Welcome to the website of Dr. Russell Graham, ND

Naturopathic Medicine on Vancouver Island
To book an appointment in Victoria call (250) 480-1457 and to book an appointment in Duncan call (250) 748-0029

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About

Meet Dr. Graham ND

A few words about his Education and Experiences

Dr. Russell Graham PhotoDr. Graham Graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto) in 1997, and has been practicing in BC ever since.

Growing up in a household that was open to alternative diets and “health food” Dr. Graham was exposed early to nutrition and its affects on health. Being diagnosed with a life threatening illness at nineteen also served as (in the long run) a gift and education. Employing conventional and many natural therapies at this time helped him to not only regain his health but also served to ignite his interest in health and natural medicine.

Dr. Graham’s ideas on health mirror the general Naturopathic philosophy that a person’s body, their physiology, always strives to maintain health and to be healthy. That is the natural order of life. Most of the more common ailments encountered today such as blood sugar, skin and digestive problems often result from a worsening or imbalance in diet and lifestyle. This stress tends to negatively impact ones constitution or genetic make-up, and the next thing you know symptoms appear. By relying on a multitude of natural therapies which may include; therapeutic diet changes, appropriate vitamin/nutrient/herbal supplementation, detoxification, stress reduction, homeopathy and others, Dr. Graham’s goal is to restore balance and improve physiology. When adhered to and followed properly substantial health improvements can be experienced.

First Time

First Time?

How it works…

Visits with Dr. Graham can vary in length typically from 30 to 75 minutes. The initial consultation may take from 30 to 60 minutes and may involve going over your main health concerns; family health history, medications, diet, supplementation, and a review of body systems, (eg. ear, nose and throat).

Following visits are determined by findings and indications that present on the initial visit, and may include food sensitivity and or diet assessment, modification, and diet substitutions.

Schedule of fees,

First visit – approximately 30 minutes / $90.
Food sensitivity assessment – 45 minutes / $165.
Oregon balance assessment – 30 minutes / $90.
Follow up visits – 30 minutes / $85.

Telephone and Skype appointments available on request.

Cancellation notice – If you are unable to make an appointment please give 24 hours’ notice or there may be a charge

Insurance: Many people have extended benefits through employers and will have some coverage for naturopathic visits, (often $300.00-500.00 / annum). Please check your individual plan as rules and stipulations can vary between plans.

Please download and fill in the intake form to bring with you to your first appointment.

What To Expect

What to expect

at an appointment with Dr. Graham

There are three fairly standard appointments that Dr. Graham likes to have with a new person. This can vary depending on particular circumstances, but over the years Dr. Graham has found that this approach works well in evaluation and treatment. A description of these visits are as follows:

1) Initial consult – Usually ½ hour. Before your first visit you will be given a Health Questionnaire to fill in. During the initial visit Dr. Graham will not only discuss your primary health concerns but will also go through many questions to do with such things as; your present health, family health, health as a child, diet, activity level, quality of sleep, and others aspects of your overall health. At the end of this visit a decision will be made as to what the best next step to take may be. As diet is at the foundation of all other aspects to do with one’s health, Dr. Graham very often recommends an in office Food Sensitivity Assessment or Screen.

2) Food Sensitivity Assessment – Usually about ¾ of an hour. Food sensitivities can be different than typical food allergies in that with a food sensitivity there may be no immediate noticeable symptom such as with a classical IgE mediated allergic reaction that can be extreme to the point of anaphylaxis. Food sensitivities are most often a product of the state of our GALT, (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue). This is a huge amount of lymphatic tissue in our small intestines that comprises 60-70% of our body’s total immune system. What happens here, the ratios of specific bacteria and yeasts, the levels of inflammation, the competence of our digestion, absorption and intestinal barrier, has a hugely profound effect on our overall health.

Food sensitivities can cause issues with hypo-immune function such as seen with people who suffer long intractable colds that seem to never fully resolve, or they return to sickness shortly after they appear to be well. They can also trigger hyper- immune or autoimmune responses. These type of problems are vast and on the increase, and include health issues such as eczema, asthma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. Food sensitivities can interact and affect hormonal issues such as menopause and depression and may even play a part in health issues such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Identifying and eliminating food sensitivities for a period of time often improves the function and state of the gut/immune system, and in doing so can help in the restoration of overall health. After a period of time usually two months often a good number of food sensitivities may become OK to include back in one’s diet.

During this appointment Dr. Graham will also help you with a list of substitutes for the removed foods, and formulate with you a “working diet plan” for the elimination period. Often in the first week of diet changes there is a 5-10 lbs. loss of water weight, and where the first several days may be an adjustment, ( you may feel somewhat achy and possibly a little fatigued), by the end of the week one’s sleep, energy, and overall health issues are improving.

3) Organ screen – The third visit involves another in-office test called an organ screen. This test allows Dr. Graham to bio-electrically assess organ balance or function. While blood tests can be helpful to measure organ failure such as with the thyroid gland, kidney, and pancreas, these types of tests usually only show a problem when the gland has been substantially compromised. For example there has to be a loss of 50-60% of kidney function before any changes will show on a blood test. If areas are identified for you on this test it often means that that organ or gland may need a little short term support or a “tune-up.” An analogy would be something we do all the time, take your car in for a regular oil change and tune up. A hard working organ, such as your liver which is responsible for over 1000 different functions, works more effectively and efficiently if periodic strategies are used to keep it in top form.

Suggestions and recommendations will be made to help specific areas.

Testing –the testing method for both the food and organ screen is accomplished by using a machine called a VEGA electro-dermal test machine. This machine, manufactured in Germany, was developed by a German dentist in 1977. Using a testing stylus that has a blunt tip resembling a large ball-point pen, Dr. Graham will apply gentle pressure to an acupuncture point on your toe while you hold a ground to the circuit. There is no shock or discomfort, but the machine reads an electrical response from your body, similar to a bio-feedback measure. Ampules containing foods or vitamins, or organ extracts can be entered into circuit with your bodies electrical system (there are standard medical electrical tests, EKG, EEG, EMG that are used routinely to measure electrical responses all over the body). Your particular electrical response gives Dr. Graham more information regarding your diet and over-all health picture. There are other forms of testing using blood, saliva, hair, and urine. These are mostly sent out to labs that do specific specialized testing. If there is a concern, such as heavy metal retention, which may be measured more effectively by using one of these other methods Dr. Graham will discuss this situation with you.

Links / Q&A

A few useful links

Allergies & Sensitivities

Information on BIE testing and treatment:
www.inht.ca

Heavy Metals & Detoxification

A great site dedicated to researching the biological effects of chronic mercury retention on health, and also the most sophisticated testing for mercury body burden:
www.quicksilverscientific.com

Information on IMD, (intestinal metal detox). One of the most revolutionary products developed to enhance mercury elimination from the body:
www.mhpvitamins.com/id147.html

Environmental Medicine

Information and products related to clean air water and food. Dr. Crinnion ND is a leading environmental medicine researcher:
www.drcrinnion.com/optimal-living-store

Diet & Nutrition

Information on the connection between gut health and brain health:
www.gapsdiet.com

Helpful ideas for dealing with inflammatory bowel problems:
www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info

Sport Nutrition & Anti-Aging

Interesting site with abstract studies on health and wellness:
www.ergo-log.com

Info on anti-aging and supplementation, good archive of articles:
www.lef.org

Questions & Answers

Information on Naturopathic Doctors and Services

Why should I visit an ND if I already have an MD?

There are no problems having both and ND and an MD, as they both have strengths and weaknesses, and can often be a complimentary team in your health care. Both NDs and MDs have a good knowledge of the body and disease processes can affect the body. While MDs have more in-depth training in diagnostic skills and drug use, ND’s have more training in diet, and vitamin/herbal/nutrient supplementation. The main difference comes down to philosophy where most MDs will usually prescribe to alleviate a symptom of ill health, (ie cortisone cream for eczema) NDs will usually focus on what the cause of that particular condition may be, (maybe a sensitivity to a certain food, eg corn).

I’ve heard that NDs try and sell you a lot of supplements. Is this true?

Most NDs do carry some form of dispensary in their offices and sell products from them. While it is possible that someone patients could feel they are having supplementation imposed on them by an ND, most are not aggressive about selling their products and people are under no obligation to purchase supplements from their ND. There are certain products however that your ND may have a lot of experience will and feel could really benefit someone in a particular circumstance or situation. In these situations appropriate supplementation can often enhance the healing effects of the body. Most NDs also carry professional supplement lines that carry rigorous quality control requirements and may be of a specialized nature.

Does health care cover the cost of an ND visit?

Currently in BC, coverage of $23/ visit for up to 10 visits per year if a person qualifies for “premium assistance”, (a BC med. designation based on total income). This can be used to subsidize visit fees. Many individuals in situations where they have healthcare plans through their workplace can have coverage up to $1000/ annum.

Do I need a referral from my MD if I want to make an appointment with an ND?

No, there is no referral requirement from your MD to book an appointment with an ND.

Contact Us

Victoria Location & Hours

HOURS: Monday & Wednesdays 8:00am-4:30pm

ADDRESS: 1145 Vista Heights
Victoria, BC. V8T-2H5
Canada

PHONE: (250) 480-1457

EMAIL: drruss@shaw.ca

Duncan Location & Hours

HOURS: Tuesdays 8:00am-4:30pm

ADDRESS: 416 Jubilee Street
Duncan, BC. V9L-1X2
Canada

PHONE: (250) 748-0029

EMAIL: drruss@shaw.ca

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