November 2011 Newsletter

November 2011

Volume 2, Number 11

Office News and Updates:

Welcome Dr. Aisha Mohammad

Advanced Chiropractic + Wellness Centre is excited to welcome Dr. Aisha Mohammad to our wellness team!

Dr. Aisha Mohammad graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University. She is successfully certified in Clinical and Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Dr. Mohammad believes that chiropractic care and acupuncture can work together to enhance the body’s innate healing centers. Her deep appreciation for the human body’s function has its roots in her training in Olympic style wrestling and Moksha yoga.

Dr. Mohammad enjoys painting, interior designing and running. Her mission statement for individualized patient care is to achieve optimal recovery of injuries and maintain harmonized balance within the body to sustain wellness.

Dr. Trina will be going on holidays from November 18th – 29th.  During that time chiropractic appointments with Dr. Aisha will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  There will be no changes to the Registered Massage Therapy schedule during this time and therefore massages will be available Monday through Saturday.

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Focus on Health: Epsom Salts

Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT

It is a common practice that after treating a patient, a Registered Massage Therapist will generally suggest a hot Epsom salt bath to their patients.  What are Epsom salts? What are their benefits in a bath post treatment? With this article, we will clear up these questions and assist you on your way to higher levels of wellness.

History of Epsom Salts

Epsom salts (a.k.a. magnesium sulfate) when defined is a “chemical compound containing magnesium, sulphur and oxygen.”  Epsom salts get their name from the town Epsom in Surrey England, where the salt was distilled from the springs that arise where the porous chalk of the North Downs meets the non-porous London clay.  The magnesium in the salts by itself, is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body.  Currently, in North America, most of us are deficient in magnesium.  One of the main reasons for this deficiency is because magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract, therefore, we are unable to absorb magnesium through the foods we eat.

Benefits of Epsom Salts

Massage Therapists advise patients to use Epsom salts in a bath post treatment because of its many positive benefits.  Dissolving Epsom salts in warm/hot water is one of the easiest ways to boost levels of magnesium in our bodies.  When dissolved, Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin and have many positive effects.  Some of these are:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health
  • Flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body eliminate harmful substances
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves oxygen use
  • Improves absorption of nutrients
  • Improves formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and muscle proteins
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches

How to Use Epsom Salts

The proper amount of Epsom salts to use in a bath is two cups.  Allow the Epsom salts to dissolve in the warm/hot water and soak for a minimum of 12 minutes.  Try doing this three times a week to experience the full effect and to promote overall wellness.

Epsom salts are a product that come in many different brands and styles, but chemically all Epsom salts are the same.  They can be purchased at many local drug and grocery stores.

Epsom Salt Offer

As a thank you to our patients who keep our massage therapists busy throughout the year, we are offering a FREE Epsom salt giveaway.  If you book a massage with one of our therapists between November 14th and 26th, you will receive two cups of Epsom salts for your enjoyment!

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

We all take notice when the seasons are changing, especially during the transition from summer to fall.  While others simply take note, some people can be more affected by this change than others.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition where a person suffers from episodes of depression at a particular time of year.  This occurs each year and follows a seasonal pattern.  The highest rate of incidence is when the seasons change from summer to fall, however a rarer form can happen during the spring to summer seasonal switch.

Each of us has a biological internal clock in our brain that regulates our circadian (daily) rhythms.  This biological clock responds to the changes in the seasons.  It is thought that SAD is related to the seasonal variations in light we experience.  For thousands of years our biological clock told us to be active and alert when the sun is up, and asleep or at rest when it is dark outside.  Due to the invention of electricity, our schedules are no longer dictated by the sun. Some people are more sensitive to this biological clock response and can therefore feel depressed during months with shorter daylight hours.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that help to regulate sleep, mood and appetite.  The levels of these chemicals in those affected by SAD do seem to vary from those who are not affected.  While the direct cause of SAD is not currently clear, both circadian rhythms and neurotransmitters do appear to play a role.

Symptoms of SAD:

Generally symptoms that persist for at least two consecutive winters with no other medical explanation indicate the presence of SAD.  Symptoms include:

  • Change in appetite (in particular a craving for sweet or starchy foods)
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Fatigue
  • Tendency to oversleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of anxiety and despair

Symptoms of SAD generally subside during the spring months.  For some this happens suddenly while others will notice their depression easing slowly usually disappearing by summer.


There are many effective treatments for SAD.  Your family doctor will help you in finding which treatment best suit your needs. People suffering from SAD often benefit from the following:

  • Spending more time outdoors during daylight hours
  • Exercise  – helps to increase endorphins and relieve stress
  • Light Therapy – using a special fluorescence light box that simulates sunlight for several minutes a day
  • Counselling/Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Medication (sometimes more aggressive treatment is needed to alleviate the symptoms of depression)

SAD can be treated!  Speak with your doctor if you are feeling depressed and/or suicidal.  For more information on SAD or for support call CMHA York Region and South Simcoe at 905-853-8477 or visit their website at

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container of stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper – to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes and squash for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Pour enough of the stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer for 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
  3. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Return to pot and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper.

Did You Know?

The human eye can distinguish 50 different shades of grey.

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