Neurvana Health Blog - Alternative Medical Therapies That Work

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What Is Heavy Metal Chelation

If you have quite a bit of a heavy metal burden, it can affect your hormones and how you secrete them. What is Heavy Metal Chelation? Heavy metal chelation is a therapy that we use in order to take heavy metals that have potentially stayed in the body after exposure, bind them and get them […]

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Lifestyle and Your Hormones

With diet and lifestyle recommendations there are some that are helpful for overall hormone health, and then there are others that we use when we start to get really specific once we’ve looked at comprehensive hormone testing. Diet The first of my top recommendations for diet, which is important for promoting liver detoxification of our […]

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Birth Control Options

There are a lot of different birth control options out there. The most common options that women hear about are the birth control pill and hormonal IUDs. The Pill VS An IUD When we think about a birth control pill, that’s something that we take orally that our body absorbs, so we absorb about 90% […]

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Has a Concussion Put an End to Your Social Life?

Mingling at the water cooler with coworkers or grabbing a coffee with friends shouldn’t seem like difficult tasks. But to someone who recently suffered a concussion, even the most simple social interactions can become incredibly overwhelming. Suddenly, even standing in the same room as other people can make you feel unsafe… and that’s because your […]

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How Your Environment Affects Cancer Treatment

Your home deserves to be your safe space throughout oncology treatment. But at a time when the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has identified more than 28 known environmental carcinogens across the ten provinces, it’s important to understand how your normal surroundings play a role in your cancer care. Could your home have a negative impact […]

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Decipher Brain Waves with Dr. Daniel Amen and qEEG

Of the 79 organs in the human body, could the brain be the key to total wellness? I certainly think so — and so does Dr. Daniel Amen, a physician and adult and child psychiatrist who has honed the world’s largest database of functional brain scans to create personalized treatment plans for a patient’s every […]

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Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine Voted Best of Calgary

Here at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, you’d be hard-pressed to find a patient or practitioner who didn’t think our clinic was the best in Calgary. Fortunately, the independent reviewers at The Best Calgary agree! Neurvana has been voted one of the clinics with the best naturopath in Calgary, and we couldn’t be more proud. Check out […]

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Does Your Diet Impact Hormone Health?

Would you believe me if I told you that every trip to the grocery store is also an opportunity to balance your hormones? Sure, it might sound crazy that food can have such a significant impact on your hormone health — but it’s true! Your diet, including the foods you pick up on your weekly […]

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The Surprising Link Between Concussions, Hormones, and Mood Swings

Would you believe that one small bump to the head could feel like an entire asteroid has crashed into your universe? Something as common as a concussion can not only cause endless physical symptoms but also a variety of unexpected emotional changes. From unexplained anxiety to sudden intrusive thoughts, there’s a surprising link between concussions, […]

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How Nutrition Plays a Part in Cancer Care

Anywhere you look on the internet, you’ll find a ton of misinformation regarding nutrition and cancer care. While some falsely claim that a diet of rare mythical fruits can miraculously cure cancer, others state that data-backed nutritional changes can’t make any difference in your outcomes with the disease. Fortunately, research has conclusively proven that the […]

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How Long Should You Stop Your Favourite Activities After an Injury?

From a slight tingle in your shoulder blade to a dull throb under your kneecap, chances are, you’ve become familiar with the first signs of an injury. And whether you’re an avid athlete or simply prefer an active lifestyle, you figure that an injury can only mean one thing: time away from your favourite activities… […]

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The Role of Exercise in Holistic Cancer Care

A common question I receive from cancer patients is, “How does fitness influence my outcomes?” The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise in cancer care — but there is a method to build in healthy, sustainable, reasonable amounts of exercise through all phases of the cancer journey. The key is to have […]

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Can Concussions Impact Our Brain’s Ability to Fight, Flight, or Freeze?

Fight-or-flight. A response that’s meant to aid in survival in dangerous situations can actually become the baseline for those who have recently suffered a concussion. In fact, there are multiple downstream effects that can happen after a concussion — including an alternative to fight-or-flight, freeze. But did you know that a concussion can limit your […]

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Tune Into the Exposing Mold Podcast with Corey Deacon

When it comes to mold research, few Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners are as current with recent advancements as Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine’s very own Corey Deacon. With training directly from Dr. Ritchie C. Shoemaker and Dr. Andrew Heymam, two physicians who pioneered modern mold illness studies, Corey remains at the forefront of biotoxin-related illnesses. This month, […]

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The Curious History of CIRS Explained

All complex illnesses seem to share quite a curious history, and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is no exception. Though CIRS recently made headlines as the condition that took Chicago Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews, out of the 2020 NHL season, the history of CIRS extends much deeper than that — all the way to a […]

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Benefits of Low-Level Laser Therapy for Cancer Treatment 

Cancer treatment is much more than the pamphlets you read or doctors’ offices you visit. It’s the physical pain that radiates through your body at all times of the day. It’s the sleepless nights that are worsened by mental and emotional stress. Cancer treatment is far from easy — and it’s okay to acknowledge how […]

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Can Hormones Affect Your Weight?

You’ve eaten healthy, exercised, and maintained a consistent water intake, but the number on the scale still hasn’t shifted, at least not as much as you’d expected it to. Sound familiar? At Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, I work with plenty of women who struggle with similar stubborn weight gain. There are a ton of reasons why […]

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What is Mistletoe Therapy in Cancer Care?

Mistletoe may be symbolic of holiday cheer, but now, it’s giving cancer patients something to smile about all year long. As one of the most widely studied alternative medicine therapies in cancer care, mistletoe extracts have shown to limit the debilitating side effects of conventional cancer treatment. In fact, mistletoe therapy is among the most […]

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What the Colour of Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

What are the first words that come to mind when you think of your monthly period? For most women, those words would be uncomfortable, painful, and annoying (or even hot compress and chocolate ice cream!). But what if your menstrual cycle could reveal more about your physical health than just those unpleasant premenstrual syndrome (PMS) […]

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How Does Nutrition Affect Injury Recovery?

Maybe you pushed yourself a bit too hard at the gym, or perhaps you took a tumble out on the trail. No matter the case, you’ve joined the other 4.2 million Canadians who suffer a severe injury each year. So, what to do now? After an injury, there are two immediate steps you should take. […]

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Is Rest Really the Only Cure to My Symptoms?

Rest for the first 24 hours. Rest after physical activity. Rest if your symptoms begin to flare up. If you had a dollar for every time someone told you to rest after a head injury, chances are, you’d be a millionaire by now. But why is rest always the go-to solution for head injury symptoms […]

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Alternatives to Accutane for Severe Acne Treatment

When you have acne, your medicine cabinet tends to overflow with topical ointments, Instagram-endorsed elixirs, and an assortment of antibiotic medications. At times it feels like you’d try just about anything to get rid of stubborn whiteheads or inflamed blackheads for good. But Accutane? Those side effects seem a bit too harsh, even for severe […]

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Is it Possible to Have a Quality Life During Cancer Treatment?

Long walks around the riverbanks with your partner. Ice cream dates with your children. Life’s simplest pleasures never feel farther away than when you’re staring down a cancer diagnosis in the middle of aggressive treatment. When treatment begins to take a toll on your mental and physical health, it’s important to know that quality of […]

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How anxiety is linked to your hormones

Did you know that women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety as men? Nearly 25% of women — or one in four — have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the past year alone. Though anxiety has several causes that range from external to internal stress factors, hormonal changes throughout the […]

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How Dr. Nelson Became Our Resident Iron Man (Champ, That Is!)

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to people calling me anything other than my first name. Doctor, Doc, you name it — but Iron Man? That’s a new title! While I might not have a full suit of body armor waiting in my office à la Tony Stark, I do have seven Half […]

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Choosing Her Own Path – A Cancer Case Study

When Rosemary found out that her cancer she thought was in remission had spread to her lungs, she decided to take her daughters’ advise and came to speak with Corey Deacon at Neurvana Health. Find out how her path changed through one visit.

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Finding Joy After 11 Years – A Concussion Case Study

After a concussion in 2008 Stephanie felt numb and angry all the time. Find out how working with us at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine brought back her joy. My name is Stephanie and I’m from Lethbridge, AB. I was to teach phys ed for 16 years and administration for a year and a half before I […]

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Pros and Cons of At-Home Test Kits: When to Visit a Doctor

From personal care items to at-home test kits, Amazon has become a one-stop-shop for Canadians looking to stay on top of their health. Nearly half of all Canadians aged 18 to 54 shop on Amazon at least once per week—and there’s a good chance many of them are taking a gamble on at-home hormone tests. […]

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Alternative Treatments to Cortisone You Can Rely On 

Arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis—if you have a pain condition that ends in “itis,” it’s likely you’ve been offered cortisone treatments in the past. Cortisone injections are typically one of the first (and only) options offered by traditional doctors. While these injections might offer temporary benefits, they do so at the expense of potential long-term complications. If […]

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What is Tumour Sensitivity Testing and Why Should You Do It?

There’s no magic wand for curing cancer—but there is a method for dramatically improving the chances that treatment will be successful. It’s called tumour sensitivity testing and it can have a profound effect on the outcomes of someone’s cancer. If you or someone you love has recently found a malignant tumour or started cancer treatment, […]

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No More Living In The Dark – A Concussion Case Study

Craig has gone from being so sensitive to lights and sounds that he had to live in his dark basement after his concussion to being able to film the video below with the lights on and no sunglasses. Read on to find out how he was able to resolve his symptoms by working with us. […]

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Neurofeedback helped Victoria fix her chemo-brain symptoms

Chemo-Brain Triumph – A Cancer Case Study

Victoria felt like she had Alzheimer’s receiving chemo and radiation for breast cancer. Find out how she feels now, after her boss told her to try neurofeedback. What brought you to work with Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine? My journey is, I’ve had breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and I had chemo and radiation. The […]

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Allergy Season is Back in Business (But So Are We!)

Allergy season is back in business in Southern Alberta. Fortunately, so are we! The staff at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine are up-and-running at our brand new Mission location and are ready to help solve those tricky allergy issues.

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The Best Walks in Calgary: 3 Spots to Check Out ASAP

Looking for a way to explore the beauty of Calgary and experience tons of health benefits? Go for a walk! Here are the top three best walks in Calgary.

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Coming Out of the Fog – Brain Fog Testimonial

When DarleeAnn first heard Corey Deacon speak at an event, she was blown away that someone was finally describing how she had been feeling for so long. Discover how we were able to help her not only get her life back, but truly begin to enjoy it again.

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We’re moved!

My name is Victor Pidkowich. I’m the CEO of Neurvana™ Naturopathic Medicine. We may not have spoken before… Or had the opportunity to meet… But I have been with you since the day you chose to join the ranks of individuals committed to improving their health.  Like you, I’ve also had to struggle with chronic […]

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Neurofeedback Changed My Life – Depression Testimonial

After suffering from depression for over 15 years, Ashley felt like she was at the end of her rope. When she decided to give neurofeedback a try, she came to Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine and has been blown away by the changes she’s seen in herself. My name’s Ashley. I am from Calgary, Alberta originally and […]

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The Science Behind Saunas and Our Favourites in the City

Though saunas in Calgary might seem like just another method to unwind and relax after a rough week, science is telling us otherwise. All evidence is pointing to a link between regular sauna baths and a better health-related quality of life. New research discovered that routine sauna bathing can not only reduce your risk of […]

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The Best Hidden Farmers’ Markets in Calgary

The local farmers’ market is jam-packed with delicious fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked goodies, and high-quality meats and poultry to fill your fridge. From artisan teas to home-grown harvests, take a look at what’s waiting for you at local Calgary farmers’ markets.

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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a type of alternative medicine that believes in the healing power of nature and promotes the body’s self-healing mechanism. It includes natural therapies like nutrition, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. Naturopathy originated in 400 BC when Greek philosopher Hippocrates stated that one must view the person as a whole when trying to find the […]

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Dealing with SIBO and Improving Your Gut and Overall Health

Our gut is extremely important for the proper working of our immune system. Having a healthy gut will go a long way in maintaining good physical and mental health. Doctors at a naturopathic clinic can help maintain your gut health. One of the most common issues that our gut faces is small intestine bacteria overgrowth […]

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How to Find Out If You Have Lyme Disease With Testing That Works

Lyme Borellia and other co-infections are master hiders and know exactly how to evade your immune system.  Why is this a problem? Hiding is one of the main reasons why it is so difficult to detect the presence of Lyme disease and its co-infections in your body. The infection can hide intracellularly (inside your cells) […]

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The Complexities of Lyme Disease, And How to Find Real Help

You’ve been suffering from multiple symptoms, have been labeled a chronic case and you suspect you may have Lyme disease. You’ve done the research (more than you ever thought you had to), consulted with some experts and you think you found an answer. Finally!  You excitedly visit your doctor and explain your Lyme findings, yet […]

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The Best Health Food Stores in Calgary, as Told By a Local Nutritionist

Chances are, grocery shopping isn’t always the favourite item on your to-do list. Well, I’d like to change that. Here at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, one of my greatest pleasures is inviting patients into the wonderful world of wholesome health food stores. From therapeutic herbs and funky fungi to organic home products, your local health food […]

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3 “Weird” Symptoms You May Experience After a Concussion

You may have a dozen or more chronic hormonal symptoms, but “crazy” isn’t one of them.  Maybe your doctors, friends and even your Google-symptom-searching family have told you that your hormonal symptoms couldn’t possibly be related to your concussion—but you know you’re not crazy (and we know you’re not too).  Are you taking medications and/or […]

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Help! I’ve Tried Everything But My Concussion Symptoms Won’t Go Away

Dozens of Google searches, doctor visits, diet changes and emotional rollercoasters—you’ve tried everything you know and you are still symptomatic.  You may have even been told that your current symptoms couldn’t possibly be due to the concussion you got months or even years ago. They were supposed to subside after eight weeks. Maybe your symptoms […]

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From Extrovert to Introvert: My Social Life Tanked After I Got a Concussion

If you suffered a concussion or multiple head injuries, you may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Not because you want to isolate yourself, but because socializing and interacting with people can quickly turn into uncomfortable sensory overload. So what do you do? You retreat, which is completely understandable. After all, it’s easier to […]

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Returning To In Clinic Apointments and What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

The wait is finally over and The Neurvana Health clinic is moving toward a full re-opening of services.  There are current limitations and procedures that need to be followed in compliance with Alberta Health guidelines as they pertain to COVID 19. As the situation changes we’ll be sure to update you with new standards. Here’s […]

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Symptomatic After a Concussion? These Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Help

Have you suffered from a concussion or multiple head injuries? If you are experiencing chronic symptoms due to concussion, “searching for answers” has likely become as daily a routine as brushing your teeth and putting on pants. Google, books, reputable practitioner websites—you probably have an arsenal of information at your disposal that has helped you […]

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How One Testimonial Changed Her Life – A Gastrointestinal Disorder Case Study

Marlene’s symptoms got so bad that she thought she was getting Alzheimer’s in her 50’s. Knowing she didn’t just want a pill to make her feel better she decided to try another route. Find out how she is feeling now. I’m Marlene Kangus, I’m 56 years old, a mother of four and a grandmother of […]

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