“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
What is Naturopathic Medicine
According the College of Naturopathic Medicine (The CCNM) in Toronto, it is both a science and a philosophy based on a complete harmony with the principles of nature. Naturopathic medicine promotes wellness and the prevention of disease by supporting the “Vital Force” of the organism and the natural capacity of the body to resist disease and to self-repair. Naturopathic medicine aims to identify and eliminate the root cause of symptoms before diseases develop. It helps the body to heal, maintain and optimize itself. It reinforces the immune system by supporting the natural factors that improve health: diet, exercise, rest, sun, fresh air and emotional equilibrium.
Naturopathic medicine relies on natural treatments and techniques such as botanicals, vitamins & minerals, homeopathy, aromatherapy, gemmotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine as well as mind-body techniques.
Four Stages of Physiological Imbalance
- Micro-cellular changes, very difficult to detect
- Minor structural changes, barely detectable
- Physiological changes begin to occur but specific symptoms are not yet present
- Changes causing specific symptoms which are easily diagnosed
Research shows that the risks of developing certain degenerative chronic diseases, certain types of cancer as well as type-II diabetes can often be diminished by simple modifications to your diet and lifestyle
Three Categories of Naturopathic Plans
1. Detoxification Plan
To drain any toxins that may be causing congestion in order to improve metabolism. Toxins can be exogenous (external) or endogenous (internal)
Sources of Exogenous Toxins
- Food: quantity and/or quality
- Stimulants: coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcohol, tobacco, etc.
- Toxic products: food coloring & chemical agents, fertilizers, pesticides, medicines, cosmetics, household products
- Polluants: smoke, radiation, chemical products, etc.
Sources of Endogenours Toxins
- Poor elimination – liver, kidneys, intestines, skin, lungs
- Physiological deficiencies which may affect metabolic function
- Sedentary or hyperactive lifestyles
- Mental attitude – depression, anger, anxiety, etc.
2. Revitalization Plan
To rebuild energy and immune reserves with natural supplements that target imbalances
- Essential fatty acids
- Probiotics & prebiotics
- Soluble and non-soluble fiber
- Antioxydants, virtamins, minerals
- Bio-identical hormone replacement
3. Stabilisation Plan
To support the biological, psychological, and spiritual harmony of the person based on the following factors:
- Healthy lifestyle
- Healthy eating
- An environment that supports positive mental and spiritual health