Niki Tavouktsoglou, Chilliwack, BC

Approximately three years ago, shortly after the birth of my daughter, my health took a turn for the worse. In a complete downward spiral, life came falling apart and I had no idea why. Doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, no one could give me an answer, yet every single one of them was quick to prescribe medications to attempt to cover up symptoms. Within two years, I was passed off to 2 separate psychiatrists, who conducted separate and full psychiatric evaluations. The results: Severe Clinical Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Social Phobia and Agoraphobia. Harmful and addicting medications were added to my daily routine, none of them helping, in fact I was getting worse. While my issue was not just psychological, and was more physical, severe debilitating body pain, weight gain of over 70lbs within that two year span, hair falling out complete lack of menstrual cycle at 32 years of age, complete lack of energy, every one of them told me this was all in my head, I needed to eat less and excersise more. I followed instruction religiously to no avail.

In March of 2013, I booked my first appointment with Dr. Garrett. He spend over an hour listening to me, not once making me feel like a hypochondriac. That same day, I walked out of his office with a long list of labs, labs that the other doctors could have easily written me (especially considering I had specifically asked for many of them). It turned out I have problems with my thyroid, and had hit menopause. All of my problems were due to severe hormonal imbalances. Dr. Garrett wasted no time assisting me in weaning off all of the unnecessary medications I was on and immediately started me a natural therapies, medications, supplements. Within one month I saw my life transforming and the old me resurfacing. It has been less than one year and I am now by miracle expecting my third child. Dr. Garrett has been there for me in every way shape and form, accepting last minute emergency appointments, replying to panicked emails, answering phone calls. This man is truly a God send. I have learned from him more than I ever have from anyone else, I have become my own advocate. He has guided me from a dark and desperate hole with no hope, through to the road of discovery. I have regained my health, my family, my life. There are no words to express the deepness of my gratitude my family and I both have for this man.

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    Intermittent Fasting

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     Intermittent Fasting: Fasting is not starvation. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food, while fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health or spiritual reasons.
    Fasting has been practiced by all civilizations worldwide for thousands of years.
    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s not about what you eat, but more about when you eat. Fluids such as water, tea, small amounts of coffee etc. are not restricted in IF.

     

    These are the most popular methods:

    The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as between 12-8 . Then you fast for 16 hours in between, til lunch the next day. Ideally you do not want to eat later than 3 hours before bedtime.

    Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

    The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.

    IF has been shown to drop insulin levels and make insulin more sensitive. This forces more fat loss, thus assisting in weight loss. Growth hormone levels significantly rise in IF which help muscle growth and fat loss. Many immune and genetic functions balance and repair themselves with IF, leading to longevity and disease protection.

    IF can help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar and insulin control, improve brain and heart health, may reduce cancer risk and overall act as an anti-aging tool.

    Pregnant, breastfeeding, underweight/eating disorder individuals and less than 18 years of age people should not IF. Diabetic, hypoglycemic, low blood pressure or seriously ill people should not IF without medical guidance or supervision.

    At KNC, we have experience with IF and assisted many through implementation and monitoring of this technique. If interested, give us a call.

    Some info above is taken from https://www.healthline.com/nutri…/intermittent-fasting-guide

     

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