Tracy Cook, B.Sc., ND.
Jessica Carfagnini, H.BA, ND.
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Insect Repellent
By Tracy Cook, ND
It is summer and that means bug season! Your first line of defense really should be clothing – wear light coloured pants of tightly woven cloth that fit to the ankle, high socks and boots. Keep your hair off your neck. If you must use insect repellant, you must consider both the effectiveness and potential for toxicity. DEET is effective but can irritate the skin and is a mild to moderately toxic substance – best used minimally, and applied to clothing rather than skin when possible. Use a repellant that is 20-25% DEET. Avoid getting into the water as it is toxic to aquatic life.
Picaridin is a slightly newer bug repellant that is also effective, particularly against mosquitoes and no-seeums. It appears to have low toxicity, is not absorbed easily through the skin and is processed and excreted by the liver and kidney quickly.
Lemon Eucalyptus is the other choice, with some evidence for effectiveness and low toxicity to the skin. It is quite toxic to the eyes, and is not recommended for use in children under 3.
Read more in our latest newsletter

How to remove an attached tick
By Jessica Carfagnini, ND
Most ticks in Northwestern Ontario are harmless wood ticks, however due to climate change more deer ticks are appearing in our region. Deer ticks are about the size of a sesame seed and dark in colour. They can transmit infection in as little as 4 hours, so regular "tick checks" while spending time outdoors is a good idea. If you discover an imbedded tick, use tweezers (not fingers!), and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out. Then apply an antiseptic such as 70% rubbing alcohol. Do not try to irritate them with heat or chemicals, or grasp them by the body, as this may cause the tick to inject more germs into your skin.
Read more in our latest newsletter

Pain management and rehabilitation
Are you recovering from surgery or an injury? Dealing with chronic pain and finding it difficult to stay active? Our newest ND, Jordan Sokoloski has special training in pain management and rehabilitation and would be happy to offer you an individualized treatment plan. Call the Clinic at 683-7287 to book a free 10 minute consultation with Jordan.


A fantastic course opportunity
This Fall, Dawn Blessing will be offering a course "Mindfulness and Compassion in Everyday life". None of us can go through life without pain or suffering, but it does not have to define us. Research on mindfulness and self-compassion has shown that these practices can reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and boost happiness and joy. Now isn't that a chance worth taking? If you wish to meet Dawn and find out more about this course, she is offering a FREE info session at 6:30pm on Monday July 28th. Please call the Clinic to sign up. Click here for more info on the course.
Info session and course will be held at the Clinic, 219 Algoma St.

Intravenous vitamin and mineral treatments
We are now offering intravenous vitamin and mineral treatments as complementary care for chronic infections, chronic fatigue, cancer and other conditions. Please call and set up a free 10 minute consultation with Dr. Carfagnini to find out more.

Feldenkrais sessions are now available at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic!
Are you dealing with acute or chronic pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips or knees? Coping with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or the effects of a stroke? Feldenkrais Method addresses a variety of physical challenges, and also helps enhance self-image. To find out more about Oliver Reimer and Feldenkrais Method, click here or call the Clinic to book a session.

acupunctureCedar Grove Community Acupuncture Clinic now open at 219 Algoma St. South!
Cedar Grove is the first community acupuncture clinic in Thunder Bay, and offers acupuncture treatments in a comfortable group setting. You may wonder how this model works. Check out the website for all the details.

You can pay anywhere between $20 and $45, HST included, for an acupuncture treatment. If you are interested in booking an appointment at Cedar Grove Community Acupuncture Clinic or would like to check the hours of operation, visit the website or call (807) 286-0118.

Free Seminars
Our Naturopathic Doctors offer FREE seminars on various health related issues! If you would like to schedule an interactive seminar for your workplace or community group, please get in touch with us. Common topics for these presentations include "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" "Taking Care of your Immune System" and "Managing Stress". We are always happy to address other health topics that may be of interest to your group as well.

Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic days of operation
Tracy Cook, ND: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Jessica Carfagnini, ND: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (IVs available Monday and Thursday mornings)

Jordan Sokoloski, ND: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Trish Eaton, RMT: Monday through Friday.

Sandra Dietrich, RMT: Monday through Thursday.

For Your Health
Tea Did you know...
Most extended health care benefits cover Naturopathic services?

The advantages of green tea
Green tea contains many beneficial polyphenols, including the heavily studied ECGC. Research has shown that green tea, and ECGC can minimize inflammation, help control cholesterol levels, reduce the spread of cancer, and contribute to the maintenance of balanced blood sugar levels. If you are a coffee drinker, consider switching to green tea. If you do not currently consume caffeinated beverages, look for a caffeine-free green tea.

Make an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors to find out which natural treatments are safe and appropriate for you.

Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic

Tracy Cook, B.Sc, ND.
Jessica Carfagnini, H.BA, ND.
Jordan Sokoloski, HBSc, ND.
Sandra Dietrich, RMT
Trish Eaton, RMT
Oliver Reimer, BA, BFA, GCFP


219 Algoma Street S., Thunder Bay, ON
Phone: (807) 683 - 7287
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