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November 19, 2011

TV Appearance on Downright Domestic - Treating Allergies Naturally

Naturopathic Doctor, Sushma Shah, at the Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic, in Toronto, did an interview on the naturopathic treatment of allergies. She talked about what causes allergies, the triggers, and the naturopathic treatments for food and environmental allergies. She also did an acupuncture demonstration for the treatment for allergies.

If you would like to learn more about the naturopathic treatment of allergies, please give us a call at (416) 913 4325 (HEAL) to talk to our naturopathic doctor or send us an email at: [email protected]

October 19th, 2004

TORONTO 1 -- Channel 15 - Aerosols Negative Effects on the Immune System

Dr.Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about the negative effects aerosols can have on the immune system and on young children.

Aerosols and air freshners contain tiny particulates which when sprayed in the air can irritate the breathing passages and cause respiratory infections in adults and young children. Young infants are particularly more susceptible because the functioning of their lungs is not fully developed.

Studies with mice have also shown that some of these aerosols also contain harmful and toxic substances that can be cancer causing / carcinogenic. They also contain constituents that can be allergenic to our breathing pathways, and down the road, chronic exposure to these aerosols and air fresheners can cause our immune system to weaken leaving us more susceptible to diseases and infections.

If you would like to learn more about the effects aerosols or air fresheners can have on our children or if you are concerned that they may be the cause of their allergies or chronic ear infections, please give us a call at (416) 913 4325 (HEAL) to talk to our naturopathic doctor or send us an email at: [email protected]

November 20th, 2011

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation - Seminar on Naturopathic Approach to Irritable Bowel Disease

Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, at the Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic, in Toronto, presented a seminar on the naturopathic approach to Irritable Bowel Disease. She talked about the course of the disease, differentiating factors between Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis disease, and management of inflammatory bowel disease using natural therapies and supplements.

If you would like to learn more about the naturopathic approach to Irritable Bowel Disease, please give us a call at (416) 913 4325 (HEAL) to talk to our naturopathic doctor or send us an email at: [email protected]

September 5th, 2013


Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about fibromyalgia: "Anti-inflammatory diets significantly reduce the pain. Often if you eliminate gluten and dairy, you will see a noticeable change. Increasing proteins and carbs is helpful. Physical therapy, acupuncture and deep massage therapy with heat are amazing. I also test patients for candida overgrowth and for food allergens. I look at the adrenal glands. Sometimes detoxing can help".

November 4th, 2009


Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about flu prevention: "I suggest using fresh basil leaves and dried oregano. Soak them overnight and use them in your cooking. This really helps prevent flu. Chop up a clove of garlic each night and drink it with some water. Immune-boosting soups are another thing. Soak the root astragalus overnight and put it in your soups. You can find it in Chinese stores. If people are really scared, I give them homeopathics like Influenzinum".

November 26th, 2008


Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about hypochondriacs: "People need to get the proper counselling. Sometimes just hearing from a different authority that nothing is wrong with them helps. A lot of time people don’t get the time of day from their doctors, so when somebody really sits down with them, they’re okay. I also find acupuncture is very helpful, as well as massage therapy. Certain supplements, like magnesium powder, can help very anxious individuals".

November 26th, 2008


Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about food sensitivities and food alergies: "Yes, there is a difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. About 80 per cent of people have some sort of food sensitivity they never knew about. We do a blood test called the ELISA Test [a biochemical technique to detect the presence of an antibody or antigen]. Food allergies are tested with a skin test. Food sensitivities can cause gas, sweating, diarrhea, eczema, fatigue, you name it. The common foods that cause reactions are milk, wheat, yeast and corn."

January 17th, 2008


Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about Crohn's disease: "None of the theories regarding the specific cause of Crohn’s disease have been proven. Those with a Jewish heritage are three to six times more likely to develop it, along with those of European, particularly Scandinavian, ancestry. Other risk factors are family history of inflammatory bowel disease, cigarette smoking, living in an urban area, a diet high in sugar and hydrogenated fats and low in fruits and vegetables, and stress. There is no known way to prevent the disease, but relapses can be reduced with lifestyle changes. Exercise can help prevent stress and depression. Fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, and a bland diet also show promise".

September 20th, 2007

TORONTO NOW MAGAZINE - No Fun In Fungal Infections

Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about fungal infections: "If you're not in optimal health or your diet is high in processed sugars and foods, you're providing the opportunity for these pathogens to thrive. Clinically, we see many people with athlete's foot or jock itch, which can get quite bad if they eat those foods. As soon as we eliminate these and prescribe a simple diet with lots of garlic, ginger and oregano, these infections tend to clear up. They are easy to pick up at the gym, but the chances they'll spread in the body are increased [with a bad diet.] Probiotics like simple acidophilus are important. In a healthy gut, pathogenic parasites and fungus can't thrive. External use of tea tree or lavender oil is helpful".

October 18th, 2007

TORONTO NOW MAGAZINE - Gut Reaction To Probiotics

Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about gut reaction to probiotics. "Normally, our intestinal tract has up to 3 pounds of probiotics or good bacteria. Whenever you take antibiotics or strong drugs, they get killed off. This can affect digestion and absorption of nutrients. These bacteria produce by-products that are natural antibiotics and keep yeast and fungi at bay.

Probiotics make short-chain fatty acids, one of which, butyrate, has been linked to prevention or reduction of colon cancer. Probiotics detox toxins and remove pro-carcinogens, so for colon cancer they are they are extremely important. When buying them, look carefully at the brand and look for research done on it. Some brands of probiotics are really dead or contain only small amounts of bacteria."

April 26th, 2007

TORONTO NOW MAGAZINE - In Pursuit Of Power Pecs

Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about the use of protein powders for body building.

"If you put too much protein into the body, you have to eliminate it, and this is hard on the kidneys. So I don't like a bodybuilding diet. As well, some of the protein (powders) may be processed with products like whey and soy, which some people don't tolerate well and can increase their allergenic potential. This can work against the body and cause inflammation."

July 13th, 2006

TORONTO NOW MAGAZINE - Parasite Paranoia

Dr. Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, talked about the parasites and gastrointestinal problems.

"I find that parasites are a very common problem, not necessarily the ones you might expect like worms but things like yeast, Blastocystis homonis and Entamoeba dispar, common microscopic parasitic organisms found around the world. These can cause gastrointestinal problems. The diagnosis is done by sending three stool samples to a lab in the U.S. Once diagnosed, the treatment might involve taking black walnut, bearberry, pau d'arco and acidophilus (if the person has taken antibiotics) and decreasing sugar and refined foods . I know there are people who say parasites are harmless, but I've seen that they can cause many problems."

August 1st, 2006


Vitality Magazine is one of Canada's largest publications on natural health, alternative medicine, and green living. They've mention our Toronto Naturopathic Clinic -- Candida Centre website as a very good source of information on the topic of Candida and fungal-related illnesses.

August 12th, 2006

PRWEB - New Predictive CardioGenomic™ Profile Test

Natures Intentions Naturopathic Clinic offers new predictive genomic test -- provides basis for customized treatments designed to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) August 12, 2006 -- Natures Intentions Naturopathic Clinic is pleased to announce the latest clinical tool in the new era of genomics-based, personalized health care. Our medical practice is now offering the CardioGenomic™ Profile, developed by Genovations,™ to identify patients who may be more genetically susceptible to developing heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular-related health problems.

Using a single blood or mouth rinse sample, this advanced test evaluates genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), that help reveal how each person’s body is genetically “wired” to break down and clear dietary fats, metabolize cholesterol, activate blood clots, and regulate blood pressure. The SNPs do not cause cardiovascular disease by themselves, but indicate the potential for increased risk when they interact with environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors. By modifying these factors, an individual may potentially reduce his or her cardiovascular risk significantly.

For example, the test can identify individuals who may have higher risk of developing a blood clot while taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. In addition, the test may help identify those more likely to develop high cholesterol in response to dietary fat, or high blood pressure in response to high salt intake. It also evaluates genetic markers linked to chronic inflammation, which is increasingly recognized by health experts as a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.

“This new test will allow patients to uncover potential ‘vulnerable’ spots in their genetic blueprint, giving them the unprecedented opportunity to adopt a more effective, personalized prevention program against cardiovascular disease before it has a chance to develop,” explains Patrick Hanaway, M.D., Medical Director of Genovations.™

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of mortality in the U.S., causing four out of every ten deaths. About 62 million Americans are estimated to have some form of cardiovascular disease.

Individuals with a personal or family history of high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, chronic obesity, or blood clots (thromboses), are primary candidates for the new test. And because nearly 50% of all heart attacks strike people with normal cholesterol levels, even seemingly healthy individuals can also benefit from the test, by using the results to reduce “hidden” cardiovascular risks they may not be aware of.

If you want to learn more about the new CardioGenomic™ Profile and how it can provide the basis for more effective, personalized health care to prevent cardiovascular disease, call Natures Intentions Naturopathic Clinic for more information.

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