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  • 14/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Cosmetic Medical Needling

    I am so pleased to be offering Medical Needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). This is a revolutionary treatment that creates smoother, tighter, brighter and younger-looking skin. It requires no downtime and is completely natural! This is an in office procedure that uses a skin roller with microscopic stainless surgical steel needles. As the needles are rolled over the skin, tiny punctures are created within the epidermis and dermis that encourage the skin’s own natural healing response, causing skin cells (fibroblasts) to migrate the point of injury and produce collagen fibres, increasing collagen production over the span of many months. Increasing collagen production is the key to younger, brighter and firmer skin. While the channels in the skin are open, I apply a Stem Factor product with 150 – 300 growth factors, which greatly enhances the results.

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  • 13/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Flu Season is Around the Corner: What You can do to Boost Your Immunity

    Are you feeling nervous about this flu season? Does your family tend to get sick often? There are so many simple things that can be done to strengthen your immune system!

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  • 11/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    The Benefits of Grass-Fed Meat

    I’m a huge proponent of grass-fed meat; there are numerous studies that show it has a multitude of health benefits over conventional grain-fed meats.

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  • 10/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    More Choices for Safe Sunscreens

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently put out their annual sunscreen guide.

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  • 09/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Pesticides Affect Newborn Birth Weights

    There is no doubt that pregnant women pass pollutants (either consumed or inhaled) to their infants; the placenta does not shield a developing infant from toxic chemicals. In a study done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), researchers found an average of 200 chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood.

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  • 08/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Fish Oil and ADHD

    Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are dietary essentials, and are critical to brain development and function. Increasing evidence suggests that a relative lack of omega-3 may contribute to many psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Numerous studies are pointing at the benefits of omega-3 fish oil supplementation for children diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

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  • 07/11/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Eat Your Chocolate!

    As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate, right? Well new research has reported that a small daily intake of dark chocolate helps lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk for diabetes.

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  • 06/11/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Sleep and Chronic Disease

    Chronic diseases of various types are the large majority of my clinical practice. As chronic diseases have assumed an increasingly common role in premature death and illness, interest in the role of sleep health in the development and management of chronic diseases has grown. Both insufficient and un-restorative sleep have been linked to the development and progression of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, particularly diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, some types of cancer and depression.

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  • 05/11/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Colorectal Cancer — Prevention and Early Detection are Best!

    The incidence of colorectal cancer appears to be rising across the globe. Despite this unfortunate statistic, it is imperative to recognize that early detection dramatically improves survival rates and that there are preventive measures that can substantially reduce incidence.

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  • 04/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Infertility on the Rise

    It is no surprise to anyone that infertility rates are on the rise. The first study in more than two decades was recently completed to measure the number of Canadians having difficulty conceiving. According to the study, 16% of couples aged 18-44 are having difficulty conceiving; this is DOUBLE since the last study was done in 1992! This is a very quick decline in fertility rates in a very short period of time.

    Some of the usual suspects that affect fertility are age, obesity, smoking, and alcohol use. However there are so many other factors that can impact fertility including lifestyle, nutritional, environmental, and mental/emotional factors.

    Naturopathic Medicine is ideal for addressing all issues of fertility. We take a holistic approach, addressing the many aspects of health that can contribute to fertility.


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  • 03/11/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    The Overuse of Statin Drugs

    A recent article in The Vancouver Sun discusses some of the negative effects of cholesterol-lowering Statin drugs. Statins are big business and big money; millions of Canadians take the pills, even those at low risk for heart disease.

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  • 02/11/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Probiotics Prevent Childhood Atopy and Eczema

    Numerous recent studies have confirmed that maternal supplementation with probiotics significantly reduces the risk of atopic diseases like eczema and asthma in children.

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  • 01/11/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Green Tea Lowers Cholesterol, Too!

    The benefits of green tea, and its extracts such as EGCG, have been well researched and documented for the prevention and treatment of a variety of conditions including breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, arthritis pain, heart disease prevention, and migraine prevention. Recently, however, studies have highlighted new benefits for the reduction of LDL cholesterol.

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  • 31/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Pomegranate for Your Heart!

    Here’s some interesting research on the value of pomegranate fruit for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. It looks like there are a number of benefits, including blood pressure reduction, lipid reduction, and preventing oxidative damage to vascular endothelium. Plus it tastes good!

    Antioxidant and antiatherogenic effects of pomegranate
    Stacy L. Haber, Jamie K. Joy, and Roxanne Largent
    Am J Health Syst Pharm July 15, 2011 68:1302-1305; doi:10.2146/ajhp100610

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  • 30/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    ‘Human Breast Milk’ from Genetically Modified Cows?

    The latest news from the Telegraph.

    “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.” Call me a skeptic but somehow I just don’t think so…

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  • 30/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Protect Your Eyes with Antioxidants

    In this June’s issue of Archives of Opthalmology, they released a study indicating that high dietary antioxidant intake lowered the risk of age-related macular degeneration. They looked specifically at omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, zeaxanthin, lutein, zinc and beta-carotene. While this is not new information, it certainly fortifies the previous evidence. Especially in the summer months, when UV light exposure is high, there is greater need for antioxidant protection for your eyes. Wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and take your antioxidants!

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  • 29/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Prescription Drug Regulation Changes in BC

    Here is a short news clip of a colleague of ours being interviewed regarding the new provincial regulation changes regarding prescriptive authority for naturopathic doctors. This is something that the naturopathic medical profession has been working towards for years and that we finally achieved last year. Adding prescriptive authority to our scope of practice allows us to be truly holistic and comprehensive primary care physicians.

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  • 27/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Osteoporosis and the Evidence for Bisphosphonates

    A recent review of all the significant short- and long-term randomized controlled trials and cohort studies since 1965 with respect to the use of bisphosphonate medication in the treatment of osteoporosis has revealed some very interesting insights.

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  • 20/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Zinc and the Common Cold

    The Cochrane Database for Evidence-Based Medicine just released a systematic review of the oral zinc therapy in the treatment of the common cold. Their findings suggest that there is sufficient evidence for the recommendation of taking zinc at the first sign of cold or upper respiratory tract infection to reduce the severity and duration. Not that this is big news to most people; at least we now have further evidence to support this treatment. My recommendation is to take 30mg of zinc twice per day for the duration of your cold. Don’t forget ginger tea, vitamin C, and plenty of rest!

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  • 19/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Probiotics and Neural Development in Children

    Recent research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has shown that gut bacteria has a significant influence on the production of neurotransmitters and in neural development.

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  • 17/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Headaches and Their Relationship to What You Eat

    Migraine headaches have been documented in ancient medical texts for thousands of years. Migraine is a debilitating condition characterized by moderate to severe headaches and nausea, about 3 times more common in women than in men.

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  • 13/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Prolotherapy on LivingFuelTV

    Dr. Patrick Purdue is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and practices in Seminole, Florida. He is nationally board certified in acupuncture, as well as certified in homotoxicology (an advanced, modern approach to homeopathic medicine). He has completed extensive post-graduate education in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), TCM gynecology and internal medicine, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, as well as many other areas of medicine, and has taught classes in TCM gastroenterology and prolotherapy (an injection protocol to treat chronic joint pain). Join KC Craichy, Founder and CEO of Living Fuel, as he interviews Dr. Purdue about the healing benefits of Prolotherapy.

    Check out the link here.

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  • 09/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    NSAIDs Back in the News Headlines Again…

    New data showing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have cardiovascular risks are putting the well-known pain relievers back in the headlines. Investigators evaluating available evidence report they have found little to suggest that any of the investigated options are safe.

    Check out the link here for more details.

    All the more reason to use prolotherapy as the treatment of choice for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.

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  • 06/10/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Why a Calorie isn’t Just a Calorie

    Not All Calories Are Created Equal.

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  • 01/10/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Not all Sunscreens Safe!

    The Environmental Working Group is an amazing non-profit group that works to expose threats to our health and the environment.

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  • 30/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    New Alarm Bells about Chemicals and Cancer

    The 2008/09 Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel was recently published; the title is “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk”.

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  • 29/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Agave Nectar Worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup!

    This is such bad news! Agave nectar/syrup has been marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar especially for diabetics because it has a low glycemic index and doesn’t spike blood sugar.

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  • 28/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Please Put Down the Margarine

    A new meta-analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that evidence does not support the conventional idea that reduced saturated fat intake is beneficial for cardiovascular health. The study shows that increased carbohydrate consumption is to blame for poor cardiovascular health, not saturated fat.

    To read more about this study, visit:

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  • 26/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    The Devil in the Milk

    There is no food I am asked about more than milk: should we drink it, should we not? What about raw milk? I wish there was a straightforward answer to that question, but unfortunately there isn’t.

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  • 25/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Chemicals Found in Plastics Linked to Less Masculine Play Behaviour in Boys

    The public, and especially parents, are becoming more aware of toxic chemicals found in plastic, and most ethical retailers are no longer carrying plastic items (baby bottles, water bottles, toys) that contain bisphenol A (BPA).

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  • 24/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    I Really Hope this is My Last H1N1 Blog

    I’m getting so sick of hearing about H1N1, yet I’m compelled to read every article about it. Finally there is a doctor willing to take a stand about the overblown panic of the whole thing.

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  • 17/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    New Study Finds Tylenol® Linked to Asthma Risk

    Reported in the Vancouver Sun today, researchers in BC have reviewed 19 studies involving 425,000 people, and have found that the risk of asthma increased by 60% in those children given acetaminophen (Tylenol®) in the year prior.

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  • 13/09/2016 - By Dr. Lisa Good, ND
    Vitamin D and H1N1

    Everyone should be on Vitamin D, especially in our climate and especially with H1N1 lurking! Here is an interesting story on the protective benefits of vitamin D for H1N1.

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  • 11/09/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Influenza H1N1: Natural Medicine, Nutrition and Hygiene can Help!

    British Columbia is currently experience an earlier resurgence of H1N1 infections than anticipated. However, the majority of the infections have been relatively mild and have not required any medical intervention at all. Let’s look at a few details of the current H1N1 influenza outbreak.

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  • 08/09/2016 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Introduction to Prolotherapy

    Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy (RIT), is a non-surgical treatment for damaged ligaments and relief of musculoskeletal pain. A growth factor stimulant solution is injected into areas with ligament or connective tissue damage, stimulating injury repair and thereby naturally strengthen the connective tissue.

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  • 11/11/2015 - By Dr. Justin Lafreniere, ND
    Basic Athletic Nutrition

    Proper training leading up to a race or athletic event is extremely important for successful completion and prevention of unnecessary injuries. However, proper nutrition and hydration is as, if not more, important than the training leading up to a race. Athletes need to carefully plan pre-competition eating to prevent fatigue during events and to maintain optimal energy levels throughout.

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