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What Is naturopathic medicine?

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Naturopathic medicine is a holistic philosophy, emphasizing prevention combined with safe and effective treatment modalities, such as botanical medicine and clinical nutritionNaturopathic medicine is a holistic philosophy, emphasizing prevention combined with safe and effective treatment modalities, such as botanical medicine and clinical nutrition, and the most current advances in modern medicine to encourage people’s self-healing ability.

This is why I choose a career in naturopathic medicine. I had been working in a bustling allopathic setting, and despite learning a lot, I felt I was missing a key component to healthcare, prevention and finding the root cause of an illness.

Naturopathic medicine was founded by Kneipp, his son Lindlahr, and other founding healers, who based their philosophies on treating the whole person, not just the symptom. When this doesn’t happen, what they call the “law of nature” occurs: lowered vital force, accumulation of toxins and abnormal blood and lymph.

I often say that the approach of naturopathic medicine can best be summed up with this quote:

The superb physician treats disease before it occurs.”

If you want to work with a naturopathic doctor, check their credentials, especially where they went to school ( it has to be an accredited naturopathic medical school). So often, I work with patients who previously thought they had worked with a naturopathic doctor but had not. You can look at the American Academy of Naturopathic Physicians website or your state board of naturopathic medicine.

I wanted to leave you with a simple everyday practice that can become a habit that will help relieve stress. I suggest it to all my patients, and I can confirm it helps immensely.

Do this Simple Technique Everyday to Relieve Stress

Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor talks about the 90-second rule:

“When a person reacts to something in their environment, there’s a 90-second chemical process that happens in the body; after that, any remaining emotional response is just the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop.

After that, if you continue to feel fear, anger, and so on, you need to look at the thoughts that you’re thinking that is re-stimulating the circuitry that is resulting in you having this physiological response over and over again.”

Interesting! It is best not to bury your emotions but to stay present with them for 90 seconds. Then, after those 90 seconds, get your stress management tools out: your favourite song, journal, or going for a run. Use whatever may help you to process and then let go of the negative thought cycle. One of my favourite ways to work through an uncomfortable feeling is to do deep diaphragmatic breathing. 

Try This

Breathe in for 5 seconds, Hold for 5 seconds , Breathe out for 5 seconds, Hold for 5 seconds.

Happy New Year. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2023!

xx

dr. heather

 PS Give it a try and talk to your family about deep breathing. It is a great stress management tool to teach your kids at a young age.

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