Category Archives: Immunity & Inflammation


Canadian Cancer Screening Guidelines

My partner recently discovered an abnormal pea-shaped, semi-solid lump in his testicle. Specializing in women’s health, I had not done many male genital exams up to this point, but I knew when he asked me to palpate it that it was abnormal enough to warrant a next-day appointment with his GP. A subsequent ultrasound was […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Cancer Immunity & Inflammation Longevity Men's Health Women's Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Bugs in Our Gut – Benefits of Microscopic Critters

The health of the microbiome in out gut cannot be overstated.  Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, is famously quoted as saying that all disease begins in the gut – and this was 400 years before the birth of Christ!  This was a man ahead of his time. And now, in the 21st century, we have […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Allergies Gut Hormones Immunity & Inflammation Longevity Skin Yeast | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Yeast Infections – Myths Busted!

A naturopathic colleague of mine from New Zealand is kind enough to contribute to my blog with a highly informative post on yeast.  Yeast is hard to eradicate once it has taken hold and many of us suffer from symptoms of yeast-overgrowth.  The common red flags I watch for are: itchy ears, vagina or anus; […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Immunity & Inflammation Skin Yeast | Tags: , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Fertility Complaints

I prefer to call it ‘fertility’ rather than ‘infertility’ when I’m working with soon-to-be moms.  I view it as a cooperative effort to create the healthiest, most fertile body possible in order to increase the woman’s chances of raising a healthy, happy baby.  I really enjoy working with my fertility patients as they are gung-ho […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Blood Sugar Detoxification Fertility Hormones Immunity & Inflammation Men's Health Nutrition Women's Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Why Fatty Fish Oils are Fantastic!

Fish is a very healthy addition to any diet, but I have been hearing more and more lately that naturopathic colleagues of mine and “those in the know” are eating less fish or avoiding it altogether due to our (humans’) pollution of the environment and the fish that live in it.  This is extremely disheartening […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Environment Heart Health Immunity & Inflammation Nutrition Supplementation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Protecting Against Medical Radiation

Certain common screening tests such as CT scans, mammograms and x-rays produce radiation that may lead to cellular damage and could increase the risk for developing cancer. Taking antioxidants prior to radiation exposure can help protect your cells from the radiation.  Check with your doctor before starting this regime if you’re on blood thinning medication […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Detoxification Environment Immunity & Inflammation | Tags: , , , , , , , : | Comment

Whaddya Think of Gluten?

I’ve had some very strange looks at times when I’ve recommended to my patients to go gluten-free. The looks range in severity from mild (“Oh no … I am not sure I can do that”) to full-fledged panic (“What?! Are you crazy lady??”) I am not one to talk the talk, without walking the walk. […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Blood Sugar Immunity & Inflammation Nutrition Uncategorized Weight Control | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Flaking Off Psoriasis

I was sitting with a teller doing my banking today when she asked me what type of practice I have.  I told her “naturopathic”.  She briefly pulled up her shirt sleeve and flashed some reddish, disturbed skin.  “Can you do anything for psoriasis?” she laughingly joked.  “Actually,” I replied, “have you ever considered…” and off […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Immunity & Inflammation Inflammation Skin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Inflammatory Eating

Sydney Loney was conducting the interview and is a senior editor at Chatelaine magazine.  She can be followed @SydneyLoney. SL: I know it’s a fairly complex topic but I wanted to ask you about inflammation generally: what is it and what affect can it have on the body?  Dr. E: Inflammation is happening in our […]

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By: Dr. Elliott | Posted in: Allergies Immunity & Inflammation Longevity Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , : | Comment

Runny Nose, Sneezing, Itchy Watery Eyes…Welcome to Allergy Season!

When we hear the word allergy what springs to mind is a seasonal reaction to pollen, grasses and weeds, or we associate allergies with year-round reactions to dust, mold and dander from our furry loved ones. These have a similar underlying physiological mechanism that is also to blame for the common food allergy, notably the […]

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