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TouchStone Health is Open for Business

Posted on: January 1st, 2021 by Anna Totzke

As Regulated Healthcare Providers under the current provincial guidelines set out by the Minister of Health, all of our practitioners are allowed to remain open as an essential service during the province-wide Lockdown. We will continue to prescreen all patients and practitioners and practice safe protocols at TouchStone Health – frequent hand washing, cleaning and sanitization, proper PPE, contactless payments and social distancing inside the clinic.All of our protocols are in place to prevent and control the potential spread of COVID-19. The Naturopathic Doctors will also continue to have virtual appointments available.

We are Looking for Practitioners to Join our Clinic!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by TouchStone Health

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TouchStone Health is expanding!
We are Looking for Practitioners to Join our Clinic!

TouchStone Health is looking for Practitioners to join our amazing team at our clinic in Waterloo.

We are looking for a:

-Registered Massage Therapist

-Osteopath

-Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

-Social Worker / Counsellor / Psychologist

We are a busy, established clinic with:

-online booking and virtual appointment options

-lots of parking

-highway / LRT access

-a passionate team of health professionals

-a newly renovated clinic space (Jan. 1, 2021)

Options for percentage split or flat rent.

Full-time / Part-time options.

Please contact: annatotzke@gmail.com for more information

We Can do Hard Things and Everything is Figureoutable

Posted on: September 14th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

by: Dr. Amanda Cressman, N.D.

I’m always so grateful when the right book comes along at the right time. I’ve had this happen recently when I read Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo.

For many people, this year, at this time, in this season is bringing about very hard things where perspective can be lost. These words have helped restore that for me.

In my house, I have a few select quotes that are hung up in rooms as I try to instil these thoughts into my children but also into myself. In my children’s playroom I have this framed quote, “Everything is Figureoutable”. This quote comes from Marie Forleo and her book named just that. Marie is a life coach, an enterpreneur and many other things. She is an example and a reminder that we can define who we are and how we experience things with our attitude and perspective.

A week into having this quote up and framed in our house, I was doing some computer work where I was needing to learn a new system which is one of my least favourite things to do. My youngest daughter saw me sigh, looking defeated and stressed and said, “mommy, you know everything is figureoutable…you can figure this out.” I had put up this quote in their playroom that very week and shared the concept with them, bringing it up when they were frustrated, teaching them that they have the ability to figure things out. When my daughter said this, it made me smile large, seeing that a 5 year old had locked these words in as a belief in a few short days where I obviously had more work to do. I repeated it in my mind

I love this phrase because it’s playful, it’s positive and it’s powerful.

And it’s been very helpful in this peculiar year, in this precarious season as we all have no idea what the next bit of time will be for us all.

But Marie reminds us that everything is figureoutable. I just need to get my mind out of the way to make room for solutions and ideas. If you like this phrase and feel as though it could benefit you, please feel free to download this image.

The second book that has been helpful is Glennon Doyle’s, Untamed. It is a powerful piece of work. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s courageous and it’s important. Glennon shows up authentically on each page and if you have the audio version of her work, she’s as good of an orator as a writer, which is saying something.

Out of many of the highlighted quotes from her book, this one has landed the strongest for me….“We can do hard things.” We are all continuing to experience changes with uncertainty of the coming months, but her words, “We can do hard things” is inspiring and instills in me, “yes, I can do hard things, I’ve done a lot of hard things before and life brings about hard things….I can do this, my kids can do this…we all can do this.”

It’s why I love Naturopathic Medicine, because my job is to help people figure out why they are experiencing what they are experiencing and how to get back to who they wish to be. And sometimes that work is hard. Asking people to look at their lifestyle, to change patterns or behaviours that are blocking them from health is hard stuff.

For me as a person, as a parent and as a Naturopathic Doctor, resilience is what I strive for. Resilient people can weather the season changes of life with grace and and with perspective.

This coming season of life is a big one for us all. It is asking us to be flexible, to be conscientious, to be considerate and to be patient.

For whatever is going on in your life, I hope these words from these two extraordinary women will be helpful…knowing you can figure things out and you can do hard things.

If you like this phrase and feel as though it could benefit you, please feel free to download this image.

Have you been trying to get pregnant but only getting negative pregnancy tests? OR Are you thinking about growing your family?

Posted on: September 9th, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Preparing for Pregnancy e-Program!

Have you been trying to get pregnant but only getting negative pregnancy tests?

OR

Are you thinking about growing your family?

Written by: Alexandria Muirhead, R.H.N.

Preparing for Pregnancy e-Program is a self-paced, online program that helps you optimize your health and boost your fertility to help you get pregnant! This e-program also reduces your risk of miscarriages, corrects any nutritional deficiencies to ensure your baby has all the nutrients required to grow and helps you have a healthy pregnancy!

Alex Muirhead has created this online program to address all areas of your life that impact your fertility such as your cycle, sleep, movement, mindset, nutrition and more. It’s based on scientific research and her experience in practice.

Who is this e-Program for?

  • Thinking about getting pregnant in the next 12 months
  • Have been trying but haven’t been able to get pregnant yet
  • Worried about whether or not they can get pregnant
  • Worried about miscarriages
  • Have a pre-existing health condition/illness (IBS, autoimmune disease, diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, etc)
  • Have irregular, short or long cycles
  • Have painful periods
  • Experience PMS
  • Have digestive issues (heartburn, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea)

This e-Program helps address any underlying health issue that interferes with your fertility. A body system that is out of balance and not functioning properly can have a really big impact on your ability to get pregnant. This e-program identifies if you have any imbalances and provides you with the proper tools to rebalance that system.

What does the e-Program Include?

  • 8 modules, each covering an important area for fertility
  • 3 bonus modules
  • Easy to understand information
  • Step-by-step guides
  • Worksheets
  • Resources
  • Personalized supplements 
  • & more!

Each module contains a video of Alex Muirhead educating you on that particular topic and a step-by-step guide to help you implement everything you learnt in that video! In addition, she has created specialized worksheets and compiled resources pertaining to that module!

Are you Interested in Learning More About the e-Program?

If you are! Then click HERE or follow Alex Muirhead on instagram, @alexmuirhead_RHN . She has lots of information about her e-program and why it works.

  1. Discount for Launch Week!!

The e-program is 25% off during launch week! 

When is launch week?? September 8th to 14th! 

Use the promo code LAUNCH at check out for 25% off!

3 Kitchen Item Swaps to Promote Hormone Balance

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020 by TouchStone Health

Written by: Alexandria Muirhead, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where people gather to laugh and show love for others. It is one of the most important rooms in the house where we create meals to nourish ourselves, family and friends. There are many items that we use in our kitchen that we believe are safe but in reality they can have a negative impact on our health. These impacts can happen right away or happen over years. This phenomenon is called bioaccumulation and it can contribute to a whole host of health issues including autoimmune diseases and infertility. This is caused by chemicals and toxins that disrupt our normal body systems such as our immune system, hormonal (endocrine) system, circulatory system, nervous system and more. It affects all of our body systems and leads to symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, irritability, digestive issues, gas, bloating, allergies, asthma, PMS, brittle nails, hair loss, and sleep troubles.

Please don’t panic or worry! Keep reading!

Just as your body accumulates these toxins and chemicals, your body can eliminate them once you have stopped exposing yourself to them! Our bodies are so amazing and fascinating. They want to be in homeostasis and have all of our systems working together flawlessly. In Holistic Nutrition, we know that once you remove what is causing you to feel unwell, support your body and give it time to rebalance, that your health will be restored! I believe this and know this to be true because I have personally experienced it. You can not heal in the same environment that you became sick in.

The top 3 kitchen item swaps that you can do to reduce your exposure to harmful toxins and chemicals!

  • Ditch the Non-Stick!

Yes, I know. This one was hard for me to do as well. Isn’t non-stick so convent and easy? Nothing sticks to it and it’s a breeze to clean. These are amazing qualities but they come with a price. Teflon coated cookware contain chemicals that over time leach out into your food and you consume it. PFC, PFOS and PFOA are three chemicals that bioaccumulate and disrupt your body systems. 1.They have banned PFOA from being used in teflon products since it has been shown to be carcinogenic to the thyroid, kidneys, testicles, ovarian and bladder. 2. There is growing evidence that states that PFOA are not the only chemical to have negative effects on our health.

Teflon manufacturers say that it can be safe, if used properly. We don use it the way the manufacturer recommended which exposes us to these chemicals. Proper use of non-stick pans including not heating it higher than 260oC (500oF), do use if coating is chipped or scratched and use for a maximum of 6 months. It has been shown that an empty pan or a pan with oil can heat to 500oF within 2 minutes. We have all done these things and I am included in this! I had the same non-stick pan for years with scratches and would place some oil in the pan to heat up and I am sure it got to above 500oF.  Those chemicals are released once these things happen and get into our bodies.

What to use instead!

Once I learned about the chemicals in non-stick pans I began to look into alternatives! It took me a while to come around since non-stick is so convenient but the health benefits are worth it! Instead you can use cast iron pans or stainless steel pans. Cast iron can take a little bit of maintenance but is an excellent option once you’ve gotten the hang of it. There are lots of resources online on how to use and care for cast iron! Stainless steel is another opinion! Food tends to stick which is why oil, broth or water should be used. You can find lots of resources on how to use and care for stainless steel pans with a quick google search!

  • Ditch the Plastic!

This is a big one since plastic has taken over the modern kitchen. There are plastic utensils (spatula, stirring spoon, slotted spoon, tongs, masher, whisks), plastic cutting boards, plastic measure cups/spoons, plastic mixing bowls, plastic strainer, plastic wrap, plastic food storage containers, plastic water bottles and the list goes on and on!

This is a really important one since all of these plastics contain chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) and exposes us to xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that have the same chemical structure as estrogen and therefore binds to the estrogen receptors in our bodies. They have a very strong effect and contribute to hormonal imbalances, estrogen dominance, low progesterone, endometriosis, PCOS, and estrogen driven cancers.

How and what to use instead?!

I always recommend switching things slowly and doing this process gradually. First become aware of all the plastic you are using in your kitchen. Once something gets worn out and is in need of being replaced, buy the non-plastic option! This makes it much easier to do and does not create a large financial burden of having to buy everything at once.

Instead of… Happy Hormone Swap
Plastic Utensils (spatula, stirring spoon, slotted spoon, tongs, masher, whisks, etc) Wooden or Stainless Steel Utensils
Plastic Cutting Board Wooden Cutting Board (plastic cutting boards also harbor and allow bacteria to grow, wood is always best!)
Plastic Measuring Cups/Spoons Stainless Steel or Glass Measuring Cups or Spoons
Plastic Mixing Bowls Stainless Steel, Ceramic, or Glass Mixing Bowls
Plastic Strainer Stainless Steel Strainer
Plastic Food Wrap Beeswax Wraps
Plastic Food Storage Containers Glass or Stainless Steel Containers
Plastic Water Bottles Glass or Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Don’t feel overwhelmed by this change. It’s best to take it slow and do things one at a time. Use this knowledge as power and begin to switch over these items to reduce you and your families exposure to xenoestrogens. Stores like Winners and Homesense are great place’s to get some of these items at a lower cost.

  • Ditch the Toxic Cleaners & Soaps!

There seems to be a cleaner for everything these days, am I right? Every surface and area of the home seems to have a specific cleaner to clean it. Conventional household and kitchen cleaners are a major source of toxic exposure in the home. You can use The Environmental Working Group to see where you cleaners rank. They have a system that they use to tell you if your cleaners are toxic or not. I also believe that household cleaners are a big waste of money! You really don’t need a different cleaner for every surface and room. Homemade cleaners are the best and safest option and save you lots of money! Having one all purpose, natural cleaner will reduce the toxins in your home, save you money and reduce the clutter in your laundry room where you store your cleaners.

Your hand soap, dish soap and dishwasher detergent also contain chemicals that we want to avoid!

What to use instead?

Make your own! Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. You can add essential oils to give it a natural smell if you wish! Vinegar is a very potent disinfectant and kills bacteria. That is why it is used in preserving, so bacteria and mold does not grow.

Natural Cleaners! You can use castile soap and dilute it to use all over your home. You can also visit your local Health Food Store and ask them about safe and non=toxic cleaning products they carry. Two of my favorite brands are:

Branch Basics  and Seventh Generation. Branch Basics is a really great company that creates safe and effective cleaning products. Their products are safe for humans and for the environment and are not tested on animals. Seventh Generation is a wonderful company that has cleaners, baby items, soaps, and dishwashing detergent/pucks.

Small actions everyday that are in alignment with your wellness goals is what creates sustainable change and allows you to achieve those goals!

Citation

https://www.ncceh.ca/sites/default/files/Health_effects_PFCs_Oct_2010.pdf

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/teflon-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid pfoa.html#:~:text=IARC%20has%20classified%20PFOA%20as,limited%20evidence%20in%20lab%20animals

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