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Hello everyone! Although it's been a rainy May so far, the warmth and sunshine is just around the corner, and we hope each one of you still get to enjoy some time outdoors.

This month we have had to say farewell to our newest doctor, Dr. Alina Vasilescu ND, who is moving on as her family has an opportunity out of the city. We wish her all the best!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and Dr. Julie Moore ND, our feature doctor this month who focuses on Lyme disease, has some tips on how to manage and avoid tick bites. Read more about her practice and how she can help you in her feature article below.
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Seasonal Update:
By Dr. Alexia Harris, ND


Spring has been in full bloom this year! The beautiful cherry blossoms, which seemed to have stuck around longer than usual this year, are a symbol of spring and a time of transformation and renewal. As the days are getting longer, brighter and warmer, it is a great time to slow down, get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful blossoms of life. 

Spring is known to be a great time to deep clean your home, but it is also the perfect time of year to rejuvenate and deep clean your body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the wood element, which refers to growth and nourishment in the mind and body. The liver, which is one of our main organs of detoxification, is also associated with spring. When the liver isn’t functioning optimally the body has a harder time obtaining the nourishment it needs for growth and transformation so you can feel your best mentally, emotionally and physically. The main job of the liver is not only to remove and process toxins that are ingested on a daily basis, it is also responsible for circulating QI (energy) throughout the entire body, and when the liver is overloaded with toxins, symptoms of irritability, anger and depression can start to set it.

You can take simple steps to support your liver this spring by paying closer attention to the food you put in your body and getting rid of certain chemicals in your home and diet. Need help with your spring cleanse? The Naturopathic Doctors at Yaletown Integrative are here to support you with your detox and transformation so you can optimize your health ahead of the busy summer months.

Feature Doctor: 
Dr. Julie Moore, ND

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and Dr. Julie Moore ND, who has been practicing at this Yaletown location for 18 years, has a special focus in treating acute and chronic Lyme disease.  She has trained with the International Association of Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and been mentored by many of the top doctors and researchers in the field, staying up to date on the newest research and treatments available. 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection usually transmitted by a tick bite and in the early stages, if properly diagnosed and treated, it can be completely eradicated.  If it is not treated right away the infection can lead to many serious long-term complications and these patients are often unable to receive appropriate diagnoses and treatment by the conventional system. Dr. Moore has helped guide and treat many patients with such complications which range from arthritis, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive disturbances, multiple chemical sensitivities, heavy metal issues, mold and mycotoxins, autoimmune diseases and all the other infections and co-infections related to chronic Lyme disease.  Dr. Moore loves a good mystery and helping people find the root cause of their health problems has always been her passion and focus.

Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Tips from Dr. Julie Moore, ND

  • Avoid tick-infested areas, particularly in May, June and July.
  • Wear shoes, long pants tucked into socks or pant legs, or long sleeves when outside in areas where there are deer ticks.
  • Use insect repellent around your ankles and other areas of bare skin and clothes.
  • Check for attached ticks, especially behind the legs, armpits, behind the neck and on the scalp (especially in children).
  • Treat your pets for ticks and fleas, check them regularly and consider shaving them if they have long hair.
  • If you get a tick bite, make sure you consult with someone who is knowledgeable about the proper way to remove a tick. Do not attempt to squeeze it or pull it out, do not put Vaseline, peppermint, a match or any other chemical method you read on the internet to try to kill it.
  • If you get the tick out intact you can send it to Geneticks to test for Lyme
  • If you have a tick bite, see a Lyme literate MD or ND immediately and consider prophylactic treatment to prevent the spread of infection.
  • If your MD is not Lyme-literate, print out the ILADS tick bite treatment guidelines from the internet and bring it to them.
  • If you see bull’s eye rash, that is a positive diagnosis for Lyme disease and needs to be treated immediately with antibiotics.

Dr. Julie Moore, ND is currently accepting new patients and online booking is available at To learn more information about Dr. Julie Moore ND, you can also visit her website at
Product Feature:
Liver-GI Detox - Pure Encapsulations

By: Dr. Simone Baum, ND
Liver-GI Detox is a powerful supplement used to help stimulate detoxification within the body, specifically in the liver and the digestive system. It contains herbs and nutrients to support all aspects of detoxification involving the liver, the intestines and the gallbladder.

The detoxification process in the liver goes through three phases.  In phase one and two, the liver is conjugating different toxins so they can be passed to the phase three process - elimination.  Phase three relies on the intestines and gallbladder to be functioning properly.  Each phase uses different nutrients for optimal performance  which are all supported by this supplement.

Liver-GI Detox contains Brassica compounds (from broccoli), and the amino acids glycine, taurine and methionine are important in phase two detoxification.  It also contains the amino acid L-glutamine which is essential for intestinal health by maintaining the intestinal barrier, preventing leaky gut. Other ingredients include NAC, alpha lipoic acid, curcumin, artichoke, chlorella and silymarin which protect the liver, stimulate the gall bladder and decrease inflammation in the body. 

This is a great product that supports the overall detoxification processes in the body.  It is a very powerful product to add into treatment protocols for detoxification, immunity and hormonal imbalances.  Please discuss with your Naturopathic Doctor if this product may benefit you.

Recipe Feature: 
Spring Carrot Salad

By: Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND 
With all the rainy spring days, Dr. Giselle recommends adding a some brighter colours to your food to help encourage a sunny attitude. Sparks of yellow, red, and orange in our food can increase flavonoids which are important antioxidants for our health. Other simple ways to add a splash of sunshine to your day, is by putting lemon slices in your water or try the spring carrot salad recipe below. 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 carrots peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup red clover sprouts
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds 

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

For a little extra fibre, add some ground flax seeds and a handful of sunflower seeds which also adds a nice crunch!


This salad is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Evolution Carrot Salad -


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