How We Stepped Outside Our Comfort Zone and Why You Should Too

I think it was late Spring that I got a Facebook alert from my dear friend (and Roots to Branches colleague) Charlene Pierce, inviting me for a girls weekend away to hike Mt. Katahdin in Maine.  Excited by the weekend away with a bunch of ladies, I quickly accepted without really considering what I had […]

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PMS: Your Months Do Not Have to Feel Like This!

Do you lose 1-2 weeks of feeling like yourself every month because of your menstrual cycle? Do you experience mood swings, pronounced fatigue, and muscle tension before your menstrual cycle? Have you missed work because of your menstrual cycle? If so, READ ON because your months do not have to be like this! Having premenstrual […]

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Meet Dr. Cassandra Goodwin ND

    We are very excited to welcome Dr. Cassandra Goodwin ND to our clinic, helping us to give more timely, top quality naturopathic care for the greater Saint John community!  Please continue to read below to learn more from Cassandra. One of my main inspirations as a naturopathic doctor is the personal power we […]

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Myth Busting Video #3: You Either have to See an MD or an ND

It is a common misconception that Naturopathic Doctors are anti-conventional Western medicine.  For me personally, this is just simply not true. In my ideal world, the most common health care model would be one based off an Integrative Medicine philosophy.  This would be a wholistic, client centred model with a common goal of healing using […]

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Myth Busting Video #2: Naturopathic Medicine is Nothing More than “Hippy Dippy” Medicine

People who aren’t familiar with Naturopathic Medicine have all kinds of different impressions about it’s philosophy and practice.  After the 2nd World War and into the 1950’s, conventional Western Medicine began deeming Naturopathic Medicine as “quackery.”  Heck, even my well-intended younger cousin would tell her friends that I was studying to be a “Witch Doctor” […]

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Myth Busting Video 1: A Naturopathic Doctor is the Same as a Natural Health Practitioner

In my previous life as a Registered Nurse, my title was protected.  Meaning, when I met another lady or gent who introduced themselves as a Registered Nurse, I was confident in the training they had gone through and the licensing exams they had completed in order to get their designation.  There were standards and there […]

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3 Ways to use Water to Fight off Colds and Flus for the Whole Family

In a previous blog post we discussed tips to put into practice in your everyday to help prevent the cold or flu. Now perhaps you didn’t get all your ducks in a line or maybe despite your best efforts you may still come down with a bug. Well don’t fret, there are ways you can […]

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Eggs and Heart Health: Friend or Foe? A Look at the Science

I still have patients that frequently come into my office and proudly talk about the healthy food choices they make and very often will highlight the fact that they eat egg whites and avoid yolks “because they are high in cholesterol.” This is a completely understandable response because for years the media has engrained the […]

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5 Ways to Boost your Immune System Naturally

Well it is that time of year, COLD and FLU season. So, why not try to prevent it?! Drink your water. Keeping hydrated keeps your mucous membranes (one of your protective barriers) healthy and prevents bacteria and viruses from entering your body. Eat a whole foods diet, avoid sugar, and maximize on these immune boosting […]

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The Guiding Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Doctors adhere strongly to six guiding principles that outline the fundamental naturopathic approach to health and healing. These principles separate naturopathic medicine from other forms of health care: First Do No Harm Naturopathic Doctors treat using safe and effective therapies and medicines. They emphasize gentle approaches to care in order to minimize side effects, […]

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