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IHC Webinar Series

What is Menopause Hormone Therapy: Is It Safe?

Join us Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30-7:30 pm (via zoom)

for a discussion about the safety of menopausal therapy.


Hosted by Dr. Alanna Rinas ND

Hormone therapy (HT) received a lot of negative attention after the very public results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a 2002 study looking at estrogen and progestin therapy for post-menopausal women. Even though you might not realize it, your understanding of HT is likely largely influenced by the WHI.

This webinar we will help to decipher the information and misinformation that surrounds HT. We’ll discuss what the WHI found, what we’ve learned since, and how hormone therapy has evolved over the last 20 years. The decision to use HT is an individual one that should be made only when we have all the information, come ready to learn!

Dr. Alanna Rinas, ND will be hosting and has a keen interest in the subject matter. She has a passion for women’s health including much time spent helping women manage the menopause transition and in integrated cancer care and cancer prevention.

FREE & Limited spots, so register now!


Contraceptive Implants are now available for insertion!

Contraceptive implants (aka Nexplanon®) contain etonogestrel, a type of progestin (progesterone), used for long-acting reversible birth control (LARC). The contraceptive rod is placed just below the skin on the inside of the upper arm. It offers >99.8% contraception and can stay in place for 3 years! A 15-minute screening consult is needed prior to insertion, for preparation instructions and prescription.

 Click here for more information!


Featured Service

Ozone (O3)

Ozone (O3) readily occurs in nature and is an energized form of oxygen (O2) where there are three oxygen atoms instead of two. This additional oxygen makes the compound extremely reactive and a great detoxifier, sterilizer, and oxidative therapy. In medicine it has been used to enhance circulation, activate the immune system, modulate pain, act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, and more. These mechanisms may be beneficial in a large array of medical conditions involving many conditions from cardiovascular to autoimmune to degenerative disorders. It has also been used in the cancer world as an integrative treatment, especially in cases of peripheral neuropathies.

At IHC, the most common route of administration of ozone is through autohemotherapy. This is the process of drawing blood out of the body, ozonating it, and re-introducing it back into the body. A whole-body treatment that is available at IHC White Rock Location.

PMID: 36982352, 36726625

Dr. Sarah Denotter, ND


From the IV Suite

EDTA Chelation

EDTA is a chelating agent that strongly binds heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. Chelation with EDTA can reduce toxicity by eliminating these heavy metals from the body. Symptoms from high lead and cadmium exposure can be found here:



EDTA may also be effective at treating cardiovascular disease. Several trials have shown cardiovascular benefits from chelation, particularly in people with diabetes and those with advanced peripheral arterial disease. In the TACT trial, chelation with EDTA reduced the risk of mortality and recurrent heart attacks in diabetics with a history of myocardial infarction. The exact mechanism of action is unclear but may in part be related to the EDTA-driven changes in sugar and lipid metabolism.

When indicated, EDTA can be delivered intravenously at the IHC under the supervision of a chelation-certified naturopathic doctor. If you have cardiovascular disease, talk to your naturopathic doctor if the addition of EDTA could provide benefit alongside your current treatment approach.

Dr. Sarah Soles, ND


From the Lab


Skin Scratch Testing for Environmental Allergies

With Spring in full bloom, we want to remind you that IHC offers comprehensive skin scratch testing services for environmental allergies. We understand how allergies can affect your quality of life, and we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care to help alleviate your symptoms.

Skin Scratch Testing is the most rapid, sensitive and cost-effective way to detect environmental allergies. Our test covers a wide range of environmental allergens, including grasses, pollens, mold, dust mites, and pet dander. The procedure is done in office and takes less than 25 minutes; It is a non-invasive procedure with minimal discomfort that involves pricking the skin with a tiny amount of an allergen. By observing the skin's reaction to the allergen, we can determine which environmental factors are triggering your symptoms.

Our highly trained team of Naturopathic Doctors and medical professionals will work closely with you to interpret your skin scratch test results and develop a personalized treatment plan. By offering skin scratch testing services, we hope to provide you with the information and treatments you need to manage your symptoms and take control of your health!

We encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors to learn more about our Skin Scratch Testing services and how they can benefit you. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care and look forward to helping you achieve your health goals!

Dr. Hillary Godin, ND


From the Cancer Care Centre

Supporting the Immune System

Yes, the time has finally come. The treatment of metastatic disease has shifted dramatically in the past number of years from trying to kill cancer cells, to promoting the immune system to fight the cancer.

The relationship between cancer and the immune system has been known since the late 1800s when clinician researchers Paul Ehrlich and William Coley proposed that the immune system is involved in the development and cure of malignant diseases.

Apart from red blood cells, all cells in the human body express what are known as MHC-I molecules on their surfaces, aiding the immune system’s recognition of “self” versus “non-self”. In other words, our immune cells look for the patterns on the outside of cells, recognizing the patterns (MHC-1 molecules) of our own cells, thereby able to distinguish the different patterns of “non-self” cells like those of viruses, bacteria, and weird-looking cancer cells. Since cancer cells undergo mutations, they too can present abnormal proteins on their cell surfaces as in viral infections, allowing for destruction.

However, before a cancer cell has completed its “neoplastic transformation”, cancer cells may be seen as “self” by the immune system when they are still low grade and looking a lot like the “self” cells from which they came.

A part of our job is to ensure that our patient’s immune systems are functioning well, and that they have adequate amounts of the necessary immune cells needed to find (immunosurveillance) and get rid of the cancer cells (immunoediting). We also work with our patients to ensure they have a healthy microbiome, which we know is critical for the functioning of our immune system, and even the efficacy of the new powerful checkpoint inhibitors.

Several therapies available at the IHC CCC augment immune function, the number of required immune cells, and the recognition of cancer cells as “non-self”. Here are but a few of the options we offer:

  1. Fever Therapy to stimulate the entire immune response.
  2. Loco-Regional Hyperthermia which can change the patterns of the cancer cells (via heat shock proteins) making them more “visible” to the immune system.
  3. Intravenous Vitamin C
  4. Mistletoe lectin therapy
  5. Ozone therapy
  6. Optimizing the microbiome
  7. Medicinal mushrooms such as turkey tail, reishi, cordyceps, agaricus, and others.
  8. AHCC (ImmPower) which increases natural killer cells.
  9. Vaccines

For a quick read on the immune system and cancer, check out my easy to read book Arming the Immune System (https://books2read.com/b/Arming-the-Immune-System).

Yours in health,

Dr. Gurdev Parmar, ND, FABNO(USA)


In The News

Continuous Cortisol Monitor - on the Horizon!

Do you love biohacking? Get ready to add continuous cortisol monitoring to your toolbox. This futuristic gadget will read your stress hormones right from your skin. Yes, there are some kinks to work out, but this will be a game changer. Just as continuous glucose monitoring has revolutionized our understanding of blood sugar responses, a cortisol monitor stands to reveal the true ups and downs of our stress response. In the meantime (while we wait for real time feedback) - my nominations for runners up are: Dutch test (complete or adrenal) and Adrenal Stress Index. Both do their best to get multiple readings for a better look at the ups and downs of our daily response. Pro tip - if you're curious about how your body handles the tense days - do your best to test on a work day (vs. a relaxing weekend day) - so that you're measuring the type of day that gives you more burnout symptoms (eg. brain fog, exhaustion, nervousness, etc.).



Dr. Nicole Duffee B.Sc., N.D.


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Regenerative Joint Injections!

Are you tired of living with joint pain and limited mobility? Have you tried countless treatments without finding relief? It's time to consider regenerative joint injections.

Dr. Jess Hobson, ND

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Doctor Favourite Receipes

Paleo Tortilla Chips


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together until they form an even dough.
  2. Roll out the dough between two pieces or parchment paper, as thinly as possible. Remove the top layer of parchment paper. Cut the dough into desired shapes for chips.
  3. Move the dough, with the parchment paper, onto a baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Use a spatula to remove the chips from the parchment paper.

Dr. Karen Parmar, ND


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