Positive Thinking & The Stress Connection

People always ask what the "real” connection is between positive thinking and stress. Most people do not realize that high blood pressure, panic attacks, anxiety, and many other health conditions start off with negative self talk. It has been shown through studies that an average person will have 10-15 negative statements repeating in their mind. For example, negative self talk such as “I should have gone grocery shopping today. I’m such an idiot ", could positively be turned into "I did not have time to go grocery shopping today, hopefully I will have time to go tomorrow” . When we use the word “should” , we are blaming ourselves. Alternative statements without the use of the word “should”, help create a positive chemical reaction in the brain.
Another example of negative self talk is over generalizing. You could be at a wedding and have someone insult your attire, so you assume that anyone who sees your attire will feel the same way.  You do not have to attribute this sentiment and over generalize. It is one person’s opinion, not everyone at the wedding.


The best way to start changing this behaviour is to notice what you consciously say to yourself. Carry a small note pad with you for a week and write down whenever you catch yourself saying something negative. There are 10 common categories of negative thought processes. For a full list of these categories, feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

 

Q & A: Naturopathy and Skin Health

 Q: Dear Dr. Tung:

I am a 34 year old female with recurrent adult acne that comes typically one week before my period.  I also get a lot of breast tenderness and water retention one week before my period.  Would a naturopathic consultation help with my skin and other symptoms?

A: Yes, a naturopathic consultation would be an important part of your treatment plan.  During your consultation we would discuss your health history and come up with an individualized approach and ways we can treat your acne and other premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.  One of my favourite herbs is Vitex Agnus-Castus, commonly called Chaste Tree.  It has an long history of use for female hormonal conditions such as PMS.  Chaste tree acts via it’s ability to stimulate the pituitary gland’s production of luteinizing hormone ( LH), which results in an increase in the production of progesterone in the body.  Clinical trials have shown that chaste tree significantly reduces the symptoms of PMS such as; acne, water retention, breast pain, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and mood changes. Studies have also shown it to be effective for treating infertility related to decreased progesterone levels or high prolactin, and irregular menstrual cycles and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

Another favourite for the skin and acne is zinc citrate. Zinc plays a major role in the synthesis and metabolism of protein, promotes glandular and reproductive health, and assists with proper immune system function.  It is used in the treatment of acne, stretch marks, heavy metal toxicity, and for accelerating wound healing following injury or surgery. During your consultation with your Naturopathic doctor, we would discuss this as well as other treatment options specific for you.

To book an appointment with Dr. Amy Tung ND, or any of our other Naturopathic Doctors, please contact us at 416.579.9105 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 

Mindful Eating: How to Eat and Think Yourself Thin

Written by Jill Hillhouse B.P.H.E., R.N.C.P on Tuesday, April 13 2010

Wouldn’t it be great if we thought of food as something that we always eat in the right proportions to nourish us, provide us with the right nutrients not to mention something we truly enjoyed? The problem is that a lot of the time we don’t really think about food – we follow eating scripts. In his book Mindless Eating, author Brian Wansink says that we encounter certain food situations so frequently that we develop automatic patterns or habitual behaviours in order to deal with them. We all have breakfast scripts (a coffee and a bagel from the drive-thru), snacking scripts (something crunchy, sweet or salty), restaurant scripts (oh, I never get to have that at home), plate-cleaning scripts (just clean your plate), and so on. Simply being aware of and observing these habits and patterns can help us shift our behaviour so that eating is nourishing and enjoyable rather than a source of frustration, guilt and regret.

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Four Tips to Keep Your Brain Power Sharp for Life

Written by Dr. Natasha Turner, ND on Tuesday, April 13 2010

Your brain is like a muscle—the more you use it the stronger it gets and the more fit it will remain. Many people believe that memory loss, or decreased cognitive function, is a normal part of aging. The truth is there are many factors affecting brain health which, if properly managed, may help keep our thoughts clear and our recall strong. These less commonly recognized factors include stress, free-radical damage, bad fats and high homocysteine. Start maximizing your concentration and preserving your memory by using these anti-aging and protective tips.

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Q & A with Dr. Natasha Turner

Written by Natasha Turner on Tuesday, April 13 2010

Q: I am 50 years old and have been taking actonel once a day for three years now because of mild osteoporosis. I get awful pain from degenerating discs in my lower back. The real bad pains come now and then and sometimes are unbearable. I also can’t sit for long periods of time. I wonder if SAMe would help me and if I can take it because I take actonel. I also wonder if any supplements would help me. I do take calcium with vitamin d daily. I do eat a very nutritious diet and have fruits and vegetables every day. I do a set of back exercises every day which are taken from a doctor’s video I have on back problems. Any advice you may have for me would be appreciated.

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