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ND’s practice naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a distinctive approach to health care which blends centuries old natural therapies with leading edge current advances in health.

The success of naturopathic health care is based on the recognition of the uniqueness of each individual and the philosophy that the treatment should focus on the cause of the disorder not the symptoms. An ND's focus is holistic, routinely incorporating mental, emotional, and physical aspects when evaluating a patient's health.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine (as defined by the AANP)

The healing power of nature
The healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.

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Identify and treat the cause
Illness does not occur without cause. Causes may originate in many areas. Underlying causes of illness and disease must be identified and removed before complete recovery can occur. Symptoms can be expressions of the body's attempt to defend itself, to adapt and recover, to heal itself, or may be results of the causes of disease. The naturopathic physician seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

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First do no harm
Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:

  • Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health.
  • Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process.
  • Naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self-healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed.

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Treat the whole person
Health and disease result from a complex of 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. Naturopathic medicine recognizes the harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual as being essential to health. The multifactorial nature of health and disease requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person taking all of these factors into account.

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The physician as teacher
The original meaning of the word "doctor" is teacher. A principal objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic physicians also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Prevention
Naturopathic medical colleges emphasize the study of health as well as disease. The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine. In practice, these objectives are accomplished through education and the promotion of healthy ways of living. Naturopathic physicians assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine asserts that one cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment and is committed to the creation of a world in which humanity may thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I go to a naturopathic physician?
Patients see us for many reasons. Generally they have a health problem which has not been resolved and/or they are seeking a different more natural approach to their health issues. My goal is to identify the cause of the patients problem and to treat that cause not suppress the patients symptoms which can drive the problem deeper.

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Is naturopathic medicine scientific?
Licensed naturopathic physicians attend a four year graduate program. The first two years include basic medical science courses. The third and fourth year include Cardiology, Gynecology, Urology, Gastroenterology, EENT, Neurology, Pharmacology, Botanical medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Counseling, Physical Medicine and Hydrotherapy.

Naturopathic therapies I recommend are typically based on human research or clinical experience/trials. Earlier research had centered in Europe and Asia but American research is increasing now that national funding is available.

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Is naturopathic medicine safe?
I strive to utilize clinic or research proven therapies which are known to be safe. Care is taken to avoid interaction with other natural substances or with pharmaceuticals. When stronger natural therapies are required, short term conservative dosing with appropriate monitoring is utilized. Patients are always kept informed. Naturopathic physicians have extensive training in the safe use of botanicals and supplements including some which are very powerful. You should not self treat.

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Is naturopathic medicine covered by insurance?
I am a network provider for Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Oxford, and for ConnectiCare. Other insurance companies provide out of network coverage. Please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage. For patients who are not covered by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Oxford, or ConnectiCare we do accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express and will provide documentation for out of network coverage.

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Can my naturopathic doctor and my medical doctor work together for my treatment?
Yes, I feel a patient’s interest is best served when there is a free exchange of ideas and knowledge between health care providers. Each profession brings specific insight and co-treatment can be very synergistic. Communication between all parties is the key to integrated care.

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Are naturopathic doctors opposed to surgery and traditional drug therapies?
You may receive different philosophical points of view on this question. I believe surgery and drug therapy are important health care tools. I also believe there are times when a holistic natural therapy plan designed to treat the cause is the correct approach. Sometimes co-treatment is the way to go. For instance, naturopathic co-treatment of cancer patients has helped people manage radiation and chemotherapy side effects.

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