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The skin, mirror of the health.

Posted on September 23, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My son was 5 when he was diagnosed with asthma. I was still thinking as an Allopathic Doctor. Actually I should say I had no clue that anything else existed in terms of valuable alternative Medicine. I had already taken some of the USMLE (us medical licencing exam) to be licensed as an MD in the US.

I also considered myself what I call a "well-informed mom". My boys would drink their dairy milk regularly twice a day to strenghten their bones, all vaccines were up to date, Antibiotics at the first sign of otitis, laxatives when they were constipated...

When he turned 3, I got a call from his preschool because he was screaming and cring non stop. He complained of pain in the face, The only thing the teacher reported doin is to have been laying on the bench outside for maybe 20mn. It was in the middle of winter. I went to the school, found him visibly uncomfortable with pink cheeks. I put ice, cold compresses and anything soothing I could find to console him. The next morning he woke up with a puffy face and lesions looking like a second degree burn. We went straight to the ER. All test run were negative. It was a relief but an intrigue at the same time. What could that be? The doctors released us without an answer. 

B has suffered from eczema since he was a baby. The interior part of the elbows, his chest and the back of his knees have been itchy and excoriated with scratching wounds. he was prescribed cortisone cream. The skin looked atrophied  and greyish. Poor little guy. Motivated to find a different solution for his health, I went to Naturopathic school and became an ND. As my education in functional medicine polished, I had a different perspective on what was happening to his health. His immune system was firing up and reacting to various stimuli: dairy, dust, certain other foods...I also evaluated his capacity to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Many other vital parameters were analysed. Before even graduating I created my first skin product. 

I made sure to combine anti inflammatory, astringency, skin regenation and immune modulation in one topical product. His skin was finally nice again. People who knew his skin issues started to notice the improvement. many asked to use my son's product. Successes after successes, I decided to sale. 

Our skin is the reflection of our state of health: nutrition, hydration, rest, toxicity, genetic...In can be improved. Not only with a clean organic salve but also with a neat lifestyle. I would recommend Belpo skin products for almost any skin affections. See your Naturopathic Doctor to support balancing and harmonizing your organ systems and let your skin be the judge on how well you are doing. 

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Climate health and healthy homes

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Climate health update plus healthy homes

Pollutants emitted into the air can result in changes to the climate. The atmosphere warms the climate due to Ozone formation, while different components of particulate matter (PM) can have either warming or cooling effects on the climate. As a human being living on Earth, it is important to understand how damages are caused to our climate, how we can contribute to reverse the situation for future generations and in the meantime, how to protect our health every day.

In the Earth's lower atmosphere, near ground level, ozone is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants, and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight. Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant.

According to the EPA (environmental protection agency), There has been no clean air in the US for 25 years. The WHO also stipulate that air pollution The WHO also stipulate that air pollution causes 2.7 million deaths annually, compared to global AIDS death which is 2millions in 2008. Global Cancer death is 7.6 million. That’s worldwide and annually.

How can we modify our lifestyle to limit or reduce air pollution? This is the smart question. The answers are not all easy to achieve. Nevertheless, as little as it can seem, our efforts will help.

1-Worldwide, buildings contribute around one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions (43 percent in the U.S. alone). Energy-efficient buildings and improved cement-making process (such as using alternative fuels to fire up the kiln) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world and prevent them in the developing world.

2- The second leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S is transportation. Moving closer to work is one way to dramatically curtail transportation fuel needs. U]se mass transit, or switch to walking, cycling or some other mode of transport that does not require anything other than human energy. There is also the option of working from home and telecommuting several days a week.

3- The easiest way to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is simply to buy less stuff. Whether by forgoing an automobile or employing a reusable grocery sack. Cutting back on consumption results in fewer fossil fuels being burned to extract, produce and ship products around the globe.

4- University of Chicago researchers estimate that each meat-eating American produces 1.5 tons more greenhouse gases through their food choice than do their vegetarian peers becoming vegetarian or simply eating less and less meat would help for it take far less land to grow the crops necessary to feed humans than livestock, allowing more room for planting trees.

5- Certain gadgets and appliances like televisions, stereo equipment, computers, battery chargers consume more energy when seemingly switched off, so better to unplug them instead. Purchasing energy-efficient gadgets can also save both energy and money—and thus prevent more greenhouse gas emissions.

To Protect our health, there is much more room for action when we address indoor air pollution. Basically, we have more control on building a healthy home. The most common indoor house pollutants are Para chlorobenzene found in mothballs and deodorants, Styrene found in Plastic, foam rubber, insulation, environmental tobacco, Tetrachloroethylene liberated from dry cleaned clothes.

Toxins are attached to dust, mostly they are nondetectable in the air. Reducing dust in the house will dramatically improve the quality of the air. Carpet dust is a winner in this category. Limiting the area of carpet or replacing it with tile is a brilliant idea with respect to health promotion and air purity.

When buying a house, it is necessary to inquire about previous water damage. This, to treat any problem with mold. Musty smells, Metal framed windows, Leaky roofing…all are indicators of the potential presence of mold. In the light of our reflexions, Here are some guidelines to adopt that will have a positive impact on health preservation.

1-Change furnace filters every 1-3 months. High quality, low cost, disposable pleated filters are available in 1”, 2 “ and 4” size. (theairfilterstore.com)

2- Use Air purifiers: the Electronic: the ones that suck the air in and pushes it out. Cannot be passive(ionic breeze) some example: IQAir, blue air, Austin air. Charcoal air filter are really high quality because the charcoal is a powerful binder. It is also important to use the Right cubic feet /minute

3- No scented or strong cleaning supplies

4- No smoking indoor

5-Do not wear shoes indoors

• Out of the house:

-Charcoal filter masks when in very polluted areas

-Personal air purifier

-As a side note, we want to remind that there is less pollution closest to the equator due to volatilization and wind pattern and that mountaintops, seashore, and islands have the lowest accumulation. Good to know when choosing a home location.


Dr. Martine Delonnay, ND

Natural pregnancy

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Natural Pregnancy

One of the very important moment in life is our time in utero. During that time we gather most of our physical and emotional characteristics to thrive in life. That period is as much important for the mother as she is the primary builder of this new life. Maintaining harmony with Nature by optimizing the innate abilities of a women’s body to fulfill the job is capital for a successful natural pregnancy and birth.

Diet tips for a healthy pregnancy

One of the most common discomfort of pregnancy is the morning sickness that usually appear during the first trimester. It refers to the nauseous feeling you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a result of the increased hormones in your body. Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well. As much as it could translate a positive development of the pregnancy, it can become overwhelming to the mother.Some herbal teas may help to calm the stomach (reducing nausea and vomiting) and increase the daily intake of water such as: Ginger, chamomile, peppermint, raspberry leaf and spearmint. Pregnancy is one time in your life when you have to pack on the pounds. But it's important to keep the weight within a healthy range for your body type.

Here are some general guidelines to keep a weight gain on track and optimize digestion:

• Ensure optimal hydration (at least 2 litres of water/ day) as chronic dehydration can lead to serious pregnancy complications, including neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, inadequate breast milk production, and even premature labor. These risks, in turn, can lead to birth defects due to lack of water and nutritional support for your baby.

• It has also been speculated that sub-optimal quantities of water consumed by the mother during pregnancy may lead to thirst from the unborn fetus and manifest as nausea

• Eat small meals regularly and adequate amounts of quality protein to help sustain your blood sugar levels throughout the day • Consume quality proteins such as lean red meat, organic chicken and free range eggs, nuts and seeds and tofu

• Decrease your intake of saturated fatty acids as these may increase the incidence of morning sickness

• Increase Ginger in your diet, add it to vegetable juices, teas and your cooking to help reduce nausea and relieve indigestion. Lifestyle factors for a healthy pregnancy

• Ensure adequate rest and sleep: Many of the reasons why our body needs restful sleep remain the same, whether we are pregnant or not. Our brain works like a computer. If old files we don’t use are cleaned out and trashed, the computer can work more efficiently. Sleep cleans out the neurological database, allowing to both feel rested and think clearly. It also helps to improve the immune system and the brain function (neurons need a 90-minute period of uninterrupted sleep to restore neurotransmitter levels - that is, for your brain cells to recover normal activity), not to mention your skin and mood. Sleep helps boost growth hormone, the ultimate rejuvenating hormone that helps to keep an ideal body weight and shape. And this is where sleep starts becoming extra important to pregnant mothers. A pregnant woman needs growth hormone for developing the placenta and uterus. In many ways sleep help counteract many of the stresses of pregnancy by ensuring fetal development during tough times.

• Manage stress: Women’s fears and attitudes to childbirth may influence the maternity care they receive and the outcomes of birth. In a study conducted by Haines et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012, three group of expecting women were formed. Belonging to the ‘Fearful’ group had a negative effect on women’s emotional health during pregnancy and increased the likelihood of a negative birth experience. Both women in the ‘Take it as it comes’ and the ‘Fearful’ group had higher odds of having an elective caesarean compared to women in the ‘Self determiners’.

• Moderate and gentle exercise (walking, swimming, yoga): Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout pregnancy can help stay healthy and feel your best. Regular exercise can improve the posture and decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue. There is evidencethat physical activity may prevent gestational diabetes (diabetis that develops during pregnancy), relieve stress, and build more stamina needed for labor and delivery. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most if not all days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication. Supplements for a healthy pregnancy

• Ginger and Vitamin B6 are both effective in helping to alleviate morning sickness • Pregnancy supplements which contain the recommended daily allowance of many of the important nutrients such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Folic acid, Zinc, Iodine, B Vitamins and Fish oil. This will ensure optimal levels of nutrition through out the pregnancy and reduce any deficiencies.

• A newly pregnant lady experiences shifts in hormonal status (estrogen/ progesterone) and this change in hormones may cause thrush or Candida symptoms (bloating, constipation, flatulence vaginal mucus discharge, white coating on the tongue) in some women. When the baby is delivered by a vaginal birth this when the baby receives its dose of healthy bacteria to start life with (immunity and digestive health). Taking a probiotic during pregnancy will make help to make certain that the vaginal canal has a good supply of beneficial bacteria and minimal unfavorable bacteria.

Conclusion:

Giving birth is a natural process that should not be interfered with unless necessary. In optimal conditions, being pregnant and giving birth are natural life experience for which a woman’s body is well designed. By supporting the body’s own instinctive knowledge we create an internal and external environment of health for a new life to thrive.

Dr Martine Delonnay, ND

The New Diet That Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk By 53%

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I would like to share with you an article posted on the AANP website written by Sarah Klein. She is a staff writer at Prevention, covering health and science. Hope this will help many in their healthy life journey

Enjoy!

"You probably already load up your plate with brain-boosting foods like fatty fish and dark chocolate, but now there's a new diet plan that could seriously slash your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease—even if you're only so-so about following it.

 

The MIND diet—which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay and could not be more aptly named—reduced Alzheimer's risk by 53% among strict adherents and by 35% among those who followed it pretty well, according to a new study published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of The Alzheimer's Association.

"Even moderate adherence to the MIND diet showed a statistically significant decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease," says study author Martha Clare Morris, a professor of epidemiology at Rush University in Chicago. "Neither the Mediterranean diet or DASH had that benefit with moderate adherence."

 

Both the Mediterranean and DASH diets have shown brain-boosting benefits in past research, even though both are typically touted for their protective powers for the heart. The MIND diet, on the other hand, emphasizes the pieces of each that have been specifically linked to dementia prevention and modifies other aspects, like fruit consumption, for added benefit.

 

The diet is based on 10 healthy food groups and 5 not-so-healthy ones. Perfect MIND dieters eat:

 

 

At least 3 servings of whole grains a day

6 servings of leafy greens a week plus one other veggie serving a day

2 servings of berries a week

1 serving of fish a week

2 servings of poultry a week

3 servings of legumes a week

5 servings of nuts a week

A daily serving of alcohol, preferably red wine for its long list of health benefits

​They also use olive oil as the primary oil in their home cooking. As for what they avoid, they nibble on fast or fried foods and cheese less than once a week, and limit red meat consumption to less than 4 times a week. They keep their sweet tooth in check, eating desserts, pastries or sweets less than 5 times a week, and they use less than a tablespoon of butter or margarine a day.

 

The more they abided by these specific diet tips, the more points study participants earned. In fact, the group with the highest MIND diet scores was 53% less likely to develop Alzheimer's during the study period compared to the group with the lowest MIND diet scores. The group in the middle was 35% less likely to develop the disease compared to the lowest scoring group—good news for those of us who'd never give up cheese.

 

Yes, the DASH and Mediterranean diets also reduced Alzheimer's risk in the study—39% and 54% respectively—but only among those who most strictly adhered to the plans. And adherence doesn't always come easy on those diets, Morris says. Both call for higher fruit and veggie consumption than the MIND diet, and, sadly, Americans are not all that great at getting enough produce. "If you like fruits and vegetables, you can consume more," she says, "but our numbers of necessary servings are much smaller than those other diets."

 

The MIND diet's specific modifications to the Mediterranean and DASH diets were made with dementia prevention in mind, which may explain why it appears to have a leg up when it comes to boosting brainpower, too. Berries, for example, are the only fruit specifically called out by name in the MIND diet. (Try adding to one of these fruit smoothie recipes.) That's because of a lengthy history of research showing the fruit—in particular, blueberries—seems to slow cognitive decline, Morris says, although researchers don't yet fully understand how or why. The MIND diet also emphasizes leafy greens unlike the Mediterranean and DASH diets, since they offer especially effective antioxidants and vitamins that protect the brain from damage.

 

The study participants have undergone neurological evaluations yearly since 1997 as part of the ongoing Rush Memory and Aging Project. The current study focused on 923 adults of an average age of 80 who didn't have Alzheimer's at the start of the project, and who also completed questionnaires about their dietary habits from 2004 to 2013.

 

While the results are promising, because the study focused on how these participants were already eating—rather than prescribing the MIND diet as an intervention—further research is needed to prove if the MIND diet actually causes this drop in Alzheimer's risk, though the researchers suspect that the diet is in fact responsible. But there's no harm in making your meals a little more MIND-friendly, considering it's a well-rounded, primarily plant-based diet supported by a large body of scientific research about nutrition and the brain, Morris says. So, in the meantime, we'll be upping our berry intake accordingly."

 


7 habits that hurt your immune system

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This article is by Carina Wolff. Carina Wolff is a health and wellness writer based out of Los Angeles. She graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and psychology. 

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"you're someone who gets sick often, you know you'll do anything to prevent catching a cold. You may load up on cold medicine and take your vitamins, but you should also consider your habits that could be hurting your immune system, as perhaps some of your daily routines could be making you sick, unbeknownst to you. What we do every day, including what we eat, how often we move, and even our way of thinking, have an impact on our physical health, so it's important to avoid any habits that could potentially be making us ill.

 

"Daily habits can play a huge role in immune system function, both positive and negative," says physician Dr. Scott Schreiber over email. "The more 'stress' you place on it, the harder it works, eventually being overcome by a virus or bacteria."

 

Keeping your body in optimal shape by staying healthy is crucial for your immunity, so it's not surprising that generally unhealthy habits make us more likely to get sick. However, some habits are not as obvious, but they are just as important to pay attention to as how well you eat and how often if you exercise. If you find that you're sick often, you may want to consider ditching these seven habits that can hurt your immune system.

 

1. Stress

 

Multiple studies show that stress can have a negative effect on your immune system, including slowing the healing of wounds, an increased chance of contracting a cold, and weakened levels of antibodies to fight infectious diseases, according to Health Day. "When people are under significant stress or depressed, their immune system can also be depressed, and they may have difficulty fighting infections," says Dr. Joseph Russo, MD over email. "Stress produces the hormone cortisol which impairs the function of infection fighting T-cells."

 

2. Staying Inside

 

 

If you spend too much time indoors, you may find yourself feeling under the weather more often, as the sun provides you with much-needed vitamin D, which is crucial for activating our immune system, according to research from the University of Copenhagen. "Vitamin D deficiency causes immune suppression," says Schreiber. "Over 80 percent of the population is deficient. Many will require a supplements, but sun exposure is the most natural method to produce it."

 

3. Eating Processed Foods

 

"Quality of food is very important and often overlooked cause of immune depletion," says Schreiber. "Our food supply contains many unhealthy, toxic chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs, which can cause havoc in our bodies. Over time this depletes the immune system, and, if not corrected, will continue to get worse."

 

4. Drinking In Excess

 

 

"While alcohol can make someone feel more relaxed, it is tremendously stressful on the body," says "It causes the adrenals to work overtime as well as the liver, since the liver needs to break down (or detoxify) the alcohol. Over time this makes the immune system function less effectively." Drinking alcohol also can have an immediate effect on your immune system. According to the journal Alcohol, binge drinking weakens your immune system within just 20 minutes of consumption.

 

5. Sitting On The Couch

 

 

If you're not one to exercise often, you may want to think again. "Exercise is critically important, as this is a very powerful stimulant of the immune system," says Russo. Exercise causes changes in white blood cells so they circulate more rapidly, making them able to detect illnesses earlier than before, according to the National Library of Medicine.

 

6. Staying Up Late

 

Multiple studies show that lack of sleep makes you more prone to colds and viruses, according to WebMD. "Your body repairs and restores itself at night," says Susan Blum, MD over email. "A lack of sleep puts stress on the body and your immune system leaving you open to illness and exhaustion."

 

7. Smoking

 

"Smoking depletes your body of many vitamins and minerals," says Schreiber. "Similar to alcohol, the body uses up its stores of vitamins and minerals and cannot keep up with the burden the cigarettes are putting on the body. This will cause you to get sick more frequently and possibly develop cancer."

 

Eliminating as many of these habits as you can will help to strengthen your immune system and hopefully prevent you from getting sick as frequently."

 


Signs telling you might not be getting enough protein

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning all, It is my pleasure to communicate to you my interesting findings today about protein intake. This is an Article written by Lea Basch, MS, RD  the Registered Dietitian for The Tasteful Pantry. Lea has been in the nutrition industry for over 30 years and was one of the founders of Longmont United Hospital’s nutrition program in Boulder, Colorado. This Article was posted recently in the American Association of Naturopathic Physician (AANP) website. 

It is a common belief that Lack of protein should show on our body as a drastic morbid picture, but sometimes simple signs could be good indicators that we a considerable lack of protein. I hope you enjoy this reading, 

Yours in Health

Dr D.

"Protein is essential for living organisms. It gives us energy, helps our bodies recover, and keeps our tummies satisfied. Protein is composed of long-chain amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle.

 

Your body produces 11 amino acids and the others—the 9 so-called essential amino acids—you must consume from food.

 

How would you know if you're protein deficient? Below are some symptoms that can be related to inadequate protein. Keep in mind that as with any nutrient deficiency, symptoms can have other causes, so this is a general list and not to be used to self-diagnose.

 

1. Food cravings

 

Constant food cravings and needing snacks often between meals may be the consequence of a high-carb/sugar and low-protein diet. Protein evens out blood sugar highs and lows.

 

2. Muscle and joint pain

 

Muscle weakness, pain, or being flabby where you used to be muscular may be a sign of your muscles or joint fluid breaking down to supplement calories instead of using the protein you eat to build muscles, tissues, and cells.

3. Slow recovery from injuries

 

To heal and rebuild new cells, tissue, and skin and for immunity we need a sufficient amount of protein.

 

4. Hair, skin, and nail troubles

 

Thin hair, hair falling out, peeling skin and nails, and ridges in nails are some of the first signs your body may not have enough protein.

 

5. Fluid retention

 

Edema, or fluid accumulation: protein plays a part internally in keeping fluid from accumulating in tissues, especially in feet and ankles.

 

6. Getting sick regularly

 

Frequent illness means you have a poor immune system and immune cells are made from proteins.

 

7. Brain fog

 

Foggy brain, short bursts of mental energy, followed by the fog may be related to fluctuating blood sugar and lack of protein.

 

How much protein should you eat?

 

It's pretty difficult to become protein deficient if you eat a diet with a variety of whole foods. If you aren’t getting enough protein, that probably means you aren’t eating enough calories, you’re following a bizarre or unhealthy diet, or you have some digestive imbalances.

 

If you eat too few calories, your body will use the protein you do eat for energy instead of building muscles, immunity, and healthy hair, skin and nails, etc.

 

At a minimum, the average person needs to consume 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For a person who weighs 150 pounds, that would be about 55 grams of protein per day.

 

But the “right” amount of protein depends on many factors, including activity levels, age, muscle mass, and current state of health.

 

Who's at risk of protein deficiency?

 

Elderly

 

As we age our digestion and ability to use protein is less efficient.

 

Athletes

 

Athletes burn more calories and use more protein to build muscle.

 

Those recovering from an acute illness or injury

 

To heal you need at least one and a half times the normal protein recommendations.

 

People who are stressed

 

Stress hormones increase muscle and tissue breakdown in times of both physical and emotional stress.

 

People on a weight-loss diet

 

It's been shown in studies that adequate protein is needed for weight loss to balance blood sugars and prevent muscle breakdown.

 

Those with digestive issues or low stomach acid

 

Many people have an imbalance in their gut and don’t digest proteins efficiently, which can lead to lowered immunity, weight gain, and protein deficiency. To digest protein you must have adequate stomach acid (hydrochloric acid or HCL).

 

What can you do if you think you're lacking in protein?

 

If you're eating processed foods and lots of carbs and sugars, start replacing those with whole foods like three or four servings of fresh meat, fish, chicken, dairy, eggs, plus whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There's great protein in plant foods as well as in animal products.

If you're vegan, great protein sources include whole grains, lentils, soy, beans, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

If you don’t like protein foods or don’t want to eat them, consider a protein powder supplement made from soy, egg, rice, peas, or whey.

If you think you may have low stomach acid, check with your physician or dietitian to get a good supplement.

If you have too much stress in your life, look into learning to meditate or do yoga, or find whatever activities work best for you to reduce stress.

Lucky for us, protein is available in many forms, raw and cooked. No matter what type of diet you follow, we have a number of ways to add more protein to our diets in a healthy and delicious way!"

 

 


How to choose your Naturopathic Doctor

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello Everyone, I found this Article in the American Association of Naturopathic Physician so interesting that I decided to repost it on my website. It is written by Katherine Marko.

 

Katherine Marko is a freelance writer, author and blog creator. Her areas of expertise include food, health, style, beauty, business and nutrition. Marko holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a diploma in photography, graphic design and marketing, and certification in esthetics.

 

 

Enjoy!


Yours,

Dr D.


"When it comes to naturopathic doctors, one size may not necessarily fit all. Even though they share common naturopathic principles, training and practices, how they deal with you on a personal basis can vary greatly. Here are five ways to evaluate if you’ve found the right naturopathic doctor.

A good naturopathic doctor (ND) should be kind, caring and compassionate; someone you connect with, who is truly interested in your well-being. As patients, we want our doctors to be interested in us as human beings, not just information on a chart.

 

If your ND took time getting to know you in the initial consultation, remembered your name and asked how you were feeling physically, emotionally and even spiritually, you are on the right track to finding a good doctor.

 

Your ND takes time to help you achieve your health goals.

 

“Time is money,” we’ve all heard that before, but we certainly don’t want to hear or even feel that coming from our naturopathic doctor. Nothing is worse than being hurried in and hurried out of the doctor’s office without feeling as if you’ve gotten to the crux of your health concerns. It’s your ND’s job to help you achieve your health goals.

 

Your first visit should take an hour or so, suggests the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The doctor should record a very thorough history of your diet, lifestyle, stress and environmental exposures — including any medication or supplements you are currently taking. Your appointment should include a physical examination, which may require laboratory tests.

 

In addition to the conventional tests, your doctor may use unique laboratory techniques, such as the comprehensive digestive stool analysis. This allow an ND to examine your digestive process to determine what nutrients your body is absorbing and to see if you have any food intolerances.

 

If your ND spends time explaining treatment options and answering any questions regarding specific recommendations or prescriptions, then that’s a good sign he or she has a strong desire to help you be healthy.

 

Your ND is much more than a supplement dispensary.

 

You’re not looking for a retail salesperson; you’re looking for a health practitioner. Does your ND spend quality time with you trying to identify the cause of your health concerns, or are they too busy trying to sell you products? Does your ND require you to purchase hundreds of dollars’ worth of supplements from their office each month? If so, then you need to know that up front. If your ND’s main purpose is to sell you something from the shop — with profits first and your well-being an afterthought — then walk away.

 

You should be able to go anywhere for your supplements. Some NDs even have companies they work with that supply supplements for less than what you would pay elsewhere. It is important to note that some supplements are of poor quality and may even contain dangerous mixes. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume that an ND would carry a brand of supplements in their office to provide patients with quality products. Without quality control, an ND really doesn’t know if a patient is getting the right herb, but you should never feel pressured to buy numerous supplements.

 

If you consult with your ND about your health concerns and they treat more than just your symptoms, such as the underlying cause, then that’s a good sign. If your doctor has quality products in their office, but still makes you feel at ease about purchasing elsewhere, then your ND sounds trustworthy.

 

Your ND motivates you to succeed.

 

An amazing naturopathic doctor will motivate and inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle. First and foremost, they should practice what they preach and set a healthy example, such as being a nonsmoker, keeping a healthy weight and maintaining a healthy physique. How is their skin: If they are over 40, do they look visibly younger? How is their energy level: Are they full of life? If you answered yes to these questions, then that’s a good sign your ND is passionate about healthy living and following the philosophy of naturopathic health.

 

A good ND encourages you to take responsibility for your own optimal health through knowledge and empowerment. You definitely need to have a good rapport with your doctor, but simply being nice may not work for you. If your ND can’t get you to follow a treatment plan, then you’re just wasting your time and money. Don’t make the mistake of spending time with any doctor, ND or even MD who makes you feel worse. There are dozens of supplements and treatments available, so by the time you leave the doctor’s office, you should hopefully feel inspired and confident that you are moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

 

Your ND is knowledgeable in a variety of natural therapies.

 

A well-trained naturopath usually displays credentials in their clinic and on business cards and websites. Be cautious if your ND doesn’t display any credentials. It could be that they don’t have many qualifications to display. How did they obtain their credentials? Did they physically attend lectures and student clinics on campus, or did they graduate from a correspondence course?

 

Some of the more common treatments used by an ND, according to UMMC, include nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy (water therapy), physical medicine, detoxification, spirituality and lifestyle and psychological counseling. Your ND may also use hypnosis, guided imagery or other counseling methods as part of a treatment plan.

 

If you require more than just a “general” naturopathic practitioner, look for an ND that specializes in the field of health you are seeking. Some NDs will try to treat everything from cancer to autism, and it’s almost impossible to keep up with research in every aspect of health, which means they may not have enough information to treat any specific ailment completely.

 

Yet, your ND should stay up-to-date with all of the fields they practice. In addition, a good ND stays informed on what is happening in pathology testing and even pharmacology — to ensure they have the latest knowledge of potential medicine or supplement interactions.

 

If your ND is well-versed in a number of naturopathic therapies and treatments, and they are willing to research treatments if necessary, then you’ve found yourself an amazing naturopathic doctor!

 

Everything we experience and everyone we interact with affects us. So, it goes without saying that the naturopathic doctor we look to for healing should impress us with their compassion, desire to heal, ethics, ability to motivate, and knowledge of naturopathic medicine."

 

 

 

 


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