1076 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9
Hormones & Digestion & Skin

Your very first naturopathic visit will explore your health and specific health goals. This initial visit will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to thoroughly investigate your health. This is achieved through extensive questioning, necessary physical exams, and testing. Your initial visit will end with an individual treatment plan. Beyond the initial visit, your Naturopathic Doctor will continue to investigate your health and come up with a future and follow up. A future treatment plan may include:

  • Botanical medicine
  • Supplementation
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Therapeutic nutrition
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Vitamin injectables and IV infusions
  • Pharmaceutical Interventions
  • Bio-identical Hormone Therapy
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DR. AMY, N.D., BA.

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. These messengers play an important role in your overall health and mood. There are many different types of hormones throughout your body such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. When hormones are out of balance, we may present with a variety of different symptoms such as acne, weight gain, painful periods, low sex drive, or infertility/inability to conceive. Testing your hormones is the best way to diagnose where a hormone imbalance may be. Using a specific testing tool called the DUTCH by Precision Analytical, is a comprehensive, effective, and easy way to evaluate your hormone health. Signs and symptoms your hormones may be out of balance:

  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Period problems
  • Low libido
  • Hot flashes
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain on abdomen
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Infertility, unable to conceive, miscarriages
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Having underlying food sensitivities may cause many symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irritable bowel, bloating and skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Food sensitivity testing looks at 150 different foods and how your body responds to each of them based on your immune and inflammatory response. Knowing which foods you may be sensitive to, and eliminating these from the diet, will lower your inflammation response and allow your body to heal. Signs and symptoms of a possible food sensitivity include:

  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Bloating and discomfort after meals
  • Skin reactions (acne, psoriasis, eczema)
  • Unexplained joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Mood imbalances
  • Autoimmune conditions

Adrenal fatigue is a term often used to describe the possibility of lower-than-normal cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is made by your adrenal glands and released in high concentrations during stressful events. If stress is chronic, the response made by your adrenals can become exhausted over time. Signs your adrenals may be overworked and testing may be appropriate:

  • Easily lightheaded when standing after sitting for long periods
  • Low blood pressure
  • Excessive cravings for sweet and salty foods
  • Morning and afternoon fatigue, followed by increased energy levels in the evening
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up in the middle of the night or too early in the morning
  • Feeling “tired but wired”
  • Constant feelings of stress or anxiety
  • Burn out or exhaustion
  • Constant muscle heaviness
  • Inability to deal with or manage day to day life stresses
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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can be a common condition that is often overlooked. What causes this overgrowth of bacteria is when bacteria migrate from one part of the digestive tract to the small intestines. Another way is when bacteria that is already naturally occurring, becomes overpopulated. The overgrowth may happen because of stress, a weak immune system, antibiotic use, and low levels of stomach acid. An in-office breath test will help diagnose SIBO and the severity of the condition. If diagnosed, treatment is initiated and includes antimicrobials, dietary changes, and some light lifestyle modifications such as stress reduction techniques.SIBO symptoms present in a variety of ways and include but are not limited to:

  • Weight gain
  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Food sensitivities

IV Therapy = Full Body Nourishment
If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, know that this tool in your toolbelt is an incredible support to any health (or beauty) goal that you’re working to achieve. With IV therapy, 100% of the vitamins and nutrients are absorbed into the body, meaning your body is able to heal and level up more quickly. Whether you’re treating an acute or chronic concern, IV therapy works its magic by supporting the body in its healing process. Call or book a consultation to learn about all of our different IV cocktails (or customise one to your own needs!).

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Heavy metal chelation and detox is a method that uses binding agents to chelate and detoxify the body of toxic metal accumulation. The agents used to act as a magnet will aid your body in safely and properly eliminating toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum.

We are surrounded by heavy metals in our environment. We consume them in foods we eat, we breathe in metal contaminants through pollution, and they can be found in drinking water.

Ideally, our body can eliminate heavy metals naturally. If we are over-exposed or our detox pathways are not optimally working, we tend to accumulate these metals in soft tissue, body organs and our bones. People in certain working industries are at greater risk for heavy metal accumulation. Industrial jobs such as steel workers, miners, plumbers, artists, and construction workers are just a handful of examples of individuals at greater risk of heavy metal

The beauty industry is another workplace that leads to high metal exposure. Hair salons have high trace elements in hairdressing cosmetics. These particles are inhaled and ingested regularly. Nail salons are another culprit workplace for heavy metals. Lead is a metal commonly found in many nail polishes.

When your system is burdened with heavy metals, chronic disease is more likely common to occur. Many experts will argue excessive build-up of toxic metals is likely to contribute to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. A patient might also present with more ‘vague’ symptoms when their body is burdened with heavy metals such as the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Digestive issues
  • Chronic infections
  • Numbness and tingling in extremities
  • Mood disorders such as depression and/or anxiety

Step 1: Full Intake and Health History

This will include physical exams, lab work and extensive discussion around health history and current lifestyle practices.

Step 2: Obtain Data

After we obtain blood lab results, if you are a good candidate for Heavy Metal Detoxification, we start chelation IV therapy in office and test for metal burden using Urine Toxic Metals by Doctors Data.

Step 3: Treatment Plan

IV therapy
Once we have your heavy metal results, we come up with a plan moving forward based on the specific levels of metals in your body. This will consist of 2 chelation IVs weekly followed by two nutrient replenishing IVs following chelation day.

At home dietary plan
During chelation therapy, it is important to optimize your nutrition and support your body with a hypoallergenic diet to optimize your detox and improve your outcome.

Supplement regime
Supplementation is important during your chelation to assist with your detox pathways and support your body’s ability to heal. We need specific nutraceuticals to replenish nutrients, vitamins and minerals that may be affected during the course of your treatment.

You are not a candidate for heavy metal chelation if the following apply to you:

  • Severe uncontrollable allergy to EDTA
  • Acute lead encephalopathy
  • Renal dialysis
  • Pregnancy/Breastfeeding
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