Thank you so much for all of your outpourings of support for the clinic through this difficult time. We are very grateful to have such wonderful patients. Some of you have asked how you can continue to help and we’ve come up with a few ideas if you are interested and able.
- Follow us on Facebook (Danforth East Wellness) and Instagram (@DanforthEastWellness), if you don’t already
- Read and share our blogs and Facebook posts
- Consider buying gift certificates for registered massage therapy (just a side note that they cannot be reimbursed by insurance companies)
- Leave reviews for us on Facebook, Google and Yelp
To help support YOU through this time, please know that we are available for virtual appointments and consultations for any of your questions. Let us know if there is particular content you would like us to address in our blogs that would help you. Also, please know that if you DO happen to run into difficulties, our chiropractors are available for emergency only visits.
Take care and be well until we see you next,
The Danforth East Wellness Team
Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole DeYonge, Susan Tomkins RMT
Dear Danforth East Wellness Community,
There have been lots of questions and information circulating about how COVID-19 may impact your family, your business, and your healthcare. I am reaching out to ask:
How are you?
How can I help?
Although the physical clinic is closed, I’m still offering consults by Telehealth, including free 15-minute discovery calls. I have increased my availability so I can be of service to you, when it is convenient for you. My new hours are listed below.
I also want to provide you with some additional information and resources to help support your awareness of the situation and how it may affect you. The two factors for contracting any infectious illness are based on susceptibility and exposure:
Exposure is a huge focus, and the evidence shows that COVID-19 transmits via Droplets & Contact, including surfaces. Droplet/Surface precautions are what you have to focus on. This includes cleaning surfaces, practicing hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, and physical distancing. Please continue to do your part to help flatten the curve.
Here are some great resources to check out for more information.
Susceptibility involves a more complex array of factors. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
There is no better time than now to focus on your health. My priority is ensuring you get the support you need, and invest in your health in a productive way – so you can be the best version of you.
Above all else, I hope you are keeping safe, remaining calm and focusing on the important things – family, love, kindness, and gratitude.
I am here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
In health & happiness,
Dr. Nicole, ND
Tuesdays 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursdays 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturdays 9:30am – 2:30pm
BOOK HERE or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to let me know how you’re feeling.
As a reminder, please continue to practice social distancing and other public health recommendations. If you have any of the symptoms and/or risk factors associated with COVID-19, please remain at home, and contact your local public health unit (found HERE) or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) for more information.
Seasonal changes, cold weather, and less outdoor time often make us more susceptible to catching pesky colds and flus. Here are some of my top tips for staying healthy and happy this (and every) season.
- Stress management. Cortisol, our stress hormone, down-regulates our immune system and makes us more susceptible to even minor bugs that we’re exposed to. Keep your stress in-check with gentle exercise, a good sleep routine, and designated time for self-care.
- Eat warm, nourishing foods – like veggie soups! Cooked veggies in soup is easier to digest, and keeps you hydrated and nourished. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the warmth of food nourishes the Spleen, which plays a key role in your immune health. A TCM botanical soup – called Change of Season Soup – is one of my favourites. Garlic & mushrooms also contain antimicrobial properties that may help fight off viruses and bacteria. Try adding these to your soups and other dishes for extra benefit!
- Nutrient support. Some key players in out immune system include vitamin D, vitamin C & zinc. Many Canadians have insufficient levels of vitamin D (the sunshine hormone) in the winter months, making us more susceptible to getting sick! Vitamin C & Zinc are also great immune supporting nutrients that can be taken at the onset of cold/flu symptoms.
- Probiotics. These friendly bacteria help reduce colonization of the bad microbes that cause colds, flus, and other infections. Good quality probiotics can help reduce frequency, duration, and severity of seasonal illnesses. They can also help with digestion, metabolism, and overall immune health. Choose a good quality multi-strain probiotic to keep you and your family feeling great this winter.
- Hygiene is the key to prevention. Make sure to wash your hands regularly, especially at work and in public spaces, and avoid touching your face. Disinfect work and home areas as needed. My favourite products to use are natural disinfectants with thieve’s oil, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils.
These are all general recommendations that may not be right for everyone. Speak with your naturopathic doctor to decide if these are the best options for you and your family.
In health & happiness,
With the holidays swiftly approaching we often find our stress levels rising. At Danforth East Wellness we all came together to come up with some concrete ideas to help you enjoy the holidays without as much fuss! Here are the results of our brainstorming!
- Get to bed at a regular hour. Turn off devices half an hour before bed to let your mind decompress. At least 7 hours of sleep helps keep our stress hormone in check, and even one night of reduced sleep can significantly increase stress.
- Drink enough water. Make sure to intersperse holiday merriment with hydration! Reduce sugary drinks by cutting them down or choosing sparkling water in between other drinks. Limiting your coffee or black tea intake is also important for maintaining a low stress state, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
- Get outside for a walk. Sunshine is incredibly important if you can get out during the day. Being in nature has been proven to lower stress, regardless of time of day. At night, the lights out on houses are also a wonderful inspiration.
- Have meaningful conversations. Small talk can be stressful. Find a topic that is important to share with loved ones & think about a few things that make you smile. Spread your message this holiday season and be true to how you actually feel.
- Know your limits and maintain your boundaries. Take some time to consider what the holidays mean to you and create it. Sometimes that means saying ‘no’. Whether it’s spending time socializing, expressing your creativity in the kitchen, or doing activities with your kids, make sure your decisions are aligned with your needs and desires.
- Most of us don’t really need more things. Spend time together, exchange cookies or other edible items, or donate to a cause you believe in. To avoid over-spending – stick to your budget, and communicate with friends when gift exchanges are unnecessary.
- Don’t try to squeeze it all in! If time is a crunch, then suggest get togethers in the New Year. Yule actually extends for twelve days after Christmas!
- Make a list to help focus and plan. This reduces the anxiety of feeling disorganized. Journaling and writing can shift your mind away from the ‘to-do’s’ and help relieve some emotional burden.
- Simple stretches and yoga can help with breathing, and general anxiety. Exercise is great but don’t pressure yourself or overdo things. If feeling acutely stressed, do a brief body scan from head to toes and ask yourself “what do I need in this moment?” It could be any of the above things, so listen to your body and put yourself first.
- Enjoy indulging yourself. Food and festivities are meant to be enjoyed. Try not to feel guilty for participating. Be kind to yourself.
We’re also here to support you with your health needs above and beyond this list, as you require!
We hope you and your friends and families have warm wonderful holidays, and see you in the New Year.
We have moved our clinic and are now located at 1776 Danforth Avenue – don’t worry – it’s still a basement so it’s not TOO much change! It’s not far from the home clinic – only a five minute walk – and it’s still the same subway stop (Coxwell). At the building be sure to use the RIGHT side door and press the lit up square on the intercom. Enter the door, then turn left into the green door. Take your shoes off at the end of the hall before going downstairs. The waiting room is at the end of the downstairs hallway.
We are looking forward to showing you the new space!
Keep an eye out for information for our open house later in the fall!!!
Take care until we see you next!!