Friday, July 13, 2012

Importance of Hydration for Muscle Pain and Sports Injuries

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, I often have patients asking me about water and hydration.  

A large percentage of the human body is made from water, so keeping hydrated is very important.  

Below is a little snippet of an article I wrote about hydration found at the Brio Website

I treat injuries on a daily basis and patients who are well-hydrated respond much better to treatment.  I’d like to share with you two reasons why hydration helps with injury recovery: 
1) Increased water intake results in increased blood volume:  Whether I’m doing acupuncture, low-level laser therapy or Naturopathic pain management, you will always hear me talk about “circulation.”

To Read the rest of the article please visit or click HERE

Friday, May 4, 2012

Forks over Knives Movie Screening

In Celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week, Brio Integrative Health Centre will be hosting a screening of a very popular movie called, "Forks over Knives"

Forks Over Knives is a film that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

To learn more about this event and view the trailer, visit this link

Please join us for this Richmond BC, community event on May 11th, 2012.

Call 604-271-9355 to reserve your tickets.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Naturopathic Medicine Week May 7 to 13, 2012

What is Naturopathic Medicine Week?

Naturopathic Medicine Week is a national event that happens every year in May.  Naturopaths from around the country open their clinics and participate in community events to promote healthy living and preventative medicine.  

This year we have launched a British Columbia specific website:

Dr. Jeff is the BC representative and his role is to support each Naturopath as they put on their events. 

Check out to learn more!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ouch! My feet are hurting me!

Did you know that poor fitting shoes can cause more than just foot pain?

Back, knee and ankle pain can result from improper support under your feet. 

About 70% of the population have something called pronation syndrome. Pronation is the result of collapsed arches causing excessive twisting in the foot. This twisting results in overstretched connective tissue (fascia) under the foot and leads to structural imbalance in the ankle, knees and low back. The excessive stretching can also cause micro tears in the bottom of the foot leading to heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. 

At Brio Integrative Health Centre, we offer customized orthotics to help correct a variety of foot, knee and back pain. 
Customized orthotics are specifically designed to fit your unique foot shape and for a specific activity (golf, walking, badminton, or skating for example). Come in to speak with Dr. Lee to learn how we can help ease your pain.

September is the best time to purchase new shoes because of the "back to school" sales. If you have new footwear or If you have any foot, knee or back pain, please be sure to come in to the clinic and speak with us to ensure you have the correct fit and support.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Food Allergy & Children

According to a recent study, Food allergies may affect nearly 6 million children in the U.S.

I heard about this study from US biotek.  US biotek is the company that supplies the food allergy kits I use on kids and adults to identify food allergies.  This is a fantastic test that has helped many patients with eczema, psoriasis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)  find relief.

To learn more about the food allergy test, check out the clinic's website.

US BioTek Laboratories News

Food allergies may affect nearly 6 million children in U.S., study estimates

Los Angeles Times - June 20, 2011
A recent study published in Pediatrics, 2011 suggests that food allergies affect a significant number of children in the US. This study, the largest of its kind, surveyed nearly 40,000 US households with one or more children less than 18 years of age. Based on the data collected, the researchers found that food allergies affect 8.0% of US children or about 6 million. Of those children, 30.4% had multiple food allergies and 38.7% had a history of severe reactions. The most common allergies reported in the survey were peanut (25.2%), milk (21.1%) and shellfish (17.2%).

A well-known hallmark of food allergy is the production of IgE antibodies to a protein or epitope of the problem food. An allergy of this type develops when food-specific IgE antibodies, bound to tissue mast cells and basophils, present in the skin, gut and respiratory tract, come into contact with, and bind the circulating allergen. This binding activates these cells to release inflammatory mediators including histamine, prostaglandins, leukotrienes and cytokines. These compounds cause much of the discomfort associated with allergy including stomach cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, hives, itching and swelling. Exposure to a minute amount of the allergenic food can provoke a reaction.

Food allergies may involve more than one immune mechanism. The classic Type I, acute onset IgE-mediated reaction has been the most thoroughly studied for its close association in asthma, hay fever, atopic dermatitis and food allergies. Elevated serum IgE against several allergens has been demonstrated in many of these instances. Further, IgE-mediated allergies hold special importance as the induced anaphylactic reaction is potentially life-threatening in some people.

The prevalence of food allergies has shown a remarkable upswing over the past 10 to 20 years across all ages and it is a biological mystery as to why we see this trend. There can be a genetic influence to developing allergies. Allergic parents are more likely to have allergic children. But certainly this cannot account wholly for the epidemic rise that we have seen over the decades. The manifestations of allergy are the result of the complex interaction between genetics, nutrition, immunity and environmental exposures such as tobacco smoke and pollutants that can increase the antigenic response.

Sound laboratory testing remains an essential clinical tool of the practitioner for proper patient screening and care.

US BioTek Laboratories offers testing from serum for IgE antibodies specific to common food and inhalant allergens through semi-quantitative ELISA. Our ELISA utilizes validation protocols traceable to World Health Organization (WHO) IgE guidelines for enhanced immunoassay performance. For full test panel information on our allergen-specific IgE, please click here.
Gupta, R. S., Springston, E. E., Warrier, M. R., et al. (2011). The prevalence, severity, and distribution of childhood food allergy in the United States. Pediatrics. DOI:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture with Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Richmond BC

Many people are discovering the benefits of acupuncture.  New patients call in to my clinic in Richmond, asking many great questions.  The post below will answer some frequently asked questions about acupuncture.

Question 1:  Can acupuncture help my condition?
Acupuncture is beneficial for relieving pain, managing stress, and treating a variety of conditions.  During the spring allergy season, I help many patients relieve their itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion symptoms naturally using acupuncture.
The spring time is also a time when people become more physically active. I use acupuncture to help people heal from injuries and prevent injuries by helping the body loosen up and improve circulation.
1) Musculoskeletal: Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel, Neck pain, Arthritis, sciatica
2) Digestive Conditions: Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, Colitis
3) Addictions: alcohol, drugs, smoking
4) Mental emotional:  Anxiety, Depression,
5) Fatigue: low energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia
6) Headaches, Migraines , cluster headaches
7) Pregnancy symptoms:  morning sickness, back pain,
8) Menstrual irregularities & infertility
9) Sleep problems

Question 2: Does acupuncture hurt?
No. Most people enjoy treatment and find it very comfortable, restful, and relaxing.  Sometimes the needle insertion feels like a quick pinch that rapidly goes away.   After an acupuncture treatment, you can expect to feel less pain, more energy, and a  heightened sense of well-being.

Question 3: How many visits will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms to be addressed. Within the first 4-6 sessions, the effectiveness of the treatment is often evident and clear treatment goals should be established.

Question 4: My friend told me about this unique tool that measures my acupuncture points, what is it?
An acugraph is a specialized scan of your acupuncture meridian system.  This cutting edge technology provides us with a more in depth analysis of your health.  Based on your results, we customize treatment plans for each individual.  

Dr. Jeffrey Lee, is a naturopathic doctor and registered acupuncturist. His practice is located in Richmond, BC. 

If you have further questions about acupuncture, please visit our clinic's website or give us a call @ 604-271-9355

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Quit Smoking naturally! Ask Dr. Lee about using acupuncture and low level laser therapy

Our Quit Smoking Program breaks the nicotine addiction by tackling it from 3 angles.

1) Ear Acupuncture using laser therapy can break the addiction cycle

2) Herbs & supplements to block nicotine receptors, reduce cravings and    detoxify the body

3) Support and Education.

Our program is designed for 3 weeks of treatment.  A minimum of 6 treatments is recommended.

This is NOT a "reduce smoking" program, it's a "quit smoking program".  This means NO MORE CIGARETTES EVER.  This program is only effective if you are ready.

In the first visit, we address the following:

a) Establish why you want to quit and if this is the right time to do so.

b) Establish a quit date:________________

c) For best results do the following:
o   Public Commitment.  Tell Friends and Family.  Share it online. 
o   Choose a quit date that is early in the week.  Chances of relapse are higher over the weekend.  Remember, the first 3-4 days are the most critical.
o   On quitting day, dispose of ALL cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters at home, work and vehicle. 
o   Find 5 healthy habits you can do to replace your smoking routine ( ex. Short walk, glass of water, eat a carrot/celery stick,  chew gum, bike ride, call a friend etc).

What kind of treatments are done?

Ear Acupuncture is consistently very effective for addictions, with reported success rates of 75 to 90%.  The treatments will affect dopamine pathways in the brain, reducing cravings and helping the brain re-establish normal dopamine levels

o   It is best to begin treatment the day of or the day after you quit.   
o   Each treatment will last approximately 15 minutes. 
o   Acupuncture points on your ear and body will be stimulated with a laser or with needles.  

Call 604-271-9355 to book your appointment or speak with Dr. Lee.