Dr. Stella Seto is dedicated to providing individualized natural medical treatment to help patients prevent disease and achieve optimal health. Born and raised in Vancouver, she obtained a degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia. She completed her four-year Naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto) and was part of the Sports and Pain Management Group, receiving extra training in increasing athletic performance and the prevention and management of pain. She travelled to India to further her complementary and integrative medicine education, broadening her ability to provide optimal care for her patients. Dr. Seto continued her training at the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, working at the acupuncture hospital to increase her acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine skills.
As naturopathic doctors are physicians, Dr. Seto is able to address all health concerns, but primarily focuses on hormone balance, anti-aging, allergies, digestive disorders, food sensitivities, and pain management. She treats using herbs, bio-identical hormones, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), prolozone, pelvic and spinal alignment, exercise, nutrition and orthomolecular medicine [therapeutic doses of nutrients (i.e., intravenous vitamins, Myer’s cocktails, B12/Folic acid and iron injections)]. She also uses intravenous, and chelation therapy. Facilitated through the University Of British Columbia Faculty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences she obtained her pharmaceutical prescribing authority.
Symptoms associated with food sensitivities are fatigue, bloating, inability to concentrate, mood issues, headaches, eczema, rash, allergies and immune system disorders. More than 70% of your immune system and the majority of your serotonin (the neurotransmitter associated with the majority of anti-anxiety/depression medications) are found in your digestive tract. Food sensitivities can be determined through an elimination diet or testing the blood for antibodies IgG4 and IgE.
Dr. Seto received her bio-identical hormone training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Focusing on balancing men and women’s hormones, people can develop an understanding on why they have PMS, hot flashes, anxiety, depression, lack of libido, pain with intercourse, vaginal dryness, infertility, insomnia, and fatigue. Hormone balance can be achieved by determining what is causing the imbalance and how all these hormones interplay with the HPA axis, thyroid, and adrenals glands, along with a myriad of other factors. Hormone balance is not just about preventing symptoms of menopause/andropause, it is a major factor in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, mood, memory, and cancer. Often hormone balance can be achieved without the use of bio-identical hormones using diet, herbs, and glandular products, and removing environmental toxins.
Her special interest in sports and pain management began following an injury that left her in chronic pain, which the pain specialist diagnosed as “reflex sympathetic dystrophy” or “complex regional pain syndrome”. In short, they didn’t know exactly why the pain was unresolved. When the strong pain medications they gave were ineffective in alleviating the pain, a nerve block was suggested. Unable to accept this solution she explored what naturopathic medicine had to offer and became pain free.