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Naturopathic doctor Romi Fung is hosting a series of free health talks for seniors in Richmond, BC during Naturopathic Medicine Week.

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Health Series: Food Sensitivities, Allergies, and Intolerances

What does being “sensitive” or “intolerant” to foods like gluten and dairy really mean? Join Dr Romi Fung, ND to discuss the differences between food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances, the mechanisms behind each one, and the scientific research about how they affect our health and our bodies.

Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Cost: Free

Register: Please register at the library by phone (604) 231-6422 or online​ http://bit.ly/foodsensitivities55plus

RSVP on Facebook

Location: Richmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch

7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC

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Join Lauren Crape, naturopathic doctor and BCNA member, for a discussion on how the birth control pill works, the benefits and risks, making sure it is the right choice for you and a review of options for contraception.

Andrea Nacey, international yoga teacher, will follow the discussion with a yin practice designed to tap into intuition.

Womens Health & Yoga Workshops

The May 19 workshop is the 2nd in a series of 4 workshops to support well-being while empowering students with useful tools and self-care practices. Each session will have a talk and discussion followed by a yin yoga practice –both designed to support women’s health.

Date: May 19, 2018

Time: 1:30 – 3:15pm.

Cost: Drop-ins are $20 per workshop

Register: Space is limited, buy your ticket here: http://www.whistleryogacara.com/workshops/

Location: Yogacara Whistler

205-4433 Sundial Crescent

Whistler

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Dr. Jeannie Doig, ND, HBsc is a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Bowen Therapist serving the Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni communities. Join Dr. Doig at an open house in Port Alberni British Columbia during Naturopathic Medicine Week on May 16, 1:30-3:30pm.

  • FREE mini-consults to the public – 15 minute meet and greet consults to new patients
  • draw prizes
  • refreshments!
  • 20% discounts to existing patients on supplements

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm.

Call ahead to book your spot 250-723-9888 

Location: www.drjeanniedoig.com

4711 Elizabeth St

Port Alberni, BC

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Here is a list of event offers from BCNA members and their clinics during Naturopathic Medicine. Please check the list below for a city near you. RSVP to our Facebook event for announcements when new promotions are added, follow our Facebook page, or check back here regularly.

Don’t forget to enter our daily contest for 7 chances to win a $100 voucher for a visit with a naturopathic doctor.

 

Fort Langley

Free Pap Week Integrated Health Clinic will be offering “Free Pap Week” May 14-20.  Call the clinic to book your appointment with one of our doctors. (604)888-8325

New Westminster

Patient Appreciation Week – May 14-19. Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine invites you to call them at 604-540-2873 to book your free wellness exam and find out what Naturopathic Medicine has to offer you. Seniors, women, men and children are welcome – patients eligible for this event will also receive a promo card which entitles them to 4 more visits at $99.

 

North Vancovuer

2 for 1 Visit Promotion  – Schedule a consultation with one of the Naturopathic Doctors at Butterfly Naturopathic Clinic and receive a free consultation of (equal or lesser) value to share with a friend or family member! Call to book your appointments: 604-980-8885. Please note: you must book the 2 for 1 promotion May 14th-20th, however the actual appointment be can be completed within the month of May.

Vancouver

$10 IM vitamin injections on your first visit – Get your vitamins into your bloodstream right away with a vitamin injection at Inspirit Health. Call (604) 559-8816 *Terms and Conditions: 1. Coupon is for one time use only, 2. Limit 2 injections per person, 3. Promotion is offered to new clients only, 4. Appointment must be in the month of May.


BCNA Members and clinics are hosting special events throughout Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Doctor Tamara Browne of The Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls British Columbia is celebrating Naturopathic Medicine Week with an opportunity for the public to discover more about naturopathic medicine on May 16 at 7:00pm.

Join Doctor Browne for a causal evening of discussion, sharing of information, and answering questions about naturopathic medicine as a valuable health tool and the specific therapies that she can offer.

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 7-9:00pm

Location: The Natural Family Health Clinic

101-1040 Main Street
Okanagan Falls, BC

Call the clinic 250-497-6681 for more information.

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New Westminster

Call 604-540-2873 to book a FREE appointment at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

North Vancouver

During Naturopathic Medicine Week, book the following appointments with Dr Jolene Kennett BSc, ND at CareMed Integrative Health Centre at a discounted rate:

1. 20% off Botulinum treatments. Discounted price will be $8/unit for May 8-14.

2. 20% off PAP smear exams. Discounted price will be $60 for this 20 minute appointment for May 8-14.


Marine Drive Naturopathic Clinic is offering 20% off vitamin IV therapy during Naturopathic Medicine Week May 8-14. Call 604-929-5772 to book your spot.

Vancouver

May 8 -Sign up for a free seminar at Pure Pharmacy with Dr Sanjay Mohan Ram, BSc Hon, ND of and learn about the history of hormone replacement therapy and its application. Limited number of seats available! RSVP on Facebook.


15% off your annual Well Woman visit with Dr. Tasnim Adatya during Naturopathic Medicine Week. dradatya.com


All intravenous cocktails will be 15% off and all intramuscular injections will be $5 at Inspirit Health. Intramuscular injections available – take your pick! Slim Shot, Migraine Relief, Hang-Over, Performance Booster, Detox Booster. Call 604-559-8816.


Dr. David Wang of Vancouver Holistic Health on living clean and consciously at Choices Kitsilano. Tuesday May 9 7pm FREE


Vitalia Healthcare in Vancouver invites you to come take a free simple test during Naturopathic Medicine Week. Call 1-604-566-WELL (9355).

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GERD and Proton Pump Inhibitors: Seeking Alternatives

Ingrid Pincott, ND

Proton  pump inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the ten most prescribed drugs in North America. PPIs are used in the treatment of acid reflux or GERD. I see at least one patient every week who is taking PPIs and wanting to get off them.

Bob, age 45, is a typical example. He has been taking PPIs for years and his GERD symptoms were not completely under control. He also had developed a rash he could not get rid of through conventional treatment so he is ready to try and improve his health. Certainly if a person is in severe gastric pain due to hyper-secretion of stomach acid, these drugs are useful to treat the acute phase. The side effects of long term treatment include: Decreased blood flow to the stomach, bacterial overgrowth in the stomach, hyperplastic polyp formation in the stomach, increased bile reflux and increased food allergy because food is not digested properly. Hypersensitivity reactions that can occur include urticaria, contact dermatitis, and drug rashes.

One of the reasons an MD might recommend a PPI for life is due to Barrett’s esophagus which increases the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC).  However, in some recent research published by F. Hvid-Jensen, 2014, the risk of developing EAC increased with PPI use due to the increased formation of polyps while taking the drug!

Other complications of long term PPI use include: gastrin secretion increases, contributing to the risk of colon cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma; women taking PPIs have an increased risk of hip fracture, and reduction in bone density; there is also an increased risk of developing community acquired pneumonia especially in the elderly; and, finally, there is an increased risk to developing C. difficile as well as an increased risk of having a heart attack.

I recommended to Bob to come off PPIs gradually over six months to avoid rebound excess stomach acid. Some patients I have seen come off a lot faster than that because they did many other changes at the same time. For example removing wheat from their diet, eating a low carb diet, and eating food in proper combination helps a great deal to reduce GERD symptoms quickly. I put Bob on my candida program which addressed a lot of these recommendations in one protocol. The “yeast” killers help to kill off harmful bacteria and taking a strong probiotic away from the “yeast” killers helps establish a healthy microbiome. I told Bob this treatment program has helped many with chronic GERD.

I also have great success with a digestive aid containing  licorice, marshmallow and slippery elm that is aimed to heal the  stomach and help digest starches and fats without the use of protease, which can aggravate these cases in the early phases of treatment.

I saw Bob one month later. He was using the PPIs much less and was amazed. His skin was beginning to clear and he was much less itchy. He continued on the candida program for another two months and once he was off the PPIs I recommended a slightly stronger digestive enzyme. During this time I noticed on his blood work results that his liver and gallbladder were abnormal so I added a bile thinner and detoxifier for at least three months.

At the six month mark, Bob had lost 20 pounds due to the diet changes, his liver enzymes were back to normal and the only digestive aid he needed were the probiotics and the digestive enzyme. Often the symptoms of too much stomach acid are the same as too little stomach acid. The rest of his maintenance health program included B complex, vitamin B12, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin D and a calcium magnesium complex. PPIs deplete magnesium and B12 so we had some catching up to do because he had been on them for so many years.

[A version of this article originally appeared in the Campbell River Mirror, March 25, 2016.]