What's Happening at IHC

Can you believe it? Integrated Health Clinic-White Rock is already one-year old! Our community presence continues to build in the White Rock/South Surrey area.

It has certainly been a busy year for our entire team and for both clinics.

Our Fort Langley IHC location just celebrated its 22nd completed year of service!

Happy Anniversary to both locations!!


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The Benefits of Ultrasound-Guidance in Pain Management Injections

If you have ever spoken to your doctor about persistent pain, sports injuries or degenerative joint concerns, there is a good chance you have discussed numerous forms of treatment, including injection therapies.

Injections to reduce pain or hasten healing are becoming increasingly common. For decades these injections have been performed using a technique known as palpation or landmark-guided, where the health care provider uses anatomical landmarks on a person’s skin and bones to estimate the location of intended targets below the surface (like ligaments, tendons, and joints). However, we now have a safer, more accurate and effective way of performing these injections.

Enter ultrasound-guided injections. An ultrasound is like a flashlight that allows us to see below the surface of the skin. They emit sound waves at various frequencies able to penetrate the tissues of the body, which bounce back to the probe at varying speeds depending on the type of tissue encountered. They work like a sonar system on a boat, except ultrasound produces a live image. Utilizing this incredible technology provides the doctor with many advantages, the top three advantages are discussed below:

1) Improved diagnostic accuracy

Being able to see below the surface of the skin makes identifying injured tissues possible. Not only are we able to confirm injured tissues by visualizing pathological changes in ligaments, tendons, muscles and bursae; but we can also note the exact location of the injury within the tissue. Another unique diagnostic advantage over other imaging techniques like MRI and CT scans is the fact that ultrasound provides a real-time image, which allows for an “active assessment” - where the tissues of interest can be observed while being tested during a physical examination. The combination of confirming, locating and actively testing injured tissues is an invaluable diagnostic tool.

2) Increased safety

The ultrasound can not only be used to visualize tissues of interest, but it also allows you to track the needle and medicine during the injection. When you can follow the path of your needle and see both the targets you want to hit and avoid – this creates a much safer procedure with fewer chances of error.

3) Improved efficacy and reduced side effects

Knowing the exact location of the injury and being able to observe the path of your needle and the location of medicine, allows the practitioner to be much more precise. Being able to observe the injection translates to improved outcomes and reduced side effects. This becomes even more important with deeper, smaller, and more difficult-to-access targets; as well as when using more concentrated medicines.

Studies that compared ultrasound-guided to landmark-guided injections consistently conclude that ultrasound-guided injections are more accurate and more effective with fewer side effects. One such analysis comparing the accuracy of various shoulder injections reported a rate of 93.6% vs 68.2% for acromial clavicular joint injections, 86.7% vs 26.7% for biceps tendon sheath injections and 92.5% vs 72.5% for glenohumeral injections with decreased pain and improved function at each location in favour of ultrasound-guidance.

Here at the IHC, we are proud to provide all our pain medicine injections under ultrasound-guidance.

Dr. Luke Mountjoy, ND


Aly, Abdel-Rahman, Sathish Rajasekaran, and Nigel Ashworth. "Ultrasound-guided shoulder girdle injections are more accurate and more effective than landmark-guided injections: a systematic review and meta-analysis." British journal of sports medicine 49.16 (2015): 1042-1049.



From the Cancer Care Centre

Naturopathic Oncology Residency

Dr. Gurdev Parmar has now long been a residency director and primary teaching supervisor of a naturopathic oncology residency at here at the IHC CCC. This 2-year residency offers a CNME-approved post-doctoral training facility for Bastyr University in Seattle Washington, USA.

Dr. Parmar is happy to announce that his 4th resident has now started her tenure at the IHC CCC. Welcome Dr. Sarah Denotter, ND!

Dr. Denotter is originally from Ontario, having attended Queen’s University for her undergraduate degree. She then chose to pursue her ND at the National University (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon; also completing a concurrent Master’s in Nutrition degree. With a strong interest in Oncology, she chose IHC to continue her education in the challenging yet rewarding field of integrative oncology.

You will be seeing lots of Sarah for the next 2.5 years in Dr. Gurdev’s and Dr. Soles’s offices, in the IV suite, in the lab, learning the ins and outs of our cancer care model.

Welcome Sarah!

Gurdev Parmar ND


In The News

Assessing and treating insulin resistance in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome

In addition to concern for menstrual cycle function, ovulation, hirsutism, infertility and acne, many women with PCOS have abnormal glucose metabolism. While diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance are easily diagnosed, the awareness and diagnosis of insulin resistance is unfortunately completely under-appreciated.

Many women will have elevated insulin levels, yet normal glucose readings, in most cases for many years before diabetes type 2 settles in. Elevated insulin (hyperinsulinemia) often causes ovulatory disorders, weight gain and other symptoms associated with PCOS.



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Bridging the Gap

It is no secret that healthcare in Canada is in a state of crisis. There is a shortage of family doctors, and many are retiring with no replacements.

Dr. Alyssa Fruson ND

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Doctor Favourite Receipes

Yam and Coconut Soup

4 medium yams

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 stocks celery, diced

4- inch piece ginger, chopped

2 Tbsp madras curry powder

2 Tbsp sambal oelek (or chili garlic sauce)

4 cups coconut milk

4 cups chicken stock

Juice of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Pierce the yams with a fork and bake them in a baking sheet for 30min, or until soft. Remove from oven, allow them to cool, and then scope out the flesh and discard the skins.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery and ginger, saute for 10 min. Add the curry powder and sambal and sauté for an additional 10 min until vegetables are tender. Add the yam flesh, coconut milk and chicken stock, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.

Remove form heat, and add lime juice. Use and immersion blender, or food processor to blend until soup is smooth.

Dr. Karen Parmar ND


Hours of Operation - Fort Langley

Monday & Tuesday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday & Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Hours of Operation - White Rock

Monday - Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

NEW - Saturday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


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