Health Fusion 2013

The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors presents Health Fusion 2013.

From June 7-9, 2013, in Ottawa, Canada, CAND presents Doctors Connect: The Integrative Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Conditions.

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The conference will host licensed health care professionals and students as they come together to explore key research and findings on the topic of assessment, diagnosis and treatment options for chronic inflammatory conditions.

Interactive breakout sessions will take place over the three-day conference outlining topics such as, Exploring the Frontiers of Inflammation: newly discovered triggers of the inflammatory response, presented by Dr. David Lescheid, PhD, ND, The Role of Herbs in Pain Management for Common Chronic Disorders, presented by Kerry Bone, B.Sc, Dip Phyto, and An Integrative Solution to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, presented by Dr. Neil McKinney, ND, among many other presentations.


In accordance with the conference, Dr. Brian Goldman, M.D. will be presenting at a public event Friday evening called Your Body Your Choice, on the topic of becoming an informed healthcare consumer.
Dr. Goldman, MD, Mount Sinai ER Doctor, Medical Watchdog, Author and CBC Radio Host, with “The Straight Goods on Your Health Care”, will discuss chronic conditions and the challenges the current health care system has in dealing with chronic disease.

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He will address a preventative approach to wellness, highlighting how to personalize care and engage in disease prevention, discussing how Naturopathic Doctors are improving the health of Canadians and providing support educating and maintaining health and wellness.

While the conference and aforementioned public event takes place in Ottawa, we are writing about it to highlight the national scope of education and practice of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Having just seen the completion of Naturopathic Medicine week May 6-12, 2013, Health Fusion 2013 is timely in supporting the momentum of Naturopathic treatment education.

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We believe in wellness education and empowering families to take action and prevention in their wellness, living long, happy healthy lives.

For more information on the issues facing Canada’s medical profession read Dr. Brian Goldman’s book, The Night Shift.

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The Importance of Naturopathic Medicine today

It is true; principles of Naturopathic medicine have been practiced for decades, since Hippocrates, a Greek physician who lived 2400 years ago, first formulated the concept of “the healing power of nature“.

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Naturopathic Colleges were then formed in North America in the early 1900’s, but today we are on the rise of a new reliance on Naturopathic Medicine.

A pertinent article was printed in the New York Times Dec 15th outlining the important role non M.D. health practitioners are playing due to the shortage of M.D.’s.

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It is no secret that health care in the United States has had its challenges from shortages of M.D.’s to high medical coverage costs, which is why more and more people are turning to alternatives.

“There is already a shortage of doctors in many parts of the United States. The expansion of health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans under the Affordable Care Act will make that shortage even worse,” explains the article When the Doctor Is Not Needed, of the New York Times.

Amy Rothenberg, N.D. piggy-backed off this article with her own titled, “Naturopathic Doctors Fill in Gap in Physician Shortage”, in which she discusses,

“Though our numbers are small, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have the ability to provide needed care, especially in underserved areas. Licensable naturopathic doctors attend four-year, in-residence, full-time naturopathic medical school at institutions recognized by regional accrediting bodies.”

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The scope of practice of highly-trained N.D.’s is broad and as natural approaches to healing become more and more sought after, so too are the skills of N.D.’s.

Rothenberg continues explaining, “Many naturopathic doctors work in private practice settings or as part of integrative medicine teams. We use industry standards of taking a patient history, are trained to perform complete physical exams or relevant physicals depending on the presenting patient,”

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“We are schooled in state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures from laboratory ordering and review, referral for appropriate diagnostic imaging when indicated, and both refer to and receive referrals from across the medical spectrum. With regard to treatment, naturopathic doctors work with natural medicine modalities including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, Chinese medicine and lifestyle modification.”

It is encouraging to see options emerging for individuals and families and a further reliance developing on the art if Naturopathic Medicine.

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Alberta has Regulated Naturopathic Care

Last week, Wednesday July 25th marked an important day for Naturopathic care in Alberta.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne

The Provincial Government of Alberta announced that the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) has been created to oversee the profession.

The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that the utmost quality of care is received by those seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, and that N.D.’s across the board have the appropriate credentials and standards of practice.

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Health Minister Fred Horne was quoted in the Huffington post in an article by Josh Wingrove, stating;

“It is a very significant milestone for this profession, and a recognition of the knowledge and skills that members of the association bring to their work… It also reflects the recognition a growing number of Albertans give to the services provided by naturopathic doctors.”

The decision to regulate and endorse Naturopathic Medicine was largely motivated by the desire to ensure Albertans receive safe and effective treatment.

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It is important that the skills and services offered are upheld to a high standard of care. Services offered by Naturopathic Doctors include acupuncture, homeopathy, intravenous administration, chelation therapy or prescribing supplemental vitamins and minerals.

The first President of the College of Naturopathic Doctors is Allissa Gaul. To date there are 144 practicing N.D.’s in the province of Alberta.

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Balance: An important part of living a joy-full life

What does it mean to live a well-balanced life?

Sure in the summer it may be easier to feel balanced. The sun is shining giving us ample Vitamin D intake; the kids are out of school, which means family vacations and lunches in the park. So how can families integrate lifestyle choices that bring them happiness and peace all year round?

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Let’s take a look at a few important steps you can take today to have more balance in your life:

1. Where is your happiness quotient?

To know what makes you happy is one thing, however to get there you must be able to first gauge when you are off the mark. Is there an area of your life that you could feel more fulfilled at, or at peace with?
When a client comes to visit our Naturopathic Doctors, they fill out an intake form with many health related questions. One of the major components on the form is called the “Wheel of Wellness”.

If you feel you would like more balance in your life I recommend taking the time to do this exercise.

Draw a large circle on a piece of paper and divide it like a pie into eight sections. Label the sections as follows: physical environment, career, family and friends, money, health, significant other/romance, fun and recreation and personal growth.

Based on how satisfied you feel in each area of your life colour a percentage of each section. Less colour = less satisfied, more colour = more satisfied.

Notice what areas need the most work and what areas are you happy with.

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2. What makes you happy?

Now that you know what areas in your life you are satisfied with and what areas need work, take some time to brainstorm what would make you happy in each area.

To feel balanced and satisfied one must know what they enjoy. Seems like a no-brainer, however when most people are asked what they love they fall short of an immediate answer.

Let’s say for example, you feel dissatisfied with your level of physical fitness ability. What types of activities do you enjoy doing that would promote more exercise; cycling, swimming, going to the gym, joining a social sports league?

Interestingly enough, many of the categories are closely related. You may decide you want to join a soccer team to get more exercise. In turn you may find you make friends and your social satisfaction increases as well. Here you would be touching on three of the categories above; friends, health and fun and recreation.

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3. Take action

Once you have identified where you would like to be more balanced in your life and how you may approach each category it is time to take action.

This is often the place where people tend to chicken out. It often helps to have an accountability buddy or close friend or relative to share your goals with who will keep you on track. If you feel scared, or doubt yourself go to them for a pep talk or feel the fear and take the next step anyway. You will find that as you move forward your comfort level will expand.

Chunk down the steps towards each goal into small increments; sizes that are manageable and get out there!

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4. Check in

Finally, after completing steps 1-3 re-assess yourself after a few months and see how far you have come. Feel free to do another “Wheel of Wellness” to benchmark your progress.

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And don’t forget to celebrate your new found balance!!!
Have fun and let us know how it goes.

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Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary