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Stress and the adrenal glands

Sep 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

The adrenal glands are the organs in the body most susceptible to the negative consequences of stress. As they wear down and fatigue the health of the overall body declines and healing becomes more and more difficult. Therefore, it is very important to identify adrenal fatigue or exhaustion and...

Natural treatments for stress

Sep 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

In this week’s column I will highlight four of the most effective natural therapies for reducing stress and supporting the body’s stress coping mechanisms. Yoga Yoga exercises are a fantastic way to handle stress both physically and emotionally. Yoga usually involves...

Signs of stress

Sep 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Many of the signs of stress are relatively straightforward and easy to see. In fact, most people inherently know when they are under too much stress. These more obvious signs include feeling stressed out, feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, high blood pressure, anxiety, agitation, heartburn,...

The negative effects of cortisol

Sep 9, 2014 / 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...

Natural treatments for weight loss

Aug 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we investigated the most important nutritional supplements for optimal weight loss and body composition. We learned that a multivitamin-mineral supplement is crucial for providing a broad spectrum of essential nutrients required by the body for optimal weight. A good...

Supplementation for weight loss

Aug 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we investigated the most common problems with the most common weight loss plans. We learned that losing weight and becoming healthier do not always happen together. Many weight loss plans promote too much muscle mass breakdown, which in the long run leads to a less...

Fad weight loss plans

Jul 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we investigated how hormones affect weight and body composition. We learned that insulin is probably the most important hormone for weight management. After eating high carbohydrate meals the body increases insulin production and stores excess calories as fat. We also...
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Hormones and weight

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we examined the role of exercise for weight loss and improved body composition. We learned that exercise plays a crucial role in successfully improving body composition. We learned that there are 3 main components for exercise to be beneficial. Exercise should be fun,...

Exercise and weight loss

Jul 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we examined how stress can lead to weight gain. We learned that stress hormones, especially cortisol, cause the deposition of fat in the abdomen and inhibit the activation of thyroid hormone. This is a major reason why so many people have difficulty with abdominal...

Lifestyle changes to lose weight

Jul 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we investigated many of the most important dietary concepts for weight loss and improved body composition. We learned that sugar consumption is the most important dietary factor because excess sugar/carbohydrate intake leads to increased fat storage. We also learned that...

Nutrition and weight loss

Jul 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we began our five-week investigation into Naturopathic treatments for healthy weight loss. We learned that there can be a significant difference between weight loss and changes in body composition. In fact, we discovered that it is much more important to focus on changes...

Healthy weight loss

Jun 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

The summer is a time of year when many of us desire to get into better shape and lose weight. It seems like a great time of year to do this. The temperature is warm, the daylight is longer, and there are so many activities to take part in. However, many people have difficulty achieving their weight...

Supplements For Celiac Disease

Jun 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

In this week’s column we will investigate the 3 most important oral supplements for repairing the integrity of the digestive system. Glutamine Glutamine is an amino acid found in most foods containing protein. However, to obtain enough glutamine to have therapeutic effects one must...

Neural Therapy for Celiac Disease

May 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

Neural Therapy is one of the treatments I use most in my practice because it is a method of treatment that works with the nervous system (neural means nerves). More specifically it works with the autonomic nervous system, which is the wing of the nervous system that is not under conscious control....

Celiac disease: natural therapies

May 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is no doubt that the most important treatment for Celiac Disease and Grain Sensitivity is a gluten-free diet. However, in most cases it takes more than the avoidance of gluten for optimal health to be achieved. There are several Naturopathic treatments available to help restore the health of...

Celiac disease: conventional treatment

May 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

The approach used in conventional medicine to treat Celiac Disease is simple and straight forward. In fact, there is only considered to be one treatment for Celiac Disease according to most conventional medical sources. This treatment is the complete avoidance of gluten-containing foods and food...

Diagnosing Celiac Disease

May 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

In last week’s column we began looking at Celiac Disease and Wheat Sensitivity. We learned about the similarities and differences between these two conditions. We discussed how inflammatory damage in the intestines leads to the various symptoms associated with Celiac Disease. In today’s...

Celiac disease

Apr 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

May is Celiac Awareness Month and over the next few weeks the focus of my column will be on the Naturopathic approach to diagnosing and treating Celiac Disease and Wheat Sensitivity. Over the past few years I have met and worked with a number of people involved in the Kelowna Chapter of the...

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...
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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 www.drbrentbarlownd.com or call 250-448-5610.





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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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