General Silliness

A New Kind of Contagion: An Invitation to Mirth, Surrender and General Silliness

If there was ever a time to find levity in our circumstances, it’s now. It is no secret that laughter is good medicine, but beyond improving mood and alleviating stress, it also happens to be good for our immune systems? Let’s unpack this ….

In 1964, a political journalist named Norman Cousins, managed and eventually cured (according to his own perception) his Ankylosing Spondylitis (an autoimmune condition affecting the spine). He did this though good nutrition, massive doses of Vitamin C and scheduled boughts of hysterical belly laughter courtesy of “The Three Stooges”. He reports: “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep”. Further, “When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval”.

Really? Laughter? In the words of Bernie Siegel, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment and complementary holistic medicine: “The simple truth is that happy people generally don’t get sick.

Bernie Siegel quote

Taking a dive into the medical literature we find that laughter exerts it effects primarily by engaging the diaphragm (you know, that massive muscle that allows you to breathe?). It just so happens that when the diaphragm is working, the rate of lymphatic circulation increases about 10-15x it’s normal rate.

“What’s lymph?”, you ask. Our lymphatic system is a series of vessels and nodes located throughout the entirety of your body. These are the guys that get swollen and tender under your jaw when you have a sore throat. They clear away metabolic waste, excess fluids, dead cells and even a few microorganisms. More crucially, they make the cells that protect your body from future infection: your ANTIBODIES.

Our blood circulates through a network of vessels with the heart as a pump. The lymphatic system, also a network of vessels, does not have a pump. Instead, lymph gets moved by physical manipulation (a little dry skin brushing anyone?), muscular contraction and…. wait for it: BREATHING!! The deeper we breathe, the more lymph we move and thus production of those precious antibodies is increased.

Turns out that laughing heartily is correlated with (among other things) the following:

  • Increases baseline sIgA levels; this is the MOST ABUNDANT ANTIBODY in your immune system.
  • Increases Natural Killer cell ‘cytotoxicity’; particularly helpful in fighting viruses.
  • Increases the number and activation of ‘T-cells’ destroying cells that are infected by a virus/bacteria
  • Increased levels of B cells – the cells that make antibodies (they require activation by T-cells)

And lastly, anything that engages the diaphragm also engages the parasympathetic response. This is the “rest and digest” portion of the autonomic nervous system. That makes it a great stress reliever. I’m not sure about you, but I could use a little more stress relief in my life!!

The takeaway message is NOT that a good hearty chuckle is all that’s required to help bolster our body’s immune system. Instead, the point is that laughter is a critical tool by which our body’s defenses are enhanced making it harder for infection to take up residence. So your Covid-19 tool bag might include: painstaking handwashing, using oil of oregano, Vitamin C, wearing a protective mask, physically distancing, zinc, echinacea and…..some time with Napoleon Dynamite (OMGoodness – can I just tell you how much that movie makes me laugh??).

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Adrenal Fatigue: Is your tired more than just “tired”?

Adrenal Fatigue: Is your tired more than just “tired”?

By:  Dr. Allison Ziegler, ND

Recent times have brought about disrupted schedules and times of uncertainty.  You may find yourself trying to juggle the responsibility of home schooling your children while still trying to be productive in your job as you work from home, long parenting hours, and managing the emotions that come along with a world on lockdown and social distancing from family and friends.  This recipe for stress leads to feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion.  So, how does an increased amount of stress affect the body and what can we do to feel better?

The two stress glands, which are located above each kidney, are called the adrenal glands.  They are powerful endocrine glands that help your body respond and adapt to stress by influencing the function of all tissues, organs and glands in the body to maintain balance during stressful periods.  Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands in response to stressors, which initiates the fight or flight response in attempt to protect the body from danger.  Typically, this stress response would be a short burst in cortisol, allowing us to respond to the danger appropriately and it would then return to normal.  In primitive times that would mean being able to run away from a Saber-toothed tiger or endure periods of physical challenge and deprivation.  Unfortunately, our modern world is met with near constant levels of stress, leaving our cortisol levels constantly elevated and perhaps eventually bottoming out, leading to burnout and adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue- Is your tired more than just tired

Signs that indicate stress may be impacting adrenal function:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety, irritability, or low mood
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain, especially around abdomen
  • Hormonal imbalances such as menstrual cycle changes and low libido
  • Sugar, carbohydrate and salt cravings
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased immune function

If this sounds like you, the following are changes you can incorporate to begin feeling better.

Nutrition

During the stress response, the adrenal glands metabolizes nutrients at a higher rate.  During adrenal fatigue, much of the body’s stored nutrients is used up and nutrient deficiencies can result.  The goal of eating for your adrenal glands is to eat good quality, nutrient dense and whole foods.  Avoiding all processed foods is essential as the body will use up additional nutrients in attempt to digest the processed foods.
Nutrition Rules for Adrenal Function: [1]

  1. Eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods.
  2. Combine a healthy fat, protein and carbohydrate source with every meal.
  3. Eat lots of vegetables, especially the brightly colored ones.
  4. Salt your food to a pleasant taste using sea or Celtic salt.
  5. Eat mainly whole grains as your source of carbohydrates.
  6. Combine grains with legumes or legumes with seeds or nuts to form a complete protein.
  7. Avoid fruit in the morning.
  8. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of fresh essential oils (cold pressed olive, grape seed, safflower, flax etc.) into grains, vegetables and meats daily.
  9. Eat high quality food; it becomes you.

Sleep

Good quality sleep is important for adrenal function.  Sleep is the only time the body has to repair itself; therefore, following some sleep hygiene tips can help to restore sleep and ensure a healthy stress response.

Sleep Hygiene Tips for Adrenal Function: [2]

  1. Keep a consistent sleep schedule.  Ideal bedtime is between 10-10:30 pm.
  2. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
  3. Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing.  Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
  4. Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.
  5. Turn off all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Self-Care

Taking time to feel rejuvenated and renewed is critical for adrenal repair. With busy schedules and long to-do-lists it is easy to neglect yourself.  Finding time to do what inspires you is key to recharging and feeling better.  Although this seems like a simple task, it can be hard to find time.  You can start by allowing yourself just 10 minutes of ‘you-time’ a day.

Supplementation

Certain minerals and vitamins such as vitamin B’s, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and magnesium are important for adrenal function.  Adaptogens are a class of herbs that are wonderful at supporting adrenal function.  Some of these herbs include ashwagandha, Schisandra, holy basil, Rhodiola and Licorice root.

It is important to work with a naturopath when determining which supplements are best for you.

Although it is easy to see this time of social isolation as a negative experience, it can be one that achieves a positive and lifechanging outcome.  Focus on renewing and recharging yourself.  “One day this will all be over, and you will have a choice to live as before or to live your life anew.” Kenton De Jong

Resources

[1] https://adrenalfatigue.org/

[2] http://sleepeducation.org/

The Right Question in the Darkest Hour

Like most people coping with this new reality, my family and I have settled into a new routine that includes strings of pajama days, eating and sleeping at odd hours, and rationing out chores lest I run out of things to do (did I mention that my house is REALLY clean? LOL). I’ll even admit to a little Netflix coma now and then when things get desperate. During one such moment, a movie I was watching was able to rouse me out of my stupor and inspire this blog post.the darkest hour

You may have noticed that our clinic has grown up in recent months. New décor, new website and now a concerted content strategy to educate and stay connected to our community. But what to write?

In the film “The Darkest Hour”, from the king down to his closest advisors under treat of resignation, Winston Churchill faced ENORMOUS pressure during the War Cabinet Crisis of May 1940 to sign an armistice with Hitler. After the Nazi advance over much of Europe, England’s defeat seemed all but certain. Churchill had one choice: sign the treaty and hand over the country to a madman, or fight to the end. After suggesting he was open to a peace agreement, he still could not bring himself to draft the letter knowing that by doing so he would be surrendering the soul of England. One night, still unsure of how to proceed, he decided to evade his chaperones and steal away to London’s ‘Underground’ (the subway) for the first time in his life and put the dilemma to its passengers. What to do? Not surprisingly, they responded with a resounding “H**L NO! Fight!!” and that was that. The exchange birthed “We shall fight on the beaches”, the second of his most memorable speeches effectively uniting a fractured British Parliament in the fight against Hitler and characterized England’s stubborn resistance to the Nazi advance.

Okay – so we’re not in an armed conflict, but we’re certainly in a version of one. I was struck by the humility of acknowledging that just because you’re in a position to lead doesn’t mean you have all the answers and sometimes the simplest thing to do when you don’t know is, well… ask.

COVID-19 has certainly done an effective job at sucking all the oxygen out of the room, but here’s the thing, there’s life and love beyond a pandemic and what we want to know is: What’s important to you these days? What kind of information are you hungry for in the crazy human time that we’re all living through? Let us know and we will diligently try and find the best possible answers for you!

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Tempo Giusto-The Right Speed

Since first becoming a mom two years ago, I have learned so much about myself and life itself.  As I entered into the “terrible twos” with my eldest, I was left trying to figure out how to help support him through the time of development where he is trying to figure out the world around him and how to exist in it.  I am inspired by the book The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies.

In Davies’ book she outlines the importance of time.  When we allow children unscheduled and unrushed time their wonder and curiosity flourishes.  Curiosity leads to self-discovery and the development of creative solutions. If we are continually rushed as parents, our child becomes resistant and does not cooperate because they become stressed.  Going slow, allows our child time to be curious, and learn from the task at hand.

Taking time to see the world from the perspective of an 8-month and a 2-year old has given me more insight into what it means to learn from every experience and enjoy each day to the fullest.  Children are the perfect example of how to live totally in the moment. While we are great at being one step ahead by making lists in our head of all the things that need to be accomplished, a child remains totally present and spots the ant escaping down into a crack in the pavement.

This simple but profound lesson is one that can allow us to live in a dynamic way- with an open mind to learn and grow.  If we fall victim to the busyness of our world, continually rushing around always trying to accomplish the next thing on our to-do-list, we lose sight of that child-like curiosity, our day feels mundane and our ability to discover and learn becomes second place.  So, it’s time to take the time to be curious. Allow yourself time to explore, time for movement, time for language and conversation, time for building connections – time to learn! (Davies, 2019)

Tempo Giusto-the right time

When life gets hectic, uncertain and overwhelming STOP and notice the way that ladybug crawls along the sidewalk, or the way the light enters through the window and casts a shadow on the wall, or the way it feels to jump into a pile of pillows, and find your tempo giusto.

 

Germ theory vs Terrain? Pasteur and Beauchamp duke it out

Germ theory vs Terrain? Pasteur and Bechamp duke it out!

Ever wonder to yourself why you can have two people with similar exposure to a certain pathogen yet one person has only mild symptoms and the other is laid up for weeks on end?

The Father of Microbiology

Western Medicine, insofar as it relates to infection, is based primarily on Louis Pasteur’s work on pasteurization (he is AKA the “Father of Microbiology”) The theory goes like this: The body is sterile, vulnerable to attack by external pathogens, and should said pathogens take up residence in the body, a clear clinical course associated with that pathogen ensues. Further, the rationale suggests that in order to be truly well, we need to kill all the bugs and do whatever we can to avoid contact with said bugs in the first place.

This body of work led to the framework for modern medicine: antibiotics, vaccines, sterilization, all tools we are familiar with. This mindset places ALL the emphasis on the bug but says nothing of the terrain into which it’s introduced. One would be forgiven for thinking that if this were the case, things like nutrition and sleep are basically pointless.

Of course, we know this to be untrue. We are starting to see the limits of this theory. More antibiotic resistant infections, skin rashes (bacterial in origin) because of overuse of alcohol-based hand rubs killing protective microbes, and more susceptibility to infections in general because of poor immunity are now some of the mainstays of visits to the doctor’s office.

Enter Antoine Bechamp

Looking into Antoine Bechamp’s work (a contemporary of Louis Pasteur) you will find he was widely regarded as a quack, that the body of his work is “comprehensively wrong” as one author put it. Yet there are millions and millions of dollars being funnelled into research investigating the role of the microbiome and the resultant susceptibility to disease.

The thinking basically goes, and this is something I think you will find timely during these precarious times, is that the severity of the infection will correlate with the patient’s health status. In other words, the unhealthier the lifestyle, the more out of balance a body is, the more susceptible they will be to disease. Further, the disease will be much more severe in that person compared to a body that is physiologically stable and healthy.

So far, what we’ve gathered with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, is that the ones who are experiencing the most severe symptoms and thus dying from this virus, are men. Looking closer, the working theory is that men are more likely to binge drink, eat poorly, smoke, and keep erratic hours (women, by the way, would be just as vulnerable if they chose to engage in these behaviours). Knowing the impact that these habits have on our body is it any surprise that this group is more vulnerable to complications?  As of last night (March 26, 2020) CTV reported that more young people are contracting the virus and experiencing complications. The common denominator? Vaping.

It’s important to keep in mind that there are only a few STRICT pathogens out there, one where, if you get exposure to these microbes, you WILL GET SYMPTOMS, no matter who you are. These include malaria, HIV, and syphilis. MOST other microbes are what we call ‘opportunistic’ in that the severity will be determined by your susceptibility to infection in the first place. Is COVID-19 a ‘strict’ pathogen? That remains to be seen. Who should you believe? Pasteur or Bechamp? Believe them both. Neither of them is wrong. It’s all about the context. Here’s some food for thought though: Louis Pasteur is rumoured to have said on his deathbed in a moment of inspired lucidity, “the terrain, the terrain!”. The modern medicine machine was well underway by then.

germ theory vs terrain theory

If you want more more info on the subject see:

http://www.futurehopepediatrics.com/real-immunity

https://dreddymd.com/2020/01/30/germ-vs-terrain-theory-which-do-we-adopt-to-be-healthy/

5 ways to improve your immune system

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Immune System

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Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Immune System
By Dr. Allison Ziegler, ND

Keep your immune system strong with the following effective ways at supporting and strengthening immunity.

1. Probiotics

Our body has a colony of beneficial bacteria, which is highly concentrated in our intestine. These healthy gut flora are a significant part of the immune system, comprising upwards of 2/3 of our total immune system, and are responsible for various health promoting actions including fighting off infection. High stress, medication use such as antibiotics, smoking, alcohol and processed foods shift the type of bacteria in our gut to a less optimal environment. In turn, the change in bacteria decreases the immune function. Taking a probiotic contributes to re-establishing a healthy gut environment and improves immune function. Source.

2. Herbal Support

St. Francis Deep Immune is a herbal combination that contains astragalus, codonopsis, licorice and Siberian ginseng. These immune enhancing herbs help to increase the production of white blood cells and enhance immune attack against viruses and bacteria.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a vital roll in improving immune cell function and effectiveness at fighting off infection. Deficiency in vitamin D in linked to increased susceptibility to infections. Ensuring a dose of 2000-4000 iu per day is an effective dose to improve immune function. Source.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C improves immune cell functioning by supporting and protecting the outer barriers of the body tissue and in the development of white blood cells. Vitamin C is also an effective antimicrobial. Source.

5. Decrease sugar and increase greens.

Harmful bacteria flourish in the presence of sugar. Excess sugar in the diet deplete the bodies nutrient levels and contributes to an inflammatory state. A reduction in essential nutrients and increased inflammation are contributing factors to a reduced immune response. Eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables promotes the growth of the beneficial gut flora, improves the immune system and replenishes a healthy gut environment. Source

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COVID-19 – Prairie Sky weighs in

COVID-19 is spreading the globe and it is time for us at Prairie Sky Integrative Health to weigh in on the conversations, including providing you with some strategies to boost your immunity at this uncertain time, so keep reading!

Please, take a deep breath, keep a level head and review the following information in order to help us reduce the spread of this viral illness and keep our community as strong and healthy as we can!

First of all, we want to let you know what we are doing around the clinic to maintain a healthy environment.  For now, we have chosen to remain open for patient and client care.

With the exception of today, Saturday March 14th, 2020 when we will be CLOSED,
operations will continue at 2146 Robinson Street.

We will be available to see our patients and clients, as long as we ourselves are free of any illness and until otherwise advised by Health Canada or our regulatory body.  We are fully amenable to using telemedicine to serve you, so if you prefer to have your appointment conducted over the phone or via Skype, in order to limit your own personal exposure, please do let us know and we are happy to oblige. 

  • We do encourage you to give us at least 24 hours notice when cancelling your appointment, as our time is valuable and others may be waiting to see us.  However, we do understand that this is not always possible and if you are canceling due to illness, our cancellation fee will be waived at this time, due to the need to reduce community spread of illness.  Please remember should you choose a phone or Skype consultation instead of coming into the office, simply let reception know ahead of your scheduled appointment time.
  • We have always worked hard to maintain a clean office space for our community. We have increased our commitment to cleanliness and are washing down all high-contact surfaces, such as door knobs, water cooler dispensers, taps, toilets, debit/ credit machine, etc. multiple times a day.
  • We ask that you step into the bathroom upon your arrival to and on departure from the clinic and give your hands a good 20 second wash with soap and warm water.  As staff and professionals, we are also committed to regular hand-washing throughout the day and most especially in between clients. A reminder that hand-washing remains the most effective way to reduce the spread of all communicable illnesses including COVID- 19.
  • As professionals we will commit to the use of gloves when doing any physical examinations.
  • We do our very best to run on time and will continue this commitment, thus minimizing your wait time in the common areas.
  • Avoid touching your mucous membranes: eyes, nose or mouth, with unwashed hands.
  • We launder the sheets, pillowcase and towels used for massage/ bodytalk, Bemer, acupuncture and Reiki between each use.  They are never used for multiple patients.
  • Though we are all about the love, we will be respecting your personal space and refraining from hand-shaking and hugging during this time.

Watch for symptoms of the Coronavirus.  Remember that for most of us this illness will present like any respiratory infection.  For those with lowered immunities this may hit harder so it is essential to be wary of this and ensure you limit/ avoid contact with your friends and family that may be elderly or working with a serious illness, when you are ill.

 

The following information is from Maclean’s magazine March 12, 2020.  Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus while the average is 5-6 days after infection (PHAC and WHO).  According to the WHO report on COVID-19 in China, symptoms in confirmed cases included:
  • Fever (88%)
  • Dry cough (68%)
  • Fatigue (38%)
  • Sputum production (33%)
  • Shortness of breath (19%)
  • Muscle or joint pain (15%)
  • Sore throat (14%)
  • Headache (14%)
  • Chills (11%)

World Health Organization report from the end of February on COVID-19 in China found that:

  • 80% of patients experienced mild to moderate effects (fever, cough, maybe pneumonia—but not needing supplemental oxygen)
  • 14% suffered severe symptoms (requiring supplemental oxygen, including via a ventilator)
  • 1% were critical (respiratory failure, septic shock and/or organ dysfunction/failure)

Who is most vulnerable?
As of March 11, the Public Health Agency of Canada assessed the public health risk as LOW for the general population. But there is increased risk of more severe outcomes for those:

  • Aged 65 and over
  • With compromised immune systems
  • With underlying medical conditions or chronic diseases including:
    • diabetes
    • cancer
    • heart, renal or chronic lung disease

If you are in Saskatchewan and are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms:

  • Do not come in to see your Naturopathic Doctor!  We are not equipped to test for COVID-19.  We can advise you over the phone if we deem it necessary for you to seek medical care/ testing, however we request you limit your contact with others and ensure that you follow Sask Health’s recommendations for disease management.  The following is from Sask Health  www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus
    • Call HealthLine 811 (204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257) for direction and to be connected to public health.  They can let you know how best to proceed.
    • All travellers should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning to Canada and avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill. If you have even mild symptoms, stay home and call HealthLine 811 for advice.
    • If you have travelled to a country with a Level 3 travel advisory, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact HealthLine 811 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for direction.
    • If it becomes harder to breathe, you can’t drink anything or feel much worse than when you got tested, seek immediate medical care at an urgent-care clinic or emergency department. If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 or the local emergency number immediately.

Here are some of the strategies we recommend for keeping your immune system strong and to enhance your ability to ward off viruses:

  • Do your best not to live in fear or anxiety of the situation.  Yes, it is a serious matter that requires our attention.  However, it is important to note that when we get trapped in a fear response our immune systems shut down in favour of survival mechanisms, which actually further heighten our anxiety!  Be wise and discerning about your lifestyle practices and choices, and trust you are doing what you can to keep yourself and your family safe.
  • Fresh air is vital to healthy immunity so now that spring is upon us, make a point of getting outside, daily.  Even as little as 10 to 15 minutes three times through the day will benefit you.
  • Rest!  Get plenty of sleep and rest.  Take some time off, perhaps use this time for a personal at-home retreat where you just enjoy some time spent away from work, extra-curricular activities and the hustle and bustle of life.  Walks in nature, healthy dinners together with your family, board games, curling up with a good book and limiting your social contact are all enriching ways to protect yourself from community transmission.
  • Activate your vitamin D through time spent in the sunshine and also supplement with this immune boosting nutrient.  2000-3000 IU per day is an ideal amount for this time of the year.
  • Increase your consumption of anti-oxidant and nutrient-dense infection fighting foods like: organic blueberries, raspberries, spinach, sprouts, garlic, onions, ginger, parsley, cilantro, spirulina, celery juice, bone broth and fermented foods and beverages.
  • Drink lots of water. Drinking good quality water and herbal teas, staying hydrated, is one of the best things you can do to flush out toxins from your body and help support the immune system.
  • Keep your immune system strong by reducing your sugar intake and eating a balanced diet.  Avoid eating processed sugars. Sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to deal with viruses and bacteria.  Be sure to read food labels carefully and to limit the amount of sugar you eat.
  • Keep your mucous membranes healthy by taking a probiotic and Vitamin A and D containing cod liver oil.
  • Suck on zinc lozenges to kill viruses on contact in your mouth.
  • Apply coconut oil in your nasal passages.  You could even add a drop of oregano oil to this “balm.”
  • Diffuse immune boosting and anti-viral essential oils like thyme, lemon balm, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint in your rooms.
  • Gargle with sea salt, tea tree oil mouthwash, or even the original Listerine.
  • Take elderberry syrup, gummies or capsules and/ or echinacea in order to boost immunity, as well as increasing vitamin C intake.
  • Gets lots of greens into your system: Greens First is a big hit and even tastes great.
  • Some of our favorite immune-supportive nutrients and combinations include: Defense Plus, St. Francis Deep Immune, Licorice root, Echinacea Premium, Propolis and Oil of Oregano.

Here is a great recipe for Elderberry popsicles that you can serve up to your kiddos in confidence in their beneficial effect on fighting viruses:

 

And a few additional lifestyle practices that we encourage to help strengthen your immunity and ward off illness:

We are a wealth of info, so please, reach out with any support you may require for your health at this time or any other!  Call us at (306) 757-HEAL [4325] and we will gladly book you in.

From all of us at Prairie Sky Integrative Health, we appreciate your patronage, the trust you have in us and the dedication you have to yourselves!  Thanks for helping to make us your #1 choice for Naturopathic Medicine in Regina!

Yours in health,

Naturopathic Doctors: Allison Ziegler, Cristina Harabor, Julie Zepp Rutledge, Marika Geis and Michelle Sthamann;
Bodytalk Practitioner David Fernandez
and our instrumental front staff: Char, Alora, Cassidy, Isabelle, Katie and Rhonda 

Summer 2019 Promo

Have you been thinking about consulting a Naturopathic Doctor to your health care team and just haven’t made the commitment?
We’ve just made it easier!

For a limited time only, our Naturopathic Doctors are offering a special introductory package for new clients:

Adult New Patient package:
includes the 90 minute initial consultation and two follow-up (one 60 minute and one 30 minute) appointments for $350.00.

Pediatrics (12 & under):
includes a 60 minute initial consultation and 2 x 30 minute follow-up appointments for $225.00.


For further details and to book your package sessions, please contact our reception team at 306-757-4325

Welcoming our new team members & more clinic news!

We have many new things on the go here at the Cathedral Centre for Wellness, so here’s a quick update on what’s happening around here.

We are excited to welcome Marco de Michele to our clinic team.  Marco is a reflexologist and will be joining us in early August. Read on to find out more about Marco & his offerings, including his incredible August introductory promo, 50% off 60 minute treatment sessions!
We also want to take this time to remind you that Dr. Cristina Harabor ND., who joined our team in July is accepting new clients.

Our New Client Summer Promo is still being offered, so if you know someone who has been wanting to implement Naturopathic medicine to their health regime, we would be more than happy to help them out with our introductory package.

Got Guts group is ongoing with Dr. Marika Geis ND.on Tuesday’s from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  & Dr. Julie Zepp Rutledge is gearing up to set her fall class schedule with new offerings of An Exploration of a Course in Miracles. 

Dr. Michelle Sthamann ND., will be collaborating with Dr. Brandon Warner Doctor of Optometry to offer a Diabetes and Eye Health presentation in November!

You may have noticed some new faces with our reception team over the last few months.  After many years with us, we have had to say so long to Victoria, Kaylee & Stephanie as they venture on their individual journeys doing more of what they love.  We are extremely happy to have Cassidy & Erica join our reception team and we are sure that you will enjoy getting to know them!

Direct Billing Coming Soon!!  We really excited to be offering to you, our valued clients, direct billing!  More info to come as our reception team learns all about submitting claims on your behalf.

And last but not least, we have been 7 years in our home on Robinson St. and it is time our office undergoes a makeover.  We are looking forward to unveiling it to you with an open house in the early fall.  Stay tuned for details!