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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Treatment RoomNaturopathic Medicine is a natural and proactive form of health care that focuses on lifestyle and dietary changes that strengthen the health of the body.

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Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are able to promote health by applying the foundations of science, research and experience to the use of nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal medicine.

The core principles of Naturopathic Medicine are:

  1. First, do no harm
  2. Encourage the healing power of Nature
  3. Identify and Treat the root cause of the disease
  4. Treat the whole person (not just the symptom)
  5. Doctor as Teacher; Educating our patients is part of the treatment
  6. Emphasize disease prevention and health promotion

What Education do ND’s Complete?

  • Undergraduate degree in pre-medical sciences
  • Four-year intensive post graduate program of Naturopathic Medicine at an accredited college. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ON and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC are currently the only accredited schools in Canada.
  • One-year internship during the fourth year of study.
  • Successful completion of two sets of North American Board Exams, known as NPLEX 1&2.

What Conditions do Naturopathic Doctors Treat?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care practitioners. Therefore, any concern that you would discuss with your family doctor can also be addressed through Naturopathic Medicine.

Some of the common reasons one might seek Naturopathic care are:

  • Weight Management (fat loss/muscle gain/improved body composition)
  • Nutritional Counseling / Food Sensitivities
  • Digestive Health ie. IBS, Crohn’s/Colitis, Heartburn, Bloating
  • Infertility
  • Preconception / Prenatal / Postnatal Care
  • Women’s Health/ Men’s Health
  • Allergies, Asthma
  • Skin concerns ie. Eczema, Acne
  • High Cholesterol/ Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pain management
  • Stress Management
  • Fatigue, Insomnia
  • Preventative medicine for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

What makes Naturopathic Doctors Different?

Naturopathic Doctors know that health is more than the absence of disease. True health is happening when our energy levels are great, our minds are sharp, and our discomfort levels are low.

By taking a thorough history, and utilizing advanced medical tests, our Naturopathic Doctor gains perspective about areas of your health that are often under-appreciated, such as nutrient deficiencies, hormonal changes, the impacts of stress, and subtle reactions to food that are silently sabotaging your health.

Dr. Doyle’s goal is to create a health partnership that puts you back in the driver’s seat. When we prioritize putting good things in your body, and creating a lifestyle that maximizes your productivity, then good things will happen.

Are “Natural Doctors” the same as a “Naturopathic Doctors”?

No. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA), which also governs physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. To comply with regulations, there is a specific education, certification and continuing competence process that all licensed Naturopathic Doctors must complete.

If you are not sure if you are seeing a registered ND, or if you would like more information about Naturopathic Medicine in general, then please consult the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) at www.cand.ca or the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) at www.cnda.net.

What tests/labs are available through a Naturopathic Doctor?

Here at Core Health Centre, Dr. Kathryn Doyle is happy to work with you and your medical doctor (MD) to ensure your standard labs and screening tests are up to date. If you do not have a family doctor, Dr. Doyle can refer you for many common laboratory tests which can be covered by your health benefits package. Dr. Doyle always takes the time to ensure you understand your results, and she looks for trends to try to prevent any abnormal results in the future.

In addition to basic screening tests, Dr. Doyle also offers the following tests:

  • Food Sensitivity Testing – for digestive upset, heartburn, constipation, IBS, allergic conditions, skin concerns, insomnia, chronic fatigue, etc.
  • Allergy Testing – to test and treat allergies to cat, dog, grasses, trees, moulds, dust, weeds, and ragweed
  • Vitamin D Testing – a common deficiency in Alberta that is no longer routinely screened for by family doctors
  • Advanced Hormone testing, saliva or urine tests – for fertility, PMS, Menopause, Low Testosterone, Low Energy, etc.
  • BIA / Bio-Impedence Analysis – used to assess body composition, aid in weight loss assessment and preventative medicine
  • Hair Mineral Analysis – for ADHD/mental health concerns, stress, environmental exposure assessment, nutrient absorption, etc.
  • Complete Digestive Stool Analysis, CDSA – a more thorough analysis of your digestive system, often used for cases of digestive upset, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, etc.
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test, SIBO – to diagnose the cause of bloating, abdominal pain, FODMAPS, constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Nutrigenomix – a saliva test to understand which nutrients and type of exercise are best for you, based on your genetics/DNA

What’s the next step?

If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to book an Initial Naturopathic Consultation. This is a 60 minute appointment to kick start your new approach to better health.

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