Every once in a while we are so astounded by the recovery from illness experienced by one of our patients that we feel the need to share their story. Recently we treated a patient for chronic Lyme Disease that she had dealt with for over a decade. Once the infection had been killed off, her continuing symptoms of fatigue, restriction of vision and movement, and complete exhaustion persisted. After receiving ongoing treatment at our centre, her recovery so impressed us that we asked her to share her experience for the benefit of others who may have experienced or are currently experiencing Lyme disease. Read about her road from illness to recovery below:
Spring is coming, and with it Lyme Disease season, a time when the ticks that carry Borrelia burgdorferi re-emerge, cling to long grass and branches and wave their little legs in the air waiting for passing meals. I no longer walk in the woods or in grassy fields because of these ticks, I had Lyme Disease for 10 long years. After the bacteria were killed off by a grueling month-long i.v. treatment I was left with a recurring fatigue in the Spring and Fall so bone deep that I couldn't get out of bed at times. I'm very fortunate, when I reached the outer frontier of Western medicine I found Dr Xiaolan and an older, more subtle medicine cured me of the last of my illness. I want to thank everyone at the clinic for the gift of strength, clear mindedness and health that I treasure every day.
In August 1990, after walking in the woods in Princeton, NJ, I pulled off and crushed a poppy seed-sized dot that had been on my leg. It was a Lyme Disease infected deer tick. Over the next decade I developed full blown Lyme Disease, despite taking the antibiotic given me at the local walk-in clinic. "We don't know which antibiotic to give right now." the doctor said apologetically. Back home in Toronto I gradually lost my memory, the use of my hands, my heart developed abnormal rhythms, I couldn't see properly, lost the ability to use any but the most basic words and had a fatigue so profound that going up stairs was the event of the day.
After years of tests, trials and no progress, in 2000 Dr Keystone, a wonderful Infectious Disease specialist, treated the Lyme bacterial infection with a month of powerful i.v. antibiotics. I was cured - but not completely, what remained has come to be known as post-Lyme syndrome or post-Lyme fatigue. In the Spring and the Fall, when the bacteria had previously migrated within my body, I was utterly exhausted, bedridden.
Western medicine had done as much as it could, my concerned doctors said there was nothing they could do for me, chronic problems like this are not the province of Western medicine. Then someone said "Try Traditional Chinese Medicine." I asked 3 people - "Who's the best?" All 3 said Dr Xiaolan. Interestingly, it didn't take long to rebalance me (I think that's what Dr Xiaolan did, I don't really understand TCM) and the effect was profound. After several months of faithfully following the protocol I just re-emerged as my old, pre-Lyme Disease self. It's deeply gratifying not to feel tired all the time, to be able to sleep through the night, to want to exercise, to be hungry when I should be - to be healthy, to be well.
Thank you Xiaolan, you gave me back my life. - Karen Visser*
*Shared with Permission
2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. This is a year which will be characterized by renewal, restoration, and expansion. While many people found 2016 to be a difficult and exhausting year, a Rooster year (and in particular a Fire Rooster year) provides the opportunity to rise and thrive. Fire brings passion, creativity, joy, and success. It also brings hard work, but if you keep your composure and see through the challenges, you will be rewarded and will be better off than before. As we have in years past, we will rely on our astrologer friend, Susan Levitt, to elaborate and provide more insight into what this dynamic and exciting year will bring:
Some translations refer to 2017 as Rooster year or Chicken year, but I use the translation Phoenix because it brings opportunities for rebirth and transformation. Phoenix year is fortunate for all Phoenixes, and for Phoenix’s most compatible signs Ox, Snake, and Dragon. Phoenix energy can, at times, be challenging for Rabbit. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo.
Phoenix is a brilliant, inspirational, and fearless visionary. The element Fire is perfect for Phoenix because Fire brings strength, passion, bravery, and leadership. So now is the year to break free, claim your destiny, and overcome obstacles. You can heal past actions, even past lives, with your new awareness.
Three tips for success are:
First, pay attention to your health. Not seen a dentist, or any type of delay in dealing with your health? This is the year to finally address health issues, not let it drag on. If you feel a bit exhausted after Fire Monkey 2016, then 2017 is especially time to focus on health, healing, and restoration. Same with your home. Time to clean out the old and unused, and live more efficiently in this Fire bird year.
Second is to organize your finances. Deal with any debt, plan, budget, and be aware of your spending. Those born in Phoenix year are naturally very good at accounting, can find a bargain, and appreciate thrift as do Phoenix’s best friends Ox and Snake.
Third is to work hard with focus. 2017 is the year to apply yourself in your career. Be persistent, yet flexible. This is not the time to goof off or take your job for granted. Phoenix year is work before play, so get organized and contribute on the job. For some, it may feel like beak to the grindstone with superiors criticizing or micromanaging. But stay strong and do the work! Excuses will not be tolerated in a no-nonsense Phoenix year.
Copyright 2017 Susan Levitt All Rights Reserved
As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of our patients, friends, families, and supporters, without whom our centre would not be the success that it is. We are so proud to have the trust of so many people, and promise to continue to provide the care and attention that we always strive to provide to our patients.
The past year has not been without its challenges. However, it is from these challenges that often the greatest strength and resilience rises. People often say that it is the experiences one has that determines ones character and that everything that happens happens for a reason. While this saying is rather simplistic, the core point is that challenges build character and strength. While it is often difficult to appreciate this while dealing with a crisis, and in particular health challenges, know that we are always here to support you. The holiday time can often bring out strong feelings for people. Happy feelings, such as those that come from being with family, receiving gifts, travelling, being in good health, looking forward to the new year, come and go. Sad feelings, from being alone, not being able to see family, being in poor health, not being able to give as your heart wishes it could, come and go as well. The point here is that everything comes and goes. If you feel happy, or if you feel sad, just know that it will not last forever. Everything is always changing and although the ups and downs of the holiday season, and life's challenges in general, are sometimes difficult to bear, know that it will change. Know that you are supported, and know that you are loved.
Thank you to everyone who made 2016 such a wonderful year! To all our patients, friends, and loved ones, have a very Happy Holiday season, and all our best for the New Year! Cheers to 2017!
The Staff of Xiaolan Health Centre
We are proud to share a wonderful food blog that a patient and good friend of the Xiaolan Health Centre, Aleyda Batarse authors and styles, The Dish on Healthy
With so many conflicting ideas about how to eat, when to eat, what to eat, etc. it is often confusing what choices are best for you. The beauty of The Dish on Healthy is that is can be helpful and inspiring for all diet types. There are vegan options, gluten free, low fat, whole foods, raw foods, and everything in between. The focus is on real, quality foods that nourish not only your body, but also your taste buds. Check out the accompanying Instagram page here for drool-worthy recipes and lots of inspiration, what ever your diet may be!
Get cooking and nourish your body and mind!
Spring, the most harmonious time to cleanse the body. Jump start your health with this unique offer at the Xiaolan Health Centre, along with EnviroMed Clinic. Boost your energy, mental focus and clarity, and improve the health of your skin!
The Package includes:
4 Hydrotherapy Colonic treatments (60min each)
2 IV Treatments: Tonify, Remove, and Clear (includes Glutathione push)
1 Full ND initial assessment (*if not already a patient of EnviroMed clinic)
Colonics are extremely effective are reducing total body burden of toxins, significantly more so than even saunas. By doing 4 colonics within a 2-3 week period, you’ll optimize the amount of toxins that can be eliminated by this process.
The IV Treatments are specifically designed to provide your body with high dose IV nutrients for the purpose of supporting your detoxification pathways, along with powerful antioxidant support. The gluthathione push at the end results in a large neutralization and removal of toxins from your body via the kidney, liver, and gallbladder. Some studies have shown that you can increase the toxins eliminated in the urine by 20-30x over the next 6 hour after receiving a glutathione push.
The Initial ND Assessment visit will be with one of our Environmental Medicine Specialists, and will focus on identifying and removing as many sources of toxicant exposures. Supplements and herbs will be recommended to significantly boost your detoxification pathways, but are optional add-ons.
This offer is available at the Xiaolan Health Centre and EnviroMed Clinic until May 31, 2016.
*$510 if already a patient of EnviroMed and only purchasing Colonics and IV Treatment package
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our people and services here at the Xiaolan Health Centre: Alla Sydorchenko and Colonic Hydrotherapy! Alla studied Dermatology at the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine; Certified Colon Therapy at the Canadian Academy of Holistic Medicine; Registered Nutritional Consultation Practitioner program at the National Institute in Hanoi, Vietnam; and the Certified Nutritional Practitioner program at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Coming to see Alla, you will benefit from her background as a trained Medical specialist in Ukraine to ensure diagnostic and therapeutic treatments are right for your specific needs. This is just one of the ways in which she is different from other colonic therapists in Toronto. Alla would like to personally invite you to try our colonic services. She believes very strongly in the approaches we use to restore health and balance. We practice on ourselves the procedures recommended to our clients when appropriate and we have first hand experience in seeing benefits of colonic therapy. We love what we do and take both a personal and professional pride in watching clients move towards balance and health.
Please visit the Colon Hydrotherapy section of our website here, and for more information on Alla, please visit her page on our website here.
Congratulations to Alla and welcome Alla to the Xiaolan Health Centre family!
A patient and friend of the Xiaolan Health Centre has released a new book that we are proud to share with you:
Registered psychotherapist and mental health advocate Stacey Gorlicky shares her personal exploration of body image, sexuality and addiction in her first book,
Food, Sex & You: Untangling Body Obsession in a Weight-Obsessed World examines the delicate correlation between the need for food and the desire for sex – two of the most powerful engines driving evolution. In addressing the vital connection between food and sex, the book documents both Stacey’s personal battle as well as her experiences with clients on overcoming obsessions and fears around the two evolutionary drives.
“Self-acceptance is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and I am proud to help men and women take that first step towards that journey,” said Stacey. “Only by letting go of destructive actions and thought patterns can you gain genuine control, listening to your body and paying attention to its real needs.”
Stacey guides readers through a road to recovery from distorted body image and self-dissatisfaction, addressing the challenges that occur when food and sex are used to feed psychological voids and wounds.
Food, Sex & You, now available to purchase online and in major bookstores across Canada, including Chapters Indigo, Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.
About Stacey Gorlicky
Stacey Gorlicky is a registered psychotherapist, addictions counselor, spiritual transformation coach and former producer and host of the call-in show “Mind Matters.” Specializing in treating trauma, anxiety and depression, she takes both a spiritual and natural approach to healing as a passionate spokesperson for mental health issues. Stacey’s integration of traditional and cutting-edge treatment methods lead individuals, couples and families to achieve recovery and personal growth.
Dundurn’s long successful publishing program began in 1972, and the company now has more than 2,500 books in print and 1,700 ebooks available. In 2012 and 2014, Dundurn was nominated for the Libris Award for Publisher of the Year, presented by the Retail Council of Canada. For more information, visit Dundurn.com.
Congratulations to Stacey and best wishes for her continued success!
The Xiaolan Health Centre presents:
An Individualized and Health-Focused Approach to Living
By Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, Renowned Expert in Genomics and Personalized Functional Medicine
Dr. Mansoor is the Founder and President of ManaGeneDx, a leading and innovative provider of comprehensive Lifestyle Genomics and Personalized Medicine. He is a recognized authority in the fields of medical genomics and personalized medicine and has been the recipient of multiple academic and industry awards. He is the holder of several patents in the general fields of molecular diagnostics and genomics research, and is one of the most sought-after national and international conference speakers in this genre. Importantly, Dr. Mansoor has worked with some of the most well known and respected clinicians from around the world to bring this new and exciting branch of medicine to their patients.
Lifestyle genomics is the study of how an individual’s genomic legacy converges with lifestyle, nutrition and environment to contribute to health and wellbeing. It acknowledges that optimal health is only truly realized when a person’s life and nutrition choices are in harmony with their individual genomic legacy.
The insights gleaned from your genomics testing and consult will facilitate a more personalized set of lifestyle and nutrition recommendations that can be an important factor in achieving optimal health and wellness.
Your Lifestyle Genomics Package includes:
Speak to one of our knowledgable reception staff for more information and pricing!
The year of the Monkey is ideal for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only shells.
Those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, mercurial, and entertaining. They are wonderful to be around because they are fun, creative, and bring the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Monkeys embodies strong leadership potential and, like their best friend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell her them to do. Uninhibited Monkey rarely gets embarrassed by anything, and is free to express herself fearlessly in all walks of life.
In addition to acute mental alertness, Monkey also possesses physical stamina. Monkey is good with her hands, has skills and dexterity with machines, naturally has technological talents, and can easily master new concepts. A superb generalist, Monkey can do anything! In relationships, a Monkey loves romance, and is very sensitive and generous. But she can be fickle, run hot or cold, and treat relationships like a game. But everyone loves the Monkey, and the birth rate skyrockets in Asia during a Monkey year.
Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the red Fire Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year, especially during the heat of summer. And try to calm what is called Monkey mind in Buddhism: jump to a branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, and drop it in a useless tail-chasing cycle. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck and trying to analyze the past. Monkey year is very fortunate for all Monkeys, and for Monkey’s friends the Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey energy can, at times, be problematic for the Tiger. Monkey correlates to the western sign Leo.
Copyright 2016 Susan Levitt All Rights Reserved
As you may have noticed, we have made some changes to the Xiaolan Health Centre website, streamlining the visual elements and making it a little easier to navigate. We have also updated some information, such as the 2016 holiday closure dates, so make sure to check out the new features and information.
Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2016!
Xiaolan Health Centre
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