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Tips for Your Sleepless Nights – Insomnia

Hi there, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness. I’m an integrated endocrinology expert guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine and what I’m really excited about is teaching people how to change their nutrition lifestyle habits so they can prevent illness before it starts.

Today’s topic is insomnia and my top 3 tips to help resolve this problem, so tip number 1 is to take a look at the hormonal system through consultation and lab testing we can discover which hormones are out of balance. For example in women who have progesterone deficiency they find great relief with replacing this hormone.
Tip number 2 is to look at the nutrition intake and find which foods are problematic for the individual so people don’t often realize the kind of impact that dietary influences can have on sleep and wake cycles.
Tip number 3 is to look at your exercise as optimal melatonin secretion happens with early morning exercise and often people who were exercising late at night time often find that they don’t sleep as well.

Another problem is that people experiencing pain and using pain medication, they don’t realize that this actually also blocks the night time sleep hormone melatonin so finding alternatives to pain is a great way to help to resolve sleep issues.

So this is my top 3 tips for resolving insomnia. I’m Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine. Take care.

Naturopathy, Naturopathic Doctor | Divine Elements Health Centre

I have always been interested in the human body and its potential and especially the healing potential that the body has and growing up with Ayurvedic Medicine and natural remedies it really drew me to naturopathy and wanting to help people find that potential for themselves.
I graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 so for about five years now I’ve been a naturopathic doctor and one the biggest triggers for me was definitely my parents, my mom specifically was always get us to eat healthy and so we were raised in an environment that supported that.
At the beginning of this year I hyperextended my knee really badly and there was a point where the next few days I couldn’t even walk. I was just lying in bed all day in excruciating pain. I actually went to see a friend of mine who is a physiotherapist and he pretty much said I needed surgery and that was pretty devastating to hear just because I’m really active, I love going into, I loved all activities, I love playing all sorts of different sports and I knew this was going to hinder that, I didn’t want to be out 8 months doing rehab. I wanted to be out and doing activities and so after my first treatment with Nicholas my knee felt amazing.
I’ve been coming to Divine Elements for just over 2 years now. I was having a lot of problems with my nutrition and digestion and my energy levels; I just wasn’t feeling very good. It took a lot of hard work, but I felt amazing. I was able to digest a lot of foods better. My eczema went away and I just, my overall energy level just shot right up and I felt fantastic.
Definitely our modern age food has become a big issue for a lot of people, so how we digest, assimilate, absorb nutrients is a very common concern for a lot of people, so it’s usually what kind, I’d say it’s one of the major things that draws people into our clinic. From there we definitely find a lot more information about the individual so maybe chronic injuries which is maybe where my passion is, is more a line chronic illness which people may have been suffering for many years and trying out different routes of medicine and maybe not quite coming to a place where they’re feeling settled and healed in their bodies, so we modify treatments, we work with the western medical system as much as we can to incorporate a holistic approach to how we heal.
What makes us unique is that we’re able to use Ayurvedic approach and all the other tools we have to really look at the person as an individual and to see what their constitution is and also use our own personal experience with our practices to see what needs to be done to help that person heal.
Our modalities are quite varied especially in the scope of naturopathic medicine, specifically in this clinic we focus a lot on intravenous injections and vitamin drips and something called Neural-Prolotherapy which is a pain treatment technique involving multiple superficial injections much like acupuncture but with a solution. We also do something called Neural Therapy which is very similar to Neural-Prolotherapy again for pain treatments, for endocrine dysfunction, for organ regulation so that’s more my passion for the treatment is getting, bringing these tools that we can see some profound effects from treating the root cause of why things are coming up, so the big core of our principal is always to work on nutritional and lifestyle factors first, then address stress components and how we relate to stress and in tying that together with these more practical application treatments to trigger the body’s innate immune response.
I started for my son. He was, he came down with allergies to peanuts and I brought him here first. I’d never been to a naturopath before and on my way out for the third session I realized why aren’t I going because I was pregnant with my third child within five years and I was feeling horrible and depleted and I thought maybe a naturopath could help me such as my son. I came here and got the IV therapy and immediately within probably a week or two, I was feeling better, I have more energy, I was able to get through my day with my 2 boys at the time and being pregnant.
It’s the connection that I have and can make with the individual and like I said before is helping them find their potential because we all have it within us but being able to guide them and teach them and then help have them go out there on their own and be able to heal themselves afterwards is what really motivates me.
So what really motivates me to come to work every day is seeing the inspiration on people’s faces when they, when they start to incorporate some of the things were suggesting and then of course whenever we’re doing any treatments to be able to see immediate effects especially using Neural-Prolotherapy for these chronic pain issues that people have been suffering with for a long time, that definitely gets me excited because I know this medicine is working and the way we’re applying it is really helping people so that’s by far the most exciting thing about coming to work every day.
Would I recommend Divine Elements to other people? Absolutely, I think if you are experiencing any sort of discomfort or just low energy levels or if there’s anything bothering you, really I suggest you come here immediately.

Are your Hormones Driving you Crazy?

Hello there, I’m Dr Sonya Jensen of Divine Elements Family Wellness in Vancouver.

I’m a women’s health expert and have a special focus in integrative endocrinology. What I do is help women using Naturopathic Medicine, Coaching and Lab testing to help you eliminate PMS, have more energy and better quality relationships with yourself and your family. But what I’m really interested in is empowering mom’s reconnect to themselves.

Today I want to talk to you about an upcoming workshop I’m running with a dear friend and Colleague Dr Rozeela Nand. We’re super excited to teach you our top five strategies to balance hormones and live symptom free.

We both have extensive experience in this field and are looking forward to sharing our work with you.

I’ll be following this video up with some tips on how to begin implementing natural strategies for a more balanced you.

Thanks for listening, I’m Dr Sonya Jensen of Divine Elements Family Wellness empowering women to live healthy and live happy!

Are your Hormones Driving you Crazy!!

Whether you are having afternoon tea or going for a run with your girlfriends some how or another the topic of hormones always comes up. One may complain about cramping and mood swings, while another about not losing weight no matter what she has tried. Hormones affect every aspect of our life, from our intimate (or lack there of) relations with our partners to the inability to cope with the stresses of today’s world.  Everyone you know has some sort of imbalance that affects their lives everyday.

So why is this so common? Why in today’s world has complaining about anything from our monthly cycle to our transition through Menopause become a norm.  Many patients will come in and I will ask them how their cycle is, the response I usually get is, “oh you know the normal stuff, cramping, bloating, breast tenderness, clots!”. This ladies, is not normal! It has become normal from the commercials for anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication now marketed towards women, and the lack of education for young women about their hormones and how they actually work for you and not against you. This is your body telling you a story of your internal environment and your health. It is an opportunity to look deeper into your body to see where the imbalance is coming from. Is it digestion, your thyroid, what is your body reacting to.

One of the most common reasons we see for these symptoms is something called Estrogen Dominance.  This is a term given to a state in the body where the ratio between Estrogen and Progesterone is not balanced, leaving Estrogen unopposed. This leads to Symptoms such as-

  • Weight Gain
  • Low Levels of Thyroid Hormones
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Fogginess
  • PMS etc

This also makes transitioning through Peri-menopause and Menopause challenging, leading to symptoms such as-

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence
  • Vaginal Dryness

Although Hormones are a piece of the puzzle when getting your health back on track, it is THE piece that creates the foundation for you to feel like yourself again!

Join Dr. Sonya Jensen ND and Dr. Rozeela Nand DC at Choices ( Kitsilano) Annex on June 8th, 2014 to learn more about your Hormones and the Top 5 Strategies to live Symptom Free!

When:
Monday, June 8th @ 6:30pm
Tickets $10, Net Proceeds go towards Women for Women International Charity
http://www.womenforwomen.org/

Where:
Choices (Kitsilano) Annex
2615 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6K 3C2

RSVP @ 604-568-3735 or naturopaths@divineelements.ca and Reserve Your Seat
Get more Info @ divinelements.ca and innate-chiropractic.com

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Eczema in Children – Causes, Complications and Treatments

Discussing Eczema: Causes and treatments with Naturopath Dr Sonya Jensen

Mark: Hi, it’s Mark from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here this morning with Dr. Sonya Jensen of Divine Elements Naturopathic Clinic in Vancouver. How are you today Sonya?

Sonya: I’m good. How are you?

Mark: I’m good, so we’re going to talk about a really common issue, I think, but how it applies to children and infants is, eczema, so this is something you’ve dealt with a lot. What’s the story on eczema?

Sonya: Well eczema, I guess the definition of it is inflammation of the skin and it usually shows up with red patchy, kind of itchy skin. In infants usually either on the face or on the flexor folds, or the joints and children, same thing and maybe even all over really depending on the severity of the eczema and it can be as simple as just cradle cap which most infants do have. So like you said it is very common and I would say most people end up having some sort of an experience with eczema in their life.

Mark: So what are the triggers and causes of infant eczema?

Sonya: So if the mother is nursing, and say she has some food sensitivities that may be coming through the milk when the baby is feeding, that can sometimes create inflammation in the baby’s skin so they’re reacting to those inflammatory foods. Examples could be cow’s milk, for some wheat and gluten, citrus, nuts and seeds; it’s really dependent on the mother’s health in general. A lot of times baby skin is just so sensitive that any environmental triggers like clothing, detergents, different soaps, other factors in the environment like dust and things like that so it’s really very individualized, it’s all dependent on the child and it’s vital force and so we kind of try to figure out which triggers is actually trigging that specific child’s eczema and in children it’s kind of the same if they’re not nursing then they’ve been introduced to foods now and usually allergens have been introduced early so some women unfortunately that maybe cannot breastfeed will go to cow’s milk formula and we’ve seen a big correlation between the protein in the cow’s milk and eczema so they tend to react through the skin and the kind of great thing about it reacting through the skin we get to know right away what that child’s constitution is like so it kind of gives you a story behind what that child may be susceptible to so it’s really great information because they react so quickly and that tells us that they can actually heal quite quickly from it too.

Mark: So, what are some of the complications of eczema?

Sonya: For infants, for instance, I’ll give you an example, my son who was only three months old and we were just actually dealing with this in the last week and you know, I’m a naturopath so perfect naturopathic diet, took all the right supplements, thought I was doing everything right and all of a sudden his big cute little cheeks were rubbing up against zippers and he got a little bit of a rash there and with their nails they tend to scratch themselves and he scratched it, opened it up and an infection developed from that and all of a sudden it’s all over his cheeks so I kind of had that mommy moment where my naturopathic hat was off and there was a bit of panic, you look what did I do wrong, you know blaming myself of course and going into that, oh no, what are we going to do about this and I decided to step back, take a breath and say o.k. this could be a staph infection which is a major complication that can show up and if that happens it can be quite serious so again I had to look at my child and our diet and all the things that I do and say o.k. is this something that he can just pass or do I need to go the antibiotic route which is there for a reason. Sometimes we need to go there, but I decided to not do that and change my diet, take out all the allergens, anything that was inflammatory. I got him some good herbs and a good salve and three days later was now 95% better. So diet is one of the major complications really in staph infections but there is always a way to deal with it depending on the child and another complication that can show up, say somebody has a cold sore on their mouth and they kiss the baby or they’re around the baby when they’re having sort of eczema and if there is an open cut it can actually create herpeticum eczema, so the herpes virus that is created and as the child grows if there is nothing done to change the triggers in the child it can go deeper within their body creating asthma like symptoms. So large children that I’ve see now to, that come into the clinic, ages 3 to 4 or even older usually show up with asthma and they usually have a history of cradle cap and eczema as an infant so that really tells us that there’s a huge link between the two. So if you see that your infant has eczema you really want to get on top of that right away so you know how to deal with it because that might just a little sensitive allergic baby that you may have to look at the triggers around them, make sure that they’re not there.

Mark: Thank you.

Sonya: You’re welcome.

Mark: So this is very um, I’ve seen it in our grandson and we’re going to have to bring him in.

Sonya: Yeah, it is really easy to treat, they heal so well and it just kind of figuring out, like I said what that specific child needs and it’s just usually education for the parents because it’s so common we just think oh, it’s just a rash and it will go away and its o.k. but really it’s something that needs to be looked at deeply.

Mark: So we’ve been talking with Dr. Sonya Jensen, she’s a naturopath in Vancouver, BC. Her clinic is Divine Elements.ca and you can call them at 604-568-3735. Thanks Dr. Sonya.

Sonya: Thank you.

Thyroid – Synthroid or Desiccated Thyroid

Thyroid issues discussion with Vancouver Naturopath, Dr. Nicholas Jensen of Divine Elements

Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert at Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here with Naturopath Dr. Nicholas Jensen from Vancouver, BC. He’s the owner and runs a clinic called Divine Elements. How’re you doing today Dr. Nicholas?

Dr. Nicholas: I’m doing great Mark, how are you doing?

Mark: I’m good. So we’re going to talk about thyroid – which is a pretty common thing and whether using Synthroid or more natural alternatives are better. So what’s the deal?

Dr. Nicholas: Yeah, so the reality is thyroid is a very, very common problem and typically we’re seeing more hypothyroid issues that are showing up. So what does hypothyroid look like? It’s typically unexplained weight gain, constipation, dry hair and skin, nails that are brittle, hair loss is quite common, that depressed mood and low energy, these are just to name a few. There’s definitely other signs and symptoms of thyroid decline, but those are definitely more common ones.

So the story behind Synthroid is interesting. It’s actually the number one most prescribed medication according to the 2013 report and what does that mean? That means 22.6 million prescriptions are being given out every month. So the reality is that Synthroid is actually ever prescribed once TSH, which is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, goes above an elevated range which is technically described as hypothyroid. So Synthroid being that it is so commonly prescribed, is actually only just in its form of T4 which is an inactive form of thyroid hormone. So the reality is that so many people are experiencing these symptoms and may be kind of flying under the radar, not actually outside of the actual range, so the number we’re seeing of prescriptions don’t actually include the other people who are still dealing with these problems.

So we ask people in the clinic, how are you doing with the Synthroid, is it working for you? We get two responses typically. One is that, I’ve been on it for 5-10 years and I don’t really know why I’m on it, I don’t know what it’s doing, I don’t feel any different. Number two is, yes I’ve definitely gained benefit from Synthroid, however symptom A,B,C, D are still showing up in my life.

So the great news is there’s a natural solution for, instead of using Synthroid; Synthroid being a pharmaceutical counterpart to desiccated thyroid or also known as Amour Thyroid. What this is is a natural glandular extract of hormone. Desiccated thyroid is actually taken from a pig source, from the thyroid gland. Where Synthroid, the pharmaceutical form, is just in the form of the T4, this is inactive thyroid hormone. Desiccated thyroid is the thyroid glands and also contains 80% T4 and the remainder is in the active form of T3. So usually when people who are on Synthroid aren’t gaining the benefits it’s because their inactive form of thyroid is not converting properly into T3, the active form for the majority of people. Also interesting to note is that desiccated thyroid or Amour Thyroid, they kinda go by the same name, except that desiccated thyroid is a compounded form is actually, historically the treatment of choice. So this was on the scene, well before Synthroid was, which is quite interesting that now it’s Naturopathic Doctors or Functional Medicine Practitioners, who are actually prescribing desiccated thyroid which was always a treatment of choice. The results were always great. It’s just that it wasn’t necessarily backed by a large pharmaceutical company. That’s a whole other topic obviously!

So one study I looked at showed a population of 70 individuals and of those 70, 49% preferred desiccated thyroid and of those 49% also reported a much improved weight loss as well because with Synthroid they’re not typically getting those results; 19% of that particular population preferred Synthroid and 23% had no preference. So in that small population size, we’re seeing this increase in numbers in favour or preferring desiccated thyroid.

So in our practice, whenever we see people come in with a prescription of Synthroid, we are always recommending its counterpart in the form of the natural thyroid hormone called Desiccated Thyroid, as it continues to clinically outperform Synthroid. So it’s important obviously, that whenever you’re working with hormones, whether it’s Synthroid or Desiccated, that you’re getting a professional to address you as an individual and what works for the blanket of people doesn’t necessarily work specifically enough for you. So in saying that desiccated thyroid and Synthroid are both prescribed medications so you do actually need to see a health care practitioner in order for it to be prescribed.

So, there’s lots to talk about thyroid and I’m excited to dive into more of the causes behind thyroid imbalance and the connection to some of the other glands which we will definitely be doing in upcoming episodes. But hopefully that gives you a good sense of the main differences between desiccated thyroid and Synthroid and looking for an option to use the natural hormone counterpart.

Mark: Great. So we’ve been talking about thyroid issues with Dr. Nicholas Jensen. He’s a Naturopath in Vancouver. His clinic is called Divine Elements. You can reach him at www.divineelements.ca or give him a call 604-568-3735. Thanks

Dr. Nicholas: Thanks so much Mark. Have a great day.

Mark: You too.

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