Naturopathic Healthcare

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I was reminded recently of the efficiency and thoroughness of naturopathic healthcare. This is not my first time relying on a naturopath to get me sorted out. Way back in 2011, it was also a naturopath that figured out my wheat intolerance. I’m not sure why it took me so long to contact her for help this time, perhaps my memory is not as sharp as it used to be.

Shortage of Doctors

If you follow this blog, you will know of the problems I’ve been dealing with. In short, my family physician or general practitioner (GP) retired early in 2021, and I haven’t been able to find a replacement. I’ve been on many waiting lists and have phoned around every few months to see if anyone in my area is taking on new patients. To no avail. I did manage to speak to someone at the Champlain Screening Outreach Program to make sure my screening tests are up to date. And, was able to book a ten-minute appointment at a clinic to see a physician to discuss one issue. More than one issue would require a second (or third) appointment.

The Advantages of Naturopathic Medicine

One of the greatest advantages (in my opinion) of naturopaths is that they listen to, document, and attempt to decipher ALL of your symptoms and concerns at once. None of this “one issue at a time” in ten-minute appointments. Many times multiple symptoms or issues are connected to each other, so attempting to connect the dots is much appreciated. Not to mention much more efficient.

The services Kandis Lock offers include treatment for both chronic (long-term or recurring) and acute (sudden, new, severe) conditions such as:

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Also included in the extensive list of services are women’s health, digestive disorders, cancer care, and fertility issues.

The Disadvantages

The only disadvantage to naturopathic healthcare (in my opinion) is that it is not covered by our provincial health plan. My personal health insurance does cover the costs though (up to a certain amount) so I will be reimbursed for the expense. If the expense is an issue, be sure to check your individual health insurance plan before seeking the help of a naturopath.

Also relevant is the fact that naturopaths cannot order scans (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, etc) so for those you would have to find a traditional doctor.

What’s Involved with Naturopathic Healthcare?

In my case, my naturopath visit happened online. In forty-five minutes all of my concerns were addressed, a plan was laid out, and blood tests were ordered. What a difference!

Cost of my services: reimbursable………cost of peace of mind: priceless!

SelfDecode to Personalize Your Healthcare


Are you frustrated with your healthcare or lack of it? I stumbled upon SelfDecode recently in my attempts to organize and investigate my own health issues. Previously I’ve used the services of a naturopath to determine a significant food sensitivity and most recently a nutritional deficiency. This DNA kit includes these tests and more.

What DNA Offers

DNA kits can be the beginning of your self-guided trek to discover answers. Combined with laboratory tests and environmental factors, your unique DNA characteristics may point you in the right direction with recommendations. Reports are generated using AI technology to analyze and compile millions of genetic codes, with amazingly accurate results.


Who Built SelfDecode?

A team of seventy professionals in the fields of engineering, artificial intelligence, science, and genomics claims this unique, ultra-modern, stunningly accurate, health software.

SelfDecode is the only DNA kit that offers truly personalized health recommendations based on your genes….Others may focus on obtaining your health data, but our focus is on providing you with the most accurate reports possible so that you can improve your health.

Get Started on Your Personalized Healthcare

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Canadian Healthcare and Shirley Douglas

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With the recent death of actress, activist, and lobbyist Shirley Douglas, AKA Kiefer Sutherland’s mom, I am reminded of just how fortunate we are to have our public Canadian healthcare system. 

Making the Connection

What’s the connection between our healthcare system and Shirley Douglas? Our socialist Canadian healthcare system was founded by Tommy Douglas, who was the former premier of Saskatchewan and federal NDP leader. Tommy Douglas was also Shirley’s father, and therefore Kiefer Sutherland’s maternal grandfather.

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During the 2011 federal election, as a spokesperson of the Canadian Health Coalition, Shirley Douglas offered this advice:

“Let us never forget that the federal government is the guardian and enforcer of the five principles of the Canada Health Act: universality, accessibility, portability, comprehensiveness, and public administration” 

When we are faced with a health crisis like the one we are in the midst of, we Canadians should be especially appreciative of the passion and commitment Shirley Douglas and her father displayed for their vision for public Canadian healthcare. Without their vision, our healthcare might be very different.

While we Canadians are appreciative, citizens from countries without a public healthcare system like ours are most likely quite envious.

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