Dr. Swetlikoff

**Dr. Swetlikoff is a 1988 graduate of Bastyr University, where he obtained a degree in Naturopathic Medicine. A strong believer in science-based holistic health care, he has incorporated both traditional and progressive naturopathic philosophies into his practice. His interest in safe and effective alternatives for both the acute, chronic and severely ill, has led him to specialize in what he calls interventional natural medicine.

Dr. Swetlikoff has earned a host of board certifications and has held a variety of BC and Canadian Naturopathic Association positions. He has sat on several committees for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia and has been the president of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association. For more than 30 years, he has developed and taught advanced courses for students and physicians.

Garrett has written regularly for several newspapers and magazines and has sat on numerous editorial and advisory boards.


Born Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

N.D. Bastyr University
Seattle, WA, USA
Postgraduate Health Trek Clinic
Kelowna, B.C., Canada
Undergraduate Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Selkirk College
Castlegar, B.C., Canada


Professional Experience:


Private Family Practice  –  Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic Inc.   September 1990 – present.

Practice Focus:  Biological medicine for acute and chronic disease and pain

  • Prolotherapy…..Non-surgical joint reconstruction
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)/Hyaluronic acid
  • Neural Therapy
  • Apitherapy…Bee Venom
  • Interstitial and Intra-articular Laser

Oxidative Therapies including:

  • I.V. Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ozone therapy
  • Photo-oxidation/Ultra-violet blood irradiation

– Intravenous Therapies including:   

  • IV Laser
  • Chelation
  • Glutathione
  • High Dose Vitamin C
  • Lipoic acid
  • Vitamin / Mineral / Trace Element and Amino Acid infusions
  • Myer’s Cocktail
  • Sodium Bicarbonate

Complementary Cancer Care:

  • Mistletoe injections
  • Whole Body Hyperthermia — Heckel
  • Whole host of oral, IV and oxygen, photodynamic laser, pulsed magnetic modalities

– Traditional Naturopathic modalities:

  • Phytotherapy
  • Therapeutic nutrition
  • Customized diet plans
  • Homeopathy
  • Lifestyle counseling

Aesthetic medicine:

  •  Mesotherapy
  •  Lipodissolve
  •  Anti-aging & Bio-identical hormone therapies.

Functional diagnostic methods:

  • Electrodermal testing
  • Computerized Regulation Thermography
  • Biological Terrain Assessment
  • Darkfield Microscopy
  • Full Range of Laboratory Testing – Blood, urine & saliva

Board Certification and/or Diplomat Status

Chelation Therapy
Ozone Therapy
Oxidative Medicine

Current Professional Affiliations

British Columbia Naturopathic Association
College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C.
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Past Professional Affiliations

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
International Ozone Association
International Bio-oxidative Medical Association
International Society of Chelation Technicians
American Academy of Neural Therapy
American Apitherapy Society
Occidental Institute Research Foundation
Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injections

Professional Activities

Past President of the BCNA
Past Vice President of the BCNA
Past Board Member of the CAND
Past Chairperson of B.C. Naturopathic Prolotherapy Committee
Past Chairperson of B.C. Naturopathic Chelation Committee
Past Board Member of BC Naturopathic Pharmacy Committee & Scope of Practice Committee
Course instructor for I.V. and Injection therapies for N.D.’s in Canada since 1993
Writes for local newspapers & Natural health magazines
Lectures publicly for various support groups, conferences, & seminars
Guest lecturer at UBCO Medical School, UBCO Pharmacy class & OC Nursing class

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     Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve.
    Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights….

    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

    Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. It can increase energy, memory, mood, reaction time and physical performance. It inhibits the brain chemical adenosine, which makes us sleepy and relaxed, but increases dopamine and norepinephrine, which are “feel good” chemicals. Caffeine stimulates fat burning and increases metabolism by 3-10 %. Consequently, it is found in all supplement “fat burners”.

    Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of getting some diseases. They are: type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, liver cirrhosis, depression, stroke and liver/colorectal/prostate and uterine cancers.

    Not all people do well with coffee. Some are allergic to the roasted bean, which can cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, headaches and just a sense of feeling unwell. Others, it may temporary raise blood pressure and heart rate, increase anxiety and restlessness and worsen insomnia. Coffee should not be drunk late at night and ideally, not when pregnant.

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine in it than lighter roasts. Drip coffee has more caffeine in it than espresso. Black coffee is best, minus the sugar, dairy products and flavorings.

    Buy high quality, fresh, organic whole beans when possible. Grind the beans before use. Like all things in life, moderation is best.


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