Savoury and Sweet Squash and Cranberry Puree

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My favourite recipe from Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Kitchen.  I make this every Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to bring some freshness and enzymes to the meal and every single time I make it I have guests and friends asking for the recipe.
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion  (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons  (sea salt)
  1. Put small batches of cubed squash in a food processor and process into small pieces.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add onion, cumin, coriander, cilantro, cranberries, walnuts and salt
  4. Mix well.

Will keep for two days in the fridge.


Emerging Therapy to Treat Chronic Pain

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Everyone knows what pain feels like, but for each of us, the experience is different. While there are various treatment options for acute pain, treatment for chronic pain is much more complex and often requires a multifaceted approach. Conventional methods for managing acute pain include the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate) along with the use of Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen and other pharmaceuticals to help with pain and swelling. While this approach can help temporarily, it does not help encourage healing and can lead to chronic pain. When healing is obstructed by conventional methods, acute pain transitions to chronic pain.
Common causes of chronic pain include osteoarthritits, generalized low back pain, damaged tendons and damaged ligaments stemming from unresolved injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, recurring sprains or falls. Conventional therapeutic choices include a variety of pharmaceuticals drugs that may or may not work but may have serious side effects. Newer treatments addressing chronic pain such as prolotherapy have since come to light, while ancient therapies of acupuncture have been providing relief for thousands of years. According to a 2011 study done on chronic pain in Canada, the most common cause of chronic pain is low back pain, followed by knee pain and upper back pain tied for second. Furthermore, of all people experiencing chronic pain, almost 1 in 4 of them have been experiencing it for more than 20 years!
Prolotherapy is an effective treatment option that involves the administration of dextrose into the affected area to increase blood flow and healing molecules to the injured area. Ligaments, tendons and cartilage are all tissue types that receive very little blood flow. Therefore, when these tissues are injured, they cannot heal quickly or completely. Prolotherapy acts as a catalyst to improve healing and it subsequently increases ligament and tendon strength resulting in reduced chronic pain as well as prevention of future injuries to the same area.
The use of Prolotherapy has been shown to significantly relieve pain associated with common examples of tendon conditions, such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow and achilles tendonitis. It also helps with common ligament conditions such as sprains in the ankle, knee and/or shoulder. Prolotherapy, by increasing ligament strength and thickness, is also showing promise with low back pain caused by hip ligament laxity, also known as Sacroiliac instability. Other areas showing great results include osteoarthritis in the knees, reducing pain and swelling and increasing range of motion, as well plantar fasciitis in the feet by improving mobility while reducing pain with walking.
Prolotherapy is an up and coming treatment option for chronic pain and injuries. As its popularity increases, more people are finding relief. By using the body’s ability to heal itself and treating the root cause, previously damaged tissues causing chronic pain are now healing. Prolotherapy is a useful key in unlocking a healthy, strong and pain free lifestyle.

 


Breathing In Change

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Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND

Autumn is a time of transition:  back to school, a return to routine, and a more inward focus than the free and expansive summer.  Crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees as plants return to the earth for the winter.  The weather shifts encouraging layers of warmer clothes to protect against chill when outside, and promotes cozy times with hot drinks while inside.  After the fresh and raw summer diet, foods in the fall are made more digestible through cooking, and seasonal flavours become more pungent and aromatic.

Autumn is the season associated with the lungs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and as the air becomes crisp, cool, and full of the scents of moist earth and wood fires outside, and the aromas of herbs and spices used in fall cooking (think sage in the Thanksgiving stuffing, or the cinnamon and cloves in pumpkin pie) inside it is easy to understand why.  The inspiration to breathe deeply is enhanced in the fall.

Lungs are also associated with the emotion of grief.  This is reflected in traditions such as Hallowe’en in which provides a time to reflect on loved ones we have lost, and Thanksgiving in which we can reflect on what serves us best in our lives.

But the changes associated with fall also include challenges to the immune system in the form of respiratory viruses and bacteria.  This is the time of year in which to support and fortify the lungs in order to maximize their function to help ward off illnesses that can affect our breathing.

If you suffer from a chronic lung condition such as asthma, an acute lung concern such as a cough or bronchitis, are wanting support for quitting smoking, or simply wish to enhance your health one season and organ at a time, your naturopathic doctor at Sage Clinic can help to optimize your lung health and function.

 


Marinated Kale Salad

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Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND

I have reaped the rewards of many days of sunshine in my garden this year. Kale is a favourite around here, from kale chips to sautee to fresh salads. Here is a raw recipe that is delicious and nutritious. Kale boasts the benefit of being rich in antioxidants and calcium and works as a great food to support the liver’s detoxification process.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch curly kale, triple-washed, ripped into small 1-2 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1-3 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:

1. Place prepped kale into a large bowl.

2. In a separate small to medium bowl, whisk together sesame oil and tamari till emulsified/combined nicely. Whisk in garlic and ginger.

3. Pour sauce over kale and massage sauce into the kale (this will help ensure all pieces of kale are covered.

4. Add sesame seeds to the kale

5. Store in an air-tight container. NOTE: You may wish to make your kale salad the night before you want to eat it so it has time for the flavors to combine.

6. Enjoy!


Tailored Detoxification

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Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND

Exposure to toxins is part of life. How our body handles these toxins is the other side of the equation. If our body is in balance, we are able to process the toxins efficiently and completely through our detoxification organs, the liver and kidneys. As exposures creep up or our ability to detoxify goes down, our tissues gain the burden of storing these unwanted chemicals.

Before jumping for off the shelf detox plans, two simple tests can help you to individualize your detox needs and treatment. One is to assess your detoxification pathways and the other is to measure levels of toxic metals.

A hepatic detox profile is a valuable measure of the two phases of liver detoxification. It is a simple test that requires only a first morning urine collection. The test can assess chemical exposure and impaired liver function, prior to presence of elevated liver enzymes. Knowing the capacity of one’s phase 1 and 2 detoxification enzymes enables tailoring of a treatment plan toward accentuating the enzymes that need a boost.

Urine toxic metals are measured in urine from a 6 hour collection period after a chelation agent is administered. Chelation agents have the ability to grab onto toxic metals in the tissue space and move these metals to the kidneys for urine excretion. This urine test can help uncover toxic metal retention that can affect physiological function and be a contributing factor toward disease. Common metals uncovered in this urine test are lead and mercury that affect energy levels, fertility, cognition and neurological function.

Speak with your naturopathic doctor at Sage Clinic to determine which type of testing is best for you and to design and detoxification plan that is appropriate for you.