Welcome back to Active Life Health Clinic's May newsletter.This week I’ll be lecturing in Victoria at the progressive Body Heals Conference for the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of British Columbia (ACIPBC). The name of conference is Integration: The Best Model of Health Care—Returning to Holism.
I am so excited to be a part of this as this is truly where I hope and
believe the direction of healthcare is headed. Also speaking at
the conference is Dr. David Suzuki
(well-known scientist and environmentalist), Dr. Candace Pert (an
internationally known pharmacologist who researches emotions and
mind-body communication, and appeared in the film “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”),
and Dr. Norm Shealy (a neurosurgeon instrumental in creating The
American Holistic Medical Association, which emphasizes the spiritual
component of healing). They will be talking about the
interrelationship between the health of the planet and human
health. If you want to read more about this exciting
conference, see www.bodyheals.ca.
In light of my anticipation for what should prove to be an interesting
and inspiring conference, I have chosen to write about integrative
medicine, what it is, how it can be applied, and what we need to do to
make it happen.
Imagine this...Imagine what an
integrative clinic would be like, where your physician works alongside
your complementary and alternative care providers.
||A Dream? Can integrative clinics become the norm? What do we need to do to make them accessible?
big thank you to Scott Livingstone, a 2nd year TCM student interning at
my clinic for this recipe and his description of how even cookies can
be described as TCM food cures.
Helping you help yourself!
To work in partnership with you to bring you to
your optimal health.
Ongoing health, not just temporary relief.
This is active health.
has suffered from migraines for all her life, but lately it has gotten
worse. She has been working long hours at work and spending too
much time at her desk. After months of this, she is finding the
migraines unbearable and she is also feeling very fatigued. She is tired of taking the medications she has been prescribed as
they give her only temporary relief, they are expensive, and they have
so many side effects. Her friend suggests that she needs to take
better care of herself. Jane finally concedes and goes to her
friend’s Dr. of TCM.
The first thing Jane notices as she walks into the integrative clinic
is that she feels more relaxed. There is gentle music playing and
a soothing water fountain near where she can sit and drink a healthy
tea. She is soon taken in by the Dr. of TCM. She begins her
acupuncture sessions, is prescribed an herbal formula, and is given a
list of foods to eat and those to avoid.
To rule out some risk possibilities, she is recommended to see the
integrative clinic’s physician. The physician examines her
and orders some blood tests. Jane
does not feel rushed or pushed out the door, but instead is allowed to
ask questions and discuss what has brought her to this point.
She is also recommended to get some massages by the clinic’s RMT
and to start an exercise program of stretches and strengthening.
She can choose to use the clinic’s personal trainer to start her
off. Jane is surprised and pleased to notice that she can also
seek treatments from a chiropractor, shiatsu practitioner, homeopath,
reiki practitioner, counsellor, and aromatherapist. She can even
register for classes in yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation.
After a couple of months of care, guidance, and education, Jane is now feeling like a new person. She
never would have guessed that she could have as much energy as she now
has, and she’s amazed to be pain-free. She is even more
productive at work, has found a way to manage her time, has learned a
great deal on how to take care of her health, and most importantly of
all, is feeling happy.
is where many practitioners and patients both are pushing the direction
of health care. True that the pharmaceutical industry is spending
millions of dollars to expand their hold on medical practice, but it is the consumers who truly hold the power.
In 1997 the estimated growth of the natural health products industry in
Canada was 10 to 15% per year, with nearly 75% of Canadians reporting
to use CAM therapies in 1999. Though the $3.8 billion dollars
spent by Canadians in 1999 on CAM pales in comparison to the
pharmaceutical industry’s $20 billion per year with an annual
growth of about $1.5 billion yearly, our world is ever-changing.
A patient of mine asked the question, “Who is the most important person in the hospital?”
He’s asked this of many health care providers and non-health care
people and received a variety of answers. Some would argue that
the nurses are the most important as they spend more time with the
patients. Some would argue for the surgeons as they save some of
the worst cases. Some say the ER physicians, the palliative care
team, the rehab team, the researchers, and so on and so on. The
answer should really be the patient. That’s why we exist as
health care providers!
When health professionals make the patient the focus, then both
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and
conventional medicine practitioners have the same goals. In other
words, you should speak up and make sure that your health needs are
being addressed. Write to your MLA. Talk to your physician
and other health care providers. Choose people who support your needs.
take the idea of integrative medicine even further, remember that as a
patient you are also a part of your own health team. In fact, as
the most important member of your team, you have some work to do as
well. You’ve heard it before, and
you’ll read it here again—eat healthy, get good sleep and
rest, exercise regularly, and enjoy life!
To read a fantastic article on integrative medicine, click here for a recent Common Ground article. Also, check out this great story Welcome to the Town of Allopath (courtesy of Mike Adams of www.newstarget.com)--it's a long story, but well worth the read! It's time we worked together!
Honey Orange Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh grated orange peel (Ju Pi--Chinese herb name)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sesame seeds, coconut, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
Step 3: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer set on medium-high speed cream butter for 30 seconds.
Step 4: Combine honey, orange juice, egg, orange peel, apricots and vanilla extract; beat well.
Step 5: Gradually beat in flour mixture, until just combined.
Step 6: Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
Step 7: Bake for 9-12 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Transfer cookies to a cooling surface.
Honey – Qi tonifier (SP, LU, LI) Sweet, Neutral
· Strengthen Mid-Jiao and Enrich Qi
· Lubricating/Moistening Dryness
(In other words, honey can improve digestion and help treat constipation and lubricate dryness)
Contra: Dampness Phlegm syndrome, Diarrhea
(Do not consume too much if you have diarrhea or tend to feel phlegmy)
Egg – Blood tonifier (SP, ST, LU, LV) Sweet, Neutral
· Lubricate dryness – Moisten upper Jiao – Tranquilize mind
· Tonify SP and harmonize ST
· Clear heat and toxins
· Nourish yin & blood
(Tonifies blood, calms an agitated mind, improves digestion, helps dry throat or in cases of a dry cough)
Contra: Damp phlegm syndrome – mucus
(Do not consume in excess if you have mucus)
Orange / Peel – Yin tonifier (LU, ST) Sweet, Sour, Warm
· Produce Fluid – Relieve thirst
· Assist Appetite – descend counter flow Qi
· Lubricate LU – Relieve cough – Eliminate Phlegm
(Relieves thirst, improves appetite, treats cough)
Contra: Yin deficiency, Weak SP & ST
(Do not consume too much if you tend to have dry symptoms or have weak digestion)
Overall: LU, SP, ST, Sweet, Neutral
Assists appetite, lubricates dryness, produces fluids
(Overall these cookies go to the TCM
energetic systems of the Lungs, Spleen, and Stomach, but do not consume in excess as they are
sweet and can cause mucus and phlegm)
Active Life Health Clinic
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
In appreciation of each of your referrals, Dr. Melissa Carr will offer you 10% off of
your health product purchase, so don't forget to tell your friends,
family, colleagues, and acquaintances to give us your name when they
book an appointment.