Acupuncture & Weight Loss

November 30, 2015

acupunctureIt is pretty apparent that obesity is a worldwide concern and with it surrounding us it is hard to not notice that obesity rates have definitely increased over the years.   The World Health Organization (WHO) states that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980 where 1.5 billion adults who are 20 years of age or over are overweight1.  Obesity is defined as the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health1.  Overweight individuals are at risk for many debilitating and life-threatening chronic conditions namely high blood pressure, psychosocial dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, arthritis, digestive disease and cancer1.  Sounds like a lot to digest, no pun intended.

The typical notion of eating too much and getting little exercise has been associated with obesity.  But leading research has indicated environmental, genetic and potentially ethnic factors may influence this growing epidemic.  So all this information, all these potential causes what about ways that we can help fix this problem?

Over the last 2.5 years I have been lucky enough to be in school studying the biomedical sciences.  Much of my degree has been aimed at gaining and understanding of the mechanisms behind disease and potential explanations.  Although having this knowledge behind me the focus of intervention and treatment has been lacking in my education.  In by no means am I devaluing my education as it has given me a very valuable outlook on disease but my hopes are to shift my future studies into treatment of disease.  I suppose, you cannot treat anything without knowing how it manifests and my degree has definitely opened up my eyes to the principals of scientific study.  There are tremendous amounts of ways to treat disease and simply stated I am not here to determine what is the right treatment but rather discuss treatments that intrigue me such as acupuncture.

Studies have concluded that acupuncture treatment has ben effective in procuring weight loss by affecting appetite, digestion and metabolism2.  By ways of hormonal balance, happy hormones like beta-endorphin and serotonin have been reported as being increased during treatment2.  This has been related to decreasing stress and particularly interesting to acupuncture reducing appetite2.  Definitely something to consider for those stress eaters!

The study has suggested that there are advantages to acupuncture treatment in obesity cases.  Although the study has reported promising results for acupuncture treatment I think it would be a bit naive to conclude that it will solve the obesity epidemic.  Rather, the right choice of food, regular exercise and acupuncture may provide solutions to binge eating; reducing caloric intake and decreasing the fat around your ever so challenging mid-section.  Look out for my personal testimony to acupuncture treatment over the next four months, perhaps my documentary of my experience with alternative therapies.



Annie & Ben, Engagement – Ontario Science Center

August 7, 2014


What do you get when you pair a scientist and IT guru? Annie and Ben! This perfectly matched couple are always laughing and candid. We spent the day wandering the Ontario Science Center which was filled with colours, things to interact with, and large open spaces.  This made for the perfect backdrop to their science themed wedding!  This couple will be getting married this October and I can’t wait to photograph this happy couple on their special day!

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Jennifer & Jason’s Engagement

September 30, 2013

It’s crazy how time flies!  It has already been a few months since this shoot and the wife-to-be and husband-to-be are already husband and wife!!  Even though it has been a couple of months since the shoot it is definitely worth posting these photos of this amazing couple. Jennifer and Jason, or Jennson, are definitely not shy in front of the camera and always looking great in their fashionable attire.



Hanging In The Park

September 27, 2013

This week I got to hang out in the park with Calista!  I think by the end of it I was more tuckered out than she was.  It’s amazing to see how she has grown up so quickly!!  Here are some of my favourites from the day!

It was so refreshing to be following around this active two year old in the Fall cool air!!




Less Is More. Natural Light.

July 26, 2013

I have been working with a new photographer this week and after conducting my first mini-workshop I was reminded of how simple it can be to capture a great photo. Sometimes it is really just about using the basics that are around you. It can get complicated real quick when working with studio light. Don’t get me wrong I love studio lighting but I have to admit, I love working with natural light. I almost prefer it over studio lighting. The ironic part of all of this is when I started photography all I wanted to do was shoot in the studio and create a big set. But as I started to learn how to use natural light, plan around it and more importantly be proactive to it, the more I fell in love with it. This said, it all depends on what type of image you are trying to create.

In my workshop, I brought up the topic of learning your settings but using these settings secondary to what your final objective is. So I like to work backwards, if I have an image in my head I think of the lighting and settings that I need to use to get this done. More often than not, new photographers think of getting the perfect setting then shooting a photo. I prefer to think of it the opposite. What is the final image I want to create? Then tweak appropriately. Perhaps, this is intuitive to all photographers. However, I have never really focused on how I make images, I just did what I thought was right. It is nice to break it down yet am still humbled at how much I still have to learn!

No matter how you break it down nothing substitutes for lots of practice and taking as many photos as you can! Here are some images of my god daughter from a couple weeks ago using one natural light source and a couple of props!