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Too much Easter chocolate?

Apr 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

The most common thing I hear in the weeks after Easter is, “I ate too much chocolate!” It's something almost all of us have been guilty of a time or two. If you are feeling like you indulged too much this Easter and are concerned about the potential for further chocolate binges,...

Alpha Lipoic for Diabetic Neuropathy

Apr 15, 2014 / 6:00 am

Diabetic neuropathy is a symptom that many people with either Type I or Type II diabetes will face. In fact, roughly half of all diabetics will develop nerve damage causing symptoms. Diabetic neuropathy results as a consequence of damage to nerves caused by periods of high blood sugar. The high...

Food combining

Apr 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

A patient recently emailed a question about food combining to me. He recently purchased a food processor and started making various types of smoothies. As he was looking for different recipes and background information on smoothies he stumbled upon the idea that combining fruits, vegetables,...

Spring detox/cleanse

Apr 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

April is a very popular time for people to start a detoxification program. With the winter weather behind us and the summer season just around the corner, now is a good time to cleanse the body. In this article we will look at the ins and outs of detoxification and learn about the most important...

Chelation for heart health

Mar 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

The word ‘Chelation’ means, ‘the formation of two or more bonds.’ Chelation therapy is used medically to remove unwanted molecules like lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, and other elements from the body. Chelation therapy involves the administration of a chelator (a...

Causes of poor circulation

Mar 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we examined some of the signs of poor circulation. We discussed how chronic pain, fatigue, swelling, and headaches all could be caused by impairments in the circulatory system. This week we will discuss some of the most important causes of poor circulation. ...

Signs of poor circulation

Mar 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

In a previous column we discussed the importance of having good circulation. We described the circulatory system (heart, arteries, veins, and lymphatic vessels) as being vitally important for delivering nutrients to and removing waste from the cells of the body. When the circulatory system is not...

Detoxification lowers blood pressure

Mar 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular incidents in Canada. High blood pressure usually takes many years or decades to develop and has many serious long-term consequences. Fortunately, blood pressure can be normalized with...

Circulation for Optimal Health

Feb 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

What is Circulation? Circulation is the movement, distribution, and removal of all the nutrients and wastes in the body. Circulation is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of health and needs to be assessed and supported accordingly. Circulation does not just refer to the...

Heart Health month

Feb 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

February is Heart Health month and last Friday was Valentine’s Day (the most important day for our hearts!). The Heart and Stroke Foundation and many other organizations are doing their best to raise awareness and empower individuals to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Since heart disease is...

Ski hill nutrition

Jan 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

Skiing and snowboarding up at Big White and Silver Star sure makes you hungry! Good food can be a part of the mountain experience. However, many people are unsure of how to eat when they are up at the hill. In this week’s column we will look at how proper snacking and nutrition can improve...

Staying warm in the cold: Part 2

Jan 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we looked at three simple things you can do at home to keep you warm on the ski hill. Today, we will examine three simple things you can do on the hill to stay warm and enjoy your ski or snowboard day more. First of all, keep your blood sugar stable throughout the...

Staying warm in the cold: Part 1

Jan 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

With the recent snow, the ski and snowboard season is in full effect. Because I am an avid skier and many of my patients love getting outdoors I thought I would write a few articles to help you make the most out of this winter season. Staying warm on the ski hill can be a challenge for many...

Avoid January blues

Jan 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

January can be a very difficult month for many people. The holiday season may have been filled with parties, good food, and lots of fun things to do. However, in January there tends to be a post holiday blue due to the cold weather, darkness, and bills that need to be paid. In this article we will...

Keeping New Year's resolutions

Dec 31, 2013 / 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 five tips to successfully follow through with and achieve your New...

Setting New Year's resolutions

Dec 24, 2013 / 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 five tips for making successful New Years...

Healthy Christmas: Top five tips

Dec 17, 2013 / 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...


Dec 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

What is Anxiety? Technically, there are several different types of anxiety disorders. However, for the purposes of this article we will look at anxiety in very general terms that could encompass most of the individual types. In this respect, anxiety can be thought of as an emotional imbalance...

Vitamin K for bone health

Dec 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

Traditionally, vitamin K was only really known for its role with blood clotting. However, vitamin K has gained a fair bit of attention in the last few years as new information has shed light on the many of its previously unknown functions in the body. Most of this new attention has focused around...

The negative effects of cortisol

Nov 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

Cortisol is a hormone that is absolutely crucial for life. Without it we would not be able to survive. However, when we live in chronic strain, worry, and stress the adrenal glands produce relatively high amounts of cortisol. The problem with cortisol is that our bodies are not meant to be exposed...

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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