We are SO excited to announce to all of our patients that we are moving at the end of this month!
We are moving down the hall to a much larger office, which has more rooms for us to expand.The new office is almost 3X the size of our current office. It offers a large room for us to run our Weight Loss Rehab program,offer more educational presentations and offer more services to our patients.
Visit the blog and be sure to follow our newsletters to stay posted on our exciting changes.
SAVE 10% this month at Brio on our Thorne B Complex!
Research has shown B Complex vitamins support:
- Stress tolerance
- Hormone Health
- Nervous System Health
- Women taking oral contraceptive pills causes vitamin B deficiencies, so for those women it can be beneficial to supplement with a vitamin B complex.
Diabetes in your family? High blood pressure? Waist circumference greater than 31.5 inches? East or South Asian ethnicity?
An estimated 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. Of these, 1 million Canadians live with diabetes without knowing it. The difficulty is we can have prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes without obvious signs and symptoms so often diagnosis (and care) is delayed. The key, however, is to be able to identify our risk of diabetes so we can make effective changes right away. Why right away? Insulin production is 35% of normal by the time of diagnosis! That’s less than half the production of this critical hormone by the time many of us are made aware of a problem.
Using information such as age, body mass index, waist circumference and family history, the simple Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK) calculates a risk score to let you know if you’re at low, moderate or high risk of developing diabetes. It takes only 3 minutes to do and you may be surprised by some of the risk factors!
High risk (scores greater than 33): have a 2 in 5 chance of already having or developing type 2 diabetes
Moderate risk (scores between 21 and 33): have a 1 in 7 chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.
For the above groups, Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing may be indicated. This blood test can diagnose or rule out diabetes while also giving us an idea of your blood glucose control over the past 3 months.
Whether you want to reduce the risk of developing diabetes or you are already taking medication for diabetes, we can provide effective therapies to improve blood sugar control at every stage. We provide thorough but targeted multisystem physical exams, in-office HbA1c testing (results in 5 minutes!), clinically researched nutrients and specific, individualized nutritional and physical activity recommendations based on your risk factors and overall health. For the month of December, Dr. Carin is providing complimentary HbA1c testing with an initial naturopathic consultation – only while tests are available!
Hi! I’m Dr. Carin. It’s great being back in Richmond after completing my naturopathic medicine and acupuncture degrees. My areas of interests include type 2 diabetes, digestive health, sleep difficulty, pain management, infertility and geriatrics. Appointments with me are available from December. I’m very excited to be joining the Brio team and look forward to meeting you!
Back-to-school season has arrived! Put on those thinking caps, because it's time to plan and pack snacks to delight your little ones and keep them energized throughout the day.
Some snack ideas that are easy to pack and prepare:
~ Wild salmon burger- this has lots of protein to keep them full!
~ Home made lentil soup/chili/chicken noodle soup-(they are great to make in big batches and freeze in meal size portions) pack the child's meal in a thermos to-go!
~ Green Smoothie-prepare in a magic bullet or blender and pack for a refreshment later in the day!
~ Veggie wrap- take a whole wheat tortilla, or brown rice torilla for a gluten free alternative, apply hummus or tzatziki dip to the tortilla. Cut up some veggies length wise, try cucumber, celery, and place them in a row down the middle of the tortilla, wrap it up. Cut it into bite size pices and enjoy!
~ Unsalted umpkin seeds (come in a variety of flavours) and celery sticks
~ Soft boiled free range organic egg + snap peas – put the egg in cold water, bring to a boil, turn off heat and let sit for 4 minutes. Run the egg under cold water for several minutes. With this timing the yolk will not be overcooked, providing optimal nutrients
~ ½ green apple and 2 slices of organic ‘raw cheese’ – ‘raw cheese’ can be found in the organic refrigerator section of the local grocery store. Look for the brand ‘L’ancetre’.
~ Home made chicken tenders-cut chicken breast into pieces, dredge in an egg wash, lightly beaten. Coat with corn meal and bake in oven.
~ Ryvita crackers or rice crackers with dip-try tomato bruschetta or hummus
Come join Dr.Jeffrey Lee and Nathan as they present on common upper body injuries.
Learn how Low-Level Laser Therapy helps heal these stubborn injuries and learn what you can do at home to prevent them!
When: Wednesday August 22nd, 2012
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Brio Clinic (604-271-9355)
RSVP: Limited seating, call to reserve your spot.
1 cucumber, cubed
3 tbsp red onion, diced
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp white/mellow miso
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp water
1 tsp smoked paprika
Cut the broccoli florets into smaller bite sized pieces. Steam for 5-7 minutes, you don’t want to overcook them. While the broccoli is steaming, prepare an ice bath. Pour cold water and ice into a large mixing bowl. When the broccoli has cooked, transfer it from the steam basket to this cold water. This will stop it from cooking.
Prepare the tahini sauce by combining all the ingredients (tahini to cumin) in a bowl. Whisk until blended well.
Remove the broccoli from the ice bath, place it in a colander and shake well so that the excess water comes off. Place it into a bowl, then add the cucumber and red onion. Pour the tahini sauce over the vegetables and stir well to coat. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper and cayenne. Sprinkle the almonds on top of the salad, and using a grater or microplane, shave some orange zest on top.