Meet Sinclair Centre’s Only Naturopathic Doctors at the Atrium between 11- 1pm
Dr. Aaron VanGaver and Dr. Giselle Lefebvre ND
Round table discussion from 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Q&A to follow
All Week Long: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday
- MONDAY: How to pick up the pep to quick start the week learn more about your stress hormones, how to test and treat
- TUESDAY: Food and Mood learn more about the brain gut connection
- WEDNESDAY: Quit those habits learn more about smoking cessation, weight loss support
- THURSDAY: Allergies learn more about how to deal your allergies
- FRIDAY: Learn about how IV vitamins can help you Come ask us about your health concerns.
- Do you direct bill for extended health insurance plans? Yes, we have started to use Telus eclaims billing system, which allows us to bill directly for most extended health plans. You only pay your copay, let your insurance pay directly for the rest.
- I sometimes have to go to a walk in clinic to get testing or to get a prescription, is this something you can do? In fact, we have had a number of our patients that do not have a family doctor, use us for their acute care questions. For example, why wait in a waiting room to see someone for a sore throat, or a nagging cough when you could book in and be seen “on time”. Naturopathic doctors were granted prescription privileges 6 years ago and we have been able to help our patients get the medicines they need more efficiently in some cases.
- I’m not sure if I need to see a naturopathic doctor, how will I know if I need to see you? This is a great question, I would say everyone could use a naturopathic doctor in their “health team”. There is no replacement for your MD, if you have one, but seeking care from a naturopathic doctor will provide you with some other benefits such as the length of time we spend with you in our visits. If you are unsure if seeing a naturopathic doctor is right for you, please book in for one of our complimentary “meet and greets.”
Both Dr. Lefebvre and myself (Dr. Van Gaver) have a few blocks off each week reserved for individuals looking to see if naturopathic medicine may be a good fit, please contact us through our website to set up an appointment.
Dr. Aaron VanGaver and Dr. Giselle Lefebvre ND
Contact the doctors at 604-629-1120.
Giselle Lefebvre, is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a trained Doula, Healthy Breast Educator and a passionate advocate of enjoying what you got.
Aaron Van Gaver will coach you to maximum wellness and a healthy lifestyle that includes optimum balancing of hormonal health for both women and men.For further information about the services Dr Van Gaver offers, please check out www.draaronvangaver.com
Dr. Andrea Rayburn ND and Dr. Ingrid Pincott ND are offering a Women’s Health Forum for all ages.
Topics to include Peri-menopause and Menopause, Anxiety and Depression, as well as Prevention of Female Cancers.
Where: Campbell River Community Center (Lounge)
When: Saturday, May 9th, 10am-1pm
Dr. Andrea Rayburn
Dr. Rayburn is a general family medicine practitioner who welcomes patients of all levels of health. With an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, she works with her patients to educate them on how to become an active participant in their own health.
She can be reached at 250-336-8349 or drrayburnnd.com.
Dr. Ingrid Pincott
Dr. Pincott has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 1985 and is currently practicing in Campbell River.
She can be reached at (250) 286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com
BC Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014
This year’s Naturopathic Medicine Week was May 12-18. Naturopathic Doctors and clinics held special events across British Columbia, including an open house at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, a Health Fair and Speaker Series in Nanaimo, and free seminars and consultations in Vancouver and Abbotsford.
GMO OMG Movie Screenings
This year the BCNA featured 3 screenings of the movie GMO OMG in Richmond, Victoria and Kelowna, with proceeds going to the Family Naturopathic Clinic – a naturopathic teaching clinic providing free care to young low income families.
BCNA Hosts a Government Lunch in Victoria
As part of Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014, BCNA hosted a government lunch in Victoria. Pictured standing, left to right, MLA Richard Lee, MLA Jackie Tegart, MLA Linda Reimer, Dr. Kulwinder Sraw, MLA Simon Gibson, Dr. Deborah Phair, MLA Doug Bing, MLA Jane Thornthwaite. Seated, MLA Linda Larson, MLA Mike Morris receiving a heart rate variability test, and MLA Michelle Stillwell.
Offical Recognition in Kelowna
The mayor of Kelowna officially recognized naturopathic medicine week this year:
Naturopathic Medicine in the House of Commons
“I ask everyone here to recognize Naturopathic Medicine Week.” -Colin Carrie at the House of Commons.
Another successful year, and we are looking forward to Naturopathic Medicine Week in 2015!
Today is the first day of Naturopathic Medicine Week across Canada.
Check out this official recognition from the mayor of Kelowna, BC:
Naturopathic Medicine Weeks across Canada: cand.ca
Special Movie Screenings of GMO OMG in select cities in British Columbia: bcna.ca
Other events across the province, including free doctor visits, talks, and more: click here
Let’s Talk About Lyme
Join Dr. Jasmine Wong of the Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc. at this event, which will include children’s activities, displays, videos, and a chance to talk to naturopathic physicians as well as other health practitioners.
When: Saturday May 10 Noon – 3:00pm
Doctor’s Choice Nutrition answers the question…
Naturopathic Medicine: What exactly is it?
Dr. Martha Reid of Doctor’s Choice nutrition will host a free public seminar on Wednesday, May 14th, from 6-7 pm, titled: Naturopathic Medicine: What exactly is it?
When: Wednesday, May 14th, from 6-7 pm
Where: 1190 Thurlow Street, Vancouver. V6E 1X3
Register: 604-688-1169 – interested participants should call the clinic to register ahead of time. Of course, the event is free, but space is limited.
1190 Thurlow Street Vancouver BC
Dr. Martha Reid holds free events at her clinic in Vancouver’s West End the last Wednesday of every month.
Vitalia Health Care Inc. offers…
Free Services During Naturopathic Medicine Week
Vitalia Health Care Inc. is offering the following services FREE for Naturopathic Medicine Week! Call us at 604-566-9355 to book your appointment or visit us at www.vitaliahealthcare.ca.
- Our BIO-IMPEDENCE ANALYSIS ($40 Value) shows your measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass……… an integral part of your 15 minutes health / nutrition assessment!
You will also learn:
- How toxic your body is
- If you are drinking enough water
- How many calories you are burning in a day
- Your real age vs. your chronological age
- If you are burning fat or muscle
- How healthy your cells are
- Find out information about your heart’s health! The Acoustic Cardiograph ($65 Value) is a 15 minute, non-invasive test that analyzes sound waves in your heart and can suggest to the doctor:
- Whether your muscle function is optimal
- If your body’s chemistry is balanced
- If there are possible nutritional imbalances or deficiencies in your body
Vitalia Health Care Inc.
The Regent Medical Building Suite 460
2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1
In support of women for mother’s day and Naturopathic medicine week, Nanaimo Doctors are hosting two evenings of lectures, expert Q&A panels, prizes, snacks and special offers.
British Columbia Naturopathic Medicine Week – Nanaimo BC
We have a grocery store providing snacks, health food stores and professional distributors lined up to donate products, and also a goodie bag full of treats and special offer coupons for those involved.
1) Dr. Tonia Winchester – Finding Your Fertility. Discover 3 common causes that prevent couples from getting pregnant and learn simple strategies you can use to increase your chances of giving birth to a healthy, happy baby.
2) Kim Mosiuk – Yoga & Ayurveda
3) Dr. Karen Fraser – Cardiometabolic Risks In Women. A discussion on our perception of these risks and the prevention of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
4) Dr. Clare Craig – Naturopathic Treatments to Heal the Gut – Find out how the gut works, what makes it vulnerable, and what you can do to support healthier digestion and absorption.
Thursday May 15
1) Dr. John Yim – Mastering Your Moods. Depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings can have a huge, negative impact on the quality of your life. Dr. Yim will share simple nutritional tips to help you in mastering your moods
2) Dr. Carmen Luterbach – Menopause – the Second Spring. Menopause is the second spring; an awakening of new potential. Celebrate a
time of independence, passion and self expression. Explore new ideas to support this important life transition.
3) Amr Farghali – Natural hormones. Discover the difference between “Natural” and “Bio-Identical” and the role of your Pharmacist in helping you make your decision.
4) “Ask a Naturopath” – panel discussion with Naturopathic Physicians on common topics and questions that are frequently asked in their practices
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: North Town Centre Mall, 195-4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC (Formerly Rutherford Mall).
Please enter through the doors by London Drugs and the Scotia Bank
by Lorne Swetlikoff, ND
By delaying and preventing the onset of degenerative conditions, naturopathic medicine can enable people to age healthier, delay retirement, and positively impact the sustainability of our health care system.
1 out of 3 Canadians is a Baby Boomer
According to Statistics Canada’s 2006 census, one out of three Canadians is a baby boomer (born between 1946-1965) and make up the largest group in our population. There is significant concern that this demographic shift will place a significant burden on our health-care system challenging its sustainability.
Age-related conditions like dementia, arthritis, and heart disease are common amongst the elderly. These conditions are degenerative and require patients to be continuously engaged with their doctors and health system. If Canadians are aging and older Canadians get age-related conditions, then health-care delivery costs are set to rise significantly. Who is going to pay for this? Certainly not younger Canadians as that population group continues to shrink.
Preventing age-related infirmities is an essential strategy in dealing with this issue. By keeping Canadians healthy, it is more likely that they will live longer, have more productive lives, perhaps retire later, and reduce health-care needs.
How do we keep Canadians healthy?
Recognize that decrepitude and degeneration are not normal aspects of aging but are states of disorder that are diagnosable, treatable, and more importantly preventable.
Our current medical system is focused on diagnosing and treating disease. This is important. but it’ a reactive approach to something that has already happened. To strengthen our system, we need to be proactive and prevent disease. Preventing degenerative diseases requires continuous assessment of health parameters and undesirable trends over the course of one’s life. Intervention then becomes a system of keeping people healthy.
The basic philosophical premise of naturopathic medicine is that there is an inherent healing power in nature and in every human being. The ND’s responsibility is to strive to understand the minimum level of intervention that will stimulate the body’ self-healing processes
Restoring unique biochemical deficiencies to a normal physiological balance and intervening with natural therapies to support a patient’s condition may help make them feel more vital, and energetic, and move them out of their decline.
Some useful steps that you can take to make sure that you increase your longevity and vitality and don’t slide into old age prematurely:
- Undergo periodic screening for biological health markers like hormone deficiency, vitamin mineral deficiency, amino acid deficiency, chemical toxicity levels, inflammation markers, digestive analysis, blood sugar levels and heart evaluation to determine your current state of health. Such intervention is aimed at restoring the normal physiological balance of the body.
- Strive to identify the cause of your problem by visiting a naturopathic doctor. Don’t just treat symptoms, which often allows the real disease to progress past the point of recovery.
- As appropriate, use natural therapies as a first resort to stimulate the body to heal. Customize your treatment plan to meet your biochemical needs and re-evaluate that plan to changing circumstances, stresses, and experiences.
- Keep in mind that prevention is not just taking a test. For example, taking a PSA test to rule out prostate cancer, or a having a mammogram to check for breast cancer are important procedures, but it’s important to determine your individual risk factors for cancer and then make the necessary changes early in your life to enable healing, wellness and longevity.
- Educate yourself and gain the appropriate awareness to make smart health choices now to increase longevity in the future.
A statistic from the late 90s showed that by delaying nursing home admission by just one month, it would save the U.S. health-care system $3 billion a year. Naturopathic doctors help people get well, and have effective strategies in preventing, delaying, and treating age-related diseases. This can have a positive impact on our aging population and in reducing the associated health-care.
This article originally appeared, in a longer version, on CBC. Dr. Swetlikoff is a licensed ND in Castlegar and Vancouver.
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