Dr. Christian Turbide
Dr. Christian Turbide is a gastroenterologist, a marathon runner, and a passionate apologist for nutritional wellness care. He has a gastroenterology practice in Calgary, Alberta; he is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Examiner at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has received further training in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Dr. Turbide is a radio host and a frequent guest on a local television health program. Well-known for his presentations on gastroenerology and related topics at medical conferences and at nurses’ professional organizations, Dr. Turbide also writes a popular blog, www.achievetruehealth.com. There, the past recipient of the Endoscopy Teacher of the Year Award invites readers to “help [him] start a health movement!”
As a health advocate, Dr. Turbide believes we need to see a paradigm shift in the way medical care is conceived of and administered. “Doctors are still trained primarily to end disease and write prescriptions,” he says. “The training we receive in preventive care and nutrition is negligible; teaching patients how to maintain their wellness is not given the priority it deserves. The change toward a wellness mentality has so far been driven mainly by the grass roots, almost in spite of the medical community. It’s time we caught up with the rest of the population.”
Dr. Turbide advocates eating as nature intended, getting our sugars from their natural sources: pure vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. He also notes that we evolved with the need for vigorous daily exercise in order to survive. Today, he says, our relatively sedentary lifestyles are killing us.
“We know that one in three people in the population will develop cancer; and one in four, heart disease,” Dr. Turbide says. “We know a great deal more today about the reasons for these alarming trends than just a generation ago. We in the medical community—doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and researchers—need to be in the forefront of the revolution in wellness care.”
Dr. Turbide received his Bachelor of Science degree at Arcadia University in 1994, and his MD from the University of Sherbrooke in 1998. He practiced Internal Medicine at University Laval from 1998 to 2002, and completed his gastrointestinal fellowship at McGill University in 2004. Dr. Turbide spent one year in Therapeutic Endoscopy with Dr. Alan Barkun (McGill), and another in France learning endoscopic ultrasound techniques with Dr. Pascal Burtin.
Dr. Turbide’s areas of specialization include nutritional awareness, exercise, and continuing medical education. He has organized two endoscopic ultrasound courses for doctors, along with both a pancreatic and an esophageal update.
Dr. Turbide is a passionate true health advocate. He believes firmly in preventive care and in the body’s natural healing abilities. He is fascinated by the relationship between health and diet, and is an avid reader of medical literature on emerging nutritional therapies.
Angella Thompson, co-founder of Achieve True Health, is passionate about advancing preventive, affordable health care and educating people about natural and preventive wellness alternatives. In her current role as Managing Director of Achieve True Health (ATH), a personal health and wellness organization, she works with Dr. Turbide to empower others to improve their lives, sustain their health naturally and to connect patients to competent and affordable healthcare professionals.
With ATH, Angella has effectively planned, lead, and organized a number of diverse projects, including creating content for the Achieve True Health 21-Day Program and the extensive blog. She published “Real Foods to Achieve True Health” with co-author Michal Ofer and she also manages the research team and the resource library set up to find effective treatments for clients.
Her passion to help others has also included extensive volunteer and relief work, including teaching elementary school in the Dominican Republic; helping construct an orphanage in Brazil; making a documentary film in Cuba on ground-breaking medical techniques being developed there to treat radiation sickness; and volunteering with EXIT Community Outreach, a Calgary-based program that assists young people at risk.
Angella studies Psychology. She is certified as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and holds a license (with distinction) in Child Nutrition from the Stanford University School of Medicine. She has completed courses in Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University. Angella also holds a degree in Visual Communications from MacEwan University.