Ottawa’s Health and Care Fair September 15, 2012

Hi everyone! You’re invited to Ottawa’s first ever Health and Care Fair taking place at the Ottawa Masonic Centre (2140 Walkley Road) on Saturday, September 15 from 10am to 4pm!

I’ll be there discussing how naturopathic medicine can help keep you and your family healthy.  Stop by my booth to say hello and sign up for a FREE 15 minute consultation to learn more about naturopathic medicine.

There is FREE parking and gift bags for everyone!

The tradeshow is FREE admission however donations are appreciated and will go to support EARRS – Elder Abuse Response and Referral Service

Have a great week!

Is it ok for your doctor to eat McDonalds?

I’m currently planning a 10 day food elimination detox program which will start at a local pilates studio this weekend and I decided to take a little break and go on facebook.  That’s when I came across the following two pictures:

I immediately thought, “Oh no! This is EVIDENCE!” Evidence that I don’t always do what I tell my patients to do in terms of nutritional recommendations.  Everyone knows McDonald’s is not the healthiest food choice, and some people don’t even consider it to be real food! I always believed as a doctor you should set an example to others with healthy eating and lifestyle habits.  You are supposed to be the role model and the prime example of health. So when I came across these photos I thought, “These need to be deleted immediately! I must hide the evidence!”

Then I realized that even if I delete this evidence, I could still be caught in real life eating McDonald’s because this in fact did just happen to me during March break (it was the McDonald’s two can dine value coupon book promotion!).  I was walking out of the McDonald’s holding my take-out bag of McChicken and medium fries in one hand and my giant Coke in the other when I ran into a patient of mine.  I was a little embarressed but luckily this patient was a friend of mine from before so she wasn’t so surprised to see me carrying McDonald’s.

After that incident I thought since there is no way I will be able to hide my McDonald’s eating, I may as well tell everyone about it because I feel that even though it is evidence I don’t eat healthy all the time, it is also evidence that I am human and having cravings for those greasy, salty french fries just like the rest of you do, even if you don’t admit it.

I believe the key to eating McDonald’s is to do it in moderation.  I usually only eat it twice a year when those coupon booklets are delivered in the mail and when I’m travelling somewhere and we stop to eat McDonald’s at a rest stop.  Looking back at the past year, I think I’ve probably had a McDonald’s meal about once every 6 weeks.  This equals about 9 meals a year and when you put it in the context of eating 3 meals a day for 365 days which is 1,095 meals a year, I think 9/1,095 meals is pretty good.

Next week I won’t be able to eat McDonald’s because I will be guiding people through a spring detox diet program, but I am looking forward to eating my green leafy vegetables and helping others to eat them too, since that is what I eat most of the time anyway.  Cookie Monster says, “Cookies are a SOMETIMES food!” and I say, “McDonald’s is a SOMETIMES food!”

Dr. Ellen Simone Website is Launched!

When I first started this blog I mentioned that I was working on my own personal web presence and it is now complete! I am very excited and pleased to launch my website which can be viewed at www.drellensimone.com

I had excellent help from friends in building this website and I think some thank-yous are in order.  Please feel free to contact any of them if you also require their services:

I’d like to thank my friend and graphic designer Ryan Wilson (designninja@gmail.com) for designing my logo and website concept.  He really took my feedback and infused my personality into the look and feel of the website.

Second, I’d like to thank Benjamin Rivers (http://www.benjaminrivers.com/) my amazing web designer who programmed the website and assisted me in navigating the confusing world of web hosting.

Third to thank is my wonderfully talented friend Jennifer Modica (http://sites.google.com/site/jenmodica/) who wrote the copy for the website and used her innovative skills as a communicator to shape the impact of my messages as each draft evolved.

Finally, my friend Thanh Phu (kid_epic@hotmail.com) who photographed my headshot and everyone else who has given me feedback and supported me along the way during this process of creative development.

I am open to feedback about the website, both positive and constructive, so feel free to post your comments here or e-mail me at info@drellensimone.com Also, don’t forget to become a fan on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Dr-Ellen-Simone-Naturopath/181233635252736 and follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/drellensimonend

When I grow up I want to be a doctor

—Hello, my name is Ellen Simone and I’d like to welcome you to my blog on natural medicine.  My new year’s resolution for 2011 was to start a blog so here goes…

I remember the first time anyone ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  It was in junior kindergarten and I was the only one who said I wanted to become a doctor to help others.  I know this because we had to decorate paper stick people in the profession of our choice and post them on the wall to display.  There were many ballerinas and police officers but mine was the only doctor.  I remember asking my teacher what a doctor looked like and she assisted me in making green scrubs, a white face mask and a stethoscope for my blank stick person.  This image is what I associate today with a surgeon who works in hospitals and performs operations to save lives.  In junior kindergarten, I believed this was the only kind of doctor that existed.  But as I grew up I learned that there are many types of doctors and healing professionals who have an impact on the health status of others.

Over my childhood years, my dreams of what I would be when I grew up changed significantly on a wide spectrum from professional figure skater to lawyer.  I remember when it was time to decide which university to attend and what program to enter.   At this point in my life I was leaning towards becoming a teacher as I had learned how rewarding teaching could be through my experience as a figure skating and swim instructor.  One day during this period my father came home from work with a brochure for the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  I was instantly intrigued with the principles of naturopathic medicine and the idea that the body inherently knows how to heal itself.  The idea of using substances found in nature to enable healthy living and focus on the prevention of disease resonated with me more than the reactive medicine of today which seeks to solve a problem once it has arisen.  Thus, I chose to attend the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Physical Health and Education program which would enable me to keep my options open for the future.  During my years at the University of Toronto I learned the importance of exercise, nutrition and stress management in preventing illness and maintaining a state of wellness.

In the end, as you have probably already figured out, I chose to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and just over one year ago I started my exciting career as a naturopathic doctor.  After a year in the field and finding my groove in the overwhelming world of self-employment it is time to define a place for myself in the field of naturopathic medicine.  I’ve learned that a career in medicine is a process where learning and change is a constant and I intend for this blog to become a space where I can share my thoughts and inspirations as a doctor in the evolving field of natural medicine.

Links:

More info on my naturopathic practice: www.drellensimone.com

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine: www.ccnm.edu

University of Toronto Bachelor of Physical Education and Health: http://www.physical.utoronto.ca/