Best Health Articles — June 5th, 2016

by Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

From Alison: Each Sunday theNDDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different health categories to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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The Top Article of the Week

Why So Many Entrepreneurs Struggle With Mental Illness – Chris Gory, Globe and Mail

Naturopathic doctors sometimes exist in a contradictory world.

On one side of the coin we express to our clients the need to reduce stress, nurture one’s self, and step away from the rat race.

On the flip side, however, for those of us in the entrepreneurial aspect of complementary health care, many times long hours and days are necessary to keep your business afloat. At the end of the day it can all rest on your shoulders and taking a back seat in the business world is rarely an option.

I love working and am one of those people who has a hard time sitting still. In clinical practice I often found myself moving a million miles an hour. I would push myself to accomplish all that needed to be done both at the office as well as at home, stretching myself thin, all the while telling my clients to make efforts at reducing their stress and responsibilities. There was little time for rest, or myself.

Our “best article of the week” comes to us from the Globe and Mail and speaks to the need for entrepreneurs to seek out the health resources they so desperately need. According to the author Chris Gory, mental illness is of a particular concern among entrepreneurs, who often have little time and few resources to devout to their own care.

As Naturopathic practitioners we have intimate knowledge of the effects of stress on health, but such as with my own case, this knowledge can go unheeded in order to maintain the status quo in a business world that can be very un-Naturopathic.

Remember that self-care is essential and can be the bridge between the worlds of Naturopathic principles, and success in the business world. It can help you not only be a better practitioner, but a healthier one as well.


General Health

The Health Paradox Paradox – Mark Sisson

Study Confirms: High Levels of Toxicity are Drastically Reduced in the Body after Women Switch to Natural Make-Up – Yaletown Naturopathic

Unpaid, stressed, and confused: patients are the health care system’s free labor – Sarah Kliff: Vox



Foods That Cause and Reduce Bloating – Dr. Natasha Turner ND

My New Diet: Exactly How I Eat Each Day – Molly Galbraith: Girls Gone Strong

9 Healthy Foods That Are High in Vitamin D – Taylor Jones, RD

Lycopene is in for Skin! – Natural Partners

Walnuts may improve your colon health – ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine News



Yoga May Be Good For the Brain – Gretchen Reynolds: The New York Times

How To Make Your Flaws Work in Your Favor – Susie Moore: Greatist

Let Go of Stress: Nothing to Cling To – Leo Babauta: Zen Habits

5 Reasons Why Water is Good for Weight Loss – Hello Healthy by Cindy Ma

Why You Still Probably Need More Rest (and 23 Ways to Get It) – Mark’s Daily Apple by Mark Sisson


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Vitamin D Levels and Decrease in Menstrual Pain – Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

Trying to quit smoking? Women might want to time it with their period, study suggests – Nicole Mortillaro: Global News

12 Proven Health Benefits of Ashwagandha – Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE:Authority Nutrition

The Latest on SIBO with Expert Dr. Allison Siebecker – Dr. Lo Radio Show


Novel Research

Brainwaves could be the next health vital sign – Simon Fraser University: ScienceDaily

Brain Structure that Tracks Negative Events Backfires in Depression – University College London: Science Daily

One Third of Children Have Higher Levels of Cardiovacular Risk Factors Due to Family History – Diabetologia: Science Daily

Even Light Drinking May Increase Breast Cancer Risk – Research Society on Alcoholism: Science Daily

Vitamin D and androgen receptor-targeted therapy—novel treatment for aggressive form of breast cancer – Integrated Health Practitioners

About the Author
Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Allison Galan, ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. In her practice, she focuses on empowering her patients to be their own catalyst for change, in order to optimize their health. Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a specialist honors degree in psychology in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since graduation she has been in private practice in Bolton, Ontario, with a clinical focus on establishing the foundations of health.