Free Testing and Acupuncture May 16

Saturday, May 16

Dr Juan Rohon, ND and Dr Jane Rohon O’Halloran, ND are offering:

  • free body composition testing (using bioimpedance technology ) to measure % lean mass, fluid compartments and body fat
  • mini chair acupuncture treatments in a group setting

Call to book your spot: 250-384-9694

Fairfield Health and Wellness Clinic

1255 Fairfield Road in Victoria, BC.

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

 

Victoria BC Lyme Awareness

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

Where: 1335 Thurlow Road Victoria BC (see poster for details).
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BC Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014

Has it been a year already?

Another Naturopathic Medicine Week is just around the corner and we will be announcing many exciting events across British Columbia.

In celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week, the BCNA is hosting three special film screenings of GMO OMG, the cutting edge documentary about genetic modification and the global food supply.

  • Kelowna, May 13, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave, 7 p.m. Buy Tickets
  • Victoria, May 13, Cinecenta, UVIC, 3800 Finnerty Rd., 7 p.m. Buy Tickets
  • Richmond, May 14, Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, 6:00 p.m. Buy Tickets

For events in other provinces, check out the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors site.


For a full listing of our events, check out our BCNMW 2014 page.

Naturopathic Medicine Week is an annual, national event, which focuses on wellness, disease prevention and patient-focussed primary care. Join us at this unique fund raiser in support of the Family Naturopathic Clinic, a Victoria charity which supports low-income families with complementary medical care and nutritional advice, at no cost.

Gut Feelings: Understanding the role of gut bacteria in regulating your mood.

by Dr. Kristin Schnurr, ND

Many of you may have heard the show, ““Bacteria in your gut affects your mental health.” which aired on the CBC on October 11, 2013. If you missed it, here is the link: CBC.

Listening to this show reinforced for me the importance of ensuring gastrointestinal health for myself, my family and for everyone I work with. We already know that healthy gut flora promotes health by strengthening immunity, improving our digestion and absorption of nutrients, and by promoting healthy metabolism and preventing obesity.

Too much of the wrong bacteria can make us ill and too little of the healthy bacteria can leave us vulnerable to illness. Symptoms of dysbiosis or an imbalance of good bacteria intestinally include: digestive upset, bowel irregularity, fatigue, allergies, skin conditions, headaches, autoimmune conditions, anxiety and depression.

Recently, there has been significant research emerging on the connection between gut flora and mental health. A recent study in the journal Gastroenterology shows that healthy gut bacteria play a major role in mental health and pain sensitivity. Scientists at UCLA showed a direct link between probiotics consumed and elevated amounts of the important mood regulating neurotransmitters: Serotonin and GABA.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system. It regulates intestinal movement, mood, appetite, sleep, muscle contraction and cognitive function such as memory. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. People with low serotonin production typically suffer from depression. And, people with low GABA production typically experience anxiety.

This research is important as it points to the importance of addressing gastrointestinal health in the management and treatment of anxiety and depression. As Gregor Reid, PhD, a professor of microbiology, immunology and surgery at the University of Western Ontario stated, “There isn’t a drug on the market that can match probiotic bacteria for its far-reaching implications on health.

How to Cultivate Healthy Gut Flora

  1. Our first microbes are introduced in the vaginal canal after the natural birth process, and are delivered through breast milk. We inherit our gut flora from our mother at birth, where it settles in the baby’s sterile system and becomes the microbiome of the gut. Breastfeeding is another way the mother passes her beneficial flora to her baby. Bottle fed babies acquire completely different gut flora than those that are breastfed.
  2. Healthy digestive microbes come from ingesting uncooked and live culture fruits, vegetables, and dairy products that contain live probiotics. Routinely eating some fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or kombucha can also assist in replenishing healthy bacteria. It is important to ensure the products are guaranteed to contain live cultures since many brands destroy the essential bacteria with high temperature processing during the manufacturing process. If it’s in the fridge at the store it is more likely to contain live culture, if it’s on the shelf it has been pasteurized. Making your own yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha or kefir assures an active bacteria content.
  3. For some people, the level of depletion of beneficial organisms in the digestive tract requires the consumption of a daily probiotic supplement in order to replenish beneficial bacteria. It is important to consider that infants, children and adults require different combinations of specific bacteria. And, it is important to be cautious with dosing in the treatment of skin and autoimmune conditions. A ND will help you determine the right bacterial strains and optimal dosing for your individual health.

Dr. Kristin Schnurr, ND is at the Sage Clinic in Victoria BC. www.sageclinic.com www.drkristinschnurr.com

 

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.