Dr Hal Brown, Naturopathic Physician
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"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind."


"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."

Thomas Edison 

"to keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear"

Gautama Buddha 563 BC

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional"

M. Kathleen Casey

"Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint"

... Mark Twain





Herbs can help the body and give
the heart more strength
to love.

When my sight became clearer,
I could see auras around different foods,

and I now know—should I say this?—
that everything can sing.

The songs of fruits and grains will calm,
why not put them into yourself,
a new language you
will learn?

And just from touching life's requirements
close to their source
will add grace to your

More generous eyes we need.
The songs of light
will help

St. Catherine of Sienna (1347 - 1380)



My Philosophy
Hiking the West Coast Mountains
It is my belief that the human body, mind and spirit are aspects of a single self-healing organism with a natural impulse towards integration. The mind will naturally move towards mental health, the body towards physical health, and the spirit towards understanding and fulfilment. Without interference, the body, mind and spirit will maintain an individual at optimal levels of health throughout all stages of life. However, if this natural flow of life force, or chi energy, is disrupted or interfered with, dysfunction may follow at the physical, biochemical, mental/emotional and electromagnetic levels. All of these areas are of concern and are addressed when dealing with health problems.

Dr. Hal Brown
Naturopath, Vancouver BC

The "Integrative Healing Arts" clinic
The clinic Integrative Healing Arts encompasses the shared philosophies of the founding members and associates. "Integrative" is translated in Webster's dictionary as: "direction toward integration". In a sense, the movement towards integration is never complete; it is an ongoing process, for as we heal and grow we are challenged to expand our capacity for learning, understanding, and acceptance. We bring together many healing skills and sciences, but the effective application of these is very much an art. Hence the name "Integrative Healing Arts".



As a logo we have chosen to use a modification of the Traditional Tibetan symbol of the endless knot, which represents the interwoven and interconnected nature of all phenomena. This symbolizes our attempts to understand and influence the human condition in all its related dimensions.
The Multi-modality approach to Healing - "The Wheel of Health"
I often compare the multiple approach to a bicycle wheel.  When a wheel has too many broken spokes, it twists and becomes too wobbly to use; much like a body in pain and/or ill-health. New spokes need to be added and old ones balanced.  I see that each individual therapy which may include acupuncture, nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, manipulation, prolotherapy, neural therapy, detoxification, terrain balancing, exercise, emotional balancing etc. as representing another spoke in the "wheel of health".  The more spokes that are working in a balanced manner, the better the wheel will turn and the better the bicycle will function.  In a similar way, as more areas of dys-function in a body, whether structural, chemical or energetic, are balanced then the greater the response to the treatment program.

LEFT: Example of Poor Health, represented by broken and unbalanced spokes. The wheel cannot roll, the bike cannot function.

RIGHT: Example of good health, each spoke could represent a different therapeutic modality that when combined together contributes to a greater functioning of the whole. The wheel can now roll in a smooth and effective manner.