The food we eat is associated with our mood, behavior, and cognition. Specifically, though, it is the building blocks, the micronutrients inside of these foods that I want to speak of and how they are essential for our mental health and wellbeing.
Our skin is a jacket, a reflection of our overall health. It's no surprise that there is a slew of health products available to treat it. Nevertheless though, great skin often starts from the inside out and that's why researchers are now turning to diet for the answer.
If you are recovering from an injury, you surely may be familiar with the mnemonic RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It definitely has a place at the table for injury management but it should be quickly replaced with one that better supports healing and recovery. Let me add some MEAT to that RICE.
Advances have been made in the treatment and understanding of the underlying biology of Prostate Cancer but there are areas in this field that remain unaddressed. Naturopathic Medicine has scientifically valid tests and treatments available for patients suffering from prostate cancer. If you want to know more, please watch the video
Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different but there are a few skin conditions that require a little bit more attention in the winter.
Getting a younger child to settle down in the evening, go to bed, and then actually fall asleep is a big challenge for many parents, and one they may struggle with nightly. Well, the same can be said for adults!
Let's be clear...everyone has Candida, a form of yeast from the fungus family. This yeast is attributed to the common yeast infection but what if I told you that its also frequently overgrows in your intestines. We all have it, but how much is too much? The range of symptoms is exhaustive.
According to recent statistics hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) may be more common than type two diabetes, and too many people with low thyroid function are overlooked and undiagnosed.
There is something to be said about seasonally. We all know there is something to it, when picking a tomato straight from the vine and put it in our mouth versus having it pre-frozen, shipped, and taken from the grocery store, washed and then bitten into.
Searing headaches. Debilitating back pain. Aching joints. Chronic athletic injuries. Pain that’s difficult to describe and diagnose, but very very real for you. You are not alone, this happens to many of us.
There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s, but there's strong evidence that factors associated with leading a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk.
Patient populations in Canada are getting older and the aging population is beginning to look for safer alternatives to standard drug therapy for maintaining cognitive brain function. The current medical system is not fully prepared to address the more chronic and complex needs of the aging Canadians.
Most weight loss programs fail because they dont remove the underlying causes of obesity, and because the program is not individualized to the person's unique needs. There are a number of factors that may influence the inability for you to lose weight, let's check it out.
Have you ever felt like you are continuously on the go without the ability to calm down and relax?
If so, chances are that there is an interference of your autonomic nervous system.Neural Therapy is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-standing disturbances in the bio-electro-chemical function of tissues.
Job stress costs business around 150 billion dollars annually. As a company, you strive for two things, be profitable and everyone enjoy the fruits of their labor along the way. That said, health is a key ingredient in making that happen.
Every year during Naturopathic Medicine Week, our professions connects with their communities across British Columbia. Get the facts about what a Naturopathic Doctor can do for you. This video segment highlights the tools to help someone recover from chronic pain and injuries.
Many people have the believe that homeopathy and Naturopathy are the same thing. They are not. Homeopaths are not licensed physicians and Naturopathic Doctors are not Homeopaths.
Many young kids have trouble sitting still and staying focused. Anyone who has taken the leap into parenting or teaching children knows that keeping kids attentive, engaged, and on task can be an uphill battle at times. They may have difficulty waiting their turn, become easily distracted by their environment and make careless mistakes. This becomes even more apparent if your child is struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD.
There is an inherent dichotomy in being a physician because I am expected to be a role model of health and yet there is a distinct aura of “do as I say, not as I do”. As a physician I should serve as an example of healthy living but my point is, I am human, I’m fallible, I’m imperfect and I’m beginning to be ok with that.
Don't do yourself the injustice of hiding an embarrassing health condition, there are lots of things you can do about them!
Coughing happens when viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances irritate the nerve endings in the throat and lungs. A cough is the body’s way of trying to clear your airways. There are two primary types of coughs, dry and wet, here is how you treat them.
The practice of using seeds to support women’s reproductive health comes from ancient times, and this practice has been widely recommended to help with PMS, Menopause, Hot Flashes and Mood Swings.
Here are some of the best ways to find the energy you need to get the important stuff done. More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; our energy reserves need to replenished, find out more!
The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees, grasses, and weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants, but if you get in the way of that, WATCH OUT, the allergic reaction will punish you. What can you do about it? Step 1: Watch this segment with Dr. Rigo!
More than one quarter of western populations suffer from gut complaints and yet most are not aware of all the factors that may play a role. No one should settle for the diagnosis of IBS without a thorough, in-depth work up of functional tests offered by a Naturopathic Physician.
As part of the #OneBraveNight broadcast regarding mental health, Kyla Sims is interviewing Dr. Rigo on his thoughts and practices when it comes to our mental well being in the clinical setting.
Food Allergies has become a very common symptom in patients due to the dramatic change to our food supply in the last decade. They can be defined as any inflammation-generating reaction against a specific food or food component.
The weather in Vancouver is not cooperating and this is having some health impacts on our wellbeing!
The foundation of our health lies in our diet so it is important that we have a good understanding of what we eat. The Greek physician Hippocrates stated 2400 years ago “Let Food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
Heavy Metals are appearing inside of our body because they have become part of our environment. We are in a constant exchange with our environment, if mercury is in the fish we eat, over time we have mercury in our system.
What’s important to realize is that these embarrassing health issues are all signals that your body is communicating where something isn’t working quite right. Consider these symptoms like lights on the dashboard of your car that light up when something in your vehicle isn’t working quite right. You have to change the oil, add more washer fluid, tires need to be recalibrate and pumped up. The same concept can be applied to your body and that is exactly what we as Naturopathic Physicians pay attention, the root cause, the real reason behind health conditions.
That's right, I'm talking about the stuff that you step underneath to kiss someone special on a Christmas Eve! It's used in Germany by the medical profession and here in Canada by Naturopathic Physicians to stimulate the immune system, in essence to induce a healthy natural fever response to treat CANCER.
Manny people have inadequate hormone levels despite technically normal blood tests...nothing new there. Some individuals suffering symptoms related to menopause or andropause or inability to lose weight may also benefit from these therapies. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can be used to augment hormone levels in a. number of conditions where diminished hormone levels are evident.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection procedure that is a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic injuries, pain and arthritis. It is an advanced therapy to repair unstable ligaments and improve joint function.
For more than a 100 years, Naturopathic medicine has identified a host of diseases and history has taught us that our key organs of detoxification such as the liver, the kidneys and the bowels have to work in harmony in order for us to stay healthy.
Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships as well as what you eat! Here are my suggestions for you in terms of how your diet can help your thoughts.
We are sponges, we pick up everything and some things are easier to let go than others. Heavy metals have important health implications and it's important to remember that the metals or chemicals in your body that you have accumulated over 20-30-40-50 years have likely been there for quite some time!
Spring is the season of new beginnings and from a health perspective it is associated with cleansing of the body. With increasing reactions to normal everyday food items and increasing amounts of toxins in the environment, our bodies are severely burdened, it's time to rid ourselves of this waste! Here's is how.
Intravenous Therapy bypasses our digestive limitations and infuse medicinal doses of essential nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids and minerals directly into the bloodstream at higher doses than we are capable of obtaining through oral nutrition, thereby, enhancing the body’s ability to heal, improving energy and raising our quality of life.
We already live in a sleep deprived society and if you lost an hour of precious sleep over the weekend, especially if you were attending the Rugby Sevens, lucky for you, solutions are not out of reach. It tends to be the simple things that we have control over that can make a big difference.
We get into the habit of eating the same meals day after day; such a monotonous diet with limited variety of food groups may put us at risk of nutrient deficiencies. With the addition of a poor diet, medication, alcohol, smoking and caffeine consumption, you can become depleted in nutrients and therefore supplementing with vitamins is necessary.
Acupuncture regulates the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual harmony of the body by keeping the forces of yin (female aspect) and yang (male aspect) in balance. It also restores the flow of Qi and brings harmony to the human body.
Detoxification is never a destination but a neverending process. Stay optimistic ;-)
Do you exercise? Are you active? Up at Whistler recently? Here are some ways for you to recover from any injury or training regiment. It's not how you fall, its how you get back up.
Despite medicine having made great progress in understanding the biology of cancer cells and the various improvements that have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it remains the second leading cause of death. Here are 10 tips I would suggest for you to prevent the occurrence of cancer in your life.
There are a lot of rules when it comes to eating healthy, some make sense, some don't, some are complicated but these ones are easy. They are rational, and if you follow these steps, it really will make the difference in keeping your vitality.
We sometimes drink too much, and sometimes we get an awful hangover as a result of it. You want to have fun but don't want to pay the price for your merry making. Tried, and tested, Dr. Rigo is here to share with you what works and what doesn't.
We all love a restful sleep because it is so important to our health. It’s something that I ask my patients about at every visit because if you are having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone and that’s why bedtime routines are so important in helping us get some well-needed rest.
Anyone who has taken the leap into parenting or teaching children knows that keeping kids attentive, engaged, and on task can be an uphill battle at times. This becomes even more apparent if your child is struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Current research is demonstrating that our diet and our behavior is linked! Here are some clinic recommendations I make for children that struggle focusing in school and at home.
Don't want to be sick for once around the Holiday Season? Quick and to the point, some nutritional tips that can really take your immune system to a whole new level.
Our heart is the pump of life that circulates blood throughout our body to nourish every cell, tissue and nerve in our body. Heart disease is one of the most common killers in North America. Here is a short post on its health implications and the impact of cholesterol.
The importance of quality of life and meeting on common footing! A presentation of mine that I share fondly.
The power of Integrative Medicine!
There are no short cuts when it comes health. Nutrition, exercise, and stress management can no longer be considered alternative medicine. They are essential medicine. So is mindfulness. Without it you can't get anything done. Truly paying attention to the details of your life can be revealing...its just very difficult when you are sitting in the middle of it. Read this post for some tools for refreshing insight.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I realize there are many misconceptions about supplements. Let’s be honest, we have all dabbled with vitamins here and there. However, Vitamins are medicine and therefore should be treated with the same respect. If you are eating junk food all day, you are dreaming if you think that that taking a multivitamin is somehow going to compensate for that fact and magically protect your health.
The question is what do men care about? Men place just as much value on their confidence, cognition, appearance, sexuality, performance and presence as Women. The dilemma is that men are less concerned with health problems that a doctor might diagnose as a serious condition...
What does supplements and cardiovascular disease have to do with one another?