Open House May 13

Come meet the Naturopathic Doctors at Qi Integrated Health.

Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld ND and Dr. Erica Kubanek ND

We are offering free mineral testing and a presentation and workshop on stress and how it impacts your health.

Date & Time: Wednesday May 13, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Qi Integrated Health

1764 West 7th Ave, Vancouver BC V6J 5A3

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Sinclair Centre May 11-15

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.

FAQs

  • 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?​ I​n 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.” ­

Complimentary Visits

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

Empower the Drive May 14

Empower the Drive Health Education Series happens on the second Thursday of every month. Join us for talks, health education, seminars, freebies, discounts, and more!

Designed to empower you and your family to live better now.

$10 at the door includes:

  • Experiential therapies
  • Free recipes and products
  • Discounts
  • Health Packages
  • Special offers on lab testing

Empower the Drive – Health Education Series Presents:

Empower Month of May: Celebrating Women’s Health & Naturopathic Medicine Week

When: Thursday May 14, 6-7:00pm

Location: Empower Health Clinic

#208-2555 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4C1

Contact: 604.336.2844

Temporary Crash or Permanent Vacation?

Identifying hormonal imbalances, and demystifying current therapies

with Dr. Rae St. Arnault, ND

PMS – A Survival Guide

One Woman’s Journey to the Centre of her Uterus!

with Helen Loshny, MA RTC

Armour Yourself with JOY

Exploring the Greatest Feminine Treasure

with Ela Rezmer, MA

Registration: empw.ca/empowerthedrive
Contact: 604.336.2844

Empower Health

Empower Health is a truly integrated healthcare approach that works with you—providing exactly the right solutions, tools, programs and expertise you need. It’s healthcare in the present, a multi-disciplinary healthcare model you can see, feel and experience. And it’s just what you’ve been yearning for.

 

Open House May 16

Curious to see what all the buzz is about? Bring your questions and your friends and drop by our Clinic Open House on Saturday, May 16th from 1-4pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Clinic Open House

with Dr. Martha Reid, ND

Saturday, May 16th, 1-4 pm

(no registration required)

Hello

Doctors’ Choice Nutrition Naturopathic Clinic is a naturopathic family medical practice owned and operated by Dr. Martha Reid, ND. Housed in a gorgeous heritage building in the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant West End, the clinic is the perfect place to unwind and seek naturopathic care.

Dr. Reid is extensively trained in clinical and laboratory diagnoses, physical medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and lifestyle counselling. This comprehensive training enables her to effectively treat the full spectrum of medical conditions from acute to chronic ailments (see below for a list of commonly treated conditions).

1190 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC (down the street from St. Paul’s Hospital)

T 604-688-1169

Merchants of Doubt Movie Nights May 13 and 14

The British Columbia Naturopathic Association is hosting two screenings of Merchants of Doubt: In Victoria on May 13 and Vancouver on May 14. Doors open at 6:30pm. Movie at 7:00pm

Our movie nights have sold out in the past, so get your tickets now:

Merchants of Doubt – May 13, 2105 Victoria BC

Merchants of Doubt – May 14, 2015 Vancouver BC

Alan Cassels Speaks at Merchants of Doubt Screening

Last year during Naturopathic Medicine Week, BCNA screened GMO OMG.  It was a documentary which considered what goes into food, what ingredients are modified, and the lack of transparency behind major corporations such as Monsanto.

Merchants of Doubt

This year, BCNA is screening Merchants of Doubt, a movie which considers the so-called experts who weigh in on studies, research and advances in science, but who are more often than not paid by corporations for their opinion.

This week, it has come to light that Monsanto has a whole department dedicated to nothing else except shooting down the scientists that discredit Monsanto product.

Merchants of Doubt exposes this trend towards news as corporate propaganda, and how it has an impact on our health and well-being.

Alan Cassels

Special screenings in Victoria and Vancouver during Naturopathic Medicine Week include special guest Alan Cassels.  Cassels is a health researcher at University of Victoria, an expert on the corporate interests which drive health headlines and, often, medical care.  He reports in his book Seeking Sickness that pharmaceutical companies sometimes put simple tests online with the goal of encouraging people to see their doctor to receive more tests. The ultimate objective is to sell more prescription drugs.

Buy Tickets Now

Please join us this May in Victoria, or Vancouver, for Merchants of Doubt.

  Tickets are only $10.  Proceeds to benefit the Family Naturopathic Clinic in Victoria.

Another Naturopathic Medicine Week Success!

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.

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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.

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Offical Recognition in Kelowna

The mayor of Kelowna officially recognized naturopathic medicine week this year:

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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!

It’s Official! Naturopathic Medicine Week May 12-18, 2014

Today is the first day of Naturopathic Medicine Week across Canada.

Check out this official recognition from the mayor of Kelowna, BC:

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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

 

Free Events Vancouver BC – Naturopathic Medicine Week

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

Directions:  On the corner of Davie and Thurlow streets, beside the Starbucks and 1 block south of St. Paul’s Hospital

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.


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1190 Thurlow Street Vancouver BC

604-688-1169

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.

  1. 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
  1. 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

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Vitalia Health Care Inc.

The Regent Medical Building Suite 460
2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1

Greying Nation: An Aging Population Doesn’t Have to Burden the Health Care System

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.