First Line Therapy™ and Weightloss
Be The Healthiest You Can Be
We are very pleased to provide the First Line Therapy (FLT) Program, a comprehensive program that can help you address unwanted weight gain and lifestyle related health complaints. It has been clinically studied to be effective and has been published in numerous medical jourals (studies cited below). Leading health organizations now recommend therapeutic lifestyle change and lifestyle medicine as the "first line of therapy" for treating and reducing the risk of common conditions such as obesity, PCOS, high cholesterol, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, inflammatory conditions and accelerated aging.
Lifestyle choices are also the key to addressing other health concerns and symptoms, such as:
- Hormone imbalance
- Low sex drive
- Stress-related symptoms
- Poor memory or lack of mental clarity
- And many others
This program is based on clinically effective means of promoting healthy body composition while maintaining muscle mass. All First Line Therapy plans include a First Line Therapy support manual, clinical nutrition, menu planning, exercise programs, stress counselling/treatment and bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) testing. A BIA test provides information on your body composition including fat mass, lean body mass, cellular hydration, phase angle, basal metabolic rate and BMI. Our doctors then provide you with an individualized program to address your unique needs. We also offer dietary supplementation, acupuncture, IM B vitamin injections and botanical medicines to assist you with increasing your metabolism, improving fat burning and decreasing those unwanted sugar cravings. Contact the clinic today to enroll in one of these plans to not only help you achieve better health now but to maintain good health for a lifetime.
Bio Impedance Anaylysis (BIA) or Body Composition Test Preparation
On the day of your BIA assessment please ensure that you:
- avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior
- avoid exercise 12 hours prior
- avoid caffeine for 4 hours prior
- avoid eating for 4 hours prior
- do not wear hosiery or moisturizer on day of testing as electrode pads are placed directly on skin
- drink at least 1 glass of water 1 hour before testing
FLT Patients Resources
Click here to access our FLT patient support materials including meal plan logs and FLT diet substitutions. Please enter the password provided by your practitioner.
Additional Metabolism Support Treatments
The Naturopathic Physicians at the Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic & Integrated Health are now offering Lipo-MIC injections. Lipo-MIC injections are a weekly or biweekly injection containing a highly absorbable synergistic blend of minerals, vitamins and amino acids that help to support the body to get rid of stubborn body fat, improve blood sugar regulation and boost energy. The ingredients in the Lipo-MIC injection are listed below and each of the ingredients has a long track record of safety which helps to make the decision, as to whether or not they are a good choice for you, easier.
Here's what the Lipo-MIC contains:
- Methionine: A naturally occurring amino acid that helps break down fat, increases energy and lean muscle mass.
- Inositol: A mineral which is vital for the metabolism of fat, blood sugar regulation and cholesterol.
- Choline: An essential nutrient that assists in the breakdown of fats and cholesterol in the body and also helps with general body detoxification by helping to remove excess fat from the liver.
- Chromium: A mineral that helps the body metabolize sugar correctly and assists in the breakdown of ingested proteins and fats.
- Vitamin B6: A water-soluble vitamin that helps to maintain a healthy blood glucose level by convert stored nutrients, fats, into energy the body can use, helping to increase metabolism and your resting metabolic rate.
- Vitamin B12: A water-soluble vitamin that helps the body break down fats and use them as an energy source, increasing your metabolism.
First Line Therapy Research Studies
1. Lerman RH, Minich DM, Darland G, et al. Subjects with elevated LDL cholesterol and metabolic syndrome benefit from supplementation with soy protein, phytosterols, hops rho iso-alpha acids, and Acacia nilotica proanthocyanidins. J Clin Lipidol. 2010 Jan/4(1):59-68.
Study summary: People with metabolic syndrome and at a high cardiovascular disease risk benefited from a lifestyle program that included a medical food and nutraceutical.
2. Lerman R, Minich D, Darland G. Enhancement of a modified Mediterranean-style, low glycemic load diet with specific phytochemicals improves cardiometabolic risk factors in subjects with metabolic syndrome and hypercholesterolemia in a randomized trial. Nutr Metab. 20089;5:29. PMID: 18983673
Study summary: In people with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, a targeted medical food containing soy protein and selective kinase response modulators increased the effectiveness of a low-glycemic-load, modified Mediterranean-style diet and regular exercise program.
3. Lukaczer D, Liska D, Lerman R, et al. Effect of low glycemic index diet with soy protein and phytosterols on CVD risk factors in postmenopausal women. Nutrition. 2006;22(2):104-113. PMID: 16459222
Study summary: When postmenopausal women incorporated a low glycemic diet with a targeted medical food containing soy protein and phytosterols, there was a significantly greater reduction in cardiovascular disease risk factors.
4. Schiltz B, Minich D, Lerman R, Lamb J, Tripp M, Bland J. A science-based, clinically tested dietary approach for the metabolic syndrome. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2009;7(3):187-192. PMID: 19450142
Study summary: A dietary plan that included a Mediterranean diet of low glycemic and anti-inflammatory foods had positive effects in people with metabolic syndrome.
5. Minich DM, Bland JS. Dietary management of the metabolic syndrome beyond macronutrients. Nutr Rev. 2008;66(8):429-444. PMID: 18667004
Study summary: A review of various diets, including foods and phytochemicals, and the impact on metabolic syndrome and insulin signaling.