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 serves as a faculty member at Seacourses, where he teaches about maintaining health on cruise ships. He has received further training in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Dr. Turbide is a radio host on CBC, 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.
From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Turbide was part of the medical staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre at Calgary General Hospital. Dr. Turbide took a staff position at George-L-Dumont Hospital Moncton. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine for Digestive Disease at the University of Calgary, and is now Professor of Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke.
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.