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September 3, 2014

As many of you may already be aware, the Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic where I have been practicing since January 2013 is closing its doors as the owner, Dr. Katherine Willow, ND, has made the difficult decision to retire.

I have subsequently made the decision to take a sabbatical from November 1, 2014 until March 2015. I will use this time to spend time with my family, work on several research projects as well as to do a bit of travelling.

While it is an exciting time for my family, it was also a very difficult decision for me to leave patients for even these few short months. To that end, I’ve taken careful steps to ensure that all patients are able to continue with the quality care you have become accustomed to as seamlessly as possible.

The next page will answer many of the questions you may have, but here are a few important points:

  • The clinic will remain open with regular hours for both me as well as the IV clinic until Friday October 31, 2014.
  • New patients will continue to be welcomed up until the time that I leave.
  • Every effort will be made over the next two months to accommodate all patient appointments. If you or anyone you know needs to see me before my departure, please call the office as soon as possible to book your appointment. We are open 3 days a week by appointment only.

I have enlisted two colleagues that I trust wholeheartedly with your care. Both Dr. Kandis Lock, ND, and Dr. Maureen MacDonald, ND have spent significant time training with me over the years and have agreed to take over patient care in my absence. Additionally, they both have IV suites in their respective offices, so they will be able to accommodate any appointments, treatment protocols, or concerns you may have while I am away.

Sincerely,

Leesa Kirchner, ND, FABNO

 

Answers to Your Questions

Who will be looking after your practice?

Starting in November, Dr. Kandis Lock, ND, and Dr. Maureen MacDonald, ND, who may be familiar to some of you who have received IV therapies at our office will continue your existing treatment plan, run your IV treatments, and be able to deal with acute visits during my absence.

Dr. Kandis Lock, ND is located at:

Somerset Health and Wellness Centre
190 Somerset St W (corner Elgin)
(613) 627-3880

Dr. Maureen MacDonald, ND is located at:

Holistic Clinic
2211 Riverside Drive (at Bank)
Suite 200
(613) 521-5355

Please contact us and let us know if you would like a copy of your file to be transferred to one of these two doctors prior to October 31st.

If we do not hear from you prior to October 31st, your complete file will remain safely locked in storage at the Carp Ridge premises and will follow me to my new location to be determined upon my return. Should your medical team require access to your file after October 31st, but prior to my return, please contact Carp Ridge, 613-839-1198.

How will I get supplements while you are away?

For patients who have used the Healthwave supplement ordering system, you can continue to do so in my absence. Your account will remain unchanged and you can order as before.

For those of you who have not used the Healthwave system, it is an online ‘store’ that has almost all supplements that I recommend on it. If we have an email address for you on file, check your inboxes and junk mail folder in the next few weeks for a message from Healthwave with the subject line: “You have a new prescription”. This will give you a link to list of recommended supplements and will allow you to order directly through the website. FYI- they are normally sent out the same day for a nominal fee.

For hard to find items that are NOT on the Healthwave system, specifically:

AveUltra, Honopure, and Helixor (Mistletoe), Carp Ridge will be taking prepaid orders up until October 1st. We recommend that if possible you order enough of these products to get you through until at least March or April of 2015. They will be ready for pick up at the office (or be shipped to you at your expense if required) by the end of October.

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Natural health, in the trenches
A day diary & invitation from Katherine Willow

It’s a beautiful sunny morning, the day after our fall cleansing retreat.  I slept through my alarm, grateful that a friend called and shook me out of bed.  The body needed more sleep after being woken every two hours last night by my restless grandson.  Luckily he wakes up in the morning in baby bliss, smiling and stretching before he even opens his eyes!

Still in cleansing mode from the weekend retreat, I reach for the clover tea that Cindy and Dean, our fantastic retreat cooks, sent home with me.

Delaying my breakfast helps my energy when I’m tired.  Felix gets warm water to flush his body, a drop of vitamin D for his immune system, 1/2 teaspoon of DHA oil for his brain development, some baby acidophilus for his digestion and immunity as well as gentle cell salt minerals.

Instead of his usual bright orange organic egg, he only gets apple-pear sauce because we had a restaurant dinner last night at the Table (a vegetarian buffet) to celebrate my ex-husband’s graduation from his university program.  Which is why Felix was unusually restless in his sleep, by the way.  Eating lightly helps his system clean up and prevents congestion, as in stuffy nose or worse, flu symptoms.  I did add a capsule of adrenal extrate (many of you will recognize this supplement!) to help him build muscle strength — he started to crawl properly soon after having it three times weekly in his food.

His mom Coral received a double dose of milk thistle (with a grimace) and a protein-rich breakfast of organic sausages (from Bearbrook Farm) and whole grain toast with local apple slices to balance out her partaking of alcohol while on the annual zombie walk yesterday with her sister.  They showed up at the above-mentioned dinner in bloody costumes.  I don’t suppress this behaviour because I happen to know from their brain catscans that both of them have what German New Medicine (GNM) calls “post-mortal conflict” which manifests itself as a fascination with death.  They are working it out in their own ways. . .  Dad just grinned.

After delivering mom and baby to school and our exceptionally wonderful daycare respectively, I eat some left-over vegan (non-dairy) rice pudding also lovingly sent home with me from the retreat.  It’s perfect.  I add some almond butter for protein and fat to ease me further out of cleansing mode.  This sparks my appetite, but my digestive tract still wants something light, so I make myself a protein shake with rice protein, rice milk and hot water to tide me over til lunch. When I begin to feel sleepy again, I realize that I’m chilly and put on a sweater.  This helps and I am ready to sit down at the computer.

There have been five calls from patients since I started writing this.  Various issues with cancer, a nose bleed (a GNM healing symptom), flu-like symptoms after a child received her first massage (classic healing crisis complete with fever) and pain of various kinds to interpret and give suggestions for.  This work is amazing, filling me with gratitude.  I want to share it with everyone!  I wish healing principles were taught in school so people in our culture could navigate their lives more easily. . . .

This is the reason I have taken on the editorial from my much funnier colleague Dave.  It’s one thing to write articles full of holistic information; it’s also important to see first-hand how it can be integrated into the life of an ordinary, sometimes eccentric family!  Hope it’s useful.  And write me back your comments and questions — we need to talk to each other.  After the retreat I am determined to create a simple on-line community where we can touch base and share not only information but experiences about how to be healthy and sane in this challenging modern world.  We’ll keep you posted on what format this will take.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the newsletter blog.

You can leave a comment below, or contact me at Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic: 613-839-1198 or by email, clinic@ecowellness.com

~ Katherine

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