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.

Contact us: 416-944-8824 or 1-877-ORTH-871 (toll free in Canada).

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Advanced Niacin Therapy for Severe Stress & PTSD

Did you know that vitamin B3 can be considered one of the best nutrients available for mild to severe states of stress including PTSD? …  If you live in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, or Niagara you might consider advanced niacin therapy for stress & PTSD.    Stress is a factor in many illnesses and advanced niacin (vitamin B3) therapy has the potential to tame neurotransmitter overstimulation which goes on insidiously and uninhibited in states of severe stress and PTSD. Looking at stress from a nutrient and biochemical versus a disease perspective, we see that mineral deficient stress, adrenal anxiety, and other stress factors (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my stress series) rule in as potential causes of stress. Here in this article we take a closer look at niacin deficiency as a stress factor in PTSD.   Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Signs & Symptoms The top symptoms of PTSD are anxiety, panic and hyperarousal.  The level of stress can be activated by one traumatic event but more often, it is activated by an accumulated series of traumas that build up with time. Suicide risk is quite high among PTSD sufferers. PTSD can be triggered by a single or repeated traumatic event(s) and sufferers include military trauma victims, prisoners of war, emergency first responders (firefighters, paramedics, police, correctional officers, 911 operators), and abuse victims. The conventional medical paradigm avails the use of mood disorder drugs and counselling.   Advanced Niacin Therapy for PTSD Vitamin B3 (niacin, niacinamide, inositol hexanicotinate, NADH) is a strong methyl acceptor that has the potential to tame unregulated stress induced overproduction... read more

Gluten-Free Food Labels: What You Need to Know

Are you finding it difficult to purchase foods that are truly gluten free? …  If you live in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, or Niagara you might consider our gluten free approach to healthy living, all part of our advanced clinical nutrition program.   Gluten can be found in medications and food products including spices, gravy, soup, chips, etcetera.   Gluten-free foods in Canada are those deemed to exclude gluten protein found in the grain (or ‘grain of hybridized strain’) of wheat, rye, barley, oats, triticale, kamut or spelt. Gluten Intolerance: The BodyMindLink Food reactions to these gluten containing cereals are numerous and affect our physical and mental health. Gluten intolerance is associated in varying degrees with the following conditions and symptoms:  bloating, constipation, fatigue, skin conditions, brain fog, weight gain, depression, anxiety, ADD & OCD, schizophrenia, arthritis, etcetera.  Gluten reactions in the body are common in society so maintaining a gluten-free diet can be a good lifestyle principle for healthy aging (longevity). Gluten-Free Labelling In the United States, U.S. FDA labelling criteria allow food products to be deemed “gluten-free”, “without gluten”, “free of gluten”, or “no gluten” even when there are ingredients derived from gluten containing grains.  Under the current FDA criteria, this can be done when that ingredient has undergone gluten removal processing and the food it is contained in has < 20 ppm gluten. 20 ppm is considered an acceptable maximum limit for gluten in Canada as well!  The premise behind this is that most celiac disease patients can tolerate small quantities of gluten. I have gluten intolerant clients that react to low gluten and contaminated... read more

Vitamin B3 – One of the Best Nutrients for Longevity

Did you know that vitamin B3 is one of the best longevity nutrients available? …  If you live in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, or Niagara you might consider our advanced clinical nutrition approach for healthy aging and longevity. There are many associated syndromes that factor in to supporting a healthy aging process and these are explained in detail in my three part blog series on longevity: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  To me, aging is healthy when we live longer and maintain a high quality of life. The Coronary Drug Project findings showed an 11% reduction in mortality in the niacin group.  Here are four other reasons why vitamin B3 is a key nutrient associated with healthy aging and longevity — it can help improve 1) joint flexibility, 2) muscle strength, 3) balance and 4) mental health. The early research described below on “The use of vitamin therapy to reverse certain concomitants of aging” was published by Dr. William Kaufman in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (1955; 3(11): 927-936).  Kaufman used niacinamide exclusively in this study but there are 4 types of vitamin B3 available (pure niacin, niacinamide, inositol hexanicotinate, and NADH).  He assessed 663 patients between 4 to 80 years old who were treated with various doses of niacinamide for as little as a few months to 9 years.  The dose of niacinamide ranged from 0.9-4.0 grams per day in divided doses.  The study was done in private practice without placebo control.  Patients were ambulatory and maintained on adequate protein and caloric intake. Joint Flexibility: A Longevity Perspective Maintaining a full range... read more

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