DIETARY COUNSELLING & CLINICAL NUTRITION
Individual nutritional status is assessed based on presenting symptoms, dietary intake, health history, prescribed medications, and lab results. Various nutrients may be prescribed in the form of food (through specific dietary recommendations) and through supplementation (for those needing higher doses to achieve desired outcomes).
Herbal medicines have long-standing traditional use in supporting a variety of conditions. Commonly used as food, teas, tinctures (alcohol base), glycerites, and capsules, depending on individual need and preference.
A 2,000 year old medicine that originated in China and is still used safely and effectively today throughout the world. During a treatment, ultra-thin needles are inserted into specific points along "meridians" in the body to help restore balance and flow of energy or "Qi". Commonly used to support pain, fertility, quitting smoking, and stress/anxiety.
LIFESTYLE COUNSELLING & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Lifestyle habits and practices are reviewed to explore how may be contributing to health/wellness. Various recommendations in support of a healthy mind-body-spirit are discussed using concepts of motivational-type interviewing. May include stress reduction techniques, mindfulness exercises, physical activity suggestions, thought re-framing + positive self-talk training, etc.
A 200 year old medicine originating in Germany. Based on the principle that "like cures like", this gentle therapy uses diluted substances of mainly plant, animal, and mineral sources.
INTRAVENOUS (IV) NUTRIENT THERAPY
A generally safe and effective method of rapidly delivering higher doses of essential vitamins/minerals and nutrients directly into the bloodstream in order to bypass the digestive process and enhance absorption. An intravenous (IV) vitamin/mineral infusion typically contains a complex of B vitamins (including B5, B6, B12), vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium. Other IV nutrient therapies offered include: High Dose Vitamin C, glutathione push, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
"Bioidentical Hormones" refers to hormones that have an identical molecular structure to the hormones naturally produced in the body. They are synthetically derived from natural substances (either wild yam root or soybeans) and are compounded into a variety forms for use (i.e. capsules, creams, suppositories, etc.). Unlike traditional hormone replacement (hormones derived from animals or manufactured in a lab), bioidentical hormones fit our hormone receptors perfectly, and behave the same way as our natural hormones.
Licensed Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) practicing in BC, have the authority to prescribe a wide range of pharmaceutical medications. This provides NDs, as primary care physicians, the ability to appropriately manage patient medications, and prescribe in emergency situations or when deemed necessary for the patient. This also allows NDs access to a number of traditional medicines (that have become restricted for use without prescriptive authority), as well as compounded medications (i.e. bioidentical hormones).
COMPREHENSIVE LAB TESTING
A variety of lab tests are available to help evaluate current health status:
Standard laboratory testing (available through Life Labs - private pay)
IgG Food Sensitivity Testing
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis & Parasitology/Microbiology Profile
SIBO Breath Test
Comprehensive hormone panels (blood, saliva & urine)
Adrenal stress panel (saliva)
Urine toxic metals