Important information for all of the women in my life

I just came across this very useful blog, (see link, below) written by a woman here in Victoria, BC, about warning signs of a heart attack, and when to see a physician for further investigations.

This information might save the life of someone you know and love.

Women & heart disease

My presentations

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Boron Supplementation and Arthritis

A few weeks ago I saw an article written by Ian Faulkner for the Elephant Journal on the work of Dr. Rex Newnham, and the essential role of the trace element Boron in preventing/treating arthritis, osteoporosis and even cancer. This really picqued my interest, because when I was training in London, UK, as an osteopath, over 30 years ago, I came across Dr. Newnham’s work and his “OsteoTrace” supplement. In fact, that prompted me to check through my box of supplies from my clinic over the years, and I came across an old box of “OsteoTrace”.








I won’t repeat all that Ian writes so well of (see the link, below), except to say that Dr. Newnham discovered that boron is a mineral that has been very depleted in the soils of some areas of the world – and in those same areas, the incidence of osteoarthritis is particularly high. And conversely, where soils are rich in boron, the incidence of arthritic disorders is correspondingly low. As you will see, there is much more scientific evidence than just those trends, but that communicates the gist of it.

I remember being very impressed with Dr. Newnham when I spoke to him many years ago in the earliest days of my practice as a naturopath and osteopath, regarding his supplement; and I had recommended it to many patients, whilst still practicing in the UK. But I did not find it easy to get a hold of after I left the UK in the mid 1990’s.

So, I was heartened to read of Ian Faulkner’s experience of ridding himself of quite serious arthritis symptoms by adding boron to an already developed regime he was trying. You can get all of Ian Faulkner’s suggestions for what I believe to be a sound and effective regime to treat arthritis, by following this link to Ian’s excellent article and summary of the research he did on this, here:


To your good health,




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Article written for the James Bay Beacon

I am a founder member of the Victoria Community Health Co-operative, and of the Wellness Clinic, offered on a Sunday, near the end of most months of the year. I donate my services at those Sunday clinics most times when they are offered, except for rare occasions when I am elsewhere.

In July of this year, 2018, I will have been in practice as an osteopathic practitioner for 30 years. It has been, and continues to be, an interesting journey. I feel very blessed to have been able to make my living from working with people, in ways that are effective and meaningful, for the clear majority of those I have had the good fortune to serve. I have never stopped learning in these many years – not just in terms of the anatomy, physiology and life force inherent in every living being I treat, but also just about Life itself.

It has, however, always been a challenge to give an accessible explanation for the sort of work I do with patients. And while for most people, after we have begun to work together, explaining the mechanisms behind my work is less important, I have included here my current iteration of a description of my work:

The work I do with my clients/patients encompasses two fundamental things:

  1. finding subtle means to reflect back to people’s unconscious minds the sensory information necessary to re-engage their self-healing capability, and;
  2. helping people (for children and animals, this is partially via their care-givers) “get”, mostly at the unconscious level, what needs to be understood – bio-mechanically, bio-energetically, and sometimes on even more subtle levels. Where appropriate, I then point to what they can do to discern and listen more closely to their body signals, and how they might make decisions more in harmony with those signals.

In other words, it is seeing what the “guidelines” for healthier living are (whether they are universal, and/or specific guidelines, dictated by unique, individual circumstances), and giving physical feedback, and more overt suggestions, on beginning to align decisions and actions with those guidelines.

The work is gentle, subtle and respectful; and is my pleasure to offer.

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Solo show (with Friends) at Gorgeous Coffee – Thursday, Nov. 23/17

This is the poster for the show I’m doing tomorrow night. Please note the line about parking in the lot just behind Gorgeous Coffee, OR, at Imperial Hallmark Cleaners, close by.

Please do NOT park behind the El Greco Restaurant. Thank you!



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Access to my New Practice, at 1756 Gonzales Avenue

My partner, Karen, and I are now moved into our new place, at 1756 Gonzales Avenue. I am recommencing practice from this address as of Monday, November 6th.

The clinic entrance is around the back of the house, through the second sliding glass door. My sign from the Shotbolt address will be near that door to indicate the entrance. The animals I treat on Monday mornings should also be brought around the back of the house.

If you need to park as close as possible, please pull into the driveway in front of the garage. The pull-off space in front of the sidewalk up to the front door is meant only for those people who need to be dropped off, or who have significant mobility challenges. Our landlord, who lives directly across the road, has a strong preference for that pull-off only being used by those patients who really need it. If at all possible, I would appreciate folks, who can do so, parking a little further up the hill, on Montgomery Avenue.

The MapQuest photo, below, is from May 2015. There are no longer rocks along the roadside in the pull-off spaces, but you can see how residents have been discouraging parking there for years.

Thanks so much for your cooperation on this.

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Update: My Home & Practice are moving soon.

My partner, Karen Ledger, and I have been looking for a new place to call home, and for me to run my practice from, for some time now, since our 2.5 year rental contract at our present home finishes on December 31st, 2017. We’ll still be in our place at 1907 Shotbolt Road until the end of this month, of October, but from November 1st, 2017 onwards, we’ll be living, and my practice will be, at 1756 Gonzales Avenue. The postal code there is V8S 1T7. The rest of our contact details will remain as before. Closer to our move date, I’ll be posting information regarding parking and access to the practice space.

Here’s a picture of where we’ll soon be moving to:

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How Understanding Polyvagal Theory Can Help

This relatively new understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) – called Polyvagal Theory – can allow most adults, but especially parents, teachers and health professionals to assist children, students, patients, and ourselves, toward greater wellness.

Most people will be familiar with the long-held view of the ANS as a continuum between just two ‘poles’: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) at one end; and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) at the other. In that earlier understanding of the ANS, there was the common assumption that the SNS referred to the person’s “Fight or Flight” response, while the “Rest and Rebuild” response occurred as a result of PNS function. While there is truth in those associations, they were not fully accurate, for two main reasons: 1. The view was lacking the fact that Fight or Flight is a stress response, while Rest and Rebuild is a normal response; and, 2. the under-pinning of our most highly evolved human behaviours come neither from the SNS, nor the PNS, but from what psychiatrist Steven Porges called the Social Vagal (or Ventral Vagal) that we’ll get to in a moment.

This three-part, or triune, layout of the neural circuits of the ANS has evolved as a phylogenetic heirachy. In other words, we share the Parasympathetic part of of our brains autonomic functions with more primitive animals (lower in the phylogeny). Then later in the evolutionary chain of biological development, the alertness and readying-for-action abilities of the SNS developed. Then most recently, only in higher mammals (and most especially in humans) were the most complex and inter-relational functions and responses conferred  by developing the Social Vagal Nervous System.

In both normal functions and stress responses, physical, mental and energetic expressions can come from anywhere in this heirarchy of ANS function. In the varying circumstances of normal everyday life most of us can move smoothly between and amongst the three stages of ANS patterns. In the case of historical trauma that hasn’t been fully processed, like PTSD, however, there is likely to be some fixation, or interruption in that smooth flow.

In stressful circumstances (from novelty to outright threat) we will use our newest, most evolved strategies, first (check in with others, provide love, comfort, touch, empathy). If that doesn’t work, (or hasn’t typically in the past) however, we’ll move to the alarm, fight or flight, discharge type of reaction. If that does not work, we revert to our most primitive and final strategy, which can progress from immobilization to deep depression, to parasympathetic shock.*

From having some understanding of Polyvagal Theory, and how all of us, as humans, move smoothly from one of these stages of response to another (or how we sometimes don’t) we have very useful tools to work more compassionately with ourselves and everyone around us. I highly  recommend the book I have named and given a link to below, to parents, teachers, health professionals and humans in relationship…


*Most of this article is based heavily of the excellent summary of Dr. Porges’ work, written by John Chitty in Chapter Six of his book: “Dancing With Yin and Yang”

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