Meeting Minutes - Frances Turk, What Your Doctor Might not be Telling You - Jan. 5th. 2017
The first 2017 membership meeting was held at Trinity United Church and was called to order by President John Proctor at 9:58 am. President Proctor opened by wishing all present good health and happiness for 2017. He welcomed today’s special guest speaker, Frances Turk as well as three new guests he introduced: Richard Sawyer, Bob Wanzel and Jack Millard.
President Proctor thanked the Activities Committee, chaired by Ken Dick, as well as all his helpers for putting on a wonderful Christmas Luncheon. Also thanks to Ritchie Zelk for the great photographs which are now up on the Club website.
Len Johnstone introduced today’s guest presenter, Frances Turk, ND.
Dr. Frances Turk is a Naturopath who practices in Guelph & Rockwood. Frances Turk graduated with Honours in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science at Guelph University, with a minor in Dramatic Arts. She then went on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to pursue her dream of being a Naturopathic Doctor. In January, 2014 she opened a clinic, Absolute Health Science, with the vision to be able to offer an integrative approach to health care in a location that was accommodating and easy to get to for her patients, but also to be able to offer more services to integrate body, mind and spirit. Additionally, Frances is the founder of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Clown Care Unit, a fun loving troop of clowns that provide comic relief when needed. They are active in local long term care facilities as well as hosting events for children in need right at the college. Today’s presentation is titled: “What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You.” Dr. Turk’s contact information is: Absolute Health Science www.absolutehealthscience.com 519-827-9519
Naturopathic Medicine includes seven modalities: 1. Hydrotherapy 2. Physical Medicine 3. Botanical Medicine 4. Traditional Chinese Medicine 5. Homeopathy 6. Nutrition 7. Lifestyle Counseling Honorable mentions include: - Intravenous Therapy, Live Blood Cell Analysis, and Bowen Therapy Naturopathic Doctors. --- Good? Bad? Evil? - Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA) - Modern medical sciences + natural therapies - “Primary Care” - preliminary screening, physical exams, bloodwork & special testing in addition to therapeutic treatments - Complementary Care Practitioners - Whole person health care - Enhancing the body’s innate capacity for self-healing - Specialists – are more like special focuses - Time – no time restrictions as compared to regular medical doctors.
Naturopathic practitioners are Complimentary Care Practitioners who treat the whole person providing healthcare enhancing the body's innate capacity for self-healing. Some are specialists, more like special focuses. Their Guiding Principles are: - First, do no harm - Treat the cause - Support the healing power of nature - Treat the whole person - Doctor as teacher - Prevention
Dis-Ease: -- Health Breakdown: Diabetes, Heart disease, Obesity, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Depression Anxiety, and Cancer. The common denominator is poor diet, poor lifestyle factors, nutrition, exercise, smoking, alcohol, stress and inflammation. A state of chronic (ongoing) stress causes havoc on many functions of the body, including: hormonal imbalance, (Insulin, thyroid, cholesterol).
Dr. Turk also addressed things like pH imbalance (acid vs. alkaline terrain), cardiovascular imbalance (high blood pressure) with special mentions like: genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and obesity.
Additional topics included things like intakes of sufficient fibre types (soluble & insoluble) and the importance of sufficient intake of water.
Dr. Turk’s presentation was humorous and insightful and provided much information focusing on lifestyle as a means of improving one’s health which might be assisted by naturopathic medicine alone or in conjunction with regular medicine.
At the conclusion of Dr. Turk’s presentation Len Johnstone thanked Dr. Frances Turk and presented her with a token of our appreciation on behalf of the Club.
Activities – Ken Dick The February 14th Sweetheart Luncheon at the Mandarin Restaurant is approaching and the sign-up sheet is on the meeting table. The cost is $52 per couple. Please sign up.
Coffee Groups – Gary Luck Starting next Thursday, January 12th @ 10:00am there will be two places to meet: - one at the Airpark Café; - the other at Sadie’s Restaurant (the old location of the Golden Griddle) in the plaza at the corner of Speedvale and Woolwich streets.