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Dr. William D. Nager
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Bearverton, OR 97006

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Dr. Bill Nager - Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractor, Acupuncture - Windsor CT Connecticut

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Bill Nager - Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractor, Acupuncture - Windsor CT ConnecticutNaturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged artery or a tumor. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.

Naturopathic physicians base their practice on seven timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

  1. The healing power of nature - Facilitate each individual's own healing processes.
  2. First do no harm - Use therapies that support the body rather than damage it.
  3. Find the cause - Don't just relieve symptoms.
  4. Treat the whole person - Fully appreciate the web-like nature of mind, body, spirit and biochemical function.
  5. Preventive medicine - Optimize and individualize lifestyle to avoid disease.
  6. Wellness promotion - Facilitate high-level wellness by optimizing physiological function.
  7. Doctor as teacher - Fully engage each person in his or her healing process.
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What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

Naturopathic physicians work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers. NDs practice throughout the United States and Canada. Qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training before they become licensed health-care practitioners. Visit our Professional Education page to learn about naturopathic education.

NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs are trained to utilize prescription medication, but do not prescribe medications in the state of Connecticut. The emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.

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Your First Visit

A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to other health-care practitioners.

A first visit with a patient may last one hour and follow-up visits range from 20-30 minutes. Naturopathic physicians need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. NDs also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. An ND may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient’s health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, NDs speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose the way MD's do—yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NDs work to head it off before it happens.

Source: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Dr. Nager maintains a full-time practice in Bloomfield, Connecticut with a full load of patients seeking alternative medicine for a wide variety of complaints – a general family practice. He also works with numerous patients for pain management, successfully treating them primarily with acupuncture, chiropractor, spinal manipulation, exercise, nutritional and herbal supplements. Dr. Nager serves patients in the central Connecticut communities of Windsor CT, West Hartford CT, South Windsor CT, Hartford CT, Simsbury CT, Granby CT, Avon CT, Farmington CT, Manchester CT, and surrounding towns.