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My path to natural medicine

When I was 23 years old I was living in Vancouver and going to college.  At the time I was seeing a GP for severe acne on my face that had been progressively getting worse.  He tried treating it with antibiotics, but this was not helping.  He then suggested I try another medication, but there ... Read More »

Breast cancer: more screening advised

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in British Columbian women – but breast cancer screening mammography rates on the Sunshine Coast are low. Currently just 50 per cent of eligible women are getting screened. Each day, the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography Program finds approximately five new breast cancers in women ... Read More »

“Knitted Knockers” – TELUS Community Ambassadors

Mieke Kang, left, of Roberts Creek, and Ingrid Mutsaerts, of Vancouver, pose with a basket of  “knitted knockers” for women who have had mastectomies. They are distributed by the Sunshine Coast TELUS Community Ambassadors, an organization of TELUS employees, retirees and family, and are made by members of the group in Powell River.  The group ... Read More »

Cancer support

“Flair on the Coast” is a free service providing support for anyone currently going through cancer treatment or in remission, including their caregivers and supporters. The relaxed format welcomes both men and women. Every meeting we have guest speakers covering many helpful topics.  With compassion we share questions and experiences with other survivors on a ... Read More »

Sensing the subtleties of illness

In my practice I often see people who have been through several layers of medical testing for their condition and have either received a diagnosis or the doctors have not been able to find a label for what the person is experiencing symptomatically.  What I also see, and “hear,” is even though there may be ... Read More »

Remedies while roughing it

This Summer I went on a fantastic backcountry trip for a week in Marvel Pass, Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park and we accessed the pass from Kootenay National Park at the trailhead of Aurora Creek.  We saw no one during our week, it was remote and unbelievably beautiful.  This was not only a backpacking trip, but ... Read More »

Help with grieving

When someone in our life dies, it rips a hole through us—and it doesn’t get easier just because we’re older. But “grief shared is grief halved,” says Esme Stokhuyzen, who has facilitated 13 grief groups with Sunshine Coast Hospice Society. Coast Hospice is offering two bereavement groups in Sechelt this fall—an evening group from Wed., ... Read More »

Landfill rules changing re building materials

Effective September 19, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is introducing new requirements for testing and disposing of materials containing asbestos. [The Local reported details on this coming change in June: see here.] “Before someone begins a renovation or demolition project, they should contact a qualified company that deals with asbestos to help determine what ... Read More »

Living with a loved one’s mental illness

The BC Schizophrenia Society – Sunshine Coast Branch, in partnership with the North Shore Schizophrenia Society, is pleased to offer “Family to Family”, a free, intensive, 12-session program for family and friends of persons who have a mental illness. Participants learn from and give support to each other within the structure of this well- tested ... Read More »

Seniors’ survey seeks volunteers

BC’s Seniors Advocate is continuing to recruit volunteers for a survey of 27,000 seniors living in 300 residential care facilities across BC. “This is the first time in this province that we have had volunteers sit face to face with some of our most vulnerable seniors on such a large scale and the feedback we’re ... Read More »

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