Dr. Alexina Mehta works with adults, kids, teens, seniors and families. Virtually all acute conditions and chronic conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine.

Please read on for a list of conditions that Dr. Mehta treats.




I do not really understand why natural medicine is called alternative. What do you think?

Talk to Your Doc Question of the day:

Dear doc, I do not really understand why natural medicine is called alternative. What do you think ?


Answer:

Alternative is a word often used to describe any medical therapy not regarded as orthodox.
My question in response to this definition is: Relative to what

In the last 100 years modern medicine has emerged...with benefits AND  disadvantages.

The benefits are obvious: for example, surgeries that save lives and medications that alleviate major pain provide respite for many. The discovery of modern medicine is remarkable when used wisely.

But like anything that is not used wisely- problems arise sooner, or later.

Anti-biotic resistance is one such problem we are dealing with today- but that is for another blog post.

Prior to the last 100 years, people relied on mother nature for medicine...what some may consider to be alternative was mainstream for a long, long time all over the globe, across every continent. Many countries have a rich history in the development of medical and healing practices that worked with plants, food, energy medicine type practices and more. 

I love science- in fact, studied it in university for years..my favorite subject was biochemistry. Since those early years, I have come to realize that mother nature`s intelligence offers more then simply science.  Mother nature is incredibly complex. She offers art, wisdom, science and a potential experience of the sacred- if one is open to it.

Speaking of the sacred, I am  reminded by an experience I had when I was in naturopathic medical school. We were at the cadaver dissection lab, led by the brilliant Gill Hedley, PhD and story-teller of the sacred which exists in  physical form. I had a very strong palpable understanding in that lab that we as human beings are truly sacred. I felt a deep reverence for the immaculate design of the human body. Where did this come from ? Who is responsible for this miracle of life! ? Experiences like this are unforgettable.

As a practitioner, my intention is to encourage healing in each person by using the least invasive methods first, which often include: nature's medicines such as food, plants, remedies, traditional healing modalities and a change in perspective in thoughts which effects emotions and overall ability to access a state of inner peace. I also can prescribe medications if needed, when needed.

One of the oldest systems of medicine, Ayurveda means "the knowledge of living" or the "science of longevity." In the ancient americas, healers tuned into the healing properties of plants. Various cultures had healers and doctors that were connected to something greater then themselves for guidance, wisdom and deep strength.

Some of my closest friends are allopathic physicians and we share often about different perspectives in treating certain conditions. I am an advocate for team work, collaboration, sharing information in the name of the most important factor: the well-being of the patient.

Natural healthcare is primary healthcare for those who choose it, and this number is growing. More and more people are wanting to finally treat the root cause of their ailments, not just the symptoms. More and more people are acknowledging that isolating one system from the whole in and of itself is not logical. More people want to be proactive and prevent potential suffering and become inspired and empowered when it comes to their overall health and well-being.

SO what do I like to call natural healthcare ?

It is life affirming medicine. It is medicine that INSPIRES you to be better- not just physically but in all aspects of who you are...because you are with your entire self ALL the time (I will write another post on INSPIRED MEDICINE next time).

It starts with small steps. No matter where you are, you can make a choice to move towards health or away from it. Towards life or away from life. Each little choice we make adds up to behaviors that shape who we become and what we inevitably stand for. 

A focus on prevention, treating the root cause, teaching the patient about how to live a good, healthy life, first do no harm, treating all aspects of a person, taking into account how the body works as a whole and supporting the body to heal itself innately: the essence of natural medicine.

And let us remember that in essence, we collectively have a lot to learn about healing. Illness still exists as an epidemic globally. Infection illnesses and genetic predispositions are one thing, but illnesses that stem from our own actions and lack of actions is another. Something is not right. Asking questions can open us up to what we did not know before, but perhaps what we need to know to live a good life with well-being.

The greatest gift we can give ourselves is the chance to learn- but this requires above all- an open mind. A wise mentor of mine said, `Always remember beginners mind. It will allow you to go far in life.`

And finally, let us remember that which allows us to be here, to breathe, to live and to discover more about who we are each day.

Logical. 

Intuitive. 

Intelligent. 

Sacred.

May triumph and inner peace prevail. 


Thanks for reading and leave a comment below if you have some thoughts to share!
www.dralexinamehta.com



Are you dealing with a chronic illness or do you know someone who is?

Greetings,

Do you or someone you know struggle with a chronic disease like MS, Fibromyalgia, chronic digestive issues like IBS or inflammatory bowel conditions, chronic hormonal imbalances, chronic stress, Lyme's disease or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

These are just some examples of common chronic diseases that effect many people in our society here in the western world.  I'm sure you can probably think of one or more people you know personally who have a chronic illness and who is suffering more then they should.

Why choose natural medicine? Because we as human beings have an innate ability to heal ourselves and empowering ourselves with education can literally change lives for the better. There is a time and place for pharmaceuticals, but they should be considered wisely and not be the only form of treatment. Chronic diseases more often take time to develop, and when we can address the root cause that led to the imbalances, then we can create new options.

Natural medicine has been used since the beginning of human history all over the world.. and nowadays there is a tremendous amount of research going into validating the efficacy of mother nature's medicines. 

I invite you to consider my  Health Makeover Program for you or those you care about to give them options they did not have before. 

In this program, patients receive 

This includes:

-thorough history
- physical exam
-lab testing if necessary including adrenal stress testing, 
-nutritional and supplement recommendations
-herbal recommendations 
-mind body awareness techniques
-lifestyle counselling
-exercise recommendations
-on-going support
-optional biofeedback, craniosacral and acupuncture treatments

To try the Health Makeover program, please email me directly at dralexinamehta@gmail.com

You can also book online  here

 
To your best health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta
  604-731-7789 
Read patient  testimonials.

What can help me with my allergies?

Ahhhh....it's allergy season...and if you have allergies no one needs to tell you because your nose, eyes and throat are telling you!

This week's question comes from a lady who deals with allergies seasonally, especially at springtime when all the stunning flowers are coming into bloom.


She asks me, "Dr. Alexina, what can I do for these allergies? I can't stop sneezing and I feel tired as soon as I am around certain kinds of pollen."


My answer:


Well, there is the "take care of my symptoms answer" and then the "let's deal with the root of this issue" answer.


If you care about feeling better and staying feeling better, both answers would apply.


Acutely: 


Quercetin:


There are many remedies in natural medicine that have been shown to be effective for seasonal allergies. Some favorites include Quercetin which is a flavonoid found in many of mother nature's fruits, vegetables and grains. When you buy it as a supplement form, it is simply the processed and concentrated form of this flavonoid. In food, Quercetin is particularly high in capers, red raw organic onions and cilantro for example. 


Stinging nettle leaf: (Urtica dioica)

According to the University of Maryland Medical center, stinging nettle has been shown to reduce sneezing and itching in those with hayfever. Researchers think that this could be due to the ability of stinging nettle to reduce the amount of histamine the body produce in an allergic reaction. 



Pictured above is stinging nettle leaf.


Energize and Detox Smoothie


Today I decided to make a smoothie incorporating stinging nettle. It turned out pretty good!


1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp ashwaganda powder, 1 square organic ginger root, 1/2 tsp mucuna pruriens,1tbsp stinging nettle juice and voila! I would have added banana but I am out!




An overview of the ingredients:


Mucuna Pruriens: balances all three doshas (Ayurvedic medicine): pitta, kapha and vata which is rare amongst herbal adaptogens. It contains L-dopa which is a direct precursor to dopamine, a neurotransmitter which increases human growth hormone production from the pituitary gland. This can lead to increased energy, improved immunity, improved deep sleep and much more!


Turmeric: the benefits are vast... Medline, a database of research studies has documented over 1500 citations related to the use of curcumin which is the active ingredient in Turmeric. In ayurvedic medicine it has been used for 100s of years in the treatment of allergies as it is a natural leukotriene inhibitor, which is helpful for conditions such as asthma. The anti-inflammatory effect is remarkable as well which can calm down the aggravation of an allergic reaction.


Ashwaganda: 

An adaptogen that helps balance cortisol levels. Adaptogens will increase or decrease cortisol depending on what your body requires. Mother nature is very intelligent! Cortisol is important in helping you deal with stress and an allergy is essentially a stress in the body.

Long term:


Immune Support: Do you get colds and the flu often? Do you take a over 10 days to get over it? Have your allergies just started or have they gotten progressively worse over the years?If so, you may need to strengthen yourself by not only addressing your immune system, but also your hormonal regulation systems. The adrenal glands come into play here understanding what your cortisol and DHEA levels are like can give valuable information about how to approach improving your long term hormonal and immune health.


You can treat your seasonal allergies in a number of ways. Some tools I like include:


Herbals remedies

Homeopathy
Allergy Desensitization
Cleanses and detoxification techniques

Remember you have options with your health. Mother nature provides many solutions and sometimes you just need some perspective and a fresh new way of looking at things to inspire and motivate you to become better.


To find out more of what you can do to empower yourself in your health, book an appointment at 604-731-7789 or book online on  my website.


I wish you ease and grace in your health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta




Here I am just about to be filmed for Passionpreneur television! It was a relaxed and fun interview where I was able to share how I got into Naturopathic medicine and why I love helping people become better!

Stay tuned and subscribe to this blog for updates as that video should be released in about a month :)







Talk to Your Nature Doc: How do I minimize the effects of Jetlag?

Dear Doc, 

I often get jet lag. What can help that is natural?

Doc:

 Follow these tips to minimize jet lag and maximize your time away!

Love to travel? Jet lag can take away from the precious time you have reserved for your trip. The result is fatigue, dizziness, nausea and feeling like you're "hung over."

Fortunately, Naturopathic medicine has some solutions to make your life easier!

Lets start with what to do before you you fly:

-eat 2 garlic cloves (and maybe some peppermint tea afterwards! ;)
-take vitamin C and some other immune supporting herbs- see your Naturopathic doctor with respect to what herbs are suitable for you
-ensure you are hydrated

Hydration is important:

-drink 1 cup of water every hour and add electrolyes like Emergen-C 
-avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and sweet drinks
-use a saline spray to keep your nasal passages moist 
Circulation

-walk as much as you can during the flight
-exercise in your seat every hour or more - ie. stretches, moving your feet, hands and shoulders, flex your ankles

Grounding exercises

-the fact you are up in the air and not on the ground may contribute to jetlag according to some
-line each shoe with a piece of brown paper 
-visualize your feet and tailbone grounding to the earth and your roots are connecting to the earth

Regulating Sleep-Wake Cycles

-set your watch to your new time as soon as you board the plane
-aim to get as much sunshine as you can once you arrive at your destination
-sleep only when it is dark 
-to reset the pineal gland there are some remedies that work well, consult your naturopathic doctor for which one is suitable for you

NO Jetlag Homeopathic Remedy

I love this remedy! It works for many of my patients. Take it when you take off and then every 2 hours after on the flight if you can. You can purchase at various health food stores.
Try these tools and give us a call for  a more customized approach.  And of course, best wishes on your travels!

Best in health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta

www.dralexinamehta.com
604-731-7789