Naturopathic doctors’ use a variety of therapies in their
treatment plans to address the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person. All naturopathic
therapies are based on the same principles:
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): We use therapies
that are non-invasive
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Mediatrix Naturae):
The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. Our role is to facilitate
and augment this process, by identifying and removing obstacles to health.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam):
Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and treated before a person can recover completely from
illness. Causes may be multi-factorial, such as nutrition and lifestyle factors or can occur on a
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum): Disease involves
a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other
factors. We must treat the whole person by considering all of these factors.
The Physician as Teacher (Docere): Our major role is
to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for their health. We are catalysts for
healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility.
Prevention of Disease: We assess risk factors and
hereditary susceptibility to disease and make appropriate interventions, as well as the promotion of
good lifestyle habits
Naturopathic philosophy is
rooted in the belief that nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Some foods help you heal, while others
damage your body and contribute to chronic illness. Many medical
conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel disease, and eczema have been associated with food allergies and
sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, and dietary imbalances. With
appropriate dietary modifications or specialized diets, as well as nutritional supplementation, many health
concerns can be treated and improved.
Many plants are powerful
medicines that are safe and effective when used in the right dosage in combination with other herbs and
treatments. Naturopathic doctors are currently the only health care providers
in Canada to be licensed
in the use of botanical medicine, and are extensively trained on the potential side-effects and interactions
with pharmaceutical prescriptions. Herbs are used in many
different forms, including teas, tinctures or capsules.
To obtain optimal health, the
whole person must be considered. Addressing all aspects of a person's life, identifying and addressing the
impact that stress and life events have on a patient's health is an important and integral part of the
naturopathic treatment program. Naturopathic doctors are trained to counsel on various lifestyle factors,
including sleep hygiene, managing stress, smoking and exercise.
Homeopathic medicine was originally developed in
the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, and is widely used throughout the world. Based on
the principle of "like cures like", minute amounts of plant, animal or mineral substances are used at a
cellular level to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. Homeopathic remedies are very safe to use, and
Naturopathic doctors are trained to insure the proper remedy selection(s), potency and
dosing. Homeopathic remedies are particularly effective for depression, anxiety, allergies and
hayfever, colds, flus and infections, gynecological issues, skin conditions and digestive
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE AND
Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over two thousand
years. Acupuncture is growing in acceptance and practice in Western countries and has proven through clinical
trials to be very effective, especially for pain relief, infertility and other gynecological issues, as well
as various chronic health issues.
The key principle that defines
and connects all of Chinese medicine is Qi, or vital energy. The Qi of all organs must be in balance, neither
too active nor too inactive, for a person to be healthy. A Naturopathic Doctor will use acupuncture to assist
the body to achieve a balanced Qi. The body's organs and systems are all connected in meridians or channels
that lie just under the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific meridian
points, each of which has a specific "function" by which it balances the energy, or Qi, of the body.
Acupuncture needles used at our clinic are all sterile and disposable. Typically, a person
must undergo a minimum of 6-8 weekly or bi-weekly sessions to see improvement in a chronic
New Patient Forms –
New Patient Forms –
Vitamin and Mineral
How Stressed Are
Risk Factors for Breast
ABO Blood Typing
According to Dr. Peter D'Adamo, in his book Eat Right for Your Type, each one of us have a
unique dietary requirement specifically based on our blood type ( i.e. Type A, B, O, or AB).
Adrenal Function Test
The adrenal glands are the organs that are secrete “fight or flight” hormones such as cortisol
and adrenaline. Healthy adrenal functioning helps to provide us with energy and helps us to cope with day to
day stressors. A urine test is used to assess the glands' state of health.
Bacterial, Parasite and Yeast Stool Analysis
Stool culture and analysis is used to identify the presence of beneficial flora and imbalanced
flora, combined with the detection of infectious pathogens, such as bacteria, parasites or yeast, and is an
important step in improving digestive functioning and overall health.
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment
This test provides state of the art assessment of cardiovascular risk and response to treatment.
The detection of cardiovascular disease risk increases from 55%, with standard lipid profiles, to greater
than 85% with this test. Inclusion of risk factors such as homocysteine, hs C-reactive protein, and
fibrinogen provides effective means to assess methylation impairments, inflammation, and hemostatic factors
that relate strongly to cardiovascular disease.
Improperly digested food particles can ferment and putrefy in the colon. The toxic bi-products
from the rotting food are absorbed by the body and eliminated by the kidneys. A urine sample can reveal the
level of toxicity in the colon.
These genomic profiles evaluate genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms
(SNPs), in genes to uncover potential genetic susceptibility to cardiovascular disease, inflammation,
estrogen-related diseases, impaired detoxification, immune deficiency and osteoporosis.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Toxic elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine.
Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic,
aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony, and mercury. As well, the CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury
levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.
Urine toxic element analysis is an invaluable tool for the confirmation of toxic element burden
and monitoring of detoxification or chelation therapy.
For those patients that either require special lab tests or prefer to have their tests done by a
Naturopathic Doctor, there is a wide range of generalized lab testing available, including urine and blood
tests for nutrient deficiencies, cholesterol panel, and thyroid panel, to name a few.
Saliva Hormone Testing
With saliva, it is possible to get a good measure of the amount of hormone actually available to
the tissues – termed ‘bioavailability’. This is because hormones must pass through tissue to get into saliva.
Hormones in blood are often bound to proteins and may or may not be available to tissues. Consequently, blood
and serum levels of hormones may not give the best picture of how hormones are behaving at the tissue
level. Saliva samples are collected and analyzed for various hormones
such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEAS.