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Welcome


Nanaimo Naturopathic Physician
Dr. John Yim,
Naturopathic Physician and Primary Care Provider

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Welcome


Nanaimo Naturopathic Physician
Dr. John Yim,
Naturopathic Physician and Primary Care Provider


Welcome To VitaCare Natural health Clinic

 

 Optimizing your health care with leading lifestyle and nutritional solutions and effective individualized programs.

Getting results with science based natural medicine.

 

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About VitaCare


About VitaCare
Located at 2147 Bowen Rd in Nanaimo, BC

About VitaCare


About VitaCare
Located at 2147 Bowen Rd in Nanaimo, BC


 

PATIENT CENTERED CARE USING SCIENCE BASED NATURAL MEDICINE

 

As part of your healthcare team we put your health needs and goals first. Your vital health is our priority.  To that end we work with medical doctors, chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners to ensure you receive the best healthcare possible.

With more than 32 years of experience, combining ancient tradition with modern science, our Naturopathic doctors are trained and licensed to prescribe therapeutic natural medicines as well as prescription drug therapies in creating the perfect treatment program.

We offer extensive services with highly trained and caring staff. Our Naturopathic doctors are continually upgrading their knowledge and adding new treatment modalities and programs to our already thorough lineup. We also have exclusive therapeutic product lines,  backed by years of research and clinical trials, to draw from. We also carry our own in house formulated brands created by Dr. Yim as part of our very successful Candida Terminator and Healthy Gut Healthy Mind protocol.

We take pride in the diagnostic tools we use and the treatment programs we create for each patient.  The individualized programs  take each patient's lifestyle and ability into account to ensure maximum success and optimal health. But don't take our word for it, read what our patients have to say at testimonials.


About Dr Yim


About Dr. John Yim

Naturopathic Physician

About Dr Yim


About Dr. John Yim

Naturopathic Physician


 

Practicing Science-Based
Natural Medicine

 
 

With over 32 years of practice in the health care field, Dr. Yim brings experience, knowledge and sincerity to the care of each patient. His reputation for carefully listening in order to develop a clear diagnosis and prescribe a workable, proven treatment program that can improve lives dramatically. Dr. Yim's passion is to help patients reach their true health potential.

Our clinic provides exceptional care for healthy living and healthy aging, optimizing your health care with leading lifestyle and nutritional solutions and effective programs.

 

Educational BackgrounD

Dr. Yim's lifelong interest in health and nutrition led him initially to massage therapy. After completing his training and board exams, he opened his own practice as a registered massage therapist in Nanaimo, BC. During his seven years as a RMT he realized that he could only take people so far in their health journey.  He was able to successfully assist them with physical and structural issues, but felt there was a missing component.

In 1987 he began studies at Malaspina University-College, now Vancouver Island University for prerequisites to attend medical school.

After working as an RMT and attending classes at the university he and his family moved to Seattle so he could attend the prestigious, Bastyr University. He proudly received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine after four years with top honours.

Upon completion of the rigorous licensing exams that the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC requires, Dr. Yim established his clinic and practice back home in Nanaimo, B.C. 

Since 1994, Dr. Yim has been helping people regain and maintain optimal health, naturally. He has earned a respected name and reputation for providing exceptional health care.

Specializing in:

  • family medicine, 
  • gastroenterology
  • allergies, 
  • cardiovascular health,
  • healthy aging and
  • arthritis.

 

Dr. Yim focuses on science based natural medicine to stimulate the body to heal itself.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Yim promotes natural health care through articles in various periodicals and public lectures. If your organization or association would like to have Dr. Yim speak at  a meeting please contact our clinic at 250-585-2150

 

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About Dr Carmen Luterbach


About Dr. Carmen Luterbach

Naturopathic Physician

About Dr Carmen Luterbach


About Dr. Carmen Luterbach

Naturopathic Physician


 

Naturopathic Physician Joins VitaCare Natural health Clinic

 
 

Dr. Carmen Anne Luterbach has been practicing family, naturopathic medicine in Nanaimo for the past five years. She specializes in women’s health, particularly the peri-natal period, which involves: preconception, fertility, pregnancy, post-partum and infancy wellness care. 

 

Dr Luterbach's goals are to optimize the health of both parents before baby is born and to educate and empower them with natural, effective treatments for keeping their children healthy.

 

Dr. Carmen Luterbach

"Last year, I opened a new chapter in my life with the birth of my daughter. Motherhood has been a transformative experience, and my daughter an incredible teacher.

My naturopathic practice has begun a transformation of its own. I have been focusing on the care of infants, children and their parents!  It is my passion to care for the long-term health of families.

My own family spends weekends hiking or camping at Rathtrevor Beach, Maffeo Sutton Park, Morrell Nature Sanctuary and the Englishman River. On Wednesday afternoons, you will find us at the Bowen Road farmer’s market filling our basket with ripe, local treasures.

Fresh food is a definite passion of our family – from meeting local food producers and cooking whole food meals to nurturing a backyard vegetable garden.

 

 

Her clinical expertise, coupled with her practical experience (and humour) as a new parent, makes Dr. Luterbach an excellent clinician. She is currently accepting new patients at VitaCare Natural Health Clinic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a busy mother, I carve out time for myself to go running and attend yoga classes. For playtime, I thrive on the laughter and connection from acrobatic, partner yoga.  To let go, I dance to reggae and folk music around the house (sometimes even during chores!). 

I live for cuddles with my daughter, the smell of the forest after a rain, deeper human connection and new experiences. I am a curious, compassionate and authentic human being. And I love that my training in naturopathic medicine allows me the opportunity to nurture the seed of health in others."

 


About Chantal David


Chantal David, Colon Hydrotherapist

 

About Chantal David


Chantal David, Colon Hydrotherapist

 

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The Team


The Team
Professional Staff to Serve You

The Team


The Team
Professional Staff to Serve You


BRENDA MacDONALD
Receptionist

DALE MUNSON
Receptionist

VitaCare Welcomes Joanna (Jo) Meerman to our team of Naturopathic Office Assistants. 

VitaCare Welcomes Joanna (Jo) Meerman to our team of Naturopathic Office Assistants. 

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Clinic Information


Clinic Information
Integrative Health Centre

Clinic Information


Clinic Information
Integrative Health Centre


 

providing the latest technologies and education for healthy aging

 
 

Our dispensary carries professional lines using therapeutic doses of healing nutrients and botanicals.

VitaCare provides health solutions using the science of natural medicine and the tradition of ancient healing arts. Drawing on both our own diagnostic tools and conventional lab testing our doctors create individualized programs for acute and long term results. Our goals are always to provide patient centred care and to act as catalysts and coaches in ensuring our patients enjoy renewed health and vitality.

VitaCare also boasts a dispensary of professional, therapeutic, nutritional and herbal formulas as well as Dr. Yim's own specially formulated products. 

VitaCare also provides excellent support material for the treatment programs in the form of workshops, ebooks, menu planning products and more. 

 

Our Doctors Provide
Total Health Programs

Our doctors view health holistically. In other words they view symptoms as an expression of a health issue impacting the whole system. Rather than only focusing on the symptom, they get to the bottom of what is causing the health crisis. 

When health is viewed from this perspective, recovery can be dramatic and life altering. 

To achieve these results our doctors see patients for longer initial and return consultations. An initial visit will be a minimum of 45 minutes long during which time the doctor will take a complete medical history, develop a real understanding of patient health goals and discuss the steps to achieving and maintaining vital living. 

Dr. Luterbach specializes in paediatrics and pregnancy care with a focus on acupuncture.

Dr. Luterbach specializes in paediatrics and pregnancy care with a focus on acupuncture.

Based on the information gleaned from this first visit, VitaCare doctors will create an individualized treatment plan that may include specific testing. VitaCare provides in house initial testing using electrodermal testing to determine if food sensitivities or weak organ systems are impacting the patient's health. Further investigation may be required with the use of blood, urine or stool tests.

It is important to note that our doctors are primary care health providers. That means they are your first line of defence when facing acute or chronic health issues. All VitaCare naturopathic doctors are licensed to prescribe specific pharmaceutical drugs and in certain cases these will be prescribed to work in combination with natural remedies. 

Results Based Total Health Programs

We are a results based clinic! Our focus and objective with each patient is to assist them in achieving their health goals. How? By providing the best care possible, getting to the cause of the health issue, creating the most effective program and coaching each patient through every step to wellness. Our entire team and staff put you the patient first. We are there to provide the tools and information needed to achieve quality and quantity of life at the optimal level.


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Programs & Services


Programs & Services
Healthy Living Starts Today

Programs & Services


Programs & Services
Healthy Living Starts Today


 

VitaCare Provides Many Programs & Services

 

In the words of a Chinese philosopher, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” We want to help you on your journey in any way possible. That means providing you with the tools needed for each step of your journey.

No matter how big or how small those steps, if they are in the right direction they are a positive move. From remembering to take your supplements to eating whole, organic foods, as long as you are changing old habits and adopting healthier ones you are making the move to wellness. Our job is to help you move to wellness.

 

To achieve this goal our clinic provides patients with current diagnostic tools and treatment modalities to create specific individualized programs that fit each persons lifestyle and health goals. We also provide our patients with the highest quality professional products, up-to-date treatment modalities, coaching services and educational seminars to ensure each of our patients achieves the best results, reaches their personal health goals and
attains optimal vitality.

 

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Total Health Program


Total Health Program
Results Based Primary Care

Total Health Program


Total Health Program
Results Based Primary Care


The Current State of Health

Canada is experiencing a HEALTH CRISIS. Cancer is affecting young and old, male and female alike. The number of children and adults who are overweight is increasing.  Cases of diabetes is expected to explode within the next decade. Cardiovascular disease kills 10's of thousands every year. Millions of Canadians suffer from depression or anxiety. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease is affecting more and more seniors. 

In the face of all this bad news, many medical doctors are not taking new patients, emergency rooms are bursting at the seams, surgery lists continue to grow and wait times have increased. Throwing more tax dollars at an already expensive system is still not improving healthcare.

The fact is our existing medical system is not providing healthcare, it is providing disease management. Few patients are being cured from their chronic degenerative diseases; symptomatic treatment is all that is being provided. In the end, this only provides a "bandaid" for most patients' suffering. What is worse, many prescription drugs have side effects which can lead to new problems, and many deaths are caused each year by drugs. (At times drugs are necessary and can be lifesaving, but many diseases can be effectively treated without drugs through nutritional or botanical medicine.)

Natural Medicine Has Answers

Many degenerative diseases and premature death can be prevented by going back to nature for healthy solutions.  Naturopathic medicine not only prevents and treats disease it can also reverse the ravages of many conditions.

Working with a naturopathic physician to create an optimal wellness program involves providing the body with resources and the environment it needs to heal. By utilizing our diagnostic tools and following our results based programs patients can see some dramatic and life changing results. 

Our doctors have extensive training and can treat similar conditions as a conventional medical doctor treats using natural and time and laboratory tested remedies. 


Dr. Yim's Total Health Programs

On the first office visit, you will have a one hour consultation with Dr. Yim.  A thorough medical history will be taken and if necessary, a brief examination will be given. 

Previous test results, previous treatments, current medications and supplementation, activity levels, existing stress level, and diet will all be discussed in depth. 

Based on the information gleaned from this first visit, Dr. Yim may immediately put together an individualized treatment plan. However, he may ask that you go back to you family doctor to request tests that may be indicated by your condition. Tests available through our clinic may be recommended by Dr. Yim. For example, food sensitivity testing or a general screening of the health of the body might be helpful to Dr. Yim before he designs a treatment protocol.


How the Total Health Program is Different from other Healthcare Practices and Treatment Protocols

 
  • We take the time to listen: Dr. Yim spends time with you to get a good understanding of your condition. This way he is better able to assist you with physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
  • We treat the cause: Our philosophy is to treat the root of your health problem rather than just the symptoms. By understanding the hidden causes of your health challenges Dr. Yim creates a customized treatment plan.
  • We use the healing power of nature: Dr. Yim uses ancient and natural remedies that stimulate the vital force of the body which in turn stimulates your bodies own inherent healing powers. Expensive drugs may only suppress symptoms and cause harmful side effects. Dr. Yim focuses on the prevention and remission of disease without any negative side effects.
  • We Bring over 20 years in the healthcare field with ongoing education and development to ensure the most up to date and effective treatments.
  • Dr. Yim is board certified to prescribe specific drugs to enhance or compliment natural therapies.
 

 

Benefits Our Patients have Experienced following Dr. Yim's Total Health Program

 
  • Prevention and remission of disease
  • Improved quality of life
  • Weight loss
  • Elimination of debiliating chronic pain
  • Increase in energy
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Normalization of blood sugars
  • Improved memory
  • Better coping skills
  • Improved emotional state
  • Dramatic improvement in children concerning learning behaviour challenges, energy, moods, academic and physical performance and over all health.
 
 

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Dr Yim's Workshop


Dr Yim's Workshop
Educational Seminars

Dr Yim's Workshop


Dr Yim's Workshop
Educational Seminars


Dr. Yim offers his expertise as a speaker

Dr Yim offers his expertise as a speaker by sharing with groups specific solutions to chronic conditions:

  • How to eat well
  • How to raise a healthy child
  • Meditation basics
  • Nutritional highlights
  • Managing pain
  • Becoming your own hypnotherapist
  • information on preventing & treating disease. 

He is regularly asked by VIU to speak to different departments and classes about natural medicine and the healing power of the body. Not only has he spoken to small intimate groups but has also addressed large corporate audiences.

To promote his mission of sharing knowledge of preventative natural health, Dr. Yim hosts SelfCare seminars at his office. He also offers workshops and seminars covering specific topics such as weight loss, stress management, meditation, QiGong, Energy psychology, building the anti cancer body, beating heartburn and more.

Dr. Yim has earned a respected name and reputation for helping individuals attain a high level of health through his practice and through his lively and motivational public speaking.

He welcomes new patients and encourages everyone to take a closer look at Science Based Natural Medicine.



Electrodermal Testing


Electrodermal Testing
Diagnostic Screening Technique

Electrodermal Testing


Electrodermal Testing
Diagnostic Screening Technique


What is Electrodermal Testing?

Electrodermal testing, using the VegaTest Expert is a diagnostic screening technique developed by a German medical doctor, Helmut Schimmel. The electrodermal test method used by Dr. Yim takes advantage of the fundamental principles of energetic theory which builds on the idea that the body has a measurable energetic field that is directly related to the health. By building on this idea we have a technique that surpasses the limitations of conventional biochemcial testing.

Electrodermal testing measures electromagnetic frequencies emitted by the body in order to detect imbalances that might cause present illness or contribute towards future disease. The detection of energy level imbalances in the body is essential for providing an early warning system for potential disruptions in biochemical balance that may lead to disease. Balance can then be restored using holistic therapies.


How does Electrodermal Testing Work?

Electrodermal testing using the VegaTest Expert is very simple. The machine outputs a low level electrical current which runs through an electrode held in one of the patient’s hands. The electromagnetic pulses travel through the patient’s body and are measured by the technician with the aid of a hand held measuring stylus which is placed on an acupuncture point on the end of the patient’s finger or toe.

Electrodermal testing is safe, effective and non-invasive. Both the Food Sensitivity Screening and the Comprehensive Health & Organ Analysis offer you invaluable information in your quest for optimal health.

 

Ask Dr Yim for more information on how to prepare for youR Electrodermal Test and about Food Sensitivity Screening

 

 

PROVIDING SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

IT SCREENS FOR:

 
 
  • Vitamin, mineral & trace element deficiencies
  • Enzyme deficiencies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Toxicity levels
  • Specific organ dysfunction
  • Presence of parasites
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Most stressed organ
  • Presence of food sensitivities
  • Chemical sensitivities
 

THE VEGATEST EXPERT

The VegaTest Expert, used extensively in Europe by medical doctors, dentists and naturopathic physicians gives the healthcare provider and patient a fantastic tool! It allows Dr. Yim to create a more finely tuned personal healthcare program. By analyzing results from the test, he can design a systematic protocol for regaining or maintaining your health.

In addtion to the above list, the VegaTest Expert can evaluate dental disturbances, mercury intoxication, and sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. It an also determine what homeopathics, herbal formulas, vitamins, etc. will be tolerated and be effective for the patient.


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Blood Testing


Blood Testing
& Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

Blood Testing


Blood Testing
& Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

Blood Tests Now Available!


 

Dr. Yim is excited to announce that a wide range of blood tests will now be available through our clinic.

 

The tests include:

  • ABO/Rh typing (especially important for people following the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet)
  • Liver enzymes (to monitor liver damage)
  • C reactive protein (inflammatory marker associated with cardiovascular disease)
  • Ferritin (storage form of iron)
  • Vitamin D3 levels
  • Free T3 and T4 (the actual thyroid hormones)
  • Homocysteine (another contributor to atherosclerosis)
  • Insulin (if elevated can indicate insulin resistance, a predisposition for type 2 diabetes)
  • Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin D, vitamin d# levels, and much more

Blood Allergy Testing for Foods

One test that Dr. Yim is very pleased to offer again is blood allergy testing for foods.  One sample of blood can test for both immediate as well as delayed food allergies.  Two panels of foods can be tested; one consists of 96 common foods and the other consists of 95 foods commonly found in a vegetarian diet.

For people who are squeamish about giving too big of a blood sample or for young children, a wonderful new test called the AllerGSpot test merely requires a few drops of blood to be collected to perform this test.  Once again 96 common foods can be tested, but this tests only delayed food allergies (most immediate reactions can easily identified once delayed allergies are eliminated from the diet).

The main benefit of doing the blood allergy testing is that only true allergies will be identified by looking in the blood sample for the actual antibodies against specific foods.  This provides greater motivation for one to avoid the foods that test positive when one knows that these foods are negatively impacting the immune system.

All blood draws can be done at any LifeLabs location in Nanaimo with a requisition from Dr. Yim (patients are billed by our clinic). Rocky Mountain Analytical in Calgary does the actual testing.  This is one of the first accredited medical laboratories in Canada that does blood testing for patients of naturopathic physicians.

By offering these new tests, we hope to be of greater service to our patients.  Please call our office for an appointment if you are interested in discussing any of these tests.


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Bioflex Laser Treatment


Bioflex Laser Treatment
Helps Eliminate Pain & Promotes Healing

Bioflex Laser Treatment


Bioflex Laser Treatment
Helps Eliminate Pain & Promotes Healing


 

Explaining how the Bioflex Treatment works

 

Laser therapy works by preventing scar tissue formation and increasing the production of collagen, a protein that holds the body together. In addition, laser therapy has the capacity to lower pain by blocking a neurotransmitter called substance P, which normally tells the brain to feel pain.

Low-intensity laser also work similar to anti-inflammatory medications by decreasing pain perception, swelling and redness. Reduced pain means less, and even discontinuation, of pain medication. This also means less side effects including constipation and drowsiness and long term complications like stomach ulcers and liver damage. This makes Low-intensity laser is a great tool to use while waiting for surgery.

Repeated treatments can also prevent short term aches from turning into long term chronic pain, something that becomes very difficult to treat.

Suffering with a joint and muscle injury and being restricted because of pain, does not have to be the only way. Laser therapy may be your ticket back to a normal life.  Book your appointment at VitaCare Natural Health Clinic today!


Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy offers patients a safe and effective therapy for a wide range of medical conditions, including soft tissue and sports injuries, arthritic conditions, repetitive stress injuries, wound healing and a variety of general health problems.

 

Clinical Benefits

  • Eliminates pain
  • Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals
  • Restores normal range of motion and physical function
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-toxic
  • No known adverse effects
  • No drug interactions
  • Often makes surgical interventions unnecessary
  • Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies

Physiological Effects

  • Increased production and release of:
    • Endorphins – natural analgesics
    • Cortisol – precursor of cortisone
    • Growth hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
    • ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism
  • Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
  • Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
  • Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation
  • Enhanced immune response, etc.
 

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Hair Mineral Analysis


Hair Mineral Analysis
& The Importance of Minerals

Hair Mineral Analysis


Hair Mineral Analysis
& The Importance of Minerals


Minerals are essential for vital health

 
  • Eczema
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Asthma
  • PMS
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Concentration and Memory
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • ADD
  • Learning Behavioural Challenges
 

What do these conditions have in common?


Science and the healing arts

Science and the healing arts are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of minerals in the maintenance of good health. From building blocks for bone to stimulating the immune system, minerals are essential for vital health. So what do the above conditions have in common? All may be aggravated by mineral deficiencies.

Many researchers and doctors feel that the coming great advances in medicine will be in the field of nutrition and specifically regarding the trace elements found in our bodies.

Hair mineral analysis is a lab test that can assess both nutritional mineral imbalances as well as the presence of toxic metals in the body. Hundreds of articles have been published in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of American Medical Association on the merits of hair analysis. Dr. Laker, MD in the medical journal, Lancet, suggests that screening for mineral metabolism and toxic metal exposure through hair analysis was more reliable than blood testing.

Are you taking supplements? Are you taking the right dose for your individual needs? With the hair mineral analysis Dr. John Yim, ND can pinpoint deficiencies and imbalances and fine tune your supplement regime to meet your individual needs.


Dr. Yim is offering his online clients a special offer for 2012. Order a hair mineral analysis online with your online consultation and receive $10.00 off. This test determines the current state of your health by providing information on toxic metal levels, mineral deficiencies and more. You'll receive a full report of the findings sent directly to you! In this report you'll find specific information on heavy metal toxicity, the effects of specific minerals on health and suggestions for improving levels.


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Urine Toxic Metal Test


Urine Toxic Metal Test
Simple & Accurate

Urine Toxic Metal Test


Urine Toxic Metal Test
Simple & Accurate


a very important test that your medical doctor will never suggest to you

Toxic metals are ones that have no nutritional value to the human body and in fact can have damaging effects if they accumulate to levels that are intolerable to the individual. These metals include aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and so on.

Heavy metals are found all around us. They can be in cookware (e.g. aluminum pots and pans), car exhaust, cigarette smoke, antiperspirants, fish, dental amalgam, jewelry, cosmetics, solder, old paints, insecticides, and many, many other sources.

Through breathing, ingestion, or contact, these metals can enter the human body. Once inside, the body has the onerous task of eliminating them. Unfortunately, the elimination of heavy metals is extremely difficult and what often happens is that a great portion of the metals is removed from the blood and sequestered in various tissues of the body.

The brain and nerves, liver, kidneys, fatty tissue, and endocrine glands are some of the places where metals can be sequestered. With high levels and over time, damage can be caused to the immune, endocrine, or nervous systems.

If you have symptoms such as fatigue, muscle or joint pains, depression or mood swings, insomnia, changes in appetite, frequent colds or flues, allergies or autoimmune conditions, memory loss, nervous tremors, thyroid changes, metallic taste in the mouth, or any number of other symptoms that cannot by explained by medical tests from your physician, consider high levels of heavy metals in your body.

The Urine Toxic Metal Test is a simple and accurate test that is done by taking a substance that flushes the metals from the tissues of the body and then doing a 6-hour urine collection. A lab called Doctor’s Data analyzes the sample and a report is sent back to the doctor.

If the results show that there are high levels of any toxic metals, Dr. Yim can design a protocol to remove them from your body.

Heavy metals can have a long-term, insidious, and deleterious affect on your health; before anything can be done we must know if they are indeed accumulating in your body. Ask Dr. Yim for this test if you have had exposure to any heavy metals in the past or if you have had chronic health problems or symptoms or undetermined cause. Your long-term health and wellness may depend on addressing heavy metals in your body.


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Hormone & Stool Testing


Hormone & Stool Testing
Salivary Hormone Test

Hormone & Stool Testing


Hormone & Stool Testing
Salivary Hormone Test


What is Hormone & Stool Testing?

 


Might Zinc for Immunity


Might Zinc for Immunity


Zinc Mighty Micro

Could zinc be the calcium of the twenty-first century? The Egyptians and Romans recognized its benefits but it has only been in recent years that biology and medicine has recognized its health significance and implications.

A constituent of more than 25 enzymes, zinc is involved in digestion and metabolism. It also is important in the development of reproduction organs, normal functioning of the prostate gland, formation of keratin for strong and healthy hair and nails, proper functioning of the retina, sense of taste and smell and in speeding the healing of wounds and bone fractures.

One of its most vital roles however, is in supporting the immune system and in protecting the body against free radicals.

Global estimates have 1/3 of the world’s population living in areas with a risk of zinc deficiency, and they aren’t only from developing countries. The amount of zinc found in food is dependent on the soil content of the micromineral. Intensive farming, loss of topsoil and improper soil management has created agricultural zones in North America with reduced or deficient levels of zinc. Also, chemical fertilizers impair its absorption into plants and the milling process removes large amounts of the mineral.

Absorption Inhibitors

  • Phytates found in beans, grains and seeds can actually impair the absorption of zinc, however, soaking all three can activate natural phytases which deactivates the phytates!
  • Oxalates can also interfere with absorption as can fiber*, calcium, iron and high levels of copper.
  • Protein deficiency can also cause a zinc deficiency as protein is needed to carry and store zinc.
  • Zinc destabilizes in high heat and with food processing.
  • Low hydrochloric acid production in the stomach can decrease zinc absorption.
  • *Too much fiber can attract and bind zinc preventing it from being absorbed into the body. This fact, makes it very important to talk to your naturopathic doctor about the best time to take zinc.

Absorption Enhancers

  • Phytases found in soaked beans, grains and seed
  • The presence of certain amino acids found in protein
  • Low zinc stores enhance or encourage the absorption of zinc.
  • A specially formulated digestive enzyme can help with absorption of the mineral. Consult a naturopathic physician if you are unsure how to proceed.

At Risk

Those who eat a diet high in phytates are at great risk of zinc deficiency as are preterm infants, pregnant and lactating women, infants who are not breast feeding, those with leaky gut or other malabsorption problems and persons producing insufficient amounts of stomach acid.

Though zinc supplementation is great for building immunity, because it is absorbed in the small intestine, if the gut isn’t working properly, the mineral will not be absorbed and excreted via the feces.  For information on leaky gut and healthy digestion click here.  

Food Sources

Animal sources:

  • Goat
  • Beef
  • Certified Organic Organ meat
  • Seafood (especially oysters and sardines)
  • Milk
  • Poultry
  • Eggs

Plant sources:

  • Mushrooms
  • Soybeans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Pecans
  • Seeds
  • Whole grains

Chronic, low grade zinc deficiency is not always obvious or easy to diagnose without d.

At VitaCare Natural Health Clinic doctors use a hair mineral analysis to determine whether there is a zinc deficiency or too much copper, iron or heavy metals that may be impeding absorption of zinc.

VitaCare’s doctors also take into consideration gut health. If chronic food allergies, prescription or non prescription drugs, inflammation or autoimmune conditions have damaged the lining of the gut, minerals including zinc cannot be properly absorbed.

In cases of nutrient deficiency, chronic illness, autoimmunity, cancer, inflammatory processes and malabsorption our doctors prescribe a Myer’s Cocktail. An intravenous injection of specially formulated nutrients, Myer’s delivers much needed nutrients directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. Oral supplementation may not be clinically effective if absorption is poor, but an intravenous injection going directly into the bloodstream, delivers high amounts of nutrients to the cellular level efficiently and quickly.

A Myer’s also contains magnesium, selenium, B complex, B12 and vitamin C to give the body not just a boost of immune building zinc, but also an entire nutrient package to stimulate and support the body in healing and recovery.

The result is a body with the resources, nutrients and energy to regain a higher level of health and optimal vital living.

Ask our doctors today about how a Myer’s Cocktail can support your treatment program and provide an added solution to your health concerns.