Last week I had the pleasure of attending a little presentation by Dr. McCulloch and Dr. Sandilands, followed by a tour of their office in Pickering. I was surprised to learn the scope of issues and ailments they treat – a naturopathic doctor is a primary care giver, in the same way most of us think of our family doctors or GPs. The difference is in the treatment methods. One small example they gave, was rather than suggesting tylenol for your headache, they will ask questions and perhaps suggest various tests to get to the root cause of the headaches, in order to treat the underlying issue, rather than the symptoms of a bigger problem.

As I listened to them describe the number of issues associated with food sensitivities, and what a major role these sensitivities can play in your overall well-being, I was amazed, and thought about all the people I know that complain about various issues that could be related to the food they are eating!

Naturopathic health care is not covered by OHIP, but it is covered by many benefit plans. However, even if you’re like me and have no coverage – the financial costs are minimal compared to the benefits of improved health and wellness, receiving adequate time with your doctor so they can properly assess and monitor your condition, and knowing that the treatments don’t involve adding chemicals to your body that don’t belong there.

Click on the image or link below to check out Dr. McCulloch and Dr. Sandilands, Naturopathic Doctors at Durham Natural Health Centre as they discuss what Naturopathic Medicine is all about and the connection between your skin and your digestive system.

For more information, or to request a complimentary 15 minute consultation to learn more, you can find everything you need on their website:

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I squeezed in one extra special newborn session for sweet little Hanna before the holidays – she arrived a little earlier than expected, which I’m sure meant lots of baby snuggles and oohing and awwing for this family at Christmas. Older brother Max was one of the first sessions here at my home studio, and it’s amazing how much Hanna looks like a tinier version of Max as a baby. That means Hanna is destined for super-cuteness as well :)

Hanna’s first Christmas photos:

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My good friend Rachel and I used to work together right out of high school. We lost touch for a bit after we both moved to other things, but I’m so glad that we reconnected in time for me to document her family as it began to grow. Despite his not-always-eager participation in this session (see the last photo), I know Max will be a great big brother. This little one was born about 35 hours after this session, we made it just in time! Watch tomorrow to find out if it was a boy or girl ;) Those of you that follow me on Facebook will probably already know though, so you’ll just have to come back to see the rest of the photos!

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