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Vertigo and Chiropractic Care
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Eating
Reflexology for Kids!

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February 2017

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Vertigo and Chiropractic Care

Dr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D.Ac
Doctor of Chiropractic

dr tara brownVertigo is a type of dizziness that may cause you to feel as though you or your environment are spinning, when in fact, there is no movement occurring at all. There are a variety of causes for vertigo, but most commonly it is due to conditions that affect the inner ear. 

Three common causes of vertigo include:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a benign condition that affects the inner ear. Within the ear there are tiny calcium “crystals” that move within the inner ear to help you to keep your balance. If these crystals become dislodged or stop moving, it can create false messages to your brain that you are moving. Trauma and age are both factors, but the main cause of BPPV is unknown.
  • Meniere’s disease is caused by changing pressure in the ear or a buildup of fluid in the ear. This pressure can cause vertigo and possible hearing loss.
  • Vestibular neuronitis is most commonly caused by an ear infection. The nerves of the inner ear become inflamed, giving reason to the cause of the vertigo symptoms.

vertigoThe symptoms associated with vertigo can vary from one person to the next, but some of the most common may include:

  • Headache
  • Feeling off balance/swaying
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in ears or tinnitus
  • Loss of hearing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Spinning

Chiropractic care and vertigo

Choosing to see a chiropractor may be an option to help with vertigo after more serious causes have been ruled out, or when other treatment options have not worked. After a thorough history and physical examination, a chiropractor may suggest a manual treatment to improve symptoms. There are two main forms of treatment a chiropractor may use to help relieve vertigo symptoms:

  • Manipulation works to target the joints in the spine, particularly in the upper neck, which is associated with proprioceptive feedback.
  • Epley Maneuver is used to relocate crystals of the inner ear (associated with BPPV) to their proper position. Chiropractors have been properly trained to perform this maneuver and it can easily be done in their office.


If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo and want to know if Chiropractic Care is right for you, call our clinic at 905.465.4595 and we will setup a 15-minute consult with one of our Chiropractors, free of charge, to discuss treatment options.

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eMedicineHealth. (2016). Vertigo. Retrieved January 16, 2017 from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/vertigo/article_em.htm
The Joint Chiropractic. If you are having dizziness, your chiropractor can help. Retrieved January 17, 2017 from http://www.thejoint.com/california/lakewood/lakewood-galleria-31030/if-you-are-having-dizziness-your-chiropractor-can
Web MD. Vertigo. Retrieved January 17, 2017 from http://www.webmd.com/brain/vertigo-symptoms-causes-treatment#1



Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Eating

Dr. John MacIntosh, ND, RMT
Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Massage & Suikodo™ Therapist

Dr. John MacIntosh, NDIs eating wheat harmful? Some authors want you to believe this, but does the evidence back up their claim? Who can eat wheat and who shouldn’t? And why do so many people who stop eating wheat feel better?

The central issue revolves around a protein found in some grains, called gluten (see Table 1 for a list of gluten-containing foods). Some people lack the ability to digest this protein, and if they eat it, they will get sick and may experience symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, and skin rashes, but also persistent nutrient deficiencies, anemia, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases like thyroid disease or Type I diabetes, even infertility. This is called celiac disease, and is a life-long, genetic inability to digest gluten, typically found in about 1% of the population (but up to 5% of Africans or African-Americans). Some people test positive for celiac disease, yet exhibit no symptoms – this is called silent celiac disease.

The only way to know whether or not you have celiac disease is through blood tests, plus a confirmatory tissue biopsy of the intestinal lining. Your medical doctor or naturopath can order the tests, however, OHIP will only pay for the tests if ordered by an M.D. If you are currently undergoing testing, do not stop eating gluten – it may result in a misdiagnosis. Once you’ve been diagnosed, however, you must avoid gluten like the plague … forever.

Immediate relatives (parents, siblings, children) of a person with celiac disease should be tested too, as there is a 10% chance that they also have the condition. Similarly, persons with autoimmune thyroid disease, Type I diabetes, and Down’s or Turner’s Syndromes are at higher risk of having celiac disease, and should also be tested.

gluten freePeople with celiac disease can eat grains that do not contain gluten (see Table 2 for a list of safe grains).

Should people who don’t have celiac disease also avoid gluten? Contrary to what some would have you believe, there is no objective reason to avoid eating gluten-containing foods if you do not have celiac disease. There is nothing inherently harmful about gluten – it’s just protein – and people without celiac disease can digest gluten normally in most cases.

One problem that may arise, however, is when a person’s intestinal lining becomes injured or inflamed, either from medications, infections or disease processes, leading them to develop a type of allergy to gluten (gluten sensitivity). This is not the same as celiac disease, but may cause similar symptoms (though celiac tests will all come back negative). In fact, this is a far more common occurrence than celiac disease, and is the reason why so many people actually do feel better avoiding gluten.

Avoidance, however, is only part of the solution, and a temporary one at that. Avoiding gluten will not repair your intestinal wall, so it is an incomplete solution. There are many strategies for assisting in the repair of the gut lining: the main one involves taking something called ‘probiotics’.

Probiotics are the helpful bacteria that completely coat our body surfaces, inside and out. Of course, bacterial cells are very small, making them effectively invisible, so you can be excused for never having noticed them, but they are very important to your health. Without them, harmful bacteria can take root and injure the gut lining, leading to the development of food sensitivities and allergies.

Supplementing with a good quality probiotic is one method of repairing this effective barrier layer, but the process takes a great deal of time to work, i.e., months to years. Still, it is the most effective option we have, and the best thing is, once you’ve recovered, you’ll be able to eat gluten-containing foods again. Your naturopath can give you guidance on what a “good quality” probiotic means.

Of course, if you have become allergically sensitive to gluten, the chances are very high that you’re also sensitive to other foods, so avoiding gluten will only be partially helpful. Elimination-Challenge testing and blood testing can both be used to identify food sensitivities. Your naturopath can order blood tests to check for food sensitivities, unfortunately these are not covered by OHIP and are not inexpensive ($300-400), but they can be invaluable to a person with multiple allergic sensitivities.

Table 1: Gluten-Containing Foods

  • Wheat and its varieties, such as bulgur, durum, semolina, farro, kamut, spelt, and wheat berries
  • Barley (including malt extract, flour, syrup or vinegar, but not maltodextrin)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between rye and wheat)
  • Soba (buckwheat) noodles are fine if they are 100% buckwheat (which is actually not a type of wheat, in spite of the name) but they often have regular wheat added in
  • Ingredients like seitan, soy sauce, or teriyaki (unless specifically made gluten-free)
  • Brewer’s yeast from beer contains gluten from the malted barley (but brewer’s yeast prepared from sugar does not)
  • Oats do not contain gluten but are sometimes contaminated by wheat in processing plants (there are companies making certified gluten-free oat products, these are safe in moderate amounts)

Table 2: Gluten-Free Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat (not a true wheat)
  • Corn
  • Hato mugi or Job’s tears
  • Millet
  • Indian rice grass (Montina)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum or milo
  • Teff
  • Wild rice
  • Certified gluten-free oats


If you are experiencing symptoms of a gluten sensitivity and want to know if Naturopathic Care is right for you, call our clinic at 905.465.4595 and we will setup a 15-minute consult, free of charge, to discuss treatment options.

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Reflexology for Kids!

Aundrea Da Rocha, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist & Certified Foot Reflexologist

Aundrea Da Rocha RMTComplementary therapies, such as Reflexology, are becoming more popular as people discover the wonderful benefits! Reflexology is a great therapeutic tool that can help people of all ages, including children. As a non-invasive form of treatment, reflexology can benefit a child’s body in a safe and natural way. Reflexology is administered on the feet using a pressure focused technique, stimulating different zones and reflexes that correspond to certain glands, organs, and other body areas.

What Concerns Can Reflexology Help Treat in Children?

This therapy can help children control anxiety, depression, or stress by stimulating certain organs and glands, such as the kidneys and adrenals – two major body components that control stress levels. Sleep is very essential for a growing child, and reflexology is a great way to help children feel relaxed and get a good night’s rest by stimulating the nervous system. Other areas in which reflexology can benefit children is in the digestive and circulatory systems. It is important to keep all systems flowing and working together to promote a healthy balance and help strengthen the immune system.

Since children have smaller feet, each reflexology session should take about thirty minutes. This form of alternative medicine is becoming very popular as a way to promote wellness and relaxation, even for young children. I encourage you to explore reflexology as an alternative treatment to promote good physical and mental health in children of all ages.


Call us at 905.465.4595 to book a 30 or 60 minute reflexology session with our Certified Foot Reflexologist and Registered Massage Therapist, Aundrea Da Rocha. She can also incorporate reflexology into your next massage treatment, which can be billed as Registered Massage Therapy.

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