Digestive Contentment

Bloating is one of the most common digestive complaints.  Pressure, discomfort and a swollen tummy with some or all meals may be more than gas.  It may be inflammation caused by having a delayed reaction to your foods.  This is known as a food sensitivity, also called an IgG immune reaction.  When antibodies to these foods activate, they release chemicals that cause cause this discomfort.  A simple test for antibodies can help identify which foods are causing you distress.  Contact Dr Joe today to get started

Almost everyone will experience constipation at some point in their life, and tends to resolve on its own.  But for as many as 16% of Canadians may have chronic constipation which is not only uncomfortable but may also impact their ability to enjoy activities or focus on their work.  Dr Joe works with patients to help them feel better through diet, food sensitivity testing, colon hydrotherapy and establishing healthy gut flora (the microbiome).

Loose and urgent stools can be very inconvenient, and sometimes embarrassing.  Some of the assessments we offer to help identify the cause include:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
  • Stool Parasite testing
  • Hormone testing

Dr Joe feels it is important to take a holistic view of digestive  concerns in order to achieve a lasting benefit.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, is a collection of digestive complaints lumped into a catch-all term.  There is no definitive diagnosis outside of a lack of findings for other complaints.  Many patients are frustrated that once they have this label, it is hard to get further help.  We believe that it is possible to help most patients feel better through identifying food sensitivity, improving the quality of digestion, balancing gut flora and developing lifestyle techniques that support digestive health.

"Leaky gut" describes that situation where the integrity of the digestive tract is compromised and there is increased interaction between the contents of the intestine and your immune system.  This creates food sensitivity where there is a delayed immune reaction to the food passing through the gut.  This is different than a food allergy that is immediate and easily observed.  The food sensitivity can take days to manifest and can lead to inflammation in the gut, but also systemic issues such as eczema, behavioural issues, mood disorders, migraines and more.  Because the antibodies have a long half-life, the evidence of a reaction may remain long after the exposure to to a reactive food.  Symptoms include gas, bloating, pain, cramps and distension.  Many complain that their belly starts the day normal,  but by day's end they look several months pregnant.  Dr Joe can help you start to heal your gut using food sensitivity testing, stool testing and colon hydrotherapy.  Contact us to get started on your journey to better digestion.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a serious condition affecting the small intestine. It occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut are able to grow in the small intestine. This may cause pain, diarrhea, bloating & distension, gas, constipation and feeling full easily.  There are many things which may contribute to this including antibiotic use, poor digestion of foods, lack of regular bowel movements and stress.  Dr Joe uses a methodical approach to help you understand the root cause and create a lasting benefit.  SIBO breath testing can help to identify which type of SIBO and get started on your way to digestive health.  Contact us to book your initial appointment.

Hormone Balance

Thyroid conditions are among the most frequently misdiagnosed health concerns for a number of reasons. The main reason is that the laboratory evaluation that is used as the cornerstone of conventional diagnosis has limitations. In fact the TSH test is not a thyroid hormone test, it is a pituitary hormone.  We frequently hear tales of frustration from patients who have taken the time to evaluate their symptoms and feel that they may have a thyroid issue, but they cannot get their practioner to provide a deeper lab profile. 

This is why Dr Joe prefers to test a more thorough panel of thyroid hormones called a Thyroid Panel.  It is rather common that family medicine evaluates your thyroid via a test called TSH.  And while this is a reasonable screening test, it does not measure thyroid hormones: it measures a pituitary hormone, and extends that to judge your thyroid status.  We believe it is imperative to measure the thyroid hormones directly to ensure not only optimal levels, but adequate conversion to the most potent forms. 

Symptoms can vary but common complaints include; weight gain  lethargy, cold hands & feet, slow metabolism, depression, anxiety, extreme fatigue, dry skin, changes in menstrual cycle, changes in sleep patterns, decreased sex drive, muscle pain, hair falling out or thinning, constipation, low energy, slow digestion, or loss of motivation. This is not gender specific and definitely worth booking an Initial Naturopathic Consultation for a complete assessment of your health concerns.

We want to support women of all ages with their particular health concerns. Some common complaints can include menstrual dysfunction, PMS, fatigue, stress, bloating, skin conditions, headaches,  hot flashes, night sweats, cramping, and more. We also have worked successfully with fertility concerns, pre-conception planning and pregnancy support. There are many Laboratory Tests that can help get to the underlying cause of the symptoms. An example would be the Female hormone panel or CHI assessment which can be used to identify hormone anomalies or to establish a baseline for future comparison. A naturopathic approach to female health will also include the interactive dynamics of nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress and environment. Please book an Initial Naturopathic Consultation to get your health back. 

We frequently hear our patients express frustration with their inability to be heard when they talk about hormone health.  As Naturopathic Doctors, we strive to let our patients speak so that we can take a holistic view of all your concerns.  We feel that is a key to identifying underlying causes, which may affect several of your health concerns.  Addressing these achieves a long-term benefit that is not found by treating one issue in isolation.

There are many aspects of health that are unique to men.

And there are different challenges at various stages in life as well. We want to support men of all ages to have healthy metabolism, sexual function and physical performance. Some issues related to poor male hormone balance include depression, irritability, poor sexual function, weight gain, poor cognitive function, lack of drive and loss of interest in things that once were inspiring. The male hormone panel and the Comprehensive Hormone Insights (CHI) assessment can be used to identify hormone anomalies or to establish a baseline for future comparison. A naturopathic approach to male health will include discussions of nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress and environment. Please book an Initial Naturopathic Consultation to get your health back.

By taking a holistic look at your whole health picture, we can provide a balanced and effective program to maintain health, fertility and energy. 

The concept of Adrenal fatigue has seen much coverage in recent years.  While this may oversimplify a very complex system, it may well be that adrenal dysregulation is causing you grief.  The adrenal gland is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary glands; creating the HPA axis, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.  

Daily hassles, chronic pain, blood sugar dysregulation, work stressors, and poor relationship quality can alter the HPA axis. Imbalances in adrenal hormones can have a wide range of negative consequences that can adversely impact a patient's overall quality of life. The symptoms of HPA axis dysfunction can be vague, and are highly variable, but may include: fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, depression, GI complaints, and chronic pain. HPA axis dysfunction is associated with many conditions including:

  • hypertension
  • cardiovascular disease
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • immune weakness
  • diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • depression
  • chronic fatigue
  • persistent pain
  • degenerative diseases and cognitive decline

We offer 2 tests to help evaluate adrenal regulation and function.  The CHI, which stands for Comprehensive Hormone Insights is a detailed urine analysis that measures steroid hormones and their metabolites based on four samples collected over 24 hours. It provides insight into diurnal variation of cortisol levels at the same time providing results comparable to those obtained from a 24-hour collection.  Measuring hormones and the metabolites can give a more detailed overall assessment of hormone production.  The cortisol assessment is an industry-leading report on adrenal function and hormone metabolism.

 The Adrenal Stress Profile (ASP) provides an assessment of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis using carefully timed salivary samples of the hormones cortisol and DHEA. Salivary testing is an easy, non-invasive option to measure unbound, biologically active parent hormone levels. The report offers an easy-to-interpret graphic which plots the results of cortisol's natural diurnal rhythm.

Fertility is an issue for an increasing number of couples.  There are many underlying issues in men and women that can contribute to poor fertility.  Dr Klassen's approach to pre-conception health support is to 'prepare for healthy babies'.  We take the time to understand what may be an obstacle, and also to support parent-to-be with a holistic approach to lifestyle, nutrition and hormone balance.  

We offer the Rhythm Plus saliva hormone panel to assess the important hormones over an entire month to evaluate a full menstrual cycle.  

During the transition to menopause, changes in hormone levels can affect your menstrual cycle and cause symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats and problems sleeping. As you get closer to menopause, you may notice other symptoms, such as pain during sex, urinary problems, and irregular periods. There are many options available to you from your naturopathic doctor including nutritional & herbal supplements, lifestyle recommendations and laboratory testing to guide your treatment plan.  The CHI (Comprehensive Hormone Insights) urine steroid test is the most complete hormone analysis available in North America.  Dr Klassen has been working with this test as the laboratory's clinical specialist providing support, education and interpretation to medical professionals across Canada.  

For those who may be interested in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), we are able to work with your medical doctor or a prescribing pharmacist to manage those prescriptions.

Wellness /Revitalization

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Clinic Visits

The Initial Naturopathic Consultation is the first step to getting your health back on track or for many of you who have no acute health concerns, to proactively maintain good health. The Initial visit will be 40 minutes-1 hour in length, depending on the complexity of the case. Dr Joe will review your health history, symptoms, food, stress, environment, sleep, digestion or anything else that may be relevant to your unique concerns. This may include a physical exam, if necessary, such as checking abdomen, breathing, and such. Towards the end of the visit he will create a treatment plan that is unique to you. He may suggest Laboratory Testing for your consideration or provide nutrition and supplement recommendations. It is common to follow up with Dr Joe within 3-4 weeks after the initial visit, and often with longer intervals as you progress..

Did you know that almost all extended health care plans cover Naturopathic Medicine? Check it out, if you have a plan and take advantage of what you are likely paying money into, even if you are feeling healthy today. Remember we go to the dentist regularly to keep our teeth healthy, and visiting a Naturopathic Doctor has the same benefit! You can complete our New Patient Information Form ahead of time and Contact us to set up a time. We would love to work with you on the path to better health.

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Laboratory Testing

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Quality Supplements

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