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This One Fruit Can Slow Breast Cancer

Oct 31, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s October 31st which means it’s Halloween and also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, and represents 13% of all cancer deaths.

Caffeine, Stress and PCOS

Oct 24, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
If you’ve been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), then I’m sure you’re already aware of the importance of dietary changes to stabilize blood sugar for hormone balance. But what are you doing to reduce cortisol levels?

NAC: A Crucial Supplement for PCOS and Endometriosis

Oct 16, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
What is NAC?
NAC, or N-acetyl cysteine, is an amino acid that acts as a precursor to glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants. It restores your cell’s ability to fight damage from oxidative stress, improves cellular detox, and helps regulate the gene that produces pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Easy Mindfulness Practices for People Who Hate Meditating

Oct 03, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I recommend meditation to nearly all of my patients, but not everyone is thrilled to hear it.

Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine for the Treatment Hair Loss

Sep 25, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Hair loss can be frustrating and embarrassing, and since there are so many factors that contribute to healthy hair production, finding the root cause of hair loss can be even more frustrating. But there’s a lot we can do to dig for the reason why this hair loss is happening, and what we can do to prevent more loss and even regrow hair.

The 3 Things You Need for an Effective Laser Treatment

Sep 14, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Low level laser therapy (also known as cold laser, LLLT, or photobiomodulation) is slowly becoming more and more of a common treatment option. But like many popularized treatment modalities, with the proliferation of ideas and technology comes a saturated market. However there are three things that make laser therapy effective that are absolutely non negotiable to keep in mind when looking for a laser specialist.

Medical Detective Work: How I Finally Discovered the Cause of my Back Pain

Sep 07, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
For nearly 4 years I would wake up in excruciating pain every few months. It would come in seemingly random bouts, in either my left or right (and sometimes even both) SI joints. It would affect my ability to walk, sleep, think, and take care of myself. The pain would gradually lessen over the span of a few weeks only to rear its ugly head again in 3-4 months.

PCOS Case Study: Pregnant Naturally After 2 failed IVF Cycles

Aug 28, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Tanya came to see me in April after having two failed IVF transfers with one resulting in a disappointing chemical pregnancy. Tanya had typical PCOS signs with an irregular and absent period. She also had fatigue, constant bloating, food cravings, mild depression, hirsutism, poor sleep quality, and cystic acne.

Guide to Sugar #6: How to Quit Sugar

Aug 22, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
At last we come to the last article in the Guide to Sugar series! How to quit sugar.

Guide to Sugar #5: How to Eat to Stabilize your Blood Sugar

Aug 15, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
No one diet plan works for everyone. But one thing you can’t argue with is that stabilized blood sugar (avoiding extreme highs and lows) is crucial for health. It is also undeniable that processed sugars and refined carbohydrates should be limited.