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Direct Insurance Billing: Edmonton Naturopathic Doctors

Green Apple Health Care is now offering direct insurance billing!

Did you know that many people have insurance benefits that cover Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional Counselling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and more? Green Apple Health Care is now offering direct billing to over 10 major insurers. Our direct billing program covers 85% of privately insured Canadians. By taking advantage of direct billing, you can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses and eliminate insurance paperwork at home.

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Most extended health insurance plans expire on December 31st. Be sure to utilize your benefits before the end of the year. If you’re not sure what your plan covers, you can contact your HR department or your insurance company directly to find out. Many people have coverage for Naturopathic Consultation, Nutritional Counselling, Acupuncture and more. Don’t let your benefits go to waste, take advantage of our direct billing program today!

Bring your insurance card or paperwork with you to your next visit to find out if we can submit your insurance claim for you.

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Adrenal Function, Cortisol and Stress

The majority of us are familiar with stress in and how it can impact us. You may have heard of adrenal fatigue, which is a syndrome related to stress. Digestion problems, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping and so on can all be symptoms of stress or adrenal gland dysfunction. Most people do not know what cortisol is or what role it plays in the body and our health.

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced in the adrenal glands that sit atop of the kidneys in the lower back. We need cortisol to help regulate blood sugar, control immune responses, maintain blood pressure as well as modulating anti-inflammatory actions. It is important to have cortisol produced by the adrenal glands in times of stress, but it is necessary for cortisol levels to return to normal after the stressful event.

When the body has chronically elevated levels of cortisol this can lead to problems like impaired cognitive performance, decreased thyroid function, high blood sugar, decreased bone density, insomnia, loss of muscle tone, high blood pressure, lowered immune function and/or increased belly fat.

On the other hand when the adrenal glands are fatigued and they can not produce enough cortisol people can experience symptoms such as trouble concentrating or cloudy-headedness, decreased thyroid function, hypoglycemia,  morning and mid-afternoon fatigue, insomnia, hypotension and inflammation.

Cortisol levels in the blood naturally fluctuate throughout the day and most people can recover from times of stress in their lives, however, large amounts of stress or prolonged periods of stress can impair the adrenal functions and lead too much or too little cortisol.

If you are concerned with how stress is impacting your body or would like to know how your adrenals are functioning the Doctors at Green Apple Health Care offer testing that can find your cortisol levels. Improving the way your body copes with stress can help with your immune system, blood sugar, weight loss, sleep, energy and more.

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Vitamin D Testing in Edmonton

Vitamin D testing can benefit a lot of people. You may have seen some recent articles about Vitamin D, its role in the body and why it’s important for everybody, especially Edmontonians. Most people have a good idea of what Vitamin D does and why you need it. However, how does one know their current levels of Vitamin D, or if the supplement they are taking is actually working to increase the active form of Vitamin D in their blood?

Who should get Vitamin D Testing?

If you currently supplement with Vitamin D, testing can determine if your supplement is working and/or if your dosage is correct. Many people take a Vitamin D supplement, but not everyone uses enough, and some people use too much. If you suffer from low energy, seasonal depression, osteoporosis or low immune system, vitamin D testing may be particularly beneficial for you.

How does Vitamin D Testing work?

At Green Apple Health Care, all the Doctors rely on blood tests to determine the Vitamin D levels of our patients. A simple finger poke is all it takes for us to determine if your blood has adequate levels of  25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (the active form of Vitamin D). Generally, once it has been decided that we are going to test a patients Vitamin D levels, it is only a matter of a 15 minute appointment to collect the blood for the lab. Once we have sent in the sample we usually get the results back in 7-10 days, at which point we have the patient come in to discuss the results and make any nutrition or supplement changes necessary to improve the levels of Vitamin D.

If you are interested in knowing your levels of  Vitamin D or finding out if your supplements  are working to increase the active Vitamin D in your blood, you can contact us to schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at Green Apple Health Care.

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Free Body Composition Testing November 9th and 17th in Edmonton

Book your spot now – each test is followed by a 10 minute individual consultation with our Holistic Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Renee Giroux Wyton.

What is BIA Testing?

BIA or Bio Impedance Analysis, or BIA testing, is a great screening test to help determine exactly what you need to do for your health. It can measure body composition, which is the difference between fat and muscle in your body.

BIA testing also determines your metabolism, toxicity levels and cellular health. It is a great way to get an efficient, full body analysis. You can determine exactly what is going on in your body with this simple, non invasive medical test*.

For more information about the benefits and uses of BIA, please read our blog post, BIA – Optimized Weight Loss.

Free BIA Analysis and Interpretation

Limited Space Available

Take this opportunity to bring your health to a higher level with the guidance of Renee Giroux-Wyton or Dr. Kirk Westby.

Dates: November 9th, 2016 (Renee Giroux-Wyton)

November 17th (Dr. Kirk Westby)

Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Green Apple Health Care, Suite #221, 9148 – 23 Ave NW Edmonton, AB

Call us today to register for free BIA testing – a 10 minute individual consultation is included.


The advantages of BIA testing

  • Determines your body composition, the amount of muscle and fat in your body.
  • Determines if toxicity is present and could be contributing to your health problems.
  • Evaluates metabolism for energy and fat loss.
  • Can be used to evaluate your overall health and improve your energy, hormones, fat loss, and slow aging.

*BIA testing can not be performed on pregnant women and/or persons with any implantable electronic devices (eg. pace maker)

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Healthy Halloween: Sugar Season 1

Sugar is one of the least healthy items a person can eat.  We are surrounded by sugar all the time, however it gets worse for us and our children around the sugar seasons.  The 4 sugar seasons are Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Birthdays.  The first sugar season is upon us, Halloween.  As Naturopathic Doctors, we often get asked how to decrease sugar intake for adults and children ad how to create a Healthy Halloween.  Dr. Nowazek has 4 children, and has seen what sugar will do to their immune systems and energy if they get too much. You can read about the impact of sugar on the immune system here. In Dr. Nowazek’s household, they use the “Great Pumpkin” technique to help with sugar season one and a healthy halloween.

Here’s what Dr. Nowazek had to say about his Healthy Halloween strategy:

“We still go out door to door for Halloween and do our Trick or Treat racing around the neighborhood.  Our kids end up with about 4 large pillowcases of candy.  We have them dump it all out on the floor or dining table at the end of the night and let them each have 5 of anything they want, right there and then, get it over with.

Then we tell them that at night the Great Pumpkin will come and take all of their bad candy which is not good for them and leave them with the healthy snacks they can have.  We tell them that the great pumpkin will take all of their candy back to the pumpkin patch and get rid of it for them.  My children love the Charlie Brown great pumpkin TV special, so they want to watch it every year after we get back from getting the candy.  This helps perpetuate the cycle.  When the kids go to bed, we then throw out all of the candy they haven’t eaten in a place they won’t see it and replace it with healthy snacks.

The healthy snacks we replace it with are items that our kids don’t normally get a lot of.  Juice boxes (specifically 5 alive in a can, my kids love those).  Granola bars.  Raisin boxes.  Dried fruits like banana and apple chips.  Small bags of healthy chips, baked, low salt.  Fruit roll ups.  There are many options available at any grocery store that you can use.  We will also give them little toys, coloring books, puzzle books, pens and pencils, crayons.  There is so much that can be done with this idea, it doesn’t have to be all about food.

Our children are now in the habit of writing letters to the great pumpkin every year asking for certain things.  They will ask for 5 alive in a can, or a new puzzle book.  It’s similar to Christmas and asking for gifts from Santa.  They have fun with it, and we don’t go overboard with the commercialization of it, just focus on the reduction of sugar and keeping them healthy.”

Does your family have tips or tricks for a healthy halloween? How do you help your children reduce their sugar consumption?

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