November 2016 Newsletter
As the year draws near its close, so too does another incredible workshop season at PRC that included globally-recognized healthcare pioneers such as Orsha Magyar, Paul Bergner, Margi Flint, and Jason Robertson. There are still two workshops left this year before we roll into 2017 with 14 workshops already scheduled including the anticipated returns of Dr. Debra Betts, Jason Robertson, Dr. Bruce Ferguson, and Brandt Stickley to name a few. Additionally, we welcome for the first time nutritionist Tom Malterre and herbalists Yarrow and Angela Willard.
This year was a banner year for PRC in which we earned numerous honours including 'Professional Business of the Year', the EcoStar 'Social Impact' award, and Surfrider Approved. We also gained program recognition from the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition and the Canadian Health Coach Alliance. We anticipate that 2017 will be just as exciting!Todd N. Howard
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Pacific Rim College recognized for Social Impact
On November 10, PRC was awarded the 2016 EcoStar Award for Social Impact. The Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper. We are honoured to receive such laudable recognition. Thank you to our faculty, staff, students and alumni for being tireless ambassadors of natural medicines.
PRC Gains Highest Level Eco-Certification
Pacific Rim College has earned the highest standard of eco-certification green level with the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification. The Vancouver Island Green Business Certification was built to recognize the efforts of local businesses that are reducing their environmental impact. For businesses, it is a guide to greening operations and educating staff. For consumers, it is a symbol that lets you know which businesses have green practices.
PRC is now a Surfrider Approved Business
PRC is proud to be a Surfrider Approved Business. The Surfrider Foundation has a proven model for success that transforms passion into protection. They ensure beaches are accessible, keep our water clean, protect our ocean, preserve our coasts and keep plastic from polluting our waterways.
PRC is Hiring
Instructor, TCM Diet Therapeutics
Pacific Rim College is looking for an instructor to teach two 45-hour courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine Food Therapy. The candidate must have a degree or diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine and have at least 2 years of occupational experience. This on-site position is part-time offering 6 hours per week with a wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Upcoming Natural Health Workshops
Sajah Popham, November 19-20
In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the fundamental principles of western alchemy and medical astrology, including how to prepare spagyric medicines, determine astrological correspondences in plants, and cultivate a truly holistic philosophy and practice of herbalism that unites the above and below, the spirit and the body of both people and plants. This model gets far beyond the use-this-herb-for-that-symptom model of allopathic herbalism and into a holistic approach that allows you to find the specific remedy that matches the specific constitution and temperament of the people you serve.
Medical Alchemy, Spagyrics and Astrology for the Practicing Herbalist
Paul Bergner, November 26-27
Insulin resistance, or the metabolic syndrome, is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also of heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the diseases of civilization. Although the cell level pathology is complex, the roots of this condition are simple. Malnutrition of the basic nutrients that regulate insulin contributes to this pathology, as does a bulk of untrained muscle mass, and imbalances in the carbohydrate content of the diet. Correcting these 3 roots of insulin resistance, along with the use of herbal allies to support balance, can allow some chronic diseases to resolve in a matter of weeks to months.
Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics with Diet and Herbs
Chanchal Cabrera, January 21-22, 2017
Cancer is one of the most frightening words a person can hear. Herbal practitioners need to be comfortable working with patients who are profoundly ill, sometimes dying, and who are heavily medicated. This is difficult and demanding work, emotionally rewarding and emotionally draining too. It requires deep empathy, strong boundaries, meticulous research and a huge commitment. Chanchal has been specializing in collaborative oncology for 15 years and will be teaching from her extensive clinical experience with hundreds of cancer patients.
Collaborative Oncology A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 1)
Tom Malterre, January 21-22, 2017
Science is clearly demonstrating that using medications to mask symptoms is not effective medicine. We need to look at where disease is coming from and change its trajectory. Join author and educator Tom Malterre for this 2-day workshop on Functional Medicine.
A Functional Medicine Approach to Modern Disease
Dr. Reuven Freesman, February 4-5, 2017
This weekend workshop focuses on maximizing clinical results by developing the hands-on practical skills essential to proper diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis will be on developing skills in pulse diagnosis, channel and point palpation in addition to other topics commonly encountered in a clinical setting.
Clinical Toolbox: Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness
Heather Pace, February 25-26, 2017
Join Heather Pace, author of Sweetly Raw Desserts, to learn how to prepare raw vegan food that is not only healthy, but it tastes great too. These recipes are also gluten free, grain free, soy free, and refined sugar free. Bring you appetite as there will be food samples.
Raw Food Celebration: Sweet and Savoury Recipes
Jason Robertson, March 4-5, 2017
This clinical class will be both a continuation of the Introductory Channel Palpation class (Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique) and an opportunity to see channel palpation and diagnosis with real patients. The format for the 2-day class will involve both lectures on new material and extensive clinical demonstration on live patients. Participating students will have further opportunity to develop palpation skills in this class. In addition, students will engage in advanced point location practice and needle technique practice.
Applied Channel Theory Clinicals
Jessica Marais, March 11-12, 2017
This action-oriented workshop for students and practitioners will establish a radically holistic context for the practice of herbal medicine in the contemporary world. Participants will investigate the linked phenomena of ecological and social unraveling and how they worsen or heal in relation to our healthcare systems.
Whole Systems Healing: Reconnecting Healthcare with Social and Ecological Justice
Yarrow and Angela Willard, March 11-12, 2017
Join Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard and Angela Willard as they unravel the science and folklore around seaweed and mushrooms as medicine and superfood. Yarrow and Angela are the co-creators of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary.
From Forest to Sea: Therapeutic Aspects of Mushrooms and Seaweeds
Chanchal Cabrera, March 25-26, 2017
This 2-day workshop builds on the depth and detail of level one and will give practical guidelines and protocols for managing oncology cases. Topics include the dangers of surgery, tests for specific cancers, drugs and herbs, chemo, fasting, topical treatments and more.
Collaborative Oncology A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2)
Graeme Tobyn, April 7-9, 2017
In this 2-day workshop, Graeme Tobyn will demonstrate the light that astrology can cast on the important topics of health and illness and the constellating of the practitioner-client relationship.
Applying Astrology in Holistic Health
Dr. Debra Betts, April 8-9, 2017
This 2-day workshop examines acupuncture within the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy and the postnatal period. Discussing the potential and reality of treatment through the principals of historical Chinese medicine knowledge, the latest western medical knowledge and using the frame work of treating the three treasures: Jing, Qi and Shen. This includes awareness of red flags for referral, essential knowledge for developing credibility and referrals with western practitioners, treatments that midwives see as essential and case histories from clinical practice.
Maternity Acupuncture: Developing Confidence and Credibility
Sarah Pritchard, May 6-7, 2017
Join author Sarah Pritchard in this 2-day workshop for acupuncturists and students as she will demonstrate how to use hands and acupuncture needles and to rediscover the power and clinical effectiveness of Moxibustion. Particular emphasis will be on female health.
Tui Na and Moxibustion for Menstrual Problems and Fertility Issues
Dr. Bruce Ferguson, September 16-17, 2017
Topographic Acupuncture is the system of minimal needle, distal point acupuncture that utilizes concepts of mirror and image to choose points to treat virtually any pathology in the body. Topographic Acupuncture is known for its ultra-rapid clinical results. In the second module participants will investigate the use of Topographic Acupuncture to treat global vs local disharmonies. The treatment of common syndromes such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, immune deficiency, autoimmune disease, endocrinological disorders, and more will be explored. Lastly, participants will discover how to use Topographic Acupuncture to Balance the body by special combinations of points.
Advanced Topographic Acupuncture Module
Brandt Stickley, September 30-October 1, 2017
In this course, Brandt Stickley will provide an overview and review of Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis, and provide the key to quickly and accurately diagnosing the behavioral, psychological and spiritual aspects of a patients condition. Pulse qualities as signs of psychological disharmony will be taught in terms of sensation, interpretation, and physiological gesture. Classical formulas and acupuncture approaches will be described, focusing on the Shang Han Lun, Eight Extraordinary Vessels, Five-Phase dynamics and visionary acupuncture. This course is suitable for beginning and experienced students of the pulse system.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychological Disharmony with Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis
David Bomzon and Avi Amir, December 2-3, 2017
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is named after the Japanese physician, Dr. Toshikatsu Yamamoto, who developed this acupuncture system in 1973. Since its introduction, YNSA has advanced with the discovery of additional acupuncture points, which are mainly located on the scalp. YNSA is used to treat neurological conditions, and is both effective and immediate in stroke patients with pain and/or restricted mobility.
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture
Free Holistic Nutrition Consultations
The Student Clinic at Pacific Rim College offers free holistic nutrition consultations. Holistic nutrition is not calorie-counting, measuring grams of fats and carbohydrates, or applying concepts of the food pyramid. It involves deeply exploring the health of an individual and using wholesome foods to maintain or improve health. Patients undergo a thorough health assessment and are provided nutritional guidance. Patients may be given food suggestions, recommended dietary changes and/or be given complete meal plans. Initial sessions generally take about 90 minutes. The Student Clinic, offering services in acupuncture, herbal medicine and holistic nutrition, is open Monday to Friday from 8:15am-6:30pm.
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Winter Continuing Education
Course registration is now open for PRC's Winter semester Continuing Education courses in areas such as herbal medicine, Chinese therapeutics, nutrition, Ayurveda, public speaking and more. If you are interested in learning more about courses, please visit our Continuing Education page.
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