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Naturopathic Medicine Week 2015 Highlights

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Our World. Our Health.

We kicked off this year’s Naturopathic Medicine Week in British Columbia with a tagline: Our World. Our Health.

As the professional association for naturopathic physicians in BC, the BCNA acts on behalf of and for the profession to promote the services provided by and the integrity and honour of the naturopathic profession. Our members connect with their communities across British Columbia: by enjoying outdoor activities in our beautiful province; by opening their clinic doors for free doctor consults, testing, and more; and by sharing their knowledge through workshops, presentations, and media interviews.

 

IMG_2994Movie Nights

The BCNA selected Merchants of Doubt for this year’s movie nights (May 13 in Victoria and May 14 in Vancouver). The Naturopathic Medicine Week’s film screenings continue to be very popular.

A new film by Food, Inc director Robert Kenner, Merchants of Doubt 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.

Both movie nights included special guest Alan Cassels, a health researcher at University of Victoria and author of the book Selling Sickness, he is an expert on the corporate interests which drive health headlines and, often, medical care.

Voices

Many of our doctors were invited to speak about Naturopathic Medicine in their communities. Dr. Erika Buckley-Strobel spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce in Golden. Dr. Victor Chan, president of the BCNA, appeared on Global 1 and also in the Vancouver Sun.
Read Dr. Victor Chan’s article, “Opinion: More naturopathic access to patients would ease pressure” here.

Listen to Dr. Alana Polo explain she became a naturopathic doctor and how naturopathy can help with tons of health issues below:

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 6.51.10 PMDoctors also had an opportunity to share their tips in daily blog posts May 11-17 on a daily theme: digestive health, allergies, pain management, and more.

Contests

Each day after reading about the daily theme, residents of British Columbia were invited to enter a daily contest. A prize was given out each day, with grand prizes generously donated by Finlandia Pharmacy and the Floathouse. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Meet the Doctors

If you visit the BCNA’s website, Facebook or Twitter, you will see our primary focus is to raise awareness about naturopathic medicine and to feature our members.

This year we introduced a new hashtag (#NatMedWeek), which we were thrilled to see being used across the country!

We also featured a members on posters – six NDs from across the province enjoying the outdoors.

Find a Doctor in Your City

Our World. Our Health. Our Doctors.

A successful week! Looking forward to next year!

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Half Price and Free Testing Options: May 16

Digestive disturbances? Tummy troubles? Wondering if you have “leaky gut”?
LEAKY GUT TEST & BLOOD TYPINGDr. Penny Seth-Smith in Victoria at Cook & Bay
Saturday May 16th 10-4 2015

Half price testing on site: $25. Bring small first morning urine sample.
Free blood typing on site too. See website for further directions.

Doctor Penny Seth-Smith

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 7.30.25 PMAn Integrated, Holistic General Medical Practitioner for Adults, Children and Infants.

250.361.9888

 

Networking Luncheon: May 13

Let’s do Lunch

Networking Luncheon
Island Restaurant, Golden, BC
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 12 – 4pm

Guest Speaker ~ Dr. Erika Buckley-Strobel from Aqua Vitalis Naturopathic
“Nature’s Additions to your First Aid Kit”

Hosted by the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

Please RSVP with menu selection
Questions? Call 250-344-7125

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

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