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Chantal Ann Dumas, ND

Posts by: Chantal Ann Dumas, ND

How Inflammation May Play a Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder

While researchers do not yet know why, they doknow that the rate of autism is increasing. According to the 2018 Report of the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System, an estimated 1 in 66 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).[i] ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder and refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech, and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.[ii] There is not one form of autism but rather many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.[iii] Currently, physicians diagnose the neurodevelopmental

How Diet Affects our Emotional Well-being

According to the World Health Organization, depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.[i] The standard treatment for depression is antidepressants but 40 to 70% of patients are not alleviated by existing treatments.[ii] What if our diet could alleviate our moods? Most of us have noticed that certain foods make us feel better while others leave us feeling tired, or simply do not seem to agree with our system. This connection between what we eat and how

Is post-pandemic stress affecting your digestion?

As we are slowly emerging from the COVID-19 situation, many of us are feeling a pressing need to get back in shape and to clean-up our diet. Some might even be tempted to undergo a ‘little detox’ to overcome the sluggishness feeling and get rid of the extra kilos. However, we must consider our level of stress and overall energy before entering any kind of detox process. COVID-19 Impact Stress can be lifesaving but when it becomes chronic, it has all sorts of negative impacts both on our physical and mental health. At the end of April, an IPSOS poll

Natural Strategies to Optimise the Vaginal Microbiome

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The Ultimate Three Food Habits for a Healthy Microbiota

Over the past few years, what we used to call our good gut bacteria or intestinal flora has been the object of growing scientific investigations and public interest. It is now widely accepted that a healthy microbiome is one of the key-element to our overall health and the use of probiotics supplements and fermented foods have become common practice. However, we might not be so familiar with the best practices when it comes to feeding our microbiota and maintaining a healthy microbiome. Let’s explore some simple ways to achieve that! Getting acquainted with our wonderful microbiome Did you know that

My Top Five Natural Strategies to Shine During the Winter Months

Are you feeling constantly tired, abnormally sad and craving carbs or rich foods? If winter makes you feel like hibernating until spring comes back, you might be suffering from the winter blues! Everyone’s mood can be affected by the weather, but if the seasonal changes impact your entire sense of well-being, it could be related to seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a kind of depression that appears at certain times of the year, usually in the fall when the days get shorter and lasts through the winter. Although only 2 to 3% of Canadians will experience SAD in

Healthy gut, healthy breast?

Estrogens are a well-documented contributor in the etiology of breast cancer.[1] Consequently, the importance of proper estrogens metabolism and reducing exposure to xenoestrogens are increasingly recognised as effective ways to reduce breast and other estrogens-related cancer risk.[2]  Recent discoveries are unravelling the importance of gut bacteria and their DNA – collectively known as estrobolome – in the proper elimination of estrogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds (xenoestrogens). Could improving our gut health constitute the next step in maximizing hormonal balance and reducing our breast cancer risk? Estrogen’s Metabolism Estrogens must eventually be broken down into metabolites by the liver and excreted from

Epigenetics: A Shift in Paradigm

What began during the mid-twentieth century as broad research focused on combining genetics and developmental biology has evolved into the field we currently refer to as epigenetics. The idea that environmental factors can trigger epigenetic changes reflected at different stages throughout a person’s life and even in later generations is controversial, as scientific convention states that genes contained in DNA are the only way to transmit biological information between generations. However, new scientific evidence demonstrates that our genes are modified by the environment all the time, through chemical tags that attach themselves to our DNA, switching genes on and off.

Shift Work Symptoms Pt. 2: Optimizing Melatonin Levels

In spite of the mounting evidences concluding that disrupting our circadian rhythm by staying awake at night while our body expects to be sleeping is harmful to our health, the luxury and privilege of choosing work hours may not be an option for everyone. Fortunately, there are some non-medical options to increase melatonin levels and for improving symptoms associated to Shift Work Disorder. Choosing the Right Light Exposure Optimal melatonin production by the pineal gland occurs in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. Getting bright sun exposure during the day and sleeping

Shift Work Symptoms Pt. 1: What is SWSD and How Does it Impact Your Health?

While shift work may be critical to the economy, evidence indicates that it can take a physical and emotional toll on workers. Let’s look at the facts surrounding shift work and explore some of the natural solutions to minimize their negative impact on our health. What is Shift Work Sleep Disorder (aka SWSD)? Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) is characterized by insomnia and excessive sleepiness affecting people whose work hours overlap with the typical sleep period. SWSD is frequently associated with falling asleep at work, a shortened total daily sleep time and a reduced sleep quality in comparison to those who

Ladies, Liven Up Your Libido: Four Aspects of Sexual Health During Menopause

A common concern that many women seem to bring up as they approach or hit menopause is a decline in sexual desire. While many women accept a decline as inevitable, this is not necessarily true. Arguably, some illnesses and prescription drugs can have a negative impact on our sex life but by and large, women can aspire to a long and healthy sex life by addressing the root cause of dysfunctions. Research showing that staying active sexually can bring benefits physically and emotionally, is even more reason to prioritize sexual health and well-being. Now that we have established that it

Ovarian Cancer: It’s Not All About the Genes!

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer for women, but it is Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer. In 2016, an estimated 2,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and approximately 1,750 will die from the disease.  Ovarian Cancer Basics Ovarian cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in cells of the ovary and can metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body. There are different types of ovarian cancer, classified according to the cell from which they start and comprised of distinct sub-types. Epithelial ovarian carcinomas: the most common type (approximately 90%) of ovarian cancer. Germ

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