Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Cancer as a Chronic Disease
Cancer has become a scary word in our society as it has effected every life one way or another. The traditional ways of treating cancer have included removing it through surgery, burning it through radiation, and poisoning it through chemotherapy. These methods while having limited success, have only increased the fear of cancer and the negative side effects of the treatments involved.
However, if we look at cancer as a chronic disease, it gives us some insight into significant treatments that can be utilized, in conjunction with traditional treatments, to increase quality of life and length of life.
When considering a chronic disease it is important to look at several things: nutrient deficiencies, chemical or heavy metal toxicities, immune system balancing and optimization, diet, hormone balancing, and inflammation.
Using modern laboratory tests we can determine the biochemical pathways that need to be supported or down regulated. Your body actually works on vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and hormones; therefore knowing what pathways need to be supported or down regulated we can utilize things that your body can put right to work.
Prescription and Supplement Management
In today's world with so many advertisements regarding your health and what to take, many times we can find ourselves taking a variety of prescriptions and supplements that we are not even sure are helping. This is the time when a prescription and supplement management visit would be in order. We will discuss your health goals, run labs, and determine what would be best to accomplish your health goals. I have found that many times people are on a prescription that they were put on years earlier for a problem and though the problem is well controlled or even non existent they are still taking a drug for it. Many times these medications can be discontinued and the pathways they were working in supported by nutrients or herbs.
Scar Injection Therapy
Scars can be uncomfortable or even painful. There is a therapy called neural therapy where procaine (a local anesthetic) mixed with vitamin B12 can help to reset the nerve and even break down keloid scaring.
Prolozone® is a homeopathic/oxygen injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Shallenberger. It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. The good thing about Prolozone is that because it actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.
Prolozone is derived from the Latin word "proli" which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Ozone is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe. Prolozone uses the power of oxygen to cause damaged tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons to regenerate. This usually causes a complete healing, and a permanent end to pain.
Most men are operating on sub-optimal Testosterone or even frankly low Testosterone. This is a condition that can be determined easily with some blood work. Get yours checked today.
Low testosterone symptoms:
- decreased libido or excessive libido (when extremely low)
- Irritability, easily agitated, quick temper
- feel lazy, just do the minimum
- weight gain, impossible to lose weight
- bad attitude or even depression
Bio Identical Hormones
Many women struggle in today world to keep their hormones balanced. This is due to the amount of 'xeno estrogen's' in our modern environment as well as other common household chemicals that are 'hormone disruptors', these two classifications of chemicals alter our biochemistry to the point that symptoms arise and we struggle to feel "normal" again and usually just chalk it up to getting older.
Hypo Thyroid, Hashimoto's Hypotyroidism
Thyroid symptoms are at epidemic level's these days and there are several reasons for that including Iodine deficiencies, bromine exposures and Chlorine exposures. What typically happens is a physician will run a TSH to check thyroid levels and if that comes back in the very broad normal range then you are pronounced "normal thyroid" despite the many hypo thyroid symptoms that you may have.
We run a full Thyroid panel including TSH, free T3, free T4, and TPO's as well as looking at signs and symptoms and treat optimally.