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MIGRAINE PRESENTATION

WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019 @ 7 pm

“The Highly Sensitive Brain”

An Update on Migraines from a Functional Medicine Perspective

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Dr. Reid-Ahenakew will discuss:

  • What is happening in the brain when you get a migraine?

  • Common (and not so common) food triggers

  • The role of estrogen and progesterone in migraines

  • Nutrient deficiencies that can be a factor

  • Natural medicines to improve your resilience to stress

  • The role of gut health in prevention of migraines

A registration fee of $25 will reserve your spot. All profits will be donated to LDAS

(The Learning Disability Association of Saskatchewan)

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Join us from 7:00-8:00 pm on July 17th at our clinic.

To Register, or to learn more about this presentation:

Call the clinic at: (306) 664-2150

Or email us at: info@saskatoonnaturopathic.com


Naturopathic Medicine Week Presentation

Integrative Cancer Care and Naturopathic Medicine

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Join Dr. Velichka ND on May 16th, during Naturopathic Medicine Week for an informative presentation on Integrative Cancer Care.

Learn about the benefits of having a naturopathic doctor trained in integrative cancer care on your team. Dr. Velichka ND will briefly review the safe and effective use of some natural and supportive therapies that may be used to assist patients through their conventional treatments.

Who: Dr. Amy Velichka ND (Naturopathic Doctor at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine)

What: Presentation on Integrative Cancer Care and Naturopathic Medicine

When: May 16th 2019 – 7pm

Where: McNally Robinson Bookstore on 8th Street in the travel alcove

Welcome Joan Markentin - Physical Therapist

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Physical Therapist - Joan Markentin

We are excited to announce that Joan Markentin, PT, SEP, has joined our team at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine. 

Hello! My name is Joan Markentin. I am a Physical Therapist and have been working in Rosthern for the past 22 years. I have just returned from a learning adventure Down Under in preparation for opening my private Physiotherapy Practice, SE Physical Therapy. Somatic Experiencing gives me a new way to work with symptoms such as severe pain that are difficult to diagnose and treat and have not responded to traditional treatments. The symptoms may be labelled as psychosomatic or “all in your head”. They may be related to an injury or surgery but often don’t seem directly connected. Through working with the nervous system, the underlying causes of the recurring symptoms can be identified and worked with.

Sydney, Australia is a place I can pursue all of my favourite activities in, on and under the ocean. In my younger years I was a competitive sailor so it was great fun to jump back in a Laser sailboat to race on Sydney Harbour! Between the fun, I completed my Advanced Somatic Experiencing (R) Training and the Visceral and Deep Shock Module of Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Therapists. I am excited to join the team of professionals at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine to put this new knowledge and skill set into practice.

I will be accepting new clients starting on Friday, April 5th. Please contact me directly to book appointments at 306-716-4000.

RESET YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

Feeling constantly overwhelmed in your day to day life? Suffering from the effects of trauma or PTSD? Feeling like you’re in a constant state of information overload? Struggling with stress, anxiety or depression?

If you can relate to this, then our “Reset Your Nervous System” yoga-somatic experience fusion class will benefit you.

When: Tuesdays (March 19 - April 16)

Time: 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine: 14-118 Cope Crescent, Saskatoon

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Over 5 weeks, this NEW program will teach you how to:

  • Reset and restart your nervous system

  • Restore your connection between your mind & body

  • Find inner balance and increase your resiliency & vitality

  • Carve time out of every day for your mind to rest & reset

  • Gain an understanding of the power & benefits of Somatic Experience (SE) through education and practice

  • Connect with others who understand you

    Program Cost: $119

    Small Group Format (maximum 10 participants)

    This new program will be lead by Colleen McBride MSW RSW. Colleen earned her MSW from the University of Regina and is a Registered Social Worker. She has worked as a clinical social worker in Mental Health and Cancer Care. Colleen also has extensive training through Dr. Peter Levine’s Trauma Institute and teaches trauma-informed SE yoga classes.

The entire cost of this program may be covered by many extended health care plans

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To register or to learn more about how this program can benefit you:

Call Colleen at: (306) 460-8850 Or email her at: cmcounsellingandconsulting@gmail.com

HEALTHY LIVING PRESENTATION

Interested in learning more about Healthy Living in today’s world? Feeling that you could be more vibrant both physically and emotionally? Confused by information overload?

You’ll want to attend Dr. Reid-Ahenakew’s presentation:

Lifestyle Habits to Feel Vibrant in 2019: An Update on Healthy Living Habits Supported by Research

When: Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 25

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine 14-118 Cope Crescent, Saskatoon

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Dr. Reid-Ahenakew will discuss:

  • Changes to the Canada Food Guide

  • The top 3 supplements for prevention

  • The most important strain of probiotic to take

  • The microbiome - sleep connection

  • Who will most benefit from a ketogenic diet

  • Which fish are the healthiest to eat

To Register or to learn more about this FREE presentation:

Call the clinic at: (306) 664-2150

Or email us at: info@saskatoonnaturopathic.com

Dr. Darlene Reid-Ahenakew, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Saskatchewan. Her premedical training was at Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, as well as a Bachelor of Life Sciences. She spent 4 more years at CCNM in Toronto and graduated with her ND in 2001. Dr. Reid-Ahenakew, ND is passionate about helping patients regain their health which enables their ability to enjoy life to its fullest. She strives for clinical excellence, which means continuous research and ongoing education to be able to give patients the best possible advice.

HAPPY HORMONES - A NATUROPATHIC APPROACH

Hormones direct many different systems in your body. They are involved in stress management, thyroid function, glucose regulation, and reproductive health.  

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Join naturopathic doctors Dr. Darlene Reid-Ahenakew and Dr. Amy Velichka on Monday, May 14th for an integrative perspective on hormonal health. This presentation will begin at 7 pm at McNally Robinson Bookstore on 8th Street in the travel alcove. 

Learn ways to promote a healthy hormonal balance to improve the way you look, feel and age. There is no cost to attend. Come on out and bring a friend!

 

NEW DOCTOR JOINING OUR TEAM

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We are very excited to welcome a new naturopathic doctor to our team. Dr. Darlene Reid-Ahenakew is a licenced naturopathic doctor in Saskatchewan. Her premedical training was at Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, as well as a Bachelor of Life Sciences. She spent 4 more years at CCNM in Toronto and graduated with her ND in 2001.

Dr. Reid-Ahenakew practiced in Ontario for 12 years where she held a busy family practice and had the opportunity to mentor with several exceptional NDs. She has enjoyed practicing in Saskatoon since 2013 and recently joined Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine in April 2018.

Her clinical experience over the years has been diverse, although she has worked with many patients with anxiety and migraines. She has also treated many patients with a broad spectrum of digestive concerns including food intolerances, SIBO and colitis. She has helped many patients with eczema and neurological conditions, as these are areas she has personal experience in with her 2 boys. A recent focus has been on autoimmune conditions and helping patients with Hashimoto’s disease has been a prevalent part of her practice in recent years. 

Dr. Reid-Ahenakew looks forward to providing you with exceptional healthcare and is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in booking an appointment as a new patient or for a follow-up visit, please call the clinic at 306-664-2150. To read her full bio, please click here

MASSAGE THERAPY

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Have you ever been on a massage table and feel like you are going to fall asleep or have fallen asleep? You know then how beneficial massage can be for relaxation and for stress reduction. You may also know that the night after receiving a massage treatment you generally sleep better than other nights. 

Many people experience insomnia at some point in time. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. If you experience stress or anxiety this can increase your odds of experiencing insomnia. Relaxation massage can help with insomnia by decreasing stress levels in the body. Your massage therapist may also teach you diaphragmatic breathing techniques. Massage therapy can provide benefits with other underlying pain and stress responses, which can sometimes be caused by a specific conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, or cancer. 

Massage therapy is not only good for patients with chronic illnesses but can also be helpful for the caregivers of these patients too. In a study done by the National Institute of Health, sleep quality improved for family caregivers of patients with cancer after therapeutic back massage intervention. Read more here: https://www.healthcentral.com/article/improve-your-sleep-with-massage-therapy and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26745049

If you experience insomnia, a chronic illness or are going through a difficult time caring for someone affected by cancer, we encourage you to consider massage therapy at our clinic. We currently have two excellent Registered Massage Therapists available and offer several types of massage including relaxation, deep tissue, and myofascial release. Call the office at 306-664-2150 to book your appointment today.

MYERS COCKTAIL

What is a Myers Cocktail?

One of the most common IVs provided by naturopathic doctors across North America is a Myers cocktail.  What is in this popular IV and what can it be helpful for? 

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The Myers cocktail is an intravenous mixture of minerals and vitamins that is administered directly into a vein and is infused over a timespan of 15-45 minutes. It can be effective against asthma symptoms, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, and cardiovascular disease. 

The vitamins in the Myers cocktail include vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, magnesium, and calcium. It is a fairly simple formula. However, taking these nutrients intravenously means they are 100% absorbed into circulation which is dramatically more than the absorption through the gut with oral supplementation. Though the high levels of nutrients provided by a Myers cocktail will only last a few hours in circulation, the benefits can be profound over the long-term. 

Some patients may receive the Myers cocktail weekly or monthly. Naturopathic doctors may recommend this option when a patient has trouble with absorption (including patients with IBS or IBD) or when a patient is chronically ill and a less invasive nutritional plan is not effective.  Naturopathic doctors work with their patients with complex health conditions to identify root cause issues and assess an individuals need for advanced nutritional IV therapy.  Patients who are a candidate for this treatment will be assessed by their naturopathic doctor to ensure safety and to consider any individual modifications to the formula that may be required. 

To learn more about the effectiveness of the Myers cocktail including its history, applications, theory, and research please go to the following link by Dr. Alan Gaby, MD:

http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/7/5/389.pdf