Cleanse with Confidence: 2 NEW Programs!

Recently, many of our clients are asking about how to do a detox or use a cleanse to move forward with their health goals.
Earlier this year, we developed a new Cleanse Class program, designed to deepen your results with our sought-after 3-Week Cleanse program. In case you couldn’t make it to one of our sold-out classes, we’d like to make the same great benefits available to you on an individual basis.
3-Week Naturopathic Doctor-Supervised Cleanse Program

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Since our Cleanse Classes were so well-received, we’ve decided to make our 3-visit cleanse visit series available to in person! One of our naturopathic doctors will take you through the program personally to ensure you get great results. In celebration of your commitment to your heath goals, we’re offering two special bonuses when you book your series: you’ll receive a gift of $50 off your visit series AND a $50 gift to give to a friend or family member whom you think would benefit from our care. This special cleanse package is available to if you’ve booked your first of three sessions by March 31st. Just give us a call at (519)827-0040 or email info at norfolkwellness dot com to let us know you’d like to schedule your cleanse!

 

NEW! 21-Day Fertility Cleanse Program
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Registration is now open for my brand-new, 21-Day Fertility Cleanse ProgramEarly Bird pricing is available until March 30th and I’d love for you to join in!
It starts on April 4. Register by March 30th to save $100.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a cleanse?
Before you try something new, like a cleanse program, it’s normal to feel hesitant. These kinds of experiences can be so transformative, it’s natural to come up against some internal resistance. I want to hear from you. Hit “reply” or email me at drcherevaty at norfolkwellness.com. I read every email that comes into my inbox and I’ll read and respond to each message personally.
Happy cleansing!
Elizabeth
Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty ND, RAc

Welcome, Dr. Alaina Gair ND!

I’m very pleased to introduce you to the wonderful Dr. Alaina Gair, ND! She’s just joined our practice from Halifax, NS, and is eager to settle into Guelph as her new permanent home. Dr. Alaina is an expert in adjunctive cancer care, natural treatment of thyroid conditions, and management of neurological conditions including concussions, MS and Parkinson’s.

Dr. Alaina is already becoming well-known for her friendly, warm and approachable style. She helps people at all stages of health to make effective choices and transform their results so they can transform their lives. I’m so glad that Dr. Alaina has chosen to come and work with us. I know you’ll love working with her, just as we do!

Professional Photo 1 Dr. Alaina is currently accepting new patients at our downtown Guelph offices. Contact us to book an appointment, and start improving your health and your life!

Seed Cycling for Fertility

One of the things clients ask me about most is how to use food to boost fertility.

That makes me very happy, because food is a truly powerful tool for your fertility. What could be more empowering than healthfully and mindfully eating your way to optimal fertility? Food is the foundation of health, and as you’ve probably heard me say, fertility is a function of health.

I believe in the ability of your healthy body to conceive. Figuring out the right foods and eating them at the right times for you is your primary foundation to improved fertility, balanced hormones and vibrant health.

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Why an Optimal Diet Eases Fertility Stress

Unlike pretty much any other aspect of life, trying harder is not going to be the secret to success with fertility. Even the most advanced and highest-cost technology can’t guarantee you a healthy pregnancy and child. This lack of reward for effort ultimately translates into the subconscious as a sense of personal failure, inherent flaw, or lack of control. The human psyche is extremely stressed by having a lack of personal control within a negative situation.

I encourage my clients to find any little piece of personal control in their lives, and in their fertility situations specifically. The first place to start is with your food, because your food choices directly relate to your health and are fully within your control. (I know. That’s a #TruthBomb, right?)

Learning how to eat for fertility is one of the most effective ways you can restore positive personal influence in your fertility journey, while also giving a most incredible gift to your future child – the gift of better health potential through your pre-conception nutrition.

Cycling Seeds

“Seed Cycling” is a traditional practice of gently supporting a healthy, normal menstrual cycle with biweekly rotations of specific seeds.

The first half of your menstrual cycle is dominated by estrogen. On Day 1 of your period until Day 14 (for some women, this is when ovulation occurs), flax and/or pumpkin seed is beneficial.

The second half of your menstrual cycle is dominated by progesterone. From Day 15-28 of the cycle, sesame and/or sunflower seed is beneficial.

Women who don’t menstruate, or who don’t have regular periods, can follow the lunar calendar, using the new moon to represent Day 1 of menstruation and the full moon to represent ovulation. Each calendar year there are 13 moon cycles of 4 weeks each, and anthropologists believe that women historically menstruated in coordination with one another and the moon cycles.

I recommend to my patients that they grind their seeds and add them to a smoothie, granola, organic plain yogurt, mixed into pesto or sprinkled onto meals.

Together with other therapies, Seed Cycling is a safe and nutritional way to reinforce the natural menstrual cycle, reduce PMS and support healthy fertility.

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Revolutionize Your Fertility in 21 Days

In celebration of food as the foundation for healthy fertility, I’ve created my 21- Day Fertility Cleanse just for you! It’s a 3-week experience in delicious, clean eating and learning how to revolutionize your fertility diet to decrease inflammation, restart healthy hormone balance, and easily lose a few pounds, while enjoying easy, seasonal recipes created by a whole foods chef.

The 21-Day Revolutionize Your Fertility Cleanse starts on April 4th. Register by March 30th to save $100 AND be eligible to receive a complimentary Fertility Insight Session with me! ($97 value, available to the first 10 registrants only!)

New information session: Cleanse Class!

Our first Cleanse Class session filled up so quickly in advance, we wanted to make sure we could offer the same great information to as many of you who wanted to attend.
So, we’ve created a second Cleanse Class date: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016.
To join us, call (519)827-0040 or email info@norfolkwellness.com to reserve your space.
The March 1st date is already 60% full, so please call the clinic today to reserve your space. The class is $25 or FREE when you book with a friend whom we haven’t met yet!
As a recap, by the end of this class, we’re giving you everything you need to know about:
-How to Use Food to Boost Your Energy, Beat the Bloat & Banish Brain Fog as Soon as Your Next Meal
-How to Set the Stage for Physical, Mental & Emotional Cleanse Success With Our Personalized Cleanse Program
-How to Easily Boost Weight Loss and Experience Wellness Sooner Using Cleansing as a Basis to Restore Health
-Why Cleansing is Essential to Good Health & Our Top Tips for a Successful Cleanse
When you attend this class, you’ll receive:
-Our Pre-Cleanse Quiz to help you get started with Complete Cleanse Confidence
-Our 3-Week Cleanse Program Guide + Recipes FREE!
-Access to our 3 Unique Cleanse Class II Video Trainings to Help You Take Your Health to the Next Level – FREE!
-Priority Access to Book Your Personalized Naturopathic Doctor-Supervised 3-Session Cleanse Program Series (Special Series of 3 Sessions) (Open to New and Current Patients)
-PLUS a Few Other Fun Surprises!
Cleanse Class Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Are there any required supplements?
A. No. Cleanse Class is all about whole foods, and which ones are right for you. We’ll cover specific detox- and weight loss-friendly supplements (the ones that work, and the ones that don’t).
PS We only recommend supplements if and when you need them based on individual consultation with your naturopathic doctor.
Q. Is there a fee for the class?
A. The fee is $25 or attend for FREE when you register with a friend or family member we haven’t met yet.
Q. How do I pay for the class?
A. We’ll accept cash, cheque, Visa or Mastercard when you arrive.
Q. Can we register at the door?
A. We recommend advance registration because space is limited in this very popular class!
Q. Who teaches the class?
A. Cleanse Class was created and will be taught by Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty, Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken, Dr. Alaina Gair, NDs and Cheryl Karthaus, Naturopathic Intern.
Q. What’s the format of the class?
A. Cleanse Class is a stand-alone session including engaging lecture material from our doctors, interactive worksheets and question and answer time. Bring your questions! You’ll receive your Cleanse Program Guide + Recipes, plus access to our bonus Video Training series via email and you’ll have lifelong access to these materials.

 

What is PANDAS and How Can We Help?

PANDASPANDAS – “pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders after Strep” – is a category of nervous system conditions that children can develop after an infection such as strep throat.

Parents of children with PANDAS tell me their child’s anxiety, tics or OCD symptoms came on suddenly – “out of nowhere”. When we ask a few more questions, they often recall a memorable illness their child had – such as a high fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea – within a few weeks of the onset of their child’s new, neurological symptoms.

PANDAS was first defined in 1998 by Susan Swedo et al. (You’ll find the published medical journal article here).

As an autoimmune condition, PANDAS symptoms may get worse with certain triggers. These include not getting enough sleep, exposure to stress, an emotional upset, or eating foods or food additives she’s sensitive to.

You may notice your child clearing her throat or shouting in a way that reminds you of Tourette’s syndrome after she’s gotten sick with a cold or flu. She may have anxiety or insomnia after being exposed to stress. She may be highly sensitive to certain foods, additives or perfumes. She may have defiant or other difficult behaviours at home or school. And she may suffer with compulsive behaviours such as tapping, rubbing, or “checking” things repeatedly.

Children with PANDAS may suffer at school from anxiety about their tics or compulsions they can’t control. Often, their handwriting markedly changes. It may slant to a side or become quite messy even when the child has previously had good penmanship.

Too many children and families are suffering as a result of PANDAS being poorly understood by the medical community. When I first started treating a child with PANDAS and chose to go a more medical route first (i.e. requesting treatment with antibiotics) my patient’s family physician wasn’t familiar with the diagnosis, but agreed to try the antibiotic treatment. It gave limited results.

Since then, I’ve learned that a more natural approach, including clinical nutrition, gentle cleansing, counselling, homeopathic medicine have created far better and lasting results than the conventional antibiotic treatments, which are not sustainable for the long term anyway. The bacteria learn how to resist the antibiotics and “hide” in the gut and nervous system. Antibiotics usually become less and less effective with each round when attempting to treat PANDAS symptoms, and there’s plenty of evidence that antibiotics use should be used with the utmost caution and reservation. The fewer rounds of antibiotics in kids, the better – for all kinds of reasons (which can be the subject of another post :)).

I became a member of the PANDAS Physicians Network because I believe in the right of children with PANDAS to be treated appropriately, starting with the actual recognition of their condition and where their symptoms are coming from (i.e. autoimmune effects in their central nervous system and brain).

Together with an amazing mom of a child with PANDAS, I’d like to open up the discussion and offer more help to children and families who are affected by PANDAS or PANS (a similar condition). Awareness is a huge part of the battle because the sooner you intervene with effective natural treatment, the better the outcomes can be with these kids. And they deserve it!!

If your child or someone you know may be interested in joining in the conversation about PANDAS or PANS, leave a comment here or contact us to stay in touch and get more support.

Dr. Liz

Does Your January Look Like This? If Not, You May Need More of the Sunshine Vitamin

Sunshine vitamin D woman waterAs I write this post, it’s a brisk, cold morning in Guelph and the sun is shining – for what feels like the first time in weeks! This weather has definitely called to mind the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” in your fertility. We make vitamin D from cholesterol when our skin is exposed to sunlight, but if you’re anywhere north of the tropics (or south of the tropics for that matter!) you’re most likely not getting enough sun exposure fall through spring to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. (It’s almost as if we were DESIGNED to live on sun-soaked tropical islands, yes??)

You may know vitamin D as a bone-booster, essential to your calcium absorption. It’s also important for your immune function and is even a mood-booster for people who suffer from seasonal depression or winter blues. Yep, vitamin D is an absolute superstar nutrient and deserves a really bright spotlight when it comes to fertility. Think of vitamin D as a fertility regulator. Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies that I see in my patients, including men and women who have fertility challenges.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common. Low levels are associated with infertility, PCOS, obesity, poor immune function and poor outcomes with IVF.
Conversely, having enough vitamin D can do the following great things for your fertility:
  • Helps maintain healthy reproductive organs in males and females
  • Associated with good semen quality
  • Supports healthy testosterone levels
  • Reduces the harmful effects of excess estrogen on uterine fibroids (and is a proposed treatment for fibroids)
  • Improves frequency of menstrual cycles in women with PCOS
  • Boosts the metabolism in women with PCOS

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Why Vitamin D Deficiency is Under-Discussed, Under-Diagnosed and Under-Dosed

Deficiency of vitamin D is under-diagnosed because there are no obvious symptoms, and most physicians and fertility clinics don’t recognize and discuss its importance with you and refer you for the test. Not only is vitamin D deficiency widely under-diagnosed, it’s also commonly under-dosed. Most health authorities like Health Canada recommend a daily dose of 1000 IU vitamin D daily for everyone from infants to elders. Meanwhile, most adults would benefit on many levels from a dose of 1000 IU-4000 IU daily depending on their needs, sun exposure, and metabolism. Due to outdated legislation, doses of more than 1000 IU per day are technically “prescription only” in Canada. Until conventional medical practice AND legislation catch up to the research, you won’t likely hear a daily dose over 1000 IU suggested by your physician and you won’t find more than this per single capsule or tablet. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, so theoretically could build up in your system to toxic levels if you take very high doses over time. Current research shows that doses of 5000 IU taken daily for several months do not result in toxic levels of vitamin D. Always talk to your health care practitioner when deciding about supplement doses. (Note that your Prenatal or general multivitamin will likely provide 1000 IU vitamin D in your full daily dose).

The best way to find out whether you’re low in vitamin D and how much you need to supplement with is to get tested. That’s because vitamin D deficiency doesn’t have specific symptoms you can count on to know if you’re getting enough – until it’s years too late i.e. osteoporosis has set in. Tests are inexpensive (they’re $40-50 through Ontario labs) and can be ordered by your naturopathic doctor or family physician. It will certainly shed some light on whether you’re getting enough of the sunshine vitamin for your fertility and overall health.
Hope this sheds some (warm, bright, sun-) light on the sunshine vitamin + your fertility!

Proudly Introducing….the Future Doctor Cheryl Karthaus!

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I’m very excited to introduce you to our new Naturopathic Intern, the future Dr. Cheryl Karthaus! Cheryl is now accepting new patients under my mentorship. She’s passionate about helping you achieve your health goals and fully enjoy your life and I’m excited for you to meet her!

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cheryl for many years and couldn’t wait for the opportunity to work with her! She’s a research rockstar, has been a featured speaker on the international stage, has dived deeply into and beyond her medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and she’s even created an all-natural therapeutic skin care line (including an amazing baby balm you’re going to LOVE)!

Cheryl’s special skills include helping people with arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, heart health, immune issues (e.g., colds and flu, coughs, urinary tract infections) and skin conditions. She’s an expert in natural weight loss and has also taken extended training to help people on their journey with cancer. She’s already a compassionate and accomplished clinician and I’m proud to announce Cheryl is now accepting new patients at my office at Norfolk Chiropractic Wellness Centre.

Cheryl lives in Guelph and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, travelling and enjoying adventures as they unfold!

Cheryl will be completing clinical studies under Dr. Cherevaty’s mentorship through April 2016. For a limited time, receive 20% off your Naturopathic Consultation with Cheryl. Current and new patients are welcome to receive this special opportunity. Contact us to book with Cheryl.

We know you’ll love Cheryl as much as we do!

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Why Chocolate is Fertility-Friendly (+3 Recipes)

WHYWith all this holiday chocolate lying about, you may be wondering whether chocolate fits into a healthy fertility diet?
The sweet news: YES, the healthy Fertility Diet I’ve developed for my clients (based on review of years and scads of research) includes chocolate!
The not-so-sweet news: the SUGAR part of the chocolate needs to be given the boot!
The health benefits of dark chocolate and raw cacao beans are due to the minerals and antioxidants these products contain. In fact, raw cocoa beans are one of the richest food sources of magnesium, a mineral that’s essential to 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, helps our muscles relax, and facilitates natural production of our “happy hormone”, serotonin, and our “deep sleep hormone”, melatonin.
Raw cacao is also a rich source of antioxidants. It’s been used traditionally by South American peoples as an energy tonic and aphrodisiac. The antioxidants in cocoa beans are protective to our blood vessels. And who DOESN’T want to enjoy a delicious food that boosts our energy, helps deliver plenty of healthy blood flow to our reproductive organs AND gets us in the mood?? No one. RIGHT! 🙂
Make That Chocolate Work for You
The key is to go for as dark a chocolate as possible (i.e. low to no sugar) or – even better from a health perspective – use raw cacao nibs (pieces of cacao beans) or raw cacao powder. Each of these forms of cacao capture the minerals and antioxidants we want in our Fertility Diet.
Note that conventional cocoa powder (i.e. “alkali processed” or “Dutch process”) does not contain high levels of these nutrients because they are stripped away during this kind of processing.
Here are a few delicious ways to integrate chocolate into your Fertility Diet. I created these recipes just for YOU so please let me know how you like them!
Choco-Cherry Superfood Smoothie
Blend until smooth:
1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 3-4 tbsp hemp hearts, 2 tsp raw cacao nibs, 1 tsp chia seed, 1 tsp ground flax seed, 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
Pour into a glass and top with a sprinkle of another 1 tsp cacao nibs for garnish (pictured below).

Makes 2 snack or dessert smoothie servings.

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Dr. Liz’s Choco-Cherry Smoothie is a Fertility-Friendly Treat

Chocolate Monkey in the Morning Smoothie
Blend until smooth: 1.5 cups almond milk, 2 tbsp almond butter, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp raw seeds (e.g. flax, chia or hemp), 1 scoop vanilla or unflavoured protein powder, 1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract, 2 tsp raw honey
Makes 1 meal size or 2 snack size servings.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This dessert is amazing and 100% guilt-free!
Blend until completely smooth: flesh of 1 mashed, ripe avocado, 1/2 ripe banana, 3 heaping TBSP raw cacao powder, 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract, 3 tsp honey or stevia extract to taste. 
Divide into 2 parfait glasses or dessert bowls, garnish with fresh berries, mint leaves or cacao nibs as desired.
SIDE NOTE:
Feeling just a little TOO perky? Cacao and chocolate contain caffeine so please enjoy in moderation 🙂

#1 Fertility Blocker – Are You Affected?

Good day! As I bring the Fertility Empowerment Program – my labour of love – to launch this week, I want you to know I’ve been absolutely filled with gratitude and duty and inspiration by the insights you’ve bravely brought forth in our Insight calls together. The best part about these free calls is that each and every one of you whom I’ve spoken with has guided yourself to a powerful, valuable new insight in your fertility journey. It is wonderful to witness you discovering this kind of empowerment! Please know that I hold these insights and these moments of your fertility process in my heart as I dedicate even more of my work to helping you conceive your healthy child.

In fact, as a result of discovering hidden blocks to conception that you might not even realize are stopping you, I’ve witnessed transformation – of emotions, relationships, and yes, literally transformation of measurable signs of fertility.
Over the past 7 years working with couples with infertility issues, I’ve studied, researched, researched some more, taken dozens of specialty courses and provided thousands of treatment visits to people just like you: I’ve worked with mothers over 40, women with PCOS, men with low sperm count, and hosts of other issues and have helped them to conceive healthy children – often naturally, even when IVF, IUI and other methods had failed.
Something I’ve noticed over the years with this deep work with people who desire to have a baby, is that no matter how much we want with our conscious mind to have that baby, we get blocked by our subconscious mind. And what is the #1 thing the subconscious mind does? It makes FEAR.
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That’s right, the #1 reason why many of my clients are not getting pregnant has to do with fear.
Now you might think,Why would anyone be afraid of getting pregnant? That’s exactly what I want, more than anything else in my life right now.
True, and not everyone is afraid of conceiving! We do spend a couple of decades trying with all our might NOT to get pregnant…so sometimes it’s a matter of letting a mindset shift sink in deep enough that your physiology starts to really “get it”. For some, it’s the fear of losing control of your life once baby arrives. It could be a fear of repeating mistakes your parents made, or of not measuring up to the kind of parent you want to be. It could be a fear of saying no to something that’s not working in favour of your fertility. It could be  “What will happen to my career?”…”Do we have enough money to have a baby?”…”What if we have another miscarriage?”…”Will I turn into my mother?”… “Is the world she’ll grow up in safe?”
Be assured, fear is a completely normal response to anything unknown. Fear deserves compassion. What is happening though is that fear is activating your “fight or flight” department of your nervous system and deactivating down your “rest, digest and procreate” department. Since only one of these two departments gets to be the leader at a time, we’re frequently fighting losing battles with our own hidden fears.
BUT I’ve also helped many people to discover what their subconscious fears or emotions are and helped them guide themselves to the solutions: actions they can take in their own lives to break through these obstacles and come closer to holding their baby in their arms.
And you have been doing AMAZING work, all of you!!! Just by reading these posts and my email updates you’re moving closer to bringing your dreams into reality. I’ve been so inspired by the couples I’ve worked with and so moved by the needs that aren’t being met by conventional fertility care that I realized I needed to bring my long-dreamed of Fertility Empowerment Program to life so that more of you can benefit from the knowledge and support that can transform your results – no matter where you are in the world, because it’s all online.
Improving your physical, mental and emotional well-being is the best way to boost your fertility. And I’ll be with you as a sounding board, trusted expert and coach every step of the way.
I have a very limited number of spaces left in this invitation-only program, so if you think it may be right for you, email me with your phone # and I’ll contact you to set up a time to chat about whether it’s a fit. You’ll get great value out of this call, and it’s completely free.
With fertility blessings,
Elizabeth
P.S. This is the last time I’ll be offering the complete Fertility Empowerment Program including personal LIVE coaching with me (phone or Skype so you can access it from anywhere) for a while, so be sure to request a free Insight call with me even if you think you only *MIGHT* be ready for this. Registration closes in just over 24 hours: contact me by November 19 at 8PM EST.