Madeline's Testimonial


When I first approached Kevin and Wendy, my nutrition and training were pretty good. Basically, my mindset going into coaching with them was wanting to know how much I should be eating and how much cardio I should be doing while preparing for my first NPAA competition. I’m happy to report, I walked away with so much more than that. Working with Kevin and Wendy I learned the importance of nutrient timing, lifting tempo, negative weight training, training intensity/density, and how my body responds to certain foods. Was I 100% perfect every day? Absolutely not, but this isn’t about being perfect – it’s a learning process. Learning what works for my body.


Over the course of 14 weeks, I also managed to learn a lot about myself using the tools that Kevin and Wendy gave me. I learned to push myself far past my comfort zone and I can accomplish any goal. It’s up to me. This whole process has been very eye opening and goes to show you how vital of a role nutrition plays a part in determining your physique. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. Growing up a was extremely overweight and didn’t come to realize it until high school ended. Since then I’ve tried A LOT of different ‘diets’ but none of them stuck. It’s wasn’t until I found weight lifting that I understood what it really meant to make this a lifestyle that I actually enjoy living. Working out isn’t a punishment you must endure for eating food. Fueling your body properly should allow you to perform at its best while killing it in the gym. My mindset has totally changed.

"Kevin and Wendy understand that you need balance and have a life outside of the gym...."

Over the years I’ve also managed to accumulate a few injuries here and there, which affect my knees, hips, lower back, and shoulder. Kevin was able to modify my plan to make it work for my body and my limitations, which turned out not to be limitations because I could work past them. Watching and listening to other girls go through competition prep you hear them talking about doing 2-3 hours of cardio a day on top of weight training, eating nothing but chicken and broccoli, and rarely (if ever) getting to eat a cheat meal on their plans. I’m happy to say I was the complete opposite of this. Kevin and Wendy understand that you need balance and have a life outside of the gym. They believe in working harder not longer, meaning that both the intensity and density of workouts are high! All of this in combination attributed to me having a healthy and sane prep leading up to the competition.

I’m very grateful to have worked with two such wonderful people. The whole Endurance Team is so supportive, and they are truly there to help you every step of the way. But the support doesn’t stop when the show is over! I walked away with a plan of action for after the competition in terms of training and nutrition as well. A BIG thank you to Kevin and Wendy for helping me these past few months, who helped me in more ways than I can express through words. I’m eager to see how I can continue to improve my strength and endurance from here, and live this lifestyle long-term while working towards my goals as an NPAA athlete.


Treat the common cold/flu with Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM and Colds & Flu

The treatment principles for each of these manifestations of a Wind attack is to expel the Wind pathogen and eliminate the other pathogens that accompany it, and strengthen the patient's Qi if the patient is weak. The primary focus of therapy, if the patient is not sweating, such as in a Wind-Cold attack, is to cause sweating and "release" the pathogen from the body. Treatment for Exterior Wind attacks may be performed via acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, or a combination of these modalities.

If caught in the early stages (especially within the first few hours of the onset of symptoms) acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi Gong can be very effective at eliminating pathogenic influences. If the disorder has progressed beyond the onset of symptoms, or if symptoms have become severe, herbal medicine is generally the TCM therapy of choice, with acupuncture and Qi Gong exercises used as symptomatic relief and adjuvant therapies.

To keep the body's Qi strong and prevent Wind attacks, any of the three modalities may be used, as all of them have immunostimulating functions. In fact, several clinical studies have demonstrated that herbal medicine and acupuncture in particular reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and shorten the course of illness.

Acupuncture and Colds & Flu

Acupuncture treatment varies according to the presentation of symptoms and the predominance of Heat, Cold, or other pathogens and to the strength of the Qi. For example, in a Wind- Cold attack, acupuncture needles are placed in acupuncture points that eliminate Wind and dispel Cold and in points that treat symptomatic conditions such as runny nose and stiff neck. Representative points are Lung 7 (Lie Que), Urinary Bladder 12 (Feng Men), and BiTong. Each differential diagnosis requires different acupuncture points. For example, the primary point for a Wind-Heat attack is Large Intestine 4 (He Gu). For patients with weakened Qi, acupuncture may be used to strengthen the Qi at the same time.

Other traditional modalities may be used. A cold condition requires warming, and moxa may be burned on the acupuncture needle or held over the acupuncture point to stimulate it without burning the skin. Suction cups also may be applied to acupuncture points along the spine.

Herbal Medicine and Colds & Flu

Herbal medicine treatment varies according to the symptoms, the predominance of Heat, Cold, and other pathogens, and the strength of a patient's Qi. Just as individual acupuncture points and the combination of points into prescriptions vary according to the differentiated pattern of Wind-Heat and Wind-Cold, the use of herbal substances is differentiated as well.

Individual herbs that resolve exterior Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold are combined with specific herbs that treat symptomatic conditions and, if necessary, increase the body's resistance so that the pathogen can be eliminated more rapidly. For example, detoxifying herbs such as Jin Yin Hua (Lonicera) and Lian Qiao (Forsythia) are used to treat Wind-Heat, and Gui Zhi (cinnamon twig) and Sheng Jiang (fresh ginger) are used to treat Wind-Cold. These herbs may be found in classic formulas combined with other herbs that are then individualized to specific presentations.

Likewise, to strengthen Qi and boost the immune system, herbs such as Dang Shen (Codonopsis), Huang Qi (Astragalus), and Ban Lan Gen (Isatis) may be used in formulas.

One common herbal formula, Yin Qiao San, although originally designed for Wind-Heat attacks, has become a popular and readily available formula to take at the first sign of any exterior Wind attack. Another formula, Ma Huang Tang, was traditionally used for a Wind-Cold attack, but because of concerns over the safety of Ma Huang (Ephedra), it is recommended that such formulas only be used under the guidance of an experienced herbalist. Changes in diet may be recommended as well, depending on the condition.

Qi Gong and Colds & Flu

While not as popular as acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of this condition, Qi Gong treatments may be used for exterior Wind attacks under the following circumstances:

  • To keep the immune system strong and prevent disease from arising. The Eight Brocade exercises and meditation have a strong effect on the immune system.
  • To treat symptoms during the course of the disease. Under these circumstances Qi Gong texts recommend that the mindful massage of acupuncture points such as Urinary Bladder 10 (Tian Zhu) and Bi Tong may help reduce symptoms.
  • To speed the course of disease by focusing on the internal regulation of Qi and by conducting Qi to the affected parts of the body.

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Inn From the Cold Homeless Donations!

The Cold season is on it's way!  In order to help out the homeless we will be accepting donations of new and packaged items to go to the Inn From the Cold. 

Their top 5 items are:

We will accept any new and packaged items to help out this great family shelter! 

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We believe that no person should have to suffer through the province's coldest months without socks on their feet.  That's why, in partnership with the United Way and the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, we are working to collect 100,000 lpairs of socks for shelters throughout the province. 


Donations of new pairs and packages of socks will be accepted at the Endurance on 8th clinic for shelters. 



Acupuncture for Ovulation Disorders and PCOS

By Fiona McCulloch, ND

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the number one reproductive disease in women.   This disease disrupts normal ovulatory cycles which can result in heartbreaking infertility for millions of women.  Known hormonal changes in PCOS include excess androgens (ie: testosterone), and insulin resistance.  Most thought now is leaning towards insulin resistance being the primary cause of PCOS, with genetic factors playing a role, but once the cycle of anovulation begins it feeds back on itself, causing the condition to remain in a vicious cycle.  Women with PCOS have not only insulin resistance, but also have neuroendocrine imbalances, resulting in elevated LH (lutenizing hormone) levels.  Having a high LH to FSH ratio is one of the hallmarks of polycystic ovarian syndrome or persistent anovulation.  In response to a combination of high LH and insulin resistance, the follicles in the ovary will begin to secrete too many male hormones (androgens) which then inhibit the hormonal pathways that are needed to stimulate ovulation.


Various medications are traditionally used to induce ovulation in women with PCOS.  A growing body of evidence now exists indicating that low-frequency electroacupuncture is as effective as commonly used medications in inducing ovulation.  Furthermore, this form of acupuncture can benefit many of the hormonal imbalances seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Thousands of women worldwide use acupuncture therapy for PCOS and so I’d like to discuss how it works, and why it is so beneficial to induce ovulation.

General principles of how electroacupuncture stimulates the ovaries through the nervous system

Electroacupuncture has been found to profoundly effect the reproductive organs, through mechanisms in the sympathetic nervous system, endocrine system, and neuroendocrine system.  When needles are inserted into certain points and stimulated in a specific manner, this produces a neurological reflex transmitted to the organ correlated with that nerve pathway.  For example, needles inserted into the leg muscles below the knee, lower back, or abdomen in specific regions cause a response which measurably affects the ovary.  In addition, the nervous system will transmit a signal to the brain, and the brain then emits a response which affects the organ from a central mechanism.  These effects have been investigated through measurements of hormones, neuropeptides, and circulatory changes on both animals and humans receiving this specific type of electroacupuncture.

Nervous system alterations in PCOS

Evidence indicates that women with pcos have abnormal circulating levels of a neurohormone called β-endorphin.  β-endorphin is known to increase insulin production and reduce insulin excretion by the liver, which is very much implicated in PCOS.   It has also been found that women with PCOS have unusually high amounts of sympathetic nerve fibres in their ovaries.  These nerve fibres cause unusual stimulation of the ovary by the sympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system associated with “flight or fight” responses in the body, among other processes).  Stimulation of these nerve fibres can cause the ovaries to produce androgens, which then impair normal ovulation.  Women with PCOS have also been found to have high amounts of nerve growth factors in their ovaries, something which is associated with high levels of sympathetic nervous system activity.   Disturbances in central and peripheral β-endorphin release, high androgens, insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, and cardiovascular disease are associated with increased sympathetic nervous system activity, and all of these are also associated with the pathology of PCOS.  In a recent study by Elizabet Stener-Vitorin in Sweden, direct intraneural testing found a strong correlation between levels of sympathetic nervous system activity and testosterone levels in women with PCOS.  Those who had the highest amounts of sympathetic nervous system activity were found to have the highest testosterone levels and the most severe PCOS conditions.

What evidence exists for acupuncture inducing ovulation?

Several studies exist on low frequency electroacupuncture and ovulation induction.  In one trial, the effect of a series of 14 electroacupuncture treatments on 24 anovulatory women with pcos was investigated.  In 38% of these women, regular ovulation was induced.   Three months after the last treatment, LH/FSH ratios and testosterone levels were significantly decreased, a sign of improvement in PCOS pathology.   In another study done on a group of women given human menopausal gonadotrophin (a commonly used drug in the treatment of infertility), acupuncture was compared to hCG injections in order to assess its effect on ovulation.  Traditionally hCG is given to stimulate ovulation during medicated cycles at fertility clinics.  It was found that a single acupuncture treatment induced ovulation as effectively as the as the hCG injection and reduced the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a painful side effect of medicated cycles.  Other studies have also indicated enhanced ovarian response when acupuncture is added to medicated cycles.  Female rats with PCOS induced by chronic exposure to DHT (a form of testosterone) were given low frequency electroacupuncture and physical exercise.  The treatment increased the amount of healthy follicles in the ovaries,  and significantly normalized cycles.

Effects of electroacupuncture on nervous system changes in PCOS

It has also been found that electro-acupuncture can regulate parts of the central nervous system related to dysfunction in PCOS.  Specifically, beneficial effects on neurohormones such as GnRH(Gonadotropin releasing hormone) and androgen receptor proteins, indicate that electro-acupuncture significantly benefits the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and through this can help to restore normal cycling.  Electroacupuncture was also found in 3 recent studies to increase ovarian blood flow through effects on sympathetic nervous system pathways.  In addition, it has been found in two studies to reduce high peripheral circulating β-endorphins in women with PCOS, and thereby improve insulin resistance.   As sympathetic nerve activity appears to contribute to the development and maintenance of PCOS, the beneficial effects of electroacupuncture, and also exercise, may be mediated by nervous system modulation to the ovaries.

Electro-acupuncture appears to work through multiple pathways to disrupt the “vicious cycle” of PCOS.  Even though much more research needs to be done to determine all of the mechanisms involved, its safety and low incidence of side effects makes it an excellent therapy to stimulate ovulation naturally for the many women who suffer with this disease.

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