Philosophy of practice: The person is more than the sum of his/her parts
We use a whole-systems approach to medicine. The body/mind can be compared to a complex adaptive system. This system is continuously working to maintain optimal equilibrium, in a perpetually changing environment. Disease symptoms develop when the system is unable to successfully adapt to a particular trauma/stress. Symptoms are a red flag reflecting the underlying disorder in the system. They are the messengers and not the cause of the disease. Disease symptoms can be reduced or cured when the underlying cause is treated/removed. We work with each client to determine the underlying cause of his/her condition. Once identified, the underlying cause can then be treated using the most efficient, appropriate and attainable methods. The aim is to reduce and/or remove the totality of undesirable symptoms and improve the function of the whole system.
The underlying cause of disease can be divided into two categories:
- External stimuli
- Internal susceptibility
involve outside factors that affect each person’s health: environmental toxins, food we choose to eat, toxic relationships, toxic work environments etc.
are the predispositions that run in each person’s family lineage. These are conditions we inherit. We may not be aware we have them until life circumstances become difficult and deplete our strength and vitality. At which point we begin to experience our underlying susceptibilities.
We work supportively, to enable each client, to achieve whole health, balance, and self-regulation. Teaching is an integral part of medicine. Clients learn to understand their disease state and identify the underlying cause(s). This knowledge then empowers the individual to regain and maintain optimal function.
Each person is on his/her own individual path of healing. The goal is to achieve genuine healing through naturopathic treatment, knowledge, and understanding, in a comfortable, trusting and safe environment. Clients are encouraged to engage in their sessions through questions and discussion. It is important that the client has an understanding of their condition in order to make an informed decision on their health choices.