Not tonight dear….

“Not tonight dear, I have a …….

… headache, and a hot flash, and I feel down, and it hurt last time, and I feel irritable, and I have joint pain, and my muscles ache. I’m kind of cold too. Can you turn up the heat? But not too much or I’ll have night sweats.”

This awful sounding paragraph was not spoken by a woman looking for excuses to get out of having sex. She loves sex, well…. up until about 3 years ago she did. Then came a steady lessening of her spark.  Energy levels decreased, weight gain happened around her abdomen, she kind of lost herself along the way and can’t remember how to enjoy the things that she used to.

So what is going on?

This woman is post menopausal and her hormones have been decreasing for the past few years. Talking about all the symptoms in clinic with me, she thought that only the hot flashes had anything to do with her hormones. With not having the understanding that it was indeed internal chemistry at play, she spent most of her time feeling guilty and responsible for not being “better.

I spent time in our first appointment educating her on how and why hormones operate in the physical body and the mind and emotions. She felt validated, she felt heard, and she no longer felt alone in this. She also for the first time in years, felt hopeful.

If the picture presented of a woman above resonated with, then do reach out. You are not alone, and you do NOT have to continue to feel this way. I can offer solutions for you to get your spark back and get YOU back.

Dr. Vivienne Guy, ND 

Proactive Health Strategy

There are TWO Strategies to the health care model that I practice.

One is ACTIVE and one is PROACTIVE

Let’s chat about PROACTIVE Health Strategy

This is the strategy that is:

  • Providing nutrients to support mitochondrial function (The engines of the cell)
  • Anti-Oxidant Support
  • Tune up Nutrition


  • It’s treating the patient before they get the disease
  • It’s stabilizing the patient
  • It’s providing nutrition to support cleansing and detoxification
  • Mineral/nutrient replacement
  • Cell membrane/nerve support
  • Improve oxygenation of cells
  • Increase nitric oxide
  • Stimulate / release anti-oxidants

Why operate with a PROACTIVE Health Strategy?

Prevention and reduction of the following:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Unexpected surgeries
  • Stress
  • Trauma / Injury
  • Environmental toxins
  • New infectious agent

PROACTIVE Health Strategy provides a strong and stable foundation, without which, your house will fall in years to come.

If this is the type of Health Care that you are looking for, then get in touch with me. I’d love to talk to you.


Help for Migraines – IV Magnesium

Do you or someone you know suffer from migraines?

Research shows that intravenous magnesium sulfate is an efficient, safe, and well-tolerated drug in the treatment of migraine attacks.
I have Intravenous Appointments 3 days a week.

Call us to find out more about this treatment. 613-798-1000

Here’s a research paper on the topic.

Natural Skin Care – Healthy Aging

I have loved helping people with skin care over the years. Naturopathic medicine and it’s foundation in nutrition and lifestyle advances is the best form of medicine for feeling and looking healthy from the inside and out. Building on that, I have taken advanced training on the topic of skin care in areas of injection therapy, herbal medicines, hormones, and prescribing therapeutic doses of key vitamins and minerals to support skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, acne, dullness and fine lines.

Often skin issues keep us form putting ourselves out there and this can affect our social and mental health too. While healing skin disorders we also improve overall health with improvements seen in energy and outlook as fabulous side effects!

A topic that comes up around skin health, is the aging process.

Some people shudder at “aging”. There is no magic wand to stop time, nor should we want to. I remind my clients that aging is a gift that not everyone gets to enjoy.
There is no way to stop them aging every minute, other than death and that’s not on the agenda any time soon, thank you! In this day and age, we get to have our cells in action for decades longer than many of our predecessors, so we are obliged to take care of our bodies for a lot longer.  That’s a substantial responsibility.


Why is it that aging affects the skin?

  • Cells divide more slowly as we age, and the inner layer of skin starts to thin.
  • This “slowing” down of the cells lessens the amount of skin that naturally sloughs off to reveal the new juicy cells underneath (hence the use of skin “peels” which chemically do that job for us.)
  • Oil secreting glands shrink, and this results in less of a “barrier” on the skin to keep all our fluids and plumpness in there.
  • Photo-aging from the sun (yes, it even happens in the winter) – UV light can damage both deep and outer skin layers. They also can cause the breakdown of collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and improves elasticity, reduces wrinkles and increases skin moisture)


Let’s talk about Healthy-Aging vs Anti-Aging.

Talk to me about healthy, fabulous aging skin and LOVE the conversation we will have. We can give our cells have the best opportunity to age appropriately and not too quickly. Ensuring that skin cells have all the antioxidants, hormones, collagen and all the other mighty nutrients that keep it smooth, free from blemishes and discoloration will be part of the plan in preventing skin deterioration


My fabulous Naturopathic tool kit for skin health
(check out our Facebook page in the coming while as I explain these in more details)


Topical antioxidant lotions
Dietary changes
Vitamin injections
Intravenous Glutathione for lightening appearance of dark skin spots (hyperpigmentation)
Reduction of acne scars
Therapeutic doses of key vitamin and nutrients for acne treatments
Amino acids to support collagen formation
Hormone balancing


Book your 30min Skin Care Consultation to talk about your steps into a healthy future, inside and out.



Sixty and Sexy? Of course!

Your kids are gone, you have the house to yourselves. Freedom Finally! Time to have some FUN. Right?

But you’re not feeling it. You’re not in the mood. Have you lost your mojo? While it is normal to have hormones decline as early as 40 years of age, many women are declining far more quickly than they would like.

They are also wanting so much more for the years to come, and to that I say, “Why not?”

All too often I hear, “I just want to be myself again”. They clarify, “I’m not asking for the 20-year-old self, I don’t want to be her. But even me 5 years ago would be good.”

So, what about you and what you want?

You remember how fun things used to be. You’ve imagined how fun things could be, but you have zero libido and can sometimes barely muster enough energy to wash your face. Perhaps you are noticing that your hair and skin have lost some of their luster? You don’t have to settle for a lack of shine in those areas either.

You can find solutions to feelings of fatigue, irritability, low sex drive, insomnia, memory loss, and dozens of other symptoms associated with unbalanced hormones.

Contact Dr. Vivienne, ND who can help you get back to you…or even a more relaxed, more joyful version of you.

Things to talk about.

Hormones to help with sleep.
Creams for comfort.
Herbal medicines to support your nerves.
Eliminating hot flashes.
Increasing libido. Taming the rage.
Prescription creams for fine lines and wrinkles.
And so much more…..

Call today!
or email

Have you heard of lectins and what they may be doing to your health? Love Them or Leave Them?



We’re all familiar with that schoolyard rhyme: “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart….” As adults we roll our eyes, but have you ever wondered where the rest of that rhyme came from, or why foods like legumes are so tough to digest?

Turns out that most of our foods contain certain compounds that, by nature, are difficult on our digestive systems – because they’re not really meant for our digestive systems at all! Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t tolerate them but more and more research is helping us learn the reasons why some foods can be tough on our systems, and what the implications are of consuming them. In the case of beans and legumes, amongst other foods, the main culprit we’re learning more about is lectins.

Lectins are a kind of protein that’s found in a variety of plant- and animal-based foods. In fact, almost all plant and animal substances contain them in small amounts!

We know proteins are the building blocks of muscles and are critical to our health so the question for most of us is: if lectins are just proteins, how could they be bad for us?

Simply put, lectins bind cells together, and in particular, they bind to sugars. Their ability to lessen the body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients puts lectins in a special category known as ‘antinutrients’. Because we can’t digest lectins, they tend to pass through our systems unnoticed which, for most people, means antinutrients like lectins don’t pose much of a problem at all! In fact, in small amounts, lectins can have numerous health benefits. They’ve been shown to have an important role in immune function, cell growth, and might even be helpful in cancer therapy.

However, lectins can wreak havoc for people who consume a diet with lots of high lectin foods and for those who suffer from GI disorders or immune deficiencies. In more severe instances where GI disorders and immunity dysfunction are at play, lectins can have quite a serious effect on the gut lining and tight junctions that keep the intestines functioning well.



If they’re not meant to be digested, what purpose do lectins serve? Lectins have a distinct and important purpose in nature – it’s just that the purpose is for the organism’s survival, and not for human consumption! The most important function lectins have in the plant world is to act as a natural insecticide, protecting plants, grains, and legumes from natural predators. And they’re great at it too! When predatory insects come in contact with them, the lectins completely disrupt insect metabolism, preventing invasions and attacks on the plants. Part of a plant’s defense mechanisms, lectins are a natural way to strengthen crops against common pests!

To update that schoolyard rhyme: the more lectins you consume the more discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, and importantly, malabsorption of nutrients you might experience.

If these sound like familiar symptoms, that could be because the 30% of foods that have high levels of lectins are ones we commonly eat such as dairy, nightshades (like tomatoes and peppers), whole grains, seeds, GMO foods, and yes – beans and legumes!

Some experts have suggested that removing all lectins from your diet can help the gut to recover from antinutrient-caused distress and that this could be critical to treating GI and immunity disorders. Still, many others have pointed to the various preparation techniques that people have used around the globe to help weaken and eliminate lectin proteins, making these staple foods much easier to enjoy!

I caution against removing whole categories of foods unless truly necessary, especially because foods high in lectins also have other essential benefits such as fibre and minerals, that our bodies need. Instead, we want to provide you with a variety of methods you can use to prepare high lectins foods that are centuries old, and globally trusted to make these foods easier to digest.

These are my favourite four ways of preparing legumes, grains, and seeds so you can keep them in your diet without worrying about the negative effects of lectin protein. Prepare them mindfully, and with the help of a few tried and true techniques to get the most out of them:

1. Soak Beans (canned or dried) in particular benefit from soaking, as do many harder grains and pseudograins like oats, rye, barley, wheat, and quinoa. Soaking and rinsing legumes and grains help to shake free starches, acids, and proteins, making minerals more bioavailable as well as make them easier to digest. Put yours in a larger bowl and cover with water by about 2 inches. Allow them to soak for a few hours up to overnight. Drain fully and rinse again until the water runs clear. As an extra tip: we like to add a 1” piece of kombu or dulse seaweed to the water when soaking beans – it further helps to break down lectins and make beans easier to digest!

2.Sprout For most beans and seeds sprouting deactivates lectins completely. Why? Because you’re no longer eating them in their contained form. Rather, since they’ve begun the initial stages of germination, they’ve evolved from that seed state. The nutrients are even more available when you sprout, and it’s a lot of fun for the family when you have a hand in ‘growing’ your own food. This works for almost all legumes except for alfalfa in which, interestingly, lectins increase when sprouted!

3. Boil or Pressure Cook It seems obvious that if you were going to eat legumes or grains that you would boil or pressure cook them first – but these techniques actually have many benefits and ridding beans of lectins is one of them. Studies show that boiling soybeans, red beans, and many others at 212°F/ 100°C for a minimum of 10 minutes reduces lectins to negligible amounts.

4. Ferment Fermenting foods is the act of allowing good bacteria to grow in the food. The new good bacteria break down and convert would-be harmful proteins including lectins. This is an ancient and common approach across many cultures to consuming foods that are otherwise difficult to digest. In fact, fermented foods are great for you for many reasons because that good bacteria is also known as probiotics – one of the most important factors in overall gut health. Just think of tofu, tempeh, miso, kefir, and natto as great examples of fermented foods that would contain high levels of lectins prior to fermentation and you can see why this technique is so far-reaching!

In my practice I want to see you and your family on a path towards your optimal health, and I have the tools to help make that journey clearer and easier. If you’re curious to learn more about how reducing or removing lectins from your diet could be beneficial to you, please call or email me at and I will be happy to have a detailed consultation with you.

Yours in good health,

Dr. Vivienne Guy, ND



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5 Ways to Reduce or Remove Lectins From Your Favorite Foods