Windsor Parkinson Meeting October 23, 2012

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Parkinson home.jpg . . Welcomes Guest Speaker : Dr. Denis Marier, MA. ND. is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine and Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Denis Marier, M.A., N.D. Naturopathic Doctor ,

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

  • An integration of medical science and natural healing
  • Not just vitamins, herbs, and diet
  • Tools: Nutrition, Botanical Medicine,
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture,
  • Homeopathic Medicine, Lifestyle Counseling,
  • Bodywork, and Mind Body Medicine, Parenteral/Intravenous Vitamin Therapy

Left to Right Pat St.Pierre,MSW,RSW
& Dr.Denis Marier,ND,MA.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  • First, do no harm
  • Vis medicatrix naturae –To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature.
  • Treat the whole person - To heal the whole person through individualized treatment on all levels.
  • Find the root cause - To address the fundamental causes of disease.
  • Doctor as teacher - To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine. ,

Naturopathic Medicine

  • A system of medicine borne out the “nature cure movement” in Germany, developed in the early 20th century in America
  • Applies the principles of nature cure, within the context of modern scientific medical knowledge
  • Basic tenet = vis medicatrix naturae

Naturopathic Training

  • 3 years premedical sciences with prerequisites
  • 4-year full-time medical training program including:
    • 4500 hours classroom training
    • Basic sciences + clinical disciplines and diagnostics including physical and clinical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, radiology and orthopedics
    • 1500 hours supervised clinical internship

Naturopathic Medicine and CAM Therapies

  • 40% of Ontarians likely to see naturopathic doctor in next few years rose to 69% after knowing that to register, an ND must pass rigorous standardized board exams
  • 71% “Naturopathic medicine is a legitimate option within the range of available medical options”
  • Harvard study (2001): 70% of population utilized CAM therapies (trend towards steady increase)

Integrated Medicine

  • Family , Nurse
  • Family Doctor , Specialist Physician
  • Social Worker , Dietician
  • Physio Therapist , Volunteer
  • Occupational, Therapist
  • Spiritual Advisor , PSW
  • Doctor of Naturopathic , Pharmacist

Naturopathic Modalities

  • Nutrition
  • Supplements
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Bodywork/Energywork
  • Parenteral/Intravenous Vitamin Therapies

Naturopathic Approaches to Parkinson’s

  • David Perlmutter, MD, FACN

The Liver Connection

  • Impaired detoxification pathways (previous exposure to pesticides)
  • Vitamins C, E, alpha-lipoic acid, NAC, milk thistle
  • Lemon juice and water
  • Best to avoid acetaminophen (reduces liver glutathione)


  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Recycles vitamin C and E (antioxidants)
  • No reported side effects
  • Slows progression of underlying illness
  • Makes certain areas of the brain more sensitive to dopamine
  • Intravenous has greatest effect

Other Beneficial Supplements

  • Coenzyme Q 10 (cellular energy production); lowered by most statin drugs (for cholesterol)
  • Phosphatidylserine – key membrane molecule
  • Vitamin D – powerful antioxidant
  • Ginikgo biloba – preserves cognitive performance

The Initial Consultation

  • Dr. Marier meets with patient (and caregiver) for one hour for an intake interview and consultation
  • Home visit or CCIM
  • Complete health history taken, and screening physical
  • Patient’s wellness goals reviewed

What happens next…

  • Dr. Marier drafts an individualized naturopathic protocol, with cost analysis based on patients’ wellness goals
  • May refer to other Hospice programs and to social work if patient has interest
  • Look into extended health care coverage

Not just a one-time event…

  • Most naturopathic protocols require supervision and adjustment
  • Bad medicine to just give a protocol and expect patient to navigate it on their own especially if supplementation or treatment is indicated
  • Supplements and follow-up consultations are fee-for-service


  • Treats the INDIVIDUAL, not the pathology
  • Treats the WHOLE person – body, mind, and spirit
  • Intravenous glutathione treatment now available
  • Very few interactions, improves quality of life, patient satisfaction

Canadian Clinic for Integrative Medicine
© Dr. Denis Marier, ND, MA
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Founder & Clinic Director ,
4570 Rhodes Dr. , Unit 400

Windsor, Ontairo N8W-5C2
Tel: 519-974-0395
Fax: 519-974-4715
E-mail address info@ccintegrativemedicine.
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