Dr. Roberts wrote the introduction “Taking Care of Your Heart” and was a contributing author for the Cardiovascular section.
Taking Care of Your Heart – IMPACT Magazine Sep/Oct 2013 Edition
Feature Video on Dr. Roberts
Sponsoring an Event
Candy BuyBack Event
Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre is sponsoring The Candy BuyBack 2013 Event.
DATE: Friday, November 1, 2013
TIME: 4:30pm- 7:30pm
WHERE: Evans Dental Health and Wellness, Market Mall Professional Building Address: 234, 4935 – 40th Avenue NW, Calgary AB
Most kids love the thrill of dressing up and going door to door to trick or treat, but health and allergy conscious parents may worry about what to do with the mountains of candy that their kids collect. Evans Dental Health & Wellness offers the perfect solution for getting rid of all of those extra sugary treats with their annual Candy BuyBack. On November 1 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, you’re invited to head down to Evans Dental to drop off your unwanted candy and participate in a post-Halloween celebration. The event gives your kids one last chance to wear their costumes and the opportunity to earn some cash! For every pound of candy trick-or-treaters bring in, they’ll receive $1 cash and one entry into a draw for an ipod nano! Each child also receives a cool flashing L.E.D. “Firefly” toothbrush. There will also be door prizes from Evans health and family focused wellness partners, and you could win a Vitamix, BlendTec or Magic-Bullet blender. They’ll also be serving up delicious and nutritious Ghoulish Green Smoothies if you’re looking for a real healthy treat. Dr. Evans will be donating the equivalent weight of candy brought in by trick-or-treaters in crispy fresh apples to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. These delicious Canadian apples are supplied by The Apple Lady!
Benefits of “Castor oil Packs”
BY: DR. MELINA ROBERTS
Castor oil packs are an easy and effective home therapy that you can do on a regular basis to improve your lymphatic drainage and detoxify the body.
Castor seed plant is native to India. Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus communis, and is a triglyceride, comprised of fatty acids, 90% is ricinoleic acid.
Castor oil when applied topically to the abdomen is absorbed through the skin into the tissues below. The heat applied helps to drive the castor oil into deeper layers. The castor oil increases lymphocyte production and increases the circulation of the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is like the sewer system of the body. Toxins, infections, metals, dead cells and debris from all over the body are collected and cleaned up by the lymphatic system then brought to the liver for filtering and emptied out the colon. When our lymphatic system is not working effectively, waste and toxins can build up, this can lead to depressed immune system, inefficient bowel movements, worsening food sensitivities, ultimately leading to inflammation and disease.
Therefore, castor oil packs can increase lymphatic drainage, detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system, improve bowel movements, reduce food sensitivities, decrease inflammation, prevent disease and enhance overall health.
When purchasing castor oil you need to be cautious. A lot of the castor oil sold on the market today is from castor seeds that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides which can damage the beneficial phytonutrients and can contaminate the oil with toxins. I recommend purchasing organic castor oil.
How to do a Castor Oil Packs
White flannel cloth, large enough to cover the affected area
Plastic, large enough to cover the flannel cloth (plastic bags or plastic wrap are OK)
Heating pad, with a low setting or hot water bottle
- Pour a small quantity of castor oil on the flannel cloth
- Place the flannel cloth over effected area
- Cover flannel cloth with plastic (cut 1-2″ larger than flannel)
- Place heating pad/hot water bottle over plastic and set on low heat for 30-60mins.
- Rest while the pack is in place – careful not to fall asleep with heating pad on (may burn)
- After removal, cleanse the area with water
- The castor oil pack can be reused
- Apply the pack at least 5 of 7 days
Castor oil has been shown to increase circulation and promote elimination and healing of tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is particularly effective in being absorbed into the lymph circulation which can improve digestion, immune function and reduce swelling in injured joints and extremities. It has also been specifically used in cases of menstrual irregularities, fibroids and ovarian cysts.
*DO NOT USE ON ABDOMEN DURING PREGNANCY OR MENSTRUATION*
Banana Bread (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)