Is the Pill Killing Your Future Fertility?

You have found the partner you want to spend your life with, but you may not be ready to have a baby, just yet… So what now? First, how far away are babies for you 3 months, 6 months or 12 months? Are you currently on the pill or any hormonal contraceptive? Did you know….. It takes a minimum of 3 months (but realistically more like 6-12 months) after coming off the pill to realign your body and hormones, including knowing what the heck is happening with your menstrual cycles, before your body is even ready to consider having a baby. Post birth control syndrome Post birth control syndrome, can happen after coming off the pill (or any hormonal contraceptive, … Read More

Introducing Courtney Clayson

  Courtney Clayson is a fourth year intern at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is passionate about fertility, pregnancy, and pediatrics.  She strives to help women optimize their health through preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum. With a focus on the treating the whole body, Courtney aims to help her patients create a balanced lifestyle in addition to using other modalities, including nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, and acupuncture. Courtney is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and is a birth doula.   After completing her Masters Degree in Integrative Biology (MSc), with a focus in Botany from Wilfrid Laurier University, Courtney learned the true power of natural medicines.  She decided to deepen her understanding of these medicines by continuing her education at … Read More

Birth Prep with Christa VanderVelde

“Don’t get an epidural, it’s bad for you AND your baby!” “Don’t try to be a “hero”, natural childbirth is agony!” “Are you sure you want a water birth/hospital birth/homebirth?” ….   You get the idea! It comes from all directions. We hear it from great aunties at family Easter celebrations, blogs, youtube videos, facebook ads, (it’s like they know you’re pregnant before you do… hello organic diaper ads). Sometimes that absolutely information overload can leave you feeling even more confused and wondering if there really ever was a time you were happy sobbing on the bathroom floor holding a pregnancy test! Birth – broken down I see you beautiful mamas! I see your fear, your overwhelm and your secret … Read More

What Does a Holistic Nutritionist Do?

Holistic Nutritionist Guelph

We are delighted to introduce you to Naomi Higenbottam, Holistic Nutritionist & Registered Nurse and the newest member of the Two Rivers Health integrative fertility & family care team. What is Holistic Nutrition? A Holistic Nutritionist is a health practitioner who has taken the Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) training at one of the recognized schools in Ontario offering this unique training. Holistic Nutritionists can help you identify and manage nutritional deficiencies, reduce inflammation, heal the digestive system, optimize the body for pregnancy and nourish your baby as he or she develops in utero. We are thrilled to welcome Naomi who also brings her training and experience as a public health nurse whose practice focused on prenatal and postnatal health for mothers … Read More

Infantile Torticollis

Torti-what? “Torticollis”, latin for ‘twisted neck’, is a condition which may arise and present in an individual at any stage during their life, including infancy. While many diagnostic terms or anatomical names can leave you scratching your head as to how that name came to be, “twisted neck” is a visually descript representation for how the affected individual appears. SCM – the “Twisted Neck” Muscle Individuals, including babies, experiencing torticollis visibly show altered posture of the head and neck, where the head appears tilted to the side, and turned either right or left . This is because musculoskeletal torticollis usually involves contraction of the muscle “sternocleidomastoid” (aka SCM). Each person has two SCM muscles – one on the left and … Read More

Self-care is Healthcare: Tips and WHY it matters to take care of YOU

Recently in my practice I’ve been hearing, “I have no time for anything, between running around my kids, keeping the house clean, cooking meals and working full time – I barely have time to eat.” While it may feel easy to be in a continuous state of go-go-go all the time, because it’s your routine and what feels “normal,” long term you may be at risk for adrenal fatigue or burn out. Carving time daily for self-care is the single most important thing you can do for your overall health! By lowering the stress hormone, cortisol, from being constantly elevated you lower your risk of developing a chronic disease. Taking care of YOU – turns you into a stronger person, … Read More

What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is making headlines for good reason. This health-promoting treatment comes complete with beauty benefits. As featured on CTV’s The Social and The Loop, Cosmetic Acupuncture offers a modern take on traditional Chinese medicine style acupuncture with the sweet bonus of reduced wrinkles, restored rosy glow and real relaxation. The Facial With Benefits Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a specialized technique originally developed by Manhattan-based acupuncturist Virginia Doran, LAc. With many actors, models and celebrities as clients, she developed a system to support them putting their best face forward on stage and camera, while also supporting their health and wellbeing. I studied with Virginia Doran at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and have been a certified provider of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture for … Read More