A few weeks ago I wrote a post to help people understand a bit more about what naturopathic medicine is. You can read that here. Judging by the response, it is definitely a point of interest, so I thought today I would expand a little on the six principles of naturopathic medicine. These underpin everything we do in our practice; our practice is so much more than choices of natural modalities versus pharmaceutical, it’s really a whole philosophy of medicine.
I believe that naturopathic medicine is the medicine of the future.
After several years of being in practice as a Naturopathic Doctor, I am more and more certain that this is the way that medicine is going; at least, I believe that it’s the way many consumers would like medicine to go. Ironically, much of the practice of naturopathic medicine involves a return to the way things used to be – doctors who actually listen to their patients and take time with their patients, therapeutic modalities that are in harmony with the body’s natural healing processes, and a philosophy of medicine that respects the body’s ways and puts patient and doctor together as a team.
I am not categorically opposed to Western medicine, nor am I for a minute implying that allopathic doctors do not care as much about their patients or the practice of medicine. I do believe, however, that the rise of managed care, accelerating costs of health care to both provider and consumer, and the enormity of the pharmaceutical industry have impaced the way medicine is practiced. Naturopathic medicine is in a unique position to get us back to the way it used to be, without throwing out the advances and benefits of western medicine. [Read more…]
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), also known as Human HerpesVirus 4, is one of the most common human viruses. In it’s acute form it is responsible for the common infection, mononucleosis. While most cases resolve without any intervention after 2-4 weeks, there are cases where EBV can become more chronic, and others where latent infection can reactive periodically, contributing to ongoing fatigue and possible symptoms such as fevers and swollen lymph nodes. In the allopathic medical community, treatment for EBV is usually time and rest; in naturopathic circles, there are some natural treatments for Epstein-Barr virus that are worth knowing about.