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

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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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Do you have Questions about Naturopathic Medicine?

As more and more people are looking for options that are correct for them in addressing their health and wellness we thought it may be useful to take a look at what Naturopathic Medicine entails, to hopefully answer questions you may have about what we do.

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Q. What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and wellness. Rather than treating the symptom of a concern, the root is treated to facilitate a long-term healing experience.
Naturopathic medicine blends modern scientific information with traditional, natural forms of treatment.

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Q. What treatments are used in Naturopathic Medicine?
The body has an innate healing capacity, which can be unlocked with the right approach.
Be it Naturopathic medicine, NAET treatment, Acupuncture, and many other forms of treatment, the goal is to provide the best health care by addressing each person’s needs.

Q. What type of concern can I see a Naturopathic Doctor for?
Treatment is of both chronic and/or acute conditions and treatments are chosen patient to patient, depending on each person’s unique needs. Be it anything from chronic indigestion, a suspected allergy, acne, sore throat, pain management, there are options for each concern.

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Q. Can I claim my visit with my insurance provider?
Yes, Naturopathic Medicine is registered for coverage. We will provide an official invoice with the Doctor’s registration number for you to submit to your insurance provider.

Q. What can I expect from a visit?
An initial visit is scheduled for 75 minutes where the Naturopathic Doctor goes through a comprehensive intake form with you, of health history and current health goals. From there appropriate recommendations are made. Follow-up visits are scheduled if necessary and last 30 minutes.

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Q. Can I bring my kids in to the office?
Yes, we are a family oriented centre. We have a play area for kids supervised by the front-desk.

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Naturopathic Medicine Week – May 7-13, 2012

Have you ever wondered about how Naturopathic Medicine could help your family live a healthier more enjoyable life?

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For the week of May 7-13 Naturopathic doctors across the country will be participating in Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Ever year ND’s take time out of their practices to help teach their communities about Naturopathic Medicine, a natural preventative approach to health and wellbeing, by hosting free events.


When:              May 11th 2-5 pm

Where:            Docere Wellness Centre

                              15, 7750 Ranchview Drive NW

                              Calgary, AB  T3G 1Y9


Docere Wellness Centre is pleased to host an open house on Friday, May 11th. From 2-5 pm both Dr. Meghji and Dr. Berrett will provide free services to educate about Naturopathic Medicine.

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  • Try acupuncture
  • Get your blood type taken,
  • Get your blood sugar tested,
  • Get your blood pressure checked,
  • Have a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis

… All complimentary! There will also be tasty snacks.

THE FEATURE PRESENTATION: Maybe this time you can’t walk it off

Dr. Meghji and Dr. Berrett will be giving a presentation on managing pain; acute, chronic or elusive.

Not from Calgary but interested in participating in an event for Naturopathic medicine week? Visit the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, for an event listing near you!

Visit our website for more information about the services offered at Docere Wellness Centre.

If you have any further questions about naturopathic medicine call us today at 403-452-6262 or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.