The Naturopathic Medical Research Clinic

Nourished Minds . Healthy Lives

We are committed to helping you achieve optimal physical and mental health. Our approach involves specialized testing, diet and lifestyle modification, and a combination of nutritional health treatments that address individual needs. We create wellness and treat complex medical conditions.

Conditions We Treat

We treat fatigue, longevity, thyroid imbalances, allergies, weight problems, poor immunity, chronic disease, female and male health, digestive problems, insomnia, kid’s health, and mental health and performance.

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How We Can Help You

Are you looking for health solutions to general health or complex medical issues?  If so we can help.  As your partners we help you reach your optimal health performance by providing solutions tailored to your individual needs.  Every person is unique.  It only makes sense that you receive personalized diagnostic and therapeutic care that is tailored just for you.  Read more…

What We Do

We are committed to helping you achieve optimal health by identifying and treating the unique underlying causes of disease.  Research shows a clear link between body system imbalances and physical and mental health. Balancing the chemistry of the body and the brain is an advanced approach ideal for general wellness as well as complex medical issues.  Read more…

Conditions We Treat

General health and mental health conditions we treat include fatigue and low energy, longevity and healthy aging, anxiety and depression, stress intolerance, mental performance, food allergies, thyroid imbalances, weight issues, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and schizophrenia.  For the full list of general health and mental health conditions we treat… Read more…

New Location!

We moved October 1st, 2015.


New Clinic Location
RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON
M4P 1E4

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call.  Our Clinic Manager, Amal, is available to answer questions on clinic services, policies, or protocols.

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Here we describe a success story in a classic good responder case involving a young girl that had difficulties at school and home.

Successful Treatment - The Case of Melissa

Schizophrenia strikes hard and fast in our teen and young adult population.  80% of cases that we treat with advanced clinical nutrition experience mild to profound response.

Orthomolecular Treatment of Schizophrenia

To improve general or mental health you often need to intercede with nutrition that corrects body systems imbalances.

Top Nutrient Imbalances

The concept of healthy aging is simple — all body systems must be efficient and to do that we need to consider the wisdom of advanced clinical nutrition.

Longevity As A Nutritional Concept

This case series puts a real person perspective on the potential of advanced clinical nutrition.  Here we look at 5 cases with a timeline of the landmark improvements.

Treatment Response - 5 Cases

The suffering of patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar depression, ADD, and OCD is immense.  At our clinic we approach this matter with advanced clinical nutrition.

Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADD & OCD

You are only as old as your arteries.  Here we look at strengthening vascular health as a means of promoting healthy aging.

Longevity & Vascular Health

We provide professional Naturopathic care that can help you.

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Complimentary 15 minute consultation with Dr. Pataracchia available for new patients to see if we are a fit.

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Hashimoto’s (Autoimmune Hypothyroidism): Advanced Orthomolecular Perspectives

Did you know that Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroid) has a genetic component and commonly affects women 30-50 years old? … If you live in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, or Niagara you should consider our advanced clinical nutrition approach for hypothyroid conditions. Sluggish Thyroid Disorders An under-functioning thyroid gland results in reduced thyroid hormone production and availability and ultimately, a sluggish metabolism. Thyroid hormone is essential for all cells of the body.  From a general health perspective, thyroid hormone acts as the ‘signal’ for cells to manufacture protein metabolites necessary for energy molecule production.  It therefore plays a major role in combating fatigue.  Thyroid issues also should be considered if your aim is to increase longevity. At the DNA level, thyroid hormone initiates the manufacture of protein products needed for a cell to function.  In the brain, thyroid hormone acts as the ‘green light’ for the manufacture of neurotransmitters essential for the regulation of mood, thinking, perception and behavior.  Mental health issues associated with under-functioning thyroid metabolism are very common.  Adequate thyroid metabolism function is often essential for people suffering from depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Is it Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto’s is an ingrained form of hypothyroid under-function.   If you have Hashimoto’s your immune system is decommissioning thyroid hormone metabolites and attacking the gland. Fast Facts on Hashimoto’s Hashimoto’s is common in women but men suffer from this as well.  It affects young women commonly but more often those in the 30-50 year old range.  Hashimoto’s has a genetic component which is why we see it often in more than one family member.  Contributing... read more

Calcium & Joint Health: A Naturopathic Perspective

Do you take the optimal amount of calcium? … Today 1 in 6 Canadians over 15 years old report symptoms of joint inflammation or related/similar joint conditions, and two-thirds of those affected are women (Arthritis Society).   If you live in the GTA, Toronto, Niagara, Burlington, Hamilton, or Buffalo and you would like to address any joint health issues, our advanced clinical nutrition protocol provides a viable approach.   Joint pain (arthralgia), fibromyalgia, arthritis (osteoporosis or rheumatoid), and osteopenia are classic joint health problems experienced by millions of Canadians. As with many health conditions, joint health is associated with one or more layers of common nutritional and metabolic syndromes.  Two of the primary nutritional problems associated with joint health are calcium deficiency and dominance. Joint Health: Calcium Deficiency Calcium is needed for the formation of the outer portion of our bones.  Calcium deficiency is considered common but it is actually is less common than calcium dominance (see below).  If bone is calcium deficient it tends to be less dense on the outside than the inside making than more prone to fracture. Calcium is found is a vast array of foods not just dairy so increasing dietary calcium is as simple as eating a variety of foods which is a basic longevity principle. If you have low vitamin D levels it is important to address this because calcium absorption and utilization is highly dependent on vitamin D. Calcium Deficiency: The BodyMindLink Common symptoms of calcium deficiency include heavy metal deposition, conditions with increased risk of brain or heart cell death, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and stone formation (with or without bile duct blockage or urinary... read more

Iodine Deficiency: A Hidden Syndrome that Affects Millions

  Are you iodine deficient?… An estimated 1.9 billion people worldwide have inadequate iodine intake.  If you live in the GTA, Toronto, Niagara, Burlington, Hamilton, or Buffalo and you would like to assess iodine and associated thyroid issues, our advanced clinical nutrition protocol is ideal.   Iodine/iodide has been used safely and effectively by 3 generations of doctors since 1816 in a 12.5-50.0 mg per day dosage range. In 1824, Jean Baptiste Boussingault observed that inhabitants near silver mining sites had a relatively low occurrence of goiter.  [Goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland present in some hypo or hyper thyroid states.]  Inhabitants nearby daily consumed locally sourced salt high in iodide; the same salt used in the extraction of silver.  He recommended iodized salt to fight goiter. Fast Facts on Iodine Deficiency Thyroid nodules (benign or malignant) are low in iodine.  Iodine therapy can reduce and eliminate nodules; iodine therapy can be effective in either scenario. The RDA of iodine set at 150-290ug/day is quite insufficient to help low thyroid metabolism. Only 15% of prenatal vitamins have a >150ug daily dose (“a public health disaster” – Dr David Brownstein). Over past 40 years, iodine content in the US population has declined by ~50%.  Over this timespan thyroid illness (all types – autoimmune, hypo, cancer) and cancer of breast/prostate/ovary/endometrium/pancreas (all associated with iodine deficiency) have increased significantly. More than 40% of childbearing aged women have urinary iodine levels below 100ug/L. 70% of girls aged 14-15 in the UK have urinary iodine levels below 100ug/L. 36% of school-aged children worldwide are iodine deficient (according to WHO). 33% of the populated world... read more

Magnesium Deficiency: Overlooked and Undetected

Which mineral are humans most deficient in?… Arguably its magnesium. If you live in the GTA, Toronto, Niagara, Burlington, Hamilton, or Buffalo, and you would like to identify the severity of magnesium deficiency and other common or hidden nutritional deficiency syndromes, you might consider the advantages the advanced clinical nutrition approach.    Magnesium Deficiency: How Common? Only ~10% of North Americans achieve the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.  Modern diets are low in magnesium which is found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, meat, seafood, chocolate, and whole versus refined grains. 70% of the body’s enzymes require magnesium to function.  Muscle cells require magnesium to relax. Magnesium is associated with a diversity of symptoms because its role in the body is extensive and because our food intake (~200mg) is well below that which our body minimally demands (~300-450mg/day).  Excess calcium intake can intensify our magnesium inadequacy.  Modern day diets (high in refined carbs and dairy) provide us with a 4.8:1 calcium/magnesium ratio versus the 1.3:1 calcium/magnesium ratio of our ancestors. Magnesium Deficiency Under the Radar Standard blood serum magnesium testing is a poor indicator of magnesium deficiency because only 1% of body magnesium is in the serum.  Hair tissue mineral magnesium is a better indicator of deficiency status. Magnesium Deficiency: The BodyMindLink Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include problems staying asleep, muscle cramping/tension/twitching/spasming/pain, restless legs, constipation (pelleted stools), and stress. Often overlooked symptoms/conditions of magnesium deficiency include stress, heart disease, vascular headaches, menopause related hot flashes and night sweats, osteoporosis, increased urinary frequency, and shortness of breath (sighing). Magnesium Deficiency & Stress Magnesium deficiency is associated with our... read more

Family Health & Nutrition Conscious Mom’s

Who typically navigates the care of family health matters? … It’s usually the Mom and today we see more and more Mom’s discovering advanced clinical nutrition as one of the most useful options available.  If you live in Toronto, the GTA, Niagara, Hamilton, Burlington, or Buffalo, you might consider the advantages of our nutritional approach. Family Health Care   Today we are seeing women and more specifically Mom’s, as the focal force of the family unit, the central motivators when it comes to health care.  In the family unit, it is often the Mom that initiates medical intervention early on before the problem worsens. Women today are looking at alternate options for family health care, especially when mainstay approaches have proven unproductive.  If your aim is to provide long lasting symptom improvement for yourself or a family member, it’s best to treat the cause of the problem.  There are a many treatment options out there that aim to control symptoms, but these often provide only partial short term relief.  By contrast, a comprehensive lab-based nutritional approach can reveal biochemical and physiological factors at the root of the problem.  In our clinic, we look at the top nutrient syndromes associated with optimal health and treatment involves nutritional supplement support, Naturopathic treatment, and diet change. Nutrition Conscious Mom’s: Family Health Perspectives Nutrition conscious Mom’s often come in for treatment and a common complaint is fatigue.  Sometimes they bring in their children, a teenage daughter for example, who also complains of fatigue. With targeted lab testing, we often find overlapping imbalances between mother and daughter and, chief among these is often sluggish... read more

Pyroluria in the General Population

Is there a vitamin B6-zinc deficiency issue that afftects the general population? … Yes, this dieficiency condition (pyroluria) is associated with a vast array of symptoms.  If you live in Toronto, the GTA, Niagara, Hamilton, Burlington, or Buffalo, you might consider the advantages of our nutritional approach. Pyroluria: What is it? Pyroluria was documented Carl Pfeiffer (Orthomolecular Medicine Founder) in the early 1970’s.  This B6 and zinc deficiency syndrome creates a plethora of symptoms and the treatment focus is to replenish B6, zinc, and manganese. As described in my previous Pyrroluria - MindCheck Weekly Article, it is a vitamin B6 and zinc deficiency condition that is confirmed by elevations of a urine metabolite called kryptopyrrole. The Classic Pyroluria Case - The Case of Sara In 1971, Dr. Pfeiffer characterized the classic pyroluria patient.  The story of Sara is described well in Eva Edelman’s book Natural Healing for Schizophrenia: and Other Common Mental Disorders. Pyroluria Today Many orthomolecular practitioners have observed a general population trend of pyroluria positive cases.  Nina Milkirova PhD of the Roirdan Clinic in Wichita, currently published a Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (JOM) article titled Cross-Sectional Analysis of Pyrroles in Psychiatric Disorders: Association with Nutritional and Immunological Markers.  The article concensus is that pyroluria is “a component of illness in general and not strictly psychiatric disorders” and, it is also associated with oxidative stress, improper digestion, infection, allergies, and intoxication. Pyroluria exists in the general population and the occurance is similar in both psychiatric and non-psychiatric populations.  Pyroluria Symptoms in the General Population: The BodyMindLink Pyroluria is seen in those with poor stress tolerance, poor wound healing,... read more

Detox Smoothies for Life

Getting that toxic feeling? … Try doing a detox smoothie after a major holiday or at the beginning of every change of season.   Detox Smoothies for Life Here are some fantastic detox smoothies!  It is a good idea to do a variety of detox smoothies to clean all the major routes of detoxification.  Many find it best to do smoothies daily for 1-4 weeks at the beginning of every change of season. The liver, bowel, and kidney become sluggish for various reasons.  Our recent three part detox series covered detoxification aspects related to the liver, bowel, and kidney.  By cleansing or detoxifying these main organ systems you free up cell blockages and enable cells to work efficiently on the duties that they are destined to do.  After detoxifying, the usual response is a healthy feeling.  If you feel sluggish after doing some of these smoothies it may be because you are clearing out an organ system that has a bulk of toxins, so go slow and rotate your regimen if one smoothie causes too much sluggishness. Toxic elimination can be kept at bay by doing detox regimens regularly but the cause of the toxicity may run deeper and involve the correction some of the top orthomolecular imbalances which include thyroid under-function, heavy metal toxicity, protein catabolism, and under-methylation. Below are detox smoothies that have an affinity for cleansing the primary organs of elimination – the liver, kidney, and bowel.   Detox Smoothie Basics It’s best to mix ingredients with a juicer or blender that doesn’t overheat the mixture, for example, with a NutriBullet®.  If using a juicer, it is... read more

Naturopathic Detoxification (Part 3): Bowel Detox

    Feeling toxic? … Here we discuss how you can detoxify the bowel and maintain optimal health.   Why Detox the Bowel? The bowel (colon) is the most direct route of removal of toxins aside from the liver and kidney.  The previous blogs in this detox series look at ways to improve a sluggish liver and how to optimize kidney function. According to oriental medicine an adult should have 2-3 bowel movements per day and pass 2-3 feet of fecal matter a day.  This occurs in only about 20% of cases that I see so bowel congestion is quite common. Bowel inefficiency is associated with some of the top nutritional syndromes seen in society today.  Optimal thyroid function for example is extremely important to intestinal health as a sluggish thyroid causes poor stool transit.  Bowel congestion is also problematic if a patient has heavy metal toxicity as the liver and bowel provide the main route of removal of heavy metals (except mercury which is primarily removed via kidney). Here in this article we will focus on colonics, enemas, herbal support, visceral manipulation, and mineral supplementation.   Bowel Congestion: The BodyMindLink Common physical symptoms associated with bowel congestion include allergies, food intolerences, fatigue, abdominal discomfort, headaches, gas, nausea, malodorous breath, cold extremities, leg swelling, skin diseases, menstrual problems, lack of appetite, and cravings.  Mental state changes associated with bowel congestion include ADD, irritability, nervousness, depression, anxiety, poor motivation, poor memory, brain fog, and sleep disturbance.   Bowel Detox: Mineral Supplementation Basic chemistry dictates that water moves into areas where there are greater numbers of mineral ions (colligative properties).  When the... read more

Naturopathic Detoxification (Part 2): Kidney Detox

  Feeling toxic? … Here we discuss how drinking good water and removing mercury can help you detoxify.     Efficient kidney, bowel, and liver toxin elimination are necessary if our aim is to maintain optimal health.  If these organs fail to do their job, toxins will pass to the skin (causing itchy skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis), the brain (causing brain fog, mood changes, irritability, behavior changes), and other organs.  The previous blog looked at ways to improve a sluggish liver.  Here we look at general kidney detoxification and kidney related mercury detoxification. To maintain efficient body systems we should not only detox regularly but we should also correct the most common nutritional syndromes associated with optimal health and longevity.   Kidney Detox Basics The kidney eliminates toxins that are made water soluble by the liver.  To reduce the stress on the kidney we should avoid common toxic sources including processed food, food additives, city water, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, industrial pollutants, pesticides (vegetables), household cleaners, petro chemicals, and paints.   Water Quality & Kidney Health: The BodyMindLink In cases of kidney disease, it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe high water intake to flush out toxins. Pure water consumed on its own throughout the day is essential.  Adults should get at least 8 glasses of water a day, kids over 90lbs should get 4 glasses per day. There are many reasons why consuming distilled or reverse osmosis water may be a better choice than city water.  The health ramifications of poor quality city drinking water include associated acidic diseases (cancer, kidney/gall stones, bone disease, aging, etc.) if water is below a pH... read more