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A little over one year ago, Emily Isaacson opened the P U L S E Nutrition Clinic on First Ave in Mission. The clinic offers food plans, nutrition assessments, specializing in obesity, eating disorders, allergies, digestive disorders, maternal and infant nutrition, and hormone analysis.

This clinic is solely her own after running a practice out of other offices and health clinics for over 10 years. She started in Maple Ridge as a virtual office named Daffodil Hill Nutrition, then later moved to an office in Mission, and eventually became a practitioner at Bakerview Wellness Centre, where she stayed for two years working with Jay Alexov, blood analyst.

As a humanitarian, Emily Isaacson founded two arms to provide the services and education to marginalized people, including the First Nations, that was pivotal in her work. Holistic Vision International is the parent organization for Holistic Vision Canada.

                                         

The work of Holistic Vision International was to take initiative in many ways, to create a holistic infrastructure that would allow HVC to do its work. Much of her initiative is based on the principles of Restorative Justice, and founding a restorative community. On the HVI website, their mission is as follows: 

To expand holistic vision into every country of the world, facilitating intercultural communication, mediation and interventions to people groups and individuals in need of organized and effective healthcare and natural medicine globally.

To provide access to nutrition education to all people groups and nations, regardless of income, education, or social class. Nutrition education promotes sound practices and principles designed to nourish the family. Good nutrition is the basis for healthy children.

To employ cultural mediation using restorative justice principles. To promote the use of ethical access to alternative care, that is offered through the balanced use of holistic teams. The use of conflict mediation and circle keeping integrated into medicine and mental health allow for a conscionable community. This is the community of the future!

Visit Holistic Vision International.

                                                   

As for Holistic Vision Canada, it is the holistic mental health, not only in Mission B.C. but establishing its influence throughout Canada. HVC is determined that mental health clients should not fall through the cracks; where they have received less than optimal care by the system, Emily fills in the blanks with opportunities for improvement. She serves as an advocate to her clients, meeting with key people at Fraser Health and representing their interests health-wise.

HVC remains the most active department of The Wild Lily Institute, working in the community to offer nutrition education to everyone regardless of education, income, or social class. They do this by making nutrition and mental health appointments affordable to people on disability. They also take referrals for clients on disability through the Mission Friendship Centre and the BC Schizophrenia Society, as well as the Abby Clubhouse. Here, Isaacson has offered talks, and offered workshops on the connection between nutrition and mental health.

Isaacson has also offered a course on nutrition called The Rainbow Program at two food banks, both in Mission and Abbotsford over three years. Her approach is both educational and practical, helping the poor learn correct information about preventing diabetes, eating whole foods, and shopping on a limited budget. Their response to her has been overwhelming. Isaacson's Rainbow Program was featured in the Mission Record in 2007.

                                                       

Emily Isaacson, executive director, believes her program has to compete with standardized mental health programs to be viable in the community. If her clinic is offering an adjunct to medication, helping people improve their nutrition and thus their health by minimizing side effects and other symptoms, it must be affordable to them. She aims to inspire people, not control them.

It is the business from her regular clients that helps keep the lights on and pays for her time so she can offer these advantages to the marginalized and even homeless. Isaacson wrote a chapbook that was released this year about a homeless woman she met, who remains homeless, yet her story was told in a meaningful way. It is called The Blossom Jar. This book was released at the art gallery in Maple Ridge in May, and is being highly commended by the homeless woman herself, and others.

                                                       

To support Isaacson's efforts to offer health support to marginalized members of the community, you can buy her books or make a nutrition appointment to see her and work on your own health journey. Positive effort to make change happen works best by word of mouth, so don't forget to endorse her humanitarian work when you get the opportunity.

Lyrical Lines

BY CHRISTINA TOTH

THE ABBOTSFORD TIMES  Abbotsford, B.C.

JUNE 7, 2012 

Fraser Valley writer Emily Isaacson sat down some time ago and wrote a daily blog of poetry for more than six months. The fruits of her artistic discipline can be found in her book, from her Poem of the Day. She will launch her third book, The Sunken Garden, as a guest of the Poets Potpourri Society of Abbotsford and its Blue Moon Reading Series on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library.

The Sunken Garden is inspired by one of her favourite childhood haunts, the colourful rejuvenated quarry at Butchart Gardens in Victoria."There is a moment at dawn and twilight each day, when fragrance permeates the silence and a waft of perfume comes from the oiled perfection of the Sunken Garden. At its far end is a huge fountain that would light up in multi-colored rays at evening's end," she recalls at her blog site.

Isaacson, 36, figures she's written more than 1,200 poems. Her postmodern poetry is colourful, lyrical and even magical in its break from realism. Topics are varied, but a common theme is her comparison of nature to human nature, and a discourse back and forth between the naturalist and the philosopher. Her use of classic forms such as rhyme schemes, syllabic poems and English sonnets prevail over free verse.

Isaacson has served on the board of the Mission Arts Council for three years, and is currently on the board of The Waterhouse Foundation. She graduated from Bastyr University in 1999. The founder and director of the Emily Isaacson Institute, she has set up a nutrition program for the First Nations People and opened the Health and Wellness Clinic for quality nutrition care in Abbotsford. She has exhibited as a solo artist at the MAC gallery in Mission. Her first published book of select verse in three volumes was titled The Fleur de Lis and has enjoyed much acclaim.

Isaacson will be signing copies of The Fleur de Lis on June 9 from 1-3 p.m. at Sumas Mountain Coffee Co., 32750 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford.The Clearbrook Library is at 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford. See more at poetspotpourri.com. You can get a taste of Isaacson's work at emilyisaacson.org.

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