I’m in love with naturopathic medicine. Being an ND brings me so much joy, I cannot fathom doing anything else with my life. For so many reasons, I believe everyone can benefit from having an ND on their healthcare team.
Here are my top 5 reasons why YOU should see a Naturopathic Doctor.
#1. You suffer from (fill in the blank).
We get calls to the office everyday asking, “Can Dr. Blake help me with my depression/cancer/stress/pain/digestive concerns/high blood pressure/nutrition…etc.” The answer is always YES! No matter what your current state of health, naturopathic medicine offers a variety of different tools to help YOU prevent disease, reduce symptoms, and overall improve quality of life.
I have chosen specialties, areas of expertise in which I have a particular passion and have pursued additional education. It can be a good idea to seek that kind of specialized care for certain conditions. My areas of focus include:
Integrative cancer care (offering surgery/radiation/chemo support protocols as well as naturopathic cancer treatments such as tailored nutritional plans, therapeutic supplements, IV vitamin C, artemisinin, and mistletoe injections)
IV therapy (ex. IV Vitamin C, EDTA chelation, Myers cocktails, Magnesium drips, B vitamin injections, glutathione, immune boosters, etc.)
Mental health (ex. depression, anxiety, OCD, stress management)
Chronic disease management (ex. lyme disease, CFS, IBD, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease)
#2. You want a science/evidence based approach.
Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and uses non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
The longer I am in practice, the more amazed I am about the power of natural remedies, nutrition, and mind-body medicine. There’s a tremendous amount of scientific literature to back up everything I do in practice – but I also believe the proof is in the pudding and continue to do what I do because of the amazing healing I see happening on a daily basis.
#3. You would like to have a relationship with your primary health care provider and play a role in your health plan.
As a naturopathic doctor, I have been trained to understand the art of healing, which is more than recommending a nutritional change, dispensing an herbal remedy, or prescribing a supplement. To understand the details and individuality of a patient’s illness, it takes time. One of my favourite parts about being an ND is that I get to hear each person’s story. This is a great honour and plays a huge role in my naturopathic approach to health.
I believe that effective naturopathic treatment requires patience and good communication – between doctor and patient, as well as other health care professionals and family members that a patient may choose to involve in their care.
I often ask my patients “What do you think is going on?” or “Here are some options, what would you like to do?”. I believe that each individual is the expert when it comes to their health. Ultimately, when given all the information necessary to make informed choices, YOU are the best person for the job.
#4. You want a healthcare professional who will look at the whole picture.
NDs don’t treat symptoms, they treat people. Everything is connected in the body and treating one symptom in isolation will never lead to cure.
A symptom is literally the tip of the iceberg – a sign of something bigger. The real issue lies under the surface and with careful questioning, a physical exam, quality testing, and some trial and error, the answers can be found and the body can achieve healing and optimal health.
#5. You have been told “everything is normal” but still don’t feel your best.
I often see patients who are at the end of their rope….they feel awful but their blood work always comes back normal or they’ve tried several different medications but nothing has helped. So, partly in desperation, they come to see me.
Luckily, naturopathic doctors are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don’t respond to conventional medicine.
NDs look outside of the blood work box. There are so many wonderful, effective ways to determine an imbalance in the body, and blood work is not always the best option. Saliva, urine, hair, and stool testing, as well as a comprehensive physical exam and history, can provide objective data to help determine the cause of the problem you are experiencing.
In my practice I ask a lot of questions patients are not use to answering. I take the time to dive into their history, review any tests that have been done, and take into account all aspects of health; mind, body, and spirit.
To summarize: YOU need an ND on your team 🙂
Dr. Melissa Blake