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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

 

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

 

Healing Spring Allergies

As excited as we all are to finish the winter season and celebrate sunshine and spring.  This can be a troublesome season for some allergy sufferers.  There are a growing number of seasonal hayfever sufferers who are affected by the flower pollens, trees, grass, mold and other airborne particles.  The allergy season can be isolated to the Spring season for some, and others it could be all year round.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hayfever as it is commonly known, can range from mild, to quite severe, affecting ability to drive, energy levels, and work productivity.  Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:  itchy/watery eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, cough, headaches, foggy thinking, fatigue, post nasal drip, and sinus congestion.

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It is generally an impaired immune system that is at the root cause of these symptoms.  The role of our immune system is to protect us from foreign invaders, it is always prepared to attack and protect the body, for example a fever is an appropriate immune response to a foreign invader.  However, a person suffering from hayfever, will have an inappropriate immune response where the immune system has become over-reactive to pollens, grasses, trees etc.

The immune response in hayfever is to release a host of inflammatory chemicals, such as histamine, which will bring on the common symptoms of sneezing, itchy eyes etc.  In the early stages of my practice, I thought that hayfever was quite simple to treat.  However, as the years went by, I realized this can be simple and straight forward to treat in some cases, however, in others it can be a complicated issue.  The patient is essentially allergic to the earth!   

Antihistamines are the medications used block histamine receptors in the cell in order to dampen symptoms of hayfever.  They can provide temporary relief and are quite effective in some cases; however they are usually covering up the symptoms felt on the outside, while the reaction on the inside is still occurring.  Antihistamines can be necessary as we correct what is actually going on in the body. 

Decongest the Liver:  The liver is the power house of the body, it sorts and processes all the chemicals, and toxins that enter the body.  If hayfever is a new symptom that has gradually gotten worse over the past several years, where there was no issue before.  It could be as simple as treating the liver.  The juice of half of a fresh lemon and one tsp of unpasturized honey in hot water, first thing in the morning is a great way to jump start the liver, 10 minutes prior to breakfast.  Especially if this routine is strictly enforced a month prior to hayfever season.  Herbal tinctures including:  Milk Thistle and Dandelion are also excellent to stimulate the liver.

Strengthen The Immune System:  There could be underlying food sensitivities to gluten containing grains.  During the allergy season a gluten-free or wheat free diet could be extremely beneficial.  Eliminating cereals, bagels, bread, and pasta’s will dampen the inflammatory reaction.  An excess consumption of refined white sugar can also weaken the immune system.  White sugar can be found in candy, pastries, cookies, cakes, caffeineated beverages, to name a few.  Eliminate or reduce these trigger foods and replace with natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup.

Adrenal gland dysfunction is commonly associated with seasonal allergies.  This is a deeper issue to address under the care of your health care provider.

A history of repeated antibiotic use can contribute to a weak immune system.  One side effect of antibiotics can result in chronic candida.  Candida albicans in the digestive tract can contribute inflammation resulting in hayfever.  Healing the digestive system and probiotics may be essential to healing eliminating the occurrence of hayfever.

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Temporomandibular Joint:  This is the joint of the Jaw and is commonly referred to as TMJ.  Strangely enough, an imbalance in the TMJ can contribute to hayfever.  A history of repeated dental work, grinding teeth, an accident, a click in the jaw, can all contribute to TJM imbalance.  However it occurs, an imbalance can result in seasonal allergies.  I often treat TMJ imbalance with the bodywork to correct the jaw and prevent allergy symptoms.

Seasonal allergies can take work to correct, however, once corrected spring, summer and fall seasons can be spent outdoors with family, outdoor gardening can be performed symptom free, sick days from work are reduced, alertness and mental acuity can also be restored.  It is not something you have to live with; all allergy symptoms can disappear with changes to lifestyle and mental state. Call in and book an appointment with your Brio health care team practicioner. 

 

In health,

 

Dr. Neetu Dhiman

Weight Loss Rehab - Free Info Session Wednesday March.12, 2014

February 25th, 2014

     

 

Hi Everyone,

We are so thrilled to launch another Weight Loss Rehab Information Session. Brio will be hosting this information session with Dr.Neetu and our Holistic Nutritionist Kyra on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Our next workshop will be starting in April 2014 and we will be meeting on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you are interested in learning more about what this 14 week program entails, this information session is for you! Please reserve your seat on our Event Brite page HERE.  

This 14 week program will teach you:

• to eat a “whole foods” lifestyle
• to optimize your immune system, enhance sleep, increase   energy
• tools to boost your sluggish metabolism
• the true meaning behind food cravings
• why low fat diets are making you fat
• to connect with emotions, enhance mood and hormones
• to enhance fat burning while you sleep
• tools to prevent/reverse the onset of diabetes and heart disease
• to eat foods you love without guilt or fear

 

Family Day

February 1st, 2014

Hey everyone !!

 

Next Week, Saturday February the 8th we will be closed for Family day. Our office will reopen on Tuesday February the 11th.

Some fun community events you may want to check out with your family are included below:

Monday February 10th, from 10:00-12:00 Cambie Community Centre is hosting an event  with activities, games, bouncy castels and face painting. Everyone welcome. Parent participation and registration required. Admission is only $2/perosn

Monday February 10th  from 10:00-4:00  at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC  The events cost $7 each and include festival wristband admission.  Creativity classes are $10 per participant and also include festival wristband admission. Pre-register at  www.richmond.ca/register

 Free Ice Skating at Robson Square February 28, 2014, including 9am-9pm on BC Family Day (February 10). Skate rentals are $4; cleats and helmets are $2

Half-Price Lift Tickets & Family Activities on Grouse Mountain with half-priced lift tickets and general admission tickets for all BC residents, plus multiple family events, including a by-donation pancake breakfast, family photo ops, kids' activities, and special family-friendly terrain parks

 Family-Themed Sleep Over at the Vancouver Aquarium Wacky World of Acquatic Science is a family-themed after-hours / sleep over event that includes interactive play, "ocean themed experiments," and a chance to spend the night with the Belugas. Happens February 9, 2014

Free Kids' Admission at the Vancouver Art Gallery free admission for kids 12 and under, live music, interactive shadow play, tours and hands-on art making activities. Kids will also get a "goodie bag" courtesy of the Ministry of Community,

Vancouver Giants Family Day Game the Vancouver Giants play the Victoria Royals on February 10. It includes a post-game party with autographs with members of the Giants, live music, interactive games, floor hockey, popcorn, and more.

Tickets & Info here: Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals

For more fun events or additional information go to http://vancouver.about.com/od/annualwinterevents/tp/Things-To-Do-On-Bc-Family-Day-In-Vancouver-Bc.htm

Brio Gives Back - 2 Ways to Give Back

November 23rd, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to our patients who have already started donating food items to our annual "Brio Gives Back" food drive.  
 
This year, there are 2 ways to support our cause.  
 
1.  The first way is to help us collect food for the Richmond Food Bank.  Bring in non-perishable food items to the Clinic and be entered into our raffle prize drawing.  The more you bring, the more chances of winning!
 
2.  Secondly, this year we are also supporting the Richmond Christmas FundThis charity supports local families in the Richmond community by providing them with food, toys and gifts during the holiday season.  
 
Please support us with monetary contributions. Brio will match each dollar collected and donate it to the Richmond Christmas Fund.  Each contribution will enter you into our prize draw. 
 
Lastly, this year, we will be raffling off a "Nutribullet" for Brio Gives Back! This is a great tool for your kitchen. The Nutribullet completely breaks down ingredients in their most nutritious and most absorptive state. This equipment has so many features for example, use it for milling grains, grinding fresh herbs, and chopping nuts.
 
* We will be taking donations up to Saturday December 21.
 

Autumn Health Tips from Dr. Jeff

During the fall months, I have many cases of the following conditions walking through my door: 

1) Coughs and Colds

2) Muscle Spasms

 

Coughs & Colds

As the weather changes from the warmer months to cooler months, many people begin getting sick. According to Chinese Medicine, one of the reasons people catch more colds during the fall time is because of the increase in "Wind". When cold wind blows or brushes against your skin, your muscles begin to tense up. The most vulnerable area on the body is the back of the neck. This chill you experience can weaken your immune system and make you be more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Health Tip #1: Cover your neck with a scarf this season, especially on windy days.

 

Muscle Spams

Around October, I begin seeing more patients with neck pain, low back pain and plantar fasciitis. The cold weather causes our muscles to constrict and tighten. I have seen many cases of people working in the cold windy environment, wake up the next morning with a "kink" in there neck. This is another way "wind" cold can attack the body by causing muscle spasms.

Health Tip #2: When exercising in the fall season, make sure you warm up your muscles before stretching or exercising hard. One of the best ways to warm up muscles is using "The Stick" to roll your muscles and increase the blood flow.

Health Tip #3: If you are exercising outdoors, be sure to stay warm during your cool down. When the pores are open during sweating, we are more susceptible to a "wind" attack. I recommend, putting on a windbreaker or wearing a moisture wicking layer during cool down.

 

Eating within the Season

My last health tip is to remind people to eat within the season. During the summer months, I have encouraged many of you to eat more raw vegetables, fresh vegetable juices and smoothies. However, as the temperature becomes cooler, I start encouraging patients to make more stews and soups. The digestive system will appreciate the warmer foods, so it doesn't have to work as hard digesting raw foods.

Lastly, add more root vegetables, squashes and pumpkins to your diet. They are full of vitamins and minerals and are easier to digest. Examples include, yams, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, kabocha, acorn squash and butternut squash.

 

 

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