Natural Therapies that Work – How We’ll Help You
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- Dietary Analysis
- Dietary Coaching
- Nutritional Supplementation
- Herbal Medicine
- Weight Loss Programs
- Detoxification Programs
- Amino Acid Neurotransmitter Therapy
- Supplement Review and Analysis
We will evaluate your diet in a number of ways. While it is possible to recommend a “healthy diet”, in fact every bodymind is unique and requires different foods. We’ve all heard the saying “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” In naturopathic medicine, this is literally true. A food that is healthy and life-giving for one person can be the cause of crippling symptoms in another.
We will analyze your diet for:
- Overall nutrient intake
- Balance of macronutrients (Fats, Carbohydrates, Protein, Fiber, Water)
- Food sensitivities: individual idiosyncratic reactions to foods that are a major cause of disease and health problems. An example familiar to many people is lactose intolerance (in fact a person can be sensitive to dairy yet able to tolerate lactose.) We employ the only truly accurate and scientific method for evaluation of food sensitivities: elimination and reintroduction. Pseudoscientific methods like bioelectronic devices (Vega, Enterro) and blood and skin testing (IgG and IgE, respectively) are all unverified, unverifiable, and likely to be inaccurate.
- Weight Loss/Blood sugar balance: Low-carb diets are all the rage lately. Ten years ago, many nutritionally oriented practitioners recommended a low-fat diet for everyone. In truth, different people have different body types that thrive on different diets. You wouldn’t feed grass to a lion and you wouldn’t feed meat to a deer. We will help you determine what works best for you.
It’s simply not that easy for most of us to make dietary changes, especially the kinds of dietary changes that will result in a true shift in our state of health. With so much conflicting advice out there about what constitutes a healthy diet; the difficulty in actually carrying out a given dietary regimen; the time constraints most of us have in our lives; and the emotional issues surrounding food and eating, it is no wonder we have trouble with health or weight loss diets. We will coach you through your dietary changes, giving you specific advice, specific meal and snack suggestions, at the same time placing the impetus squarely on you to take charge of your own health. Many times a busy M.D. tells a patient “you need to eat healthier” or “lose weight” without any specific guidance, and seemingly without much understanding of how difficult diet changes can be, and how some people don’t seem to lose weight no matter what they do. We take a caring, hands-on approach to help you meet your goals.
Have you noticed how many different nutrient supplements are available to you these days? Have you wondered whether to take B vitamins and Selenium separately, or whether you should get them in a multivitamin? Have you been tempted to take CoQ10 and Pycnogenol and Colostrum and Astragalus and alpha-Lipoic Acid and a dozen other “cutting edge” nutrients that get written up in the alternative medicine press? Have you wondered if there is a difference in quality between the supplement and vitamin pills you get from a warehouse store, a drugstore, a healthfood store, and your next door neighbour who just started selling a line of vitamins? Are you concerned that you should be taking Calcium, but wonder if there’s any difference between Caltrate and Tums, and whether Vitamin D and Magnesium are important?
With all the conflicting information about supplements in the media – I haven’t even mentioned the anti-supplement “scientific articles” that the mainstream press is so eager to pick up on – it helps to have an expert to turn to. We can help you understand which nutrient supplements are worth taking, which you shouldn’t waste your money on, and which will help YOU the most.
We use nutritional supplementation in accordance with naturopathic philosophy – meaning we use it to help your body heal itself, and to help you treat the cause of the problem. Supplements recommended by a health food store, a pharmacy, a medical doctor, or anyone who is not trained in naturopathic philosophy are much less likely to serve this same function.
We carry specialized supplements from companies that sell only to health professionals and licensed pharmacists. The companies that make these supplements hold themselves to higher standards of purity, and make their products in small batches under carefully controlled conditions rather than in a large scale, industrial-type process.
Herbs have been used as medicine for as long as people have been on earth. (Maybe longer – domestic and wild animals have been observed selectively eating certain plants when they have certain health conditions. Many of these plants have subsequently been verified to have anti-disease activity.) In fact, many of our modern drugs are actually isolates of one active ingredient from among the many chemicals in a given plant. One advantage of herbs over drugs is that they tend to have balancing effects. This means an herb with stimulatory properties often have properties that are inhibitory or calming, so that the stimulatory effect of the plant is held in check. These complementary properties are lost when isolated pharmaceuticals target a single biochemical mechanism in the body. Whereas drugs frequently cause the system to go out of balance (often known as “side effects”) herbs help the system to return to balance.
We use herbal medicine from Western and Chinese herbal traditions. The products we carry are of the highest purity and quality, and prepared in small batches under carefully supervised conditions.
Weight Loss Programs
Perhaps no other condition is as prevalent in America, and is responsible for as much disease and poor health, as is excess weight and obesity. In fact, if as a country we did not have to carry the burden of paying for healthcare for conditions that result from this modern epidemic: diabetes and its consequences, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis, increased rates of cancer, and so forth; the fiscal problems of this country would essentially be solved. At the same time, Americans spend huge amounts of money on weight loss solutions both legitimate and bogus. Either way, it can be just plain hard to lose weight. For many people, it can seem impossible.
We know it is not impossible to lose weight. It may require effort, but everyone can lose weight. Our weight loss programs do not require that you feel hungry all day; that you eat miniscule portions of foods that don’t appeal to you; that you feel lousy while you lose weight as a result of eating a diet that is wrong for your body type; or that you have to eat a diet and live a lifestyle that, frankly, you know you cannot maintain for more than a couple of months.
Our weight loss programs use four main components: brain chemistry optimization/neurotransmitter therapy; dietary analysis and coaching; acupuncture, if necessary, for those who feel they have an addictive relationship with food; and far infrared sauna therapy. For people in whom the emotional aspect is primary, referrals to other types of programs or treatments may be made. Of course, exercise is a necessary part of any weight loss program, and we can give you some basic guidance on this topic. Our personal and individualized guidance has helped people lose pounds and pounds of excess weight. We can help you too.
Our bodies are bombarded every day by xenobiotic (literally, “foreign to life”) chemicals that impact every cell and organ. They are especially toxic to the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system. Scientists around the globe are investigating the relationship between these poisons and increasing rates of cancer, hormonal problems, neurological disease, and autoimmune disease.
These toxins come from industry, residential and commercial pesticides and herbicides, mercury and other toxic metals in our waterways and soil; cosmetics; fossil fuels; building materials. In short, despite our best intentions, it is impossible to avoid exposure to harmful toxins, and it is impossible to avoid storing these toxins in our bodies. This has been proven by government surveys that find every single American, regardless of diet and place of residence, has toxic material stored in their body (it’s worth noting that this is true for remote Alaskan Island natives as well as for people living in industrialized and urban areas.)
People with serious illness, or people who would like to prevent serious illness or who just want to feel better, may be interested in detoxification programs. Even people who just want to improve their appearance and youthfulness can benefit from detoxification. Our detoxification programs include short- or long-term programs; specialized diets; modified fasting; recommendations for home detoxification treatments like hydrotherapy; herbal and nutritional supplementation programs that maximize your body’s ability to handle and eliminate stored toxins.
Amino Acid Neurotransmitter Therapy
Research on brain chemistry has revealed that chemicals called neurotransmitters (NTs) are directly responsible for mood, behavior, focus, concentration, pain perception, energy level, sexual desire, and even digestive function. Drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Xanax, Welbutrin, and Ritalin all attempt to influence NTs. But amino acids, the natural building blocks of both proteins and NTs, do something pharmaceuticals cannot: they increase NT levels in the brain, and they help create a proper balance of NTs. Drugs, on the other hand, tend to deplete and imbalance NTs (because they target a single NT, rather than overall NT balance.)
Because NTs are so crucial to regulation of mind and body, NT amino acid therapy can help a wide variety of different conditions. A partial list of these symptoms follows:
- ADD / ADHD
- Addictions (alcohol, drugs, etc)
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Anxiety, Social Anxiety
- Autism / Autistic spectrum
- Binge Eating
- Bipolar Disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Colitis/Inflammatory Bowel Dz
- Decreased libido
- Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)
- Headaches (chronic)
- Improves effectiveness of anxiety and depression medications
- Irritability, Hostility, Agitation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Migraine headaches
- Obesity, Excess Weight
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- Panic attacks
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Sexual desire (decreased libido)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Stress (Physical or Emotional)
- Weight loss and eating disorders
This treatment is called “Neurotransmitter Therapy” because it balances the very chemicals your brain and nerve cells use to communicate with one another. When your nervous system does not function properly, your body and your brain do not function properly – it is that simple. NT therapy corrects the chemistry of the brain and nervous system, the master computer of the body. NT therapy has been used successfully in thousands of people; is based on solid, published scientific evidence; is completely safe and natural; and does not interfere with medication – in fact, it frequently allows medication to work better. Many patients are able to reduce or eliminate medication, especially when they combine NT therapy with a naturopathic approach to health.
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Supplement Review and Analysis
Many people take supplements without being certain that they are appropriate, or the best for their individual situation. We can help you understand which nutrient supplements are worth taking, which you shouldn’t waste your money on, and which will help YOU the most. After going over your medical history, We will have you bring in your supplements, go through them one by one, and explain what you do and don’t need, and suggest other strategies that might advance your health further.