The Importance of Microbiome

08.05.2019 in Health Information

Sign up now to watch this Interconnected Series. A Serious deep dive into the gut micro biome helping and hindering health. Promoting a health micro biome to cure chronic disease. It communicates with the Nervous System and Certain bacteria in your gut, skin and organs can block the effect of drugs you may be taking. The gut bacteria is fostered in the first 6 months of life. This helps us create the immune system for life.

DETOX for the New year

18.01.2019 in Resources, slider

Above: Liver Phase 2 Detoxification processes uses nutrients to metabolize and Excrete the Toxin burden out of the body. See New Innovative Principles and Strategies for Detoxification  Click here for the Whole Presentation: Detox for health

Detox for Health

15.01.2019 in Health Information, slider

Join me Tonight at the Paradigm Clinic to learn the benefits of Detoxification Time: 5 30 Pm- 615 PM Cost: 20 $ Free swag bag Free Bone broth for everyone ( sponsored by made foods) Detox poster 2019

Compression Socks for Beauty

18.10.2017 in Beauty, Health Information, Resources

Looking for compression Sock? The challenge can be that it does not look like a medical device or a Sporty sock. One of my friends introduced me to this site that has great products for the Fashionable and Functional. Made in Italy with the Style ! These you can take to the office with out being embarrassed….. Check out these beautiful and function Compression tights on U Boutique Here

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Video: Intermittent Fasting and Bone Broth

22.03.2017 in Health Information, home, Nutrition

Learn about the importance of  Intermittent Fasting for 12- 24 hours. Make some  home brew (…of bone broth) This will  get you through tough times of not eating for 24 hours. Bone Broth is full of Minerals and Fat to satiate your appetite. httpss:// For more information on Fasting or Book an appointment with Dr Marnie  Want to know more about Dr Marnie and her passion for health? Check out the Bio page

Naturopath Direct Billing

23.02.2017 in Health Information, slider

Coming in September 2018 !!! We will be happy to bill your insurance company directly for your visits! These are the following participating insurance companies we could directly bill for you to be reimbursed: Johsnon Insurance Johnston Group Cowan Insurance Group Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan Desjardins Insurance Manulife Great West Life Insurance Company iA Financial Group Sun Life Financial   Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions regarding your visit ! Book you appointment on line Now!    

Turmeric Milk Recipe

Turmeric Milk Recipe

12.02.2017 in Healthy Recipes

Enjoy Turmeric Benefits Sipping this Delicious Hot Milk This Turmeric Milk recipe is a great substitute for the every day coffee or tea alternative, but with greater health benefits. Turmeric Milk can be almost like that spicy chia tea that I love adding Cinnamon to, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Turmeric contains the active ingredient of Curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.   Benefits of Turmeric Turmeric benefits have been shown to: Decrease inflammation Treat and prevent Arthritis Increase Brain Neurotrophic factors Help fend off Dementia and Alzheimers…

Why is Dairy not Good anymore?

16.01.2017 in Health Information

Dr Rau from Switzerland is a well know advocate of Alternative health. Here he speaks about his research on today’s Dairy products and the changes industry has made. There is some pretty interesting stuff to consider here.   httpss://

Dairy-free Pumpkin Seed Toffee Recipe

12.10.2016 in Healthy Recipes

An ideal gift or pantry sweet, and a dairy-free confection to boot! Makes 30-35 servings. INGREDIENTS 2 cups of coconut oil 1/2 cup of maple syrup 1/8 t. of salt 1 t. of vanilla extract 2 cups of dark chocolate cocoa powder 2 Tbsp of Cacao Butter 1 cup chopped pecans/walnuts/almonds Cooking: 15 minutes Serves: 30-35   PREPARATION Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper then set aside. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the coconut oil, maple syrup,…

Chicken Tajin (Thyroid-friendly) Recipe

27.09.2016 in Healthy Recipes

  Prepping Preparation: 30 mins Cooking: 4 hours Total time 4 hours 30 mins Cooking options 2-person tajin (Moroccan clay pot), Regular heavy-bottom pot Slow cooker. Servings: 2 Ingredients • 2 tbsp clarified butter • ½ yellow onion sliced in half sections • 1 sweet potato, cut up in ½ inch medallions. • Chicken, rabbit or cornish hen (4 pieces) • 2 tsp sea salt • 2 tsp Ras El Hanout (Moroccan spice mix) • 2 small zucchinis, cut lengthwise into quarters • 2 carrots, cut…

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Vitamin IV Therapies / Myers Cocktail

18.08.2016 in Health Information, Resources, slider

Vitamin IV therapies & Myers Cocktail Vitamin IV therapies contain sterile water solution and water soluble vitamins. These boost your immune system, heal the body and speed up recovery all in one dose. The Myers Cocktail is a standardized formula used to help treat almost any ailment. Intravenous Vitamins bypass the digestion and therefore increase the efficacy of the dosage to get the best bang for your buck! What to expect: You will be set up with a comfy chair, some hot tea, and kick back…

Avocado Superfood for Hypothyroidism

David Avocado Wolfe Presents Keys to Health

13.08.2016 in Health Information, Resources

While drinking Cashew Chocolate milk and eating Goji Berries we listened to David Wolfs keys to health. Some of his KEYS to health outlined for you here: Add Sea Salt to your drinking water to increase hydration of your overall being. Cryotherapy- Cold Cellars are being used as a treatment strategy for health. Check out more information here for a calgary site. I was surprised to see Calgary already on board with this already!! Athletes have been using Cold Therapy for all their injuries for years….


Our 2016 Garden – Keeping Basil

11.08.2016 in Resources

Preserving ! Freezing fresh basil, either in whole leaves or in puree best holds it’s flavor rather than than drying it. Freeze it whole in an airtight bag Frozen basil are used just like fresh leaves. They will shrink as they freeze plan to use slightly less frozen leaves than if you were cooking with fresh basil.   3 steps to the perfect frozen basil leaf:  Blanch it: Remove the leaves from their stem, blanch them in boiling water for 2 seconds. Ice it: Quickly transfer the blanched leaves to…


Our 2016 Garden – Starting it all…

10.08.2016 in Resources

Tilling: We started our garden construction in April and prepped the beds in early May. In the course of that preparation and for general growth, we used mushroom compost as fertilizer mixed 50/50 with black top soil from our local garden store.         Planting: What we planted: tomato seedlings first then directly seeding carrots, butter crunch lettuce, beets, kale, rainbow chard, basil, zucchini and then peas in mid-May.     Depending on where you live, the general ideal time to plant is around May 24th, Victoria day as…

Gluten-free Fried Green Tomatoes & Squash Blossoms Recipe

27.07.2016 in Healthy Recipes

For up to 10 squash blossoms and 2 to 4 small green tomatoes   1. Combine in a small mixing bowl: 2 tablespoons of white rice flour 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon of potato starch 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour 1 pinch of xanthan gum 1/4 tablespoons baking powder pinch of salt 1/4 cup water 1 egg white 1/2 tablespoons of cider vinegar 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice The batter may have a slightly metallic, vinegary and somewhat unpleasant smell.   2. Chill the batter in the fridge for one hour .   3. Prepare…

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Thyroid Health Quiz

27.03.2016 in Resources, slider

Take this quiz now. It will help you understand the symptoms your thyroid could be causing in your everyday life. Check to see if your thyroid is working correctly with this quiz.   Do you: Crave Sweets, Fatty foods, or feel tired all day every day? Your thyroid could be the cause! Learn more here


Spinach Dip Recipe With Garlic & Hearts of Palm

08.03.2016 in Healthy Recipes

This tangy dip will be the delight of your gluten-sensitive friends at your next party! Of course, should you decide to use pre-shredded cheeses, steer free of gluten-containing brands but the best option remains to shred the cheese yourself. Same thing for tortillas of course, go for 100% corn. Ingredients: Part-skim mozzarella cheese Asiago cheese, fat-free sour cream, minced garlic, hearts of palm, chopped spinach, fat-free cream cheese, garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese, corn tortillas


Awesome Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

08.03.2016 in Healthy Recipes

Delicious gluten free bread isn’t difficult, it just looks like it should be. In many ways making gluten free bread is faster and quicker than baking a traditional gluten bread. With the right recipe and ingredients, a loaf pan isn’t even needed! This gluten free bread will bring you bread baking success!


Super Green Iced Tea

21.02.2016 in Healthy Recipes

An organic green tea In the evening, steep a pot of organic green tea. Use 1 Tbsp of leaves steeped about 15 minutes per pot. For best results, rinse the leaves with hot water and discard the water. Let your steeped tea cool for 30 minutes at room temperature. In a large glass jar or iced tea decanter squeeze the juice of one lemon over a tray of ice cubes. Add organic grated ginger or mint leaves for added flavor. When sufficiently cooled, pour the green…

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Root Juice

19.01.2016 in Healthy Recipes

1/2 inch ginger root 4 medium parsnips 1 small beet, scrubbed 3 medium carrots Use All organic vegetables!           Juice ginger first, follow by the parsnips and beets; finish with the carrots. Chill and enjoy!


MS survivor says charity’s “lost it’s way”

21.09.2015 in Health Information, Resources

Recently I just read about Matt Embry of Calgary, MS survivor. Matt talks of the MS Society Charity ” lost it’s way ” as seen in the Calgary Herald September 2015. Over the past ten years I have know and treated patients with MS.  I feel that it is imperative to include Dietary and Lifestyle into treatment for MS. I have seen people that in taking control of health have shown huge improvements in MS.  Simple dietary influences, stress management  and lifestyle changes can make the…



10.09.2015 in Resources

Ah sleep… something we all seem to struggle with at some time or other. Statistics show that sleep problems and deprivation is one of the highest health concerns of our stress out society. Insomnia is one of the most common conditions we see at Gaia Health Care. Here are some quick tips to get you sleeping better: Liver activity is up-regulated at night to detox our daily intakes of exhaust fumes and that extra coffee you needed to have today. A liver detox can help reduce…

Vitamin IVs, Myers Cocktail

01.08.2015 in Health Information, Resources

Catching some media lately is the Vitamin IVs. This has been a long standing use for us at Gaia Health Care with optimizing energy, increase healing, cancer treatments and so much more. From anti aging remedy’s, treatment for Chronic Fatigue, or treating a cold/ flu that you can’t shake; people are loving these IVs. Recently i have found using saline as a base solution can have added benefits for some special populations. Celebrities have been using them as recovery from a major party binge coin terming it…


Acne & Stress?

23.07.2015 in Beauty, Resources

Acne and Stress, Yes  these two are working together! The more stress we are under the more hormones our body will produce. These hormones such as cortisol can cause our blood sugars to go all out of whack. When the blood sugars rise in response to stress our skin can get the brunt of it. What to do? 1) Decrease your load- Learn to say “no” to some of those extras that you don’t really need to do. 2) Ignore your cravings- Those cravings for high…

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Allergy Treatment for Seasonal, Environmental & Pet allergies

15.07.2015 in Health Information, Tests, Uncategorized

Allergies have been in full force this year; for much longer and becoming much stronger than ever. Kick those allergies in the butt and find out which are the top offenders and treat them at home. That’s right, no allergy shots! Our new skin scratch test is available to asses 9 different allergens: Cats, Dogs, Grasses, Dust, Mould, Ragweed, Tree pollens, Weed mixtures Non -invasive innovative treatment for allergies called: Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy Treatment (SLIT) Here is the who, what, when, where’s… What is SLIT? Sublingual immunotherapy…


DYI Garden Boxes

19.06.2015 in Resources

Its that time of year to get the yard cleaned up and ready for the summer. Every year our family likes to grow our own veggies ( as much as possible). This year, in our new house we will be putting in Garden boxes in the front yard. This will have full sun to improve growth and maximize our season. We chose to go with a box measure 2 ft by 3 feet, with a depth of 15 inches. This can be done as a family…

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TED Talk: Brene Brown: Listening to shame

18.05.2015 in Health Information, Resources

I love listening to TED Talks! This one is very deep; it looks into the mental/emotional aspects of success and failures. Where the negative term of failure is really about success. It allows us to pursue and continue on the path of passions in life. My pilates instructor has a saying on her wall that I love: “Love what you do, do what you Love” I try each day to remember this and employ it to our family and my work. She is a beautiful speaker…

Almond Oat Balls

Almond Oat Power Bites Recipe

09.05.2015 in Healthy Recipes

Almond Oat Power Bites Recipe Ingredients: 2/3 c natural almond butter 1/3 c unsweetened almond or coconut milk 1 serving of vanilla pea protein powder, Dr. C’s Daily Reset Shake works perfect for this! 1/4 c gluten-free rolled oats Directions: 1. Combine natural almond butter and milk into a pot. Heat for approximately 2 minutes, or until almond butter is soft and spreadable. 2. Remove bowl from heat and slowly stir to combine almond butter and milk. 3. Stir in protein powder. This step takes a little patience –…

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Hormone Reset

22.04.2015 in Health Information, Resources

A Spring Hormone Reset From Dr Marnie …   Hormones are a huge part of our everyday. We need them for happiness, energy and a healthy metabolism. Recently, I was able to attend Dr Sara Gottfried MD’s lectures on hormones. She has an amazing ability to clearly deliver the hormone message. Her info graphic below will show you foods you crave can cause your hormones to go out of whack. Healthy life choices can benefit our hormones (not just the waistline). Free range meats, decreased sugar…

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Direct Billing for Green Shield

03.04.2015 in Health Information

AVAILABLE SOON: We are working on the new clinic set up to be able to provide you with Direct billing. In the future we will be able to directly bill Green Shield for Naturopathic Consultations. We will be able to pre-approve your funding and get you reimbursed for visits as soon as possible. Look in the September 2018 for this new feature.

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Insurance Coverage for Naturopathic Medicine

29.03.2015 in Health Information

A unique approach at this clinic will help you get all you money back from insurance that you have invested in your health. At Gaia Health Care we are dedicated to making Naturopathic Doctors accessible to all. Some insurance companies are not covering all of the Initial Consultation fee or capping the amount they will pay out at one time. In response to this we are offering 2- 30 minute visits, instead of the traditional 60 minute initial consultation. This optimizes your insurance coverage for Naturopathic…

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Brain Deficiency Quiz

13.02.2014 in Tests

Your unique brain chemistry (thecombination of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin) controls how you think, feel, and behave. These deficiencies are the direct causes of many medical problems. Knowing how to restore deficiencies or imbalances is the way to begin Regaining your health. The results of this quiz will show you which Neurotransmitters you are deficient in, and how to correct it using supplements. By addressing your deficiencies you will be on the path to a healthier, younger you. I. DOPAMINE 1. I crave…

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Adrenal Stress Index

13.02.2014 in Tests

This Salivary hormone test requires 4 saliva samples taken throught the day. It evaluates your cortisol rhythm, DHEA levels, 17-Hydroxyprogesterone, Insulin, Secretory IgA and Gliadin Antibodies. This test is indicated for conditions such as: Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue syndrome Glycemic Dysregulation (cravings, blood sugar problems) Allergies/Autoimmune Disorders Depression/ADD Table 1: Common Adrenal Related Symptoms Inadequate Adrenal Function Hyperactive Adrenals Weight Loss / Anorexia Weight Gain / Truncal Obesity Progressive Fatigue / Lethargy Emotional Lability / Depression Hypoglycemia Glucose Intolerance Diffuse Muscle and Joint Pains Insulin Resistance…

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13.02.2014 in Tests

Click Here to view the different tests offered and to determine which test is right for you! The Alcat test is a simple, effective blood test that will determine which foods you need to avoid for optimal health.  The Alcat test has been proven successful in helping overcome: Digestive Disorders: including heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating Fatigue Migraines Asthma Skin Disorders Aching Joints Hyperactivity/ADD Obesity And much more You can customize the Alcat test according to your diet.  There are a variety of test panels…

Secrets for Soft, Wrinkle-free Skin

13.02.2014 in Health Information

By Dr Marnie Wachtler ND RMT Polynesian women have known for thousands of years the secret to naturally softer and smoother skin and hair – coconut oil. Manufactures of beauty products have been adding coconut oil to skin care products, soaps, shampoos and creams to capture its youthful qualities and benefits. On a daily basis, skin is subjected to free radicals from ultraviolet rays, herbicides, pesticides, food additives, cigarette smoke and other pollutants. Do you know how your skin dealing with these elements? The Skin Elasticity…

Breakfast Recipes

13.02.2014 in Healthy Recipes

Eat protein for breakfast! Dietary protein is the raw material that tells the liver to get in gear. If we don’t take in adequate protein, metabolic functions slows. Our metabolism can increase by up to 30 percent for as long as 12 hours from a high protein meal, the calorie equivalent of a 5 km jog! A high carbohydrate breakfast such as juice, cereal, pancakes, waffles, or bagels does not enhance metabolic rate. Further, eating such a meal can spike insulin levels, leading to to energy…

Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese on Sprouted Bread

13.02.2014 in Healthy Recipes, Nutrition

You can make this breakfast when you’re in a hurry! Serves 2 2 Tbsp of cream cheese 2 slices of sprouted bread (available at Costco, Safeway, Co-op, etc) 6 ounzes of wild pacific smoked salmon capers (optional) Spread the cream cheese on the toast, top with the salmon and capers, and serve

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Why Alcohol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

13.02.2014 in Health Information

Background: Ethanol (all types of alcohol) is a tumor promoter and may enhance the metastasis (growth) of breast cancer.  Twenty to thirty percent of patients with breast cancer shown an increase in of ErbB2 or HER2 growth promoters. The effect of ethanol can increase the migration/invasion of breast cancer cells with the expression levels of ErbB2. Adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) is an important initial step for cancer cell invasion and metastasis. In this study, they investigated the effects of ethanol on the adhesion breast cancer cells…

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What’s In Your Fridge?

13.02.2014 in Nutrition

Dr. Marnie Wachtler, RMT ND, lets you catch a glimpse into her fridge and explains the benefits of some of her favorite foods! Citrus, such as lemons and limes, are great to flavour your water drink. Not only is citrus high in vitamin C, its natural sweetness is better for you then vitamin water drinks, which are  loaded with sugar. The brown paper wrapped meat is free range and bought from a local rancher. Local ranchers can provide inexpensive antibiotic free and hormone free cattle. Greens…

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13.02.2014 in Nutrition

Choose beverages from the A list.  Strictly avoid those from the C list as they can be harmful to the body.       The A List The B List The C List Water 1 cup of organic coffee Fruit juice, all varieties Green Tea 4 ounces of red wine Soda pop, all varieties, diet or sweetened Black Tea Vegetable Juice Most sports drinks Herbal Tea Sweetened teas Greens First Red Alert


13.02.2014 in Nutrition

Carbohydrate: Fiber Vs. Non-Fiber Serving Size The Top Veggies The Top Fruits 108 Ways Sugar can Ruin your Health!


Eggs “Benefit”

01.01.2014 in Healthy Recipes

This is a healthy, alternative to an old favorite. Rosemary is a potent antioxidant know to promote circulation to the brain and enhance memory. Serves 2 SAUCE 3 Tbsp cream cheese 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon avocado oil Salt and Pepper to taste Pinch of cayenne 2 eggs 1 ripe avocado Sprouted bread 1. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl with a fork 2. In a deep skillet, add 2 inches of water, bring…

Superfood Hot Cocoa Recipe

13.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Superfood Hot Cocoa               This year I managed to come up with a much healthier alternative to the sugar-laden, store-bought stuff, and they actually like it more. This hot cocoa has three great superfoods: raw cacao, raw honey and organic unrefined coconut oil. While there are too many benefits to list here, you’ll know you’re serving a treat that’s free of the processed junk that’s so often sold in stores. Ingredients: Serves 2 2 cups vanilla almond milk 1 Tbsp….

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Cucumber Kale Cleanser Juice

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Cucumber Kale Cleanser (aka “Green Juice”) Ingredients: 2 – Medium Cucumbers 3 – Large Kale Leaves Small handful of Fresh Parsley 1 – Peeled Lemon 1/2 – Granny Smith Apple Place all ingredients into your juicer. Use the machine as directed, then stir, and drink immediately. Yield: about 2 cups Recipe Source –

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Spicy Dairy-Free Tahini Dip

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Spicy Dairy-Free Tahini Dip  Ingredients: The original recipe from the book, I Am Grateful, calls for 3/4 cup fresh coconut milk. Since I don’t have any young coconuts sitting around, I used canned, organic coconut milk and part water to replace the fresh milk. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of white miso called for with 1/2 teaspoon of Herbamare (or sea salt). The only gluten-free, soy-free miso I have in my fridge is a dark, rich adzuki bean miso. I didn’t think it would work here….

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Vegan Quinoa Seed Crackers

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Gluten-Free Quinoa Seed Crackers (Vegan) Crackers: 1 cup sorghum flour 1/2 cup sweet rice flour 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 cup cooked quinoa 6 to 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/3 to 1/2 cup water   Topping: 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 to 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1 to 2 teaspoons poppy seeds sea salt and cracked black pepper   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the sorghum flour, sweet rice flour, arrowroot, baking…

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Nut-Free Dark Chocolate Truffles

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Soft and chewy dark chocolate truffles that are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan! For the filling:
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped (preferably organic)
1 tablespoon honey or Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates,
1/3 cup natural unsweetened sunflower seed butter (see note below)
2 tablespoons canned coconut milk (full fat), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
and a pinch of sea salt   For the coating:
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (preferably organic)
3 tablespoons honey or Grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)…

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Vegan Ginger Cookies

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Date Sweetened Vegan Ginger Cookies I used 15 pitted medjool dates here which equaled 1 cup, packed. If the dough seems too dry then add more of the date soaking water, a tablespoon at a time. Store in an airtight container.   15 medjool dates, pitted (soaked for 15 minutes in boiling water) 6 tablespoons coconut oil (grapeseed would work too) 4 tablespoons date soaking water 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey, agave nectar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 ¼ c sorghum flour ½ c tapioca flour ¼…

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Cranberries

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Cranberries Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 cup slivered almonds 2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise 1 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup water freshly ground black pepper Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I like to use an 11-inch skillet. Add oil then shallots. Sauté shallots for about 2 minutes then add slivered almonds, then add the Brussels Sprouts and Herbamare. Sauté Brussels Sprouts for…

Green Parent Guide

08.08.2013 in Health Information

Green Calgary has come out with a wonderful Green Parenting Guide to make eco-friendly living easier for Calgary families.  Check out the feature piece by Gaia Health Care on how Naturopathic Medicine can be an important part of taking care of your family naturally.  

What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

04.06.2013 in Health Information

If you are looking for a dedicated, comprehensive medical approach to treating the root cause of an acute or chronic condition, or simply want to feel the best you can each & every day and ward off the onset of disease, Naturopathic Medicine may be the primary health care system for you. Gaia Health Care’s philosophy centres around treating the whole individual based on their specific psychological, physiological, social, emotional, environmental & lifestyle conditions.  We believe health care is based on prevention and correcting imbalances within…

Coconut Cream

21.02.2013 in Healthy Recipes

This is a delicious and versatile recipe: Keep a batch in the fridge at all times, for drinks, desserts, curries, and breakfasts! 1 can of coconut milk (preservative free) 1/2 tsp of xylitol or a pinch of stevia to sweeten 1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract Mix all ingredients into a glass jar. Shake well and refridgerate for milk to thicken (usually several hours.

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Bowen Therapy Calgary

08.02.2013 in Health Information

What is Bowen Therapy? Bowen Therapy is a technique developed in Australia by the late Thomas A. Bowen.  It is a form of soft tissue manipulation that has been used all over the world since it’s development in the 1950’s to treatment acute sports injuries and pain through to chronic asthma & allergies.  Bowen Therapy involves gentle moves over the muscles, nerves and tendons to stimulate the body and help it to heal. These moves help to stimulate the nervous system to return to a state…

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Professional Recognition

27.08.2012 in Health Information, Resources

Recognized under the Alberta Health Professions Act  Naturopathic medicine is a primary care system that is based on the principle of finding and treating the nature of disease. Naturopathic physicians work toward the individual treatment of a person as a whole, incorporating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans. Using conventional diagnostic procedures (physical examination, blood, salivary urine lab work) as well as a variety of treatment modalities. A Naturopathic physician is able to determine the root cause of…

Craniosacral Therapy

16.05.2012 in Health Information

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that has positively addressed numerous health conditions. By working with the craniosacral system, the body’s central nervous system can be normalized and corrected …..

New Patient Intake Forms

28.02.2012 in Tests

In order to maximize our time together, please fill out the intake form before your first visit.  Forms can be completed and sent online or printed and brought with you to your appointment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Naturopathic Intake Form

Relieves Muscle Pain

22.02.2012 in Health Information

Infrared sauna The deep heat of an Infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscle, so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, for greater flexibility and range of motion. Far Infrared heat relieves muscle tension and thereby helping your body to make the most of its intended healing abilities. Infrared heat reduces soreness on nerve endings and…

Infrared Sauna: Burns calories and controls weight

22.02.2012 in Health Information

Infrared Sauna As you relax in the gentle far infrared heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart will work harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you have rowed or jogged for 30 minutes! European beauticians have traditionally used saunas to help…

Blood Tests: Food allergy, Thyroid …

22.02.2012 in Health Information, Tests

Blood work for your Thyroid or Food Allergies done in House! Tired of waiting in line at a crowded doctors office, and then another long wait at the lab? Book an appointment with Gaia Health Care to have your blood work for blood food allergy, Ig G (ELISA), ALCAT test, thyroid tests done in house. We send the labs out to a special pick few to get the best results fast. We offer a variety of standard and cutting edge blood tests.  From the complete blood count,…

Laboratory Services

22.02.2012 in Tests

Along with a detailed case history and physical exam, lab testing can play an important role in determining the best course of treatment. Gaia Health Care offers a full spectrum of labs tests, from preventative cardiovascular screenings to routine blood work to detailed hormone profiles. Below is a list of the many lab services we offer. The Alcat Food Sensitivity Test: 50, 100, 150 or 200 Food Panels, Molds, Herbs, Environmental Chemicals, Food Additives & Colourings IgG, IgE, & IgA Allergy Testing Adrenal Stress index Fasting…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

8. How to create a false idea In the numerous reviews written by upholders of the diet-heart idea it is often said that this idea is based on ”strong, scientific data”, the evidence is ”overwhelming” or ”extremely powerful” and ”controversy is unjustified”. If you have read the previous sections you will understand that nothing could be more advanced from the truth. To use such vocabulary it has been necessary to exaggerate trivial, apparently supportive findings, to belittle or ignore the wealth of controversial and disproving evidence…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Nutrition

7. The many critical scientists Those who propagate for a low-fat diet and cholesterol-lowering drugs claim that there is general agreement about the diet-heart idea. Nothing could be more wrong. Here follows, in alphabetic order, a selection of critical scientists. Mary Enig is an international expert in the field of lipid biochemistry, a nutritionist and a Consulting Editor to a number of scientific publications, among others the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. She is also the President of the Maryland Nutritionists Association. She has…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

5. Cholesterol-lowering may shorten your life According to conventional wisdom it is wise to lower your cholesterol if it is too high. The main reason for this advice is the observation that people with a high cholesterol more often get a heart attack than people with a normal or a low cholesterol. The observation is correct, but it does not mean that the high cholesterol is the cause of the heart attack (see section 1). If it were, lowering of the high cholesterol by any means…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

4. Atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease have nothing to do with the diet National consensus committees in many countries have declared that atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease can be prevented by an appropriate diet. Although the scientific evidence for this message is surprisingly meager, if present at all, it has gained status as established wisdom. The definition of the ”prudent” diet has changed considerably with time. Initially, it was considered important to reduce dietary fat of all kinds. This advice was based on a review paper…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

3. The diet has little to do with your blood cholesterol level A reduction of animal fat and an increase of vegetable fat in the diet is said to lower the blood cholesterol. This is correct, but the effect of such dietary changes is very small. Ramsay and Jackson (37) reviewed 16 trials using diet as intervention. They concluded that the so-called step-I diet, which is similar to the dietary advices that are given nationwise by the health authorities in many countries, lower the serum cholesterol…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

2. Blood cholesterol has nothing to do with atherosclerosis One of the most surprising facts about cholesterol is that there is no relationship between the blood cholesterol level and the degree of atherosclerosis in the vessels. If a high cholesterol really did promote atherosclerosis, then people with a high cholesterol should evidently be more atherosclerotic than people with a low. But it isn´t so. The pathologist Dr. Kurt Landé and the biochemist Dr. Warren Sperry at the Department of Forensic Medicine of New York University were…

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D.

22.02.2012 in Health Information

1. Your cholesterol tells very little about your future health. Cholesterol is a peculiar molecule. It is often called a lipid or a fat. However, the chemical term for a molecule such as cholesterol is alcohol, although it doesn’t behave like alcohol. Its numerous carbon and hydrogen atoms are put together in an intricate three dimensional network, impossible to dissolve in water. All living creatures use this indissolvability cleverly, incorporating cholesterol into their cell walls to make cells waterproof. This means that cells of living creatures…


22.02.2012 in Health Information

1. Dattilo AM, Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of weight reduction on blood lipids and lipoproteins: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1992;56:320-328. 2. Craig WE, Palomaki GE, Haddow JE. Cigarette smoking and serum lipid and lipoprotein concentrations: an analysis of published data. British Medical Journal 1989;298:784-788. 3. Ekelund L-G, and others. Physical fitness as a predictor of cardiovascular mortality in asymptomatic North American men. The Lipid Research Clinics mortality follow-up study. The New England Journal of Medicine 1988;319:1379-84. 4. Thompson PD, and others. High density lipoprotein…

Carbohydrate Serving Size

21.02.2012 in Health Information, Nutrition

Carbohydrates Eat as many of the the A list vegetables as you like.  They are nutrient dense and are high in fiber which will fill you up (how much kale or broccoli could you really eat!?) Eat 4-6 items from the A list fruits per week.  If you are overweight and are trying to heal your metabolism, limit your consumption of fruit to 2 per week.

Carbohydrate: Fiber Vs. Non-Fiber

21.02.2012 in Health Information, Nutrition

Fiber Vs. Non-Fiber Carbohydrate refers to a vast category of food, including vegetables, fruits, all grains, pasta, bread, cereals, rice, potatoes, candy, cake, soda, and juice. All carbohydrates, however are not equal. Carbohydrates have traditionally been classified as simple or complex. A better system is fiber versus non-fiber carbohydrate. High fiber carbs are found mostly in vegetables and nuts. The major advantage of fiber is that it can’t be broken down into sugar, which means it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. High fiber foods such as…

Red Alert

21.02.2012 in Health Information

Add 1/2 – 1 scoop to 8-12 ounces of water, stir briskly and enjoy! This simple drink mix is perfect for your little one, or anyone who gets tired of plain old water. Red Alert is a combination of high anti-oxidant fruits and vegetables. It tastes like juice and is low in sugar. It is a great way to improve your child’s intake of favorites such as Broccoli, spinach and beets! It contains lutein for improved vision, probiotics for healthy digestion, and resveratrol, a potent anti-tumor…

Featured Products

21.02.2012 in Health Information

Greens First Healthy Never Tasted So Good! The Proven Antioxidant Power of 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetablesin a Great Tasting Green Super Food Powdered Drink Mix! What if you found one Super Food Greens formula that could: Help increase your Energy, naturally, with out stimulants Help you reduce appetite, improve your metabolism, lose weight Help relieve your stiff and achy joints and muscles Help you maintain strong bones Help maintain healthier, younger looking hair and skin Help support your immune function and increase resistance to…

Flexi Matrix Saliva Tests

13.02.2012 in Tests

Saliva Testing Choose from any of the following saliva tests.  A great way to personalize the testing, and/or to follow up on your treatment. Choose from between 3 and 25 tests: Including: FSH LH Estrone Estradiol Estriol Progesterone Testosterone Androstenedione Dihydrotestosterone Cortisol (morning, noon, afternoon, midnight) 17 OH Progesterone DHEA + DHEA (S) Free T4 Free T3 TSH Thyroid Antibodies Insulin (Fasting and Post-Prandial) Anti-Egg Ab Anti-Milk Ab Anti-Soy Ab Anti- Gliadin Ab Total Secretory IgA

Metabolic Typing

13.02.2012 in Tests

Your Metabolism: Download the following Metabolic Type Quiz, to determine your nutritional metabolic needs. For more information visit httpss://


Lunch Recipes

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes

Easy Recipes Lunch is the most difficult meal of the day to plan.  With our busy schedules and short lunch breaks, access to healthy, nutritious and fast meals can be a challenge.  Below are some recipes that you can make and take with you for lunch, as well as links to cafe’s and restaurants that serve healthy fare. Chicken Salad Avocado Fudgesicles Watermelon Sorbet Blueberry-Cucumber Smoothie Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies


Dinner Recipes

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes

What’s for Dinner? Dilled Salmon and Fresh Asparagus Minty Chicken-Zucchini Kebobs Pepper-Mint Dressing & Marinade Cucumber Tomato Basil Salad Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Drink Recipes

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes

Thirsty ? If you’re a pop drinker, read this interesting article –> Dangers of Soda Pop Coming Soon… Super Greens Iced Tea Water Red Alert Berry juice Greens First Protein Shake

Shopping List

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes

For a complete list to take shopping with you, click HERE.   Grains:
 Steel Cut or Whole Oats
  Squirrely Bread by Silver Hills Bakery Meat/ Protein:
 Ostrich Fan, pearl or tender 
 Buffalo Steak Beef Steak (tenderloin or Rib eye) 
 Beef/ Back Bacon 
Breakfast Sausage (Nitrate Free beef, chicken, ostrich or buffalo)
 / Walnuts / 
Hemp seed / 
Cashews / 
Pine Nuts 
Dream protein powder 
Salmon (atlantic Flash Frozen) 
Prawns (frozen)
 Scallops (frozen)
 Solid White Tuna (Oceans canned Albacore in water)
 Kipper Filets in…


Temperatures for Food Safety

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes

Always use a food thermometer to ensure that food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy harmful bacteria.  Here are the internal temperatures recommended by the USDA Food. Food Final Doneness Temperature Beef, lamb, and veal steaks, chops, and roasts medium rare 145 F medium 160 F Hamburger, meat Loaf, ground pork, veal and lamb 160 F Pork chops, ribs, and roast 160 F Egg Dishes 160 F Ground turkey and chicken 165 F Stuffing and casseroles 165 F Leftovers 165 F Chicken and turkey…

Meditation and the Path of Heart

13.02.2012 in Health Information

The path throughout life gives us challenges. Our path will be forever undulated with series of valleys, humps and even some smooth sailing. It is through the highs and lows that we can learn to be conscious in Daily Living. What we do upon reflection will determine our path of heart. It is this life path that must be connected with our heart. The “path of Heart” is said to be in every breath. In a heightened consciousness we are aware of quality, texture and frequency…

Ottawa to Weed out False Organic Food Claims

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Standards take effect on June 30 The federal government on Friday unveiled new mandatory standards for organic foods and enforcement tools so inspectors can keep products falsely claiming to be organic off store shelves. The mandatory regulation and certification of organic products, to come into force on June 30, were immediately praised by the industry. “It’s a consumer’s dream. When they see an organic claim out in the marketplace, it has a very strict definition, the government is behind it, and everybody is meeting the same…

Health Care Costs and the Changes in the Economy

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Health & Wellness in Rising Women Magazine Jan/Feb 2009 ASK OUR EXPERTS… With the changes in the economy how can I possibly afford any health care services that I have to pay for myself? By Dr. Patricia Wales ND & Dr. Jennifer Bunzenmeyer ND, Acadia Wellness Centre You may think economic change with shrinking incomes and increasing costs will mean that there is little left for additional health care expenses. However, you now have a wonderful opportunity to choose the health care options that YOU want….

Probiotics to Help Prevent GI Inflammation

13.02.2012 in Health Information

The power of probiotics In addition to digestion, your gastrointestinal (GI) tract plays many roles that can profoundly affect your overall health. In fact, 70% of the cells in your body’s immune system are located in the GI tract. Anything that undermines the health of your GI tract—such as a high-fat/low-fiber diet, food intolerance, certain medications, chronic stress, or nutritional deficiencies—can disrupt the GI function and potentially impact many aspects of your health. Fortunately, certain probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria, can help prevent GI tract inflammation and…

Six Ways to Protect yourself against the Winter Flu!

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Winter is here ! Do you come down with the flu as soon as the leaves start to change color or the snow starts to fall? Below are some surefire ways to reduce your chances of getting the flu this year. Get a Natural Flu Shot: Scientific evidence confirms 41% more protection with the use of Engystol and Gripp-Heel, two natural and safe remedies for preventing colds and flu. These medicines are available in an oral liquid form for children, and as an injection for people…

Take Control of Your Health!

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Your team at Gaia Health Care is excited about the new year and resolve to help each of you achieve optimal health and wellness. Below are a few of the ways to improve your health. Nutrition At Gaia Health Care we don’t believe in detox diets or fad diets.  We create custom eating plans that are flexible and realistic that promote continuous vitality. Healthy eating tips include: – Discover hidden food allergies. This can be accomplished through a careful elimination diet or a simple blood test. …

Vitamins and Minerals

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Our vitamins and minerals At Gaia Health Care, we spend a great deal of time researching the products we carry, in order to bring you the best value possible.  We use professional grade, third party tested products to ensure quality, purity, and optimal absorption.  We do not carry supplements that contain unnessecary binders and fillers. Some of the product lines we carry include: Thorne Research Cyto-Matrix AOR Seroyal Heel Boiron/Dolisos Pure Encapsulation Better Flora Promedics Ascenta Priority One Wise Woman Herbals Email us for more information.

10 Tips for Staying Healthy and Maintaining Your Vitality the Natural Way

13.02.2012 in Health Information

Health, Vitality done naturally Did you know that 30 minutes in an infared sauna can help detoxify the body, as well as help treat cancer, ADHD, muscular tension, joint pains, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and heavy metal detoxification?  Most infant teething soothers, bath toys and dolls can contain polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which both creates and contains phthalates used to soften the plastic. Phthalates contain hormone distributors which are linked to asthma and respiratory problems. These toxins can leach out of toys onto hands and into mouths…

The Cholesterol Myths

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Facts: The Following was written by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD. the author of The Cholesterol Myth. Here are the facts! Click on the numbers if you want the scientific evidence! 1. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect…

The Benefits of High Cholesterol

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Longer Life By Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD People with high cholesterol live the longest. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack…

Local Beef for Sale

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Alberta Beef Hormone and antibiotic free Raised by a local Alberta Rancher 100% grass fed No Steroids or Antibiotic were fed to this animal Only the minimum government standards for shots were given shortly after birth Each quarter has approximately the following: 4 Sirloin Steaks 4 Tenderloins 8 Rib Eye steaks 7 New York Strip steaks 2 Cross Rib Roasts 2 Rump Roasts 2 Sirloin Tip Roasts 11 Minute Steaks (tenderized steaks – use for Stir Fry) 57 lbs of Hamburger in 1 lb. packages 5…

Condiments, Spices, and Seasonings

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Spices play an integral role in the kitchen. They add great flavors to our food, and have many medicinal qualities as well.  We recommend purchasing organic spices, they are reasonably priced, and taste great! Below is a list of condiments, spices, and seasonings.  Use the A list ones daily, and use the B and C list condiments in moderation. The A List The B List The C List Basil Ketchup Salad Dressings that contain  damaged fats Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Mayonnaise Cardamom Black pepper Cayenne pepper Capers…

Dangers of Soda Pop

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

by Sally Squires Americans drink more soda pop than ever before: These popular beverages account for more than a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States. More than 15 billion gallons were sold in 2000. That works out to at least one 12-ounce can per day for every man, woman and child. Kids are heavy consumers of soft drinks, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and they are guzzling soda pop at unprecedented rates. Carbonated soda pop provides more added sugar in a…

Eat Fats, Be Healthy!

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

It is critical for optimal health to consume fats daily in your diets. Below is a breakdown of dietary fats.  Consume the A list fats as often as you like, the B list fats in moderation (2-3 times per week) and limit the C list fats to several times per month. Fats contain higher amounts of caleries per gram than do proteins and carbohydrates.  However, consuming foods that contain fats, causes a release of hormones, that sends a message to the brain that you are full….

Eating Out

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

As the saying goes popularized by the Movie ‘Pirates of the Carabean’ “They aren’t rules, but more like guidelines.” Avoid deciding where you’ll eat out when your hungry.  You brain will lose out to your cravings and you’ll make bad decisions.  If the restaurant serves bread or chips with the meal ask the server to remove them so you won’t be tempted.  If the bread is whole grain and too delicious to pass up, add some butter (yes that’s right!).  Fats reduce the absorption of carbohydrates…

The Skinny on Fats!

13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Yes, fats are good! Over the last 50 years the vilification of fats has led to the low fat/fat-free nutritional movement.  In the meantime the incidence of obesity and diabetes has skyrocketed. Fats are a critical component of a healthy diet, and should be reveared not feared. The following links contain more useful information on fats. Eat Fats, Be Healthy!: A list of foods that contain healthy fats. The Role of Fats in the Body The Cholesterol Myth!


13.02.2012 in Nutrition

Fish are an amazing source of healthy fats and protein.  Unfortunately due to increasing ocean toxins levels, fish is becoming more and more contaminated with toxins such as mercury. In general eat the smaller cold water fish.  Avoid farmed or lake fish from known contaminated areas. Many people do not like fish, or are very sensitive to the toxic effects of mercury, and may have to avoid fish altogether.  You can still obtain the healthy omega 3 fatty acids from a high quality fish oil supplement…


The Top Fruits

13.02.2012 in Healthy Recipes, Nutrition

Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals, however they also can contain high amounts of fructose (a type of sugar).  You can eat fruits in moderation if you are metabolically fit.  Below is a table listing the  healthiest fruits that will help you attain or maintain your metabolic health. A list fruits you can consume often, the B list fruits eat in moderation (2-3 times per week), and the C list fruits are best avoided or eaten 1-2 a month. Generally, eating fruit as it is…


13.02.2012 in Nutrition

At Gaia Health Care, we believe in using food as medicine. Click HERE for a list of recommended healthy foods. Our trained Naturopathic Physicians will personalizes your diet, and educate you on how you can reach optimal health via the foods you eat! The Doctors at Gaia Health Care, will create an eating plan that is based on your metabolic profile. We also utilize the ALCAT test, which measures how your immune system responds to the different foods you eat. There are hundreds of weight loss…