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TREATING THE ROOT CAUSE OF ILLNESS

As a Naturopathic doctor I treat you as a whole person with unique needs and concerns related to your physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and social health.  This is a human-centered, or holistic, approach to health and illness and stands in contrast to the symptom-centered approach of modern conventional medicine.  The symptom-centered approach, while super helpful in the moment, commonly treats or suppresses a symptom in isolation.  This can lead to further disease down the road if the cause of the illness is not treated.  True prevention and disease treatment must address the root cause of your symptoms and give you the tools to fix them.

 

Because I treat you rather than disease, this list of conditions that I treat is meant only for convenience.  Therefore, think of the list below as a guideline only.  If you have any questions please contact me.

 

  • Blood Sugar Disorders

  • Cancer & Cancer Recovery

  • Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Cognitive (Brain) Decline

  • Coronary Artery Diseases

  • Dementia / Alzheimer's Prevention

  • Diabetes, Type 2 

  • Fatigue / Insomnia

  • Fatty Liver Disease

  • GERD & Heartburn

 

  • General Wellness & Prevention​​​

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • High Triglycerides

  • IBD: Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Osteoporosis / Osteopenia

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

GENERAL WELLNESS & PREVENTION

I take the maintenance of Wellness and the Prevention of illness as important as reversing disease.  Staying well allows you to live your life, reach your potential, and save money

 

Illness is expensive!  The average couple can expect to spend  $275,000 on their health care in retirement.  This is above what Medicare covers and costs even more if you think dental care is important!  Therefore, if you're planning to live it up in your retirement, prevention should be a part of your financial plan.

 

Unfortunately, what we think of as "preventative" health care is generally not preventing illness, it's looking for disease that's already there.  For instance, the blood work our primary care provider asks us to do periodically is meant to show what is already wrong:  anemia, liver, thyroid, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, and alert us to the possibility of cancer.  They are important and shouldn't be skipped, but to call them "preventative" is a stretch.  True prevention requires a deep health history, detailed lab testing to find deficiencies, dysfunction, and patterns of imbalance that aren't yet disease, and, of course, lifestyle modification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETOX & CLEANSE

There are a lot of "detox" and "cleanse" diets out there.  The truth is, they're not always healthy and are not appropriate for everyone, especially if you take medications, have chronic illnesses, recently had cancer treatments, are breastfeeding, or are in any sort of generally weakened state.  Many people claim to be experts in "detox" and "cleanse" diets and programs, but don't understand how their treatments are affecting your body.  Many of their programs are fads and either not adequate or even harmful to your health.

 

Instead, detoxing should be considered a way of life.  Licensed Naturopaths like myself are experts in helping you support your body's natural detoxification systems through improved diet, gut health, any lifestyle factors like sleep and hydration and by reducing inflammation and exposure to unnecessary toxins in the environment.  We know when to provide your body extra help through supplementation or helpful foods and can even provide appropriate lab testing to target our therapies to your specific needs.

 

Set up your free consult or give me a call if you have any questions.

FATIGUE & 
ENERGY
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenals
  • Hormones
  • Mitochondria
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Digestion
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolism

We are sooooo tired!  Fatigue is one of the biggest reasons that people go to their doctors.  If you're lucky the reason for your fatigue is found easily with a by your practitioner, but what happens when it isn't?  Sleeping pills and other drugs like benzos can actually make the situation worse, can be addictive, and have additional side effects.  They are not healthy long-term solutions.

Fatigue is tricky and nuanced.  The maintenance of energy is a complicated process that involves every system of your body.  Excluding frank disease, there are usually multiple causes for fatigue ranging from unmet dietary needs to, sleep disorders, stress, inflammation, hormone and brain chemistry imbalances, unregulated blood sugar, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, depression, and on.  Careful health history followed by lifestyle measures can often provide relief.  Sometimes more detailed lab testing and a more personalized approach are needed.  As with any other ailment, figuring out the root cause for your fatigue and treating it is my main goal.  Set up your free consultation or give me a call if you have any questions.

TYPE 2 DIABETES 
and other illnesses of metabolism:
  • PCOS
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • NAFLD

The rise of Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S. and around the world is epidemic.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 3 Americans have pre-diabetes and most don't know it.  About 30 million Americans have Diabetes and nearly 25% of those don't know it.  This is a super-disease.  Diabetes causes or contributes to heart disease, strokes, cancer, and Alzheimer's and causes kidney failure, blindness, and nerve and blood vessel damage that lead to many other serious and painful illnesses.

 

We're often told, or it's at least implied, that having this illness is our fault.  The implication is that we are week and lack the willpower not to get it.  This needless shaming unfortunately keeps some people from getting help.  Yet, when you think about it, epidemics are caused by factors bigger than each of us.  Besides genetics and other lessor influences this disease is caused by changes in our food systems, increasing stress levels, poor preventative services, and a lack of understanding of what to do about it in the medical community.

 

Still, on a personal level, we have to take control of our own health.  I can help you prevent, reverse, and manage this super-disease by helping you navigate the pitfalls of modern life and by giving your body the tools it needs to heal.  Set up a free consultation or just give me a call if you have any questions.

CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASE:
  • high blood pressure
  • coronary artery disease
  • high cholesterol
  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • arrhythmias

Did you know that when you get your basic cholesterol levels checked at the doctor, your risk for Heart Disease is determined incorrectly about 50% of the time?  In other words, you may be told your risk is low, yet there's a 50% chance that your doctor is wrong and that you are headed for a heart attack or stroke?.  This is because the key predictors of heart disease measured in basic lab tests (LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides) are NOT enough to say whether you are headed towards a heart attack or stroke.  In fact, they aren't even close to enough.

 

The consequences of being misinformed about your heart disease risk are too high to ignore.

 

Like all other chronic illnesses Cardiovascular disease is complicated.  Understanding your family history and details about your day-to-day stress and sleep are very important.  In addition, functional lab testing gives us a much more accurate insight into cholesterol, inflammation, your body's ability to manage blood sugar, your hormones, and your genetics.  These details uncover your real cardiovascular risk and help us plan the most efficient ways to help you to improve it.

 

As a Naturopathic physician I have many tools to help you prevent, slow, or even reverse this illness by using thoughtful natural remedies and lifestyle measures that are safe, even if you are already on medications.  Set up a free consult or give me a call if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGESTIVE (GUT) DISORDERS

Anyone that has worked with a Naturopath is well aware that we jump up and down about the importance of a healthy digestive system, aka the "gut".  This is because the gut is the source of health.  This is just logic: it's huge with many organs and multiple functions that influence the health of every last cell in the body.  Just think about a few of its major functions:

  • Digestion and the assimilation and delivery of nutrients

  • Detoxification of toxins and the excretion of waste and cholesterol

  • Immunity as a physical and acid barrier and home to the majority of our immune cells and helpful gut flora

  • Nervous system support through the production of chemicals that influence brain health and function

  • Hormone production and the regulation of hunger

 

When you look at it this way it's easy to understand that the health of your digestive tract is one of if not the most important determinants of health.  Yet, our food systems, diet, increased usage of pesticides and other environmental chemicals, overuse of drugs (e.g. over-the-counter and by prescription antacids and NSAID pain relievers), as well as the stress of modern life lead directly to digestive illnesses and non-digestive illnesses alike.  Here's a short list of illnesses that commonly improve or are relieved entirely by treating the gut:

  • IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea, Heartburn

  • Food Sensitivities

  • Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Celiac Dz, Gall Bladder Disease

  • Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Psoriasis, and more

  • Mood disorders like Anxiety and Depression

  • Skin rashes, Eczema, and Hives

  • Disorders related to Western diet:  Pancreatitis, Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, and Cancer

 

As the source of health an unhealthy digestive tract can become the source of disease.  I have many tools to help you discover the cause of your illness(es) and help you heal them.