Keeping the Bugs at Bay this Winter Season

Dr. Juliet Ghodsian, ND shares these 5 steps to keep your terrain clean and functional this winter. The end result is a happier and healthier you.


A French physiologist, Claude Bernard, once said “The Terrain is everything, the germ is nothing.”

An interesting thought, but what does that mean?

It means that simple exposure to a bacteria or virus does not mean you will get sick.

But isn’t that contrary to most of our beliefs about hygiene and health?

…Wash your hands! Don’t put your fingers in your mouth. Flu season is coming!

Let’s take a step back and explain the most important words in the quote:

Terrain.

The Terrain refers to the internal environment in your body: mucous membranes, digestion, detoxification and elimination organs, immune system cells, and energy production cells.

Germs.

These can be bacteria, fungi or viruses.

We are covered with germs inside and out all the time! Why do some bugs make us sick, but not others? Why did you get sick but not your neighbour?

The answer is simple. The health of the Terrain of your body determines how responsive your immune system will be to infection, and how effective it is at beating it. Boosting your immune health to keep the bugs at bay this winter involves more steps than just “Take some extra vitamin C!”

Here are the top 5 things you can do to clean up your Terrain and super-charge your immune cells for the fall and winter season:

  1. Secure the Borders: Protect your Skin!  Keep hydrated and eat plenty of healthy omega 3 oils to preserve the integrity of your skin, mucous membranes, and the internal skin that lines the entire digestive tract. This is your # 1 defence against invaders.
  1. Take out the garbage: Detox and Eliminate.  The chemical exposures that your body has to process from air, food and water contamination are a real concern. They often surpass the liver’s ability to metabolize, and we end up with deficiencies and backlog of toxins. These toxins cause disruptions in energy, hormone and immune cell production leaving you more susceptible to infection. Visit your naturopathic doctor to discuss the most effective ways to keep your system clean this season.
  1. Stock the arsenal: Keep you diet clean and green.  Be sure to provide your body with plenty of clean, organic produce to make sure you have enough antioxidants and minerals available for immune cell use. Green smoothies and kale chips are great ways to get kids eating superfoods. Come in for an IV vitamin infusion of vitamin C and B complex to start you off on the right foot.
  1. Prepare for Battle: Stay Calm!  Studies have shown that stress causes increases in the hormone cortisol which in turn depress your immune response. Take a deep breath and book in for Bowen therapy or Craniosacral Therapy to balance your nerves and get your cortisol levels under control.
  1. Send in the troops: Immune support.  Naturopathic medicine has a treasure trove of herbal, homeopathic and nutritional substances that will prime your immune cells and prepare them to respond quickly and effectively to any invaders. Talk to your ND today and find the best remedies to fit your constitution and lifestyle.

This article by Dr. Juliet Ghodsian, a licensed naturopathic doctor at Sage Clinic in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood. www.drghodsian.com

BC Doctor Speaking at Film Festival

Some folk run for fun, some for the competition, others find inner peace and spirituality in running.  BCNA member Dr. Pushpa Chandra is a woman of small stature and great accomplishments.  She has run in some of the most harsh conditions on some of the most difficult terrain on the planet.  This year, at the 16th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Dr. Chandra has been chosen as a guest speaker to highlight her running career.  On February 10 at the North Vancouver Centennial Theatre, Pushpa will share some images from her running adventures to Antarctica and the North Pole and interpret how these accomplishments have changed her perspectives on life.

Female World Record Holder for Antarctica Run 

Dr. Pushpa Chandra is a 55-year-old Vancouver-based naturopathic doctor, Ironman Triathlete and ultramarathon runner.  To celebrate her 50th birthday in 2008, she decided to run trails on all seven continents and participate in some of the most extreme running events in the world including: The Mount Everest Marathon, the Open African Safari, the Antarctica 100 km and the North Pole marathon.  She was the first Canadian to run at both the North Pole and in Antarctica, and her accomplishments include overall female winner of 2009 North Pole Marathon and female world record holder of the Antarctica 100 km.  Pushpa’s inspirational stories have been featured on CBC National TV, CBC Radio, CTV , The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight , Shared Vision, Global TV and The Globe and Mail.

Naturopathic Medicine Week Starts Monday!

BC Naturopathic Medicine WeekJoin us and celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week in British Columbia next week, May 7-13 2012.

Naturopathic clinics are opening their doors all over BC with open houses, free seminars, and complimentary consultations and testing. The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (New Westminster) is also opening its doors to the public. There are also movie screenings (Richmond and Kelowna), a radio show, and there’s a special event at a community center in Nanaimo.

Some Naturopathic Doctors are even cooking up their favorite recipes; others have teamed up with other local healthy businesses to provide samples. Naturopathic Doctors will even be at your favourite stores for free consultations or seminars.

Event Listings

Today we posted a complete list of events by city. You can also plan your week with our calendar, which lists events by day. Please note, some events are by appoinment only or require pre-registration – call now to reserve your spot!

5 New Events

Here are 5 new events just listed today:


Complimentary Health Checks in Langford

In celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week, Dr. Hadikin ND is offering complimentary 15 minute health checks by appointment for new patients at West Shore Family Naturopathic.

This includes a blood pressure check or Chinese tongue and pulse check as well as a chance to ask questions about Naturopathic Medicine. By appointment only, visit the event listing for more information.

 


Open House in Gastown in Vancouver

Dr. Angèle Besner, B.Sc. ND is celebrating Naturopathic Medicine Week at her clinic. Join her on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at The Tea Room at Gastown Wellness for an open house, with free body composition analysis, herbal tea tasting, Q&A and 20% off initial consults booked at the event. Please visit the event listing for more information.

 

 


Forks Over Knives Movie in Kelowna

The Core Centre of Health Presents a Movie Screening – Forks Over Knives to celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week, May 10th.

Forks Over Knives is a film that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. There will be a brief Intro on Naturopathic Medicine presented by Dr. Emina Jasarevic, ND, prior to film viewing. Please visit the event listing for more information.


Free EMI Tests in Vancouver

Electro-meridian Imaging examines the meridian system of the body through electronic measurements. According to acupuncture these meridians are invisible channels through which Qi (pronounced “chi”) circulates throughout the body. The EMI machine will assess and give a report how each organ system is functioning.

Dr. Sandeep Sangra invites you to set up your appointment for a Free EMI test, May 10 and 11, 2012, at the Naturally Well Health CentrePlease visit the event listing for more information.

Free EMI Tests at Famous Foods Vancouver

Dr. Sangra will also be at Famous Foods conducting EMI testing on May 13, 2012. Please visit the event listing for more information.


Free Blood Typing in Victoria

Dr. Penny Seth-Smith is offering free blood typing at Ingredients health Food Store and Café on May 13, 2012.

Summary sheets of foods considered beneficial, neutral and harmful for your blood type according to the “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” theory will also be provided. On a drop-in basis, please visit the event listing for more information.

5 More Events in Vancouver

You have done the research.

You know you need to consult with a naturopathic doctor to take charge of your health.

You are ready to improve your health today!

Events At Agape Natural Wellness Centre

Dr. Vicky Radhakrishnan, ND and Dr. Kris Bentz, ND of Agape Natural Wellness Centre are celebrating Naturopathic Medicine Week with the following 3 events:

2 for 1 Initial Consultations

2 initial consultations for the price of 1 if booked and paid for during naturopathic medicine week.

Take advantage of our once-a-year promotion, great for Mother’s Day! Bring your Mother, family member, friend or an acquaintance and get 2 initial consultations for the price of 1.

Cost for 2 initial consultations $130

Note: only if booked and paid for during naturopathic medicine week, after May 13th – it will be $130 each.

Call our clinic for more information. 604 737 2273

Agape Natural Wellness Centre
102-2245 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E4
604 737 2273
info@agapenatural.com
www.agapenatural.com


Free 20 Minute Naturopathic Consultation

Dr. Kris Bentz, ND & Dr. Vicky Radhakrishnan, ND are offering free 20 minute consultations.

Are you concerned about your health? Interested in finding out more about how a naturopathic doctor can help you?

Come have your questions answered regarding your main health concerns.

During your 20 min’s you can expect the following:

1. Your blood pressure will be evaluated.
2. A basic case-history will be taken.
3. You will be given a Naturopathic Treatment Plan which will outline how you can start improving your health concerns.

May 8, 2012 11:00 – 6:00pm

May 11, 2012 11:00 – 6:00pm

Call to book your consultation: 604 737 2273

Agape Natural Wellness Centre
102-2245 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E4
604 737 2273
info@agapenatural.com
www.agapenatural.com


Free Public Lecture

Do You Suffer from Stress, Fatigue, Insomnia, or Digestive Disturbance?

Find out how these issues are related and steps you can take to start improving your health immediately!

Dr. Kris Bentz, ND will host a talk on how adrenal stress leads to fatigue, insomnia, and digestive disturbance, followed by a Q & A period

where you can have specific questions answered about your health.

May 11, 2012, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Important: Must book-in advance, limited seating! 604 737 2273

Agape Natural Wellness Centre
102-2245 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E4
604 737 2273
info@agapenatural.com
www.agapenatural.com


2 More Events With Dr. Bentz

Are You Concerned About Your Health?

Come have your questions answered regarding your main health concerns during free 20 minute consultations at the following 2 locations:

During your 20 min’s you can expect the following:

1.) Your case-history will be taken

2.) You will be given a Naturopathic Treatment Plan

Free 20 Minute Consultations at Cedar Integrated Medical Clinic

Dr Kris Bentz, ND is offering Free 20 Min. Consults at Cedar Integrated Medical Clinic.

May 11, 2012 3:00 – 6:00pm

Call to book your appointment: 604 875 1151

Cedar Integrated Medical Clinic
4209 Fraser St
Vancouver,BC
604 875 1151

Free 20 Minute Consultations at YYoga

Dr. Kris Bentz, ND is offering Free 20 Min. Consults at the YYoga in Burnaby.

Located at the Burnaby YYoga (Highgate, Above Shoppers Drug Mart in Highgate Village)

May 12, 2012 10:00am – 2:00pm

YYoga
7155 Kingsway
Burnaby,BC
604 525 8777
www.yyoga.ca


Check out our complete list of events by city. You can also plan your week with our calendar, which lists events by day. Please note, some events are by appoinment only or require pre-registration – call now to reserve your spot!

Free 15 Minute Consults Vancouver

During Naturopathic Medicine Week, Dr. Jennifer Luis is offering free 15 minute visits at the Downtown Wellness Centre.

Call now to make your appointment

Telephone: 604-687-5712

Dates: May 7 – 11, 2012


Downtown Wellness Centre Vancouver BC Downtown Wellness Centre
605 – 1200 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC
604-687-5712
downtownwellnesscentre.com

 

For a complete list of free doctors visits offered in Vancouver and throughout BC, please visit here.

See all events details, including maps when you use the event calendar at the top right of this web page.

Two Free Seminars Kerrisdale Vancouver

In honour of Naturopathic Medicine Week, Dr. Lani Nykilchuk is hosting two free seminars, which will take place at her Kerrisdale clinic.

Herbal tea, healthy snacks and recipes for you to try at home will be provided.

Limited to 15 spaces: it’s a cozy space so book your spot soon!

Registration can be done by emailing or phoning Kerrisdale Chiropractic, Naturopathic & Massage.

email: info@drlani.ca

phone: 604-261-1540

The Digestive System: The foundation of overall health

Come join Dr. Lani to learn about factors that can cause your digestive system to derail and simple ways to get your gastro-intestinal tract back on track.

Tuesday, May 8th from 6:30-7:30pm

Hormone Help: Natural options to regaining hormone balance

Come join Dr. Lani to learn about hormone health. She will be discussing the symptoms of hormone imbalances, and demystifying the options for testing and treatment.

Thursday, May 10th from 6:30-7:30pm


Kerrisdale Chiropractic, Naturopathic & Massage
200-2025 West 42nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
604-261-1540
www.drlani.ca

Find out about more Vancouver events here.

See all events details, including maps when you use the event calendar at the top right of this web page.

Three Free Seminars, Gaia Garden Vancouver BC

In celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week in BC, Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary is hosting 3 nights of lectures from local naturopaths.

Space limited to 20 people, so make sure you call 604 734 4372 to RSVP.

Healthy Breasts

Join for a discussion on lifestyle, nutritional and botanical advice for optimum breast health. – Get to know your breasts and hormonal links to breast cancer.

May 7, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm
Dr. Jordana Aziz, ND

Stressed, Wired, or Tired?

This presentation will discuss how to identify different types of stress profiles, so that you can understand how stress management using botanical medicines can be personally tailored just for you. Come to this complimentary presentation to regain your sense of calm, zest, focus and energy!

May 8, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm
Dr. Melanie Deschatelets, ND

Role of Hormones

Most people are unaware of the full effects that hormones can have on the body; there are so many facts that the women out there today should know, but don’t! During this enticing one- hour lecture, Dr. Seema Kanwal and Dr. Rishi Verma will explain the role of hormones. They will also shed some light on the connection between your response to fitness, nutrition and menopause.

May 9, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm
Dr. Seema Kanwal and Dr. Rishi Verma


Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary
2672 West Broadway
Vancouver BC
604-734-4372
gaiagarden.com

See all events details, including maps when you use the event calendar at the top right of this web page.

Herbal Health Salon in Vancouver – Free Event

Herbal Health Salon

In celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week, join Dr. Marisa Marciano on Thursday May 10th at YYoga Flow Wellness for an evening of tasting, teaching and enjoying the power of herbal medicine.

In the traditional sense, this salon will be a gathering aimed both “to please and to educate” like-minded participants to increase their knowledge of plant medicines through casual conversation in a fun and relaxing environment.

The study of herbal medicine is both healing and transformative. Though one of mankind’s oldest forms of medicine, it has been experiencing a rebirth due to its limitless life enhancing qualities.

What you will gain from this gathering is an overview of the possibilities of plant medicine, and an appreciation for the many gifts therein.

In addition, participants will:

-Learn the basic principles of medical herbalism and how it can benefit you.
-Taste and sample various herbs in tea, liquid and food form
-Understand the methods for making herbal medicines from home
-Familiarize yourself with herbs which are most useful for a variety of health conditions

May 10, 2012 6:00 – 8:00pm

Space is limited so book soon to reserve your spot!

To register call 604-355-7106


Dr. Marisa Marciano
YYoga Flow Wellness
888 Burrard St, Second Floor, Room 4
Vancouver, BC
604-355-7106
www.doctormarciano.com

See all events details, including maps when you use the event calendar at the top right of this web page.