Relaxation therapies for pain

Therapies such as yoga, massage, osteopathic manipulative medicine (hands-on care from an osteopathic physician) and meditation promote health and well-being through direct touch, stretching and strengthening, or by stilling the mind. Combining integrative and conventional pain management strategies for patients with chronic pain offers a more balanced approach and the potential for improved results. A Continue reading »

Colorectal cancer explained in 2 minutes

Colorectal is a cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Types of colorectal cancer Adenocarcinomas constitute 95% of colorectal cancer and originate in mucus-producing glands lining the colon and rectum Carcinoid tumours develop from hormone-producing cells of the intestine Gastrointestinal stromal tumours develop from the interstitial cells of Cajal. They may be benign or Continue reading »

Confused about your thyroid function?

Latest research has shown that the thyroid hormone transport across cellular membranes plays an important role in intracellular triiodothyronine (T3) levels of peripheral and pituitary tissues. Reduced T4 and T3 transport into the cells in peripheral tissues is seen with a wide range of common conditions, including insulin resistance, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder, hyperlipidemia, chronic Continue reading »

What is cancer survivorship?

The five-year survival refers to the end of the period after primary treatment is completed. Is that, however, just enough to call yourself ‘cured’?  Each person’s cancer experience is different, but in general individuals are often unaware and unprepared for this and left feeling uncertain as to how to recover and reintegrate back into the community. Continue reading »

Interleukin 1Beta salivary assay for cancer

Recent research studies conducted with saliva samples have demonstrated that this type of assay is promising in the detection or prediction of susceptibility to systemic diseases, including cancer. The findings confirm that saliva is able to provide reliable clinical data and cellular information concerning biologically active molecules that can be used to evaluate and monitor the Continue reading »

Why I use Circulating Tumour Cells test

CTCs were first discovered in 1869 – yes, that long ago! Their critical role in the progression of cancer to metastasis is undisputable. However, CTCs are rare – there may only be a single CTC amongst millions of blood cells. The establishment of a reliable means of detecting them has taken decades, and it is Continue reading »

Candida albicans: how bad can it get?”

This infection can become really bad. Normally, this opportunistic fungus Candida albicans is a harmless member of the microbial community that occupies the human gut. However, when the immune system is not able to keep it at bay, it  can cause oral thrush and, more severely, it has shown to be responsible for approximately 400,000 life-threatening blood Continue reading »

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is common worldwide.  An estimated 170 million individuals worldwide including an estimated 250,000 in Canada are infected. Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact, which means that to contract hepatitis C, blood infected with the hepatitis C virus must get into your blood stream You may risk exposure to hepatitis C by using injection Continue reading »

Cancer diagnosis and stress. What to do about it

Have you just been diagnosed with cancer? Do you know somebody who has been diagnosed with cancer? Is anxiety, fear, disbelief and distress affecting you right now? In a 2015 human clinical study conducted Aboalela et al and published in PLos One, a large group of women diagnosed with breast cancer who manifested prolonged stress, depression and Continue reading »

Men, Myths and Misinformation

There are six common misconceptions about men’s hormones. Let’s take a look at them: Myth #1: The primary symptom of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction or low libido. FALSE: Though low or sub optimal testosterone levels can contribute to changes in libido and the ability to achieve or maintain an erection, symptoms are varied and often Continue reading »