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Happy Birthday!

Our medical director and co-founder Dr. Gurdev Parmar turns 50 this month!! A heartfelt happy birthday to Dr. Parmar and an acknowledgement of his leadership and innovative thinking, which has not only made Integrated health Clinic the success it is, but has changed the landscape of integrative cancer care in Canada.


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Weight Loss:  Are you prepared?

Many people have had the unfortunate experience of successfully losing a significant amount of weight, only to have it all come back in a short amount of time. It is important to understand that there is more to dieting than just kicking off the pounds. It is the start on a brand new road of living a healthier lifestyle.

Getting clear about what you want in the big picture vs. immediate gratification is another golden nugget of understanding the secrets to success in every area of your life. Think for a moment about what you really want and I mean really. “I really want to lose weight”…“Great! If you lose weight then what would you have?’”

Take a minute right now and write those feelings, experiences and benefits down. Now what do you see? It’s the big picture, isn’t it? It is the big picture that is your vision for the life you say you want to have. It is having a vision big enough that will allow you to make the little choices that will get you there.

The following is an article from the Mayo Clinic about assessing if you are ready to begin a weight loss journey.

Your weight-loss success depends in large part on your readiness to take on the challenge. If you jump in before you’re ready, your weight-loss plan may buckle under the first challenge. Use these questions to assess your weight-loss readiness.

1. Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?

Successful weight loss depends on permanent lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods and exercising more. That could represent a significant departure from your current lifestyle. Be honest. Knowing that you need to make changes in your life and actually doing it are two different things. You may have to overhaul your diet so that you’re eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, for example. You’ll also need to find time to exercise for at least 30 minutes nearly every day of the week. Exercise is especially important to prevent regaining your lost weight.

Your motivation for undertaking these changes may be better health, improved appearance or just feeling better about yourself in general. As long as your motivation is a healthy one, it doesn’t really matter what it is. Find your motivation and focus on it.

2. Have you addressed the big distractions in your life?

If you’re dealing with major life events, such as marital problems, job stress, illness or financial worries, you may not want to add the challenge of overhauling your eating and exercise habits. Instead, consider giving your life a chance to calm down before you launch your weight-loss program.

3. Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you’ll lose and how quickly?

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process. Whichever way you choose to lose weight a significant calorie deficit is necessary, as well as exercise to maintain muscle mass. Don’t get discouraged if your rate of weight loss slows a bit after bigger initial losses.

4. Have you resolved any emotional issues connected to your weight?

Emotions and food are often intertwined. Anger, stress, grief and boredom can trigger emotional eating. And if you have a history of an eating disorder, weight loss can be even trickier. Start by identifying your emotional issues related to food so that you’re prepared for the challenges. Talk to your doctor about what weight-loss options are best for you.

5. Do you have support and accountability?

Any weight-loss program can be difficult. You may face moments of temptation or become disheartened. Having someone in your corner to offer encouragement can help. If you don’t have friends or family you can rely on for positive help, consider joining a weight-loss support group.

If you want to keep your weight-loss efforts private, be prepared to be accountable to yourself with regular weigh-ins and a log of your diet and activity. You might also want to consider joining an online program or using a certified health coach.

6. Have you embraced the weight-loss challenge?

If you don’t have a positive attitude about losing weight, you may not be ready. If you dread what lies ahead, you may be more likely to find excuses to veer off course. Try to embrace the vision of your new lifestyle and remain positive. Focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re more active or when you weigh less. Picture yourself celebrating every little success along the way, whether it’s opting for a low-fat cottage cheese snack instead of chips or going for a walk.

You’re ready for weight loss: Now what?

If you answered yes to all or most of these questions, you’re probably ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to work toward permanent weight loss. You may be able to forge ahead on your own, creating your own lifestyle program for healthy eating and exercising. Or you may feel you need help.

Educating yourself about the process of successful weight loss and maintenance is a start. What dietary changes are needed? Which behaviours need to be worked to help you change the habits that can interfere with weight loss, such as eating for distraction - when you’re stressed or bored. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, you may benefit from medically supervised weight loss with Dr. Karen McGee, ND. Dr. McGee works on diet changes, behaviours, obstacles to success and will add in weight loss medication as necessary.

Dr. Karen McGee, ND


From the IV Suite

Immune Support

It has been shown in numerous studies the immune supporting properties of Vitamin C, zinc, selenium and Vitamin A. Intravenous (IV) therapy allows for much higher dosages of these nutrients to be absorbed, bypassing the gut and thus intestinal absorption and liver metabolic elimination processes.

All four of these nutrients have been shown to be helpful in the treatment of both the acute and long-term symptoms of viral infections (including Covid, RSV, Influenza, herpes, etc.). Each have been proven to aid in the alleviation of stubborn coughs, sinus headaches, aches, fatigue and other stubborn symptoms often felt for weeks after an infection.

With 23 years of experience and clinical excellence, the IHC provides an exceptional intravenous therapy experience, as well as the full breadth of treatment options.


From the Cancer Care Centre

Back to Basics

Carrying forward the same theme of 2023, I feel compelled to continue introducing our readers to the IHC CCC. Back to basics.

In our January newsletter, I summarized the fact that the IHC CCC provides comprehensive care from cancer screening and prevention plans to active treatment, and even survivorship care. Naturopathic physicians are wellness medicine experts, trained not only in how to treat diseases and their associated symptoms, but how to achieve optimal wellness, preventing problems before they begin.

As I write this morning, I hear the headlines on the morning news (which Karen likes to watch, and I tolerate) of a recent poll showing that 85% of Canadians are not happy with the current healthcare system, and that the majority of polled Canadians want to see private healthcare in Canada. Well guess what, it already exists! IHC has been providing best-in-class private healthcare for 23 years!

Here at the IHC CCC we partner with each of our patients, providing them with healthcare based on listening, empathy, wholism, deep knowledge, education, and ultimately a “shared decision” making model. True to our oath, we honour the fundamental naturopathic tenet of DOCERE, which in Latin literally means “to teach”. A doctor is a teacher. By educating our patients on what can be done for them both conventionally and naturopathically, only then are they are able to make truly informed decisions on their integrative treatment approach.

Not only do we educate our patients on treatments, but we also educate them on their monitoring and surveillance plans. By presenting appropriate options not provided by the system, we are giving our patients the power to decide what THEY want for their own observational plans. Many patients feel uneasy about the lack of follow-up in their care. Some patients feel “abandoned” after completing their treatments, and don’t know where to turn for help. Through our private healthcare model, we can access what is needed. We also can refer our patients to outside medical, radiation and surgical oncologists for second opinions on treatment options.

Let us help you find your way.

Our incredible team of naturopathic physicians has now helped tens of thousands of patients over the past 23 years. We have patients that come to us from around the world, with IHC CCC patients literally representing every continent except Antarctica.

The word is out. We will walk through this with you, as partners.

Yours in health,

Dr. Gurdev Parmar, ND, FABNO(USA)


In The News

Feasibility of Vitamin C in the Treatment of Post Viral Fatigue

Carol S. Johnston, Academic Editor

When a virus is picked up on the radar of our immune system, many elaborate cellular mechanisms spring into action. The immune cells immediately signal to each other creating inflammation and oxidative compounds to combat the invading virus and inform other immune and healthy cells of its presence. This process creates the flu-like symptoms we experience during an infection – fever, fatigue, headaches, body aches and brain fog.

As the inflammatory dust begins to settle, these symptoms often subside. However, that is not always the case. Persistent post-viral symptoms can occur with any viral infection, no matter the severity of the initial symptoms. Of particular importance to our current situation are the post-viral symptoms following COVID-19. The most common persistent symptom of which is fatigue. To make matters worse, there are not many effective treatments available through the healthcare system.

The link below is on a recent article in which a group of researchers reviewed 4 controlled and 5 observational studies on intravenous vitamin C as a potential treatment option for post-viral fatigue, following COIVD. Only intravenous vitamin C was studied because it is 100% bioavailable and can be administered in high doses which allows blood levels of vitamin C to reach much higher concentrations. The results were encouraging. Of the 9 studies, 8 showed significant improvement in fatigue pointing to IV vitamin C as a potential therapeutic agent for treating post-COVID and other viral-related fatigue.

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Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT) - Attention all women age 40-60

Menopause hormone therapy (MHT) is the revised name for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Experts have changed the name to reflect the truth- the goal of treatment is not to replace hormones that are inappropriately lacking and therefore correct the imbalance.

Dr. Karen Parmar, ND

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Doctor Favourite Receipes

Golden Milk

Also known as turmeric milk is a warm drink containing turmeric and other spices. It is important to use a milk with some fat in it (not skim milk) and black pepper as these ingredients ensure the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is absorbed as much as possible. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory, immune booster, helps modulate blood sugar and can even help improve mood. This is a great warm drink to have in the evening as it is caffeine free.


1/2 cup milk of choice (full fat dairy milk or coconut milk are good options)

1 tsp dried turmeric

1 small piece of fresh grated ginger or 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 pinch ground black pepper

1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)


Add all the ingredients to a small sauce pan and stir or whisk while heating it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 min. Strain and drink warm. Enjoy!

Dr. Alyssa Fruson, ND


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Saturday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Monday - Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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


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