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Medicine 101

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Dr. Tara Macart

Naturopathic Physician

Minds broadened thus far...

Welcome to Medicine 101.

I would like to start by introducing myself.  I am Dr. Tara Macart, naturopathic physician, and I run a busy family practice in Qualicum Beach. I consider myself very lucky to do what I love in such a wonderful place. I am also fortunate enough to work with my husband, Jonathan Macart, business manager and chelation therapist, who also loves his work.  Together, we bring good health into grasp at our naturopathic medical clinic, Opti-Balance. Now, we can touch people’s lives through this column, Medicine 101.

The mission statement, if you will, of Medicine 101 is “to inform and educate my readership to the ways that medicine can be demystified and to encourage the individual to become the champion of their own health.” Does anyone have a greater vested interest in your health than you? You may wonder why I chose this title. I want to discuss medicine at its core. Modern medicine and pharmacy both stem from a common origin.

For hundreds of years, medicine has evolved as a body of knowledge and much of it is still with value today. We are witness to a resurgence of people seeking natural solutions to health problems, not just a suppression of symptoms. People are seeking real medicine.  With the information age, we have a much more informed public, but it can get confusing. Our collective ideas of what medicine is and should be get clouded by so many sources and opinions. Medicine has become fragmented. Because there are so many offshoots of medicine, different specialties, I would like to illuminate the common thread. I intend to emphasize a common sense approach to health.

Let us get back to basics—what we all should know about how to achieve and maintain health. Aside from the fundamentals of medicine, another focus of this column will be on critical thinking. This does not mean that I want to tell you what to think. I wish to provoke the reader to question the status quo in order to move toward positive change, both personally and politically. As the public demands a more responsible medicine and finds its voice, power will lie with the people! I see this as a venue to disseminate knowledge and to spread a self-empowering message. In this column, you will find basic health information, discussion on current issues, and a philosophy to live by. It is possible that sometimes certain topics will leave the reader uncomfortable. Knowledge and self responsibility tends to do that. Gone are the days of blissful ignorance. Let us replace that discomfort with a motivation to improve things for oneself, and even better, for subsequent generations. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” – Buddhist proverb,  My Message: I am passionate about the development and sharing of knowledge and critical thinking. These writings are excerpts from a newspaper column called Medicine 101 that I wrote between the years of 2004 and 2014. I invite others to explore this information to challenge old ways of thinking and to expand their understanding of the topics. The material here is for information purposes and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition nor replace a medical doctor. As we are all individuals and have peculiarities, please don’t take this as medical guidance, only medical information from my perspective.

Please call my office at 250.752.2711 to become a patient or refer to your own medical professional.

Inside

The form and function of the matter that is us…

Outside

There are many forces that act on and affect us from outside ourselves…

Upside

The good stuff as the world changes…

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The bad stuff…

Vitamin C – The Underestimated

Vitamin C – The Underestimated

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for life and I believe it is greatly underappreciated in medicine today.  Thanks to Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize winner for his work on vitamin C and its metabolism, and to...

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Protect Your Prostate

Protect Your Prostate

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   For many men, their prostate can be a sensitive subject.   Keeping “privates” private may be difficult, though, if symptoms develop.   So, getting a prostate assessment on a regular basis with your doctor is a good way to evaluate...

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Water

Water

Water, the elixir of life, is not only essential for our survival, but our good health depends on it.  As the human body is approximately 70 percent water, we require a regular supply to replace what is lost on a daily basis. It is generally accepted that eight to ten...

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Vitamin D Helps Prevent Cancer – No Surprise

Vitamin D Helps Prevent Cancer – No Surprise

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Four separate studies in the last 3 months showed Vitamin D to have a protective effect against cancer.  A four year clinical trial studying over 1000 women showed at least a 60 % reduction in the incidence of cancer in those who...

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Minding the Melon Patch

Minding the Melon Patch

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Cognitive impairment is no fun for anyone.  It is embarrassing for the persons with memory problems and it is frustrating for the people around them.  Some believe it is inevitable to experience cognitive decline with aging.  ...

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Getting to the Point with Acupuncture

Getting to the Point with Acupuncture

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Acupuncture is a widely applicable and therapeutically diverse part of many naturopathic practices.  Acupuncture can be used to control pain, moderate hormonal experiences, encourage weight loss, strengthen organs, improve focus,...

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Cardiovascular Health and Vitamin E

Cardiovascular Health and Vitamin E

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Not long ago, the media was frenzied with the thought that vitamin E could be hazardous for your health. Coming on the heels of the Vioxx scandal, it seemed that both pharmaceuticals and vitamins had a dark side. Later, a...

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New Hope for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

New Hope for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Medicine 101 Dr. Tara Macart New Hope for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects about 1% of the population. Eighty percent of the cases occur between ages 40 – 70, with a peak incidence at 60 years of age. It has...

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Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy Fifty years ago lasers were discovered, and by 1967 their use in medicine became evident.  Different from heat generating cutting lasers used in surgery, low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a safe and effective non-invasive method of healing. ...

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Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Everybody gets the “blues” from time to time. We probably all have been depressed at some point in our life. Most of us climb out of that depressive state. Some of us, however, have a much harder time getting back to “normal”. For...

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Constipation – Go With the Flow

Constipation – Go With the Flow

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   When it comes to the private subject of bowel movements, many people either don’t want to talk about it or just don’t know what normal is supposed to be.  To further complicate things, there is a lot of misinformation about what...

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Cell Phones – A Wake Up Call

Cell Phones – A Wake Up Call

Medicine 101 Dr. Tara Macart ND Cell Phones:  A Wake Up Call Mobile phones are a modern day convenience in our society.   But, does this advance in technology come at a price to human health?   Humanity engages various forms of radiation in our everyday life.   From...

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Going Gluten Free

Going Gluten Free

Medicine 101 - Dr. Tara Macart   Gluten is a protein found in wheat.  For those who have to go gluten-free in their diet, it can be a hefty challenge.  Not only is wheat a very prevalent food, but some food items that are assumed to be gluten free, may actually...

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