What You'll Learn

This one's near and dear. We often shy from treating people with kidney problems because of the delicate nature of the conditions. Over time we're hoping to have specialists spill the kidney beans on conditions of the Genitourinary tract as well as offer our clinical experience in a variety of related conditions including Chronic Kidney Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Chronic and Acute Urinary Tract Infections and much much more.

The Webinar Series Includes: 

Kidney Disease Lab Diagnostics 

Our first instalment in Nephrology and Urology is an understanding of patient labs for kidney function. It's a good foundational understanding of why we look for the things we do and what they mean for our patients.

  • Why does EGFR have stages and do they correlate to anything?
  • Is chronic kidney disease (CKD) staging useful for daily practice?
  • How can we monitor patients with kidney disease?
  • What are the electrolyte changes that occur with CKD?
  • What are the ranges we need to know for electrolytes in the blood from CKD?
  • What is a better assessment of kidney function: EGFR or Urinary ACR?
  • When is urinary ACR utilized?
  • What are the threshold for ACR and why are they cut off where they are?
  • What symptoms and signs correlate with changing levels of EGFR and ACR?
  • What complications arise from declining kidney function?
  • What systemic affects arise from CKD?
  • How do we measure anemia from CKD?
  • How do we measure parathyroid effects of CKD?
  • What role does Vitamin D measurement play?
  • Is oxalate testing useful in CKD?
  • When ACR and EGFR are at odds, which do we trust?
  • How to read kidney labs.

Course Description

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Kidney Disease Lab Diagnostics

    • Kidney Disease Lab Diagnostics: Course Description

    • Kidney Disease Lab Diagnostics


Dr. Bobby Parmar ND

Dr. Parmar obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Kinesiology, Psychology and the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He proceeded to complete naturopathic medical training at the premiere institution the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Going on 13 years working in Vancouver he is practicing in a highly collaborative care wellness clinic called Mint Integrative. He was is also adjunct faculty at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where he teaches and supervises interns at various stages of their program including Genetics, Geriatrics, and Naturopathic Clinical Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Parmar stays engaged with the community by working with multiple organizations giving workshops to members of the Canadian Mental Health Association, The Arthritis Society of BC and Yukon, and the Earthsave Society of Canada. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and the Friends For Life Society.

As a fervent educator, Dr. Parmar has tailored his academic career to best manage family medicine through naturopathy. His work as a general primary care ND practitioner means he stays up to date with the most current knowledge for most health conditions. He is driven by a passion to better understand the dynamics of health and above all the ever-growing field of mind-body medicine and to convey that understanding to anyone in need or with the desire to be educated. Currently Dr. Parmar is a Key Opinion Leader for Lifelabs/RMA and has lectured on various medical topics to diverse groups of health professionals including MDs and NDs. He has also presented at the Collaborative Education Conference in 2018.



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