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In 2008 the current Liberal government made a pledge to ensure that publicly funded and privately owned medical laboratories in BC were accessible to licensed naturopathic doctors. Unfortunately, that pledge has not been acted on.

Please Ask the BC Government To Keep Their Promise

With an election on the horizon, and a recent cabinet shuffle, we are asking patients of naturopathic doctors across BC to write to the health minister and/or their MLA.

Write Your Local MLA or the Health Minister

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In 2008 the current Liberal government made a pledge to ensure that publicly funded and privately owned medical laboratories in BC were accessible to licensed naturopathic doctors.  Unfortunately, that pledge has not been acted on.

Please Ask the BC Government To Keep Their Promise

With an election on the horizon, and a recent cabinet shuffle, we are asking patients of naturopathic doctors across BC to write to the health minister and/or their MLA.

Write Your Local MLA or the Health Minister

Mailing Address:

Hon Dr Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Health
Room 346, Parliament Buildings
Victoria  BC  V8V 1X4

Sample Letter:

Dear Minister,

I value the health care I receive from my naturopathic doctor (ND).  I am investing in my own health and expect my ND to be able to practice to the full extent of their education, training and expertise.  Unfortunately, arbitrary barriers in this province prevent my ND from having access to diagnostic tests. My taxes fund BC labs but my competent primary care provider cannot access them. This is not in my interest nor in the public interest—and it costs your government money.

In the 2008 Throne Speech, your government promised to remove barriers to NDs accessing labs but after several years this problem still has not been resolved. As we near the next election, your government has an opportunity to keep its promise, improve health care for all British Columbians and save health dollars.

Please advise me that you will keep your promise and that your government will act upon this Throne Speech commitment.


How You Can Help

Find Your MLA: you can find your local MLA at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia website www.leg.bc.ca/mla/. The site lists MLA mailing addresses and email addresses. There is also a contact form at www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-4.aspthat you can use to send them a message. Handwritten letters have the most impact (but an email is fine too!).

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BC Naturopathic Medicine Week 2013

We will continue to be your one-stop destination for information about BC Naturopathic Medicine Week. Next year’s event will be even bigger – exciting announcements expected soon!


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Over 50 Events Across BC

By the end of BC Naturopathic Medicine Week last night, members of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association had held over 50 events across the province.

“I had a great time at my presentation at Gaia Herbal Dispensary. Very interactive group with great discussion.”

Dr. Mélanie DesChâtelets ND

Thank You!

Thank you for making our events so successful! We hope you had fun and learned a lot – and we hope to see you next year! Also a big thank you to the local businesses who opened their doors.

Upcoming Events – we have two more events in May below:


Natural Health Q&A in Burnaby BC

Dr. Charlene Chan, ND of Ray Clinic is available for free 15 minute consults at the Choices in Burnaby (Crest location) on May 24 4:00 – 6:00pm.

Visit the event listing for more information or call Choices to book your sesssion: 604-522-0936.

 

 


Health Fair in Surrey BC

On Saturday May 26, 2012 Avisio Naturopathic Clinic is holding its 5th annual free Health Fair from 12:00 – 4:00pm.

The Health Fair features samples of natural and organic products and foods personally selected by award winning Naturopathic Doctor and Whole Foods Chef, Cindy Quach BSc. ND. Also, attendees will be able to taste Dr. Quach’s fall season cooking class meals and recipes!

Please visit the event listing or blog post for more information.


BC Naturopaths Get Social

This year, events were promoted at the BC Naturopathic Week’s Twitter @bcnaturopath and Facebook page – please stay tuned to those pages or subscribe to this blog to receive updates about an even bigger BC Naturopathic Medicine Week in 2013!

Many BC naturopathic doctors, clinics and schools are active on Twitter – here are links to the Twitter lists:

BC Naturopathic Doctors on Twitter

BC Naturopathic Clinics on Twitter

Naturopathic Schools on Twitter

The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) promotes events across the country at their Twitter account:  @naturopathicdrs.

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.

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!

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.

Okanagan Natural Medicine is celebrating the grand opening of their new location in Vernon BC during Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Join Dr. Shelby Entner, Dr. Chris Spooner and Dr. Tina Garrison for the grand opening of their new clinic, there will be refreshments, tours of the new clinic, as well as mini-talks about colonics, thermography and nutrition.

Date: May 9, 2012

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm


Okanagan Natural Medicine
2915 28th Avenue
Vernon, BC
250-275-1672
www.oknaturalmedicine.com/

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


Join Doctor Kellie Ferguson at Koru Health Centre on May 11, 2012 to celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week. There will be lots of gluten and casein free local products for tasting, free tongue and pulse diagnoses with our acupuncturist and demo’s by our RMT.

Date: May 11, 2012

Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm


Koru Natural Health Centre
103 -3581 Shelbourne Street
Victoria BC
(250) 598-3718

www.koruhealth.com

Check out all of the events in Victoria here.

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

Open House, Free Doctor Visits and Blood Type Testing

Come celebrate naturopathic medicine week with Dr. Luterbach, at the Reed Family Wellness Centre on May 8, 2012 for brief complimentary appointments with our naturopathic doctor Dr. Luterbach (15 minutes), as well as blood type testing for those interested.

Have you ever considered consulting with a naturopathic physician? Have you ever wondered what naturopathic medicine is about and how it can help you optimize your health?  Now is your chance to bring your questions and meet your local naturopath!

Special Offer

15% discount off natural body care products and supplement refills for new and existing patients on May 8th only.

Open House 10:00am – 1:00pm

No registration necessary, we will be giving away gifts, providing snacks and having a naturopathic bash!

Call ahead to make your appointment,  these complimentary consults are booking up fast: 250-729-7411.

Reed Family Wellness Centre
3-2145 Bowen Road
Nanaimo BC
250-729-7411
reedfamilywellness.com


A Special Event At Oliver Woods Community Center

Learn more about naturopathic medicine and how it can benefit your health and well being at a free special event at Oliver Woods Community Center on May 9, 2012. There will be door prizes, snacks, beverages, and these special guest speakers

Dr. Clare-Craig: Food As Medicine – Naturopathic Nutrition

Dr. Tonia Winchester: Building Immunity

Dr. Carmen Luterbach: Getting a Good Night Sleep, Naturally

Dr. Stacey Neilson: Stress – Its Impact on Adrenals

Dr. John Yim: Healthy Digestion – The Cornerstone of Good Health

There will also be a question period and an opportunity to speak with each of the doctors.

Door prizes provided by EcoTrend, Beth Hendry-Yim, and Promedics.

Snacks and beverages provided by Island Natural Markets.

Primary Care Providers Caring For Your Health, Naturally!

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Everyone is welcome but preregistration is required: 250-755-1930

Oliver Woods Community Center
600 Oliver Road
Nanaimo, BC


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