Flores Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is Homeopathy?
  2. What is Naturopathic Medicine?
  3. What can I expect on a first visit?
  4. When would someone see Dr. Flores?
  5. What kinds of treatments are offered?
  6. What will I be expected to do?
  7. What is Vega testing?
  8. Are services at Flores Health Services covered under MSP?

1. What is Homeopathy?


An excerpt from: Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients - May, 2001

Classical Homeopathy
The classical homeopathic method entails taking a thorough case history through an in-depth interview with the patient. Likes and dislikes, fears and modifying influences that make the symptoms better or worse are discussed and documented. These modifying influences are known as modalities. Modalities can include temperature, lateralities (left or right side), time of day, weather (damp or dry), heat or cold and movement, as well as a variety of other influences. These modalities help create the "similarity" picture. The classical homeopath takes into account an individual's constitution or physical characteristics. All of this data is used to "score" the case by looking in a repertory or computer program for analysis. The most appropriate drug is then selected. The classical homeopath believes in giving one drug at a time in one potency. This approach is the most time consuming of the methods for prescribing homeopathic drugs and was developed in an era when people took the time to talk to each other. Classical homeopathy is still used today, although many professionals realize that proper nutritional status and other influences (i.e. cellular toxicities) may impact a person's health.

Clinical Homeopathy
The clinical homeopathic method of prescribing is symptom-driven. The selection of a drug is based on the predisposing factors or symptoms. More than one drug may be given at the same time, but it is not usually done. With this approach, a drug is selected because it has a particular affinity for the patient's condition or symptom. Potencies may be selected from low to high. This type of homeopathy may be combined with nutritional and herbal supplements, as well as other complementary therapies.

Complex Homeopathy
In complex homeopathy, several components are combined into one formula to create a desired effect. In general, the components in a complex formulation tend to be below 24X and are usually below 12X. This approach may combine the use of nutritional supplements and/or herbals, as adjuncts to the homeopathic drug. This is a convenient method to use because it takes less time to select the appropriate drug and good results can be achieved due to the broad spectrum of activity of the product.

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2. What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is a unique form of primary health care that combines modern scientific research with the art and wisdom of traditional and natural forms of medicine.  Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed as general practitioners in complementary medicine, providing a full range of diagnostic tests and therapies. 

In British Columbia Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of three years under-graduate premedical training, followed by a four year post graduate
program at an accredited Naturopathic medical college.  Graduates must pass licensing examinations set out by NABNE (North American Board of Naturopathic Education) and the CNPBS (College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C.) before obtaining their licensure. 

Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat almost all acute and chronic conditions. The focus of Naturopathic practice is on understanding the unique needs of each patient, and treating the individual, rather than the disease. Patients are involved in their health program and learn to make effective lifestyle choices. Patients of every age can benefit from Naturopathic care.  Someone may seek to work with a Naturopathic doctor on a specific medical condition or may choose Naturopathic medicine as a pro-active means of attaining optimal health.

The Naturopathic Principles outlines the philosophy guiding the naturopathic approach to health and healing and forms the foundation of this distinct health care practice. They are as follows:

First do no harm (Primum No Nocere)
NDs prefer non-invasive treatments any risk of adverse effects from treatment

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Nature is a powerful tool that stimulates healing in the body and mind to maintain and restore health.

Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
The only way to find a cure or to achieve profound healing is to find and treat the cause of the disease. NDs look at all aspects of the individual to uncover the underlying the cause. 

Treat the Whole Person (Tolle tottum)
NDs treat each patient individually and take into consideration physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that may attribute to one's health.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The most important role as a physician is to impart information and knowledge to their patients, so patients are empowered to take charge of their own health.

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3. What can I expect on a first visit?


An initial consultation will last approximately 1 hour and is primarily an information gathering session. Dr. Flores offers a holistic approach to health care and thus it is important that he gain an understanding of all relevant aspects that may be contributing to your problems. The visit involves asking questions regarding your current health concerns and past medical history as well as a focused physical exam if needed. All patients will be Vega tested (electrodermal testing – see below) to help confirm our clinical hypotheses. Furthermore, all supplements and remedies are always tested for effectivity, tolerance and dosage to individualize the treatment and maximize positive outcomes. 

Before the end of your first visit, an individualized treatment plan with an estimated time line will be outlined and options will be discussed.

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4. When would someone see Dr. Flores?


At Flores Health Services we treat a wide range of conditions, from acute colds and flus or injuries to chronic long term illnesses to preventative medicine. Our patients range from newborn to elderly and present with minor to life threatening conditions. Our main role is to provide a primary health care service to our patients, and address all aspects of health. 

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5. What kinds of treatments are offered?


All of our therapies are gentle and safe and are tailored to meet your individual needs.  We carry a full dispensary and may prescribe homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements and/or herbs.  We may do hands-on body work using the Bowen technique, acupuncture, neural therapy, intra-venous vitamin and mineral injections, prolotherapy and more.  We also have an onsite Infra Red Sauna and other equipment specific to detoxification.  Please look under the ‘services’ section for more details. 

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6. What will I be expected to do?


Because Dr. Flores believes in treating the whole person and in preventative medicine, he will most likely make suggestions for lifestyle changes. This may include increasing exercising, avoiding certain foods and/or chemicals, regular use of saunas, adding new foods to the diet and reducing stress. Dr. Flores believes that lifestyle is a cornerstone of long term health. Furthermore, there will be an outlined plan on your first visit and you may be asked to commit to regular saunas or therapies.

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7. What is Vega (electrodermal) testing?


Electrodermal testing was developed over the last 50 years by physicians and scientists in Germany. It was developed out of a realization of the limitations of the existing physical and biochemical testing. The basis of this testing applies scientific biophysical technology to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture theory. 

Electrodermal testing technique involves the use of a precise electronic measuring instrument to specific acupuncture points to measure changes in skin resistance in response to remedies, supplements, foods, or medications placed in circuit with the patient. Testing is painless and quick. This testing is operator- dependent and thus requires a highly experienced medical practitioner. With the right tester, a proven accuracy of 80-90% is possible. 

Electrodermal testing is used diagnostically to help identify a wide range of disorders, allergies, food/chemical sensitivities, nutritional and enzyme deficiencies, organ dysfunctions and more. It is used to help confirm what is discovered in the clinical history and pinpoint functional disorders which occur in the pre-clinical phases of disease which precede changes in conventional laboratory testing. Testing allows for more effective and individualized treatment.

Vega testing refers to the specific type of technology used and is brand of electrodermal testing equipment from Germany (www.wegamed.com). 

For additional reading:

  • 1. Krop, J., Lewith, G. T., et al, A Double Blind, Randomized, Controlled Investigation of Electrodermal Testing in the Diagnosis of Allergies; J.Alt.&Compl.Med, Vo1.3. Number 3, 1997 pp.241-246
  • Krop, J. et al, Comparison of Ecological Testing with Vegatest Method in Identifying Sensitivities to Chemicals, Foods, and Inhalents. Am. J. Acupuncture, Vol. 13, No. 3, July - Sept. 1985, pp.254-259
  • Fehrenbach, J., H.Noll,.H.G. Nolte, H.W. Schimmel, 1981. Short Manual of the Vegatest Method; Editor: J.N. Kenyon. B.E.R./Vega Grieshaber GmbH & CO.
  • Kenyon, J.N., 1985. Modem techniques of Acupuncture

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8. Are services at Flores Health Services covered under MSP?


At this time, none of the services offered at Flores Health Services are covered under the BC Medical Services Plan.  Most extended health care plans cover Homeopathic and Naturopathic medical services by a licensed practitioner.

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