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



What is Naturopathic Medicine all about?

How it all came to be…

The roots Naturopathic Medicine extend as far back as ancient Greece. Many of the physicians of the day believed that the human body had an inherent healing capacity, and that given the appropriate set of circumstances or treatment, people could often overcome illnesses and maladies without having to resort to extreme measures. This was often referred to as, “the healing power of nature.” The famous Hippocrates quote, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” symbolizes that belief. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Europe enjoyed a rich tradition of natural healing practices including; hydrotherapy, diet, fasting, herbal and homeopathic medicine. This idea that health followed natural principles began to gain popularity in North America in the early 1900s and has slowly risen and evolved to the present day. There is a new responsibility taking place, more than ever people are taking charge of their own health, looking towards diet, health lifestyle, and natural means to maintain abundant long lasting health.

Presently today, there are a number of Naturopathic Medical schools in the US and Canada that provide postgraduate degrees to attain a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree. The requirements are similar to what one needs to graduate from medical school, including a minimum of three years of university, and four years of rigorous ND medical training. As well as courses on medical sciences, NDs focus train mainly in six areas including; diet and nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, physical medicine and manipulation(chiropractic like adjustments). Naturopathic Doctors have been fully licensed in BC since the 1930s as primary health care workers. After graduation many NDs go on to train and gain expertise in other areas of natural medicine, such as chelation therapy.

The primary philosophy of Naturopathic medicine and what sets it apart from the style that we have been accustomed to in modern western medicine has to do with an emphasis on trying to discover and treat the cause of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. For example someone who suffers from migraine headaches may have unknown sensitivities to certain foods or food additives, and may also not sleep well, compounding their stress. Or maybe they are lacking in a specific vitamin, mineral or nutrient. An ND will go through all aspects of a person’s life and try to uncover all potential contributing factors that may influence the course of the person’s individual health needs. As much as possible NDs to assess each person and their particular set of health circumstances on an individual basis, and treat the person not the condition.

Meet Dr. Graham

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. Following completion of his ND degree Dr. Graham did additional training and gained certification in; the use of intravenous therapies, neural therapy, chelation therapy and dark field microscopy. While early in his career Dr. Graham focused much of his practice on alternative and complementary cancer care, today he has a broad general practice caring for all ages, and addressing most health concerns.

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, chelation therapy, 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…

What to expect for a first time visit. How does it work?

Visits: What happens in a visit? What does a visit cost? Is there coverage?

Visits can vary in length and type of visit, from a short 5 minute B12 injection to a one hour consultation on complementary cancer care. In general new patients schedule an initial visit at which time Dr. Graham will go over your main health concerns, your health history including family history, medications, supplements, diet, and a review of all your health systems, ( skin, digestive etc.). Based on findings and history Dr. Graham will decide, (with you), what the next appropriate step may be. As food and diet have a foundational affect on our health often the next step (about 90% of the time) is to schedule a food sensitivity screen. This electrical screen of approx. 100 foods allows for detection and temporary elimination of offending foods, during the second half of thevisit a substitution diet is derived and instructions are given on how to easily follow it. The third visit almost always is another in- office assessment called an organ screen that gives an indication of imbalances in specific organs, or areas of the body. Follow-up visits are to check progress, recheck food sensitivities and organ function, recheck Candida yeast imbalance if originally an issue, and make adjustments to the program as needed.

Schedule of Fees

Item / Cost

First visit – approximately 30 minutes / $80 ($85 Effective July 1, 2017)
Food sensitivity screen (VEGA) – approximately 45 minutes / $155 ($165 Effective July 1, 2017)
Organ imbalance screen (VEGA) – approximately 30 minutes / $80 ($85 Effective July 1, 2017)
Follow-up retest/consult visits / $75
Telephone & Skype Appointments Available / Please Call for more info

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 Test or Screen.

2) Food Sensitivity test – 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. This is the typical severe peanut allergy. 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. By identifying and eliminating food sensitivities for a period of time, and doing some work to improve the function and state of the gut/ immune system, usually a big improvement in overall health can be realized. After a period of time (usually 2 months) a good number of the food sensitivities become okay to include back in the 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:

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:

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

Environmental Medicine

Information and products related to clean air water and food. Dr. Crinnion ND is a leading environmental medicine researcher:

Diet & Nutrition

Information on the connection between gut health and brain health:

Helpful ideas for dealing with inflammatory bowel problems:

Sport Nutrition & Anti-Aging

Interesting site with abstract studies on health and wellness:

Info on anti-aging and supplementation, good archive of articles:

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

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

PHONE: (250) 748-0029

EMAIL: drruss@shaw.ca

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