What is Naturopathic Medicine ?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge and standard medical training with a broad range of natural and traditional forms of medicine to treat any health concern you may have. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to assess the causes of illness, and to heal the whole patient through individualized treatment. In other words, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) concern themselves with the “why” as well as with the “what” of an illness or disease.
Naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – & their unique physiological, psychological, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, metal chelation and acupuncture may also be used in customized naturopathic treatment plans.
Did you know that NDs are regulated in Ontario and covered by most health insurance providers?
Naturopathic medicine covers all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care. Virtually all conditions can benefit from naturopathic care, including chronic illness, acute conditions, and health maintenance and disease prevention.
What is Environmental Medicine?
“The question is no longer if we have toxic compounds in us. The question is how many do we have and how seriously are they affecting our health?”
– Dr. Walter Crinnion
Environmental medicine is the examination of how our environment impacts our health. Studies have shown that toxic chemicals are present in all Canadians tested. Exposure to these chemicals have been linked to a variety of illnesses. If we don’t explore the impact of environmental toxins on your health, we may be missing a big piece of the puzzle. As this training is absent in both conventional and naturopathic medical education, I chose to take this course to fill in the gaps to be truly able to address the root cause of illness.
Fatigue, depression, brain fog, headaches, and insomnia are common symptoms associated with a toxic burden. Helping my patients find and avoid what they have been overexposed to requires playing a detective role. We will discuss which lab tests to order, how to interpret them and how to support you through avoidance, detoxification and elimination of stored toxins.
We all live in this toxic world, but with the right tools we can diminish the health-damaging accumulation of those toxins in our bodies and practice true preventative medicine. In a world where no one is immune from exposure to environmental toxins, it’s essential to be able to recognize and evaluate when these toxins are contributing to illness or inhibiting optimal well-being.