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Nattokinase: The Natural Cardiovascular Health Booster

When it comes to our cardiovascular health, many of us don’t have a high awareness of the prevalence and risks of cardiovascular disease – we tend not to focus on the problems that we can’t see. According to recent surveys, most of us aren’t aware, for example, that blood clots, aka thrombosis, are responsible for one in four deaths in Canada each year. The primary cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, which happens when fatty plaques build up on the walls of an artery and eventually block it. Eventually, these plaques can rupture, and the resultant blood clot can deprive

Client Success Story – Laura Harris

Laura Harris is a forty-two-year-old woman living in London, Ontario who was diagnosed with osteoporosis in her lumbar spine. Known as the “silent thief”, osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. In January of 2018, Laura’s bone mass test revealed a sobering result; her T- Score was -2.5, the borderline for osteoporosis. Worried about the potential for a compression fracture in her spine that could lead to extreme pain and curvature of her spine, Laura began religiously taking AOR supplements, including Lactoferrin and Bone Basics.

7 Steps to Protecting Ourselves From Electromagnetic Fields

Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is not a new phenomenon but environmental exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing during the 20th century. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour are accountable for this ever-increasing EMF exposure. [i]  Over the course of the past decade however, some of the common sources of EMF exposure such as power lines, microwave ovens, computer and cellular mobile phones have become the object of serious health concerns and media attention, in spite of the fact that the authorities tend to minimize

Spotlight on a Silent Epidemic: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (and 5 Ways to Prevent it)

While we usually associate fatty liver with excessive alcohol consumption, there is another form of liver disease known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD that develops in people who drink little to no alcohol. NAFLD can remain ‘silent’ for many years, with few signs or symptoms. The prevalence of NAFLD is increasing at an alarming rate. The risk of developing NAFLD in obese people is 75%. With almost 20 million obese Canadians, NAFLD is a growing health epidemic. Eating excess calories causes fat accumulation in the body. One of the locations fat is stored is in the liver. This

Part 2: Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes?

It is clear that a diet high in fructose can predispose a person to multiple disease processes. Figure Two here summarizes the effects of fructose and the connection with type 2 diabetes. The ability of fructose to raise uric acid levels sheds some light on possible mechanisms in the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This may be a new area where early interventions can be used. In animal and human trials, lowering uric acid improved a number of features of metabolic syndrome, which include renal damage, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and hypertension (Nakagawa et al 2006). It seems that

Natural Options for High Blood Pressure

This month with AOR I did a webinar entitled “Promoting Healthy Blood Sugar”.  In the webinar I gave several suggestions of products that I thought and have seen clinical benefit in balancing blood sugar.  I feel that the taurine product mentioned in the webinar, deserves a closer look. Taurine (see below) is an amino acid that is different from other amino acids in that is has a sulfur group in place of a carbon group in its molecular structure and as such is not incorporated into proteins.  It is synthesized in the liver from other amino acids (cysteine and methionine)

What is Natural Health : A Quick Guide

Have you been thinking about learning more about natural health? Natural health is a way to use self-care to restore the health and well-being of your body. Natural health uses a holistic approach when it comes to various issues. This approach includes a variety of factors, such as the way you take care of yourself when you are sick, the types of foods that you eat, what you think when it comes to your general health, and the ways that you deal with pressure. Is natural health the right path for you? Understanding Natural Health  Natural health is gained when

Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Every day, you hear about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Often, medical experts advise that dietary health supplements can help solve a wide variety of health issues. But are dietary supplements worth it? You might wonder if a supplement is vital for you get and stay healthy. Read on to learn more about why you should definitely consider making dietary supplements a part of your daily regimen.  While experts state that most of your nutritional needs should be met with whole foods, some people may have trouble getting certain nutrients from their diet. This can be true even if you

How to get the B’s you need

VITAMIN NAME DIETARY SOURCES B1 THIAMIN Sunflower Seeds, Beans Peas, Eggs, Potatoes, Oats. B2 RIBOFLAVIN Dairy products, Soy Beans, Bananas, Mushrooms, Almonds. B3 NIACIN Meat, Fish, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Brown Rice. B5 PANTOTHEIC ACID Shiitake, Broccoli, Avocados, Yogurt, Lentils, Poultry. B6 PYRIDOXINE Tuna, Poultry, Vegetables, Tree Nuts, Bananas. B7 BIOTIN Egg Folks, Peanuts, Leafy greens, Onions, Fish, Walnuts, Carrots. B9 FOLID ACID Lentils, Leafy Greens, Broccoli, Beans, Whole Grains. B12 COBALAMIN Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Cow’s Milk, Yogurt. ADVANCED B COMPLEX DESCRIPTION | This family of eight essential B-vitamins is responsible for creating and sustaining your body’s energy supply by helping

Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Are You at Risk?

Vitamin B12, aka cobalamin, is one of the B group of Vitamins. Your body needs it to make red blood cells and DNA, and it’s critical for brain and nervous system function. It is an essential co-factor in the body’s enzymatic processes. Vitamin B12 itself can be broken down into four different, but interrelated types, which you can read about here. (LINK TO BLOG ONE HERE.) Here we’ll discuss the causes, who is at risk and the signs of a B12 deficiency, as well as how you can guard against it. Who May Be At Risk For B12 Deficiency? Seniors

Treatments for Iron Deficiency Anemia and the Need for Phytoferritin Research

KEY WORDS: Anemia: A condition defined by low levels of haemoglobin in the body. Symptoms include fatigue, heart palpitations, headaches and chest pains. Iron- deficiency anemia (IDA): A common type of anemia caused by iron deficiency due to bleeding, poor diet, or malabsorption. As iron plays a vital role in the body, IDA can lead to cognitive, motor and growth defects in children. Ferritin: A protein found in high levels in humans, animals and plants. Its principal role is to bind and sequester iron. As such, ferritin is an organic source of iron.Phytoferritin: Plant ferritin that is similar in structure

Healing ‘Leaky Gut’

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essentially a system of muscular tubes that propel materials along its length, to enable the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste products. The wall of the GI tract is sealed by a layer of intestinal epithelial cells. As well as selectively absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products, the GI wall acts as a first line of defense by preventing potentially harmful toxins or bacteria in the gut from entering the blood. Certain conditions and treatments may damage the GI tract, resulting in loss of integrity of the GI wall. Known as intestinal permeability