Happy Spring everyone! As I am writing this there is snow on the ground but it is Calgary.
My name is Dr. Michelle Hagel I am a Naturopathic Doctor, this is my fourth year with Docere Wellness. I am so happy to be apart of the team. My clinic focus is mental health, digestion, allergies and hormone balance. I have a wide scope of practice I utilize herbs, supplements, homeopathics, acupuncture, and most importantly diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Some of the treatments I use in clinic include injections therapies (check out our shot bar selection), mesotherapy, NAET (Nambudipad Allergy Elimination Technique) and acupuncture.
Every person’s health journey is different and they will respond differently to recommendations. During our visits, we will determine what the best course of treatment for that individual will be. Naturopathic Medicine is about finding the root cause of the concerns/symptoms then resolving that root cause. Another big focus is in my practice is on prevention, if we can change things in our diet or lifestyle to prevent illness from occurring or progressing, fantastic!
I love being apart of an individual’s journey to optimal health, I am very passionate about it and every day is exciting.
Dr. Michelle Testimonials
Thyroid Back to NORMAL!
Dr. Hagel is absolutely amazing! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism earlier this year and I wanted to avoid going on Synthroid. I opted for naturopathic treatment and after going to a few other naturopaths and seeing no improvement in my thyroid levels I was about to give up, but decided to try naturopathy one last time and came in to see Dr. Hagel. Dr. Hagel started NAET treatments with me and put me on some naturopathic medicine and about 1.5-2 months later I got my blood work done and my thyroid is back to normal! I cannot thank Dr. Hagel enough for the support, encouragement and faith that she had. She was always open to listening to my concerns and never pushed anything. Dr. Hagel and her staff were very accommodating and professional. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is struggling with their health and wants to take a natural path to recovery.
“Dr Hagel is a very talented Doctor who has knowledge, experience, and extensive research to help her patients find what is wrong and how to fix it. I have been going to doctors for so many years with the same problems and nobody has helped me the way she did. She listens, gives her time, encourages email updates, asks questions, very kind and considerate of my feelings unlike other past doctors I have been to. She helped me find the root cause of my problem and assisted me to an effective plan that has removed everything I was going through for 14 years! She also has solutions to manage PTSD through acupuncture.”
Got My Life Back!
“Dr. Hagel is a very attentive and considerate doctor. I had been to countless specialists for debilitating digestive issues. Once serious illnesses were ruled out the specialists lost interest in helping me–regardless of the disruption these issues were causing in my life. Dr. Hagel never lost interest in me as a patient, and her continued efforts helped me get my life back. She patiently listened to every detail and remembered everything I had said. I always felt heard, and I was never rushed in any of our appointments. She was always ready with additional recommendations if I found any treatments ineffective. She never left me feeling hopeless, as many of the doctors before her had. I am forever grateful for her help.”
IV therapy stands for Intravenous Therapy. Vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the venous system which therefore, allows for 100% absorption into the body. Oral administration of vitamins and minerals (or by mouth) are not as highly absorbed, and even less so if one has any known gastrointestinal issues. Some of these include IBD (irritable bowel disease such as crones or colitis), IBS (irritable bowel disease), gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and any other possible absorption issues such as multiple food sensitivities, or leaky-gut syndrome.
It is also commonly used to help treat low energy, fatigue, fibromyalgia, or for general health maintenance. The Immune Enhancer IV therapy blend, because of its high dose immune factors are great for helping support the immune system from already existing infections, or as a preventative measure before getting sick. As well, it is also commonly administered before or after long flights, to help rebuild the immune defenses when sitting in a small closed environment with recycled air. The Love Your Liver IV, is wonderful for speeding up the detoxification processes of the liver, or if one has been exposed to environmental toxins as well as, excessive alcohol consumption. Glutathione is the most abundant antioxidant found in the body. It is very poorly absorbed orally, and therefore it is very commonly added as a liver detoxification agent in an IV therapy protocol. It is also well researched in the management of liver detoxification and liver disorders and is known to have anti-aging effects.
Types of IV Therapy Offered at Docere Wellness
Meyers Cocktail IV: Vitamin and mineral IV therapy.
B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), vitamin c, magnesium, calcium, multi-trace minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium).
Immune Enhancer IV: Meyer’s cocktail with extra B-complex vitamins + added high dose immune factors such as:
High dose vitamin c
High dose selenium
High dose zinc.
Love Your Liver IV: Meyer’s cocktail with extra B-complex vitamins + added high dose liver detoxification factors such as:
High dose magnesium
Amino acid (Taurine).
Click HERE to book your IV Therapy at Docere Wellness Centre TODAY!
*These are the most common IV therapy protocols-more to come as requested.
Hello! My name is Amber Romaniuk and I am an Emotional Eating, Digestive & Hormone Expert. I coach my clients online to body freedom and building friends with food. I wanted to share a bit of my experience with food addiction and how that impacted my digestive health.
I know too well what it feels like to have big cravings for sugars, breads and processed foods. And to not know how to deal with stress. I used to struggle with emotional eating to cope with stress, sadness, boredom and anything else that came my way. I used to think food made me happy. But it didn’t, it was just trying to fill a void that was really a lack of self-love.
The constant binging and anger that I felt quickly turned into bloating, stomach aches, low energy, brain fog, and massive food sensitivities. I knew I was harming my body, but the addiction to the food was much bigger than my will to stop. It almost seemed I didn’t care about my body because the high was more important.
After overcoming my food addiction and emotional eating, I really embarked on the journey to love my gut and balance my digestion. It probably took me about 4 or 5 years to make complete peace with her. First I started by limiting my intake of the foods that gave me the most symptoms, wheat, dairy, and sugar. It took dozens of attempts because these were my biggest trigger foods but I did get there. I started experimenting with alternative options in the kitchen and was inspired by how many options there were outside of the norm.
I started to experience less bloating. And when I started mindful eating practices, my digestion improved more. Once I was fully recovered from my food addiction I took things one step further to address Candida issues which were contributing to bloating, poor memory, brain fog, and hormone imbalances and it’s like I got lifted out of a fog. I really realized how much my sugar cravings were tied to the Candida and blood sugar imbalances. My hormones also regulated much easier when I got rid of this massive stressor.
It really made me realize that the emotional eating and constant self-sabotage had played a huge role on my emotional and physical health. Now when I work with my clients I see digestive and hormone imbalances as a side effect of the constant restrictive diets, emotional eating and binging. This self-sabotaging behavior may feel good in the moment, but it costs the body deeply. Inflammation, pain, bloating and digestive sensitivity can be difficult to deal with on a daily basis. The key is to address the root, which for me is the relationship the person has with their body and food. Overcoming emotional eating alleviates a huge stressor to the body both physically and emotionally. It’s often much easier to then balance digestive symptoms, hormones, improve energy and cravings once someone has made peace with food.
Body freedom is available for anyone ready to create it, the vicious cycles of emotional eating and the physical symptoms that can come with it do not need to continue. I encourage you to open up to ditching the diet mentalities, building friends with food and your body.
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Amber Romaniuk is an Emotional Eating, Digestive & Hormone Expert supporting Body Freedom and speaker dedicated to educate the world on healthy eating and overcoming self-sabotage with food. Through corporate workshops, media appearances, her highly downloaded podcast “The No Sugarcoating Podcast” and her own “Amber Approved” digital magazine and cookbook, she is committed to globally changing the way people eat and promoting healthy lifestyles that support energy, mood balance and personal happiness.
Amber combines her training and her own experience of food addiction, digestive issues, body image, weight loss & management to support others trying to make massive life transformations. She works privately with women & men, high level entrepreneurs and those committed to overcoming emotional eating and self-sabotage so they are free to create the success they desire in the world.
Check out her website at amberapproved.ca for more information or Like and Follower her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
Welcome to another edition of our What-if series. Written by Amanda Delamer, Life Coach and Dr. Alisha Rawji ND, Naturopathic doctor. We are excited to share another article with you all!
The month of October is mental health awareness month. Most individuals, including myself, have experienced painful bouts of mental health struggles-some short term, others more chronic. It’s no surprise that as the days get shorter-so do our fuses! This is completely normal, and in fact, to be expected. In the winter months, it is completely natural for our mood and temperament to shift a little bit, and more so as the seasons change especially leading closer and closer into the winter months. This, fortunately, can be improved and managed adequately through various naturopathic strategies and treatments- and the most successful treatments we like to use are discussed below:
Vitamin D3: Seasonal Affective Disorder (or ‘SAD’ as it’s accurately shortened to), is a very common ailment which spans across various regions around the world, especially here in Canada. It is most notably seen in countries that are further away from the equator, and therefore have a substantially decreased exposure to sunlight, and as a result, inadequate amounts of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 converts into an active, hormone-like form after it has been processed through the liver and kidneys. This hormone-like complex aids in the formation and enhancement of many neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. Therefore, being diligent with Vitamin D3 supplementation is critical in keeping up levels of these important neurotransmitters, and thus, keeping moods and equilibrium in balance.
Omega 3s/Fish oil: Our brains are largely made of fat, and as such, need to be nourished with healthy fats as well. Omega 3s, especially in the form of fish oils, are one of the best agents for this. EPA and DHA found in fish are critical for proper brain function. It is rather difficult to get an adequate amount of EPA and DHA from food sources (and even from fish itself); therefore daily supplementation is highly recommended. However one needs to be cautious about taking an Omega 3-6-9s, as those may not be suitable for everyone, dependent on their individual health status and situation, type of diet (vegan/vegetarian vs non-vegan/vegetarian), as well as the type of conditions they have such as certain inflammatory disorders. Typically, Omega 3s are more versatile, and generally more widely used for most individuals. Assessing one’s signs and symptoms in an investigative manner is also imperative in order to make a proper recommendation for each individual. As well, since omega 3s are also a type of healthy fat, they’re typically well absorbed and tolerated if taken with Vitamin D3, since it is a fat-soluble vitamin.
Gut health: Research is now becoming clear about the fact that the gut functions as “a second brain”. This is because the majority of serotonin is actually made in the gut, rather than in the brain. This is fascinating because it further proves that an improvement in gut health will greatly increase mood. Cutting out foods you’re sensitive to via IgG food sensitivity testing for example, as well as adding probiotics of various strains, are also very helpful. As well, gut strengthening and serotonin building agents (such as L-glutamine and B6) for example, are also very helpful for strengthening the gut all around. Frequent meals that are generally low on the glycemic index are also important as they will maintain blood glucose levels and insulin, to keep you feeling full, balanced energetic, and not ‘hangry’! Eating seasonal foods (hot foods in the winter for example) are really helpful for balancing Qi and energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well.
Acupuncture: Speaking of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is one of my favorite treatments for promoting stability, a sense of wellbeing, calm, and overall balance. Even the notion of laying down, with meditative music, in itself, is incredibly calming…and extremely grounding. Acupuncture points are based on your current condition, and health goals, and can be tailored specifically to you. There are also set points which, for everyone, promote calmness, stillness, and a smooth flow of Qi, (Chinese medicine term for energy). The most grounding points are those which are the ‘gate’ points, that are used to ‘open the gates’ which in Chinese medicine, allows Qi to flow from top to bottom. Other points which I absolutely love are Qi building and Qi flowing points, blood building and regulating points, and generally the calming and anxiety-reducing points. Some points are used to work with the chakras, which are also 7 energy centers in the body from the top to bottom, all in a midline. One of my absolute favorite points is called Yin Tang, and it is location found in the Third Eye Chakra, which is known to promote calmness and connect us to higher energy centers. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and cause minimal to no feeling during insertion. As for any other technique offered, feel free to ask any of our naturopathic doctors, or contact reception for more information about this wonderful treatment. In addition to Acupuncture, we also offer cupping which helps move energy, and is also a great treatment for pain; most notable for back pain, sciatica, or any other muscular pain issues.
Homeopathy: This is another wonderful gentle, safe and energy-balancing treatment. Both acute homeopathics are used, (either single dose remedies), or complex remedies such as Undas. They help balance energies, based on one’s condition, with their mental, emotional and physical state in mind. Furthermore, another category of homeopathic treatments are constitutional homeopathic remedies. These delve a lot deeper into one’s structure, make-up, or ‘constitution’ and focus on the person experiencing the symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves. In constitutional homeopathy, a remedy is given after an extensive course of interviewing and getting to know and individual extremely well, in addition to their condition. I’ve seen, (and experienced myself), significant movement, with this type of treatment, and it also allows the patient to share their experiences and their health struggles in a deeper, more significant way; and likely in a way in which they have not been able to do before.
Vitamin and Mineral support: B6, as mentioned before is important for gut health, as it is an important cofactor (building block) of serotonin production. B12 being dosed adequately is also important for improving energy, fatigue and sluggishness, as it’s helpful for building ferritin and iron. B-complexes, magnesium, and SamE are also some of the supplements used to help with mood and anxiety concerns.
Injections: As mentioned above, vitamin and minerals are wonderful for helping with mood, anxiety and energy. Injections offer quick boosts of vitamins at high absorption rates. Some of the vitamin and mineral injections include B12, B-complex, PMS cure, Adrenal support (to help balance cortisol), as well pain relief, glutathione and immune boosters, and many more. Visit the Docere Wellness Centre website or call reception for more information of our vitamin and mineral ‘shot bar’. These injections can be done as one-offs, for quick boosts of energy and vitamins, or most commonly done 1x/week, for roughly a month as a loading phase, and then taper off as needed. Dosing depends on one’s vitamin and mineral status, and their health goals.
IV Therapy: IV therapy offers vitamin and minerals at 100% absorption, as they are administered straight into the body, intravenously. This offers a mega-dose of many different agents which fully flood the cells at an intercellular level including B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, trace minerals, taurine, glutathione and others. IV therapy treatments are wonderful for fast and widespread dosing of vitamins and done in a safe and comfortable environment. The IVs that are currently offered at Docere are the very popular Meyer’s cocktail, as well as the Love Your Liver IV and the Immune Enhancement IV. Typically, similar to injections, IV treatments can be one-off treatments for simple vitamin replenishment and energy enhancement; or for many can be done 1x a week, every other week, 1x/month, or more depending on one’s condition and treatment goals. This can be determined based on an intake or existing protocol, or after discussing your needs and circumstances with a naturopathic doctor. Similar to naturopathic visits, injections and IV therapy are covered under health care plans.
Botanical Medicine and Herbs: Herbs and Botanical Medicine are also incredible for increasing mood, diminishing anxiety, regulating cortisol, managing fatigue and boosting energy. Herbs, as in everything else in naturopathic medicine, must be used accurately, and best when under the care of a naturopath. Some of the most commonly used herbs used for mental balance and clarity are St. Johns Wart, passionflower, valerian, avena sativa, and ashwaganda, to name a few. It is always important to check with a professional, and more so with respect to herbal and medicine in order to check for any major interactions between herbs and pharmaceutical medications.
Testing: As mentioned, testing is remarkable for naturopathic doctors to assist in identifying any of root causes of one’s low mood, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, gut disturbance, or many other medical concerns. Some of the most common tests that we run are the IgG food sensitivity test, candida, SIBO, and cortisol testing, as well as full male and female hormonal panels. All of which are suggested based on the signs and symptoms that an individual presents, or if any previously diagnosed conditions exist, which need further investigation.
Analysis Paralysis and the role of Life Coaching:
Alisha provided so much amazing information to take-in and consider, from our last article. Now here’s the hard part – don’t over think it! I know when I get excited about incorporating new information and ideas I can sometimes find myself in a state of analysis paralysis. I transition from excited to completely overwhelmed.
For me, taking a deep breath and a step back to consider my bigger picture gets me grounded and helps me to identify and prioritize those things I want to “move” on – those areas where I want to make change happen. You might find a few aspects from your life that you are curious about working on, or want to address. Choose one. Ask yourself, “what one thing would take my health to the next level?” There is nothing saying you cannot go after every item on your list, but what if you gave yourself permission to take on one at a time, and take it day by day?
And please know, you don’t have to go it alone. Ask for help. Connect with Alisha to set up a naturopathic consult, and reach out to me, Amanda Delamer for support to prioritize, process and align your actions with your being, with who you are.
We sincerely hope these strategies can help during this change of season and we’re wishing you all a very happy, healthy fall!
Amanda Delamer is a self-awareness and fulfillment coach. Amanda coaches and supports people in living healthy, balanced and joyful lives. She coaches and honors the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Her clients experience fulfillment in all parts of their lives – health, family, relationships, career, and beyond – and they value and appreciate that all parts of their lives are connected, and that we all have responsibility in and for the world around us. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.
Dr. Alisha Rawji ND is a naturopathic doctor born and raised in Calgary Alberta. She is devoted to the understanding of the body as a whole, and works with her patients in a holistic manner, with a mind, body and soul approach to health and healing. She loves to delve deep into getting to the root cause of disease as well as the science behind one’s symptoms. She has taken part in a volunteer group to Haiti with an organization called Naturopaths Without Boarders (NWB), and has obtained additional training in constitutional homeopathy from Mumbai India, as well as in high dose vitamin and mineral IV (Intravenous) Therapy in San Diego, United States.
by Dr. Michelle Hagel
See Below for our Upcoming Breast Thermography Clinic
Breast cancer has received a lot of attention in the media lately, and rightfully so. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime; an estimated 19,200 women in Canada. The same risk as a heavy smoker developing lung cancer. In North America, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer among women, with an alarmingly increased rate of young women being diagnosed.
Screening for breast cancer involves a low-dose x-ray of the breast or mammography every 2 years. Current screening recommendations for women in Canada occur between the ages of 50 and 69, this is due to half of new breast cancer cases being diagnosed during this period. It was also found that this age group had larger benefits from screening than the risks associated with screening. Screening of those aged 60-69 has a 32% reduction in mortality, while other age groups had significantly less reduction. Risks associated with mammography include radiation exposure and false positive results, meaning the test indicate they have cancer when they do not. False positives can cause a lot of anxiety, and lead to further unnecessary testing. These recommendations vary if an individual has signs/symptoms of breast cancer or is at increased risk.
Factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include extended exogenous estrogen exposure (sources like hormone replacement or birth control pill), family history, radiation exposure, uterine or contralateral breast cancer, a diet high in processed foods, obesity and sedentary lifestyle, smoking or exposure to other toxins such as plastics.
So what can every woman do to ensure their breasts are healthy?
Increase fruit and vegetable intake, they are high in antioxidants, fiber and other important cancer-fighting nutrients. Increase fiber to ensure normal bowel habits, this will help decrease the extra circulating estrogen and other toxins by flushing them out of our system. Exercise regularly, 20-40mins/day will increase our lymphatic circulation and contribute to estrogen metabolism. Specifically arm movement, because most of our lymph nodes associated with the breasts are located under the armpit, so motion in this area will help with circulation locally. Lastly, avoid risk factors to the best of your ability.
Get to know your breasts. Understanding what is normal for your breasts and notice changes in the look or feel. Look for lumps in the breast and armpit, that do not fluctuate based on your cycle, changes in breast shape/size or changes to the skin or nipple.
Thermography is another assessment tool; we are now offering at the clinic. It works by assessing the temperature variations of the breast tissue and surrounding areas. This is able to detect tumours, as they require an increased blood supply and therefore will show an elevated temperature in the area. There is no radiation exposure to the individual.
Docere is excited to bring you this ONCE A YEAR opportunity hosted at our clinic!
Can detect changes in breast tissue function before mammograms detect structural changes or lumps. No touching, squeezing, radiation or pain!
- Cost: $250
- Date: Sunday September 30th 9AM-5Pm
- Call: 1-866-242-5554 to book an appointment
Breast Thermography is applicable to all women, especially the group between 40 and 50, and for those who have dense, fibrocystic breasts or implants. It is a completely safe, non-invasive screening method that has been proven to be effective. An abnormal infrared image is the single-most important marker of high risk for developing breast disease.