June 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Detox Essentials Dinner Seminar

Join Dr. Melina Roberts, ND to learn about her targeted detox approach using Nestmann. She will outline priorities for opening detoxification pathways in the body and discuss bowel elimination, supporting extracellular detox to promote intracellular detox, phase 1 & 2 liver detoxification, and how to improve the eliminatory function of all detox organs. Learn practical techniques and easy-to-use remedies that can be incorporated into every patient treatment plan.

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • Order of detoxification – what to open first?
  • Extracellular vs intracellular detoxification
  • Phase 1 & phase 2 liver detoxification
  • How the mitochondria support biochemical detox pathways
  • Why we must always think about the gallbladder!
  • Detox – what level are you working at? Nutrient, botanical, homeopathic?
  • Detox remedies for the bowels, liver, gallbladder, kidney, lymphatic, blood, skin & lungs

Edmonton – June 14th
DATE & TIME: Thurs, June 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South, 4485 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton, AB

Calgary – June 21st
DATE & TIME: Thurs, June 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Calgary Airport, 1250 McKinnon Drive NE, Calgary AB

In the News

Dr. Roberts was featured as “Alumni in the news” in the CCNM Alumni News May 2018

Featured Article

PREBIOTICS- Food Support for Gut Bacteria


Keeping a healthy level of bacteria in the gut is a news-worthy topic these days.  When our flora is well-balanced we are benefitted by improved immune function and resistance to respiratory infection, greater bowel regularity, improved brain function, positive cholesterol balance, allergy reduction and even weight loss support.

But there is another substance to which our ‘microbiome’ depends; PREBIOTICS. Simply, this is food for our intestinal bacteria. These products are available on their own or as an additional ingredient in your probiotic supplement.

Inulin, FOS (fructo-oligo-saccharides) and related molecules such as GOS, IMO and XOS are types long-chain carbohydrates, or soluble fibers. Although their components are building blocks of smaller sugar units, these fibers are not broken down by enzymes, so there are no changes to blood sugar or insulin levels and therefore safe for diabetics.

Instead, prebiotics are fermented by gut bacteria and are transformed into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s); butyrate, acetate, propionate and lactate. SCFA’s nourish mostly beneficial bacteria like Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. When you increase the numbers of beneficial flora, the harmful bacteria is kept in check and health benefits flourish (excuse the pun).

Not all prebiotics are equal. While FOS is shorter and digested quicker than inulin, FOS can also provide food for the not-so-beneficial flora (which tends to be more gas producing).  Inulin is found in foods such as onions, garlic, leeks, Jeruselum artichokes and chicory, and in smaller amounts in other fruits and vegetables.

Inulin and XOS tend to support beneficial bacteria only, so the production of intestinal gas is less common. If there is already too much gas being produced choose a probiotic supplement that doesn’t contain a pre-biotic, at least until there is a healthier ratio of good bacteria to harmful bacteria.

Important dosing recommendations (similar to all fibers): Take 2 hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products. Take with at least 1 glass of water.

Featured Recipe

Asian Red Cabbage Salad

Contributed by Dr. Jatish Kaler

The ingredients in this salad are a surefire way to boost healthy gut bacteria because of their high prebiotic content (microbe friendly food).  A healthy microbiome has been linked to a strengthened immune system, the maintenance of healthy weight and regular bowel movements.