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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.
 
Both: 
  • 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.

 

Navigating GE Foods Part 2: Pesticides, GM crops in Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lee: What about pesticides found in foods? 

There are studies showing pesticide residues in children fed a conventional diet compared to an organic diet.  Of these 84 papers in total, at least 80% of them show a POSITIVE association between pesticide exposure and various cancers.   

 

Dr.Lee: What are Genetically Modified Crops grown in Canada?

A good website to know is www.cban.ca/gmfoods.  Below you will see a chart taken from the cban website showing a list of GM crops grown in Canada and the GM foods imported to Canada. 

 

Dr.Lee: Can you provide us with a list of hidden GM ingredients in our everyday foods?

Below is a very detailed list of invisible GM ingredients. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Dr.Jeff: Thank you so much for sharing your information with us.  To learn more about Richmond Food Security, please visit

http://www.richmondfoodsecurity.org/

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 earthopensource.org
 

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.  

Announcement: Second Expert on the Panel for GMO OMG Movie Night

April 24th, 2014

Brio will be hosting a movie night for BC Naturopathic medicine week. The event will take place Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Minoru Cultural Centter, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. We will be featuring GMO OMG and tickets are $12. Following the movie there will be a panel of experts answering your questions.  

To sign up and guarantee yourself a seat you can purchase tickets by Clicking Here. Please hurry because tickets will sell out fast !! 

 

Welcome, Colin Dring another expert on our panel for that evening.

 

Colin Dring is the Executive Director for the Richmond Food Security Society, a local not-for-profit organization that works to ensure that all people in the community have access to healthy and sustainable food that is culturally appropriate. He has his Bachelor’s of Agricultural Science from UBC’s Land and Food Systems and his Master’s in Science in Planning and Development from the University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Colin has worked in addressing environmental issues from agriculture and the broader food system and has been actively involved in building sustainable solutions in communities across Canada. 

About Us - The Richmond Food Security Society works to ensure that all people in the community have access to safe, nutritious, culturally and personally appropriate foods that are produced in sustainable and socially just ways. We have been working in Richmond since 2002 providing training to youth at risk, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We manage all eight of the City's community gardens and deliver Good Food Boxes to those who are in need. We believe that developing people to their fullest potential will result in a food system that is fair and meets the present needs without compromising the needs of the future. 

 

GMO OMG Movie Screening: Expert Panel Announcement

April 17th, 2014

Wednesday May 14th, Brio will be hosting our third annual BCNA Naturopathic Medicine Week Movie-GMO OMG. We are so excited to announce one of our experts on our panel, who will be discussing GMO's after the movie showing. We have Harold Steves, a former school teach and active rancher by profession. Harold is an active member of the Seed Savers Exchange, growing over 50 varieties of locally adapted heirloom vegetables to maintain genetic diversity. He is very active in community life in the Steveston area, and is particularly interested in the preservation of farmland, heritage preservation, and environmental issues.

He entered politics as an MLA and was active in the establishment of the "Agricultural Land Reserve" under the Dave Barrett NDP Government and for the following decades, one of its strongest defenders. He is presently active in the Farmland Defense League and is a Richmond City Councillor. 

Harold is the Vice Chair of Planning and Agriculture for Metro Vancouver and is promoting preservation, urban and food security for the region.

If you are interested in coming to watch the documentary GMO OMG, and learning more from our experts, click here.

GMO OMG Movie Screening: Expert Panel Announcement

April 17th, 2014

Wednesday May 14th, Brio will be hosting our third annual BCNA Naturopathic Medicine Week Movie-GMO OMG. We are so excited to announce one of our experts on our panel, who will be discussing GMO's after the movie showing. We have Harold Steves, a former school teach and active rancher by profession. Harold is an active member of the Seed Savers Exchange, growing over 50 varieties of locally adapted heirloom vegetables to maintain genetic diversity. He is very active in community life in the Steveston area, and is particularly interested in the preservation of farmland, heritage preservation, and environmental issues.

He entered politics as an MLA and was active in the establishment of the "Agricultural Land Reserve" under the Dave Barrett NDP Government and for the following decades, one of its strongest defenders. He is presently active in the Farmland Defense League and is a Richmond City Councillor. 

Harold is the Vice Chair of Planning and Agriculture for Metro Vancouver and is promoting preservation, urban and food security for the region.

If you are interested in coming to watch the documentary GMO OMG, and learning more from our experts, click here.

Movie Screening: GMO OMG

April 12th, 2014

In our March newsletter we mentioned Brio will be hosting a movie night for BC Naturopathic medicine week. The event will take place Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Minoru Cultural Center, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC.

 

We will be featuring GMO OMG and tickets are $12. Following the movie there will be a panel of experts answering your questions. 

 

To sign up and guarantee yourself a seat you can purchase tickets by Clicking Here. Please hurry because tickets will sell out fast !!

 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Stay tuned to Brio's website to learn more about who will be on our expert panel.

Liver Detox-It's Time!

In the spring more energy flows through the liver system according to Chinese Medicine. That means this is a great time to refocus on supporting and strengthening this vital detox system.

 

The liver is responsible for processing hormones, alcohol, certain chemicals and medications, caffeine, fructose and more. In the process, it uses specific vitamins and minerals to convert harmful substances into (water soluble) forms that can be more easily cleared from the body.

High cholesterol, skin conditions, constipation, premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, chemical sensitivity, fatigue and many other health concerns are associated with suboptimal liver health.

 

Fortunately, the liver has a HUGE capacity to heal. Avoiding excess alcohol, caffeine, hormones, chemicals, fructose etc. is essential to lessening the burden on your liver. Adding foods such as burdock (gobo), beets, carrots, artichoke, lemon/lime juice, milk thistle seeds, dandelion root and fresh rosemary help to heal damaged liver cells and stimulate bile flow. Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and the minerals in green vegetables are also required for the liver to detoxify foods safely and effectively. Additionally, adequate hydration is essential to ensure the processed substances are flushed from the body.

 

A nice adjunct to any detoxification program, castor oil packs over the abdomen help to soothe an inflamed digestive system. For those with liver conditions, additional herbs or nutrients may be necessary.

The liver is only one of the major detox organs in the body. To learn about all the detox organs and about detox-promoting foods and tips, join us at Steveston Community Centre for the Healthy Detox-Food Based workshop on Saturday, April 12th

 

Program #507658 

Register in person at Steveston Community Centre, online at www.richmond.ca (Program Registration) or by calling the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, M-F, 8:30am-5:30pm.

 

Dr. Carin Matsushita, ND, RAc

Naturopathic Physician & Registered Acupuncturist

 

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