Author: Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND

A Change to Your Supplements

Nestle, “the world’s largest food and beverage company”, recently sealed a deal to buy Atrium Innovations, a major Canadian nutritional supplements maker. This is concerning to us, as it includes several of the brands we carry in our dispensary and frequently prescribe…

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From Steve to Stevie: Transgender Health in Kitchener-Waterloo

Just last year, endurance athlete Stevie Chapple was living a fairly typical Kitchener life with a house, a job, a good marriage, two grown children and an active, healthy lifestyle. But something felt wrong, out of place. “When I would get dressed in the morning and look in the mirror,

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Saturated Fats and The Great Bacon Debate

The definition of “healthy eating” in 2017 is decidedly debatable. Many of our well-established nutritional guidelines appear to be crumbling under recent scrutiny. Did you know that restricting salt consumption may not reduce your risk of hypertension?

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Self-compassion Beats Self-criticism for Weight Loss

I’ve always been a slim person. I inherited what my cousins call the “Karges metabolism” from my mother’s side of the family. That means I can eat a lot and not gain weight. Truthfully, the foods I eat are healthy and I’m quite physically active, but …

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The Perception of Stress

Many people in North America identify as being busy. As a naturopath, I often feel torn about what to recommend as the best treatment plan for a patient who is already busy. On the one hand, I want to suggest adding meditation for their stress …

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Telling Your Story

I recently spent some time reflecting on my father’s childhood. His was a traumatic one, to say the least: physical and emotional abuse, hunger and poverty, running loose in Austrian refugee camps, and the deaths of his parents in the aftermath of World War II. I knew the basic storyline, but dad never really talked about it.

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