The Silent Killer

Isn’t it unfortunate that in our society we almost brag about how busy, tired and overwhelmed we are? With that said, now take a minute and ask yourself if you suffer from any of the following:

-Sleepless nights
-Anxiety or irritability
-Low mood
-Muscle or back pain
-Feeling overwhelmed
-Ongoing infections (such as cold or flu)
-Upset stomach or heartburn
-Feeling “burned out”
-Headaches or migraines
-Hormonal imbalances
-Stress-eating patterns
-The need to smoke or drink in order to cope

Stress is essential for survival. The chemicals it triggers help us cope with difficulty, but how much stress is too much and affecting to our health. Many of us are driven to attain that next promotion, a bigger house, fancier car and basically living our lives running on empty. The pressures and demands of daily life can start to take a toll. Slowly and silently, chronic stress can deteriorate our health, from weakening the immune system to increasing the risk of heart attack. The harmful effects of chronic stress often go unnoticed until they manifest in mental or physical burnout, compromised health and disease. This “silent killer” is no joke, below are some of the detrimental conditions that chronic stress may lead to


Depression and Anxiety
Chronic stress is connected to an increased rate of depression and anxiety. Research examining stress (specifically, occupational stress) indicates low reward and job insecurity as major factors for depressive disorder.

Heart Disease
Stressed out individuals have an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Stress can worsen asthma, even possibly affecting ones own children. Research indicates parental stress may increase the risk of children developing asthma.

Stress increases the likelihood of unhealthy behaviours, such as excessive eating, alcohol abuse and lack of exercise. Stress also raises blood sugar and prevents the release of insulin in those with type 2 diabetes.

Gastrointestinal Problems
Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stomach Ulcers can all be caused by too much stress. Stress can even disrupt the micro flora balance in the gut, which is crucial to immune and gastrointestinal health.

Accelerated Aging
Oxidative stress and inflammation, the result of long term chronic stress, accelerate the aging process by shortening telomeres, the protective end caps of DNA strands. As telomeres become shorter, their structural integrity weakens, causing cells to age faster and die younger.

Stress raises levels of the hormone cortisol, which, if elevated in the evening, can contribute to frequent waking and poor sleep quality. Poor sleep decreases the ability to cope with stress during the day, leading to a vicious cycle of compromised sleep.

Chronic stress contributes to imbalances of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. Imbalances in these hormones can contribute to fatigue, reduced mental clarity and compromised health.


At Papillon we want to help you live your best life possible. We preach the importance of taking care of your whole self: mind, body and soul.

The good news is several lifestyle modifications and natural solutions are available to help you regain control and reverse the effects of stress. It is a relief to know that chronic stress does not have to be a part of your daily life. Our doctors will work with you to help identify key triggers and symptoms in your life. We may begin by testing levels of your body’s stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA in order to identify how your body adapts to stress. Then following an assessment of your specific needs, a comprehensive program will be developed to help you recover. The ARK stress recovery program may include nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep and tools all to work together to reduce your stress.

We want to hear and understand your story and become a part of your journey to your best self. Our functional medicine doctors cant wait to meet you.


Food with Purpose Event

The Event

At Papillon, we believe that looking and feeling your absolute best begins with what you put into your body. Have you ever started your path to wellness and healthy eating, but felt overwhelmed and short for time? We are here to help you learn how to nourish yourself and those you care for. By cutting diet and nutrition info overload and by offering practical skills in the kitchen, you will be educated, inspired and empowered to create vibrant, everyday meals.

We have teamed up with the best of the best to bring you an event the first of its kind in Calgary. Functional Medicine Doctor Stella Jansen van Rensburg, Red Seal Chef Michael Christen and Nutritional Consultant Jen Ruel collaborated on a menu and program that focusses on foods that can be prepared quickly, taste yummy and will have us glowing from within. We are so excited to share our passion with you. This event will arm you with confidence, knowledge and of course a full tummy.

The night will start with some mingling, browsing, wine sipping and introductions with our functional medicine doctor Dr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg and holistic nutritionist Jen. We are then seated for an interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Michael. We will learn all about efficient shopping lists, the clean 15, the dirty dozen, sexy fibre, how to cook once and eat twice, then finally some prep skills.  Next up our dinner full of nutritional goodness will be served. Enjoy good company while Jen, Stella and Michael answer questions, provide assurance and get to know you too.

We finish off the night with one last browse through the shopping selection, our door prize draw and you will not leave empty handed either. We have rounded up a gift bag full of goodies, recipes and shopping lists so you leave feeling confident to do this on your own.

The Venue

We found the perfect venue in The Loft, by Amanda Hamilton. The space offers an intimate, modern yet beautiful background to the seminar. The Loft is a mixed-use space that provides the opportunity to inspire education, encourage exploration and create a sense of community. We can kick back with a glass of wine on the couch, all while taking in all the valuable information the seminar has to offer. Not to mention, most all of the décor is for sale and is absolutely gorgeous.



The Tickets

This one of a kind event will sell out quickly and we kept the tickets limited to keep the evening intimate. Tickets are $70 and will cover your food, wine, gift bag and nutrition seminar.

The Facilitators

Dr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg is the Founder and CEO of Papillon Medical. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2001. Her practice consists largely of Preventative and Regenerative medicine. She believes that you can look and feel your best at any age. Her drive for educating clients to gain control of their health and wellbeing, and being an active part of their journey to optimal vitality makes her practice exciting and unique.

Michael is a Certified Health Coach and a classically trained Red Seal Chef who has spent his cooking career both in North America and in Europe. His vision now is to educate people on how to live a better quality of life through food choices. This inspired him to complete his schooling to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. You can also find him on local television, teaching in schools, doing demos at the Farmers Market and doing custom classes in clients homes.

Jen Ruel completed the Natural Nutrition Diploma program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta, where she graduated as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™. Afterwards, she carried on to complete the Professional Plant-Based Certification course through Rouxbe culinary school. She believes that it is never too late to make a change. Small, sustainable, and consistent changes can equal huge benefits. Many people know that they aren’t feeling their best, but aren’t sure how to change or where to start. Jen has been there, she gets it, and now she’s here to help.

The How

We cant wait to see you there.


Click here to register online



Clarion Convention

It is always fun to update you on what we are doing at the clinic. We are in an industry that is always evolving with new technology, treatments and research. Last weekend we had the opportunity to sit in on a conference with the team at Clarion Medical. They are one of our favourites to work with and it was a privilege to listen in on some exciting things happening in the industry. We met with other aesthetic professionals, saw live demos, filled up on product knowledge and ate a yummy, healthy lunch. At Papillon we are committed to providing the latest cutting edge treatments and products to our clients. We can’t wait to share some of these new ones with you.

Clarion first spoke about the Fotona laser machine and everything that it can do. It really is a machine that can treat the whole body. From snoring, to incontinence, to facial volume to pigmentation and scars, expect top-notch results no matter what area of the body you want to treat. At our Gulf Canada Square clinic we are seeing growth in the IntimaLase® laser that offers incision less, non-invasive photo thermal tightening of the vaginal canal. It is such a great option for women and we sure love how technology is influencing our industry and improving our own lives.

Clarion also brings us Colorscience products, which include the award winning Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen. For those of you going away for some spring break heat and sun, don’t forget to pack up this one. With a SPF 50, this product can easily be reapplied over makeup and fits conveniently into your purse or beach bag. You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, so we love how this product is so simple and light to do so. Ingredients are mineral based and benzone-free and have light coverage already built in. Sunforgettable won In Style Magazines “Best Beauty Buys 2016”, so be sure to ask about it next time you are in the clinic.

After learning about cutting edge skincare, we then watched a live demo of Clarions Beauty Booster treatment. This new, game-changing advancement in aesthetics is already available for our patients at Papillon. The V2 Beauty Booster delivers Teosyal Redensity 1 into the skin to target dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles. We will completely blanket your skin with Hyaluronic Acid, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Expect tighter, firmer skin on the face, lower eyelid, forehead, neck, décolletage and hands.

What a great learning experience this convention was and we are so proud to offer our clients many of Clarions products and treatments. We are always learning and growing with the latest technology and trends in our industry so we can provide you with the latest and greatest.

Welcome to the Cocoon

We hope our first post finds you healthy, happy and embracing the new year. To start this blog series off we want to formally introduce ourselves. We are not strictly a medical dermatology clinic; we envision a lifestyle at Papillon that allows our clients to walk through life with grace, vitality and wellness. We approach each client as a canvas, never forgetting that there is a story behind each unique artwork. When we look at health, wellness, facial rejuvenation and aesthetic treatments, we also explore the underlying health and nutritional status of each client. This assessment is what makes Papillon so special and is critical for lasting results. Each treatment is as unique as your own canvas; expect an individualized and holistic approach. Our team of doctors and staff are passionate, kind, inspiring and are so excited to share their wealth of knowledge with you. We love what we do and it shows.

We will use this space to update you on what’s happening in the clinic, to share tips and tools we love to help you lead a healthier, happier life and of course to inform you on the latest juicy trends in functional medicine and aesthetic treatments.

There is always something so fresh, promising and exciting as we set goals and intentions for the year ahead. Over here at Papillon, we have been working hard on something extra special to begin the New Year with. On Monday January 8, we opened the doors to our brand new Papillon Medical Dermatology Laser Center location in Gulf Canada Square. We are so proud of this space and can’t wait to show you around. Our beautiful new office was designed to complement all of our cutting edge treatments in dermatology, aesthetics, hormonal, nutritional, functional and integrative medicine. Our team of doctors, nurses and staff are committed to help you achieve your goals of total body health and wellness. We would love to help you discover the best version of you, from the inside out!