A Naturopath’s Tale

As a Doctor of Naturopathy, I am concerned with all aspects of my client’s lives.  If I do not become knowledgeable about my clients, I cannot help them change and mend.
When you come into my office, I want you to be calm and relaxed.  There is never a need to fear what I will do to you.  There are no sharp things to poke or prod you with.  In many cases, disrobing is not required.
I will take your history in order to better acquaint myself with you, and you, of course may ask me any thing about my training and experience.
It’s all about health and healthy living.  We will always move in a positive direction toward achieving our goal…wellness.
There are no insurance forms to fill out, as Naturopathy is not considered Medicine.  I regret to say I do not bill for my services, so all visits must be paid in full, at the time of service.
I am a counselor, teacher, and practitioner of wellness and dietary matters.  I advise, rather than prescribe.
I am not a substitute for your Medical Doctor, but I consider myself a necessary adjunct to healing and (hopefully) resolution of disease.
Although I have a strong background in Medical Science, and hold degrees from George Washington University and Saint Francis College (now University)  I will not give medical advice, but stand ready to coordinate with your physician if he or she so desires.

As your Doctor, I will endeavor to teach and instill in you, as my client, a sense of balance as far as living healthfully is concerned.   Like most people in the Naturopathic profession, I came to this because I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly, at death’s door, though I was living what I would call a very healthy lifestyle.
I was a marathon runner and triathlete, a US Navy warrant officer, non-smoker and had lost 60 pounds in 2 years to put me at a trim 160 pounds for my five foot eleven inch frame.  I awoke one morning after my retirement from the Navy by about three months (I had received the Navy’s Fitness Award prior to my retirement), to find myself in the throes of a full blown heart attack.  My cardiologist could not tell me why.  None of my colleagues could tell me why.  It took ten years, but Naturopathy gave me the answer.  Like so many other similar stories, conventional medicine just let me down.

See and experience the healing power of Nature.  Monitor your progress on the road to wellness through the application of a personalized plan and dietary counseling designed with only YOU in mind!  Visit The Natural Path today!

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What is Naturopathy?

 

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Naturopathy is a philosophy of managing health through the application of naturally occurring substances.

It is not the practice of medicine. 

What is a Naturopath?[1]

We may have talked about this before, but this needs to be re-stated for those new to natural health.  A Naturopath, also known as an holistic practitioner or alternative doctor, is one who does NOT practice medicine or surgery, or engage in other invasive techniques.  What, then, does a Naturopath do?

Naturopaths use alternative methods to evaluate your complaints and determine what is out of balance in your body.  Up to a point, naturopathic practitioners must have the same knowledge as medical doctors to understand how the body functions. We complete a course of studies on a doctoral level stressing anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nutrition, and the various methodologies designed to place things back in balance. Our education continues, through research and case study, lifelong after graduation.  We are knowledgeable about the root cause of our clients’ problems and address imbalances through dietary and/or lifestyle modification, employing natural substances and procedures that restore and promote health, rather than treating symptoms.  Our approach is always in harmony with the “energy” of our clients, never causing further harm.  When a Naturopath addresses physiology, it is done from a different perspective than a medical doctor.

Organs in the body are nourished by certain elements.  The kidneys would not function well in their role without sodium, because it regulates blood pressure, and is necessary for optimal health.  Sodium is essential for maintaining acid-base balance within the body.  Acting as a buffer, it reduces acidity keeping the blood in its most efficient state, which is slightly alkaline.

Since the human body is a complex organism, Naturopaths place their emphasis on the flow of energies within it, searching for causes of imbalance.  At The Natural Path, we use applied kinesiology[2] to help us find them.  Remember that the energy which runs the body is electronic in nature.  Electrons, supplied by our diet, must not interfere with the existing inner vibrational harmony.

Imagine a tuning fork humming away, happy in its vibrational frequency.  ALL the cells of the body, when in balance, perform in a like manner.  When they become imbalanced from things which affect the body (food, drinks, supplements, toxins, drugs, stress, trauma, lifestyle, the environment, etc.) the inner harmony of vibration is altered and, if contrary to our normal operating frequencies, a dissonance  (out of sync vibration) occurs in the cells.

If the tuning fork frequency becomes mutated, it won’t stay happy, affecting whatever it comes in contact with.  Because cells perform in much the same fashion, this dissonance can be imparted to them, as well.  This conveyed conflict is the basis for dis-ease.

Imbalances can be myriad as there are types of cells, tissues, organs and systems.   Fortunately, optimal balance can be restored by adopting beneficial lifestyle changes which do not disrupt the harmonious flow of energy throughout the cells, with the guidance of a naturopathic practitioner.

[1] Naturopathy is a system of health care that does not employ medicine or surgery, but restores health using what is available in nature.  A Naturopath is one who practices naturopathy.

[2] Applied Kinesiology is a system of muscle response testing in reference to acupressure points with regard to revealing strengths and weaknesses in an individual.

A naturopath seeks to find the underlying imbalance in the body, and correct it to restore health, naturally and without disruption of the body’s physiology.  The emphasis is on education.

Visit our clinic in Virginia Beach for a rewarding re-connection to your body’s healing energies.  Let our trained, experienced staff guide you back to wellness, painlessly, thoughtfully, and inexpensively!

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Naturopathy 101

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Your body is smart enough to repair itself and return to a state of balance which many refer to as homeostasis. I prefer to use the term homeokinesis, as the body and its parts are in constant movement, and not just sitting there waiting for something to happen.  Yes, it is true that the body can identify, then repair, any damage that occurs within it.  All the repairmen are there, and they have all the tools to effect the repairs.  However, if the body has substandard material to make do with, then the repairs will also be substandard, because the best carpenter in the world can only make homes just so strong if they are only given cardboard to work with.

The material for the repairs come from your nutrition…what you feed the body.  If you put in junk, then that is the kind of repair you will get when the body is damaged.

In fact, there are 5 basic elements for good health, and these are needed to repair and maintain a healthy body.

And these are:

Wellness is what I stand for.  As a Naturopath, I seek to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.  I will teach you the ways that will bring you health and vitality.  I will counsel you in the correct  forms of nutrition, and restore control of your health to you.  I am not a replacement for your medical doctor, but  will try to give you a plan for a medicine free life.  As natural beings, all of us should strive for healing  in a natural way.  The earth has provided for us.  Take and be healed.  I’ll show you the way.

Good nutrition…live foods; real, whole foods.  Foods with enzymes in them so they can be easily assimilated into our cells, because when you get right down to it, the cells are the ones who need the nourishment.

Water…plenty of fresh filtered or distilled water.  Drink half your body weight in ounces each day up to 100 ounces per day.
Oxygen…we do need air, but how many people mobilize their diaphragms on a daily basis?

Activity…exercise or play, it doesn’t matter, as long as we  move our muscles to massage our circulation and move those nutrients and water and oxygen throughout our system.

And last, but not least, …rest.  Rest and relaxation are the most neglected aspects of wellness.  Remember the little gland that sits in your brain?  The Pineal body?  It regulates your body’s rhythms.  Everything the body does, is done in cycles.  Sleep-wake cycle, digestion, menstrual cycles.  Since the advent of electricity, and the fact that we can light up the night and continue to work past the point of fatigue, man has been in trouble with this gland.  It wants us to shut down when the sun goes down, but we ignore the signals, and keep on truckin’.  We could benefit from regular meditation, and just plain old relaxation.  No one on their deathbeds ever said,”Gee, I should have worked more!”.

See real Naturopathic Doctors at work!  Visit The Natural Path and get your health back on track…TODAY!

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