Holistic Nutrition- what’s it all about?

Written by: Samantha Peris (http://nu-roots.com)

What is holistic nutrition anyway?

Perhaps you’ve heard of or ‘met’ a few of us online, but aren’t quite sure what we’re all about. Who are these crazy holistic nutritionists and what can they do for me?

First off I will introduce myself, my name is Samantha Peris and I’m a (proud) holistic nutritionist–not a nutritionalist (these don’t exist), or a registered dietician. Before you build an image of a hippie witch doctor waving around a magic carrot, please, let me explain.

Let’s break it down:


  •  Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
  • Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical.


  • A person who studies or is an expert in nutrition.
I’m a nutrition savvy, passionate natural health advocate who loves to share my knowledge in this field, hoping to improve the lives of others. My medicine of choice: food. Healthy, whole, nutrient dense food that comes from the earth that has been minimally interfered with by man.
I literally stumbled across this career path as a result of my own food allergies. In 2007 I discovered gluten (the main protein in wheat) and I just aren’t meant to get along. During this discovery my health sky rocketed from a tired, bloated, stimulant (coffee and sugar) abuser, to an energetic, life loving, superfoodie who needed to share my new findings with the world.

What can we do for you?

First off, we start by listening. Listening to you, listen to your own body. It literally talks, sometimes screams at you, the trick is figuring out what it’s trying to say. So often I hear (and used to tell myself), well that is “normal for me”. But is it “normal” (for lack of a better word) to be constipated, bloated, uncomfortable, overweight, tired….etc. We can help you determine if what you are experiencing are symptoms of an underlying problem related to diet, digestion, elimination, detoxification, nutrient deficiencies, or hormonal imbalances, just by listening to you talk about your own body. You, as a whole person – physically, mentally, socially, spiritually.
After listening, we work with you in pursuit of the ever so desirable “optimal health”. We do this by strengthening the digestive system, teaching you which foods would be best suited for you and your personal goals, manage portions, and emphasize the importance of the quality of foods you choose to chew.
We can provide you with personalized meal plans, take you on a tour of the grocery, or health foods store, raid your kitchen, tear up the pantry and teach you how to restock it, teach cooking classes, recommend nutritional supplements and work with you one-on-one until you feel confident you have the tools you need to continue on your journey.

But I have an ND, do I need a holistic nutritionist?

Perhaps! Holistic nutritionists and naturopathic doctors are a dynamite combo. We both have our specialties and our limitations. For example your ND may have you do an IgG Food Sensitivity test, when you receive your results, a Holistic Nutritionist can use these to build a nutrition plan and teach you to use foods specific to your unique needs and restrictions. Often times this includes ancient whole grains and superfoods many people are unaware of, or haven’t used in their kitchens before.
Personally, I have an ND as a sister  and we often use each other as a resource for our clients and patients. It is our dream to eventually combine forces and tackle the natural health world as a duo. In our experience, clients and patients who work with both an ND and holistic nutritionist begin to see results at an accelerated pace.

Hopefully you now understand what it is we mean by “holistic nutritionist” and are intrigued to give us a try! We’ll be waiting for your call, magic carrots in hand ;)


A note from Dr. Michelle: 

Dr. Michelle Peris & Associates (soon to have a new name 😉 ) will have a team available to support you in your nutrition goals.

More on that in our next newsletter, but you may be hearing a lot more from this incredible nutritionist in the near future! 😉 

Watermelon Strawberry Refresher


By Tina Gravalos www.tinagravalos.com


Watermelon Strawberry Refresher
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
  1. 1/2 cup watermelon chunks
  2. 1/2 cup strawberries (I had frozen pieces that I quartered)
  3. Juice of 1 lime
  4. 1/4 cup of unsweetened plain coconut yogurt
  5. 1 cup almond milk
  6. 2 scoops of collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins) - can substitute with protein powder of choice
  7. 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  1. Add a couple of drops of stevia if you would like a hint more of sweetness. Blend and enjoy!
Michelle Peris ND http://www.oakvillenaturopathicdoctor.ca/




**IV Therapy Changes**



Due to recent changes with board regulations, the new clinic needs inspection and board approval before being able to offer IV services.  This process can take up to six months to get an inspection committee to the site, however, all paperwork has been submitted to get this process moving as quickly as possible. 

Temporary IV Therapy Site Location:

Oakville Naturopathic Wellness Centre

#22-2172 Wyecroft Road

Phone #: 905-825-9996

Email: info@onwc.ca

IV hours:

Mondays 12:30pm-4pm 

  • If this time does not work for you, I will do by best to accommodate an alternate time.  Although not the most convenient situation I will do my best to ensure there is continuity of care for the time being. I know this is not the most convenient situation, but we will do our best to make this a very easy transition.  We all know the importance of getting our IV vitamins! 😉  
  • In the meantime we think you will love the comfort and ambiance of ONWC

To book an appointment:

call 289-815-1322

email: admin@myoakvillend.ca

online booking: www.MyOakvilleND.ca or here

An email reminder will be sent out to remind you of the location until IV therapy is offered at the new clinic.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. 

Many thanks,


**Big Announcement** New Naturopathic Clinic + IV Lounge + Community Space


Happy Spring!

I hope this letter finds you well!

This note is being sent to you to share my exciting news.I would like to announce that I will be opening my own naturopathic clinic. I have been at OMWC for seven and a half years and I am tremendously grateful for my time there. I have been able to build a wonderful practice along side many practitioners whom I admire immensely. And as grateful as I am, the opportunity to grow the community and have many options for people to engage with naturopathic health care is exciting. A brief insight on the new space, it is a naturopathic clinic + IV lounge + community space. So not only will you be able to continue one-on-one health visits with myself there will also be a number of community talks and group services available to empower you on all aspects of health. My purpose is to educate the masses about easy accessible ways to live your best life now and that is exactly what we are going to do together in this new space.

It is important to note that I am not selling my practice, so therefore I remain the legal custodian of your medical file. Your medical records will be coming with me to the new space. Should you want to continue your naturopathic services with the new ND at OMWC please sign a release of records and I will happily transfer your file to them when the time comes. Otherwise, you will be receiving further and continued information (via newsletter) from me regarding all other details needed for booking appointments, billing and etc.

If you have an appointment scheduled with me June 15th and beyond, your appointment will be automatically added to the new online schedule, unless otherwise specified.  You will be contacted to ensure you are fully informed of all changes occurring. 

As of June 15th, 2017, my practice will reside;

Dr. Michelle Peris

Naturopathic Doctor and Associates

481 North Service Road West, unit A4

Oakville, Ontario

(in the same complex as SupperWorks and Oakville Parent Child Centre)

Phone number: 289-815-1322

Fax number: 289-715-2141

Email: admin@MyOakvilleND.ca

Website: www.MyOakvilleND.ca

Online booking available on the website

On June 15th, 2017, all services will be seamlessly transferred to the new clinic. Please do not hesitate to call during this transition. We are accepting appointments as usual.

I am so excited, can you feel it?

My Birth Story <3


My son turns six tomorrow and today like all other eve’s of his birthday I recall all the events of my labour.  Does any other mother do this?  I love reminiscing about my labour it makes me feel happy to recall all the events leading up to meeting the little man who was forever going to change my life.  

I loved my labour and I want to write about it for two reasons.  One, I want to remember it forever, so while the events are still fairly fresh in my mind I want to write them down.  Two, I am extremely committed to changing the script about labour.  I want woman to trust their bodies- just as I did.  I want women to feel transformed into the warrior that they are, just as I did.  I want women to see it as a right of passage into motherhood, because it is and it is so beautiful.  It should be shared as wisdom for all those who labour after us so that they too can be empowered by this wonderful experience called labour.  

Should you want to read, please feel free, I hope you love reading my story as much as I loved writing it.  

I was 40 weeks + 3 days, my sister had come from Alberta to be a labour partner along side my husband.  She read so many more books about labour then husband so I was really thrilled to have her there; plus she was an excellent cook, so I was excited to be fed by her as well.  I had done all the natural labour induction possible- acupuncture, drank the herbal tinctures, was doing my daily squats (okay probably not as many as I should have been doing) and I felt a whole lot of nothing… How was I going to know labour was starting?

Then on May 6th 2011 I was awoken at 5am by what I though was me wetting the bed, I thought ‘how the hell did that happen?’.  When I reached forward to see if what I had just felt was in fact real, I realized there was nothing there… I quickly realized what was happening, my water broke.  It was the coolest sensation (much like when I felt the flutters of my son moving inside of me the first time), it felt like a tiny needle piercing a ballon and then there was an immediate gushing.  I abruptly sat up and just like that went into full panic mode, my whole body started shaking (those who know me, know how quickly my excitement can turn into anxiety).  I shook my husband, I was so excited and yet so terrified about what I was going to feel next, it was all so new, how the hell was I to know what would happened next.  I ran to wake my sister, she was equally excited, it was why she was in Ontario… It was about time! 

She quickly got up to make me blueberry pancakes, which I highly recommend for everyone about to start childbirth! 😉  All I knew is that I wanted to feel nourished this labour, so that I felt strong enough to get through.  

So like any first time mom, I quickly called my midwife- you know cause I sure I was in active labour ;P (ah so naive my first labour).  I was also instructed to call them as I was GBS+ (much to my disappointment).  I would need IV antibiotics especially since I now had ruptured membranes.  The clock was ticking in terms of how long they would let me labour on my own, before needing an induction, it all felt so urgent.  I am very resistant to external pressure, this did not please me so.  It also should be known that I am stubborn and I desperately wanted to go into labour naturally. Of all the priorities I had, when it came to childbirth this was the highest.  I did not want to be induced (to me, pitocin was a gateway drug, perhaps leading me down the intervention path I did not want to go down).  I wanted my natural pain killers to have enough time to elevate to support me in my natural labour, in my mind, it was going to be very difficult to do this if I was induced.  

The other desire I had was to labour at home.  Childbirth to me was a natural process, not needing medical intervention unless absolutely required.  I would not hesitate if that is what I needed, but I really did want to be left at home if at all possible.  It is where I felt safest.  And where you feel safe is where you will labour best.  

From 5am and beyond not much happened.  Except the incredible amount of ‘water’ that came from me, I had no idea how that was possible.  We put towels everywhere, I paced the halls, sent work emails, danced to aqua and every 4 hours my midwives came and checked up on me and gave me my IV drip.  At the 12 hour mark, urgency set in, I did not like that very much, but my labour was not intensifying in the least bit.  We got the call, it was time to go to the hospital, we needed to talk induction.  We had a little talk at home and I agreed to try castor oil (**this is absolutely not recommend for others unless medically supervised, there may be appropriate use for it in labour, however, it can also cause other complications if not used properly, do not try this unless you are working with a professional**).  My team made me two coconut water, frozen fruit and castor oil drinks.  I drank them and off to the hospital we went. 

On route we took bumpy roads (on purpose, ha!) and we listened to Joel Osteen, my husband new that going to the hospital for me was less then ideal, his number one priority was to keep me positive and to help keep my mind flexible.  On our way there, our midwife called, all the beds at the hospital were full, we got to go back home and they would meet us there to check on me.  

When I got home, I understood the urgency of the situation so we turned up the labour induction techniques.  I sat on the toilet and put on the breast pump (one of my most shining moments for sure, my modesty, although not much to begin with, began to fad away)… Luckily by 8pm I was in active labour and we were going to labour at home.  It was intense and I needed whatever resources we had to keep me strong.  I turned on my iPod with my hypo birthing, grabbed my birthing ball and faced a corner.  I don’t know why, but I didn’t really want to engage with anyone.  I was uncomfortable, not that happy and I just wanted to tune inwards.  I listened to that for hours, in hindsight it was supremely helpful, although in the moment I questioned its benefits.  I certainly did not look like those ladies on the UTube videos who’s labour looked like a peaceful sleep.  Oh no, I laboured in the corner, thinking angry thoughts about anyone who tried to help, while my sister fed me frozen grapes in between contractions.  To which, I spit out on my bedroom floor when the next contraction started.  The thought of this still makes me giggle.  

My midwife hung out in the other room and I thought, why isn’t she helping me?  I came to understand that this is not her role in labour, she needed to preserve her energy and chart while I laboured.  This is when I really had wished I had gotten a doula, I really needed a doula.  Even though my sister & husband were incredible, they really were, it is so helpful to have an expert in the room.  Because labour will take you to your breaking point, likely several times in the process.  

We became number obsessed, my support team wrote everything down, I was checked on occasion and every time I heard the numbers I felt greatly disappointed, why wasn’t my body/ cervix progressing the way I demanded it to.  It felt intense, but for some reason the numbers of dilation never seemed to match the intensity of my discomfort.  Now I was really getting angry. 

My midwife suggested I move from the wall (haha) and try and different position to get things moving.  We went into the shower, but standing felt awful for me, they gave me the stool, but I couldn’t bare the heat.  I needed out.  I paced the bathroom, I made noises with every contraction, I think I had one ear bud in for my hypnobirthing, I was hoping for a miracle.  My midwife came over for one contraction, she squeezed my hips and it felt AMAZING.  That was the pain relief I was craving.  But she couldn’t continue that and no one could do it as well as her (hmmm a doula would have been really good about now…).  I remember at this point I was staring at the mirror, I was not very happy, I was uncomfortable, my hair was a mess- standing every which way.  My husband being the cheeky man that he is offered to fix my hair, he in no pain, thought this was a good idea.  To which, I responded with biting his fist.  He got the point.  I was in no mood to care about my hair.  

It was midnight, I felt very nauseous and was on all fours in our bedroom.  I got sick, smoothies- everywhere! But this was a very good sign, perhaps I was in transition, I was so hopeful, it all felt so intense, I was done really.  My midwife checked me, I could hear everyone talking, I cannot recall how dilated she said I was, but I do recall her saying ‘we will check her again in four hours’.  FOUR HOURS!?!?!? She must be mistaken, you see, I am DONE, I am having this baby now (insert the need for a doula again here).  My sister recalls me giving the midwife a mean girl glare, which I believe, I am completely capable of doing such a thing (I loved my midwife, I did not love what she was saying).  

Shortly after I felt the urge to push, I was making all the right noises so my midwife let me go with it.  I began to push on all fours, my husband being the curious man that he is went to watch what was happening.  I could hear him asking a question, I could hear that my midwife was investigating something.  I promptly heard everyone telling me to stop pushing. Excuse me?!?!?! Are you kidding me? You want me to stop the only thing that feels good right now (I use this term ‘good’ lightly, more accurately, it felt like the right thing to be doing in that moment).  

I felt the urgency again, I could hear the hustle around me, still listening to the hypnobirthing in one ear, I checked in and out as needed.  But now I needed to pay attention.  I learned that I was being immediately transferred to the hospital, my cervix had prolapsed and I now needed to be in a hospital to birth this baby.  I understood, I was at peace with the decision and I also knew that risk involved me and not my baby- he was stable and happy.  The risk of haemorrhage was high and I needed to be somewhere safe should I need much important medical intervention.   I had no problem with this intervention, I had laboured at home, which is what I wanted.

I did however, really hate not being allowed to push during contractions.  It was an awful feeling that felt fundamentally wrong.  They tried to change my breathing to assist in pushing prevention, but it was near impossible.  I did my best. In the contractions I began to yell “I’m pushing, I’m pushing, I’m sorry…” It still makes me laugh to this day.  Which at the time, did help with not pushing during contractions.  

The ambulance came.  I walked out, they put me on the stretcher, which felt awful, I liked being on all fours, and literally my son was so close to being born it felt like I was sitting on his head.  Yet he was unphased and stable the entire time. The paramedics were not too kind to my midwife, like she had anything to do with my wanting a home birth.  They were kind to me.  I also understood their stance, I would bet their only experience with home birth had to do with emergent transfers to the hospital.  Why would they think it was safe? I understood where they were coming from. 

What I did not appreciate was the speed at which they were travelling, it felt like they were crawling.  And I resented every time my midwife placed the sonogram on my abdomen, I understood why she was doing it (to make sure my son was stable), but it caused a contraction every. single. time.  Had I not been strapped down I probably would have ninja kicked her (refer to anger issues I was experiencing listed above).  

In true labour story form, my husband and sister, in the car behind us, got pulled over for running a red light.  They were not ticketed and were told to follow safely.  

We got to the hospital, there was barely a room, it was still very busy.  We got situated and I was told to still not push because the OB was not ready for me.  Excuse me? I was pushing this baby out now! They found a resident and we were ready to get this show on the road.  She checked me, moved my cervix out of the way and gave the green light to push this baby out.

What an awesome feeling, until it wasn’t. Ha! It was intense and against my ideal situation, I had to labour this baby in lithotomy position (on my back).  My incredible team held my legs as I did my best to push.  Like all first time labourers I pushed for a while.  I remember cracking jokes about a burning ring of fire, because that is what it felt like.  The intensity was insane and yet it was the best feeling ever because the end was near and I was ready to have this over with.  

Moments later, at 3:26am my son was born and placed on my abdomen.  We didn’t find out his gender beforehand, yet I knew he was a boy all along.  He looked huge on my now puffy abdomen.  We begged the team to delay the cord clamping for as long as possible, but because of my risk of hemorrhage my time was limited.  We think we held them off for about 5 minutes, at least until it stopped pulsing.  I felt so overwhelmed, I was a mom and that felt so foreign.  Not uncomfortable, it felt so right, however, I was in total shock about it.  I had developed a strong bond with this bump that grew over 9 months, but when I met the baby inside it felt so new, almost uncomfortable.  That feeling ceased quickly. 

I had no tearing (thank you Epi- No).

I did not hemorrhage, I had a very successful natural labour.  I understood the whole process and was absolutely fine with how my birth went.  We laughed as we recalled the moments.  Instantaneously I forgot the discomfort (mostly) and felt positive about my experience.  We all thought biting my husband was hilarious.  

We were transferred to a recovery room and all three of us passed out.  Carter was sleepy too, he quietly rested skin-to-skin.  The nurse came to check on us and told us since we were under the care of a midwife and because I was stable, I was free to go after 3 hours.  So we counted down the minutes till discharge, my husband got the car and we went home.  

My labour was challenging, pushing me to my very brink, but I never once considered an epidural (that is the honest truth).  And as much as I didn’t love the discomfort of labour, I trusted my body and really the only major pain I had is when I had to go against my body’s urge to push.  

I felt fond feelings about my labour and all those who supported me even minutes after I was done.  Despite my secret dislike for them while I laboured in my corner alone.  

I felt my labour was beautiful.  It was an experience that I was privileged enough to go through with the end result of meeting the love of my life.  This little man made me a mother, the day before Mother’s Day no less.  He made us a family and that felt so good and so profoundly right.  And as much as I can look back and critique the experience, I wouldn’t have changed any of it.  I love my story, I loved my passion for natural labour and I loved how it all worked out perfectly the way it was meant to unfold.  I didn’t get my home birth but I was completely fine with that. 

That is my birth story.  

And if you have made it this far, I commend you and I thank you.  

Labour is awesome, trusting your body is a wonderful thing. I trusted my body, I rose above any challenge that was thrown my way.  I was a warrior and I was going to handle the challenges that were to come in the next few weeks, months, years in a similar fashion.  This primed me to become the strong mother that I am today.  I feel blessed to have had the experience that I did. 

And that is all I have to say.

Happy Birthday Carter, and happy BIRTH-day to me! 😉 <3 


Bright and Fresh Guacamole


I’m surprised this one lasted long enough to take a picture! We love avacados in our house, not only because they taste delicious, but because they are an excellent source of fibre, potassium and vitamins B6, C, K and folate. They are so versatile and can be easily added to salads, wraps and smoothies, made into a sauce or dip or eaten on their own.

When I have a few kicking around and we’re looking for a healthy snack, I’ll often make a quick batch of guacamole. I thought I’d share my latest recipe with you. This one is super fresh, easy and most importantly, kid approved!

How do you make your guacamole?

Brighten up your Guac!
Serves 4
Sit and savour or pack it up and take along!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. You’ll need;
  2. 2 ripe avocados
  3. 1 large mango
  4. 1 lime
  5. 1-2 cloves garlic
  6. 1-2 tomatoes (I used yellow tomatoes in this batch)
  7. 1-2 teaspoons dried chili flakes
  1. Peel and scoop avocados into medium sized bowl, mash with fork or potato masher. Peel and chop the mango, I like to chop a bit finer so that my guac is a little smoother, add to bowl. If adding tomatoes, chop and add to bowl. Juice the lime and then add the peeled and minced garlic and chili flakes. Mix all together. That’s it!
  2. Don’t be hung up on the order that you add the ingredients to the bowl, just make sure if you decide to take a break (or a little one distracts you) add the lime juice to prevent the avocados from going brown.
  1. *optional, if you like a kick you can also add fresh jalapeno
Michelle Peris ND http://www.oakvillenaturopathicdoctor.ca/
Enjoy and share!

The star-in-hiding aka cornbread muffins


Cornbread is a staple in our home, especially during the cold winter months when soups and stews seem to take over every meal. This gluten free cornbread is a star in hiding as it’s the perfect side to most mains, soups and salads. You can eat it cold or warm it up, either way you will love it. I added jalapenos to this dozen, but often add shredded cheese, rosemary, basil or even pumpkin seeds. It’s a perfect snack when a craving strikes and makes an excellent lunch box addition.

The star-in-hiding aka cornbread muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
You’ll need
  1. 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  2. 1/3 c applesauce
  3. 1 egg (or flax egg)
  4. 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  5. 1 cup almond milk mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 cup cornmeal
  7. 1 cup GF flour
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 tsp GF baking soda
  10. 3 jalapenos (2 diced and one sliced into rounds)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with paper liners OR lightly grease with coconut oil.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a large bowl.
  3. Add applesauce, mix well.
  4. Mix in egg and sugar.
  5. Stir in salt, baking soda, and diced jalapenos.
  6. Add almond milk and mix.
  7. Add cornmeal and gluten free flour and mix well. Adjust with flour if consistency is too thin and more almond milk if too thick.
  8. Fill muffin tin about 3/4 full and top each with a few jalapeno slices.
  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Tops/sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let stand for a few minutes. Transfer to airtight container and cover with clean tea towel to keep warm.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
  1. These gems will keep fresh for a few days in an airtight container. If for some reason you have some left over, they do freeze well.
Michelle Peris ND http://www.oakvillenaturopathicdoctor.ca/

Exciting News- B12 injections, IV vitamin therapy, High Dose Vitamin Dosing and BHRT


I am excited to say I found out last week that I passed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam for Naturopathic Doctors that I wrote in September! I am so thankful for all of the support that I received from my husband, children, extended family, friends, patients and colleagues…both in preparing for the exam and in the nerve wracking weeks while I waited for the results.

Thank you so much for all of the confidence you have in me. 

What does this mean moving forward? I am now able to do the following:

• Access and use the substances and medications on the Schedules of the Controlled Acts Regulation (a complete list can be found in the schedules listed at http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/150168). These substances and medications include: 

o vitamin D over 1000 IU

o vitamin A over 10 000 IU

o desiccated thyroid 

o topical bioidentical hormones (estrogen, progesterone and thyroid) (BHRT) 

• Have an in depth understanding of the evidence based application of pharmaceutical drugs that patients may have had prescribed by other practitioners

I know there are many patients who have been waiting patiently since uly to be able to have their B12 injections again. I am happy to report you can call the office at your convenience to set up an appointment.

Thanks again to everyone for your support and patience.


e-Laws lets you search and browse official electronic copies of Ontario’s statutes and regulations. New laws…


In great health & happiness,

Today I am 34.


I have 2 grey hairs (those are the ones I can see- I care not to look for more)- I seem to get 1 per calendar year- if this continues, I am comfortable with this rate of growth. I go to bed every night grateful for the day I have had. I consider myself tremendously blessed and I focus my attention on all my blessing and try not to spend to much time focussing on my shortcomings (but I am human I do this from time to time). My kids teach me so much about what is important in life- to find joy in the mundane, to slow down and to laugh whole lot. But as a mom I feel so responsible, vulnerable and I tend to worry about everything- their happiness, their health, their well-being (again, I try not to spend too much energy doing this). Juggling so many roles- mom, wife, naturopathic doctor can be challenging at times. So much so, it can make me anxious. I began a regimented work-out routine to combat my anxiety. I am in the best shape of my life and so I am grateful for my anxiety. I have made a lot of mistakes and I am most grateful for them as I have always learned more when I am challenged and forced to grow.

I believe I can achieve anything I set my mind too. In fact, I have.

And when I am told that something is not possible it only ignites a fire within me.

I believe I am getting better with age and that the best is yet to come.

Wishing you all a ridiculously awesome day filled with simple joy and hopefully a lot of laughter. Happy May 21st! <3



Support Ontario NDs



  • Naturopathic Medicine has been regulated in Ontario under the Drugless Practitioners Act (DPA) since 1925.
  • Naturopathic doctors are primary care practitioners and have a 90 year history of safe, effective health care in Ontario.
  • Currently naturopathic doctors have access to all standard laboratory tests offered by Ontario labs and to hundreds of specialized laboratory tests offered by labs outside of Ontario.
  • The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) was established in 1991. Current professions under the RHPAinclude medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, a total of 28 regulated medical professions in all.
  • In the next few months the regulation of naturopathic doctors will move from the DPA to the RHPA.

Proposed Changes

Naturopathic doctors have been looking forward to moving under the RHPA since its inception. The move will hopefully foster intra-professional collaboration and will be beneficial to both practitioners and patients. Naturopathic doctors will continue to provide the naturopathic services that they have been doing. The current proposed changes relate to:

  •  Prescribing rights. The proposed limited prescribing rights relate primarily to the ongoing practice of intravenous therapy, yet may include such things as bio-identical hormones. The proposed new regulations exclude: 
    • Access to key substances such as DMPS and DMSA, which are essential in the treatment of heavy metal exposure.
    • Access to herbs such as Crataegus monogyna, Glycyrrhiza glabra and Echinacae angustifolia used in IV therapy for the treatment of inflammation and immune conditions.
  • Laboratory access is changing from full access to all laboratory tests offered from Ontario licensed labs and external labs outside of Canada to an itemized list of approved laboratory tests. The proposed new regulations exclude: 
    • Many of the laboratory tests used in the treatment of infertility, menopause and hormone dysregulation.
    • The ability to properly test for and monitor the effectiveness of treatments for environmental toxins.
    • Specialized metabolic testing used in the diagnosis of conditions such as Autism, dementia, depression, chronic fatigue and chronic digestive concerns.
    • Specialized cancer markers used in early in the detection of cancer, monitoring of cancer treatments and assessing for reoccurrence or metastasis of cancer.
    • Ability to test for infectious diseases and other immune related illnesses.
    • Bottom line, the access to laboratory testing, that patients pay for, will be greatly reduced, especially those laboratory tests offered by labs outside of Ontario.
    • As part of the initial consultation, naturopathic doctors requested access to about 400 different laboratory tests, the proposed list from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care includes about 170 laboratory tests.  There is a risk that the number of laboratory tests will be reduced even further in the final regulations.
  • Access to the proposed changes can be found on the College of Naturopaths website

What Can You Do

In support of Ontario Naturopathic Doctors, and to ensure your ongoing access to full naturopathic care, we are asking you to:

  1. Sign a copy of the attached letter and send it to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at RegulatoryProjects@ontario.ca and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario at info@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca.
  2. Write to your local MPP asking them to ensure you have access to the health care you desire. Listing of Ontario MPPs.
  3. Ask your friends and family members to support your access to full naturopathic services in Ontario.

All letters must be submitted by the consultation deadline of May 15th, 2015.

If you have any questions please contact your naturopathic doctor or send an email to info@naturopathicfoundations.ca

Thank you for supporting Ontario Naturopathic Doctors.

For additional information:

Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

College of Naturopaths of Ontario