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HANS is a non-profit society dedicated to ensuring Canadians have knowledge of and access to the powerful and effective properties of natural, complementary and alternative medicines and therapies.

HANS Events

Reflexology Student Clinic

On Tuesday evenings you are invited to enjoy the services of a well-trained student reflexologist. One hour appointments are scheduled on the hour from 6pm - 10pm. Cost is $25.00. Call to book an appointment: (604) 875-8818 or, email: chrisshirley@pacificreflexology.com

Contact: Christopher Shirley

Holistic Parenting Conference and Expo

Contemporary Herbal Alchemy Healing Potions and Elixirs with Michael Isted

Course Information During this hands-on workshop, Michael will discuss the history of herbal medicine and his inspirations, showcasing how to integrate a variety of plant- and mineral-based preparations such as aromatic waters, infusions, C02 extracts, ferments, oleoresins, glycerites, hydrolates, tinctures, crystals, gem and flower essences and essential oils along with raw plant material to create magical healing potions and elixirs. During this workshop we will explore, taste, touch, smell and engage with the following: The long relationship between humankind and plants, and the history of drinking plant-based preparations. How to process the plants to create plant preparations using a variety of extraction methods, such as juicing, distilling, fermentation, C02 extraction, tinctures, decoctions, and cold brewing and how these processing methods influence the type of plant constituents extracted. Journeying through the seasons, key plants, their biochemical makeup, their principal health benefits, and how to best utilize them to create contemporary plant-based preparations. The taste and smell polypharmic distillations / multi plant distillates and the synergy between plants, and how best to capture and express the synergy and essence of these plants. Beginning with spring, how to create restorative and invigorating tonics and highlight the importance of bitters and bitter plants. Then in summer, the power of aromatics, showcasing the significance of scent and perfume for our wellbeing. Through autumn and winter, how we continue to craft beautiful potions with the plants harvested earlier in the year, whilst also integrating the roots, hips, and haws that are available to us at this time. The influences of ancient Egypt, Persia, China, Europe and India with a particular focus on the influence of India and Ayurvedic practice on Western Herbalism. Some of the key herbs / plants and their influences, including plants such as Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Tulsi. The traditional and contemporary uses of spices for health with a close look at cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and turmeric and their constituents and how best to integrate them into daily life. How to prepare our own bottled tonics, attars and perfumes, with a closer look at traditional attar scents such as sandalwood and tuberose and their traditional and contemporary uses. Course Instructor Michael Isted is a trained phytotherapist (BSc Hons), aromatherapist and nutritionist who started up his company The Herball in 2013. Michael set up The Herball as a portal to promote and celebrate the many ways in which we can integrate plants and plant preparations to invigorate and enrich our lives. Michael distills in traditional copper and extracts plants with C02, he also works closely with a number of small independent organic growers and plant workers in the UK, Europe and India to source, produce and sell authentic, artisanal plant-based products, such as infusions, hydrosols, spices, extracts, and oils. Michael frequently runs workshops across the globe teaching plant therapeutics while also consulting, creating and formulating botanical drinks for brands, cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. He is also currently in the process of launching new Herball concepts across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Michael has also just written and published The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks ,a book which reflects a very modern take on an ancient practice, revealing the history and processes of making botanical drinks with herbs and plant extracts.

Contact: Alissa Woods

NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg (Session 4 of 8)

NESH 8 Weekend Homeopathy Course in Vancouver, BC with Drs. Paul Herscu & Amy Rothenberg: learn to confidently integrate homeopathy into your current or future practice, regardless of what other modalities you use. The New England School of Homeopathy is the longest continuous training program of classical homeopathy in the US and is thrilled to be offering our 8 Weekend Course in Vancouver, BC Canada starting January 2018 through May 2019. Class meets Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday every other month. www.nesh.com/vancouver Session 1: January 26-28, 2018 Session 2: March 9-11, 2018 Session 3: May 4-6, 2018 Session 4: September 21-23, 2018 Session 5: October 26-28, 2018 Session 6: January 2019, to be determined Session 7: March 2019, to be determined Session 8: May 2019, to be determined A concurrent 8 Weekend Course will also be offered in Portland, OR either the weekend before or after each session listed above. For more details see: www.nesh.com/portland Paul Herscu ND, MPH and Amy Rothenberg ND, well-known authors, lecturers and original thinkers in this field, are both 1986 graduates of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM) and have taught the art and science of homeopathy to 1000’s of practitioners in the US & abroad for going on 30 years. They emphasize the Herscu method of Cycles and Segments, which informs all aspects of practice. It is a tool that enables us to focus case-taking and offers a practical way of organizing and analyzing information gathered. Take this course if you want to nourish your love & passion for homeopathy regardless of your current level of experience. Homeopathic remedies are taught in a concise, yet robust and clinically relevant way without the cumbersome memorization of long lists of symptoms. You’ll learn a streamlined approach to case taking & analysis to bring efficacy & time-efficiency into your prescribing. This course is designed for experienced homeopaths as well as beginners. Contact us for more details: www.nesh.com/contact Read what others have said: www.nesh.com/testimonials

Contact: Kim McGuire

A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century with Paul Bergner

Course Information We will study in depth 60 herbs in 18 categories, emphasizing for each small group constitutional indications, differentials between similar herbs, and ways to use that category therapeutically and in formulation. We will look at correlations between Western and Asian materia medica, some forgotten herbs that should be remembered, and traditional herbs which may be useful for emerging syndromes and conditions not typically seen in traditional literature. By studying closely the sometimes small differences or the overlapping properties of similar herbs, we can learn how to substitute herbs within a category, or join similar herbs into simple compounds for a broader but still-focused physiological and humoral action. Categories to be covered include: Topical herbs with anti-inflammatory and wound healing effects Topical antiseptics with immune strengthening effects Topical antiseptics with strong mucous membrane effects Drying mineral-rich herbs Systemic demulcents Alterative immune-enhancers Chamomile as a category of its own The bitter mints Antispasmodic herb differentials Three cohoshes in the clinic. Anti-inflammatory herbs hot in the third degree Carminative relaxants for the system Tonic astringents to hepatic portal system Herbs which can relax liver tension Stimulating adaptogens Immune enhancing adaptogens Adaptogens for the dry patient Warming herbs for the reproductive system Course Instructor Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996, mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Combining information from both nutritional anthropology and biomedicine, he developed a successful protocol for treating insulin resistance between 1997 and 1999, and has been utilizing and teaching the protocol to residents in his teaching clinics since that time. He has lectured on this topic at professional conferences nationally and internationally since 2000.

Contact: Alissa Woods

Developement of Autoimmune Disease, a Comprehensive Approach to Stabilization and Arresting Future Progression with Dr. Thomas O'Bryan

Course Information Autoimmune diseases are listed as the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. That means it’s in our offices every day. The number of people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease is increasing exponentially in the world today. Estimates are that anywhere from 3 to 7 out of every 10 new patients coming into your office are suffering with an autoimmune mechanism (whether it has progressed into an autoimmune pathology or not). The volume of information now of the underlying mechanisms that set the stage and contribute to the development of autoimmune disease is overwhelming. Without recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms triggering the presenting complaints, the Practitioner may be proverbially ‘chasing the tail’ of the pathology with temporary symptom relief. Workshop Objectives: Attendees will be able to identify 6 mechanisms by which food-related disorders may impact on the development of autoimmune disease Attendees will recognize the potential contribution of the microbiota on the development of autoimmune disease Attendees will learn the role of barrier integrity in the development of autoimmune disease with examples from the literature ranging from conjunctival tumors to Alzheimer’s Disease Attendees will learn the potential neurological impact of maternal IgG antibodies on offspring tissue development Attendees will learn the clinical applications of treatment protocols for food-related neurological disorders Course Instructor When it comes to getting healthy, Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s goal for you is ‘Making It Easy to Do the Right Thing’. As an internationally-recognized, admired and compassionate speaker focusing on food sensitivities, environmental toxins, and the development of autoimmune diseases, Dr. Tom’s audiences discover that it is through a clear understanding of how you got to where you are, that you and your doctor. can figure out what it will take to get you well. In November 2016, Dr. O’Bryan released Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You, an investigation into why our immune system, designed to protect us, begins attacking our own tissue (autoimmunity). Currently, over 500,000 people worldwide have watched the Docuseries www.betrayaldocumentary.com. Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases. He is the founder of www.theDr.com and the visionary behind ‘The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth’, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on the gluten connection to diseases, disorders, and a wide-range of symptoms and ages. You can find this info at www.theglutensummit.com. His 2016 ground-breaking book, winner of the National Book Award and ranked #1 in several categories on Amazon.com, ‘The Autoimmune Fix’ outlines the step-by-step development of degenerative diseases and gives the tools to identify our dis-ease process years before the symptoms are obvious and how to turn your health around, one step at a time.

Contact: Alissa Woods

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Vaccine Hesitancy

2 May 2018 1:41AM
A discussion to open up the conversation on vaccine safety, by Ted Kuntz, President of HANS...

Holistic Parenting Conference & Expo

1 May 2018 3:21PM
A unique opportunity to take a more holistic approach to the art of parenting.  Make informed decisions that best suit your family and personal values.   ...

UC Irvine aims to transform public health with record-breaking $200-million donation

26 September 2017 3:20AM
Susan Samueli caught a cold while visiting France more than three decades ago. Instead of the usual medicines, a friend suggested aconite, a homeopathic remedy derived from a plant in the buttercup family. She was cured — and became a lifelong advocate of homeopathy and other alternative...

The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming

9 August 2017 1:04AM
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Digital Heroin: Screens are turning kids into junkiess

28 June 2017 3:45AM
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Complimentary medicine in Switzerland now a mandatory health insurance service

28 June 2017 3:40AM
The Swiss Federal Government announces that specific medical services using complementary medicine are to be covered by mandatory health insurance (basic insurance). The Swiss Umbrella Association for Complementary Medicine and the Union of Associations of Swiss Physicians for Complementary...

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