The body has the inherent ability and the vitality- not only to heal itself and restore health but also to ward off disease. The Naturopathic Doctor's role is to identify and remove agents blocking the healing process, bolster the patient's healing capacity, and support the healthy internal and external environment.
Health and disease result from a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, spiritual, environmental, social, and other factors. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to health.
The more gentle the therapy, the less disruptive it will be to the patient's whole being. Suppression of symptoms is avoided, as suppression may interfere with the healing process.
Illness does not occur without cause, and symptoms are not the cause of illness. Symptoms are an expression of the body's attempt to heal itself. When only symptoms are treated, the underlying causes remain, and people may develop a more serious, chronic condition.
Health is a reflection of how we choose to live. I would like to help you recognize your choices and how those choices affect your health. I will assess risk factors and make appropriate suggestions to prevent illness and promote robust health.
The original meaning of the word "doctor" was "teacher." Hence, one of the principal responsibilities of a Naturopathic Doctor is to educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health.