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Why take a multivitamin?

May 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

Supplementation is one of the most opinionated subjects in the natural health world. On one side you have many health experts promoting the consumption of multiple types of supplements with aggressive dosing. On the other side you have many health experts suggesting you get everything from food....

What's causing my illness?

May 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

The title of this week’s article is, “What’s causing my illness”? This seems like such a basic question. One that must inherently be addressed every time a patient and a doctor get together. Unfortunately, this very basic, yet profound question is often not asked and not...

Reduce excess sugar: Part 2

Apr 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Click here to read Part 1 of this article. Here are three more reasons to reduce excess sugar: 1. Excess Sugar Throws Off Your Bacterial Balance It has become common knowledge that bacteria plays many important roles in the human body. In the last 10-15 years there has been a lot...

Reduce excess sugar

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Sugar is sweet in many senses of the word sweet. It sweetens the flavour of everything you put it in and plays an important role in many of the treats we love the most. Sugar has been there at our birthdays, holidays and other special events. Sugar has even been there when we’re grieving. The...

Improve your ability to heal

Mar 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

Every day we injure ourselves. This may sound like a very basic statement, but it is true. We are injured daily as part of a normal day of being alive. Most of the time, these injuries are microscopic and don’t lead to any immediate damage that cannot be fixed. These are the injuries that can...

The thyroid test?

Mar 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

More and more new patients are coming into my office seeking advice on what they think may be a problem with their thyroid gland. In most cases, their intuition is correct; they do indeed have a concern with their thyroid. However, a very common phrase I’ll hear from them is, “They say...

Thick blood

Feb 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

It is well known in the general public that “thick blood” can lead to high blood pressure. Most people are familiar with the use of blood thinners like warfarin for this issue. In fact, many people have either first hand or with a loved one temporarily used blood thinners as part of a...

Effective blood pressure treatments

Feb 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Last week a prospective new patient emailed a question to me about blood pressure treatments that inspired me to write this week’s column. The initial question asked was about my general approach to treating high blood pressure. The follow up question wondered if natural treatments could be...

Be like Tom Brady

Feb 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question that Tom Brady is performing at or near his best into his late 30s. This past weekend, at the age of 37 he won his 4th Super Bowl and his 3rd Super Bowl MVP award. Not bad for a guy who was largely overlooked coming out of University and...

Is it carpal tunnel syndrome?

Jan 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Nerve pain in a hand is a relatively common symptom that will provoke people to seek medical advice. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is usually the first thought a health care practitioner will have, especially if the pain is in the palm of the hand. There are a few basic physical exam tests that...

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Jan 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

It is one thing to make New Year’s resolutions, another thing to start working on them, and yet another thing altogether to successfully achieve your New Year’s resolutions. In this article we will focus on the top 5 tips to successfully follow through with and achieve your New...

Setting New Year's Resolutions

Dec 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

This is the time of year when many people begin thinking about their resolutions for the New Year. You may have a good idea of what your resolutions will be but for many people it may be a very difficult decision. In this article we will focus on the top 5 tips for making successful New Years...

Healthy Christmas: Top 5 tips

Dec 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Christmas and winter holiday season can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. For many people the month of December is spent visiting family, friends and attending various celebrations. Great meals, beverages, and treats are plentiful while sleep, rest, and relaxation is often...

Sleep and hormones

Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we discussed my favourite options for improving sleep by treating the adrenal glands. We discussed how a low-functioning adrenal gland can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep because of poor production of stress hormones. The signs of the adrenals being...

Improving sleep with adrenal treatments

Dec 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we investigated the options for testing the function of the adrenal glands. We discussed how the adrenal glands are the body’s primary producer of stress hormones. We also discussed the consequences of a fatigued adrenal gland when its ability to produce...

Testing the adrenals to improve sleep

Dec 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article we discussed the idea of adrenal fatigue causing poor sleep. We talked about how the adrenal glands are largely responsible for producing our stress hormones. We talked about how we need to produce stress hormones precisely when they are needed in order to feel...

Poor sleep from adrenal fatigue

Nov 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article we discussed three nutrients that can help people having difficulty getting to sleep. We learned that L-theanine, magnesium, and skull cap each can be used differently to help you wind down for the night. In this week’s article we will discuss the use of adrenal...

Help me get to sleep

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article we looked at three of the most important things you can do in order to help yourself fall asleep easier. We discussed how beneficial it can be to go to bed when you are actually tired as opposed to when you think you should go to bed. We learned about how important it...

I can't sleep

Nov 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

The phrase, “I can’t sleep” is one of the most common things I hear patients say during an initial consultation. In fact, poor sleep is one of the top reasons people seek medical advice. For anyone who has or is experiencing lack of sleep, the many ramifications are obvious....

Adjusting to the time change

Nov 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

It seems like every year when the time changes happen we ask the question, “How do I adjust so I don’t feel so tired?" For many people, the week after each time change contains a lot of difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking refreshed. This is compounded in people...

About the Author

Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Dr. Barlow has been in practice in Kelowna since graduating from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in 2009.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and primarily use natural medicine to treat disease and promote wellness. Dr. Barlow believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine utilizes diet therapy, botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other physical medicine treatments to treat the causes of disease. Dr. Barlow also trained in the specialized treatments of prolotherapy, neural therapy, intravenous nutrient infusions, and chelation therapy.

Dr. Barlow is in general practice and welcomes all individuals and families. As a naturopathic physician he is trained to treat all health conditions in the manner that best suits the goals of each individual patient. He also has special interests in natural treatments for pain management and digestive health.

To learn more about Dr. Barlow's treatments or to schedule a consultation, visit his website at or call 250-448-5610.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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