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The Healers Café

186 EpisodesProduced by Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practiWebsite

Hi, it's Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practice) and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to re… read more


How to Identify and Treat the Root Cause of Chronic Symptoms with Dr. John Dempster, ND on The Healers Café with Manon Bolliger

In this episode of The Healers Café, Manon Bolliger (Deregistered naturopathic physician with 30 years of experience in health), speaks Dr. John Dempster, board certified in both Naturopathic and functional medicine, 

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Highlights from today's episode include:

Dr John Dempster

I still don't want to be doing a cookie cutter approach, but if you're just using vitamins and diet, I want to make sure I'm treating that person, not the label that person carries. And so functional medicine to me really allowed us to start to peel those layers back and get super deep into understanding different types of nutrient deficiencies for example. Different types of microbiome imbalances. You know, it's one thing to say, oh, yeah, you've got a parasite by looking at somebody. But that doesn't always bear true. We've got to dive in there and really start to understand, do we have imbalances with parasites or bacteria or yeast or fungus overgrowth, possibly viruses?

Dr John Dempster

so autoimmunity in more cases than not is not caused by one thing that I've seen, it's by a number of imbalances and what we aim to do with our patients is really try to help them leverage and find where these blind spots are, eradicate those so that we can leverage the healing processes in our body.

Dr John Dempster

It's not that we possess a cure for any condition. But oftentimes, the more we're learning about a certain autoimmune conditions, over 220 diagnoseable diseases right now that fall under that umbrella, and that might be a very conservative estimate. But what we're seeing is that this is often a result of a perfect storm or a hurricane of symptoms that have or its underlying causes that have been out of balance for some time that create this almost synergistic wave that creates this reaction, this catastrophe, if you will, of symptoms.



Dr. John Dempster is board certified in both Naturopathic and functional medicine, and is the founder of The Dempster Clinic – Center for Functional Medicine located in Toronto, Canada.  He focuses on a functional medicine model to treat patients ranging from high performance individuals to those wanting to treat or reduce their risk of chronic illness.   Dr. Dempster is the founder of the Healthy Gut Institute, an in-depth, online program designed to help identify and treat the root cause of chronic digestive issues.

Dr. Dempster is featured frequently on national media outlets, and for more information on Dr. Dempster you can visit his website

Core purpose/passion: Helping my patients become advocates for their health, and to discover the root causes of their health issues.

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As a recently De-Registered board-certified naturopathic physician & in practice since 1992, I’ve seen an average of 150 patients per week and have helped people ranging from rural farmers in Nova Scotia to stressed out CEOs in Toronto to tri-athletes here in Vancouver.

My resolve to educate, empower and engage people to take charge of their own health is evident in my best-selling books:  'What Patients Don’t Say if Doctors Don’t Ask: The Mindful Patient-Doctor Relationship' and 'A Healer in Every Household: Simple Solutions for Stress'.  I also teach BowenFirst™ Therapy through Bowen College and hold transformational workshops to achieve these goals.

So, when I share with you that LISTENING to Your body is a game changer in the healing process, I am speaking from expertise and direct experience".

Mission: A Healer in Every Household!

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Manon's show is the #1 show for medical practitioners and holistic healers to have heart to heart conversations about their day to day lives.

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* De-Registered, revoked & retired naturopathic physician after 30 years of practice in healthcare. Now resourceful & resolved to share with you all the tools to take care of your health & vitality!

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