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Understanding Detox

Detox is much more than doing cleanses.  It’s understanding the relationship between toxicity and stress – and the impacts of that on your physical, mental and emotional health.

Please read about this in the article Dr. Krop recently wrote for Vitality Magazine

ENERGIZE YOUR SPRING DETOX: Banish the 7 Stressors That Sabotage Wellbeing

Dr. Krop Wins Award!

Dr. Krop has been awarded one of the Groundbreaker Awards for Excellence in Complementary & Alternative Medicine

The Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is pleased to announce the winners of the Dr. Rogers Prize Groundbreaker Awards. Five Canadian leaders in health care have been selected by an international jury in recognition of their lifetime of dedication to patient care, often in the face of adversity.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Dr. Rogers Prize, the Groundbreaker Awards are a one-time award to honour those individuals whose personal conviction to pursue practices above and beyond the medical status quo prepared the way for future leaders, evocative of Sir Isaac Newton’s famous quote –

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Dr. Jozef Krop, Recipient, Groundbreaker Award

Born in 1944 in Poland, a personal experience with tuberculosis inspired Jozef Krop to become a doctor. He studied medicine at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (1962 – 1968). After immigrating to Canada in 1972, he completed his medical internship at Saskatoon City Hospital where he worked with psychiatrist Dr. Abram Hoffer. Impressed by Dr. Hoffer’s success using dietary interventions and therapeutic doses of Vitamins B3, C and B6 to treat schizophrenia, Dr. Krop went on to train in orthomolecular and environmental medicine, and became a Fellow of the American Academy for Environmental Medicine in 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he was involved in government-initiated, university-based projects exploring the potential benefit of environmental medicine for Canadians and presented before the Brundtland Commission.The College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) pursued disciplinary action against him (1989-2010) – without patient complaint or harm – with the documented intent of stopping his use of particular medical modalities despite their published scientific basis. Several colleagues endured similar persecution. Two decades of nation-wide publicity resulting in public pressure brought changes to medical legislation. The treatment modalities which the CPSO attempted to discredit are now accepted and recognized by mainstream medicine. The legal success achieved on his behalf is today taught in law school (i.e., the Krop Defense). The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s 2007 Report required accommodation for Environmental Sensitivities. Dr. Krop is currently involved in introducing environmental medicine to the curriculum at the University of Łódź in Poland. His work is documented in various scientific papers and in his book Healing the Planet One Patient At a Time.

The Gala Award Dinner is to be held in Toronto on Friday, February 24, 2017.

To learn more about the award and the other four recipients please click here.

Stop the Leak – beginning to heal leaky gut

Most GI tract diseases are treated with the wrong medication

Stop the leak! Beginning to heal leaky gut.

Good digestion is key to good health. Without it, the nutrients in our food cannot be transported to where they are needed to power the amazing machine called our body. There are many factors that support good digestion and gut health – and we are going to look more closely at one key factor to keeping your gut healthy.

An appropriate level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach is a key factor to good digestion.  The ideal  pH of HCl is an acidic 1.5 – 3.0. This right level of HCl contributes to many processes that not only aid digestion, but improve health.

It’s easier to understand just how important HCL is, by understanding what happens with our digestion when we don’t have enough of this essential acid.

When your HCL is LOW – you might notice the following:

You develop leaky gut and might be diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. This cascade begins because low HCl decreases the pancreatic secretion of bicarbonates, which prevents neutralization of acidic stomach contents, which leads to a damaged small intestine wall, which leads to leaky gut syndrome.

Your digestive tract can become flooded with pathogens. Why? Appropriate HCl levels sterilize food from pathogens (like parasites, bacteria, virus, fungus) in the stomach. Without sterilization these pathogens enter your body and create health problems. An example of a fairly common bacterium is H. Pylori – which is responsible for stomach discomfort, then ulcers and if left untreated, can lead to stomach cancer. H. Pylori is also a pathogen that affects heart tissue.

You have more food allergies and sensitivities because of decreased amino acids. How does this happen?  Because without HCL proteins aren’t pre-digested.

You end up with a B12 deficiency. Why? Because low HCl leads to a decreased production of Intrinsic Factor that ultimately leads to a B12 deficiency

You can end up with mineral deficiency – and minerals are integral to good health.  How does this happen? Without HCl minerals not ionized or chelated

You have less effective digestion – because a lack of HCl leads to decreased secretion of bile.

The treatment mistake

The problem is that most upper Gastro-intestinal problems are often mistakenly treated with medications to lower HCl. These medications, antacids, inhibit HCL – which creates a vicious cycle of poor digestion and pathogenic infection in the gut leading to all sorts of health issues. The reality is that 90% of upper GI problems start with low HCl in the stomach.

There are 10 factors that lower HCL in our body. By avoiding these 10 factors and substituting better habits we can begin to create better conditions for digestion in our gut.

LOW HCl is preventable. 10 Factors that lower HCL … and their antidotes

  1. Animal meats & fats … opt for vegetarian meals more frequently
  2. Milk (casein) … consider being diary-free
  3. Processed foods = dead food = no enzymes … add whole, fresh, raw foods to replace these
  4. Iced beverages, carbonated water and pop drinks … opt for filtered water with lemon
  5. Chlorinated water  … use filtered water
  6. Caffeine, nicotine …try herbal teas or just cut down on the coffee to 3 times a week.
  7. Nicotine à don’t smoke!
  8. Stress (physical, chemical, mental)… try practices that can relieve stress: yoga, meditation, nature, counselling and emotional healing, avoid chemicals like scented body and cleaning products
  9. Age (after 40 a loss of 10% with every decade) … after 40 be more mindful of your eating habits to you are not lowering your HCL levels with poor eating habits.
  10. Nutritional deficiency of Zn, B1, B6 … if you are low in these nutrients, consider supplementing.

Considering how our eating habit influence HCL is a step in the right direction for preventing GI discomfort – and also bigger problems down the road.

Documentary: Toxic Trespass – June 7

See the award-winning documentary this Friday, June 7.

Toxic Trespass on Children’s Health and the Environment
All screenings at Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 120, 7 p.m. PYWC (pay-what-you-can). Q&A and discussion to follow. Wheelchair accessible.

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!

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


-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.


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