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Why You Have Hypothyroid Symptoms When Your TSH Is Normal (Or You're Taking Synthroid)

Mar 13, 2016 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Ok. I’m about to totally geek out about thyroid hormones – so consider this your warning! Control of production and activation of thyroid hormone is really poorly understood by both physicians and patients alike. As your best advocate for your own overall health, I think it’s important for patients to take an active interest in learning about these things.

Female Adult Acne: Why You Get It, and 5 Superfoods To Fix It

Feb 19, 2016 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Long out of the woods in the puberty department, many of my 20, 30 and 40 year old patients complain about cyclical acne – the type of acne that crops up in the week or two leading up to your period. Breakouts after ovulation or before your menses have the ability to make us feel like we’re back in grade 9, with all the nervous awkward feelings of your body going through ‘the change.’ Why is it that, post puberty, so many women continue to... Read more

6 Reasons To Think Twice About Hormonal Contraception

Jan 27, 2016 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
I’ve had a fair number of patients recently who, having completed their families, are considering taking the oral birth control pill to prevent future pregnancies or "regulate" their cycles. Yes, we’re predominantly a fertility clinic at Acubalance – but fertility, in my eyes, involves all aspects (those who wish to conceive, and those who don’t). I've written this article (rant?) for anyone who is currently using, or considering using, any... Read more

Got Milk? A Naturopathic Perspective

Jan 11, 2016 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
My colleague, Alda, wrote a great post on dairy consumption from a TCM perspective this week. To pair with this, I've done my own dairy-rundown from the naturopathic perspective. Here it goes:

Recovering the Biological Clock with Light

Nov 27, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
It’s no secret that as we age, the reproductive potential of women decreases – the fertility cycle becomes more irregular the closer we get to menopause, in all female mammals including humans. Some new research is shedding light (literally) on how light-dark cycles (think the sun and moon phases in each 24-hour period) may be a major driver of these changes.

Your Body On A Single Energy Drink

Nov 11, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
You probably have never thought that energy drinks were the greatest health food on the planet. Most of us inherently know that any food or drink that’s neon-coloured is probably not on your naturopathic doctor’s top ten list. You may have heard that drinking way too many energy drinks can cause heart attacks or sudden cardiac death. But what you may not know is how bad even a single energy drink can be for you.

4 Ways To Undo The Negative Effects of Sitting

Oct 07, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
If you’re like most men and women living and working in the first world today, you probably spend a good majority of your day sitting down. We go from the kitchen table, to the car, to our workstation, and back home to our couches for a little Netflix before bed.

Unbearable: Mental Health and Infertility

Sep 30, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking on behalf of Biomed International about Managing the Mental Health Impact on the Infertile Couple at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors annual convention. The theme of the weekend was mental health, understanding the integration of mind/body, and best approaches to supporting the mindbody with natural medicine in a variety of contexts. As fertility is a topic near and dear to my heart, I... Read more

What I Ate Wednesday: A Day On The Fertility Diet

Sep 02, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
I have seen several new patients over the past few weeks at Acubalance, who have come in with lots of detailed questions about the fertility diet. Which I think is amazing! I love working at our clinic, and one of the reasons is that our patients are extremely well educated when they walk in the door – having gone through our website and started to tweak their diet and lifestyle. Kudos, new patients!

Undersleeping Is An Epidemic: The Anatomy of Sleep

Aug 24, 2015 | Dr. Kali MacIsaac ND
Undersleeping: everybody’s doing it.  Pushing their limits, watching another episode before bed, waking up too early to cram more into the day.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has labeled insufficient sleep a public health epidemic (the same initial warning they gave