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Annual North Trip! July 23, 2018

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I have posted photos from our annual father-son trip. This year we travelled up to Whitehorse, Yukon. The first night was a bit rough because all accommodation in Whitehorse was fully booked so we had to spend a night on a park bench! On the trip we enjoyed a scenic drive to Dawson City and followed some moose tracks in Spirit Lake.

Felt great to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Photos can be seen here:

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Live on Conscious Living Radio May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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I am very excited to be invited back on Conscious Living Radio tonight, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to talk about my recent work, research and upcoming workshops. The interview will air live at 6PM PST on 100.5FM or you can listen on your computer or mobile phone. For more information on how to listen :

On your FM Dial:

Tune in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 100.5 FM

Live Streaming from your computer:

Choose 128Kbps stream – this is for listening to what is being broadcast on the radio in real time.

If the stream is not working and there is no problem report on this page, please try troubleshooting by clicking on this FAQ page.  If your question is not answered there, please report here

On your Mobile Device:

iPhones/iPad:  Did you know that you can just click the listen link on your iPhone and itunes will play your stream on your phone or iPad?  And the best part is that you can use other apps while the stream is running.

Or get Co-op Radio on your iPhone, Android Phone, and computer via TUNEIN!

Here is the URL for Co-op Radio on TUNEIN: http://tunein.com/radio/Co-op-Radio-1005-s31144/

Get TUNEIN for your phones and other devices here: http://tunein.com/get-tunein/

Android:  You will need to download an app.

Early Bird discount ending soon! April 18, 2018

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adam dreamhealer workshop vancouver toronto naturopathI am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone again at the two Dreamhealer workshops this year, Vancouver and Toronto.
The discounted early bird price will be ending on May 1, 2018 for both workshops. 
Registration is open for both workshops and tickets are selling quickly!
Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, June 3, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, June 10, 2018

Due to my busy clinic schedule I will not be adding any additional dates in 2018, there will be no workshops in 2019 or 2020
Tickets are selling quickly and these workshops are guaranteed to sell out! Don’t forget the discounted early bird rate will only available until May 1, 2018. Only regular price tickets will be available after May 1, 2018.
We have received several emails inquiring about the focus of the workshops. The workshops are not limited to solely cancer patients and does not focus only on cancer. Everyone is welcome to these workshops!
The workshops will cover a wide range of topics, Dr. McLeod has added new material drawing from recent studies that connect quantum physics to biology and both workshops include two powerful group healing sessions.
Dreamhealer Workshop Schedule

Holiday Book Sale! December 20, 2017

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We are having a holiday book and DVD sale! For a limited time only the DVD’s, Intention Heals and Integrative Oncology book will be over 15% off on the online bookstore only!

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2018 Workshop Announcement! December 18, 2017

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Dr. Adam McLeod is very excited to announce that he will be holding two Dreamhealer workshops in 2018, Vancouver and Toronto. More information can be found on my website:
http://www.dreamhealer.com/workshop/

Registration is open for both workshops at the discounted early bird price (available for a limited time only):

Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, June 3, 2018
https://dreamhealertoronto2018.eventbee.com

Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, June 10, 2018
https://dreamhealervancouver2018.eventbee.com

For those who need accommodation in Vancouver or Toronto, we have been provided a discounted rate for all workshop attendees at the hotel where the workshops are held. There are limited rooms available at the discounted rate and the room block is guaranteed to sell out as it does every year. To book at the discounted rate you must book under the ‘Dreamhealer group’. 

Discounted hotel rate for Vancouver 2018: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

Discounted hotel rate for Toronto 2018: Please call 1-800-905-2811 (the online link will be posted shortly!)

Due to Dr. McLeod’s busy clinic schedule he will not be adding any additional dates in 2018 so we hope you can make it to Toronto or Vancouver in 2018. There will be no workshops in 2019. These workshops and discounted hotel room rates are guaranteed to sell out so registered soon! Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please send an email to questions@dreamhealer.com

Six Steps To Boosting Your Immune System! October 20, 2016

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Cold & Flu Season is Here!
Six Steps To Boosting Your Immune System

Written By Dr. Kaleigh Coolsaet, ND

With fall officially here, it’s now time to prepare ourselves for the inevitable cold and flu season. With back to school and fall routines back in place we tend to spend more time indoors and in close quarters with others, which can easily lead to picking up the latest cold or flu virus.

The good news is we can support our immune systems early to keep healthy, and reduce the severity and duration of the common cold. Follow these six steps in order to keep your immune system in tiptop shape for this fall and winter season.

Six Steps to Enhancing your Immune System

1. Eat a balanced diet with reduced sugar intake

  • Sugar is known to wreak havoc with our immune system, so best to avoid any unnecessary sugar. Make sure to eat lots of colourful fruits and vegetables full of vitamins and minerals to support your immune system.
    Tip: Root vegetables are in season and are full of vitamins and minerals – try them roasted or in a delicious warming soup.

2. Reduce and Manage Stress

  • When we are stressed we produce a hormone called cortisol which helps us adapt to stress, but over the long run it can suppress the immune system leaving us vulnerable to picking up every virus we come across. Managing your stress and cortisol levels goes a long way in supporting your immune system. Read more about stress & your immune system here. 
    Try: Yoga, Meditation, Breathing Exercises

3. Obtain sufficient sleep

  • Proper sleep routines help with repair and regeneration of the body and improving the immune system.
    Tip: Get into a routine of sleeping and waking at the same time each day. Make sure your room is quiet and dark.  Try meditation or breathing exercises before bed to improve sleep quality.

4. Regular Exercise

  • Getting adequate exercise is a great way to boost the immune system and also great for overall general health. Whether its brisk walking or going to your favourite exercise class, keeping up this routine throughout the fall and winter season is going to help you stay healthy and improve your immune system.
    Tip: Set time aside each week for exercise so you don’t accidentally overbook yourself. Try exercising with a friend to increase your accountability.

5. Immune Support Naturally

  • There are lots of natural remedies to help support your immune system including but not limited to: garlic, echinacea, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, and zinc.  Best to see your Naturopathic Doctor to ensure these remedies are safe for you and when is the best time to take them.

6. IV Therapy and Immune Boosting Injections

  • IV Therapy is a great way to get a high dose of Vitamin C and other immune supporting vitamins and minerals straight into your system. These can be administered as a preventative measure and/or when you are actually sick to help your recovery time.
  • Immune Boosting Injections are another great preventative measure and best taking at the beginning of the cold/flu season to help boost your immune system before you come in contact with a virus.

Now that you have some great tips in supporting your immune system, make some time to implement at least one or more of these to help get you through this upcoming cold and flu season.

Best in Health,

Dr. Kaleigh

Natural Health Products (NHPs) Are Not Drugs. October 13, 2016

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Written by: Dr. Reuben Dinsmore

I know that I’m preaching to the choir here – if you have been to see a naturopathic doctor, there’s a very high chance you’ve benefitted from the recommendation of certain nutraceutical supplements along your treatment journey. And so I invite you to take a moment to add your voice to the ongoing consultation with Health Canada over whether or not NHPs should be regulated in the same way that drugs are.

I wholeheartedly agree that there needs to be clear regulations over any product that is being marketed for its health benefits. However, there are various reasons why it’s impractical and unnecessary to require manufacturers of NHPs to go through the same procedures as drug manufacturers.

First, drugs are typically single ingredient formulations, with a single or occasionally dual purpose – for example, acetaminophen for pain relief, and also for fever reduction. When combinations are marketed, as in a cold formula, each of the single ingredients undergo their own clinical trials to prove their efficacy in whatever health claim that ingredient is aimed at.

Many supplements, particularly herbal formulations, are designed to take advantage of the synergy between the various ingredients. Less often do we recommend a single remedy for a single purpose, as a main tenet is treating the patient as a whole instead of simply a symptom in a body system.

This becomes difficult, even impossible, to prove efficacy of a formula, as clinical trials are designed around single ingredients, to exclude all possible variables. In addition, supplements are intended to work over a longer time period than drugs – helping the body return to its natural state of health rather than pharmaceutically forcing it into an unnatural place. I’ve often asked patients to be patient – that they’ve often spent decades getting to their current state, so they shouldn’t expect me to fix them in a few weeks. The expense of running a clinical trial is difficult at best, for a product that typically can’t be patented and charged drug company prices for – this onus becomes even more difficult when a clinical trial needs to run over many months to determine efficacy.

Bottom line, changing the regulation requirements will increase prices of NHPs and would likely make access much more difficult – and for what purpose?

Please consider expressing your views, hopefully in opposition to this attempt to fix a system that isn’t even broken. You can read more and find contact information at the following site:

https://chfa.ca/en/natural-health-products/nhps-not-drugs/index.html

In health,

Dr. Reuben Dinsmore, ND

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia September 29, 2016

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Day is September 21st , so I wanted to take this opportunity to talk a bit about Alzheimer’s disease and how naturopathic medicine may provide the answer that has thus far eluded the pharmaceutical world.

There are many potential causes of dementia, which affects more than half a million people in Canada, and that number is forecast to double in the next 20 years. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for approximately 60% of dementia patients, and has been called the “second-most feared disease in Canada”. This description will come as no surprise to anyone who has been personally involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, as it can be heartbreaking to watch their personality vanish before one’s eyes.

When it comes to conventional treatment options, there are at least 4 different drugs approved for Alzheimer’s in Canada, which target either of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine or glutamate. These drugs do not cure the disease or slow its progress, but merely alleviate some of the symptoms. However, this can provide an improved quality of life for patients for several years, until they lose their efficacy.

As usual, prevention is still the best option. Research has long indicated that Alzheimer’s was associated with diabetes. However, new research is now indicating that Alzheimer’s may be related specifically to elevated insulin levels, as is seen in type 2 diabetes. Whereas type 1 diabetes (aka juvenile diabetes, as it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood) is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition associated with cells becoming less sensitive to the action of insulin. This forces the body to produce more and more insulin until the pancreas simply gets burned out. While insulin levels are high, this puts people at significant risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Simply put, the enzymes that process excess insulin are the same ones responsible for breaking down amyloid-beta, the protein that forms the plaques and tangles seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

When you take in foods that are high in simple refined carbohydrates (sugar and starches), they are rapidly digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. Your body responds by quickly pumping out insulin to bring these blood sugar levels down. However, your pancreas evolved to operate in more of a slow and steady way, producing a trickle of insulin to carefully balance a gradual blood sugar increase. In time, forcing it to break into a sprint over and over takes a serious toll.

At the same time, your cells are becoming resistant to the signal from insulin telling them to take in sugar from the bloodstream. This is caused by a few things that are all related – obesity, increased fats circulating in the blood, and a diet high in fructose (yes, that wonderful sugar seen in things like pop, candy – and anything else that contains high-fructose corn syrup). As insulin resistance develops, more and more insulin is put into circulation to get the same effect. This is where the risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases, as those enzymes are being diverted away from breaking down amyloid-beta in favour of dealing with the elevated levels of insulin.

So what can you do about this? Type 2 diabetes is one of the most preventable and even reversible conditions out there, simply by following the basic diet and lifestyle advice that’s been around for decades. Diet-wise, you want to prevent blood sugar spikes that come from high-glycemic foods and drinks. The Mediterranean diet – promoted for years for its cardiovascular protection – is ideal for this purpose as well. More fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and limited simple carbohydrates; lean protein like fish, chicken and legumes with each meal slows digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, as do healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and fish oils. Regular cardiovascular exercise is also critical to restoring insulin sensitivity.

Naturopathic medicine may also have the best options out there for treatment of Alzheimer’s. At least one doctor in the US has reported significant improvement in patients following his protocol – in some cases, symptoms improved by 70-80%, even allowing some formerly severely debilitated patients to return to work. Although results are still preliminary – considering the lack of other options, these developments are really exciting.

As we learn more about prevention, and treatment options become more promising, Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have to be the frightening prospect it has been. If you have questions about how you can reduce your risk, make an appointment with one of our doctors at Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic.

What is Manual Osteopathic Medicine? September 22, 2016

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Many patients have asked us ‘What is Manual Osteopathic Medicine and how can it help me?’ so we decided to create a blog post with all the answers to your questions!

Here is a breakdown of osteopathy and the conditions it can treat:

What is Manual Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathy is a natural and scientific way to treat the whole person. It was developed by Andrew T. Still, a frontier physician and American Civil War field surgeon, who grew disillusioned with the failure of conventional medicine and it’s dependence on addictive and often ineffective drugs.  Osteopathy is a safe drug and surgery free alternative to treat problems that arise in the body.

Backed by a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, the practitioner uses highly refined palpation skills to diagnose and treat imbalances. Practitioners use their hands to find problem areas in the body, then manipulate the bones, muscles and connective tissue to restore balance. Rather than simply treating the symptoms, an osteopath seeks to determine and treat the root of dysfunction resulting in lasting improvement.

As well as taking a detailed medical history of your symptoms, osteopaths also take time to look at your general lifestyle, including work, diet and exercise.  This allows them to determine the underlying reasons for health problems and offer lifestyle and exercise advice to help prevent problems from recurring.

By bringing the body back into alignment the whole body functions more smoothly. Respiratory, digestive, excretory, hormonal, lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems function more optimally.  Fresh oxygen, blood and nutrients are brought into areas that were previously restricted.  Manual therapy improves circulation, reduces swelling, eases pain and helps to restore movement.

As tension is released, energy flows more readily throughout the body allowing the patient to experience a greater sense of well being and balance.  Allow osteopathy to guide your body back to a place of total body health, so you can focus on what’s important to you.

Manual Osteopathy is covered by most extended health care plans, please check with your insurance provider for details.

What are the Principles of Osteopathy?

  • Structure governs function
    Structure and function are thought to be intricately entwined.  The structure must be able to move freely and not impinge on nerves and blood vessels.  A body that is structurally sound is much less likely to be a vessel for disease.
  • The body functions as an integrated unit
    Everything is connected and interdependent.  If one part of the body is compromised or compensated it will affect the whole.
  • The body has the ability to self regulate
    When structurally aligned the body has the inherent ability to self regulate.  Once the fluid channels and nerve pathways are opened, the body is better able to self heal.

What are some techniques an Osteopath might use to treat me?

Trigger Point Release
Releases painful muscle contractions using the activator gun as well as manual methods

Myofascial Release
Releases restrictions in the connective tissue using soft tissue techniques

Soft Tissue Massage
Melts tension at all levels to create an overall feeling of relaxation

Joint Mobilizations
Gently brings the joints back into alignment, creating more space.  The mobility of the joints is increased by passively moving skeletal joints, allowing the body to move with more fluidity and ease

Muscle Energy Techniques
Strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments through guided active and passive stretches

Cranial Osteopathy
This gentle therapy can be helpful with headaches, stress and fluid retention.  The practitioner treats subtle imbalances by tapping into the primary respiratory mechanism to clear blockages in the cerebrospinal fluid

Therapeutic Exercises
Demonstrate stretches that can be practiced at home to create more lasting improvement

What conditions can Osteopathic medicine treat?

  • Sore or pulled muscles and joints
  • Chronic pain, fibromyalgia
  • Postural problems
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • TMJ syndrome and jaw problems
  • Sprains and strains
  • Whip lash, frozen shoulder
  • Headached (tension, migraine)
  • Digestive problems
  • Post surgical pain, scar tissue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Pinched nerve, sciatica
  • Herniated or slipped disc
  • Tendinitis or carpal tunnel

Interested in booking a treatment or want to learn more about Osteopathic medicine? Contact us today by email at info@yaletownnaturopathic.com to book an appointment or a free 15 minutes consultation to see if you would benefit from Osteopathic treatments.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness September 19, 2016

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suicide-prevention-vancouver-naturopathAlmost two years ago I woke to the news that a very good friend of mine had committed suicide. In the past, I’d known of people who had done this, but this was the first it had hit this close to home. And as is always the case in situations like this, all I was left with was sadness and unanswered questions – all variations on “What could I have done?”.

Everyone experiences pain, whether it be physical pain or mental/emotional pain. And everyone has different resources to help cope with that pain: for physical pain – analgesics, acupuncture, herbal medicines. For mental/emotional pain – spending time with friends and family, exercise, anti-depressant medications, counselling, etc. But when the pain one is experiencing overwhelms the resources one has to deal with it, then often suicide starts to become a viable option in one’s mind.

How do you react if someone tells you that they’re thinking about ending their life? Most people react in an emotional way – “That’s a terrible idea, things will get better, you’re just feeling down today, only a coward would think of doing that” or even worse, “You can’t end your life – you’ll go to hell if you do”.

Instead, try just saying “Thank you for telling me” and then just listen. When a friend is stuck in the black spiral of depression, it can seem like nothing will ever change for the better. In can be hard to even remember what being happy feels like. They feel trapped in their own heads, locked in with the negative voices that get louder and louder, and which drown out the voice that is always there reassuring them that, in fact, things will get better. And it helps just having someone to listen to them talk. It allows them – for a moment at least – to speak over those voices and feel like they’re not alone with their dark thoughts.

If you are experiencing such mental pain that you are thinking about ending your life – I can promise you that you haven’t tried everything yet. Pharmaceutical anti-depressants can be a lifesaver for some people, especially when combined with something like cognitive behavioural therapy. (Although in my opinion, they are overused in our society – given to people who didn’t really need them in the first place and who find themselves stuck on a medicine that they can’t manage to get off of.) Non-pharmaceutical options – regular exercise; supplements like 5-HTP, vitamin D, omega-3s; herbal medicines like St. John’s Wort (which has been shown in clinical trials to be as effective as SSRIs in mild to moderate depression); eating a healthy diet; making future plans for something that you can look forward to; engaging in activities that you have enjoyed in the past; the list goes on.

For my friend, I make this pledge: if you are someone who has considered or is considering suicide, I will always be someone who will listen in a completely non-judgemental way, and only offer advice if that is what you need from me. And if you are a person who finds themselves uncomfortable when someone tries to talk to you about suicide, then please learn to open your heart and mind and just listen. You may be given the chance that I wish I had been given – to save a life.

Caution: Natural supplements can be harmful, especially if taken with other medications, and so should only be used on advice from a health care practitioner

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