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Think Twice before Reaching for that Tylenol- Use of Painkillers during Pregnancy Could Lower your Future Baby’s Fertility.

A recent study brings into question the safety of paracetamol (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) during pregnancy. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh exposed fetal ovaries and testes to paracetamol (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) for 7 days inside a lab.Naturopathic Doctor Fertility Pregnancy Consulting Toronto



Yeast Infections-What’s a Girl to Do?

Yeast infections……never a fun time. It is estimated that 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection during her lifetime.Even more fun, approximately one in six women suffer from “recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis”, meaning they have more than 4 yeast infections per year!1


Hormonal Acne- The Guide You’ve Been Searching For

Aren’t you glad you’re longer a teenager? High school was tough. I have no desire to go back there and neither does your skin. But sometimes you feel like your 25 going on 15 if you’re struggling with hormonal acne all over again.

While the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes) and inflammation are the two main causes of acne, hormone imbalances are also a major trigger.


The Best Paleo Banana Bread…..and the Instagram Photo that Blew Up My Phone

I’m a sucker for a good banana bread, but it’s been a journey finding one that suits my dietary needs and also tastes good. After lots of trial and error, I finally perfected my favourite recipe! The recipe is below, but first a funny story about the Instagram photo that blew up my phone.


Paleo Raw Oreos- You Need to Make These Now

This past weekend while on vacation in Halifax, I was tasked with making a dessert that would be safe for celiac disease and contain no dairy. These healthy Paleo Raw ‘Oreos’ are gluten- and dairy-free, and don’t require you to turn the oven on.


The Three Phases of Adrenal Burnout & My Personal Experience with Cortisol Testing

Picture this, you’re running from a bear. In order for you to run faster and get away, your body releases a of surge of cortisol and adrenaline. During this ‘fight or flight’ response, cortisol helps raise our blood pressure, increase blood flow to our muscles, reduce inflammation and heighten mental focus. However, this comes at a cost of suppressing other bodily functions including our immune, digestive and reproductive system. This is referred to as the The Alarm Stage.


Five Things Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Your Fertility

If you search ‘how to increase my chances of getting pregnant’, Dr. Google leads you down a rabbit hole of contradicting and confusing information. This can result in additional anxiety  for couples who are already stressed about trying to make a baby. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am constantly sifting through the latest research in order to provide my patients with the best possible care. Here are the top five facts medical doctors often don’t their patients, but I believe are key to making healthy babies.

Think Outside The Chocolate Box

This Valentine’s Day, I’m pushing you to think outside the chocolate box. Forget the tacky gifts, the overpriced heart-shaped boxes, and crowded restaurants. This Valentine’s Day, focus on you, your health, and what matters most….the ones you love in your life.


Birth Control Pill: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

As a Naturopathic Doctor who focuses on women’s health, one of the most common questions I’m asked is “so, is birth control really that bad for me?” The answer, like most medical questions, is ‘it depends’.