AIP Stories of Recovery – November 2017

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AIP Stories of Recovery is a success story series about regular people from the Autoimmune Protocol community who are changing their lives using the protocol. Each month a new person is featured and readers have the opportunity to discover all the different health challenges that are being overcome by folks just like themselves on the same path. At Autoimmune Paleo we hope you'll be inspired by,...
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How to Delay the Onset of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a chronic medical condition that exists when the body either loses bone faster than it can be made or doesn't make it as fast as it's being lost.

Once the condition advances to a certain point these suffer becomes at a higher risk for fracture from low trauma events.

This means that while a normal bone break may have been from an intense fall or car accidents and individual who suffers from osteoporosis may break one of their bones by just walking or arising from the chair. Normally, broken bones are not a life-threatening events. However, bone fractures as a result of osteoporosis may result in death within one year in 20% of the cases.

Many individuals who are aware of the diagnosis want to delay osteoporosis as they grow older. There are several different types of treatments once the disease has taken hold, but the best treatment is always bad an ounce of prevention.

The peak bone mass density for an individual is achieved between the ages of 25 and 35. If an individual is able to maintain a healthy lifestyle before the age of 20 and achieve a high peak bone mass density than they are well on their way to delaying osteoporosis as they grow older.

If however, an individual does not start with a healthy lifestyle before the age of 30, there are other things they can do to decrease their chances of suffering from osteoporosis. Studies have shown that exercising during the teenage years will increase bone mass density and increase the individual peak bone mass density.

Other criteria for a healthy lifestyle is a balanced healthy diet and the recommended doses of calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K2. Individuals who avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake also are at less risk for developing osteoporosis in their later years.

In order to delay the onset of osteoporosis individuals should be aware of their current bone mass density status. Physicians use of screening called a DXA x-ray which is the gold standard for osteoporosis diagnoses. This x-ray gives a T-score which allows the physician and individual to compare measurements over time.

Osteoporosis isn't a “habit” or “not have it” type of condition. In other words, everyone begins to lose bone mass after the age of 35 and everyone has bone loss. Osteoporosis is measured by the degree of bone loss that in individual suffers from and not whether or not they have it.

Another part of the plan to delay the onset of osteoporosis is to understand the techniques used to diagnose, treat and prevent. Individuals may remember that exercising in the preteen and teen years will help to increase bone mass density as well is eating a nutritious diet necessary to build strong bones.

Vitamin D is vital to the absorption of calcium and magnesium and is essential if your body is to use calcium correctly. Everyone will manufacture their own vitamin D by getting adequate amounts of sunlight each and every day. Getting regular exercise that is weight-bearing after the teen years will also help to prevent osteoporosis. Although swimming, cycling and walking are great cardiovascular exercises for individuals they do not help to increase bone mass density.

Once in individual recognizes that osteoporosis has developed there are several things they can do to reduce the bone thinning and continue to delay any abrupt onset. Continue to get enough calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2 as well as stop smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Most importantly, after the correct amount of nutrition, is to begin a weight-bearing exercise program that will help the bone structure to begin making and manufacturing more bone cells. Menopausal women may consider the use of bisphosphonates to decrease bone loss.

The measures to delay osteoporosis as you grow older begin in the teen years but do extend through the senior years. The body is an amazing thing and given the right tools it will try to repair and heal itself. By living a healthy lifestyle with an appropriate exercise program individuals can go a long way to delaying the onset of osteoporosis.

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Optimizing Fertility: Natural Ways to Support Egg Quality

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Natural Ways to Support Egg Quality | Annex Naturopathic Clinic Toronto

Today, many women are choosing to have children later in life than previous generations.

Fertility treatments are a common option for those with difficulty conceiving naturally.

Creating the conditions for optimal egg quality is an important factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Women are born with a set number of oocytes (eggs) and from puberty until menopause, an egg should be released from the ovary (ovulation) each month.

The quality of the egg depends on the health of its mitochondria - the powerhouse- or energy production of the cell.

The more mitochondria the healthier the egg.

As women age, they have reduced mitochondrial activity- and therefore, reduced energy production which adversely affects the egg's viability.

Contributing Factors to Diminished Ovarian Reserve 1:

  • Advanced maternal age.

  • Exposure to systemic chemotherapy.

  • Exposure to pelvic irradiation.

  • Cigarette smoking.

  • Endometriosis.

  • Surgical procedures to the ovary.

  • Auto-immune disorders.

  • Environmental exposures.

  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes, PCOS).

Regardless of contributing factor, there are multiple ways to support egg quality.

Optimizing Fertility | Annex Naturopathic Clinic | Toronto Naturopath

How To Support Egg Quality:

Reduce Oxidative Stress

  • Quit smoking. Smoking increases oxidative stress and accelerates time to menopause. Cessation of smoking should happen 3-6 months before initiation of treatment (dependant on age and ovarian reserve).2

  • Decrease alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a reproduction toxin that can increases oxidative stress.

Improve pelvic blood flow

Exercise increases blood flow to the core and pelvic organs, while improving sexual function and mood. Moderate exercise also reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.

Increase anti-oxidants

Both in the diet and in supplement form, anti-oxidants have a protective effect on the ovaries and their mitochondira.

Bright coloured fruits and vegetable contain high amounts of anti-oxidants.

Supplemental anti-oxidants include: melatonin, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), alpha-lipoid acid (ALA), and resveratrol.

Support mitochondria

Although all the aforementioned points all act to support the mitochondria, there are more nutrients that support the ovaries in different ways.

A nutrient called “inostitol” improves glucose uptake and helps ensure the mitochondria of the ovaries have optimal fuel.

Another nutrient, “carnitine”, plays a role in metabolism of fatty-acids to produce energy through a process called beta-oxidation.

This process is also essential for egg maturation.

Optimize hormones and blood sugar

  • Reduce sugar consumption and lose excess weight. Increased insulin levels leases to imbalances of sex hormones and altered ovulation. Obese women have altered mitochondrial function.3

  • Women with impaired blood sugar regulation have more difficulty conceiving.4

Naturopaths are able to appropriately recommend diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation to help support egg quality and fertility.

The naturopathic doctors at Annex Naturopathic Clinic are experienced in working with fertility and helping women achieve and maintain healthy pregnancies.

If you're curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us.

Yours in Health,

Annex Naturopathic Clinic

572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1



  1. ESHRE Guideline: management of women with premature ovarian insufficiency. Human Reproduc'on. 2016;31(5):926–37.

  2. Hughes E, Lamont D, BeecroO M, Wilson D, Brennan B, Rice S. Randomized trial of a “stage-of- change” oriented smoking cessa'on interven'on in infer'le and pregnant women. Fer'lity and Sterility. 2000;74(3):498-503.

  3. Pertynska-Marczewska M, Diaman'-Kandarakis E. Aging ovary and the role for advanced glyca'on end products. Menopause. 2017;24(3):345-351.

  4. Hjollund, NH et al. Is glycosylated haemoglobin a marker of fertility? A follow-up study of first pregnancy planners. Hum Reprod. 1999 Jun: 14(6)1478-82.

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Mint: Learn More About This Refreshing and Invigorating Herb

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If you want to add a refreshing and cooling twist to your salads, soup, tea or even plain water, a few mint leaves may just do the trick. Known for its sweet-smelling aroma and cooling flavor, mint is a highly-celebrated herb in the culinary world because of its many uses.

But did you know that mint offers potent health benefits as well? This calming and soothing herb has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food.1 Because of this, mint can help alleviate a variety of ailments. Keep on reading to learn more about mint - its uses, benefits and how you can grow it at home.

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Photobiomodulation Shows Great Promise for Athletes, Chronic Pain Syndromes and More

By Dr. Mercola

Light is perhaps one of the most underappreciated healing agents available. James Carroll, an expert in light as therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, has the ambitious goal of making photobiomodulation a first-line therapy for 100 diseases in 100 countries, by the time he's 100 years old - which is about 45 years from now.

Carroll has already spent the last 30 years of his life investigating the healing power of light - a passion that grew out of his involvement with the tissue repair research unit at Guy's Hospital in London in the 80s. At the time, he had a business raising government grant money, and Guy's Hospital was one of his clients.

He was able to see some of the work they were doing on cells and small rodents using lasers. “I thought, this is amazing; this is going to be in every corner of every department of every hospital in the whole world within the next five years,” Carroll says. While the technology didn't catch on as quickly as he'd imagined, his enthusiasm for it led to a change in careers as he went to work for the laser company supplying the technology for the research.

From Lasers to LEDs

In those earlier days, most light therapy made use of lasers, as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were not readily available back then. Some of the first lasers Carroll used operated in the 15 milliwatts range. Over time, the lasers got increasingly stronger.

Today, 30-watts LED diodes are quite common. (An important point to be made is that the LEDs used for light therapy are not identical to LED lighting used in homes and offices. The LEDs used in photobiomodulation technologies typically have a very focused and narrow wavelength and cannot be used for lighting a room.)

That's not to say that more power is better. On the contrary, there's a Goldilock's Zone in which most of the therapeutic effects are found. According to Carroll, cells respond optimally to a range between 5 and 50 milliwatts per centimeter squared (mW/cm2).

“If you want to have successful in vitro studies, that's where you need to be. Similar doses seem to work in superficial wound healing and inflammation, and unless you're going for deeper targets, that's usually enough.” As for timing, as little as one minute will typically render results. An average treatment is typically in the 10 to 20-minute range.

Most modern light therapy products are in the 600 to 1000 nanometer (nm) range, with a gap around the 700s. A number of studies have suggested the 700-nm range has no beneficial health effects, although the issue has not been definitively settled as of yet. There's still a lot to learn, but great headway is being made.

According to Carroll, about 500 randomized controlled human clinical trials and some 4,000 laboratory studies have already been published on photobiomodulation, and each month approximately 30 new papers are added to this body of literature. Carroll has developed a database where he collects studies and so far, he has over 80,000 studies in this database on photobiomodulation.

NovoTHOR Improves Athletic Recovery

Carroll makes a photobiomodulation unit called the NovoTHOR, which has been shown to produce incredible health benefits but is not designed for individual use as it costs $120,000. I've used a less expensive version called Joovv that has red- and near-infrared frequencies to treat myself nearly every day before my far-infrared sauna.

Interestingly, Alberto Salazar, who was the U.S. Olympic track coach is a fan of photobiomodulation and purchased a NovoTHOR. Many Olympic athletes, including most of the American track team, began using the NovoTHOR prior to the Rio Olympics. It's currently being used in the Nike Oregon Project,1 the mission of which is to: “Develop the best distance runners in the world with our metric for success being Olympic and World Championship medals.”

“Alberto Salazar has always been trying to pioneer ways of getting people to train harder, longer, and recover faster. He says recovery, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 10. It's as important as the training itself, he says. It's critical to their success as a team, and he feels that [photobiomodulation] is the best therapy he's ever used for recovery,” Carroll says.

Photobiomodulation has also been shown to increase muscle strength when used in conjunction with strength training. According to Carroll, weight lifters report exceeding their best competition scores even during normal training. “And where they've been stuck for years at a certain weight, they're going way beyond it,” he says.

Another area where photobiomodulation is showing great promise is in the treatment of burns. While there are few scientific studies to back up such claims, the anecdotal evidence consistently shows it can provide rapid and lasting pain relief. “It's not a temporary kind of pain relief,” Carroll says. “The scars heal much better and anybody who's got a low-level laser photobimodulation product, who's tried it on burns, will tell you the same. It's consistently amazing, so it is a disappointment that burn units are not using it.”

Light Therapy May Benefit Those With Kidney Failure, Including Pets

In a previous interview with Michael Hamblin, Ph.D., he mentioned that some people have successfully used light therapy to treat kidney failure. Some have been able to get off dialysis and no longer need a kidney transplant, which is a rather remarkable success.

Carroll adds further anecdotal support to this, saying he knows of a veterinarian who has been treating kidney disease in animals using photobiomodulation. In cats, by the time you get a diagnosis of kidney disease the disease is typically quite advanced and they only have a few months left to live. Using photobiomodulation, this veterinarian has been able to extend the life of many of these animals by several years.

An added boon is the lack of adverse side effects. Some conditions may feel worse before they get better, but most studies have found there are very few if any side effects. As noted by Carroll, “They report the same number of side effects in the placebo group as the treatment group, which basically tells you it's not a side effect at all.”

Some of the most exciting areas of use is in the treatment of central nervous system disorders, ranging from multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injuries to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. This was discussed at length in my previous interview with Dr. Lew Lim. Photobiomodulation can also be used in the treatment of dry, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the No. 1 cause of blindness in the elderly.

“I'm a co-founder of Lumithera, which is another light therapy company, and it has developed a device specifically for treating diseases of the eye. Our first target has been dry AMD …  Nothing has been proven to be effective for treating dry AMD … Our first study showed that in 129 patients there were up to three lines of improvement on the Snellen eye chart. Nothing else does that.

A more recent study (again without a control group) on 41 eyes, we did optical coherence tomography as well, and showed that the drusens, which are the deposits in the back of the eye that are the hallmark of this disease, are receding … We're optimistic that we're going to have the first randomized controlled clinical trial that will lead to [photobiomodulation] potentially being the first line of treatment for dry AMD, for which nothing else works,” Carroll says.

Many Pain Syndromes Can Be Safely Alleviated With Photobiomodulation

While the full-sized NovoTHOR unit is priced beyond what most people can afford, selling for about $120,000, they offer a less expensive desktop unit. It consists of a console with sockets you can plug various accessories into for different types of spot treatment. Accessories include intra-oral laser probes for analgesia, extra-oral probes that can be used for any area except the oral cavity and probes designed specifically for myofascial trigger points and superficial healing of injuries and wounds.

They also have a contract with the U.S. Veterans Administration to develop a helmet, which will be used for research on traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer's. Dentists, it turns out, have shown great interest in PBM, as it can effectively alleviate oral pain. Carroll actually used the intra-oral device on himself in lieu of local anesthesia during the extraction of a molar.

“It did hurt, but it's tolerable pain. So, if you treat along the nerves and over the neck - over the cell bodies for the trigeminal ganglion, which are located in the neck - then yes, you can reduce dental pain,” he says. “I know dentists are excited about that. I'm more excited about [being able to treat] chronic pain, neuropathic pain, things like shingles and postherpetic neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles around the orbit of the eye and in your hair, burning mouth syndrome …

You know, people commit suicide when they have diseases like these and therefore it's a priority for me to work with specialists in oral-facial pain and to develop these therapies. It feels like the most important place to be, in many ways … So, what I find more exciting is when we're actually solving peoples' chronic pain.”

How Does Light Therapy Work?

So, how is it that light, in certain frequencies, can have such profound clinical benefits? While there are a number of different mechanisms, the one that explains most of the effects seen clinically is the cytochrome c oxidase mechanism, which can be summarized as follows:

When you breathe, the oxygen in your lungs is taken up by hemoglobin, which in turn is carried around your body by red blood cells. The red blood cells deliver the oxygen to every single cell in your body. Similarly, when you eat, the food is broken down into glucose, fats and glycogen, and that glucose is delivered to every single cell in your body as well.

Once it has been transferred across the cell membrane, the glucose is then broken down through glycolysis into ATP and pyruvate. Mitochondria take the pyruvate and break it down further. The resulting byproducts - ATP, FADH and NADH - are then combined with oxygen in the electron transport chain, which creates hydrogen ions that drive ATP synthase.

Normally, the terminal ends on the electron transport chain - the cytochrome c oxidase - is taking up NADH combining it with oxygen and allowing two more electrons to be transferred from the electron transport chain. That pumps hydrogen ions through to drive ATP synthase to make ATP. This process works quite well when you're healthy. However, when you get sick, injured, stressed or old, the mitochondria begin to make excessive amounts of nitric oxide.

How Light Therapy Corrects Molecular Mechanisms Gone Awry

While nitric oxide has certain health benefits, when excessive nitric oxide is produced, excessive free radicals are also produced. Nitric oxide binds preferentially to cytochrome c oxidase and stops the consumption of oxygen, which means you then stop making the hydrogen ions that drive ATP synthase. But that isn't the biggest problem.

A more significant problem is that now you have a “constipated” electron transport chain because the last two electrons cannot be passed from cytochrome c to cytochrome oxidase, and this backlog of electrons in the electron transport chain lead to the production of super oxide and hydrogen peroxide. In other words, excess oxidation.

Some of the super oxide and hydrogen peroxide will leak out of the mitochondria into the cell, where it starts the processes of inflammation and cell death. Inside the mitochondria, super oxide and hydrogen peroxide will also damage the mitochondria, triggering mitochondrial dysfunction, which we now know is a foundational problem in most chronic disease.

“The wonderful thing is that light, in the kind of wavelengths we're using, at the kind of intensity we're using, seem to basically break the bond between nitric oxide and cytochrome c oxidase. The light is flushing out the nitric oxide from cytochrome c oxidase, so now you can start consuming oxygen again, combining with NADH and electrons now pulsing from cytochrome c to cytochrome oxidase again, and you start making ATP.

The cause of the constipated electron transport chain is gone and therefore you stop making too many of these reactive oxygen species that lead to inflammation and cell death,” Carroll says. “The shorter version of all of that is, basically, when we put light of the right wavelength and intensity into people for the right amount of time, the right intervals, we tip the balance … in favor of more ATP and less oxidative stress. And under those circumstances, people get better quicker.”

Why Some Studies Fail to Show Beneficial Results

When it comes to light therapy, even though you're “just” using light, the dosage does matter. It's actually quite easy, and common, to overtreat. Optimal results are obtained within a rather narrow range. Unfortunately, many researchers even fail to understand this. Many researchers also only talk about the total energy delivery, when in fact the rate of delivery is actually more important. Disturbingly, a number of studies have also failed to show a benefit for photobiomodulation simply due to mathematical errors.

“Yes, there are researchers who are overtreating and not getting the results they were hoping for. We got researchers who are not testing the lasers before they do studies, and those that do test the lasers don't actually measure the beam area correctly …

You need scientists and all the right kinds of engineers to know how to do this, but people who are not trained in physics unfortunately are doing tests on lasers and they're really not qualified and educated in the right way to actually, adequately, operate these things, and then they report negative findings.

Sometimes they're just reporting the total dose without explaining [the rate of delivery]. If they gave 4 joules per centimeter squared, was it a 4-watt laser for one second? That could have been, but of course that's not going to work, or was it something else? Doing these therapies have the same principles as cooking, in that you have to get the temperature right and then you put the food in the oven for the right amount of time.

Your favorite TV chef does not tell you to cook this chicken with 1 million joules per centimeter squared. That wouldn't tell you what the temperature of the oven is and how long you must cook it. You should not join those two numbers together in cooking, and you shouldn't do it in this therapy either.

But too many scientist are actually just giving you the one [measurement]. 'Here, use 4 joules per centimeter,' without appreciating that how fast you deliver it is necessary [to know] to get the dose right.”

Light Therapy Is an Excellent Adjunct to Other Mitochondrial Therapies

If you are even half as interested in PBM and using light as a healing tool then you would absolutely enjoy attending one of Carroll's one-day teaching events as he is one of the most knowledgeable people I have encountered in this area. I was able to really improve my understanding in this area thanks to his excellent teaching.

I believe light therapy can be a very powerful tool, and it aligns really well with the dietary aspect of oxidative stress that I discuss in my book, “Fat for Fuel,” which is that when you burn sugar as your primary fuel, you create about 30 percent more oxidative damage than when you're burning fat. Avoiding electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is another important aspect, as EMFs also cause harm by increasing oxidative stress.

In fact, EMFs cause more oxidative damage than ionizing radiation, even though the EMF typically doesn't have anywhere near the amount of energy that ionizing radiation has. The reason for this was explained in-depth in my interview with Martin Pall, Ph.D., who has identified and published research describing the likely molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.

When you combine EMF remediation efforts with photobiomodulation and optimal fuel intake (i.e., a diet high in healthy fats, low in carbs with moderate protein), you've got a triple win, and you can really optimize mitochondrial function, which is the end game.

Does Smoking Marijuana Lead to More Sex?

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Sex Sells!
It's the marketing ploy par excellence. Deep down, most of us want to associate what we do, wear, eat, drink and the car we drive with more sex appeal. And research abounds on the associations of many of these things and our sexual habits – much of it psychological research to support the advertising industry. Many things that popular culture would like to associate with sex appeal has actually been shown to decrease the amount of sex that individuals have – tobacco, alcohol, and sugary products. However, a recent study has shown that smoking marijuana is associated with a higher (pun intended) amount of sex.1
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Vegan Dahl: A Seasonal Comfort Food Recipe

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Vegan Dahl: A Seasonal Comfort Food Recipe | Annex Naturopathic Clinic | Toronto Naturopath

The change from hot to cold weather has me searching for comfort foods that will provide the feeling of warmth and energy.

As a N.D I'm regularly informing patients about healthy recipes and encouraging them to create a diet around the changing seasons.

One of my favourite spice palettes during the winter season is the warm, aromatic flavours of Indian cuisine -  likely because it's full of warming, sweet spices designed by nature to boost our metabolism, increase circulation and  strengthen digestion, all properties that we need to warm our bodies during the colder seasons.

Any warm recipe containing these spices will be a good choice for the upcoming winter.  

Dahl is essentially made up of lentils, which are packed with protein, B vitamins, fibre and iron, making this legume a super food, especially for vegetarians/vegans.  

Lentils are an amazing source of protein because it contains all but two of the amino acids (the building blocks of protein).  

Lentils are high in one particular amino acid, lysine, a great remedy for viral infections, handy during cold and flu season. 

Top this on a small bed of basmati rice, or enjoy with a few whole grain (non-GMO) crackers.  


3 tablespoons coconut oil (or whatever you have)

1 medium yellow onion

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups of spinach or chopped kale

1 teaspoon of fine seasalt

1 cup dried red lentils

2 tablespoon tomato paste

4-5 cups water or veg broth

5 plum tomatoes, chopped

juice of 1 lime

1 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro

Spice blend

2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

6 whole cloves

4 cardamom pods

2 dried red chilies (seeds removed)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Vegan Dahl Recipe | Annex Naturopathic Clinic | Toronto Naturopath 


  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, toast the seeds (but not the dried red chili) for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently (make sure not to burn). Be prepare for a strong (but pleasant), spicy aroma.

  2. Remove from pan and let cool. Transfer to coffee grinder, along with the dried red chili and cinnamon, and grind to a fine powder.

  3. Over medium-high heat oil a soup pot, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and sauté 5 more minutes. Add ground spices and salt, sauté for 3 more

  4. Add 4 cups of water and stir to deglaze the pot. Add tomato paste and lentils. Bring to a boil then lower the heat a bit and simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Add the tomatoes, greens, lime juice and cilantro and more water if it looks to thick. Simmer 10 more minutes, or until lentils are completely tender.

  6. Add extra salt as needed for taste

Some Tips to Cooking with Spices

  • You can buy all these spices at any bulk food store store them in a dark cook place

  • Spices like ground cumin and coriander go rancid 6 months after they are ground up that is why you should grind them yourself, rather than buying pre-ground versions keep them in the refrigerator and use within 6 months

  • Toasting the seeds before grinding activates and releases the volatile oils in the seeds, producing the well-known aroma of Indian dishes

  • YOU NEED SALT for any dish that uses these spices salt activates and brings out the flavours of other spiceswithout it you will be disappointed in the overall taste (add salt according to preferred taste but not too much!)

If you're curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us.

Yours in Health,

Annex Naturopathic Clinic

572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1


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Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Soup

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Simple AIP Mediterranean Bowls

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The cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea is phenomenal! These 21 countries have some common base ingredients, but with cultures that are European, Middle Eastern, and North African, the variety is seemingly endless.

I've been lucky enough to visit three of these countries in my travels and ever since I've been kind of obsessed about the flavors in their foods. I got even more interested after going AIP, because I found that a lot of the most well-known Mediterranean cuisines can easily be adapted to AIP . . . which is really no surprise, since there is ample proof that some aspects of Mediterranean diets are also very healthful.

This recipe is a 4-for-1 special! You'll see lots of overlap in base ingredients, but with simple swaps, brand-new flavor profiles are born. Check out these four simple ways to infuse some Mediterranean vibes into your life!

Simple AIP Mediterranean Bowl (Greek)
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  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened coconut-milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  1. Brown lamb in large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat, mixing in lemon zest, oregano, and sea salt as it cooks. Cook until fully browned.
  2. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving fat. Place in a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. Add cauliflower and onion to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring only every 2 minutes to prevent sticking, until lightly browned and tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine yogurt, lemon juice, and dill in a small bowl, mix well to combine.
  5. Fill bowls with cauli rice, top with lamb, cucumber, olives, and drizzle yogurt sauce over.

Simple AIP Mediterranean Bowls (Italian)
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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • cup packed fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • cup olive oil
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Brown beef in large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat, mixing in oregano, sea salt, and mushrooms as it cooks. Cook until fully browned.
  2. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving fat. Place in a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. Add cauliflower and onion to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring only every 2 minutes to prevent sticking, until lightly browned and tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine olive oil and vinegar in a jar, tightly secure lid, and shake to combine.
  5. Fill bowls with cauli rice, top with beef, basil, and drizzle oil and vinegar dressing over

Simple AIP Mediterranean Bowls (Spanish)
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon saffron or turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 small carrots, peeled, diced
  • fresh or dry parsley, for garnish
  1. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, stirring often and mixing in garlic, saffron, and salt as it cooks. Cook only until shrimp is opaque and garlic is fragrant.
  2. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. Add remaining olive oil, cauliflower and onion to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring only every 2 minutes to prevent sticking, until lightly browned and tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Fill bowls with cauli rice, top with shrimp, carrots, and parsley.

Simple AIP Mediterranean Bowls (Moroccan)
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Serves: 4
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried apricot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped prune
  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, grated
  • fresh or dry parsley, for garnish
  1. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, stirring often and mixing in turmeric, cinnamon, salt, and dried fruits as it cooks. Cook until chicken is completely cooked and fruits are softened. (Add a few tablespoons of water if mixture begins to stick to skillet.)
  2. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. Add remaining olive oil, cauliflower and ginger to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring only every 2 minutes to prevent sticking, until lightly browned and tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Fill bowls with cauli rice, top with chicken and parsley.

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Essential Oil Recipe For Lice (Safe for Pets)

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Tea Tree

27 Drops Equal Proportion of each Essential oil.
Add to:

2 ounces of Castor oil
1 ounce of White bees wax

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Note: I have use it with grape seed oil too.
You can use this on people and Animals.
Lice, Fleas, & Ticks don't like Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus.
I bathe my dog in Lemon, Lavender, & Apple Vinegar. You just put a couple drops of each in the water.

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Achiote: Add Color to Your Plate With This Spice

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Achiote (Bixa orellana), or annatto, is a spice that is used by a large portion of the world's population. It's easy to decipher whether a dish contains achiote through the distinct red-orange color that it gives off.

While the main use for achiote is for dyeing and coloring, it also adds a subtle flavor to any dish. In small amounts, achiote does not exude a very strong flavor, but if used copiously, people have noted that it has a subtle peppery taste with a nutty and sweet aroma.1
This spice is largely used in Latin American and Asian cuisine. It's widely known in South America in particular, where it is believed to have originated.2 Achiote was also introduced to other countries by trade, which explains its widespread use in various regions.
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