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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

In celebration of BC Naturopathic Medicine Week, Dr. Jeannie Doig, Dr. Nathan Gagne and Dr. Andrea Rayburn are offering FREE 15 minute meet and greet consults, 20% off supplements discounts, draw prizes, refreshments, and samples.

Port Alberni Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig and Dr. Andrea Rayburn

Date: May 5, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-723-9888.

Family Chiropractic Clinic
4574 Elizabeth St.
Port Alberni, BC
250-723-9888
drjeanniedoig.com
drrayburnnd.com


Tofino Open Houses

There are two open house events in Tofino at the Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic.

Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig

Date: May 7, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

drjeanniedoig.com

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-522-0033.

Open House – Dr. Nathan Gagne

Date: May 9, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-725-2588.

Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic
318 Main St.
Tofino BC


Ucluelet Open Houses

There are two open houses at the Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic in Ucluelet.

Open House – Dr. Jeannie Doig

Date: May 8, 2012

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

drjeanniedoig.com

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-522-0033.

Open House – Dr. Nathan Gagne

Date: May 10, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm

Call ahead to book your FREE 15-minute consult at 250-725-2588.

Pacific Rim Chiropractic and Naturopathic Clinic
1636 Peninsula Rd
Ucluelet, BC


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

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.

5th Annual Health Fair at Avisio Naturopathic Clinic, Surrey, BC

We are pleased to announce this exciting free event in Surrey, BC which takes place after BC Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:00 – 4:00pm

Avisio Naturopathic Clinic has announced the dates and special guests for its 5th annual free educational health fair. On Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 12noon – 4pm, the clinic will open its doors to patients, students, customers, and their friends and family. Last year, they had over 400 attendees and they are expecting another great year in 2012.

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!

Gardening for Beginners and Local Weather Extremes

Tatiana Kouchnareva of TatianasTOMATObase.com will present ongoing lectures and question & answer sessions during the Health Fair. Tatiana is a wonderful source of information for heritage tomatoes and gardening in the Pacific Northwest.


Avisio NaturopathicAvisio Naturopathic Clinic
101-8501 162nd Street
Surrey, BC, Canada
778-218-3111
www.AvisioNaturopathic.com 

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