February 25, 2022 By Sarah White No Comments

diy hand sanitizer recipe (+ a wee rant); shopping yesterday I politely declined to use the hand sanitizer provided by the store (I kept my gloves on purposely to avoid this scenario as my skin reacts very poorly to these chemicals); I was then forbidden from touching anything in the store & enjoyed a 'contact-less' shopping experience ... this brings us to my latest blog post: a few data points on why this scenario, and the overuse of hand sanitizer in general, is problematic; The FDA (notoriously lenient in their reporting of harms from common chemicals) has issued warnings about…


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January 25, 2020 By Sarah White No Comments

This photo was taken of me at the end of a hot & sunny vacation in Mexico. As you can see, no sun rays are actually allowed to touch this face / neck / chest. Yes vanity, and trying to look 26 forever, has a little something to do with my decision to cover up in the sun, but I also come for a family of melanomas and am doing everything I can to correct the damage I did in tanning beds in my teens (thankfully I wised up a few years into my undergrad degree and have spent the…


April 5, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

Food is my favourite medicine. The foods we eat everyday act as powerful messengers, telling our body how to behave. When you choose the right foods you can actually promote healing and vitality, while the wrong foods can be detrimental to your health goals. If you're already a patient of mine then you know that I love prescribing food therapy as an adjunct to individualized supplement and lifestyle protocols. Hormone balancing foods like sesame seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are especially helpful for my female patients looking to optimize their hormone levels. While there’s yet to be a placebo-controlled trial…


April 1, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

My Hormone Balancing DIY Rose Bath Salt Recipe Salt baths are great for much more than just relaxation. This recipe provides soothing magnesium to relax tense muscles and homegrown rose petals to reduce skin irritation and support hormone health in women. A bubble bath with these rose bath salts has become my go-to self care, especially near the end of my cycle. Roses have been traditionally used in the treatment of women’s hormonal imbalances to reduce PMS symptoms and even improve general reproductive health. Current research confirms what traditional herbalists have known for hundreds of years; the smell of roses…


March 16, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

You’ve likely already heard the adage “true beauty comes from within”. While a graceful spirit is the true source of real and powerful beauty, you can further improve your appearance from within through the foods you eat.  It’s entirely possible to erase years from your face simply by changing your diet – I know this because I’ve seen significant transformations over and over again in my patients. The state of your skin is a clear indication of how you treat your body, and my patients start looking younger and glowing almost immediately after replacing processed junk with wrinkle-fighting super foods. The following anti-aging foods are packed with essential beauty nutrients that nourish healthy skin, hair and…


February 25, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

This year my husband and I have decided to commit to a monthly ‘Homesteading in the City’ post to document our adventures in farming / harvesting / chicken-raising / foraging from our tiny plot of land in Toronto. So far, you've learned all about our chickens, and our favourite ways to preserve & ferment our backyard bounty. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy our new adventures in Kombucha making from This Doctor's Homestead.  A healthy gut is the foundation for optimal wellness and I love prescribing a cup of kombucha daily as part of my patient's customized…


May 7, 2018 By Sarah White 2 Comments

How we start each morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Healthy and positive morning routines propel us towards our goals, get us moving, and motivate us to make healthy decisions for the entire day. For this series I will be interviewing the best & brightest doctors, yogis and health nuts to get the scoop on their morning routines in order to inspire you to develop a meaningful morning beauty routine of your own. Today I’m interviewing Dr. Katelin Parkinson; Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Fertility Awareness Based Method Educator. She also happens to be one of my best…


April 30, 2018 By Sarah White No Comments

Chia seeds (aka salvia hispanica) are one of my favourite beauty foods; I often throw a tablespoon into my baking and smoothies to add a little extra fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. Studies have found that the chia seeds can promote healthy skin, reduce signs of aging and balance blood sugar levels. Researchers from Mexico (the homeland of the mighty chia seed) found that chia seeds contains powerful antioxidants that can reduce skin-aging free radical damage by up to 70%. These antioxidants work by supporting your skin's natural repair mechanisms to reduce further skin damage prevent premature skin aging due to…


April 24, 2018 By Sarah White No Comments

Nothing gets me more excited than sharing all of my favourite tips and tricks to help you maximize your health and natural beauty. Lately, I've been jazzing up my daily cup of coffee with these beauty-boosting super foods and I've already noticed a substantial difference in the look and feel of my skin. The best part of this daily beauty practice is how easy it is! I already love starting my day with a cup of organic coffee, and this combination of supplements blends seamlessly into a hot cup of joe; all you taste is creamy, delicious coffee. To start,…


April 18, 2018 By Sarah White 2 Comments

I am a true believer that “food is medicine,” and often prescribe functional foods like sesame seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds to help women optimize hormone levels throughout their cycle. There's an ancient technique is called seed rotation, or seed cycling, which can be used to naturally boost estrogen levels in the first part of the female reproductive cycle and progesterone levels in the second half. While there's yet to be a placebo-controlled trial on the use of nuts and seeds to boost hormone productive (which pharmaceutical company would fund that study?), it's still a food therapy I often use…