Surviving this Valentine’s Day

February is heart month and that time of the year when people celebrate another holiday full of mass-produced holiday cards; Valentine’s Day. While this tends to be a time of joy for lovers and partners, others can find this time of year a little tough. Reminders of past loved ones or feelings of loneliness can arise when we are constantly reminded of what other’s (seem to) have. But fear not, as someone who never really took this love holiday seriously, I have a few tips to get you through.

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One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, February 2nd 2014, I headed to Guelph Community Acupuncture for the first time. I had heard of community-style acupuncture before and was even considering eventually opening up my own community space, but had never entered a POCA clinic before. I was completely unaware that there are communities across North America getting acupuncture together in lazyboy chairs, quietly healing in numbers

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Feeling Down or Nervous? 10 Mood Tips from a Naturopathic Doctor

We all have them; those times in your life when things aren't working out for you. Days when life is draining and it’s difficult to get out of bed in the morning. You may have work-related stress, be suffering from a lack of sleep, grieving a lost loved one, or maybe winter is really affecting you. Whatever the case may be, there are many things you can do that may improve your mood. In this guest blog post I suggest 10 mood tips to try.

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The NADA Protocol: Needling for mental health and substance withdrawal

The NADA protocol or 5-NP is a series of 5 needles in the ear commonly used in the treatment of substance addiction, PTSD, and anxiety. Extensively proven and cost-effective, the NADA protocol is becoming increasingly popular as an intervention in public health clinics, including the Toronto East General Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital, the Oshawa Lakeridge Health Centre, York Regional Addictions Services, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto.

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