Dr.Carin's Talk: Natural Solutions to Women's Health

September 18th, 2014

Join Dr.Carin Matsushita for this presentation to empower women looking for alternate solutions to support their health. 

Location: Steveston Community Centre 

Time: 6:30 pm

Date: Thursday November 6th *If you received our September Newsletter our day was incorrect, please note this has beeen updated.

Cost: $10


Please call Steveston Community Centre to register.

New Product: P3 Cream

September 9th, 2014

Our Registered Massage Therapist, Linda Mc Laren has brought a new anti-inflammatory cream into Brio. This is a product she uses during her massages, to assist in pain management. We have two sizes for purchasing, a trial size 30 ml or 237 ml. We are offering 10% off the 237 ml size for this month.

Linda`s testimonial: I've been using P3 Cream for over two years now during my treatments as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory aid. I find it absorbs nicely and my clients like the gentle mint scent and cooling/warming sensation. I like the fact that it contains all natural active ingredients, is safe to use on just about everyone, and it`s made right here in BC! It was forumalted by a Registered Massage Therapist specifically for safety and effectivenes. The 3 P`s in P3 Cream stands for: 

  • Pain relief
  • Prevention
  • Performance

Dr.Lee's Europe Bound this September

In September, my wife and I will be traveling to Europe for a 3-week vacation to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary.  We have been planning for this trip for several years and I can’t believe we are only a few days away!  My patients have been truly excited for me, offering information, personal travel tips and links to useful websites.  Others have asked: “What do you do (health-wise) to prepare for an extended vacation?”  I thought I’d share my answers in this blog.  


First off, the most important thing is to have a consistent sleep routine.  It is very tempting to stay up late to research all the exciting places that we will be visiting, but I have kept a strict bedtime.  My body and mind work the best when I get about 7.5 hours of sleep.  I cannot emphasize enough how important sleep is in the regulation of our immune and nervous systems and in the repairing of our bodies.

I recently watched an excellent documentary on CBC’s Nature of Things on the topic of sleep.  In this episode, David Suzuki examines the importance of sleep and, more specifically, how artificial light affects our quality of sleep.  The documentary is called Light’s Out, and you can find it through this link: (

Boosting the Immune System

Traveling can put stress on the body and can expose you to pathogens from all around the world.  As many of my patients know, I talk about the herb Astragalus all the time, especially around the fall season.  Astragalus is an immune modulating herb that can strengthen a deficient immune system and regulate an overactive immune system.  In preparation for my trip, I have been taking the formula Jade Windscreen on a regular basis.  I will also be bringing this along on my travels.   I have written several blogs in the past about this great herb.  (link)

Probiotics, etc.

I love eating local foods when I travel.  One of the ways I protect my digestive tract is by taking a high-quality probiotic (Pro = good, biotic = bacteria).  Probiotics are healthy bacteria naturally found in our digestive systems.   Healthy bacteria can protect you from traveler’s diarrhea and strengthen the immune system.  My favourite probiotic for travel is HMF Intensive.  I simply take 1 capsule a day and it comes in a convenient blister pack.  I also take Phytogreens, a supplement that combines a variety of green vegetables (spinach, wheat grass, broccoli, etc.) with spirulina and chlorella.  It is packed full of nutrients and enzymes. 

Recently, I have been growing my own microgreens and sprouts, incorporating more of them into my diet.  Microgreens are baby plants and have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  They also taste great!  I’ll share more about microgreens in a future blog.  


Bon voyage, Dr.Lee! 

Please note: Dr.Lee will return to the office on Tuesday October 7th. Do not hesitate to contact the office for product refills, or appointments can be booked with Dr.Matsushita.

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Recover from Stress this Summer

For many of us, summer continues to be a busy time of “things to do” and although this to-do list may involve activities in the sun, they can build up stress and deplete our energy reserves just the same.

What about a holiday?

Where to go? How do we get there? How much time do we have? What’s our budget? What will I wear?! Will we have time to relax? If you’re like me, just planning a holiday can be stressful. Even if we go on holiday, we often return drained. So how do we reduce stress and build up our energy reserves? While we’re at home and on vacation?

Meditation and acupuncture are good options for switching the body to that relaxed (parasympathetic) state where our repair-and-recover systems kick-in. But enjoying coffee or dark chocolate are also great options for, what I like to call, soul-nourishing moments.

Steps for a Soul-Nourishing Moment with Coffee:

1. Pour hot coffee into your favourite mug and sit in a peaceful spot in your home – by the bay window, on the patio, etc.

2. Hold your warm mug with both hands and take a deep breath into your belly taking in the roasted aroma.

3. After some slow sips of coffee, lower the mug, let out a sigh or ‘aaah’ and notice the warmth of the coffee as it moves down your throat and to your belly. You may close your eyes or allow them to soften their focus.

In 10 seconds (and only two sips of coffee), stress hormone production decreases. This, in turn, improves stress tolerance, mood, energy, sleep, sex hormone balance, blood glucose levels and blood pressure.

Of course, this doesn’t have to be done with coffee. Bringing your focus to observing your body in the present moment makes a daily habit into a soul-nourishing moment. For your adrenal glands (stress tolerance organs) and nervous system, a soul-nourishing moment is like a rejuvenating trip to the spa.

If you’ve been ‘running on fumes’ or experiencing major stress recently, you’re adrenal glands and nervous system have been working on overdrive. Replenishing essential nutrients with adrenal support or B vitamin injections also help to improve stress tolerance and energy.

If you are traveling this summer, include soul-nourishing moments into your daily plans. I think you’ll find those moments will be the best memories of your vacation.

Whether you’re vacationing in Bora Bora or at home this summer, take advantage of daily soul-nourishing moments to reduce stress, optimize health and enjoy summer.


Dr.Carin Matsushita, ND, RAc.

Dr. Neetu's Perspective on how to treat Summer Pains and Strains!

After a long hard winter, Summer has absolutely arrived in Vancouver.  It always amazes me how simply one day of Sun in Vancouver can vanish every trace memories of cold and rain from the season prior.  

It also amazes me how absolutely gorgeous BC is.  A simple drive home is just stunning!
Along with summer and sun in the lower mainland, comes and increase in activities. There are many things to satisfy the outdoor craving, just a few examples include: bike rides, walks, swimming, soccer, and golfing and gardening are big ones.
With this new found energy the sun provides, to allow for these activities, sometimes the body is not adequately prepared.  And during the summer months, at Brio we quite often see Golfing and/or Gardening pains and strains.
  • require bending resulting in lower back strain
  • they may result in dominant use of one side of the body more so than the other, creating an imbalance in the upper and lower back, and also the hamstrings
  • can result in shoulder pain
  • twisting and hip pain
  • golfers elbow or repetitive strain on the wrists/forearms from twisting and pulling in the garden
  • headaches and disrupted sleep
Issues generally arise if both sides of the body are imbalanced.  They can also arise if the hips are imbalanced.  Issues can also arise if muscles are stronger on one side of the body versus the other.
The Bowen Technique is a simple, fast, non-invasive way to quickly treat any or all of these issues and get you back onto the putting green or back into the garden.
The Bowen Technique involves gentle movements over the muscles of the body, stimulating the relaxation of the entire nervous system.  
When the nervous system is relaxed the body can then re-set, re-balance and correct any pains or strains.
The majority of the time we are stressed during the day and even stressed when we sleep due to the pain.
The 60 minute Bowen session, is designed to break the pain cycle and allow the body to finally relax.
The body can only heal and detoxify in a relaxed state.
Many other treatments may focus solely on the painful part of the body.  If the shoulder is painful; the shoulder is treated.
However,  with the Bowen Technique, if the shoulder is painful, the goal is to treat the entire body, and relax the nervous system, break the pain cycle, and the body will naturally reverse the shoulder issue.  The whole body must be treated in every patient case.
Painkillers may offer temporary relief, to mask the pain, however, the pain cycle and nervous system are not treated.  They both must be treated to have a reversal of symptoms and become pain free.
Don't be surprised if an emotion or two is also released.  Pain in the body can often be the result of stored emotional pain.
This is an amazingly effective yet simple little technique, call Kyra for more information, and click on our Bowen Therapy link for more info.  If you're in pain, there really is no need to suffer or miss out on your favorite activities. 
Dr. Neetu is a Certified Advanced Bowen Therapist since 2002;  She has also taken the advanced training and was one of the first advanced Bowen Therapist in the Lower Mainland.
Her instructor Manon Bolliger was responsible for bringing the Bowen Technique to Canada. 
The Bowen Technique originated in Austrailia.

Fraserview Care Fair-Thursday June 26th

June 10th, 2014


Live jazz music, speaking presentations including our very own Dr.Matsushita, and display booths on Health & Wellness with a focus on senior living! 
Everyone is welcome! 


Dr.Carin Matsushita will be talking from 3:30-4:00 pm on "Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain".


Come join us at Fraserview Care Lodge at 9580 Williams Road, Richmond BC on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 3-6pm. Ribbon cutting at 6-7pm!


Click HERE to read more about the event.


Dr. Lee's interview with Harold Steves

Dr Lee: Hello Mr. Steves, tell us a bit about your farming background:

Mr. Steves:

I studied genetics at UBC and I am a practicing geneticist.   Our family established the first seed company in BC in 1888. We are still growing, saving, improving, and selling seed from over 50 vegetable varieties adapted to the BC climate.


Dr. Lee: Tell me more about this picture of Victory Garden

Mr. Steves: 

That’s a picture of myself on the far left as a youngster. During WWII people still knew how to grow their own food. We dug up back yards, lanes and roadsides. We grew 42% of our food in Victory gardens. Everything was recycled. Manures and compost were returned to the land. Crops were rotated. Cow pasture was plowed under to grow vegetables, then oats cover crop, then legume hay to add nitrogen, then pastures again.


Dr. Lee: How has the city of Richmond responded to pesticides and GMO?


Richmond banned cosmetic pesticides in 2009 and GMO’s on May 28, 2012

• After over 50 years of monoculture soils are depleted. It’s scientifically impossible to produce more food with minerals and microbes that no longer exist in the soil. Yet that is the GMO claim

• GMO’s do not produce more food to feed the world. GMO’s are designed to kill weeds with round-up or 2-4-D. That is all.

• To feed the world we need to maintain our genetic diversity, and replenish our soils.

Dr. Lee: What is an anaerobic digester and the compost trial?

Mr. Steves;

Through the green can program, residential yard and food waste are taken to a facility on Westminster highway and put into these large tall structures called anaerobic digesters.  These anaerobic digesters help turn the food waste into organic matter called compost. 

Our compost has been tested and showed to be so clean that it can be used to put back into our organic farm soil and gardens to help nourish the soil.   This is a very exciting project. 


Dr. Lee: Are there other exciting projects that are happening in Richmond?

Mr. Steves:

Yes, there are!  You will soon hear some exciting news about the Garden City Lands and the proposed land use.  Also, near the Brio clinic, the new development called The Gardens will also have community gardens and dedicated farm land that Kwantlen University students will be using to do research and learn more on organic farming practices.


Take Some Time For Stretching !


Here comes the season when you can just leave your jackets in the closet while heading outdoors to enjoy the longer, warmer days ahead.  With summer on the horizon, many of us are already engaged in physical activities made better by the fresh air, whether it be going for a run, playing a game of tennis, soccer, golf or beach volleyball.  Some of us can get a little rusty over the winter and think a good long stretch before pounding the pavement is the thing to do, but be mindful of the type of stretching you do!

  Recent studies have come to the conclusion that it is best to do a warm-up that complements the type of movements you'll be doing in your workout or game, but with a slightly greater amplitude of range of motion.

 Dynamic stretching is considered to be far more beneficial than the standard old static stretching our high school gym teacher used to tell us to do.  Dynamic stretching consists of controlled movements of your limbs and trunk taken in ease to the limits of your range.  It improves body awareness, neuromuscular control and functional flexibility. Furthermore, it increases body temperature far more effectively than static stretching. some examples of these are knee ups, butt kicks, side lunges arm swings etc. etc. There are many examples available on You Tube but use your common sense and if in doubt, talk to your fitness or health care provider.

As for static stretching, which can be defined as stretching a muscle until there is resistance and holding that stretch for a specific amount of time ( usually 20-40 seconds) , studies show that it tends to have a negative impact on athletic performance, by hindering the capacity of the muscle to produce force* for even up to an hour!  Holding a stretch position doesn't help prepare for exercise as much as it does for increasing your potential range of motion. Static stretching is best done after the workout, as part of the cool-down, or as just an activity by itself.

 Sometimes muscles feel restricted to the point where any amount of stretching just doesn't provide relief.  Areas of adhesion in the tissues can restrict normal physiological movement and be resistant to lengthening.  This is when you need to bring out the foam roller to provide a little massaging compression. Fascial release products like "The Stick" and "Acuball" and many such others are readily available in stores now and are great for self- care at home.

 And of course, your Massage Therapist can help too! Try scheduling a massage treatment near or on the day of your most intensive workouts. A massage afterwards can help reduce post- exercise inflammation ans speed recovery**

Cheers to health!

Linda McLaren RMT

Get to know GE FREE BC

A big thank you to Teresa Lynne who was one of our guest speakers for our GMO OMG event.  Here are some of the highlights of her presentation and important links:
GE Free BC is a network of community organizations working for sustainable
agriculture and supporting municipal GE Free resolutions across BC.
What is Genetic Engineering (GE) and Genetic modification (GM)?
It is the taking on genes or DNA segments from one organism and inserting them into another organism.  Unlike conventional breeding, the process of GE transfers genes between different organisms that would not breed in nature.  This technology introduces foreign genes into food that we eat. 
What are the issues with GE crops? (from

1.  No independent research for safety

2.  Increased use in herbicides and pesticides

3.  Genetic contamination

4.  Corporate control of seeds and food supply

5.  Patenting of seeds

6.  Our right to know has been denied

7.  Economic impacts

8. Unsustainable farming methods

9. Bees and butterflies are disappearing from the  use of glyphosate in RoundUp

What can we do to avoid GM foods? 
•  read labels

•  avoid processed foods with corn, soy, canola, cottonseed and sugar

  buy organic and/or non-GMO Verified products

•  buy organic or grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy

•  avoid sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya and some US zucchini and yellow crookneck squash (unless organic)

What can we do to stop GM foods?

•  support our local farmers who oppose GM crops

•  buy local, at farmer’s markets, supports CSAs

•  grow your own food

•  start a conversation on GMOs

•  ask restaurants to provide non-GMO food

•  write emails and letters to store managers and head offices asking them not to sell GMOs

Naturopathic Medicine Week Event Wrap up

May 24th, 2014
What an event!  Thank you to all that came out to watch GMO OMG on Wednesday May 14. We have received some fantastic comments from the audience:
" Thanks Dr. Lee, Dr. Dhiman and Dr. Matsushita for sharing this important information on GMO foods.  I had no idea that this was hidden in our everyday foods"
“ We learned a lot about the history of Richmond’s farmland and agriculture and the current state of our foods in Richmond.  The guest speakers were fantastic!"
“ We really enjoyed the movie!  It was very informative and educational.  I want my family to watch this”
GMO OMG is a well made documentary exposing the how genetically modified organisms (GMO) are getting into our everyday foods.  The movie was both entertaining and educational. Following the movie, we had a panel of local speakers sharing with us tangible solutions to the GMO problem.  
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing the information provided by Mr. Harold Steves, Mr. Colin Dring and Mrs. Teresa Lynne.  Stay tuned to our blog.  

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