Why Natural and Holistic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct, comprehensive and professional system of health care which emphasizes the use of natural therapies to promote health and treat and prevent disease. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary care practitioners who specialize in natural medicine. Naturopathy blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with the current advances in the study of health and human systems.
There are six foundational principles used by naturopathic doctors:
NDs are extensively trained in basic and clinical sciences. Their knowledge also includes physical examination, laboratory testing, nutritional and metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray analysis and other diagnostic tests. NDs are the only primary care physicians trained to use a wide variety of natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and physical medicine. NDs can also prescribe pharmaceuticals and order laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging.
NDs combine and adapt naturopathic medicine to the needs of the individual patient based on a philosophy which acknowledges the patient as an active participant in the healing process. NDs empower patients in their own self-responsibility for healing and achieving optimal whole wellness. The primary goal of the ND is to help the patient recover and maintain true health, thus preventing and minimizing chronic disease and patient dependency upon the conventional medical system.
Natural Healing and Holistic Healing
Naturopathic Medicine aids the healing of the body with natural therapies, lifestyle changes, and techniques which look further than the patients' symptoms. The approach looks at the whole person and examines the many various facets which can be contributing to and causing health conditions and disease. By approaching health care with a holistic model, exploring the interconnected relationships between all aspects of the body and brain, natural-based medicine can be transformed into holistic-based medicine.
A Holistic approach takes an even further leap into removing and healing the causes of disease over the traditional naturopathic approach. With natural-based medicine, remedies and suggestions may be given to temporarily relieve a migraine headache, acknowledging that the migraines may return in the future. With holistic-based medicine, the doctor knows that the migraine pain can be related to cranial bone motion, spinal and joint alignment, nerve supply, blood supply, lymphatic drainage, chemical hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, liver function, stomach function, acupuncture meridian excess or deficiency, imbalance in electrical brain activity, tooth and jaw problems, toxicity, electromagnetic fields, etc…this list can go on and on. All of these various aspects of health can be screened in order to find the true primary causes of a condition such as migraines. Only then can treatment be applied which will be more effective in the long run for helping the body fully recover and rebalance.
Holistic findings in science demonstrate that we cannot separate the mind and the body. This is based on the science of holographic principles, string theories, and quantum physics. Everything can affect everything else. The holistic approach therefore examines the true causes of a health condition and aids the patient in removing and/or altering the imbalance, redirecting the body's energies towards healing. As a practitioner of applied kinesiology and neurofeedback, Dr. Thomas is using a holistic model to uncover what is out of balance in the body and brain, why it is out of balance, and what other areas are related to and affecting the imbalance. These therapies directly supply the body and brain with the support they need for healing.