Congratulations, Dr. Lee! July 2016 marks his 10 year anniversary as a Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist in Richmond.
To celebrate Dr. Lee’s anniversary, Kyra and Laura asked him a few questions about his practice and what advice he has for those looking to improve their health.
As you look back on the last 10 years, what thoughts come to mind?
I see such a wide variety of conditions as a Naturopathic Doctor and it’s been very rewarding for me when I can help patients live a healthier, fuller life. From resolving the irritating dermatitis on kids’ skin, to helping people with excruciating pain walk again. From helping those with insomnia to get a restful night’s sleep, to helping people that feel exhausted restore balance and energy in their lives. I’ve had the privilege of walking along-side patients going through deep depression and other mental and emotional challenges. I’m very fortunate to be working with an outstanding team at Brio and it’s truly a privilege getting to do what I love to do and making a positive impact in the lives of my patients.
How has your practice changed over the past decade?
My practice has really changed over the years. The first few years, I mainly treated pain and injuries. It then evolved to treating a lot of digestive-related issues and skin conditions.
Over those 10 years, I have observed that an “integrative approach” is necessary for long-term healing. This means that there isn’t one modality or one treatment that works on everyone, all the time. It’s necessary to integrate: Nutrition, Vitamin Nutrient Therapy (I.V. Therapy), Energy Medicine (Acupuncture, Low-Level Laser), Bodywork, Detoxification, Counselling and Spirituality to restore balance to an individual.
What quick suggestions can you make to help people improve their health?
There are many little things we can do daily to improve our health. The first few things that come to my mind are:
- Good Nutrition. This is really the foundation of health. Aim to eat plenty of organic green vegetables and moderate amount of pasture raised meats. Limit the amount of processed foods.
- Good Sleep. The human body thrives on routine, and our sleep routine really anchors our rhythms I encourage people to sleep and wake at the same time everyday.
- Good support network. Be a part of a community, whether it’s with a church, a club or a class at a community centre. Good friends are important to staying happy and healthy.
- Unplug. Many of us are addicted to our electronic devices, like phones, tablets, computers and T.V.’s We are constantly playing games, watching TV or on social media. I’m especially worried for kids, as this is affecting their brain development. I encourage all of us to schedule periods of time throughout the day to reduce screen time. Go outside and play and enjoy what BC has to offer!