Hack Your Health with Dr. Nat

Episode #10 – The Fatigue Fix: Simple Solutions For Restoring Energy Holistically With Dr. Emile Compan

Tune In To Learn:

  • Root Causes of Fatigue: Explore how terrain theory and understanding one’s constitution can help pinpoint underlying causes of chronic fatigue.
  • Insights from Blood: Learn about the insights live blood cell analysis can provide into your health status and how it relates to energy levels.
  • Customized Energy Solutions: Gain practical strategies for boosting vitality tailored to individual health profiles, including dietary, lifestyle, and naturopathic treatments.

Key Takeaways And Show Notes:

In this episode of “Hack Your Health with Dr. Nat,” Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp hosts Dr. Emile Compan, a naturopathic doctor based in Ottawa, to discuss the underlying causes of fatigue and explore holistic approaches to restoring energy levels. Drawing upon his personal health journey and extensive experience in the field, Dr. Compan shares valuable insights and practical tips for optimizing overall well-being.

The Body’s “Terrain”

Dr. Compan introduces the concept of the body’s ‘terrain,’ which he describes as the internal environment in which our cells live. He likens this to a swimming pool – if the pool is clean and well-maintained, the cells can thrive and perform their essential functions. However, when our internal terrain becomes polluted due to poor lifestyle choices, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or excessive stress, our cells cannot function optimally, leading to fatigue and disease. Dr. Nathalie and Dr. Compan emphasize the importance of addressing the root cause of illness by cleaning up the body’s terrain.

Examining The Role Of Constitution In Health And Disease

Dr. Compan explains that an individual’s constitution plays a crucial role in determining how their body responds to toxins and stressors in the terrain. He emphasizes that understanding a patient’s constitution is crucial for developing personalized treatment plans that support the body’s natural detoxification processes. Dr. Compan explains that there are various constitutional types, each with its own characteristic ways of responding to toxins.

Assessing Constitution Through Multiple Lenses

Dr. Compan goes on to explain that he uses various clues to identify a patient’s constitution, including:

  • Observing different iris colours and patterns and their potential associations with specific health tendencies
  • Analyzing body shape (morphology) and its implications for metabolic function and disease risk
  • Actively listening for key words and phrases during the consultation that may provide clues about the patient’s constitution type and health status. 

By identifying a patient’s unique constitutional tendencies, Dr. Compan can tailor his treatment approach to support their body’s specific detox pathways. This targeted support may involve:

  • Dietary recommendations that align with the patient’s constitutional needs
  • Herbal remedies or supplements that enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins
  • Lifestyle modifications that reduce toxic burden and promote optimal functioning of detox organs

Live Blood Cell Analysis

Dr. Compan utilizes live blood cell analysis as a powerful tool to help patients gain a deeper understanding of their internal terrain. This technique involves taking a small drop of blood from the patient’s fingertip and observing it under a high-powered microscope.

During the analysis, Dr. Compan looks for several key indicators:

  • Red blood cell morphology: The shape, size, and aggregation of red blood cells can provide insight into the patient’s oxygenation status, nutrient deficiencies, and overall health.
  • Microbial activity: Live blood cell analysis can reveal the presence of bacteria, fungi, or parasites that may be contributing to fatigue and other symptoms.
  • Oxidative stress: The appearance of oxidative damage in the blood can signify an overload of free radicals and a need for antioxidant support.

When Dr. Compan shares the live blood cell analysis images with his patients, this helps them visualize their “story” and understand the direct impact of their lifestyle choices on their health. This powerful visual tool often serves as a catalyst for change, motivating patients to adopt healthier habits and adhere to their treatment plans.

In addition to live blood cell analysis, Dr. Compan discusses several simple at-home tests and tools that can provide valuable insights into your body’s internal balance and overall health. These include:

Burp test: After consuming a meal, take note of how long it takes you to burp. If you burp within 3 minutes, it may indicate your stomach acid levels are too high. If it takes longer than 5 minutes, your stomach acid levels may be too low. 

Basal body temperature: Immediately upon waking, before getting out of bed, place a thermometer under your armpit for 10 minutes. Track your temperature over the course of a month. Consistently low temperatures may indicate an underactive thyroid, while consistently high temperatures may suggest an overactive thyroid. 

pH test: Use pH strips to test your urine and saliva first thing in the morning. Ideally, your urine should have a pH between 6.5 and 7.5, while your saliva should be between 6.5 and 7.0. Consistently acidic or alkaline readings may indicate an imbalance in your body’s internal terrain. 

Bowel transit time: Consume a food that will distinctly color your stool, such as beets or charcoal capsules. Monitor how long it takes for the color to appear in your stool. A transit time between 12 and 24 hours is considered healthy, while longer or shorter times may indicate issues with digestion or elimination. 

5 Simple Strategies For Fighting Fatigue

Collaborating with a knowledgeable healthcare professional who can evaluate your individual requirements and create a tailored approach to target the underlying factors contributing to your fatigue is the most effective path to restoring your energy levels. However, for those looking to make immediate changes, Dr. Compan shared practical, easy-to-implement strategies that can help you combat fatigue and enhance your overall well-being in your daily life.

  1. Prioritize sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, and establish a consistent sleep schedule to help regulate your body’s circadian rhythm. 
  2. Practice deep breathing: Engage in deep, diaphragmatic breathing exercises to oxygenate your cells, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. 
  3. Incorporate movement: Engage in regular physical activity, such as walking, yoga, or strength training, to boost energy levels, support detoxification, and reduce inflammation. 
  4. Optimize your diet: Focus on consuming a nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Minimize processed foods, sugar, and artificial additives to reduce toxic burden and support optimal cellular function. 
  5. Hydrate with clean water: Drink plenty of clean, filtered water throughout the day to support your body’s natural detoxification processes, maintain cellular health, and promote overall well-being. Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. 

Collaborative Approach To Patient Care

During their discussion, Dr. Nathalie and Dr. Compan emphasize the value of a collaborative approach to patient care, and the importance of looking beyond symptoms and lab work to uncover the unique root causes of fatigue and disease. They explain that naturopathic medicine is designed to complement conventional medical care, not replace it. Naturopathic doctors work together with other healthcare providers and empower patients to take an active role in their health, helping individuals achieve lasting wellness and vitality.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Compan reinforces the importance of empowering patients to become attuned to their bodies’ signals and learn to recognize when something is out of balance. He believes that by developing this self-awareness and adopting healthy lifestyle practices, individuals can take proactive steps to maintain a clean internal terrain and support optimal cellular function.

As the episode draws to a close, Dr. Nathalie and Dr. Compan encourage those struggling with persistent fatigue or other chronic health issues to seek the guidance of a qualified naturopathic doctor. The engaging discussion leaves viewers with a deeper appreciation for the complexities of the body’s terrain and the role of individual constitution in the healing process. 

Dr. Emile Compan is licensed to work with patients in Ontario. For more information about his naturopathic practice, you can email him at: fnc.ottawa@gmail.com

Time Stamps

1:08 – 2:21 Introduction of the guest, Dr. Emile Compan, including his background and qualifications

2:22 – 5:58 Dr. Compan shares his personal story and journey that led him to become a naturopath

5:59 – 9:18 Explanation of Dr. Compan’s approach, focusing on the concept of terrain and how it relates to cellular health

9:19 – 12:08 Further discussion on the concept of constitution and how it factors into Dr. Compan’s evaluation of patients

12:09 – 15:33 Common causes of fatigue from a conventional medical perspective (thyroid issues, anemia, lifestyle factors)

15:34 – 18:42 Dr. Compan’s perspective on additional factors that can contribute to fatigue (environmental toxins, mold, dysbiosis)

18:43 – 21:32 Introduction to live blood cell analysis and what it can reveal about a patient’s health status

21:33 – 23:59 Visuals and examples of live blood cell analysis findings related to fatigue

24:00 – 25:07 Commercial break

25:08 – 27:57 Practical tips: importance of sleep, breathing, movement, and diet for addressing fatigue

27:58 – 30:42 Practical tips: importance of hydration, working with medical doctors, and being cautious with self-prescribing supplements

30:43 – 33:22 Practical tips: Dr. Compan’s top 5 recommendations for fighting fatigue

33:23 – 36:22 Dr. Compan’s approach to recommending supplements, considering quality and potential interactions

36:23 – 39:47 Factors Dr. Compan considers when prescribing remedies, tailoring recommendations based on a patient’s constitution

39:48 – 41:07 Closing remarks and information on how to contact/find Dr. Compan



TVEpisode #10 – The Fatigue Fix—Simple Solutions For Restoring Energy Holistically