Are you into holistic approaches?  Our Naturopath Doctor, Lisa Weeks is one of the smartest ladies we know.  She has a solution for everything and her patients adore her!  When we asked her to be featured on our blog, she went and gave us more information then we asked for.  Lisa always goes above and beyond to ensure you are fully educated and provides you with different options for your condition.  We know you will love her just as much as we do after reading the amazing information she provided.

1. What is the best part of your job?
I love empowering patients to make healthy lifestyle changes by giving them the tools they need to lead a healthier, happier, and more well-balanced life.

2. How could someone prevent getting colds or the flu and what should they do if they start to feel sick:
  • Wash your hands, avoid touching your mouth/eyes/nose, blow your nose daily, and stay hydrated, to prevent the spread and adherence of germs in your body.
  • Avoid processed foods, sugary foods, fried foods and caffeine.  These deplete immune system function. Incorporate more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish into your diet.
  • Limit dairy and wheat, as they can contribute to mucous production in the body and impair immune functioning.
  • Decrease arginine-containing foods for a few days if you are starting to feel sick, as this amino acid promotes viral growth.  Avoid corn, nuts, seeds, and chocolate during this time.
  • Increase your consumption of garlic, onions, gingerroot, and mushrooms. These all help to boost the immune system. Drink a tea made with fresh gingerroot, lemon, and honey daily, increasing to up to 3 cups a day when you are starting to feel sick. See below for recipe.
  • Increase your consumption of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Zinc-rich foods.
Beta-carotene-rich foods include: carrots, spinach, turnip, kale, sweet potato, cayenne pepper, cantaloupe, winter squash, apricots, broccoli, collard greens, and asparagus.
Vitamin C-rich foods include: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, papaya, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kiwi, cauliflower, kale, parsley, lemons, limes, spinach, snow peas, and rose hip tea.
Foods rich in zinc include: cremini mushrooms, spinach, sea vegetables, chickpeas, oysters, crab, lobster, clams, salmon, turkey, and lamb.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night, aiming to get to bed before 11pm.  Follow a regular sleep schedule.
  • Get a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise a day.  This can include a brisk walk. Try to take the stairs as much as possible. Exercise and movement gets the lymphatic system flowing, which is important for immune protection.
  • Get outside for at least 15 minutes everyday. Fresh air and sunlight can do wonders for your mood and stress levels.
  • Have alternating warm and cool showers. End your shower with a cool water spray for 15-30 seconds. Work up to 1 minute of cold. This not only energizes you, but gets your circulation and white blood cells (that fight of viruses and bacteria) moving.
1 inch cube of fresh gingerroot
1/3 fresh lemon, sliced
Boiling water
Honey, to taste (optional)
Peel and slice the gingerroot. Place in a mug. Pour boiling water over the ginger slices and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mug. Add the lemon slices to the mug. Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes. Add honey to taste.

OR (the best way to prepare)

Add slices of ginger to a pot, measure out 2-3 mugs of water and put in the pot with the ginger, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey and juice to the mug, pour in the hot ginger tea, and enjoy! You can drink it with the gingerroot and lemon slices still in the mug.
Aim to drink 2 cups a day.

Warming socks treatment
This is a great way to get the lymphatic system flowing while you sleep. It helps to move the white blood cells around the body to prevent infection and fight off any germs. Do this once a night, before bed, for 2-3 nights in a row when you are starting to feel sick. You will awake with warm, toasty feet, and will feel a lot better!
Alternately, do this once a night, or as often as possible, as a preventative during the cold and flu season.

1 pair of very thin cotton socks, liner socks or polypropylene socks
1 pair of thick wool socks or thick polypropylene socks

  • Thoroughly soak the pair of thin socks under ice-cold running water. Then wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
  • Before beginning treatment, make sure you are warm. If necessary, take a hot bath for 5-10 minutes. This is very important for the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Dry off feet with a dry towel.
  • Place ice-cold wet socks on feet. Then cover with thick wool socks. Put on warm pyjamas. Go directly to bed. Avoid walking too much with the wet socks on your feet. Avoid getting chilled.
  • Wear the socks overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.
3. What are some services that you offer that many people wouldn’t know an ND is registered to do?
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and trained in six different modalities:
1. Asian Medicine and Acupuncture
2. Botanical Medicine
3. Nutrition
4. Lifestyle Counselling
5. Homeopathic Medicine
6. Physical Medicine, including Hydrotherapy, which uses water to heal.

4. Where is your office located and do you work for yourself out of your house?

I work as a Naturopathic Doctor at:

Cornell Chiropractic Centre
2-2699 Bur Oak Ave.

Markham ON L6B 1K8


5. More and more people are being diagnosed with intolerance to Gluten. What’s a go to recipe that you always share with your patients?
A delicious gluten-free recipe that I like to share with patients is:

Organic Chicken Soup
1 cup of organic chicken
2 quarts water or broth
4 cloves sliced garlic
2 cups each of sliced carrots, celery, onions, peas
½ cup cooked brown rice
½ cup chopped parsley
herbs and seasonings to taste

Simmer chicken in water or stock for 40 mins. Add vegetables and rice and
simmer for 20 mins. Serve broth and vegetables with chicken meat and top
with fresh parsley. Add herbs according to taste. Serves 10.

Another recipe I like to share:

Recipe for Breakfast “Oatmeal”
1. Prepare a large batch of quinoa or brown rice (see below) to keep
in the refrigerator.
2. Put ½ cup cooked grain in a bowl.
3. Add 1 scoop of Iso Whey protein powder, rice protein powder, or
hemp protein powder.
4. Add almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk until the protein powder dissolves.
5. May serve hot or cold. Eat and enjoy!
Options: add any of the following, mixing different ingredients for variety:
. Add 1 or 2 servings of the following fruit: diced apple; ½ cup
berries; ½ a banana
. Spice it up, if you like: add cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger.
. Add 7-14 almonds or walnuts; add 1-2tbsps of sesame seeds or ground

Did you know:  Many people have coverage for Naturopathic Medicine through their employee health insurance plan.

If you have any questions for Lisa, please send them to us and we will gladly pass them along.