Book Review – Clean, Green, and Lean by Dr. Walter Crinnion, ND


This book has been on my shelf for a couple years now but it’s a go-to for many reasons, some of which are:

  • It’s written well by a fellow naturopathic doctor
  • Written by THE leading expert in environmental medicine in North America
  • I want to have a healthy home for my new daughter
  • Helps me make personal decisions when deciding what new furnishings to buy or renovations to make
  • Helps me guide patients who are chemically sensitive
  • Gives me information for new parents who want to keep their kids healthy

This book is geared towards people wanting to lose weight and not being able to because of the toxins that have accumulated in their bodies. However, this book is fabulous for any family who wants to reduce their exposure to chemicals that surround all of us.

Many diseases and health issues are occurring because of the chemicals that people have created and have begun to rely on heavily. This may or may not be you, but the less exposures you have the better your body can work and thus the less likely there will be any health issues for you and your family down the line.

I highly recommend this book. Go get it, order it online from Amazon and it will arrive shortly!

– Whitney

Other posts from our Blog:

Is IV therapy right for me?

Why don’t I get a regular period?

Musts that are easily forgotten

Baking gluten free bread

I have finally found a book that I can recommend for baking gluten free bread.  So far I have made three breads and they have all been fantastic.

Top 5 Books to Read During Pregnancy

These are the top 5 books I recommend women and their partners read while they are pregnant. These are a combination of books to prepare for a natural birth as well as what to do with the baby after it’s born and breastfeeding.

I want women to know that they have the capability to have safe and natural births. The media and movies make it look like a scary, impossible thing. However, our bodies know what to do and so do our babies. Trust in nature.

Enjoy reading and planning for your baby and life thereafter!


1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

2. The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

3. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

4. The Baby Book by The Sears family

5. The Womanly art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International


Dr. Whitney Young, ND and Jillian age 7 weeks

What Puts Me To Sleep…

I’m in my 3rd trimester now and up to the washroom quite a bit during the night. Sometimes it’s hard to get back to sleep or hard to fall asleep in the the first place. Everyone keeps tell me to get my sleep while I can before the baby comes. This is one of the reasons I turned to guided imagery.

The other reason was that I want all the tools I can to have a healthy pregnancy and manageable natural birth. I’ve downloaded from iTunes an album by Belleruth Naparstek, the leader in guided imagery and affirmation CDs/mp3s. 

I’ve been listening to the pregnancy soundtracks before bed. Sometimes I start to drift off during the track and then my subconscious takes over and I’m feeling the benefits without even having to concentrate fully on it. It’s fabulous for helping me get back to sleep in the middle of the night as well.

Belleruth has an extensive library for all kinds of conditions from insomnia to depression to stop smoking.



Book Review – Tips for “colicky babies”

A friend recently recommended The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp MD. Harvey has a 5 step technique for soothing infants especially in the 4th Trimester. He believes babies come out early and the first 3 months of life, they need the calming reflex stimulated. I watched the DVD which I rented from the local library. It was a quick video with tips that can be used by new parents immediately. The visual helped drive the points home.

His steps are:

  1. Swaddle
  2. Side lying
  3. Shhh
  4. Swaying
  5. Sucking
I highly recommend pregnant parents and new parents to check out this book and DVD. If you’ve tried these techniques and your baby is still fussy, please contact your health care provider or book an appointment with myself for a well-baby check and we will look at their digestion and overall health.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Book Review

Ok, I’m not getting chubby, I’m pregnant. The rumours are true….the doctor is expecting.

Yes, we are happy to share our news that Steve and I are expecting a baby in February. We couldn’t be happier.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I like to use myself as a guinea pig for my treatments so then I can really describe to my patients what something feels like, tastes like, is like from a first-hand experience. In this case, I used the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I studied my cycle for over half a year at the signs and signals my body makes. This step-by-step book is easy to read and understand and give you lots of tips and tricks based on your situation. It’s the first book I recommend to women who want to avoid using chemical birth control as well as any woman planning on having children in the next couple years. It has sections for both women avoiding pregnancy and those who want to achieve pregnancy. I would recommend this book to any woman aged 20 to menopause to learn more about what your body is telling you.