1 Year Anniversary!

June 24th marks the date that we opened our doors, one year ago. I would like to thank everyone that has helped and supported me along the way!! What a year it has been! Thank you to my family, friends, and staff(aka work fam.). I am truly blessed and appreciate having such amazing and supportive people in my life!

In celebration of our 1 year anniversary, for the month of June we will be collecting non-perishable food for the Oakville Food Share Food Bank. Feel free to stop by with your donation or bring it in with you at the time of your appointment.

Thank you for your continued support.

Tavia Wilson

Is your sunscreen safe?

Is your sunscreen safe?


It may seem like second nature to apply sunscreen before going outside. This is preventative health, right? Wrong. Using sunscreen is not a good way to limit your sun exposure. Many scientists studying skin cancer have come to the conclusion that the use of sunscreen chemicals may be increasing the incidence of cancer. Chemical sunscreens have free radical generating properties. They also have strong estrogenic actions that could cause serious problems in sexual development and adult sexual function. With experts’ recommendations to apply generous amounts every few hours, you absorb a fair amount of toxic, synthetic chemicals. It is hard to believe these chemicals will not have any effect on our systems. As opposed to the long list of chemicals still allowed in sunscreens in the USA, in 1997 Canada changed the rules to allow only Avobenzone, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to be used as sunscreen in products. Here’s the information on them:


Avobenzone – the only chemical sunscreen allowed to be sold in Canada has questionable safety since it easily penetrates the skin and is a strong free radical generator. Check your labels. It’s in almost every sunscreen on the shelf.


Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – physical sunscreens. These come in more than one form. Harmful and Helpful.

Harmful forms leave no white residue on the skin so, they are cosmetically pleasing. They are put into sunscreens in a “nano particle” form. Nano particles are named for their extremely small size (a human hair is 80,000 nanometers wide). Nano particles can pass directly from your skin into your bloodstream, tissues and cells. These particles are activated by the sun to produce free radicals and cause DNA damage to skin cells. Unfortunately, this is the form available in most sunscreen products.

Helpful forms are larger sized particles or “microionized” particles. These are forms that leave a white residue on the skin. If you think of the lifeguard with the white zinc oxide on his nose, you’ll get the idea. There are currently sunscreen products available that contain microionized zinc and titanium to block the sun combined with other ingredients that are antioxidants to the skin. These are not as thick as pure zinc oxide and therefore do not leave an obvious white shield on the skin.


Of course a sunburn is never good but, you should be getting a fair dose of sun on your skin daily. This is one of the best ways to get your Vitamin D which is essential to disease prevention and health. Sunscreens block your skin’s ability to make Vitamin D.


Have a Healthy Sun Plan


At the beginning of the season go out gradually and limit your exposure to 10 min per day. Progressively increase your time in the sun. The pigment melanin that develops in your skin is protective.


When you can’t limit sun exposure, spend at least 10 minutes in the sun and then apply a sunscreen that is chemical free and nanoparticle free (zinc and/or titanium dioxide based) Cover up with a wide brimmed hat and clothing.


Omega 3 fats are important for prevention of a wide range of cancers. Make sure you are getting enough of the right one for you.


Eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables to protect against sun induced damage


Supplement with a high quality antioxidant combo specific for your body.


To see if your sunscreen is safe visit: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/


We have safe sunscreen currently in stock and on sale for a limited time!

Goddess Garden Sunscreens SPF 30:

3.4 oz cream: $16 (reg $20)

6 oz cream: $21 (reg $26)

6 oz spray: $25 (reg $29)


Dr. Lisa Vecchi, ND

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Fibromyalgia and How Osteopathic Treatment Can Help


Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating condition as it involves several systems in the body.  Most commonly, the musculoskeletal system develops tender points in several areas.  One can also have compromised digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome.  Fatigue is another common symptom caused by poor sleep patterns.

When I was undergoing my osteopathic training, I remember my instructor saying that fibromyalgia is typically caused by a physical or emotional trauma.  So osteopathically, when someone asks me if I can help with this or that like fibromyalgia, my reply is always that osteopathy treats the person, not the disease. When I see someone new, we have a long chat about medical history and I try to piece together what symptoms began following what trauma.  With some, it is many traumas piled up onto one another until their whole being can’t cope anymore.  This is no different for fibromyalgia but I feel once the diagnosis is given, people feel that they are labelled for life.  This isn’t my belief.  We can work step by step to help you heal your whole being.

You will recover when all of the body’s systems are working together as a coordinated unit.  Osteopathy involves the use of several techniques depending on what structure you are working on.  And finding the ‘primary lesion’ is also very important.  This is a significant disruption that caused symptoms before other traumas happened.   The lesion will hold abnormal tensions and abnormal physiology, thus creating symptoms.  You may have had a significant injury or surgery, etc. before the one trauma that resulted in the fibromyalgic symptoms.

So if you are willing to try osteopathy for your fibromyalgia, we can take those steps together, one by one, on the path to health.


Catherine Cartwright, D.O.M.P Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

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