Doctors to speak at Oceanside Health and Wellness Fair

Four physicians will discuss prevention, information and natural medicine at 17th annual event

How to talk to doctors is a topic during the March 31 event.

How to talk to doctors is a topic during the March 31 event.

Organizers are excited about the inclusion of four local doctors in the upcoming 17th annual Oceanside Health and Wellness Fair in Parksville.

The biggest annual health fair on the Island outside Victoria will include all of the health care related exhibitors, community groups, demonstrations, food and fun of previous years, plus the physicians.

Steering committee chair Lisa Leger said they are excited to present a talk by Nanaimo’s respected Dr. John Cline on cancer prevention with a focus on the environmental causes and steps to reduce the impact of carcinogens on our health.

Dr. Cline, medical director of the Cline Medical Centre in Nanaimo, works with the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and utilizes an integrative approach in his practice, Leger said.

He will also discuss diet and lifestyle factors with a focus on the positive effects of nutrition and exercise.

He is an international speaker and has written extensively on various health topics, including his book, Detoxify For Life, a comprehensive analysis of toxic substances and how to enhance the body’s detoxification processes.

Cline started in biochemistry, earned his medical degree in family medicine at the University of Calgary and has taken extra training through the American Board of Chelation Therapy and the American Academy of Neural Therapy.

Also speaking are local family physicians from the Oceanside Division of Family Practice: Hugh Fletcher (10:30 a.m.) and Clair Biglow (1 p.m.) who will host “Talk to the Doctor” sessions on everything from local health care issues to general medical care.

At 2:30 naturopathic physician Doug Kuramoto will discuss the benefits of treating individual patients with natural medicine.

There are other seminars on laughter yoga, arthritis, body/mind healing and an appearance by sex and intimacy coach Kim Switnicki on how to boost your libido.

The event is organized by a volunteer committee from the Oceanside Community Partners Team with help from the PQ Foundation and many volunteers from the Boy Scouts, auxiliaries and individual community members of all ages.

There will be fresh food from Lefty’s, door prizes from Blue Door Audio, Naked Naturals and Parksville Pharmasave and a silent auction to support Trillium Lodge and the Eagle Park Health Care Facility.

The free fair runs 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.


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