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VSL#3®

VSL#3® is a high potency probiotic blend consisting of live, freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria. Each sachet contains 450 billion live bacteria in defined ratios of 8 different probiotics.

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The Living Shield®

  • High potency blend of 8 different probiotics (beneficial live bacteria).
  • Contains the highest available concentration of probiotic bacteria (450 billion live bacteria per sachet).
  • Helps protect the gastro intestinal tract.
  • Used for the care of patients with an ileal pouch or serious intestinal disorders.

How It Works

VSL#3® is a highly concentrated blend of 8 live probiotic strains specifically chosen to survive in gastric fluid, bile, and pancreatic secretions. Studies have demonstrated that these probiotic strains arrive alive to colonize in the intestines. This is important as studies have shown that the flora can reduce intestinal inflammation and lower colonic permeability and improve barrier junctions, which protects the intestinal tract.

Patients with IBD

It has been shown that patients with IBD have an imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in their intestinal tract. By taking VSL#3®, the amount of good bacteria is increased allowing the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria to be normalized. For full product information and ingredients click here.

Low-dose Naltrexone (LDN)

Low-dose Naltrexone (LDN)   

**** Call our Physicians Network for a consult (non ohip covered)

LDN can be used for:

  • Autoimmune Disease Hayfever / Severe Allergies
  • Lyme Disease Cancer
  • Autism Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Colitis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Parkinson’s
  • Thyroid Disorders (Hashimoto’s and Graves’ Disease)
  • Chronic Fatigue and other autoimmune and chronic conditions

The following information is taken from the LDN Research Trust website   https://www.ldnresearchtrust.org

LDN is normally used in treating addiction to opiate drugs such as heroin or morphine. The daily dose used for this purpose is usually between 50 and 300mg per day.  Naltrexone is in a class of drug known as an opiate antagonists.

Low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases in the United States since 1985, but is relatively new in the United Kingdom and Europe. Despite the fact that the drug is used at a very low dose, the occurrence of significant introductory or long term side effects cannot be excluded.

This method was devised and subsequently developed by the late Dr. Bernard Bihari, M.D., a physician from New York, USA who passed away May 16, 2010.  Dr. Bihari was qualified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology – a true Pioneer.

How Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Works

Autoimmune Disease:

The mechanism of action of naltrexone, in autoimmune diseases and cancer, is poorly understood. The benefits of the drug are possibly due to the temporary inhibition of endorphins. This results in a reactive increase in the production of endorphins, which should result in a reduction of painful symptoms and an increased sense of well-being.

Increased levels of endorphins should be expected to stimulate the immune system, promoting an increase in the number of T lymphocytes. This effect was observed in Dr. Bihari’s research. This increase in T-cell numbers apparently restores a more normal balance of the T-cells such that the effects of the disease progress are significantly reduced.

It may also act directly on these immune cells to stimulate or restore normal function. There is research currently underway, to prove the hypothesis that naltrexone improves or modulates the immune system – by acting on a receptor called TLR4. Several published papers have shown that naltrexone binds to the TLR4 receptor, and has a clinically measurable effect. This is evident in Chron’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

REFERENCES:

Cancer:

Recent research by Dr. Ian Zagon in Multiple Resistant Breast Cancer has shown that LDN can stop breast cancer cells growing by acting on a new pathway “p21 cyclin-dependent inhibitory kinase pathway”.

REF: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130810063639.htm

This is yet to be confirmed by a second study but is likely to research further in the future. This pathway is present in many solid tumors – as well as a large proportion of breast cancers. The article seems to offer some hope for people with Multiple Resistant Breast Cancer.

Multiple centers around the United Kingdom are quietly using LDN for all types of cancer.

Professor Angus George Dalgleish (Bsc, MD FRACPath FRACP FRCP FMedSci), Professor of Oncology at University College London is extremely experienced in using LDN for cancer. Recent examples where it has been beneficial in anecdotal cases include lung, bowel and Malignant Melanoma. Dr. Zagons study points to a mechanism of action in these, and other solid tumor types.

There is also a combination therapy called the Berkson Method – using Alpha-Lipoic Acid and LDN.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Age is inevitable, but you can age gracefully. We all have the power to manage our aging process. It begins with discovery – asking questions and getting the real answers to your specific health concerns. Consulting with the right hormone doctor and requesting a thorough set of diagnostics that establishes your personal hormonal, metabolic and physical baseline. The doctor needs to uncover your health strengths and weakest health links.
  • Are you tired?
  • Have you lost your edge and your sense of vitality?
  • Are you a competitive sports person? Need more energy & faster recovery time?
  • Does sex feel like work, or maybe your sex life is nonexistent?
Then you could have a medical condition called Low Testosterone. Many men who go on Human Identical Testosterone Therapy say they feel younger, more vigorous, and the best they have felt in years! Beginning around the age of 30, hormones start to drop by 1% to 3% each year, contributing to a litany of symptoms and a slow, steady deterioration in health. Opting for healthier lifestyle choices and restoring hormone balance helps hormone-deficient adults regain a balanced, healthy endocrinologic state so their bodies function optimally. The medical science now shows that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) gives you the disease protection for Alzheimer's, dementia, diabetes, and cancer. It is essential to add pharmaceutical grade (professional line, USP) vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and minerals to your daily health routine to help correct nutrient deficiencies commonly found in today’s environments and diets.
Studies show those who pursue a more active lifestyle which includes daily exercise, and a healthy diet shows higher hormone levels. When hormone levels in men & women decline, we see hair loss, weight gain in the stomach and chest area, and loss of interest in life’s daily activities. As their weight increases, hormones are stored in fat and become unavailable to meet the body’s demands. Lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, and many diseases can reduce bioavailable hormone levels. For optimal results, it is vital that bioidentical (natural/human identical) hormone replacement therapy be combined with blood or saliva testing, adequate exercise, proper nutrition, and appropriate use of natural supplements.
Age Management Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) stand at the forefront of 21st-century medicine, incorporating proactive, preventive protocols that optimize health, restore endocrine balance, delay the indicators of aging and prevent premature disability and death. As a result, patients enjoy a higher quality of life, less disease, enhanced sense of well-being and a longer healthspan.

Symptoms of Peri-Menopause and Menopause in Women and Andropause – The ‘Male Menopause”

    • Low Sex Drive
    • Dry skin
    • Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
    • Vaginal Dryness
    • Reduced Muscle Mass
    • Fatigue
    • Disturbed Sleep
    • Osteoporosis
    • Heart Disease
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Irritability
    • Insomnia
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • Weight Gain
    • Low Strength
    • Slow Wound Healing
    • Low Sperm Counts
    • Depression
    • Memory Impairment
    • Impaired Blood Cell Formation
    • Anxiety
Numerous changes are associated with an age-related decline in the hormone testosterone, which is classified as an androgen. Some men may go through a rather sudden change in testosterone levels that might correlate with the hormonal changes women experience at menopause. However, most men have a slower and more subtle hormonal decline and develop symptoms over a period of time. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often attributed to other problems, denial by the patient, and unrecognized by healthcare professionals. When hormones are replaced or restored back to physiologic levels considered normal for younger males, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of the changes listed above.

As a result, you experience a new definition of aging:

    • Youthful Energy
    • Improved Libido
    • Lean Muscle Mass
    • Reduced Body Fat
    • Sharper Thinking
    • Stronger Immune System
    • An Ability to Manage Stress
    • A Vibrant Life & Well Being

FAQ’s

Q: Why should I use BHRT?
  • A: Bioidentical hormone therapy is a precise therapy that can accurately diagnose hormone imbalances and naturally restore the body to optimal functioning.
Q: Lab testing  – we offer leading laboratory technology using noninvasive SALIVA samples or blood samples. What is the difference between saliva testing and serum (blood) testing?
  • A: Saliva testing is a noninvasive and more accurate method for measuring active hormones in the body.  Traditional blood tests are often an inaccurate measure for hormonal dysfunction in the body.  Unless there is an extreme pathology, it is unlikely that hormone levels (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen/progesterone/testosterone) will show an imbalance- even when they are suboptimal.
  • Far too often women and men complain of feeling unwell despite having perfect or normal blood tests.  Although having normal hormonal blood tests is reassuring that there is not a more serious pathology underlying the symptoms, it does not help in the assessment of why an individual feels so unwell.
  • Salivary tests measure “free” hormones (2-5% of the hormones in a person’s body), which are the hormones that are available to go to work for you – stimulating receptor cells and carrying out the tasks they are designed to perform. In contrast, serum testing generally measures the “total” hormones, which includes those hormones already bound to protein and unavailable for your cells to use.
Q: Are there any clinical studies that support the use of saliva testing?
  • A: Yes. We carry a binder at the front reception that provides copies of various well-known studies, which can be photocopied and read.
Q: How do I order a saliva or blood hormone test?
  • A:  At the time of your first appointment with Dr. Dupuis, you will be given a lab test requisition form for specified salivary or blood tests.  If your clinician requests a salivary test, there will be a saliva test “kit” to take home with you, which you will send to the lab to be tested.
    • MailMonday to Thursday- Not on a Friday because the specimen will sit all weekend and spoil.
    • You will have either blood or saliva testing is done to evaluate your hormone levels.  This will depend on your symptoms and medical history.
Q: Will insurance or OHIP cover my lab tests?
  • A: Blood lab tests – for hormone evaluation are covered by OHIP.  You will receive a blood lab requisition form from our inhouse MD via email. Please print off the form and take the copy + your OHIP card to the lab for your blood draw.
  • ***Blood tests are our preferred lab test.
  • Saliva lab tests – Once you receive your saliva hormone kit, you will pay for the testing at that time (prices range from $225- $450).  After 2 weeks from the date of mailing, New Life Integrative Health Centre will receive the results which can be discussed with you.
  • The patient may submit their own receipts to their insurance company directly if they wish to.  Some insurance companies may cover the BHRT prescriptions.
Q: How soon will my lab test results be ready?
  • A: Results take approximately 7 to 10 days from the time the lab receives your specimen/samples. Lab results will be sent directly to New Life Integrative Health Centre, at which time you will book a follow-up appointment with your doctor to go over results and suggestions for your customized BHRT prescription therapy.
Q: How does Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy benefit me in the future?
  • A: BHRT will help you feel like yourself again, even through the ups and downs of hormonal change.
    • FOR WOMEN – BHRT will decrease hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia and will improve energy, memory and libido, and weight management.
    • FOR MEN  – BHRT will increase your muscle mass, memory, stamina, energy, and libido.
    • We teach disease prevention and show you how to increase your quality of life.
  • With accurate testing, we can track your hormone levels and optimize them.
  • Monitor hormone levels over time so therapy can be adjusted sooner rather than later
Q: What age does the patient have to be to do hormone therapy?
  • A:  Patients who benefit from BHRT are as young as 16 years old (severe issues with periods), right up to 90 years old.  Our hormone levels drop 1 to 3% per year once we hit the age of 30 years old. So it is wise to get tested sooner rather than later, so the doctor can have a baseline measure of where your hormones levels are naturally at.
The clinical program includes baseline hormone measurement of saliva is used to determine a baseline profile of your hormone levels. Estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, adrenals and cortisol evaluation is recommended for women; estradiol, testosterone, DHT, DHEA, and cortisol for men. Individual hormone and thyroid testing plus Urine NTx Boneloss Assessment are also available.]

BHRT Books

  1. HOW TO ACHIEVE HEALTHY AGING. Why Everyone Should Replace Hormones & The Medical Literature (2nd Edition). By Neal Rouzier, MD | WorldLink Medical
  2. DON’T LET YOUR DOCTOR KILL YOU: HOW TO BEAT PHYSICIAN ARROGANCE. Corporate Greed and a Broken System. By Dr. Erika Schwartz MD (Author) with Melissa Jo Peltier
  3. TESTOSTERONE FOR LIFE: WHY MEN FAKE IT. The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex. By Abraham Morgentaler, MD
  4. SEXY FOREVER; BREAKTHROUGH: 8 STEPS TO WELLNESS; AGELESS. The Naked Truth About Bio-Identical Hormones. By Suzanne Somers
  5. I’M TOO YOUNG FOR THIS! The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause. By Suzanne Somers & Prudence Hall M.D.

Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:food-heart
  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
  • Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
  • Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance healthspan.
Purchase products through our HealthWave virtual dispensary.Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise, and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs. The fundamental physiological processes include communication, both outside and inside the cell; bioenergetics, or the transformation of food into energy; replication, repair, and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level; elimination of waste; protection and defense; and transport and circulation. The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:
  • Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondropathy
  • Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances
  • Immune imbalances
  • Inflammatory imbalances
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
  • Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system
  • Imbalances such as these are the precursors to the signs and symptoms by which we detect and label (diagnose) organ system disease. Improving balance – in the patient’s environmental inputs and in the body’s fundamental physiological processes – is the precursor to restoring health and it involves much more than treating the symptoms. Functional medicine is dedicated to improving the management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to address these core clinical imbalances and to restore each patient’s functionality and health. Functional medicine is not a unique and separate body of knowledge. It is grounded in scientific principles and information widely available in medicine today, combining research from various disciplines into highly detailed yet clinically relevant models of disease pathogenesis and effective clinical management.
Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs, and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improving both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. It is a clinician’s discipline, and it directly addresses the need to transform the practice of primary care.

Cox Technic

The Cox Technic is a gentle adjustment procedure developed by Dr. James M. Cox, about fifty years ago, as a natural healing alternative to surgery. It often provides fast relief from low back and leg pain and is one of the most effective and well-researched techniques used in Chiropractic care. It has been proven by a number of trials and studies and upholds the scientific standard.

The Cox Technique is utilized to treat conditions such as:
  • Back, leg, neck, and arm paindistraction-table
  • Disc herniation
  • Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Sacro-iliac Syndrome
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Sprain or Strain Injuries
  • Tension and Migraine Headaches
The goal of the Cox Technic is to decompress spinal discs and nerves while applying gentle stretching to the spine. Treatment is both gentle and painless. Patients undergoing Cox Technic experience:
  • Significant pain relief
  • Decreased pressure on spinal discs
  • Relief of pressure on discs
  • Improvement in range of motion in the neck and lower back
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved energy
  • Decreased pressure on spinal nerves
  • Improved circulation

If you are suffering from back or spine pain, or have questions, call us today.

Chiropractic Care

Our office will provide you with the highest quality chiropractic care in a caring supportive environment. Whether you are in the middle of health crisis from a new injury or a chronic condition, or you are ready to make the critical transition to a healthier lifestyle, our team will work with you to help you and your family reach your health goals.