Painful burning, running back and forth to the toilet, bad smelling pee are all signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). While some people may only have one in a lifetime, for some, typically women, UTIs can be a reoccurring problem.
Sometimes I disappoint my patients. There are times when patients come to me because they want to use natural medicine to heal themselves and I have to be honest and tell them it just isn’t going to work. This is especially prevalent in my Caribbean patient population. They recall a great-auntie that had a bush tea that could cure anything. It’s a big letdown when I refer them back to their doctor for pills or surgery.
For the past two years I’ve had a steady stream of patients choose me to help them on their weight loss journey. It’s an honour and a lot of fun for me to watch someone transform their body and many times their nutrition, health and overall outlook on life.
First things first – answer these questions to know if you’re bloated.
Do you frequently have to undo your pants after eating?
Do you feel like you gain weight throughout the course of a day?
In family and friend relationships, not being heard is frustrating and hurtful. In a medical setting it can be life threatening. This week a number of patients found their way to my office because they felt that they weren’t being treated with respect in our public health care system. They had concerns about their body, energy, appearance that were being written off as minor. One patient actually had Lyme disease for years but was improperly diagnosed leading to a life threatening bout of depression. I never want any of my patients to suffer without getting the care they deserve. Here’s what to do when you have a problem that’s falling on a physician’s deaf ears.
I’m a recovering commitment-phobe. Social plans, boyfriends, health care providers – if it required a solid commitment I was wary.
Choosing a ND is a commitment. You are spending time, money and effort to feel better.