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Chelation Therapy
Chelation Therapy is a safe and effective method of drawing toxins and metabolic wastes from the blood stream.The chelating agents administered intravenously have been proven to increase blood flow and remove arterial plaque. This treatment can also help reverse arteriosclerosis, prevent heart attacks and strokes.  Typical problematic manifestations in this system result from a partial blockage of the arteries. Chelation therapy has been used safely and successfully to treat millions of patients in the US for the past fifty years. 
 
There are thousands of physicians who recommend and use Chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease and related health problems, following the treatment protocol set by the American College of Advancement in Medicine and the American Board of Chelation Therapy. 
 
Chelation Therapy is administered on an out patient basis. It is painless and takes approximately three hours. For heart disorders physicians recommend twenty to thirty infusions for the optimum results, treatments are given one to three times per week. The frequency and the total number of doses will be given according to the disease, the age, and the condition of the patient. The main chelator EDTA is an amino acid that is absorbed by the body in the lowest quantities and 95 to 98 percent is eliminated in twenty-four hours after its administration and the balance in 48 hours. The kidneys mainly carry out the elimination. It is important to note that EDTA is a safe substance and not a toxic agent. At the end of the chelation treatment, the patient will leave the office and will be able to go on with his daily routine. Most patients experience an improvement starting from the fifth to seventh treatment. 
 
We do a thorough medical examination and necessary lab tests before starting the Chelation treatment and regular patient evaluations are ongoing. In our clinic individual care is important; as many patients may have symptoms, their Psycho & biochemical individuality may be quite different, and so should their treatment protocol. 
 
Beside Chelation many other intravenous treatments including Vitamin C, Vitamins & Minerals, Homeopathic Boluses, Dmso/Dmps, Hydrogen peroxide infusions and ozone treatments, general detoxification and all naturopathic services are offered. We put emphasis on the individual patients needs, along with the standard protocols combining the best of all treatment modalities. A low fat diet of whole foods and appropriate exercise are strongly encouraged, a carefully tailored program of vitamins and nutritional supplements will be recommended. Smoking is strongly discouraged, and alcohol should only be consumed in moderation. 
 
Celation treatment is extremely important in three medical areas: 
1. Circulatory obstruction such as arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. 
2. Abnormal calcium deposits, found in arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, bone spurs and osteoarthrits. 
3. Toxins due to heavy metals, post chemotherapy, drug addiction, alcoholism. 
 
Due to its effect on these three categories, we can confirm that chelation has definite benefits for the following disorders: 
Although damage from the effects of hardening of the arteries may become obvious in a sudden heart attack the underlying process of hardening of the arteries and degeneration will have been developing for years in your arteries. 
 
There are many warning signs to look for especially after the age of forty to seventy years, when heart attacks are known to occur more frequently. Deposits of cholesterol in the liver, hardening of the arteries, angina pectoris (heart pain), heart attack or imminent heart attack - treatment and prevention, cardiac contractions and poor cardiac function, arterial embolism, calcifications of cardiac valves, osteoporosis. Acute and chronic lead & other heavy metal intoxication. The control of diabetes & resulting complications, necrotic ulcer, claudicating, impaired blood supply to the legs and feet, osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, and all other arthritis, high blood pressure, blurred vision that comes on sporadically such as transient ischemic attack - a short lived type of local obstruction to the blood supply in the brain. Shortness of breath that causes distress when walking with the need to stop frequently to rest, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, impaired intellectual functions, loss of concentration, memory. All these symptoms are effectively treated with Chelation therapy. Remember two out of five heart attacks result in sudden death often without previous warning. You should take action if you have any of these symptoms. For free information on Chelation or any other therapies we offer in our clinic, please call our office.

Healing Power of Ozone & Hydrogen Peroxide
Oxygen therapies alter the body's chemistry to help overcome disease, promote healing and improve overall function. These therapies have been found to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions including infections (viral, fungal, parasitic and bacterial), circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer and multiple sclerosis. All human cells, tissues and organs need oxygen to function. Oxygenation saturates the body with oxygen through the use of oxygen gas, sometimes at high pressure (hyperbaric). This increases the total amount of available oxygen in the body. Insufficient oxygenation may damage normal tissues, however oxygenation employed under strictly controlled conditions can have very positive therapeutic effects. Otto Warburg, Directory of the Max Planek Institute for cell physiology in Germany, twice nominated for the Nobel laureate, proposed that a lack of oxygen at the cellular level may be the prime cause of cancer and that oxygen therapies could be the effective treatment. He demonstrated that when normal cells in tissue cultures are deprived of oxygen they became cancer cells and that oxygen could kill these cancer cells. 
 
Oxidation Therapies 
The word Oxidation refers to a chemical reaction whereby electrons are transferred from one molecule to another. The molecules that 'donate' electrons are said to be oxidized, whereas the molecules that accept electrons are called oxidants. A healthy state of oxidative balance is necessary for optimal function of the body. Under repeated environmental stress, oxidative function is weakened, because oxidation is partially blocked by toxicity in the body's normal oxidative process. Healthy cells need oxygen. Most infections occur because of the invasion of anaerobes that do not thrive in an oxygen-rich environment. Deprivation of oxygen occurs in the body, by exposure to polluted air, sedentary lifestyle or junk food diets encouraging anaerobic microbes to proliferate. An over-growth of harmful microbes will lead to the breakdown of enzymatic reactions in the cells, overloading them with metabolic wastes, ending in cell death. Under similar anaerobic conditions, cells tend to mutate to more primitive life forms turning from aerobic to anaerobic respiration for energy synthesis. Dr. Otto Warburg demonstrated that the primary cause of cancer is the replacement of oxygen in the respiratory chemistry of normal cells. 
 
Properties of Medical Ozone 
At the higher range of concentration (three and a half to five percent ozone in oxygen mixture) ozone exhibits a strong germicidal effect by oxidative destruction. The oxidative power of ozone has proven to be effective in destroying lipid-enveloped viruses such as Epstein Barr, herpes, cytomegalovirus and viruses that cause hepatitis. 
 
One study indicates that ozone treatment was 97 to 100 percent effective in destroying HIV in vitro (Journal of American Society of Hematology, October 1, 1992). At concentrations below approximately three and a half percent, the three main properties of ozone can be observed by its oxidative influence on the oxygen metabolism, the induction of specific enzymes and the activation of immune competent cells. It is these systemic influences of ozone that cause it to be such a potent therapeutic tool, because most of the diseases affecting humans today can be traced to diminishing levels of oxygen and a compromised immune system. 
 
Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide Improves Oxygen Metabolism 
Ozone improves the delivery of oxygen to hypoxic tissues, as well as reactivating the oxygen metabolism of cells. The mechanisms of these systemic actions involve both direct and indirect processes. Ozone directly changes the electric charges of the erythrocyte membranes increasing the flexibility of the erythrocytes, thus enhancing the flow properties of the blood and the transport of oxygen to the cells and tissues. This is especially applicable in arterial occlusion disease whereby "Rouleu formation" clumping of the erythrocytes is typical. 
 
The indirect mechanism consists of ozonolysis, i.e. the ionizing reaction of ozone with the unsaturated fatty acids in the cellular membrane produces peroxides. It must be pointed out that ozone behaves as an ion, not a free radical under normal physiological blood pH and therefore no radical chain reaction occurs to cause oxidative damages. The reaction activates the enzyme 2, 3 Diphosphoglycerate (2, 3-DPG ) in hemoglobin to release oxygen. This is of particular importance to diabetics in the fermentation of sugar. The growth of cancer cells is a fermentation process that can be initiated only in the relative absence of oxygen. 
 
Ozone is one of nature's most powerful oxidants. It is used in water purification and sewage treatment and is applied medically in Europe and the US to treat everything from wounds and colitis to cancer, stroke and AIDS. It is administered as an ozone/oxygen (03/02) gas mixture. According to the dosage and concentration range, medical ozone activates the Immune System. It is well documented that ozone has activated monocytes and lymphocytes and induced the production of an array of cytkines such as interleukin, interferon and tumor-necrosis factor. (The Journal of International Medical Research 1994). Ozone has the ability to elicit endogenous production of cytokines. Ozone is not toxic, therefore it is an indispensable therapeutic modality, because the most devastating diseases of our times are characterized by depressed immune function seen in chronic viral diseases, cancer and AIDS. Of course restoration of the immune system depends on a total approach to detoxification, lifestyle modification and supportive therapies. 
 
Route of Administration 
Treatments: Auto-hemotherapy, which involves bland treatment exvivo of blood with ozone and prompt rein fusion into the donor is the popular procedure among German physicians. Other methods include direct infusion of gaseous ozone/oxygen mixture either intravenously, or intra-arterially (particularly in critical limbs ischemia). It has been proven that even direct delivery of ozone into the blood vessels has very low risk factors. No air which contains nitrogen ever enters the body, so an air embolus cannot occur. Colorectal insufflation's of ozone/oxygen, much like an enema, has been used to treat colitis, fistula and colon cancer. Vaginal insufflation is an excellent treatment for pelvic inflammatory disorders and Candida infestation in women. Ozone is also excellent for topical treatment of infected wounds, ulcers and burns, especially those that are difficult to heal. 
 
Therapeutic Indication 
The modern development of ozone application in medicine began in the 1950s in Europe and gradually spread throughout Europe to Australia, Israel, and many other countries. As far back as World War 1, ozone was used medically to treat wounds and other infections. Over 5000 physicians worldwide routinely use ozone in their medical practice. I have personally used ozone in my own practice and found it to be an effective therapy. When it is incorporated into a holistic approach of cleansing there is virtually no known side effect of ozone treatment if it is applied properly. Specific therapeutic applications of ozone include the treatment of vascular disease such as stroke, obstructive arteriopathy, venous insufficiency, cancer, acute and chronic viral diseases, ulcers, infected wounds, gangrenes, burns, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and spinal disc problems. It is also used in dentistry as a disinfectant and in pediatrics for the treatment of viral and bacterial infections of the intestines. In geriatrics, its principal indication is in circulatory disorders. In particular the increase of oxygen supply to the brain is of great benefit. 
 
Ozone, with its miraculous properties and accompanied by its lack of toxicity, is undoubtedly an important tool in medicine. It is an unusual double-edged sword. It defends the body via stimulation of the immune system and at the same time it improves oxygenation and metabolism. Antioxidants protect cell membranes from free radicals. These oxygen modulators are believed to destroy free radicals by feeding them electrons which change their chemical structure into more stable compounds, like H202 (hydrogen peroxide), that actually enhance the oxidation process by crating moe cellular energy. 
 
How Cellular Energy Is Increased With Ozone: 
Dr. R. Beyerle, a noted ozone practitioner explains how cellular energy is increased with ozone. "Once in the blood ozone reacts with fatty acids and the cell membranes of erythrocytes. Ozone's reaction at the membrane starts glycolysis, the breakdown of fats. This increases ATP which is the energy system in the body. This in turn, carries and releases oxygen molecules. More oxygen in the system enables the organism to do a variety of things, since the body thrives on oxygen. Production of a specific biochemical called 23DPG diphosphoglycerate enables oxygen to be released from the hemoglobin molecule. "Now all of a sudden we're freeing up more oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule. Hemoglobin carries oxygen. Now we've got all this oxygen released going throughout our vascular system and it has anti microbial, antiviral activity".

Intravenous Therapies
The use of peripheral intravenous nutrition has been growing in recent years. More out patient based IV therapies are being performed. This is possibly due to an increased aware-ness that both the public and practitioners see the importance of nutritional interventions in various disorders. The results are often an optimal return to health in a reduced timeline. 
 
Intravenous therapy is the giving of liquid substances directly into a vein. It is useful for delivering vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Homeopathic and other medications that can be quickly and efficiently absorbed into the body. It can be benefi-cial for numerous purposes including: 
 
Natural detoxification, General health maintenance using vitamins and minerals, Diabetic neuropathy, Arthritis, In-juries with muscle Pain and inflammation, Migraine headaches, Viral infections such as sinusitis and rhinitis, Immune system deficiencies, Heart problems, Hardening of the arteries. Treat-ments can also include EDTA, Chelation and Infusions of high doses of vitamin C for Cancer support and other medical problems. 
 
How does IV therapy work? 
First, absorption into the blood stream is complete and bioavailability of the substances is immediate. Second, there is no "first pass" effect in the liver, thus the procedure lessens the workload on the liver. Another thing to consider is that the absorptive capacity of the bowel may be less than normal. This happens in many bowel disorders and age can be a factor as a decrease in the natural production of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes can result in nutritional deficiencies result-ing in reduced cell metabolism. 
 
Homeopathic and other natural remedies can also be used in IV therapy to treat many conditions. Homeopathic solu-tions often work as well as conventional medicines in the treat-ment of pain, viral infections, immune deficiencies, and other conditions but with the added benefit of little or no side effects. In any case, IV therapy will "jumpstart" your metabolism allow-ing most patients to feel good and see excellent results within a short time after treatment. 
 
Unlike supplements that are ingested orally and fil-tered through the digestive system, IV Vitamins and Mineral therapies are beneficial for many people with food sensitivities and digestive disturbances. These valuable and necessary nu-trients are injected thereby bypassing the digestive system and restoring the patient to good health. 
 
Chelation Therapy and Heavy Metal Detoxification Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a synthetic amino acid solution along with vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals are used intravenously to remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and abnormally located metallic ions such as iron from the body. This is accomplished by ad-ministering an amino acid Ethylene-diamine-tetra acetic acid ( EDTA). A series of treatments are required within a certain timeline. Throughout the world thousands of treatments are administered very successfully by the holistic minded physi-cians. These treatments are used in heart problems, angina, hardening of the arteries, cancer support and various other disorders. DMPS another substance is used intravenously in mercury toxicity. 
 
IV Vitamin C 
Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, PhD researched and published extensively on correcting the balance of vita-mins, minerals, amino acids and other similar substances in the body. His many publications included and highlighted the effectiveness of fighting cancer cells with intravenous infusions of Vitamin C in doses greater than 10,000 mg daily. Vitamin C has shown to have many benefits; orally it can assist the immune system and intravenously it has the ability to elevate immune response, kill pathogens etc. New research has con-firmed that IV vitamin C has an effect on cancer. A team of scientists from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, published their findings on September 20, 2005 in a study us-ing human lymphoma cells. In this study the scientists found that IV vitamin C treatment was an effective method of fighting cancer. It was shown that using IV Vitamin C in high doses (25 gms-75gms) increased the production of hydrogen perox-ide (H2O2).This natural body biochemical is not harmful to healthy cells and tissues yet can kill cancer cells, bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and other microbes. 
 
Vitamins and Depression 
The B-complex vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well-being. They cannot be stored in our bodies, so we depend entirely on our daily diet to supply them. B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars nicotine, and caffeine so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient in these. There are a variety of vitamin deficiencies that can lead to de-pression symptoms. Correcting deficiencies, when present, of-ten relieves depression. The first clinical effects of insufficient vitamin B complex are mood changes, insomnia, changes in appetite, sugar cravings and impaired drug metabolism. As a group, the B vitamins play an important role both in alleviating depression and in relieving the anxiety and restlessness which often accompanies it. Vitamin B1 is essential for nerve stimula-tion and for metabolism of carbohydrates to give brain energy as well as body energy. Deficiency symptoms include mood disorders, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, night terrors etc. Vitamin B2 and its deficiency may lead to aggressive person-ality changes. Vitamin B3 deficiency has been associated with depression and anxiety; it helps in irritability and other men-tal disturbances. Vitamin B5 is active in the formation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which can be involved in some depression its deficiency can cause depression, fatigue and al-lergies. Vitamin B6 has a major importance in regulating your mood disorders and is the most implicated of all the vitamins in the cause and treatment of depression. Vitamin B12 and its deficiency cause depression The mental changes caused by deficiency of Vitamin B12 can be difficulty in concentrating or remembering, mental fatigue and low moods, to severe depres-sion, intense agitation etc A combination of vitamins and miner-als along with IV vitamin C is often helpful in cases of depres-sion and anxiety. Dr. Hugh Riordan, Kansas, studied the effects of intravenous vitamin C in cancer therapy for over 28 years. He finds that intravenous vitamin C will work and help practically all kinds of cancer regardless of the stage of the disease. 
 
Contraindications or precautions 
These include minor local pain at the infusion site,Rapid tumor death (necrosis) with resulting toxemia, Allergies or sensitivities to any Vitamins, Minerals etc.Calcium and magnesium supplements could also be taken if one is sensitive to the acidity effects of vitamin C. Care must also be taken by anyone adversely affected by the infusion of relatively large amounts of fluid such as might occur in people suffering from congestive heart . Here the infusion fluid can be reduced and given over a longer period of time. 
 
Other Uses of IV Vitamins – The Myers’ Cocktail 
The Myers Cocktail was so named after John Myers MD a Baltimore physician who treated many medical condi-tions with a cocktail of intravenous(IV) vitamins and minerals. To achieve therapeutic results in many chronic, seemingly incurable conditions, the vitamins and minerals must be giv-en intravenously. Myers’ Cocktail can help to alleviate acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasms, anxiety, de-pression, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, angina, hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders.

Cardiovascular Disorders
The use of peripheral intravenous nutrition has been growing in recent years. More out patient based IV therapies are being performed. This is possibly due to an increased aware-ness that both the public and practitioners see the importance of nutritional interventions in various disorders. The results are often an optimal return to health in a reduced timeline. 
 
Intravenous therapy is the giving of liquid substances directly into a vein. It is useful for delivering vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Homeopathic and other medications that can be quickly and efficiently absorbed into the body. It can be benefi-cial for numerous purposes including: 
 
Natural detoxification, General health maintenance using vitamins and minerals, Diabetic neuropathy, Arthritis, In-juries with muscle Pain and inflammation, Migraine headaches, Viral infections such as sinusitis and rhinitis, Immune system deficiencies, Heart problems, Hardening of the arteries. Treat-ments can also include EDTA, Chelation and Infusions of high doses of vitamin C for Cancer support and other medical problems. 
 
How does IV therapy work? 
First, absorption into the blood stream is complete and bioavailability of the substances is immediate. Second, there is no "first pass" effect in the liver, thus the procedure lessens the workload on the liver. Another thing to consider is that the absorptive capacity of the bowel may be less than normal. This happens in many bowel disorders and age can be a factor as a decrease in the natural production of hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes can result in nutritional deficiencies result-ing in reduced cell metabolism. 
 
Homeopathic and other natural remedies can also be used in IV therapy to treat many conditions. Homeopathic solu-tions often work as well as conventional medicines in the treat-ment of pain, viral infections, immune deficiencies, and other conditions but with the added benefit of little or no side effects. In any case, IV therapy will "jumpstart" your metabolism allow-ing most patients to feel good and see excellent results within a short time after treatment. 
 
Unlike supplements that are ingested orally and fil-tered through the digestive system, IV Vitamins and Mineral therapies are beneficial for many people with food sensitivities and digestive disturbances. These valuable and necessary nu-trients are injected thereby bypassing the digestive system and restoring the patient to good health. 
 
Chelation Therapy and Heavy Metal Detoxification Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a synthetic amino acid solution along with vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals are used intravenously to remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and abnormally located metallic ions such as iron from the body. This is accomplished by ad-ministering an amino acid Ethylene-diamine-tetra acetic acid ( EDTA). A series of treatments are required within a certain timeline. Throughout the world thousands of treatments are administered very successfully by the holistic minded physi-cians. These treatments are used in heart problems, angina, hardening of the arteries, cancer support and various other disorders. DMPS another substance is used intravenously in mercury toxicity. 
 
IV Vitamin C 
Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, PhD researched and published extensively on correcting the balance of vita-mins, minerals, amino acids and other similar substances in the body. His many publications included and highlighted the effectiveness of fighting cancer cells with intravenous infusions of Vitamin C in doses greater than 10,000 mg daily. Vitamin C has shown to have many benefits; orally it can assist the immune system and intravenously it has the ability to elevate immune response, kill pathogens etc. New research has con-firmed that IV vitamin C has an effect on cancer. A team of scientists from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, published their findings on September 20, 2005 in a study us-ing human lymphoma cells. In this study the scientists found that IV vitamin C treatment was an effective method of fighting cancer. It was shown that using IV Vitamin C in high doses (25 gms-75gms) increased the production of hydrogen perox-ide (H2O2).This natural body biochemical is not harmful to healthy cells and tissues yet can kill cancer cells, bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and other microbes. 
 
Vitamins and Depression 
The B-complex vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well-being. They cannot be stored in our bodies, so we depend entirely on our daily diet to supply them. B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars nicotine, and caffeine so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient in these. There are a variety of vitamin deficiencies that can lead to de-pression symptoms. Correcting deficiencies, when present, of-ten relieves depression. The first clinical effects of insufficient vitamin B complex are mood changes, insomnia, changes in appetite, sugar cravings and impaired drug metabolism. As a group, the B vitamins play an important role both in alleviating depression and in relieving the anxiety and restlessness which often accompanies it. Vitamin B1 is essential for nerve stimula-tion and for metabolism of carbohydrates to give brain energy as well as body energy. Deficiency symptoms include mood disorders, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, night terrors etc. Vitamin B2 and its deficiency may lead to aggressive person-ality changes. Vitamin B3 deficiency has been associated with depression and anxiety; it helps in irritability and other men-tal disturbances. Vitamin B5 is active in the formation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which can be involved in some depression its deficiency can cause depression, fatigue and al-lergies. Vitamin B6 has a major importance in regulating your mood disorders and is the most implicated of all the vitamins in the cause and treatment of depression. Vitamin B12 and its deficiency cause depression The mental changes caused by deficiency of Vitamin B12 can be difficulty in concentrating or remembering, mental fatigue and low moods, to severe depres-sion, intense agitation etc A combination of vitamins and miner-als along with IV vitamin C is often helpful in cases of depres-sion and anxiety. Dr. Hugh Riordan, Kansas, studied the effects of intravenous vitamin C in cancer therapy for over 28 years. He finds that intravenous vitamin C will work and help practically all kinds of cancer regardless of the stage of the disease. 
 
Contraindications or precautions 
These include minor local pain at the infusion site,Rapid tumor death (necrosis) with resulting toxemia, Allergies or sensitivities to any Vitamins, Minerals etc.Calcium and magnesium supplements could also be taken if one is sensitive to the acidity effects of vitamin C. Care must also be taken by anyone adversely affected by the infusion of relatively large amounts of fluid such as might occur in people suffering from congestive heart . Here the infusion fluid can be reduced and given over a longer period of time. 
 
Other Uses of IV Vitamins – The Myers’ Cocktail 
The Myers Cocktail was so named after John Myers MD a Baltimore physician who treated many medical condi-tions with a cocktail of intravenous(IV) vitamins and minerals. To achieve therapeutic results in many chronic, seemingly incurable conditions, the vitamins and minerals must be giv-en intravenously. Myers’ Cocktail can help to alleviate acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasms, anxiety, de-pression, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, angina, hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders. 
 
 
Dr. Rakhra is a Naturopathic Physician, serving Calgary for more than twenty years and practicing Complementary Medicine since 1964. He is a Member of Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Rakhra's clinic is located at 121 - 14 Street North West in Calgary, Alberta. You can reach his office at 403-270-7033. Visit his website at: www.aynh.com.

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Fungi, Yeast or Candida Disorders
Fungi, these single cell organisms can be found everywhere in the water, earth and air. With the right stimulus, fungi can change from a round, benign yeast-like form to an invasive budding mycelial form. Single fungi can be seen under a microscope, colonies can be seen by the naked eye in the form of mold etc. These fungi can enter our bodies through our nose, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. At any one time we may have thousands of different species of fungi living in our bodies as normal inhabitants of the skin, vagina and G.I Tract. Our Immune system, PH levels and other friendly bacteria protect us against major infections of fungi. With immune system debility the fungi can infect the blood stream, as in the case of AIDS which leads to death through general toxemia. Less life threatening but still serious in terms of functional impairment, other immune system illnesses such as chronic fatigue are always complicated with over growth of fungal infestation. 
 
Ideally there should be a balance between fungi and normal flora. Ordinarily, candida and other fungi are benign and live in balance with other microbe in the bowel. They become invasive in special circumstances. Candida and other fungi produce a large number of biologically active substances called mycotoxins. These toxins are secreted to serve the fungi by protecting it against viruses, bacteria, and parasites like protozoa, insects, animals and humans. In the human host, these toxins can get into the blood stream and produce an array of central nervous system symptoms such as fatigue, confusion, irritability, mental fogginess, memory loss, depression, dizziness, mood swings, headache, nausea, numbness and symptoms of hypoglycemia. Mycotoxins associated with Candida albicans infestation can produce chronic illness, frequently described as "feeling sick all over". 
 
Yeast and fungi thrive unchecked in the gastrointestinal tract, when provided with large doses of sugar and in consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates like candies, chocolate, cakes, soft drinks, white breads, and alcohol. Other foods containing yeast, mold and fungi, even the common edible mushroom, can increase the gut fungal population. Diabetics frequently suffer from the effects of overgrowth of yeast, especially when blood sugar levels are not under control. Many other diseases where the immune system is compromised are associated with yeast infections. Many number of scientific studies link fungal infections with silver, mercury, dental amalgam, hypersensitivity, stress, chemical additives and nutritional deficiencies which create an over population of yeast in the colon, which can spread up the digestive tract. Over growth of Candida can convert into more invasive mycelial form. When host defenses are weakened, they can invade the blood stream and spread to practically all organs and tissues in the body. In the gut, permeability of the bowel changes, allowing undigested or partially digested proteins to enter the circulatory system. When this happens, previously well-tolerated foods may start to behave as allergens and cause food allergy symptoms. 
 
Fungi, through production of mycotoxins can initiate many degenerative diseases: Cancer, heart disorders, gout, arthritis and autoimmune disorders, thyroditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythmematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and many more. The major killer diseases in North America are intimately connected to fungal mycotoxins. The diseases of unknown etiology often have a fungal connection. The mycotoxin fusarium found in cigarettes, has been linked with lung cancer, esophageal cancer and cancer of the uterus. Alcohol is a fungal produced toxin and has been documented to cause brain and nervous system damage, liver cancer, birth defects and many other negative health conditions. 
 
One well known mycotoxin called Cyclosporin is used for organ transplantation to prevent rejection. Unfortunately, cyclosporin causes cancer, high blood fats and hardening of the arteries in anyone who received it. Practically all anti-fungal therapies will lower low-density cholesterol and help revers arteriosclerosis. 
 
The Fungal related complex manifest primarily in five areas of the body: 
Digestive system symptoms are: bloating, gas, cramps, alternating diarrhea with constipation, multiple food allergies. 
 
Nervous system: The symptoms includes abnormal fatigue, spaciness, anxiety, mood swings, drowsiness, memory loss, depression, insomnia, mental fogginess, even hallucination and violent behavior can occur, Autism, hyper activity, learning disabilities in children can be a manifestation of fungal infestation. 
 
Skin: symptoms may be hives, psoriasis, excessive sweating, and acne and nail infestations. 
 
Genito-Urinary tract symptoms in women may be premenstrual syndrome (depression, mood swings, bloating, fluid retention, cramps, sweet cravings, and headaches prior to menstruation), recurrent bladder or vaginal infections and loss of interest in sex. In males, common problems include chronic rectal or anal itching, recurrent prostatitis, impotence, genital rashes and jock itch. 
 
Endocrine System: An intimate relationship exists in the body between the immune system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. The thyroid and adrenal glands in particular may be involved. Both hypo and hyperthyroidisms, especially the autoimmune variety is strongly linked to fungal overgrowth. Candida fungal toxins can travel to virtually all organs and tissues in the body. The syndrome has been associated with practically every medical condition including cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, aids, asthma, arthritis, chronic sinusitis, recurrent flu, middle ear infection, alcoholism, diabetes, eating disorder, hypoglycemia. In some of the diseases fungi are secondary opportunistic infections. In many, fungal mycotoxins may be the cause. In either case, a healthy immune system is the only natural defense against these microbes and their poisons. Dietary changes alone do not reverse Candida/Fungal syndromes. Aggressive antifungal therapy is also necessary in almost all cases.

Balancing The Consciousness
We live in a universe filled with the great forces of life and death, creation and destruction. Positive forces are around us to lift our spirit, to provide peace and understanding. Negative forces are ever present, working to pull us into confusion, greed and attachments. There is also truth and falsehood, ignorance and enlightenment, light and darkness. In this duality of creation, we struggle not merely to survive but also to find meaning in our lives. We must learn to recognize our rising spiritual forces and unspiritual downfalls. Ayurvedic philosophy believes nature possesses a qualitative energy through which we can either expand into wisdom or contract into ignorance. Nature functions through conscious forces, spirit which can be either light or dark, healing or harmful. Many of these powers elude most of us and we do not know how to use them. We may be trained in a scientific manner, but we lack the ability to perceive the subtle forces hidden in the world around us. However, for any real healing of the mind to be possible, we must understand and learn how to work with these forces as they coexist in the world as well as our own psyche. 
 
Ayurvedic Science provides some guidelines for understanding the primary forces of nature and shows us how to work with them on all levels. Nature consists of three primal qualities, which are the main powers of cosmic intelligence that determine our spiritual growth. In sanskrit these powers are called gunas, meaning "what binds", because wrongly understood they keep us in bondage to the external world. 
 
1. Sattva: Intelligence, imparts balance 
2. Rajas: Energy, causes imbalance 
3. Tamas: Substance, creates inertia 
 
These three gunas are the most subtle qualities of nature that underlie matter, life and mind. Energies through which the mind and the deeper consciousness function. They are the powers of the soul. All objects in the universe consist of various combinations of the three gunas. Cosmic evolution consists of their mutual interaction and transformation. They form a deeper level than the three biological humors and help us understand our mental and spiritual nature and it's functioning. 
 
Sattva is the quality of intelligence, virtue and goodness creating harmony, balance and stability. It is light and luminous in nature. It possesses an inward and upward motion and brings about the awakening of the soul. 
 
Sattva provides happiness and contentment of a lasting nature. It is the principal of clarity, wideness, peace and love that unites all things together. The mind in general is the domain of sattva. Unless the mind is calm and clear we cannot perceive anything properly. Sattva creates clarity through which we perceive the truth and gives light, concentration and devotion. 
 
Rajas is the quality of change, activity and turbulence. It introduces dis-equilibrium that upsets the existing balance. Rajas is motivated in its action, ever seeking a goal or an end that gives it power. It possesses outward motion and causes self seeking action that leads to fragmentation and disintegration. In the short term Rajas is stimulating and provides pleasure, due to its unbalanced nature it quickly results in pain and suffering. It is the force of passion which causes distress and conflict. 
 
Tamas is the quality of dullness, darkness and inertia, and is heavy, veiling or obstructing in its action. It functions as the force of gravity that retards and holds things in specific limited forms. It possesses a downward motion that causes decay and destruction. Tamas promotes ignorance, delusion in the mind which yields insensitivity, sleep and loss of awareness. It is the principle of materiality or unconsciousness, veiling our true nature and weakens our power of perception, allowing the ego or separate self that makes us feel isolated or alone. Tamas prevails in consciousness identifying with the physical body in a dull and limited manner. As long as our identity and sense of well being is primarily physical we will stay in the dark realm of Tamas. 
 
Sattva is the balance of Rajas and Tamas combining the energy of Rajas and the stability of Tamas. By increasing Sattva, one gains peace and harmony, and returns to the primary nature and pure spirit of the self. In order to do this we must remain detached not clinging to the qualities of Sattva. Pure Sattva does not condemn Rajas and Tamas but understands their place in the cosmic harmony. When pure Sattva prevails in our consciousness, we transcend time and space to discover our eternal self. 
 
Sattva as the true state of balance is responsible for all true health and healing. Health is maintained by Sattvic living, which is living in harmony with nature and our inner self, cultivating purity, clarity and pace. 
 
Rajas causes pain, agitation and dissipation of energy. Tamas brings about stagnation, decay and death. Rajas and Tamas usually work together. Rajas brings about the over expression of energy which eventually leads to exhaustion, in which Tamas prevails causing disease.

Sports and General Injuries
An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, blows, burns, weapons etc. Millions of people injure themselves every year. Injuries range from minor to life-threatening and can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car or walking across the street. Common injuries include Burns, Fractures, Dislocations and Sprains. 
 
Joint Disorders 
A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow or shoulder. Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases. Arthritis or simply years of use may cause a joint to wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. 
 
Back pain 
The back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from the neck to the pelvis. Back injuries are often associated with an unsafe environment, accident or overextending your physical capabilities as in sporting or recreational activities. Many injuries can happen during everyday activities at work, home, in the garden, or from a sudden jolt such as sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The lower back is the most common site of back injury such as sprains, strains, herniated disks and fractured vertebrae. 
These injuries can cause pain and limit your movement. Treatments vary but might include medicines, icing, bed rest, physical therapy or surgery. You might be able to prevent some back injuries by maintaining a healthy weight and exercise regime, lifting objects with your legs and using a lower-back support when you sit. 
 
Ankle Injuries 
The ankle bone and the ends of the two lower leg bones make up the ankle joint. The ligaments that connect the bones to one another stabilize and support the ankle joint and the muscles and tendons move it. 
The most common ankle problems are sprains and fractures. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments. It may take a few weeks to many months to heal completely. A fracture is a break in a bone. You can also injure other parts of the ankle such as tendons, which join muscles to bone, and cartilage. Ankle sprains and fractures are common sports injuries. 
 
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome 
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually. As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult. Other causes include performing assembly line work, wrist injury, or swelling due to certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, and surgery. 
 
Neck Injury 
Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents can cause a soft tissue injury to the neck such as whiplash also called neck sprain or strain. If you are an elderly person a fall can change your life and can lead to disability and loss of independence. If your bones are fragile a fall could break a bone, most often the hip bone. Frail, aged people are also at risk of falling because their balance can be impaired by poor circulation, a heart condition, diabetes, nervous system problems and some medications can cause dizziness. 
 
Knee Injuries 
The knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. Knee problems can induce pain and make walking difficult. Arthritis is the most common disease that affects the bones in your knees. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, the result is pain and swelling. Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A prevalent sport related injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), usually injured by a sudden twisting motion. 
 
Treatment of Injuries depends on the cause. 
A sports Injury, is assessed and First Aid begins with Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery. 
Other treatments used in our clinic are acupuncture, injections of traumeel and other homeopathic remedies. Some refined anti inflammatory herbs such as Ginger, Curcumin, Boswellia, Glucosamine are effective alone or combined with other quality supplements. 
Intravenous therapies- There are different combinations that are effective. 
 
Prolotherapy. 
Prolotherapy - is a solution of Procaine, B12 and dextrose, that is injected into the injured site where the ligament or tendon attaches to the bone. This causes a localized mild irritation or inflammation in the weakened area to increase the blood supply and flow of nutrients to stimulate the tissue to repair itself. 
 
Platelet rich Plasma Therapy ( PRP ) 
Many disciplines including dentistry, neurosurgery, wound healing and orthopedics have incorporated PRP treatments to enhance the healing process. Because platelets play a key role in the healing of tissue, a high concentration of platelets are reintroduced directly into the injured site. The treatments facilitate and intensify tissue regeneration in tendons, ligaments and soft tissue. This procedure is primarily employed to decrease inflammation and pain, increase collagen (base component of connective tissue), bone density and the development of new blood cells. 
 
PRP Preparation and Treatment 
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an outpatient procedure. About ten to twenty cc's of the patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the blood components. The platelet-rich plasma is withdrawn in a syringe for the procedure. The patient can have a local anesthetic (lidocaine) in preparation for the treatment. Typically a course of therapy consists of three to six injections one to four weeks apart depending on the injury.

Healing and Detoxification
In our polluted world toxic substances are everywhere, in the air we breath, our food, the water we drink, even in our bodies, the bacteria in the digestive tract produce toxic substances. The health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify itself. 
 
With the growth of industrialization people are exposed to chemicals, with much more concentration than our previous generation. In some large cities the smog concentration is much higher than the acceptable standards. Thousands of chemicals are added to the food supply as preservatives, solvents, processing purposes and storage are used which can remain in the human body for a long period of time and cause many kind of health disorders. Many other products such as gasoline, paint, household cleaners, pesticides all are potential risk factors. Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel and aluminum, these metals tend to accumulate within the brain, kidneys and immune system, where they can severely disrupt normal functions. A typical person has more lead and other heavy metals accumulate in their body than is compatible with health.Common sources of heavy metals include solder in tin cans, pesticide sprays, cooking utensils, cadmium from cigarette smoke, mercury from dental fillings, contaminated fish, cosmetics, aluminum from antacids, cook ware and the list goes on. 
 
Early signs of heavy metals toxicity are not very clear and may be taken for symptoms of various other ailments. These symptoms may show as headaches, fatigue, muscle pains, indigestion, tremors, constipation, anemia, dizziness, poor concentration, poor coordination, and childhood learning disability. Hyperactivity and other disorders including criminal behavior, have shown to have a strong relationship with heavy metal toxicity. The neurological symptoms may be quite pronounced even in mild heavy metal toxicity. If the toxicity increases so does the severity of the symptoms. 
 
How do you know when you need detoxification? Most of the above symptoms may guide you or your experienced health care provider to do some kind of detoxification. Your Naturopathic physician after careful evaluation may need to order a series of lab tests. For heavy metal toxicity hair analysis, urine, or blood tests and stool samples may be obtained through a competent laboratory. Fatty tissues may also be measured for suspected chemicals. Such tests provide details on the type of toxic build-up and which detoxification regime is required. Toxins produced include endotoxins, exotoxins, and toxic amines, various carcinogenic substances. Gut derived microbial toxins have been implicated in many disorders including ulcerative colitis, thyroid diseases, lupus, pancreatitis, allergy, asthma and immune disorders. Antibodies produced by these microorganisms against microbial antigens can react with the body's own tissues and therefore cause autoimmune disorders, which include rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and autoimmune thyroiditis. 
 
To minimize the absorption of the toxic substances, it is recommended that diet should be rich in fiber, particularly water soluble fiber such as those found in many vegetables, pectin and oat bran. Fiber has the ability to bind with toxins within the gut and promote their secretion. The immune system and the liver are responsible for dealing with these toxins that are absorbed through the gut. Kidneys are responsible for the elimination of waste byproducts of protein breakdown. There are many benefits of detoxification through treatments as well as juice and water fasting periodically to clear wastes and to revitalize the body's natural functions and healing capabilities. The cleaning or detoxification will restore optimum function and vitality. Every one has a specific level of tolerance that cannot be exceeded if good health is to be maintained. If the body cannot adapt and be able to eliminate or reduce this toxic level, the system becomes overloaded. Ultimately the body's defense mechanism malfunction and symptoms will appear. 
 
Several methods of detoxification are currently being used. Some methods of detoxification may not be suitable for some individuals. So it is important to consult a qualified Naturopathic Doctor before going for any form of detoxification. Some of the methods used are: Fasting, Colon Hydrotherapy, Vitamin C Therapy and Chelation Therapy, Detoxifying baths and Massage, many herbs, vitamins and minerals are also worth noting. Panch karma, a specific ancient Ayurvedic treatment programme used by the Ayurvedic doctor is very effective and a wonderful experience.

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