UpcOming SelfCare Lectures and Demonstrations

Self Care Lectures are informative and entertaining lectures on current health issues offered by our doctors, technicians or food specialists. VitaCare Education Centre offers these workshops at no cost to our patients. In most workshops you will receive handouts or a link to downloadable material, Top Ten Reports, discount coupons and more. As they are held at the clinic, space is limited so we ask that participants call ahead to reserve a spot. 250-585-2150. (Please note that the May 8 talk will be held of site in a larger venue.)

As Nanaimo's food bank, Loaves and Fishes, strives to provide healthy food to its clients, we use these lectures as an opportunity for participants and the clinic to share food or monetary donations, which will be passed on to the organization. They do a fabulous job and we feel strongly that every person in our city and on the Island should have access to quality food.

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February 6, 2018 7-8:30pm
Managing Inflammation With Foods with Dr. John Yim

Inflammation is a common denominator in every chronic degenerative disease, from Arthritis to Cancer.

Learn how to:

  • test inflammation levels,
  • how it affects the body and
  • how to quench the fire of inflammation with food!

To sign up online click on this link.

February 7, 2018 7-8:15pm
Environmental Allergies with Dr. Carmen Luterbach

Trees begin pollinating in February: Do you start feeling congested around this time? Do you suffer from autoimmunity, itchy eyes or nose, asthma, chronic congestion, recurrent hives, itchy skin or eczema?

Learn how the body responds to allergens and about how skin scratch testing can diagnose allergies in the environment. Learn tips to optimize your home environment to reduce symptoms and about:

  • Cutting edge treatment
  • How sublingual immunotherapy can permanently resolve allergic reactions
  • What lifestyle tips can you start today to feel better and reduce allergy medication
  • And How IV therapies can dramatically improve symptoms.


may 8, 2018 7-9pm
Double Your Energy by Resetting Your Adrenal Glands with Dr. John yim


Are you tired of feeling tired? Adrenal Fatigue might be the root of this problem.

Learn how to:

  • recharge your adrenals and at least
  • double your energy!




September 18, 2018 7-8:30pm
Bug Proof Your Kids with Dr. john yim

It seems that as soon as kids get back to school, they are more prone to getting sick. Keeping your children healthy, not only allows them to do better in school from not missing as many school days. But makes your life less stressful.

Learn simple techniques to keep the bugs away.

Fall Line Up! Register Early to Reserve Your Spot!

September 25, 2018 7-9 pm
3 Essential Keys to Better Sleep and more energy

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In this free workshop, you will learn:

  • The impact of not getting proper rest and what you can do right away to make some simple changes.
  • How to cultivate a new relationship with stress that will serve you more powerfully.
  • How balancing your energy versus managing your time leads to greater health, happiness and productivity.
  • How you can achieve your professional goals while enjoying a healthy, balanced life.

To register for limited seating or to learn more click here.


Guest presenter, Susan Shaw, blends a degree in psychology with 20 years of teaching in the public school system. She has advanced training and certification in Coaching and Communication skills, as well as a successful background in high performance sports. Susan its passionate about helping career focused individuals manage their energy to maximize their productivity.

October 16, 2018 7-8:30pm
Battle the Bulge with Dr. John yim

Over the next six months, between Thanksgiving to Easter, it is not unusual for many people to gain 5 to 20 pounds. Learn how patients have won the battle of the bulge and the best way to manage your weight even through all the excesses and temptations of the holiday season and the winter blues.

Find out:

  • If specific foods are causing you to gain weight
  • How to turn off the cravings
  • If deficiencies of specific nutrients are forcing your body to store fat
  • How hormone imbalance can make losing weight an uphill battle
  • and how to be practical about food purchases and preparation.

This will be a very informative lecture on a variety of ways you can turn your body's fat burning abilities on and what you need to do to get through the tempting treats of holiday feasting.

October 18, 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Healthy Gut Healthy Body

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Sponsored in part by Parksville Pharmasave and VitaCare Natural Health Clinic

Presented by Dr. John Yim, a well-known and respected nanaimo naturopathic doctor with 25 years of clinical experience 

In this Entertaining and Informative talk:

Learn Cutting Edge Information on

  • How Your Gut Impacts Your Health and
  • How a Healthy Gut Can Mean a Healthy Body!


Do you suffer from

  • Low Energy?
  • Heartburn?
  • Constipation or Sluggish Bowel?
  • Dry Skin or Coarse Hair?
  • Do you Experience Bloating or Indigestion After Eating?
  • Are you Gaining Weight or Struggling with Weight Plateaus?
  • Do you Feel Foggy and Unfocused?
  • Are you dealing with Allergies or Autoimmune Conditions?

Your Gut May be the Culprit!

Discover how your 'second brain' can help determine health outcomes and what you can do to reverse or prevent the negative effects of poor gut health. Dr. Yim will share the five 'R's' of a healthy gut and how you can regain good health through your gut!

This is a free seminar with door prizes, samples and handouts available. Admission is free, but we will be collecting donations for Loaves and Fishes so feel free to bring a non perishable food item or cash so we can continue to support this worthy, local organization.

Click here to register early. Reserve seating only.
Or call 250-585-2150. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018 10-11:30 am
Thanks for the Memories! with dr. john yim


As we get older it is almost an expectation that we will experience memory loss and cognitive decline. But imagine how life would be different if fatigue, lack of focus, and forgetfulness was not the norm? Nourish your brain, and vibrant energy, productivity and mental clarity could be your reward.


  • That as you age you can actually think better
  • That specific nutrients help maintain mental clarity
  • That food can either build your brain or bust your brain
  • That specific meditation practices and exercise can build stronger neuronal connections
  • That you can stay mentally fit longer

We offer these lectures for free with all but the May 8 lecture with limited space. Please for all lectures call our clinic at 250-585-2150 and reserve your seat ahead of time.