December 2011
December 2011
Dr. Ara Elmajian & Associates
Quality, biological dental and medical care while supporting your health with complementary healing therapies
In This Issue
A Personal Message from Dr. Ara Elmajian
Dental News
Kinetic Patterns Clinic - Flu shots and IV's
Herb of the Month - Mistletoe
Cancer Care & Naturopathic Medicine
Update on Screening for Breast Cancer

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A Personal Message
From Dr. Ara Elmajian D.D.S.Dr. Ara Elmajian



As 2011 comes to an end we look forward to all the possibilities that next year will bring.

Over the span of the last 37 years many practitioners have joined me in the work we do which has given me a great opportunity to observe and understand the kinetic patterns of health and disease. Our medical clinic "Kinetic Patterns" is very excited to welcome Dr. Steve Jones N.D. He shares our philosophies on health and healing and will be a valuable addition to our team.

You can read Steve's bio and article on cancer below.   

Regulation is a term I have used for many years.  It has been my main focus in the work I do and the premise on which our clinic was built. Regulation is multidimensional and it is the continual internal effort of our bodies' numerous sophisticated systems to find balance or homeostasis. It is fundamental to health.

In today's society we are seeing illnesses caused by disregulation. Three main issues affecting the population's health today are cardiovascular disease, cancer/autoimmune disease and hormonal/neuro-endocrine disorders.

With the combined expertise of our team of practitioners we have developed a multidisciplinary approach in addressing these challenging issues.

Remember - we practice what we preach. Our staff, doctors and families all utilize the same modalities we offer to our patients.

We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year and assisting you on your journey to health. Health is life and life is health. 

If you are interested in more information on the topic of regulation you can read more about it on our website.  


If you are new to our practice you can read previous newsletters also on our website. 


Happy Holiday Season




Dental News


Dr. Eva Guggenbichler has recently joined our dental team and is accepting new patients.


Regular dental exams and cleanings are as important to your overall health as they are for your oral health. Read more on biofilm in the mouth and how it can affect your health.


Next time you are in for any appointment ask about the mico-ident test.


To book an appointment call 604 876-9228

Kinetic Patterns Clinic


It's that time of year again, cold wet weather and holiday stress that can weaken the immune system making us more susceptible to colds and flu. 


Come in for a homeopathic flu shot or a rejuvenating IV.


EECP -  Enhanced External Counter Pulsation - several patients have signed up for the EECP program (including Dr. Elmajian) and people are reporting positive changes. To read more on EECP


Next time you're in the clinic ask to take a look at the EECP machine.


To book an appointment or if you have any questions regarding above treatments please call 604 876-1150.


 More information and articles on our naturopathic health blog.


Herb of the Month - Mistletoe
Dr Melanie MacIver ND


For centuries Mistletoe has provided not only a good excuse to steal a kiss at Christmas time, but also a cure for a variety of ailments.  Mistletoe has been embedded in European rituals, folklore and folk medicine, and was a sacred plant of the Celtic people in the first millennium BC, which they called 'all-healer'. It is an unusual plant in that it is a parasitic plant, growing on several different types of tree branches, with different actions depending on the tree it grew on.

Herbally, mistletoe is most commonly used for the treatment of cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure, and for cancer.  For cancer mistletoe can be used as a tincutur, or more commonly special mistletoe preparations are injected into the skin to increase the cancer fighting white blood cells, and to help with inflammation, pain, tumor recurrence, and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Mistletoe injections scan also be used for other conditions needing immune activation, like chronic viral conditions.


Cancer Care & Naturopathic Medicine

The field of oncology is far reaching.  There have been significant advancements in the area of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the support and treatment of those diagnosed with cancer.  We are at the point where most of us realize that there is a place for CAM within our scope of treatment options.  Often though, people assume that with this diagnosis they must conform to the established medicine which largely involves surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.  Statistically speaking these may be very useful medical interventions.  However, in most, if not all cases, an individual can greatly benefit from integrating Naturopathic Medicine in their cancer care program.

Within the Naturopathic Scope of Practice, there are many treatments and supportive measures that can be incorporated into any person's treatment plan.  It is not a matter of choosing traditional treatments or Naturopathic Medicine.  It is possible to incorporate both.  The reality is that, at very least, everybody can benefit from nutritional and lifestyle support through this important time.  If one chooses to move forward with more advance Naturopathic treatments, the clinical outcome can be significant.

I often hear that natural treatments in cancer care are not founded on science and that there is no proof that these treatments work.  On the contrary, there is an exhausting list of resources and references that support the effectiveness of these therapies.  Secondly, there is a concern that there may be interactions between conventional medical treatments and CAM treatments.  I do agree that caution must be taken when combining therapies.  However, a skilled and knowledgeable Naturopathic Physician does realize this and takes this into account as he/she helps guide you through this process, along with others on your health care team. 

Over the next few months I will outline the different areas of support that Naturopathic Medicine offers.  Topics will include basis nutrition, lifestyle influences, nutritional supplementation, and some of the more advanced Naturopathic treatments.
Updates On Screening for Breast Cancer
Dr Jennie Weisenburger ND

Recent debate regarding appropriate measures for breast cancer screening for women may have left you with questions about what sort of screening, if any is right for you.  If you are confused, it is not surprising...there are so many differing opinions based on extensive medical research and experience and the medical community is not able to agree on what really saves lives in terms of screening measures.  Screening measures for prostate cancer are also up for debate and this sort of debate is good.  We need to evaluate the role of these tools and technology in making decisions regarding our health.   

The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care recently released their 2011 recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening for women aged 40 - 74 who are NOT at high risk for breast cancer.  They are as follows: