Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle
Naturopathic Doctors have more training in clinical nutrition than registered dieticians and nutritionists. In order for your body to heal, it needs to be fed the right food, sleep the appropriate amount of time, move physically and deal with the stresses of daily life in a healthy way. Your ND will individualize recommendations so that you can achieve your health goals.
Does this mean you have to change your diet overnight to something extreme? Not always but if you are in a severe state of disease, this might be necessary. Your ND will try to make the changes small and manageable over time, so you have continued success in the future.
Supplementation / Vitamins / Nutraceuticals
Natural medicine has been around for thousands of years and the science is just catching up now. Your ND will recommend supplementation to help rebalance the body or to help it heal quicker. You can do it purely through diet and lifestyle change but you will achieve your goal months earlier with taking prescribed natural medicines at therapeutic doses.
Nature Doctors only carries brands and ingredients that have been determined to be of the highest quality and purity. They have been tested for contamination as well as shelf life stability.
(see Specialty Testing section on website)
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine
(see Acupuncture section on website)
Neuroprolotherapy – Biopuncture for Pain
Some ND’s at Nature Doctors have take additional training in injection therapies to help inflamed nerves and tissue to heal and decreasing pain symptoms. These injections contain only natural ingredients and have no side effects aside of the discomfort of a small needle poke. Highly effective and natural – what more could you want. For more information, see the Neuroprolotherapy sheet in the Resource tab under patient handouts.
Intravenous Therapies – Immune / Sports Performance / Energy
Immune – High doses of IV vitamins and minerals are used to improve immune system function in sick patients. High doses of Vitamin C and other microminerals such as zinc have been clinically observed to shorten duration and severity of symptoms. Rehydration using IV Meyers solutions can also replenish fluids in those who have a hard time eating or keeping fluids down during acute illness.
Sport Performance and Energy – High intensity training or simply living a stressful and busy lifestyle can deplete your body of essential nutrients and minerals. IV drips can replenish your electrolyte stores and give your body the vitamins it needs to heal and repair the damage quickly. IV nutrition has also been shown to improve sports performance in high intensity activities. For more information, see the Intravenous Nutrients sheet in the Resource tab under patient handouts.
Chelation Therapy – Heavy Metal Chelation
Heavy metals can accumulate in individuals and mimic symptoms of disease such as MS, pernicious anemia, hypothyroidism, immune deficiency diseases as well as numerous neurological diseases. A simple urine test will determine if you have been accumulating metals in your tissues and how much you have. If your metals are elevated, then chelation therapy will be suggested.
Chelation therapy has a traditional use in helping to break down arterial placques in cardiovascular disease. Calcium or sodium EDTA and DMSA are also used to chelate or remove the metals from your tissues. The metals are then excreted through your stool and urine.
Risks are incredibly low and your ND will ensure that you have the proper liver and kidney support so that the metals do not harm your system on the way out of the body. Treatments are often once per week for 12 weeks with a retest after that. Oral chelation options are also possible but are much slower and less reliable.
Originally developed as a hybrid between traditional Chinese acupuncture and myofascial release techniques, Bowen Therapy is a gentle, safe, non-needle based physical medicine that helps the body to release chronic and acute injury patterns. It involves the Doctor rolling over muscles, attachment points and acupressure points to remind the body to heal and reorient the muscles and bones into their proper alignment, thus relieving pain and discomfort.
Safe and effective – even for pregnancy