If you struggle with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you are not alone. According to the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), there are upwards of 215,000 people who have one or both of these conditions in the Greater Toronto Area alone. There are very few physicians practicing that specialize in these conditions – leaving many people feeling unsupported and isolated.
In 2012, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) acknowledged this growing need by initiating the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS) Focus Shift, which has quickly become one of the busiest shifts in the clinic.
To further support this patient population, the RSNC is offering an educational support group for those whose lives have been impacted by Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
FM ME Education Support Group Outline
1) Introduction to ME/FM and Naturopathic Medicine - Oct 18th
2) Lifestyle tools and strategies - activity logs, pacing, and support networks - Oct 25th
3) Boundaries, stress management, and introduction to CBT - Nov 1st
4) Lab testing and differential diagnoses - Nov 8th
5) Nutrition overview - macronutrients - Nov 15th
6) Nutrition diets - paleo, elimination - Nov 22nd
7) Energy - lifestyle, biochemical pathways, nutrition to address - Nov 29th
8) Cognition and sleep - lifestyle, biochemical pathways, nutrition to address - Dec 6th
9) Pain - lifestyle, biochemical pathways, nutrition to address - Dec 13th
10) Open ended closing questions - address any questions from previous weeks,
additional topics participants would like to discuss - Dec 20th
Louise McCrindle, ND
Louise has a special interest in CFS/ME, FM and MCS and, in addition to her general shift, is the lead supervisor of the FM and CFS/ME specialty shift at the RSNC. Louise has had a close working relationship with Alison Bested, MD, FRCPC. and together they co-authored The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook (Robert Rose 2013).
Louise earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Alberta. After working as an earth scientist in Calgary for several years, she decided to pursue her passion in holistic health and relocated to Toronto where she graduated from CCNM. Louise has also trained at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she received additional instruction in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Louise is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, BDDT-N certified to prescribe Intravenous Vitamins and is a member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). When not supervising at the RSNC, Louise maintains a busy general practice in Toronto and is mother to twins.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Sat 2:15-3:45pm