might have simple, cost-effective solution: eliminating exposure to problematic materials.

EcoHealth offers a comprehensive environmental assessment and treatment plan, educational classes on how to support a lifestyle that doesn’t trigger these reactions, and materials regarding alternative products you can use, as well as personal support in individual areas of need for the child and family.

 

Be BPA-Free

What do the following have in common: vehicle headlights, a baby bottle, a microwavable plastic food container and a DVD?  Would you believe synthetic estrogen?

In the 1930’s, scientists experimented with a chemical compound in the hopes of using it in hormone therapy.  A few years later it was discovered that this particular compound, when combined with others, created a multi-purpose plastic that was clear, durable and lightweight, with high heat resistance.  Decades later, manufacturers continued to use this plastic in a wide variety of items- from bullet-proof security panels, shatter-proof headlights, light weight polycarbonate eyeglass lenses, sports equipment and electronic equipment, to name a few.

This “useful” chemical, called Bisphenol A (BPA), also found its way into the food chain through its use in the manufacturing of lightweight reusable water bottles, clear hard plastic microwavable food containers, baby bottles, epoxy resins used to line cans used for food and beverages as well as dental sealants.

BPA is leached into food and drink when the container is heated- through daily use (i.e. microwave use) or manufacturing procedures; when it is used to hold hot foods and beverages or cleaned with harsh and abrasive materials.  The food or beverage contained is then consumed and BPA has now been inadvertently added to your diet.  It is also detected in breast milk.

Human and animal studies since the 1990’s have associated BPA exposure to infertility, Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Studies conducted in 2010 showed decreased sperm quality in men and poor egg quality in women associated with levels of BPA found in the body.  It has been shown to be a harmful endocrine disruptor, even in small doses.  It mimics the effect of the hormone estrogen (surprised?) and can act as an anti-androgenic. Concerns over its unknown effect on young children and developing fetuses have been expressed.

In 2008 Canada banned the use and import of polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA.  With increased consumer awareness, many retail stores have pulled much of their BPA-containing merchandise off shelves and several companies have ceased to make products containing BPA.  In 2010, BPA was added to Environment Canada’s list of toxic substances.

Although the use of BPA has declined, it is still present in our environment.  The best way to reduce exposure to BPA and other chemicals is to avoid the use of plastic containers to heat and store food.

Replace plastic food containers with glass containers and bottles. 

Ensure that cans containing food, beverages and infant formulas are BPA-free. 

Replace old plastic baby bottles with glass bottles. 

Old plastic infant and children’s toys should be replaced with toys made from safer materials. 

Discard food containers if they are made of clear, hard plastic

Watch out for items manufactured before 2008 and/or have the recycling code 7, as they are more likely to contain BPA.

Avoid microwaving food in any plastic container. 

Avoid excessive handling of receipts and thermal paper documents, as they have been shown to contain BPA. 

As BPA has been linked to infertility, couples wishing to conceive are advised to avoid exposure to BPA, in addition to a monitored detoxification program prior to attempting to conceive- either naturally or through an assisted reproductive technology program.  This may increase chances of success in conception and pregnancy and will reduce mother and fetus exposure to this harmful chemical.

Your right to control your own health and to take natural substances

Health Canada poised to remove all digestive enzymes from store shelves!

http://optimumhealthvitamins.com/OptiBlog/tabid/105/entryid/245/Default.aspx

Please, read the article (access through link) and contact your MP (email letter available on the site) to urge him or her to become educated on the matter by reading the CCHC Report prepared for MPs at www.suspendandreview.com , entitled “Why the Natural Health Product Regulations Should be Suspended and Revised”.

Detox from Traffic

 

 

 

This article in the Wall Street Journal describes something you might never think about but probably are exposed to every day: on the harmful effects of traffic pollutants on human health.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733504577024000381790904.html

Detoxing from daily pollutants is an important part of keeping healthy. Sauna and supplement support help keep the body’s detoxification organs working well to process the pollutants we’re exposed to on a daily basis.

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