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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...

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...

Too much Halloween candy?

Oct 28, 2014 / 5:00 am
The most common thing I hear in the weeks after Halloween is, “I ate too much candy!” 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 Halloween and are concerned about the potential for further candy binges, this...

Extended health benefits

Oct 21, 2014 / 5:00 am
There is no question that in the long run it is more cost effective to prevent illness than to treat it once it happens. It is also more cost effective to use the least invasive procedures and focus on natural healing therapies. However, working preventatively, using the least invasive techniques,...

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...
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.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.