It's been several months since we moved into our new office, and now that the boxes are all unpacked and the pictures are hung, we figured it was high time to throw a party!
Come meet our naturopathic doctors and check out what we do! There will be live demonstrations, displays, raffle draws, workshops, and more. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
Featuring the work of local artist Karen Dunlop!
* Grounding and Centering for Healthcare Practitioners with Dr. Clifford, 1:45 pm Friday, Oct 13, 2017
* Salve-making Workshop with Dr. Salwan, 1 pm Saturday, Oct 14
* Local Herb Walk with Dr. Clifford, 2:15 pm Saturday, Oct 14
Join me (Dr. Clifford) at the Brampton Critical Mass Bike Ride tonight! We're meeting at Gage park in downtown Brampton at 6:15 pm, and leaving at 6:30 pm.
This will be my first Critical Mass ride, and I'm already pretty tired, so I expect I'll be one of the slowest people on the ride... but I'm looking forward to a great ride, and I hope you'll join us!
For more information, check out the Brampton Critical Mass website.
May 9 through 13 is Naturopathic Medicine Week, and we're going for a walk!
Join Drs. Clifford & Salwan (and several other local NDs) for the Annual Brampton Walk for Wellness along the Etobicoke Creek Trail on Saturday, 13 May 2017, at 10:30 am (walk starts at 11 am). Meet the Raven Naturopathic team, enter a draw for several awesome prizes, and join us for a brisk walk along one of Brampton's beautiful nature trails. Light, healthy snacks and refreshments provided; the prize draws will occur after our walk.
Contact us for more information!
This Saturday, the doctors at Raven Naturopathic will be celebrating Earth Day!
Join Dr. Salwan for Professor's Lake Cleanup Day on Saturday, or Dr. Clifford for Earth Day Tree Planting on Sunday... Or join any number of Earth Day events in and around Brampton or your home city!
Check out the City of Brampton Events Calendar for a complete list of Earth Day events in Brampton.
Raven Naturopathic is proud to welcome the newest member of our team! Dr. Rupa Salwan, ND joins us from Woodbridge, Ontario with a special interest in brain health, geriatrics and endocrinology (hormone health).
Rupa received her training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Canada. While pursuing her dream career she completed clinical internships at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic and the Holistic Healing Arts Centre.
Rupa has a passion for research, especially in regards to complementary alternative medicine. She is the co-author of a study conducted at CCNM which investigates the formulations of turmeric and its implications on adjunctive cancer treatment. Being involved in research along with practicing traditional medicine gives Rupa a definite advantage in offering the best of both worlds to her patients.
She is now available to see patients on Mondays 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesdays 1 to 7 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
We have lots to talk about this year, and lots to celebrate at Raven Naturopathic Health Services, but it just wouldn't be the same without our commitment to the Earth... So we are once again celebrating Earth Hour!
For those who may not know, Earth Hour is a global event designed to bring awareness of climate change and to promote action to help reduce the damage humans are causing the Earth. This celebration includes a vigil in which all lights (and other electric appliances) are turned off for one hour (or more), starting at 8:30 pm, 25 March 2017. This symbolic act is intended to remind us just how much electricity we use, and to open our eyes to the need for clean energy sources.
Some of the steps we are taking at Raven Naturopathic to help reduce our footprint upon the planet involves boring procedure updates to reduce medical waste, but also includes switching to environmentally friendly hand soaps and disinfectants, energy efficient light bulbs, and printing our forms double-sided.
Please join us in celebrating Earth Hour, and in making changes to our daily lives that will help reduce our energy use and preserve Nature, not only for ourselves, but for all future generations.
For more information on Earth Hour, climate change, and what you can do to help, check out the official Earth Hour page.
Yes, we've moved!
To better serve you, we have moved to a larger facility and are increasing our services and our hours!
New Location: We're happy to confirm our new location will be Unit 508, 2250 Bovaird Drive East, L6R 0W3!! We have a new phone number; we will update that as soon as the system is set up. The clinic cell number will remain unchanged: 647-667-1486.
New Hours: Dr. Clifford's hours have expanded to 3 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays). We are negotiating with another ND to further increase our hours of service (check here for updates!).
The new schedule is available via phone or email; online booking will be updated soon.
We are still renovating and setting up the new clinic. Please bear with us through the transition period. Feel free to stop by for a visit during posted hours and see how we're progressing!
As this project is evolving, we will provide frequent updates over the next couple weeks.
September 2016 - New Beginnings
With the start of the new school year come many changes. For me, that meant the end of my Residency, and the beginnings of three new positions at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. On September 1st, I moved into the research department as Acting Research Fellow. A few days later, on September 6th, I started as Clinic Supervisor at Anishnawbe Health on Queen street (Toronto). And on Sept. 12th, I start as a TA for botanical medicine.
How will this affect services at Raven Naturopathic? Aside from a slight change in schedule, total availability will remain the same, and these new opportunities bring additional training and practice that I feel will help improve patient care even more.
Appointments are available:
Tuesdays: 1 pm to 7 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 1 pm
Also new at Raven Naturopathic this month: we are updating our computer system, electronic medical records and billing system to improve efficiency, provide better patient tracking, and help appointments run more smoothly.
I wish you all a successful September and may all your new beginnings bear fruit!
Below: office door sign at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
3 Sep 2016 - Exercise Tracking
Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, are in pain, trying to lose weight, or are concerned with maintaining your current good health, exercise is a fundamental part of most naturopathic treatment plans.
As a health care practitioner - and like most people these days - I find it difficult to find time for exercise and other activity in my daily life. This is a constant source of struggle in my life as it is for many of my patients. How do I manage this? Rather than talking about my exercise, I decided it would be simpler and more useful to show you!
To this end, I am sharing my exercise and activity log through Strava, one of many free apps / online tools for tracking your exercise. Strava is designed for athletes, but it can also be used for every day activity (and help you feel like an athlete - even if you're not!). If the thought of using an app for athletes is intimidating, let me assure you that - while I enjoy bicycling - I am not an athlete, and you will be able to see how I use my Strava account to record activity that counts as exercise, even if it doesn't count as "athletic training".
So sign up for a free account, and "follow" me at the link below. (Note: this service is only available to patients of Raven Naturopathic Health Services as well as personal friends and family).
22 Aug 2016 - IV Therapy
IV infusion therapy (IVIT) is an optional post-registration certification that some naturopathic doctors undertake in order to provide additional treatment options for their patients. This is a complementary therapy to the usual naturopathic modalities that helps bridge the gap between nature and medicine. It does this by providing nutrients and other substances directly into the bloodstream, bypassing intestinal absorption and something called "first pass metabolism", allowing you to achieve blood levels of these substances that are just not possible thought food or supplements.
On 5 Jun 2016, I completed the first IVIT course to be offered in over 2 years. It was a gruelling 2-weekend course (including one Friday!), but it was both fun and educational. I later wrote the exam, and finally, as of 22 Aug 2016, I am now licensed to provide IVIT.
Please note: while I am licensed to provide IVIT, the facility at Raven Naturopathic Health Services is not equipped to provide IVIT at this time. There are a number of logistics involved that are not possible at our current location.
Below: Clean-field setup for intravenous access.
8 to 12 Aug 2016 - OICC Observership
It's been a busy summer! As part of professional development, I spent a week observing at the Ottawa Integrated Cancer Centre. While there, I observed patient visits with two experienced naturopathic doctors, and continued with (and shared) my research into turmeric for supportive cancer care.
Part of the focus at the OICC (and part of my own focus in treating cancer patients) is the importance of exercise for health maintenance, cancer prevention, and even cancer treatment. While I was in Ottawa, I did a little bit of exploring on foot. Of course, this week was incredibly hot, so my exploration was limited to sunset, but even with a full schedule at the OICC, I was able to find a bit of time for exercise.
Above: On the trails in Gatineau Park. While at the OICC, someone asked if I run. I said no... What I should have said was "Not unless I have no other choice!". As it happened, I did not have my bicycle or swim trunks with me, and I wasn't about to exercise in a hotel room that smelled of smoke, so running became my only reasonable choice for exercise. Luckily, Ottawa and Gatineau have an amazing, intricate and well-groomed trail system for outdoor sports - 800 km worth! This picture was taken 2 minutes from my hotel, near the entrance to Gatineau park.
Below: Map of trails in Gatineau Park
27 to 30 Jul 2016 - AANP Conference
I was invited to speak at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference in Snowbird, Utah in July. There I presented my research finding for the use of turmeric in cancer, the project I have been working on for about a year and a half now. The prosentation was well received, and stimulated some excellent discussion about how and when to use various forms of turmeric in the supportive treatment of cancer.
Above: Dr Clifford's conference badge. The OncANP ribbon identified me as a member of OncANP (the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians). Even though the talk was on cancer treatment, this yellow ribbon was unrelated to the talk.
Below: Screen shot of the Power Point I presented at the conference. My co-authors and project volunteers were Rupa Salwan, Veronique Theriault, D. Henry Nelson, Tanya McEachern, Kim Abog, Neha Aggarwal, Sara Ip, and Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND. The entire research team included over 30 people in the last year and a half. All of the above were ND students at the time of their involvement, except for Dr. Cooley, who was my mentor through this process. Rupa and Sara have since graduated, and remain a part of this project.
26 May 2016 - Residency Graduation
Today marked my official convocation from the Residency Program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. My wife and I celebrated with the other residents, faculty and students at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto. While convocation has come and gone, I will continue to work on my research at the college over the summer. Watch for the new certificate to appear on the wall at Raven Naturopathic shortly.
19 Mar 2016 - Earth Hour
This year my wife and I once again joined over 1.2 Million people around the world in celebrating Earth Hour - in the dark. From 8:30 to 9:30 pm this day, Natalie and I turned out the lights in our home as a reminder that we - humans - are responsible for the rapid change our world’s climate is currently experiencing. Earth Hour also reminds us of the positive impact we can make - together - if we take action now.
Climate change is a very real problem, one that we’ve known about for over 30 years, and yet in that time we have done very little to mitigate our impact on the Earth and on our climate. My family and I strongly encourage each and every one of you to make a concrete change in your life to reduce your impact on the Earth. Check out the Earth Hour page and Earth Hour Action page for more.
And yes, the lights were out at Raven Naturopathic Health Services as well.
5 Mar 2016 - First Anniversary
Raven Naturopathic Health Services opened one year ago today! It's been a busy year, but we're off to a great start.
Pictured here: a present from my mother inlaw, psychologist Dr. Marie Elise Du Buisson. Raven is a dark red Ontario wine with a rich flavor and a lovely purple hue.
8 Mar 2015 - Applied Kinesiology Completed
Today I completed a six-weekend certificate course in Applied Kinesiology. AK is a diagnostic and therapeutic tool that is helpful in a number of conditions from chronic pain to diarrhea. Using the body's neuromuscular system (nerves and muscles), AK helps find and treat the cause of imbalances that least to chronic pain and organ dysfunction.
5 Mar 2015 - Opening Day
Raven Naturopathic Health Services opened its doors today. Owned and operated by Dr. Jason Clifford, ND, Raven Naturopathic serves the Brampton and Mississauga communities. While Dr. Clifford has a passion for pain management and cancer care, our doors are open to anyone wishing to improve or maintain their health.
Below are a few pictures of the new office:
6 to 10 Aug 2014 - Board Exams
Board Exams for Naturoapthic Doctors in Ontario involve 12 hours of written exams and an hour and a half practical exam spread over several days. Studying for these marathon exams is as exhausting as writing them.
Below are just a few of the textbooks I used during my studies. Note: I included the tube of "Traumacare" as a tongue-in-cheek nod to what some consider to be a "traumatic" experience.
Tips for students: start studying early, take frequent breaks, exercise, and never lose sight of the reason you want to be a Doctor. And remember to bring your stethoscope to the practical!
22 May 2014 - Graduation Day
This day, I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in North York, Ontario with a degree in Naturopathy.
As part of my internship, I worked with patients on the Adjunctive Cancer Care shift at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. Here, I learned how to apply naturopathic medicine to support a variety of cancer patients at several stages of progression. In addition to two other general shifts, I had the opportunity to intern at the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic within the Brampton Civic Hospital. As well as providing a comprehensive approach to medicine, the BNTC focused on maintaining communication with patients’ medical doctors and specialists.
While in school, I held the position of Student Governor for 2013, as well as being involved in several student clubs. I was also part of the school’s trivia team three years running; our team won 2nd place twice, and 1st place in my last year.
Above: Myself with my lovely wife at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto
Below: My immediate family, including my wife and her mother (left), and my parents (right), also at Convocation Hall. Notably absent is my sister (the photographer).