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Issue: February 2010


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Birth Control may be changing your nutritional needs
Considering Orthotics?
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Birth Control may be changing your nutritional needs

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiAlthough the pill is one of the most effective forms of contraception, it also is associated with the most side effects. Because it changes the body’s natural levels of female hormones in order to prevent ovulation, there are some nutritional deficiencies and excesses that are created within the body.

Vitamin C
Women can experience a significant decline in vitamin C levels with the pill. This vitamin is required for cellular healing and immunity. The pill changes the acid base balance within the body and can make you more susceptible to yeast infections. Since vitamin C helps to keep the pH, it is useful in preventing recurrent vaginal infections.

Folic Acid
Folic acid and B6 are typically depleted with the pill. Folic acid deficiencies are responsible for anemia, birth defects and preventing cervical dysplasia (precancerous cell growth on the cervix). Folic acid deficiency is also associated with depression.

This vitamin is needed to make to serotonin. Reduced levels of serotonin are what make some women more at risk of suffering from depression. Since serotonin also gets converted to melatonin, a sleep hormone, insomnia is also a common side effect. B6 is also responsible for helping to prevent cervical cancer.

Both B vitamins along with folic acid are responsible for metabolizing homocysteine. This chemical in the body is responsible for causing damage to the arteries (atherosclerosis), and give women who are long time users of the pill a higher risk of heart disease. B12 deficiency also causes anemia.

The pill causes elevated copper levels which depletes zinc in the body. Zinc is responsible for wound healing and proper immune function.

Magnesium is another mineral that can decline with the pill. Deficiencies can be associated with insomnia, leg cramps, blood clots, anxiety, osterporosis and elevated blood pressure.

Supporting your body’s needs may be one way to reduce side effects of the pill and keep you functioning optimally. Before you stock up on supplements, consult your family doctor or naturopath to access your nutritional status. A few simple tests can let you know if you are in need of extra vitamins.


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Considering Orthotics?

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyPerhaps you’ve been suffering from back pain that just won’t go away or you sprain your ankle frequently or your feet hurt in general. These and other symptoms such as hip, knee, and heel pain can mean you are a candidate for orthotics.

In much the same way that you care for your eyes, hair and skin, you should have a foot care routine. Women especially need to be aware of this as they have four times as many foot problems as men due to ill fitting foot wear and tight, pointy shoes.

Orthotics are devices that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support a variety of foot disorders. There is a lot of pressure on your feet as you walk 8-10 000 steps a day.

Custom orthotics can help improve posture, eliminate pain, and help correct misalignments of the foot. There are many types of orthotics and your health care practitioner can help you determine which would be best for you.
Who should consider orthotics?

  • Athletes of every level can benefit from better support when running or working out
  • Diabetics or anyone suffereing from conditions which may cause numbness or decreasesd sensation in the feet
  • Anyone with bunyons, "flat feet", Mortons Neuroma, plantar faciitis
  • People whose jobs require increased standing or walking


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Shima Shahidy.

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