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Make 2019 a year for greater wellness in your life.  Consider a more holistic approach to your health.  Have you ever seen a Naturopath?  Perhaps now is the time..


Why Naturopathy? – A Prototypic Example 


One of the first questions I ask a new patient is, “have you ever seen a Naturopathic doctor before? Do you know what we do?” And almost every time I inevitability get, to no fault of the patient, “You use natural things to treat people.”  


Well yes and no. 


I feel the problem lays within the title of the profession, often leading the public astray to think the only difference between us and conventional medicine is that we use natural therapies as opposed to pharmaceuticals. It is difficult to quickly and concisely sum up “what is a Naturopathic doctor or Naturopathy”, and I know a lot of practitioners struggle with it for many years, including myself. After countless hours of thought and debate on the issue I think I have a reasonably thought out a relatable situation for the patient who is new to Naturopathy.  


Example of Seasonal Allergies  


So say a patient came into the office in May suffering from seasonal allergies. They tell me this occurs every year at this time and they want some relief.  

Here we can directly compare conventional treatment and Naturopathy for the acute symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. Conventional medicine may recommend some anti-histamines, which work very fast and tend to relieve symptoms. These medications however are not always side effect free (dryness, drowsiness, etc.), not to mention possible long term negative effects if taken year after year.   

Now Naturopathy for example may recommend some nettle and eyebright to relieve the symptoms of the seasonal allergies. Yes these are natural therapies to deal with symptoms, much in the same way as conventional medicine through an anti-histamine effect.  These remedies will often work a little slower and often not as strongly as the pharmaceutical counterpart.  This can be referred to as “Green Allopathy”, treating the symptoms in the same matter as conventional (allopathic) medicine.  However, the benefit of this approach is that it is often gentler without the negative side effects mentioned previously.  As well as possible other benefits depending on the therapy. For example, nettle is a great nutritive and full of chlorophyll. 

Nevertheless, where Naturopathy really shines is in preventative medicine. So if that same patient suffering from seasonal allergies came into the office in March saying that every year they suffer from allergies in May we would then be able to put together a protocol for them to implement right away to prime the body to prepare for the allergens. Depending on the patient they may see very little if any symptoms come May even without taking any anti-histamines, natural or otherwise.  Again depending on the case this could be repeated the following year until the priming or the symptom relief is no longer needed for seasonal allergies in this individual.  

This is a good example to share with patients or the public who are interested in Naturopathy, as it highlights the gentle, natural approach to acute symptom based care. While also mentioning the even greater importance of treating the body as a whole and addressing the underlying root cause of the problem.   

Lastly, even though this case could be considered one of biological disorder, I think Naturopathy is equally good at treating what I refer to as “lifestyle disease or disorder”, such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, etc. This can be viewed as typical cases of lifestyle causing whole body problems in these individuals. 


Dr. Martin Myers, ND

Ajax Chiropractic & Wellness


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» Announcement: Welcome Dr. Martin Myers to our wellness team!
» Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Events with Chiropractic Care
» Seniors: Eat More Vitamins, Lower Your Risk of Frailty

Announcement: Welcome Dr. Martin Myers to our wellness team!

Hi there, I’m Dr. Martin Myers, a Naturopathic Doctor from Toronto, Ontario & Victoria, BC. I’m excited to be a part of the community here in Ajax, ON and to be working with the Ajax Chiropractic & Wellness team. As a Naturopathic Doctor I have a special interest in healthy aging, men’s health, chronic pain management, fatigue/insomnia, autoimmune disorders, as well as managing chronic diseases. Lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, digestive health problems, etc. are conditions that are especially suited for what Naturopathic medicine has to offer. My practice philosophy is one that includes working with the patient to ensure they meet their goals and optimal state of health.

I follow therapeutic order – that is, making simple, attainable lifestyle changes first and then moving on to more refined treatments if necessary. I believe the role of doctor should be to empower the patient with knowledge and allow them to be part of their healing process. Treatment is based on every individual’s past history, current circumstances and future goals. I believe the foundation of health lies in lifestyle and nutrition. However, I am confident and adept at employing other modalities when needed; such as nutraceutical supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I rely on clinical judgement as well as laboratory testing when needed to diagnose and base my treatment plans on careful clinical judgement. I look forward to working in conjunction with the medical team here at Ajax Chiropractic & Wellness to support you on your healing journey. Bringing your health back into focus and balance, while working with you & your lifestyle are my primary goals.

Together I look forward to bringing you optimal health & wellbeing in 2019!

Author: Dr. Martin Myers
Source: Dr. Martin Myers
Copyright: Dr. Martin Myers 2019

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Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Events with Chiropractic Care

If you are in chronic pain from back problems, you may be tempted to try anything to keep the hurt at bay. This might include taking addictive opioid pain killers or analgesics that have negative side effects.† These prescription drugs can cause "adverse drug events," which refer to any sort of injury or side effect caused by a medication.† Even scarier, the mortality rate from adverse drug events has been rising dramatically.† No one wants to die from a pain pill or end up addicted to it.†† The Good News: Adverse Drug Events Can Be Avoided The next time you are tempted to just medicate your back pain away, contact your chiropractor.† By getting comprehensive chiropractic care, you may be able to reduce or completely eliminate your dependence on prescription pain medication.† In fact, it's been proven to work.† One recent study showed that chiropractic patients had a 51% reduced likelihood of adverse drug events within 12 months compared to nonrecipients.† Comprehensive chiropractic care for back pain can include spinal manipulation and adjustments, pain relieving exercises, and other wellness protocols that are safe, non-invasive, and donít have those pesky and often dangerous side effects of drugs.† Reduce Pain with Chiropractic Care Today There is no need to risk adverse drug events when there is a safer option with chiropractic care. Contact us today for a consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT June 2018. Vol 41, Issue 5, Pages 383Ė388
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Seniors: Eat More Vitamins, Lower Your Risk of Frailty

A recent study has linked eating a vitamin-rich, balanced diet with a lower risk of developing frailty for adults age 65 and up. The research comes from the School of Medicine at Universidad de La Frontera in Chile.† The study looked at over 1,600 adults over the age of 65, none of which had developed frailty as they got older.† All of the participants offered in-depth information about their diet and food habits.† After the end of a follow-up period of about 3.5 years, 5.4% of participants (89 adults) had developed frailty.† Frailty is defined as a lowered amount of physiological health and functioning.† It often includes issues like fatigue, weakness, low activity, and slowness.† Most people expect older adults to develop frailty as a byproduct of old age, but frailty isn't totally age-dependent.† The Chilean study revealed that the seniors with the lowest levels of vitamin B6 at the beginning were 2.8 times likelier to develop some measure of frailty by the end of the research period.† This is in comparison with participants who regularly ate vitamin B6-rich foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, fish, tofu, and chicken.† Additionally, participants with the lowest vitamin E levels were 2.3 times likelier to develop some kind of frailty as opposed to those adults with diets rich in vitamin E.† Finally, the seniors who ate the least amount of vitamin C were 93% likelier to become frail than their counterparts who regularly ate vitamin C-packed foods like dark leafy greens, broccoli, and lemons.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Age & Ageing, online July 25, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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