Tackling high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol

High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP or hypertension) is a condition in which your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Under the new guidelines in 2017 from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, anyone with a blood pressure of 130/80Continue reading “Tackling high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol”

Thyroid illness: can we decrease thyroid antibodies naturally?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease are autoimmune conditions where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism, energy and mood. In these autoimmune conditions, the immune system creates anti-thyroid autoantibodies (aka thyroid antibodies) that damage the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism (click here if youContinue reading “Thyroid illness: can we decrease thyroid antibodies naturally?”

10 signs your thyroid isn’t functioning properly

Researchers say that 10% of the general population have thyroid disorders. If you’re a woman over the age of 35, take heed- Experts estimate that 1 in 3 women over 35 develop thyroid illness at one point in their lifetime. The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, produces thyroid hormones which regulate your body’sContinue reading “10 signs your thyroid isn’t functioning properly”

Recurrent yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis (BV)? Address the cause.

Women with recurrent vaginal infections know how frustrating it is to get yet another infection. Not only are the symptoms uncomfortable and annoying but it’s often embarrassing to bring it up with your doctor or gynecologist- again. In this article, Dr. Ardyce Yik ND discusses her experience in helping women of all ages get ridContinue reading “Recurrent yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis (BV)? Address the cause.”

How to get rid of cold sores (and prevent them from returning)

Do you get cold sores? Want to get rid of them naturally- and prevent them from returning? Read on to get the lowdown on this unsightly but common viral infection. WHAT CAUSES COLD SORES? Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, fluid-filled blisters found on or around the lips. These are caused by theContinue reading “How to get rid of cold sores (and prevent them from returning)”

Abnormal Pap smear. HPV infection. Now what?

A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It alerts doctors to the presence of suspicious cells on your cervix. Women who have an abnormal Pap smear such as ASCUS are often told to wait and repeat the Pap in 6 to 12 months’ time. But what if you can do more than just “wait”? WhatContinue reading “Abnormal Pap smear. HPV infection. Now what?”

Women on birth control pills have lower measures of ovarian reserve than non-users

A recent study from the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark shows that oral contraceptives (“the Pill”) have a suppressive effect on two markers of ovarian reserve, anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC). The AMH test helps to estimate ovarian reserve by measuring the number of follicles developing in the ovary at a particular time. The AFC isContinue reading “Women on birth control pills have lower measures of ovarian reserve than non-users”

Throat cancer linked to oral sex

So, what exactly is the link between throat cancer and oral sex? In a recent interview, American actor Michael Douglas admitted that his throat cancer may have been caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV, transmitted through oral sex. HPV is a virus that is spread through physical, oral or genital contact. There areContinue reading “Throat cancer linked to oral sex”

Male infertility: can Wi-Fi kill your sperm?

A number of men keep their Wi-Fi-enabled devices on their laps, in their pockets or in close proximity to their nether regions. But a study has found that using Wi-Fi may decrease a man’s fertility by decreasing sperm motility and increasing sperm DNA fragmentation. The cause is apparently electromagnetic radiation from the wireless communication. Researchers took semen samples from healthyContinue reading “Male infertility: can Wi-Fi kill your sperm?”

Baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 to be tested for the Hepatitis C virus (HVC), which can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Baby boomers are 5 times more likely than other adults to carry the hepatitis C virus. AboutContinue reading “Baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C”