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Sugar and performance

Sep 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article we investigated the role Type II food allergies can play for some children’s behaviour problems in school. We learned that Type II food allergies cause a delayed reaction induced by the overproduction of the IgG antibody. Elevations of IgG chronic inflammation,...

Food allergies, poor results

Sep 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article, we discussed how poor digestion can contribute to poor performance at school. This is actually one of the most common reasons parents bring their kids in to see naturopathic doctors. They often feel that there is an underlying nutrition or digestion issue contributing...

Poor digestion, poor results

Sep 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Just prior to and at the beginning of every school year I see an increased number of parents bringing in their children because there are concerns at school. Typically, the children are having difficulty with focus, concentration, and overall behaviour. These concerns usually translate into poor...

Lung support for fire smoke

Aug 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

I was sitting at the Okanagan Sun football game Saturday night when my four year old asked me if there was a storm coming in. He loves storms! I looked over to the south and saw the smoke pouring over the mountains. I explained to him that there was a fire on the other side of the mountains and the...

Causes of fatigue

Aug 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

At least a few times each month a new patient will come into my practice because they want to have intravenous vitamin and mineral infusions to treat fatigue. They usually start by saying that they have had IV infusions before and they really helped. They usually ask if we can do an IV infusion as...

Golfer's and tennis elbow

Aug 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are two of the most common injuries I work with on the physical side of my naturopathic practice. They are often “nagging injuries” in the sense that they can persist for many months or possibly years if they are not treated properly. They are...

Craving coffee

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

The thyroid gland produces hormones that play key roles in several areas of health. These hormones help provide energy during the day to make us physically capable and mentally alert. They also provide power to the digestive system to encourage proper digestion and absorption. Thyroid hormones...

The right dose - B12

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly asked about vitamins. It is also one of the most misunderstood vitamins. B12 has some unique aspects that make it different than most other vitamins and minerals. In this week’s article we will look at determining if a person needs to supplement with...

What's my dose? Part 3

Jun 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

In last week’s article we discussed how the desired effect of a medication or supplement can dictate how it is dosed. We used the example of hormone replacement therapy to illustrate how certain dosages are for replacement while other dosages may be for replenishment. In this week’s...

What's my dose? Part 2

Jun 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we began a discussion about how dosages for medications and supplements are recommended. We learned that many meds/sups have recommended dosage ranges. However, most don’t have specific information to help guide decisions based on age, sex, metabolic rate, or other...

What's my dose?

Jun 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

The dose of a medication or supplement can be as important as or more important than the actual ingredients. However, in both conventional and integrative healthcare, dosing far too often is an afterthought. There are many factors that play a role in deciding on what dose to recommend to a patient....

A good multivitamin

May 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

One of the most common questions I get near the end of a visit is, “what’s a good multivitamin?” In last week’s article we reviewed my top five reasons for taking a multivitamin. I do not believe in over-supplementing, but I do believe a multivitamin is essential for most of...

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...

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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