What is Health? I believe its Holistic and 4 fold

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I believe health is simple yet basically 4 fold.

The ultimate goal is to feel love for oneself, which allows for spontaneity and joyful living with a connection to ones higher self-allowing for intuition, creativity, empathy, connection to others and ultimately for health to flourish. To be truly whole and healthy there is nurturing to be done on several levels.

1. The physical.

I became a Naturopathic Doctor first, the science of the physical; the study of physiology, biology, pathology (what is disease), and what makes the physical body flourish on a cellular level is focused on. To support the human body in a natural way, to find the cause of disease and to do no harm is the ultimate goal.

This is achieved through optimal supplementation, proper nutrition, botanicals, herbs, Chinese herbs, as well as structural support through massage, hydrotherapy, and physical manipulation.

2. Cleanse and Detox.

Naturopathic Doctors recognize the need to cleanse and detox, an absolute must for the physical to flourish in this world we live in where we are over burdened with heavy metals, insecticides, toxins, and a less than perfect diet. Often the terrain needs to be cleansed and healed in order for ultimate health to become a reality.

3. Energetic/Mental/Emotional.

Naturopathic Doctors also recognize that the human body is more than physical, that there is an energetic component and that there is a connection between mental/emotional trauma or conflict and disease. Acupuncture, counseling and homeopathy are also studied.

I personally believe that the disconnect that happens through pain, and the energetic blocks that manifest on the physical level are one of the ultimate causes of disease that without addressing these often-subconscious programs, beliefs, and conflicts that occur because of them, the rest that is done to aid health is often a Band-Aid.

I therefore became ultimately interested in homeopathy and went on to get a degree in homeopathy after graduating as a Naturopathic Doctor. Homeopathy is an energetic medicine, that when matched to the whole person on every level, mental/emotional and physical, to a remedy, ….. the conflict, which is really just subconscious programming, disappears … allowing a true re-connection to joy to come forward in ones life and for ultimate health to return.

Of coarse every one is different and so not only are the patterns causing the disease different but also the remedy, the number of remedies, the amount (dose), and potency, (energetic strength) are also always different. It treats the individual as an individual at every level.

I find homeopathy fascinating as it comes from something that exists naturally on earth, a plant, mineral, nosode, or from the animal kingdom, (mammal, bird, reptile, taken from the milk, venom or a feather), …. all of these elements (beings) not only carry an energetic story and signature but when matched to the quality needed to be healed in us, not only heal, but show the intimate connection we have to this planet and everything on it. One feather, or leaf, one drop of milk can produce thousands of pellets, treat thousands of people and animals. It is reproducible, at no expense to the planet, and is a very sustainable and highly effective. Homeopathy is a beautiful medicine.

It was during my studies to become a homeopath that I discovered Schussler tissue or cell salts, which are a combination of homeopathy and a cellular / physically supportive medicine. It was discovered by Schussler that the human body needed 12 essential minerals to be healthy and that when one was missing disease would develop. These salts also have an energetic component and a connection to the mental / emotional, but in a simpler way than homeopath (which connects deeper, is often more spontaneous in healing but very complex, needing much study and covers some 2000 remedies).

Tissue salts consist of only 12 remedies and can be learned and used successfully to treat many diseases. It is therefore an empowering medicine for many as they can successfully treat themselves.

I believe we ultimately need to take responsibility for our own health. To take time to nurture ourselves, to exercise, to discover our reasons for being sick to listen to our pain, to resolve it and to listen to Mother Earth and our own intuition in how to heal ourselves.

And so, I talk passionately about tissue salts because they are simple to use, are effective, inexpensive, and allow for self-empowerment.

I talk passionately about homeopathy because I feel it is a beautiful medicine that deals with the ultimate cause of disease, inner pain, which cuts us off from our ultimate joy and therefore health.

When choosing a remedy, the ultimate goal is to LISTEN to what someone has to express in every way, the song of the individual which carries the truth of what the spirit is trying to express, in joy and in pain, and just to listen for what remedy comes forward to bring the person more into health in body, mind and emotion.

4. A positive attitude free from programmed beliefs and fear.

Finally, I feel the way we look at disease is part of the problem. It is not to be feared … as we are programmed to believe. It serves a purpose and is usually just a way for our body to signal that something is wrong, out of balance, to teach us something … or it may be there to bring the body back into balance and train the immune system. Either way it is not the enemy. It is often our friend and simply one of the ways toward transforming into wholeness.


About the author ...

Jayne Marquis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath living in Caledon Ontario just outside of Orangeville. Jayne believes Homeopathy to be a profound form of medicine and is constantly excited by the beautiful healing she has experienced when treating with a classical approach (meaning one remedy treats the whole person) and gets to the original cause of disease in a direct, effective and simple way. Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like and treats at the deepest level (energetic, mental, emotional) where much disease begins.She then uses her Naturopathic skills to cleanse, detox and structurally make the human body as healthy and whole as it can be. Jayne Currently works at Better Health Clinic in Orangeville Ontario, and The Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Clinton.

Jayne's articles are featured in these blogs:
   Windwood Clinic, http://www.windwoodclinic.com/
   Better Health Clinic, http://www.betterhealthclinic.ca/
   Journey of Imagination, http://blog.journeyofimagination.com/category/health/ and
   New Earth Nation, http://newearth.institute/academies/wellness-academy/

Welcome Dr. Jayne Marquis, Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopath

Jayne became a Naturopathic Doctor first, falling in love with the principles of Naturopathic Medicine, which resonated profoundly.

Naturopathic Medicine is a 4-year post University study covering all aspects of physiology, pathology diagnosis and treatment in Natural modalities. It is a primary health-care system, which treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic physicians aid the healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative methods based on the patient’s individual needs – nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Diet, lifestyle, and personal history are all considered when determining a health care regimen, using the following modalities.

• clinical nutrition
• botanical medicine
• traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture
• homeopathy
• lifestyle counselling

It was during her studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor that she decided to treat as a Naturopathic Doctor; but to specialize in homeopathy.

It was with homeopathy that she saw the deepest healing. And so after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine she went to Ontario’s top school in Homeopathy (The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine) for 2 more years to become a Homeopathic Doctor. She also graduated from Louis Kleins 3 year master Clinicians coarse in homeopathy and has studied the homeopathic masters; Jan Sholten, Frans Vermeulen, Sankaran and Divya Chambra and more.


Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the philosophy that “like cures like,” or “similar must be cured by similar.” The remedy must match the patient’s symptoms on all levels for the remedy to be considered “similar.” When the remedy matches the patient’s condition perfectly, the remedy is said to be the “simillimum.” This is the remedy that will produce complete healing.

Homeopathy’s miracle lies in its ability to treat the mental and emotional body and physical disease in tandem. As a result, homeopathy is truly holistic. While physical disease symptoms can be alleviated without healing the underlying mental and emotional disturbance, inevitably, the unhealed emotional pain will reappear on the physical level, sometimes in a more severe form.

The clinical emotional and psychological conditions for which homeopathy is most suitable:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Stress
• Anger • Mental illness
• Attention deficit disorder
• Excessive worry, panic
• Issues in relationships
• And much more

Examples of physical conditions homeopathy can treat:

• Asthma
• Skin conditions
• Fibromyalgia
• Digestive disturbances • Menopause symptoms
• Cancer
• Cold/flu
• And much more

“The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, accordingly to clearly comprehensible principles.”

Homeopathy prides itself in being gentle, yet thorough. In addition, it aims to address the entire person, not just the disease, and not just the affected parts. In homeopathy (and naturopathic medicine) it is understood that the individual is more than the sum of its parts.

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.

Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Most people think of a diet as a temporary plan someone goes on to lose weight. Many times, these diets will have a certain gimmick or theme. Some are too restrictive or too hard to maintain as they eliminate certain foods, and drastically limit or eliminate entire food groups altogether, some involve only shakes and pills and some can be dangerous due to their lack of calories and essential nutrients.
These types of diets are popular as many people want that ‘magic pill,’ a quick fix solution to health and weight issues. Supplements and shakes that promote metabolic boosting or curbing hunger often sound very appealing but are unfortunately very short lived.
The main problem with fad diets is that many simply don’t work long-term. People often find that they can’t stick with a diet for a long period of time. This is likely due to the fact that many diets aren’t realistic, are too restrictive, too costly, too complicated, or too inconvenient to maintain. 
So many programs promote radical and extreme changes that are just not sustainable or family friendly. They can over-complicate how simple a healthy lifestyle can be.
We need to reconsider the way we think about food. Rather than thinking about temporarily going on some hot new diet to shed excess weight or achieve some other aspect of wellness, we should be thinking about making achievable, realistic changes that we can sustain for a lifetime. 
Knowing where to start is half the battle; realizing that you didn’t get there overnight is another point to consider. Taking back your health is going to take a little time and effort but we are here to help you.
Don’t worry about tomorrow. Just think about where you could start today. Perhaps it will be as simple as drinking more water or having one less cup of coffee or making an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctor to discuss hormonal issues or nutrient deficiencies.
Consider making conscious choices to incorporate more real foods into your diet rather than food-like products. We have 2 Nutritionists that can work with you to build a plan that is personalized and manageable for you.
Our team of Osteopaths and Massage Therapists can also help you achieve a healthier body by getting to the root of pain issues and bringing your body back into balance.
When you concentrate on diet and exercise alone, you may be neglecting the issues in your life that caused you to become overweight or sick in the first place. To lead the life you have always envisioned for yourself, you may need to look at why you gained the weight or developed health issues and deal with the emotional component. Our Social Worker, Jordan Smith is here to help guide you in this process.
Making changes to your lifestyle is not always easy, even making gradual changes can be overwhelming but the Better Health Team is here to help. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.’

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.

Winter Making You Feel SAD?

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it is by far (in both research and perspective!) the worst month of the entire year.  February typically brings the worst weather, colder temperatures, and overall gloominess to both the sky and our moods. For some people, such low mood peaks in February, preceded by declining mood since the Fall. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of Clinical Depression that occurs only at certain times of the year, the most typical time being winter. This debilitating mood disorder affects 2 to 3% of Canadians, while another 15% will experience a milder form of SAD in their lifetime (CMHA).

Symptoms of SAD

  • Depressed mood *
  • Lethargy
  • Sleep disruption; too much, too little
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawing from social contacts 
  • Lack of concentration, motivation
  • Weight gain
  • Intense cravings for carbohydrates

*The depressed mood must occur over at least two consecutive winters, alternating with non-depressed periods in the spring and summer. 

**It is important to not diagnose yourself without talking to your doctor first because there may be other causes for these symptoms.**

How Do I Deal With SAD?

  • Light Therapy: One of the most effective treatments for SAD is using light to help relieve depressive symptoms and aid in normalizing your body’s rhythm and internal clock. Research has found that light therapy has an anti-depressent affect in 70% of people suffering from SAD after 2 weeks of starting treatment (MDAO).
  • Psychotherapy: Working through your thoughts and feelings during this time is extremely important. With increased irritability, anxiety and depressive symptoms like hopelessness and guilt, a professional therapist can give you coping strategies and provide support during the most difficult of times. 
  • Self-Help: Even with decreased energy and a lack of motivation, getting out and being active is vital. Participating in yoga, mindfulness meditation, cardio exercises, massages, and social activities all lead to improved wellness. 

Better Health Clinic Support for SAD

At Better Health Clinic we strive to support each individual in the most holistic way possible, with many of our services effective for SAD:  naturopathic medicine, psychotherapy, nutritional support, massage therapy, mindfulness meditation, and our very own infrared sauna. 

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.