Shockwave Therapy – presented with Dr. Taha on Global TV Monday

Gord Grant brings a complementary therapy or practice on to Global TV at 7:40AM the last Monday of every month.  This month Gord introduces his followers to shockwave therapy, and Dr. Hassen Taha, a chiropractor who uses this technique. I had heard of shockwave therapy some years ago — a technique which uses externally applied, focused, high-intensity acoustic pulses — being used for breaking up kidney stones into small pieces. …

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Injury free – the secret of a Hiro

Both athletes and inactive people alike, come to me with similar accumulated injuries of life: it is as if we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t! But for me, meeting Hiroshige Watanabe has changed the game. He really has influenced my perspective on pain, injury and rehabilitation, both as a therapist and a runner dealing with injuries myself. Before Hiro, as he is known by his…

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Moxibustion is turning babies upside-down!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Moxibustion, the therapeutic burning of a special herb near or on a patient, is an ancient oriental practice that goes back thousands of years – it may even predate acupuncture!  It seems like a shamanistic and ritualistic practice at first, but science has turned this notion around, or rather, upside down – literally! Recent rigorous reviews of clinical research (Cochrane Reviews…see link below) have demonstrated…

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The Paleo diet revisited

The idea of a paleo diet is compelling and simple. Loren Cordain, founder of the paleo diet movement, has put forward an argument to eat more like hunter-gatherers did 15,000 years ago — before as a species we became societies of farmers. The theory claims that we have not had enough time to genetically adapt to our relatively “new” agricultural-based diets, and especially not to the processed food diets of…

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The key to pain-free acupuncture – precise electro-stimulation

Here at The Acupuncture Turning Point,  Alina and I (Gord) learned acupuncture from a traditional school of Chinese medicine. As with most oriental acupuncture colleges, we were taught techniques that can create a deep achy sensation (or “de Qi” in Chinese). This is not always painful, but can be uncomfortable, especially if we come back every few minutes to twist and turn the needle as indicated! There are other traditional…

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Holistic does not mean alternative

by Gord Grant, PhD, RAc The words we use to describe our healthcare systems, for good or bad, reveal our biases. First of all, our current use of “healthcare” to name our mainstream medical system has a primary focus on managing and preventing diseases.  So “healthcare” is clearly a euphemism, a term we reasonably use instead of “disease care” — understandably, we want to be positive and promote the target…

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Are you sleep deprived?

Sleep

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Russell Foster did a TED talk on sleep entitled “Why do we sleep?”. He says that in the past eras, sleep was welcomed and understood as a necessary cycle in our lives. In recent times since industrialization, the fact that we spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep is a problem –sleep has become a foe! Foster reflects that this sentiment has been summed up…

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Beyond alternatives – a sustainable, adaptable vision of healthcare

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc The time has come.  A turning point is happening in healthcare; although maybe not the one you think!  The future is not about life extension through technology and micromanaging diseases — at least not for the majority.  Emerging from a former focus on disease detection and symptom mitigation is a network of progressive health professionals who will help reframe the very idea of healthcare itself. They…

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Chronic Pain – a journey into “No Man’s Land”

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc and Alina Tousseeva, RAc The majority of people with complex and unresolved pain find themselves vulnerable and frustrated in this “no-man’s land” of western medicine.  Often a specialist will exclude a problem from his or her domain if it does not meet given criteria leading to a clear diagnosis. As such, he or she cannot treat the problem from his or her way of training…

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Naturopathic Medicine

Over the next months I will investigate and experience healthcare practices outside of my own field to better understand the science and tradition behind them.  I intend to share my findings with my clinical team, my clients, and the public, so that we can all make more intelligent decisions about our healthcare choices. I will start by looking into naturopathic medicine, since ND’s are the general practitioners of complementary healthcare….

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