Science-Based Toronto Naturopath (Naturopathic Doctor)
One of my patients told me recently that when she told her specialist she was going to see a naturopath, his comment was “oh, those naturopathic doctors, they’re optimists”, like it’s a bad thing.
Call me crazy, but I am an optimist, I confess. I think that’s why I went into naturopathic medicine. I have a firm belief that you can:
- Change diet and lifestyle habits to be healthier
- Nourish unhealthy organs to allow them to function optimally
- Be proactive to prevent or at least postpone most chronic health problems like diabetes, cancer and heart disease
- Replace conventional treatments with equally effective natural treatments
Using this crazy optimistic outlook, I have been successfully reversing disease and helping people achieve optimal health since 1999. Is there research to demonstrate the effectiveness of these holistic, natural treatments? You bet there is and I have included examples on each of my conditions pages.
Naturopathic medicine is also sometimes referred to as functional medicine or integrative medicine. At Forces of Nature, I integrate natural treatments with conventional medical treatment if that is in the best interest of my patient. Functional medicine means helping ensure optimal function of the complex system that is your body.
What is a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors in Ontario are fully trained, licensed & regulated medical professionals. We learn everything that a medical doctor does in addition to learning how to treat disease using holistic, natural methods like acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, homeopathy and nutritional supplementation. For a comparison of naturopathic medical education and Yale medical doctor education, click here. To become a naturopathic doctor, I completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, with a double major in Biology and Kinesiology. Then completed 4 years of naturopathic medical school and wrote licensing exams. To maintain my license as a naturopath, I must keep my knowledge up to date and follow rigid standards set by CONO, our regulatory body.
How can naturopathic medicine help me?
By carefully listening, taking a more holistic approach and fully investigating the root cause of your health problems, I can formulate a thorough natural treatment plan tailored to you. Investigations may include testing like those that are available through your medical doctor, or more advanced testing like food sensitivity testing, genetic testing, extensive hormone testing and comprehensive digestive stool analysis.
What are the benefits of naturopathic treatment?
It’s more natural and gentle but also powerful and long lasting as it is addressing the root of disease and taking into account the whole person, rather than just masking the symptoms. Naturopathic medicine is holistic, effective and life-altering medicine.