Choosing a holistic health care practitioner


chooseThe world of holistic health in Canada is complex and can be confusing.  Holistic health practitioners work in private practise, health food stores, or in shared space with a variety of other health professionals.  Any of these options could be right, but how does one narrow down the choices?

First, it is important to understand that for the most part, natural health-care practitioners in Canada are not regulated by any government.  Our country is large and health care is managed provincially, so standards and practises do vary across the country and credentials are not standardized.  Diplomas are granted to graduating students by the private educational institution they choose to attend.  Ideally, these institutions should be accredited by the provincial government in the relevant jurisdiction as well as by a professional body such as the IONC.  Individuals who are consulting and advising the public should be upgrading their skills annually, and should belong to self-regulated professional associations which then confirm that minimum standards of professional development, education and experience are met. [Read more…]

Success Stories from our members #1

Evidence-based clinical nutrition and integrative healthcare - Case Study: Discontinuing Statins After 17 Years

by Josh Gitalis Ba(H) CNP RNCP/ROHP

Evidence-based clinical nutrition and integrative healthcare

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Susan: High Cholesterol

I had been working with Susan on a number of other issues and I had mentioned many times the possibility of normalizing cholesterol with diet, lifestyle, and supplements.

Drug discontinuation: As a clinical nutritionist I am not legally permitted to recommend anyone discontinue their prescription medication. I do however work with a client to normalize their biochemistry, which often results in the client not needing the prescription anymore. I do this with cooperation of their physician or prescribing practitioner.

Susan finally decided that she was ready to do a trial to see if her cholesterol could, in fact, be controlled without pharmaceuticals. [Read more…]

Natural Standard


IONC is pleased to be able to offer Natural Standard database to its professional and Student members. Please contact the office to find out how you can access this wonderful resource via IONC’s website.

Natural Standard on line webinairs can be used to fulfill IONC upgrading credits.

Natural Standard Research Collaboration was founded in 2000 to serve as a clearing house for information on evidence-based medicine covering numerous healthcare disciplines. This international effort involves authors, editors, and peer reviewers from multiple academic and research institutions.

Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that systematically reviews scientific evidence on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Together with the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Natural Standard provides consumer information on CAM for Harvard Health Publications. Natural Standard also provides information on herbal medicine and dietary supplements to MedlinePlus, which is produced and maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In A Practical Handbook on the Pharmacovigilance of Antimalarial Medicines published by the World Health Organization (WHO), Natural Standard is cited as “The best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines.”

Breast Health by Lisa Petty ROHP

Watch IONC Director Lisa Petty ROHP offer advice on how you can keep your breasts healthy, through nutrition.

Breast Health by Lisa Petty ROHPlisa petty

What is Breast Thermography?

By Catherine Carleton- Fitchett ROHPbrest thermography

Breast Thermography is a  Clinical Scan for Breast health without radiation, compression, or pain.

Breast Thermography is a safe early screening procedure to monitor breast health. [Read more…]

Do You Need To Subscribe To a Journal Watch?

Galens Watch

There are some obvious reasons to subscribe to a journal watch. It can save time, money and keeps you current with new studies that are being published relevant to your specialty. In this case complementary and alternative medicine or in your case what could be called ‘First Medicine”, food. Studies are continually being released and Galen’s Watch reports on approximately 200 a year. Two hundred studies that involve diet, nutrition, life style, herbal medicine and other CAM related modalities. [Read more…]