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SIO’s International Conference: Advancing the Global Impact of Integrative Oncology

By The Centre for Health Innovation / November 18, 2016 /

By Ellen Conte ND and Julie Ennis PhD The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) annual conference was held in Miami, Florida in early November. The conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of oncology practitioners including researchers, oncologists, surgeons, naturopathic doctors, dieticians, nurses and patient advocates to discuss current research, and advances in integrativecancer care. What…

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Watermelon & Peach Tomato Salsa

By The Centre for Health Innovation / August 12, 2016 /

By Kylie Delfino, RHN Discover nutritional benefits of tomatoes! The antioxidants present in tomatoes are found to be protective against cancer development including colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancer. Lycopene, a flavonoid antioxidant, is the unique phytochemical present in the tomatoes. Red varieties are especially concentrated in this antioxidant. Together with carotenoids, it…

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Refreshing Asparagus and Apple Smoothie

By The Centre for Health Innovation / July 15, 2016 /

By Kylie Delfino, RHN Discover 3 compelling reasons as to why you should add asparagus into your summer regime! Asparagus is loaded with nutrients: it is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose…

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Nutrition tips to fuel your work-out!

By The Centre for Health Innovation / May 12, 2016 /

By Ellen McDonell, ND and Julie Ennis, PhD.  Don’t I need more carbs?  Do I need sports drinks or electrolyte replacement?  What about beet root juice, and coffee… I heard those improve athletic performance?  We hate to break it to you, but for most people nutrition doesn’t need to change to compensate for exercise. Many people…

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Vitamin D supplementation in advanced stage colorectal cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / May 12, 2016 /

By Dr. Julie Ennis, PhD., OICC Research Fellow Observational research suggest that there is a link between low vitamin D status (based on blood levels of 25(OH)D) and the risk of developing cancer (1) and poorer outcomes in those living with cancer (2). It is not yet certain whether supplementation to achieve optimal blood levels…

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Finding the time and energy to exercise

By The Centre for Health Innovation / April 20, 2016 /

By Ellen McDonell, ND and Julie Ennis, PhD.  Tips for making exercise happen! “I just don’t have the time or energy to exercise…”   This phrase is familiar to most health care providers who discuss exercise with their patients. This is not a bad excuse, particularly in the oncology setting where an estimated 20-50% of patients experience…

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Canadian/US Integrative Oncology Study: Looking back on year one

By The Centre for Health Innovation / April 12, 2016 /

By Julie Ennis, PhD, Research Fellow While progress continues to be made on many fronts for cancer prevention and treatment, cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada. Those facing a cancer diagnosis often look to complement the conventional care they receive at the hospital in order to enhance treatment efficacy, reduce side effects,…

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Tips for training to run or walk through the Ottawa winter

By The Centre for Health Innovation / February 16, 2016 /

By Julie Ennis, PhD, Research Fellow and Dr. Ellen Conte ND As the temperature drops and snow fills the streets, the temptation to cozy up at home on the couch is often stronger than ever. Cold weather and slushy streets may seem like a roadblock for your running and walking training; but with proper planning,…

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Thoracic-POISE trial is building momentum

By The Centre for Health Innovation / January 21, 2016 /

By Julie Ennis, PhD, Research Fellow The Thoracic Peri-Operative Integrative Surgical Care Evaluation (Thoracic POISE) study will investigate the use of integrative treatments for esophageal, gastric and lung cancer patients who will undergo surgery. The Intervention Development Process for the Thoracic POISE study culminated in a full day meeting of the Intervention Development Committee (IDC) at…

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