Here is a list of event offers from BCNA members and their clinics during Naturopathic Medicine. Please check the list below for a city near you. RSVP to our Facebook event for announcements when new promotions are added, follow our Facebook page, or check back here regularly.
Don’t forget to enter our daily contest for 7 chances to win a $100 voucher for a visit with a naturopathic doctor.
Patient Appreciation Week – May 14-19. Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine invites you to call them at 604-540-2873 to book your free wellness exam and find out what Naturopathic Medicine has to offer you. Seniors, women, men and children are welcome – patients eligible for this event will also receive a promo card which entitles them to 4 more visits at $99.
2 for 1 Visit Promotion – Schedule a consultation with one of the Naturopathic Doctors at Butterfly Naturopathic Clinic and receive a free consultation of (equal or lesser) value to share with a friend or family member! Call to book your appointments: 604-980-8885. Please note: you must book the 2 for 1 promotion May 14th-20th, however the actual appointment be can be completed within the month of May.
$10 IM vitamin injections on your first visit – Get your vitamins into your bloodstream right away with a vitamin injection at Inspirit Health. Call (604) 559-8816 *Terms and Conditions: 1. Coupon is for one time use only, 2. Limit 2 injections per person, 3. Promotion is offered to new clients only, 4. Appointment must be in the month of May.
BCNA Members and clinics are hosting special events throughout Naturopathic Medicine Week.
Call 604-540-2873 to book a FREE appointment at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
During Naturopathic Medicine Week, book the following appointments with Dr Jolene Kennett BSc, ND at CareMed Integrative Health Centre at a discounted rate:
1. 20% off Botulinum treatments. Discounted price will be $8/unit for May 8-14.
2. 20% off PAP smear exams. Discounted price will be $60 for this 20 minute appointment for May 8-14.
Marine Drive Naturopathic Clinic is offering 20% off vitamin IV therapy during Naturopathic Medicine Week May 8-14. Call 604-929-5772 to book your spot.
May 8 -Sign up for a free seminar at Pure Pharmacy with Dr Sanjay Mohan Ram, BSc Hon, ND of and learn about the history of hormone replacement therapy and its application. Limited number of seats available! RSVP on Facebook.
15% off your annual Well Woman visit with Dr. Tasnim Adatya during Naturopathic Medicine Week. dradatya.com
All intravenous cocktails will be 15% off and all intramuscular injections will be $5 at Inspirit Health. Intramuscular injections available – take your pick! Slim Shot, Migraine Relief, Hang-Over, Performance Booster, Detox Booster. Call 604-559-8816.
Vitalia Healthcare in Vancouver invites you to come take a free simple test during Naturopathic Medicine Week. Call 1-604-566-WELL (9355).
There has been increasing public focus on the shortage of physicians to meet the health needs of the residents of British Columbia. By now, it is clear it’s not feasible to expect to hire enough medical doctors to meet demand. Moreover, there may be more realistic and more efficient ways to allocate resources that are already available. Health Minster Terry Lake has elaborated on this point by explaining that not every problem requires a medical doctor and many issues can be addressed by a “primary care team”. Naturopathic doctors can play an integral role in such a model of care.
Licensed naturopathic doctors in British Columbia are highly-trained medical professionals. While the profession has been regulated since 1923, in 2009 the B.C. Ministry of Health approved a new set of regulations which recognizes naturopathic doctors as primary health-care providers. The new regulations bestow on naturopathic doctors sweeping changes to their authority with respect to compounding, prescription authority, dispensing, ordering of laboratory and diagnostic services, and other privileges. This enables naturopathic doctors in British Columbia to have the widest scope of practice in Canada. For nearly a decade, patients have been able to choose an ND for primary care—already reducing the burden on the medical system.
Many British Columbians chose to see naturopathic doctors because they enjoy the personalized care that they receive and alternative treatment options to conventional drugs or surgery. Because NDs mainly practice in private clinics where their services are not publicly-funded, these patients enjoy their preferred method of health care without requiring taxpayer dollars. Also, treatment plans emphasize preventative health and optimal wellness which further reduces the frequency of visits to the medical doctor or hospital.
While the government has recognized naturopathic doctors as primary health care providers, there are still some remaining obstacles that prevent NDs from being an even greater part of the solution to the doctors shortage. Of these, the two most significant are that naturopathic doctors are not permitted universal access to tests run at diagnostic facilities (a commitment made by Health Minister George Abbott 10 years ago and stated in the government’s 2008 Throne Speech) and access to information in PharmaNet.
BCNA has outlined the diverse and extensive primary care on offer, province wide, in a detailed report to government titled Supporting a Sustainable Health System. A highlight of which is the collaborative, interdisciplinary support NDs bring to the provincial health care system, but which government has failed to capitalize on.
This post by BCNA Co-President, Dr. Victor Chan
What Your Reaction to Coffee Says about Your Liver and Why You Should Be Concerned
Olisa Mak, ND
I have a guilty pleasure: I love coffee, the smell of it, the bitter taste of it. Nothing wakes me up on a day off more than a fresh cup of dark roast coffee. I usually drink anywhere from two to four cups of coffee a week, but never more than one a day. Yesterday, I drank two cups of coffee, a latte that was quite strong and a dark roast two hours apart. The effect? A coffee overdose. For the rest of the day, I was restless, experienced chest pains, had chattering teeth, hands that were shaking, a headache and was unable to sleep. I was buzzed and overly stimulated. It wasn’t until five in the morning, roughly 14 hours after my second cup of coffee, that I stopped feeling the buzz. Although, this morning, I woke up feeling completely hungover like I had a night out drinking.
Although most people do not experience such an extreme reaction, it isn’t uncommon to hear people say that they can’t handle coffee, that they feel “jittery” after drinking it. On the other end of the spectrum, there are people who simply do not feel anything after drinking coffee; they can have several cups a day with no after effects.
So what does all of that mean? Why do some people, like myself, have such extreme reactions to coffee whereas other people feel nothing?
First we have to understand how coffee is metabolized in the body. When we drink coffee, it reaches our digestive tract where the coffee is modified and individual chemical constituents of coffee are absorbed by our small intestines. Once in the small intestines, the various chemical compounds found in coffee are absorbed and circulate throughout the bloodstream and reach the liver and other organs.
The liver metabolizes coffee in a step-wise manner and in each step, the compounds are chemically modified to become more and more water-soluble, to ensure proper elimination by the kidneys and bowels. here are two general steps in the liver detoxification process, which I’ll call phase one and two. When you’re overly sensitive to coffee, your phase one is sluggish whereas if you don’t feel anything from coffee, your Phase one is too active.
So how can you bring these two steps back into balance? If you’re overly sensitive to coffee, you need to give your phase one a boost. Phase one relies mainly on B vitamins (amongst other nutrients) whereas phase two mainly relies on amino acids from protein sources like good quality meat and fish. A diet abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins is key. There are also supplements that have been especially formulated to support liver function when changing your diet isn’t enough. Certain foods, especially cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, are also great for giving your phase one a boost. If your phase one is overactive and you don’t feel anything from coffee, then you need to slow down phase one. You can do this with herbs, such as Calendula officinalis, or spices such as turmeric (in a supplement form it is sold as curcumin).
Other than feeling “jittery” after drinking coffee, why is it important to correct an imbalance between the two phases? At the end of phase one, reactive oxygen species are produced. If phase one is overactive or faster than the phase two pathway, you ultimately get an accumulation of reactive oxygen species because your phase two just can’t keep up with phase one. Reactive oxygen species are chemically reactive molecules known to cause inflammation and damage throughout the body, including cellular DNA damage. Reactive oxygen species or high oxidative stress have been implicated in chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis and aging, Having signs of an imbalance between both phases has long term consequences and should be addressed.
Figure 1. Your liver and Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Diagram created by Dr. Olisa Mak
Although the body naturally produces reactive oxygen species, the body has protective mechanisms in place to protect itself. By eating a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc and thiols (e.g., NAC) which can be found in garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables, the body neutralizes these harmful, reactive oxygen species.
The balance between both phases is important to understand as it plays a key role in the metabolism of everything that our bodies comes into contact with—not just coffee but alcohol, medications, supplements, pesticides on our foods, even chemicals we absorb through our skin from personal health care products. The rate at which these two phases function ultimately defines how well our liver protects us from everything that we are exposed to. The chronic illnesses associated with high oxidative stress may not appear right away but ultimately affect our ability to live healthy and happy lives. Love your liver by eating a well-balanced, organic diet, rich in antioxidants and nutrients.
My ordeal from drinking only two cups of coffee one after the other brought to my attention the imbalance between my liver’s phase one and phase two. I too will examine my diet and find a way to improve my liver’s functioning. Will you?
If you’re concerned about your liver function, book an appointment to see how your liver function can be improved. Make better, more informed, decisions about their health. Come in for an appointment and get started with an individualized treatment plan just for you.
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