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Nutrition and Nutrigenomics

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Nutrition and the therapeutic use of food is a foundation of health and always a part of the treatment plan. My goal is to assess for food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, and inflammatory reactions while creating a diet plan that meets your personal preferences. Without adequate digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients, the body cannot function optimally and chronic disease will surely ensue. However, sometimes generic dietary improvements are not enough to completely heal.

Each of us is genetically unique and has unique nutrient requirements. Here, the new field of Nutrigenomics is of indescribable value. With a simple genetic test (via saliva sample), we can determine how best to feed your genes for optimal function. This allows for a dietary regimen and supplements that are chosen specifically for your genetic needs in order to treat or prevent disease. This is the absolute cutting edge of individualized medical care.

Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy

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IV Therapy offers the delivery of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals directly into the bloodstream, where they need to be. This eliminates the need for digestion and absorption and bypasses breakdown by the liver to ensure that the body has full and immediate access to these nutrients. This is a treatment of choice whenever digestion is impaired, when higher or precision dosing is required, or when symptoms are chronic and severe.

With advanced training in this area and a strong conviction that an individualized treatment is most effective, I go beyond the basic protocols to create customized IV treatments based on your genetic, physiological, and symptomatic needs.

Conditions where IV therapy thrives

  • Cold or Flu – to ameliorate the infection with anti-viral nutrients
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative colitis
  • Auto-Immune Diseases: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, and others
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Stress, Burn-out
  • Cancer
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Parkinson’s Disease

To read more about IV Nutrient Therapy click here.

Intramuscular (IM) Injections

Some nutrients are difficult to absorb from meals or are absent in particular dietary choices. IM injections are a quick, generally painless, and effective means to boosting particular nutrients.

IM treatments are considered with:

  • B12 deficiency or prevention in vegetarians and vegans
  • Metabolism boosting to support weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anti-oxidant boosting for general health promotion
  • Cold/Flu prevention or treatment
  • Seasonal allergies

Genetic Interpretation

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Genetic screening as a means to individualize therapy is a growing field of study. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2000, it has become evident that our genes do not determine our health in an absolute sense for the majority of disorders. In fact, everyone has errors or “defects” in their genetic code and some of these are even protective against certain diseases. On the other hand, some genetic errors place people at greater risk for disorders. However, whether or not a person with that gene develops a certain disease depends on their individual lifestyle and environmental factors (including nutrition). There is a vast amount of information linking a particular kind of genetic error (called SNPs) with disease risk. Identifying certain SNPs allows for a pinpointing of individual genetic risk and protective factors. By targeting the specific biochemical pathways affected by defective genes, we now have the capacity to intervene before symptoms even start.

Across the lifespan, almost everyone can benefit from genetic screening and the customized treatments that were unavailable a decade ago. We now live in an era where generic health advice is nearly obsolete. By reading what’s in your genes, your treatment plan will support biochemical pathways where they most impaired, allowing for optimal physiological functioning.

Conditions where genetic screening is most beneficial:

  • Mood disorders: depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings
  • Broad or confusing symptoms: multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS
  • Cardiovascular risk: family history of strokes, embolisms, heart attacks, clots, hypertension
  • Infertility and pre-conception care
  • General health promotion and disease prevention
  • Anyone with a strong family history of disease

To read more about genetic testing click here.

Customized Botanical Medicine

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Medicinal plants have been and will continue to be a valuable part of health care. Medicinal plants are highly effective and safe when used synergistically with other herbs and treatments. I typically prescribe herbs as liquid extracts (called tinctures) due to their potency, optimal absorption and ability to be combined into customized formulas, specific to your needs. With extensive training and passion in this area, I value the use of herbs as alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.

Conditions where Botanical Medicine thrives:

  • Hormone balancing, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome symptoms and cramps
  • Insomnia: to help falling and staying asleep
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Stress

Nutritional Supplements

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Whether you’re looking to improve performance treat disease, lose weight or gain energy, quality supplements can accelerate the process. But, knowing what to take, which forms, how much and how often is the tricky part. The market is full of products that make unsubstantiated claims, so how do you choose? I only recommend and offer the highest-quality products, dosed according to your personal needs.

I always encourage bringing any supplements you’re taking in with you during your initial visit so we can gauge their quality and efficacy and adequately prioritize them.

Physical Medicine

Physical medicine treatments offer comprehensive assessment and a customized treatment tailored to the nature of the injury. Benefiting from the synergistic potential of complementary therapies, a naturopathic physical treatment may include any combination of the following: bodywork, acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, ETPS (electro-therapeutic point stimulation), spinal re-alignment, trigger point injections and home-care advice including hydrotherapy and exercises.

Often, the key to rapid physical recovery is a whole-body tune-up.

Conditions where Physical Medicine thrives:

  • Sub-acute injuries (about 1 week after injury)
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches/migraines

Pharmaceutical Prescriptions

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Naturopathic doctors in British Columbia have been granted the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals in an attempt to place NDs in a central role within the health care system. Pharmaceuticals are often used as a last resort or in combination with other natural treatments. I do value some pharmaceutical medications, especially where the research is clear that they are both safe and effective for the treatment of conditions that other natural therapeutics are less successful with.

More commonly, I use my knowledge of pharmaceuticals to help patients wean off their medications safely, when indicated.

Laboratory Testing

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Laboratories are continually developing more accurate ways of detecting biochemical imbalances and, hence, having these results helps in pinpointing not just what is functioning incorrectly but also why it is happening. Testing is useful and often necessary in discovering the underlying causative factors that are contributing to your symptoms.

Below are the more common tests ordered.

Functional Testing:
Complete thyroid panel
Organic acids testing
Zinc status test

Neurotransmitter status
Blood typing

Nutrient Status Testing:
Vitamin D
Vitamin B12
Amino acid profile

Digestive testing:
Food allergy panel (IgG)
Celiac and gluten sensitivity
Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CDSA)
Intestinal permeability
Candida

Environmental Testing:
Heavy metals
Liver detox profile
Drinking water analysis including fluoride
Glutathione

Genetic Testing:
SNP analysis of whole genome
MTHFR

Hormone Testing:
Complete female panel
Complete male panel
Adrenal function panel

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