Digestive treatments are a corner stone of most Naturopathic practices. TruMed's Naturopaths focus on giving Edmonton precise testing to determine exactly where your digestive issues originate.
SIBO Testing, Stool & Candida Testing and Food Sensitivity Testing help us solve even the most elusive cases of IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Bloating, Gas and Reflux.
SIBO testing is commonly used in cases where there is extreme gas, bloating and either diarrhea or constipation. Our Naturopaths will measure if you have an excess of hydrogen or methane gas production and will give treatments to restore proper bacterial balance.
Food sensitivity testing is hands down the most common test our Naturopathic Doctors run for digestive issues. We've literally seen thousands of our Edmonton patients benefit from understanding what foods they are allergic or sensitive to.
Stool cultures and Comprehensive stool analysis tests (CDSA) is great for understanding colonic bacterial and yeast (and even parasite) load. These tests can also give our Naturopaths a bit of insight on small intestinal function as well.
Our Naturopathic Doctors have also had success with Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis - we often suggest IV Therapy to restore nutrient levels in addition to dietary changes and supplements to mitigate the disease process. Our Naturopaths also occasionally treat ulcers, h.pylori, parasites and nausea in our Edmonton patients.
We love treating fatigue. TruMed's Naturopaths have a strong foundation in hormones and nutrition as a starting point to find out exactly why you are tired. We almost always run Thyroid and Adrenal Testing in almost all of our patients which is almost always neglected in our Edmonton patients. Our Naturopathic Doctors see a ton of Adrenal Fatigue in our Edmonton patients as well as Hypothyroidism.
Our Naturopathic Doctors also run advanced Nutritional, Heavy Metal and even infectious testing (yeast and viruses) to find all possible causes of fatigue. With regards to nutrient levels our Naturopathic Doctors frequently run urinary iodine testing in our Edmonton patients as we commonly see low levels of iodine in Alberta. Suboptimal Magnesium & B12 levels are also common reasons for fatigue in our Edmonton patients.
Interestingly, once basic hormones and nutrients have been ruled out our Naturopaths have seen numerous cases of chronic viral infections causing issues in primarily young patients. Although less common, our Naturopathic doctors have most frequently seen Epstein Barr and HHV-6 as the offending agents. Occasionally we'll find toxic load to be a cause of fatigue - our Naturopathic Doctors may assess heavy metal status - mercury toxicity is thought to cause fatigue in select patients.
We find IV Therapy an amazing treatment for Fatigue. Nutritional deficiencies are a common cause of fatigue and we able to rapidly relieve stubborn cases of fatigue with IV nutrients like Magnesium and Iodine. We are also able to restore mitochondrial function with therapies like IV NAD.
At TruMed our Naturopaths take hormones seriously. We offer all available methods for testing hormones - blood, urine and saliva and we have tons of experience in a large range of hormonal conditions: PMS, Menopause, Heavy Cycles, Acne, Endometriosis, PCOS, Low Libido and so many more are extremely commonly seen.
For female concerns such as PMS, Heavy Cycles, Menstrual Migraines or Acne our Naturopaths can use either salivary or urinary hormone testing, with a preference for salivary testing as we have used this method for many years and have seen it be effective and relatively low cost.
Concerns where male hormones are suspected (acne, hair loss, hair growth), our Naturopathic Doctors may elect for DUTCH urinary hormone testing which gives an amazing analysis of male hormones and their metabolites. DUTCH testing gives amazing insight but can be cost prohibitive (often costing anywhere from $400-$650). Urinary measurements reflect the bioavailable amount of hormone in most cases as it is only the free, nonprotein-bound fraction in blood/tissue that is available for phase II metabolism (glucuronidation and sulfation) and subsequent urine excretion.
Our Naturopathic Doctors may also use blood based testing as it is reported rapidly and is good for getting the "general picture" with regards to your hormone health. Blood allows for measurement of certain hormonal signals (eg. LH, FSH, TSH) that are not available through urine or saliva. Blood is pretty much the only was to accurately measure Thyroid parameters.
Ultimately, our Naturopathic Doctors use numerous testing techniques to stop the guessing game! Our Naturopaths are trained in many hormone testing techniques to find out what your body needs to achieve balance.
We have close relationships with prescribing professionals to make sure that even the strongest therapies like bio-identical hormones and desiccated thyroid are available for even the trickiest cases. However, our Naturopaths always start with gentle natural balancing therapies like Vitamins, Herbs and occasionally homeopathic to restore harmony to your hormones.
We do two things that really sets our Naturopaths apart in Edmonton at TruMed when it comes to treating mood issues like anxiety and depression.
First, our Naturopathic Doctors always run in-depth hormone testing on all of our Edmonton mood and mental health patients. We have seen time and time again that things like low thyroid or low testosterone plays a huge role in many mental health patients that is overlooked far too often. Our Naturopaths are always looking for the cause of your Mood concerns.
Second, our Naturopathic Doctors offer IV therapy for our Edmonton mood patients. Providing key amino acids and methyl-donating B-vitamins directly into the blood can turn a mental health case around extremely rapidly and we take pride in that. By directly infusing these nutrients into the blood we can elevate brain levels much more rapidly and robustly than is possible with oral administration of the same nutrients.
If needed our Naturopaths may suggest neurotransmitter testing if we want to figure out exactly what neurotransmitters your body needs help with (Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, Glycine, PEA etc) - this is helpful in cases that don't respond to standard interventions already mentioned or if it appears that the issues are deeper than serotonin and dopamine.
Our Naturopaths work with numerous preparations to improve mood and mental health. We use herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to impact anxiety, and lift mood. Our Naturopaths occasionally deal with other mental health concerns such as Bi-polar, Schizophrenia and OCD. We have additional training on how to safely combine natural agents with numerous standard mood treatments like anti-depressants.
Your skin is important to us. Our Naturopaths have a ton of experience with lots of common skin concerns in our Edmonton clients. We have treated a lot of acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, hives and rashes, hair loss and more.
For instance, in acne cases our Naturopaths usually run hormone and allergy testing to see if an excess of hormones or food reactions are contributing to your skin woes. If the acne occurs primarily premenstrually our Naturopaths will elect for urinary or salivary estrogen and progesterone testing. If the acne is stable through the month, we may run food sensitivity or male hormone testing (preferably though Urine - for the male hormone 5-alpha metabolites).
Running urinary testing can also be helpful for male pattern hairloss (in both men and women) in addition to Thyroid testing - one common manifestation of hypothyroidism is hair loss. Food sensitivity testing actually has some relevance for hair loss as cross reactions are thought to be possible between gluten and hair follicles.
In eczema, hives and psoriasis, we run comprehensive food testing and may also use histamine analysis to find out where your inflammation originates. Common trigger foods include wheat, dairy, and eggs. Histamine testing is done electrodermally by one of our Naturopathic Doctors (Dr.Sumar) we often find low Iodine or Copper as a major contributor to histamine over production in our Edmonton patients.
In the last few years it has become popular to use IV Glutathione for skin complexion concerns. Our Naturopaths can administer both glutathione and vitamin C for cosmetic purposes in our Edmonton patients.
Our Naturopaths treat kids! All three of our Naturopathic doctors can work with children however Dr. Deol and Dr. Sumar have practices more focused on Naturopathic Pediatrics. Most commonly our Naturopaths see children in Edmonton with skin and digestive concerns and often times simple dietary manipulation or food sensitivity testing can be extremely helpful in many cases. Concerns like ADD & ADHD are also address though diet, however, our Naturopaths often work with essential fatty acids and key nutrients like zinc, iron, B6 and Magnesium which are historically low in these populations as well.
Dr.Deol does additional work with Autism and autism spectrum disorders - Naturopathic medicine looks at organic acid imbalances as well as gut flora (yeast, clostridia often) and toxicities which can be extremely helpful to improve communication and social interaction, repetitive and restricted behaviors. Injections of methylfolate and methylB12 can also be helpful in addition to discovery of food sensitivities as it is common to suggest dairy and gluten free in these patient populations as part of a comprehensive Naturopathic treatment plan.
Dr. Sumar's use of electrodermal analysis in her Naturopathic practice is an amazing tool in pediatric concerns as it is a rapid and non-invasive way to quantify infections, histamine and nutrient levels. Dr. Sumar has had success treating pediatric allergic concerns with electrodermal testing (also called "VEGA" testing) as well as digestive concerns, bed wetting, insomnia and anxiety in our Edmonton pediatric patients.
Fertility is certainly a concern our Naturopaths take seriously as it dovetails nicely with the hormonal focus we have at our clinic. Although all Naturopaths at TruMed can deal with concerns of both male and female infertility, Dr. Deol in particular focuses heavily on Fertility.
We use a combination of blood, urine and salivary hormone testing to get a complete picture of your hormone health. We find blood testing of particular importance for measurement of Thyroid function - as Hypothyroidism is a reversible cause in infertility and is certainly a common issue our Naturopathic Doctors see in our Edmonton patients. Blood testing can also give us standard fertility measures such as LH & FSH and some nutritional parameters as well however we may do what's called an RBC elements test to measure levels of key fertility nutrients like selenium and zinc. Urinary testing for Iodine is a bit of a secret weapon in our Naturopathic fertility workups as iodine deficiency is rampant in Alberta and iodine concentrates heavily in the ovaries - low iodine levels can seriously reduce chances of conception. Salivary or Urinary hormone testing is excellent for looking at levels of Bio-available hormones involved in both male and female fertility. Urine hormone testing has the added advantage of giving a deep dive into female hormone metabolites which is welcome in cases of infertility to add additional data.
With regards to treatment our Naturopathic Doctors often suggest acupuncture and IV Therapy to maximize chances of conception. IV Therapy can rapidly increase nutrient levels and give direct infusions of glutathione (the body's strongest anti-oxidant) to improve both egg and sperm quality. Acupuncture is done primarily by Dr Deol to improve uterine blood flow and also regluate menstrual cycles - it can be done inconjunction with IVF to improve successful implantation.
Because of Dr. Muradov's experience with Multiple Sclerosis our Naturopathic doctors can deal additionally with other autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity is extremely challenging and often unpredictable however using basic functional medicine principles our Naturopaths have had success improving many autoimmune conditions in our Edmonton patients. Our Naturopaths most commonly see: MS, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Hashimoto's, Graves', RA, Psoriasis and Lupus. In keeping with Functional medicine our Naturopaths often start at the level of the gut for many autoimmune conditions. Food sensitivity testing, Stool testing and Stool PCR are common areas we may begin with in addition to gut healing protocols. Individualized diets based off of unique sensitivity test results as well as diets such as AIP. Next our Naturopathic Doctors often consider toxicities (mold, metals and environmental toxicities) as well as infections (bacterial, viral, fungal and spirochete) as possible immunological triggers. We may perform heavy metal testing, mold testing as well as infectious testing (IgM/IgG or EliSpot) to confirm infections in our Edmonton autoimmune patients.
At TruMed we've got options to deal with numerous cancers depending where you are at in your cancer journey. Our Naturopathic Doctors offer Edmonton many treatments that can be done simultaneously with standard care like chemotherapy that can enhance normal treatments and reduce side effects.
We also have options for patients after standard care has ended so patients can continue the fight. Many of our treatments are evidence based (human trials and case reports). Dr Muradov keeps current with modern Alternative Cancer Treatments to make sure you are getting what is considered the best in natural cancer care.
Alternative Cancer treatment has numerous IV Therapy options at our Edmonton Clinic.
One popular Naturopathic option is IV Vitamin C - which can impact Cancer cells through what we call an oxidative anti-cancer mechanism. IV Vitamin C is compatible with wormwood derivatives like Artemesinin. IV Alpha Lipoic Acid is also a great option that works through metabolic mechanisms - that is, it alters the way a cancer cell metabolizes glucose. IV Curcumin in an interesting, newer option that bypasses the typical poor bio-availability and liver conjugation of oral Curcumin. Our Naturopaths offer IV Curcumin as an anti-oxidant Naturopathic Cancer treatment that combines well with other anti-oxidants such as Quercetin, Green Tea and Grape Seed Extract.
Our Naturopathic Doctors may also make recommendations to reduce side effects from standard treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. In some cases, our recommendations can also increase efficacy of standard treatments. Therapeutic diets like a Ketogenic diet or Therapeutic fasting may be suggested as part of your anti-cancer protocol. Immune boosting medicinal mushroom extracts, Mistletoe injections and high dose melatonin are common adjunctive cancer recommendations our Naturopathic Doctors make.
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