Looking At The Full Thyroid Lab Picture

Great, easy to understand article from a colleague of mine explaining the various thyroid blood tests and why testing TSH alone doesn’t give the full picture.

The full bloodwork thyroid panel with TSH, free T4, free T3 and TPO is currently available to clients through our clinic in Canmore for under $100. (403) 609-8385.

https://stonetreeclinic.com/2017/03/23/thyroid-tests-doctor-never-told/

Dr. Monika Herwig ND has lived and practiced Naturopathic Medicine in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta for over 20 years. She supports ambitious heart centered women who support others and have visions they care about (so all moms!) to share their gifts and shine their light in the world without burning themselves out. Individuals who are interested in long term wellness and living a life of freedom, peace and joy while staying true to themselves and what they hold dear. She uses a holistic, functional medicine East-West approach in addressing (and getting rid of for good) superficial symptoms. Dr. Monika views symptoms as just a sign that one of the three main foundations in the body is out of balance. These 3 foundations are CLEAR , CALM, CREATE. Symptoms whether they be constipation, low energy, weight gain abdominally, frequent colds, PMS, anxiety, allergies, headaches, infertility, digestion being off, adult acne, eczema, low thyroid are all a call to action from our beautiful bodies pointing us to what area/s are out of balance so we can take the first next step to get those foundations back. Dr. Monika has created Naturopathic Foundations Coaching Programs around these three principles to give you the support that she has found creating change and changing habits needs. (403) 609-8385 to call in to book.

Menstrual Awareness as a Game changer for Energy, Clarity, Calm & Women's Wellness: Link to Tracker

Rest.

Routine.

Rhythm.

The 3 keys to adrenal gland and hormonal wellness from a lifestyle perspective. These sound so darn simple but in today’s busy world filled with lots of distractions and calls for our energy and time it usually has to be a very conscious effort to get these into our lifestyle.

Naturopathically there are many effective ways to support our adrenal glands (these resiliency glands that when balanced have us feeling energized, calm and balanced). Sometimes good herbal and nutritional formulas are enough to replenish them when we feel overwhelmed and pooped but I find that if the root hasn’t been addressed it is not enough.

The root cause could be a way of daily thinking, eating or living. Working with the daily habits is an important piece of long term health.

For ambitious, creative mothers, leaders and women in general, working and living out of a foundation of self-connection and inner knowing is actually key to sharing their gifts and light with the world without burning out.

OK but how do we actually do that?

Some kind of daily practice is helpful in this.

The game changing piece of cycle awareness is that we can build our habits in a way that aligns with the cyclical beings we are. Looking at the bigger cycles of nature and our monthly menstrual cycle allows us to, as a friend of mine pointed out, “fine-tune things with a ‘done-4-you’ pattern to draw on! “

Working with and understanding our cyclical nature is a simple, potent way to be held by an age old, sustainable, universal pattern in our self-care and our outward contribution of sharing of our gifts and light with our family and world. These cycles hold a lot of practical wisdom in touching into a sustainable rhythm for ourselves.

Here’s a simple tracker to use as a guide to finding your unique rhythm within this ‘done-4-you’ rhythm the Earth herself and women have been influenced from from the beginning.

Well Brain Support Just Got Better : Neurotransmitter Testing Now Available!

I have been interested in the mind-body connection for as long as I can remember. On my personal health journey as well as my role as an observer/space holder of other people's transformations I have been impressed by the impact of the brain and whole nervous system on every aspect of health. Through practices that work at changing mindsets (and "heartsets") like meditation, heart math, psych-k, counselling, mindfulness, yoga nidra, forgiveness practice, NVC, gratitude practices, breath work, and movement arts people can change their body's physiology to favour aging and living well and feeling good.

Often patients come to see me who would like to feel better on all fronts - physically as well as mentally and emotionally. They may feel in a funk, or are overwhelmed, say they're stressed out, maybe having trouble sleeping or feeling more anxious than usual or just don't feel like themselves.  Sometimes it's clear from symptoms that the neurotransmitters may not all be in optimal ranges. There are many effective mood supportive and specifically neurotransmitter specific nutritional and herbal supplements out there but just as with  anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds they don't support all of the neurotransmitter pathways in the body and it can be a wait and see game to determine which of the neurotransmitters is/are imbalanced.

Labrix is a lab we have started to work with at Open to Wellness in the last year. My colleagues who have worked in brain/mood health for years have introduced us to this and I'm thrilled with the information we are getting.  The test kits are straightforward and assess neurotransmitter levels - serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, gaba and glutamate. Their analysis lets  us know where a pathway may be short on nutrients and helps fast track the process of feeling like yourself again and help you access the clarity and energy to make the lifestyle changes that will create health for you. Everyone is so different this helps customize treatment early on.

The panel that has been most popular  is the Neuroadrenal panel which includes a saliva adrenal panel (assessing phases of adrenal wellness) as well as the urine neurotransmitter panel. Naturopathically speaking stress often is buffered by healthy adrenal glands and assessing the adrenal's vitality is a key piece of this picture of moving from surviving/getting by to thriving again! Thanks Dr. Heidi and Dr. Chris for sharing this gem of a test. (-:

Here's a glimpse at our amazing body's chemistry lab where she uses different ingredients to support different enzyme pathways.  It's a screen shot so not as clear. I like how it offers us a sense of the connection between the neurotransmitters too.