NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE – WHAT WE OFFER
During your initial one and a half hour visit, your doctor will ask you questions about your present and past health, while listening to your story. Once a full health history is taken, pertinent physical exams may be conducted, such as temperature and blood pressure, and listening to your heart. The doctor will conduct a thorough review of past laboratory reports, and if necessary, laboratory test may be ordered to fill any gaps in this information. Then your doctor may make recommendations, such as dietary and lifestyle changes, therapeutic exercise, herbs or supplements, or hydrotherapy techniques – preferably in cooperation with your primary care provider.
A follow up visit is often scheduled 2-6 weeks after the initial appointment and lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Your doctor will go over any changes that have occurred, answer any questions that have came up, recommend supplements or other tests if needed, and continue to encourage you on your path to optimal health and wellness.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer a wide variety of complementary and alternative modalities to help you achieve your health goals. Your doctor will partner with you to find the best course of action based on your individual needs.
Despite a wide variety of foods, people today generally eat more but actually get fewer nutrients. Many common aspects of daily life can deplete the body of the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Food is the best medicine. Many medical conditions can be treated more effectively with foods and nutritional supplements than they can by other means, with fewer complications and side effects. We promote a whole foods diet full of color and variety.
Many plant substances are powerful medicines. Where single chemically-derived drugs may only address a single problem, botanical medicines are able to address a variety of problems simultaneously. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body’s own chemistry; hence, they can be gently effective with few toxic side effects.
Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of “like cures like.” It works on a subtle yet powerful electromagnetic level, gently acting to strengthen the body’s healing and immune response.
This is not a weight reduction program — it’s a disease reduction program. While weight loss often occurs, it’s only secondary to the primary goal of helping you achieve and maintain a healthy body composition to improve health, manage disease, feel better, and reduce your risk to more serious conditions.
Our naturopathic doctors will treat patients of all ages.
FREQUENCY SPECIFIC MICROCURRENT (FSM)
This electrotherapy unit operates at very low amps similar to that produced by your own cells. Your body uses the microcurrent energy to increase healing, protein synthesis and waste product removal.
Is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the CranioSacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Whether through massage, stretching or exercise recommendations, our goal is to make sure your body is aligned in a way that will encourage its’ natural healing potential.
Is a method of accessing your body composition, including body fat percent, lean body mass or muscle mass, and water status.
INTRAVENOUS (IV) THERAPY
Adding nutrients directly into the vein is a way to bypass the bodie’s limitations of absorption through the GI system. We provide many services including the traditional “Myer’s cocktail,” Methyl B-12 injections and Vitamin C immune therapy.
We are able to offer IV therapy under the supervision of our medical doctor, Jonathan Cotter.
The interest in a more natural approach to hormone therapy has focused attention on bio-identical hormones — hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies. Bio-identical hormone therapy is often called “natural hormone therapy” because bio-identical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce. But that tricky word natural muddies the waters. Pregnant mares’ urine is natural, but Premarin is not bio-identical, at least not to human estrogen. The same goes for Cenestin, which is made from plants but is not bio-identical. Research reveals that bio-identical hormones, when used properly, do not increase a woman’s risks in the way that “conventional” hormone therapy does.
We are able to provide woman’s health needs, including natural family planning, bio-identical hormones and many others through the help of our medical doctor, Jonathan Cotter.
WE ALSO OFFER SPECIALTY LABS, SUCH AS:
The thyroid secretes two main hormones: T3 and T4. Low levels of these can cause fatigue, constipation, dry skin, depression, high cholesterol, weight gain, and thinning hair. We thoroughly evaluate thyroid function by looking at T3, T4, antibodies and make sure they are not just normal, but optimal.
Laboratory evaluation of adrenal fatigue often looks at the hormones produced by the adrenal gland (cortisol, epinephrine, and DHEA)
Assessment of neurotransmitter levels can provide valuable information about the status of the nervous system and its interaction with other systems in the body. The test measures common neurotransmitters such as Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Dopamine, Serotonin, Glycine, GABA, Glutamate, PEA, and Histamine.
IgG AND IgE FOOD ALLERGY TEST
Foods can cause immediate reactions such as hives, rashes, and throat constriction. They can also cause delayed reactions of all sorts including fatigue, asthma, irritable bowel, colitis, joint pain, headaches, depression, and sinusitis. Delayed reactions are much more common than immediate reactions. If you do have food allergies they may be the cause of, or contribute to, your symptoms.
URINARY TOXIC METAL
Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, copper and aluminum are toxic metals that can accumulate in the tissues (muscle, bone, fat, brain) of the body leading to a variety of medical conditions. Generally the accumulation comes from contaminated air, water, food or from some environmental or work exposure.
HORMONAL SALIVARY TESTING
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the primary hormones secreted by the ovaries and testes. Imbalances in these may cause PMS, menstrual irregularities, mood swings, fatigue, and loss of sex drive.