We are all busy … and recently it has come to my attention, more than ever, that trying to explain the importance of lab testing to clients is tough. Not everyone has a medical degree, 5000 plus patient experience and has spent 22 years learning how to treat chronic health conditions.
Patients often find the information overwhelming and feel that the expense of certain tests hinders their ability to find out what is wrong with them. This is compounded by the conventional medical model, of Name It, Blame It and Tame It. Which is a basic reductionist approach, using pharmaceuticals to treat named conditions with known causes. But the reality could not be further from the truth and the irony is that in most medical conditions, from a conventional prospective, we do not even know the causes of most diseases. And …
Everyone needs a little Tony Robins in their life, don’t they?
On the eve of New Years Eve, after eating to my hearts content and visiting family and friends for the last week, once again I find myself reminiscing about the past years events. It’s been a busy year for me but has it been productive?
If productive means constructive then I guess I am a winner, because I constructed a house and I am pretty proud of myself for this accomplishment. Building my own house has been a life long dream, but it came at a cost to my personal and professional life. I lost quite a bit of time in the office, but also quality time with my wife, and as the project winds down I find myself somewhat unsettled, needing to get back into my previous routines.
If productive means …
Have you been to the grocery store lately? My gosh has “healthy food” gotten expensive. I recall when I was a medical student vegi/pescetarian and had absolutely NO resources (money) how I was able to eat very healthfully on a very limited budget. That was only 13 years ago and at that time I used to budget my food based on the cost of a standard plastic bag of groceries. I recall the standard was about $20 to 30 per overfilled bag! Nowadays it seems like a standard overfilled bag of groceries is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $60 to 80. That’s almost triple the price and makes me wonder how people can afford to eat well. It also makes me realize how the restaurant industries thrive in urban environments … I hate to say it and still avoid it …
Growing healthy plants requires 2 things …. good soil and lots of water. So once our future building site was cleared and rough trails and roadways laid out, we hired an amazing permaculturalist named Kim Chi to help us set out a plan for cultivating our property.
Farming on sloped property like ours does pose some challenges but also has a lot of benefits. The most critical benefit we have on sloped property is the use of gravity to help nurture our gardens, which requires less active watering, allowing us to spend more time creating plants versus caring for them. In order to do this, we had to learn and manage the “hydrology” of our property.
Hydrology is the scientific study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth (or our property in this case), including the …
Clearing land is not only hard work but also spiritually draining. Even operating a chainsaw is something that I will admit is exciting but also dangerous, stinky and destructive. Not to be negative, as this was a critical part of the overall plan, 2014/2015 was a tough, albeit mild, winter. It is also noteworthy to mention that although I had to tear down, sort and stack roughly 160 trees, we also saved and planted hundreds of baby trees that were nestle amongst the fir, alder, wild cherry, cedar and hemlock that covered our property. It is also worth mentioning that we only cleared roughly 2 acres of the 5 acres that we live on!
In order to do all this, I purchased an excavator, which still to this day I find to be a wondrous piece of equipment! Without …
I’m not sure if you knew but for the last 18 months I have been building a house with my amazing wife Emily. And when I say building I mean holding the hammer the whole way through. Wow! Where to begin …
When Emily and I decided to move to the sunshine coast 3 years ago I had no idea where this adventure would take us. We spent a year there, while I commuted back and forth 5 days per week to my naturopathic practice in North Vancouver. Although the commute that first year was tough I met many other incredible people that sacrificed a lot of time to provide a different quality of life for their families. These include, engineers, artists, construction workers, mechanics, investment bankers and many more.
For those who have never ventured out this way, …
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December 5th, 2015 marks the 10th year of Westcoast Integrative Health and my practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
In medicine, 5 years post-graduation is considered to be the turning point of experience moving from a junior practitioner to a novice. It takes a lot of clinical experience, with actual patients, to get really good at practicing the art of medicine.
Early in my career I was very fortunate to have good mentoring with a lot of clinical exposure. Dr. Sandy Wood and Dr. Jonn Matsen allowed me to see thousands of clients in my first 2 years of practice. To put this into prospective, a conventional busy family practice can fill up with 800 to 2000 patients, so it is common that a family MD may only see this many patients in their entire career. Dr Matsen and Dr Wood never fill up. …
It has been many months since my last post … on the Adriatic beaches of Croatia! It seems like a life time ago.
I just wanted to send out a quick message to say that we have finally moved into our new space at 102-88 Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver and it is looking good! Yeah!
Thank you to all of my amazing clients for supporting this project. The clinic will not be planning on moving again … ever!
I will update our page banner on Facebook soon, but please feel free to drop by and check it out in person!
Although the pharmacy is not quite complete, Peter is getting close with the finally details, including a living green wall, so hopefully we will be ready for an official “Grand Opening Party” in the next month or so. Stay tuned, as it’s going …
In mid-July Westcoast Integrative Health will be closing the doors at 156 West 3rd Street for good! After over 7 years of being at our current location we’re moving to a new location right in the heart of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale area, in early August of 2014.
This is a very exciting move for me, as I have been considering a location change for some time and finally found an opportunity that will work well for me and my clients.
I have joined forces with a colleague and former classmate of mine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, to open up a brand new boutique style clinic attached to a brand new integrative natural health pharmacy. This move is going to allow me much greater diversity to practice functional medicine at the highest level possible, and provide my …