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Why Visit the Naturopaths?
Today many people are looking for 'natural medicine' and a more 'holistic' approach to health-care. We are committed to delivering to our patients, the highest quality natural medicine care, using a holistic, preventative and educational approach to empower people to achieve and maintain their optimal health, wellness and vitality.
Naturopathy is a system of primary health care that is based on a philosophy that distinguishes it from current mainstream or orthodox medical practice. The goal of naturopathic practice is to treat any underlying disorders and to seek the cause of illness as well as to restore normal body function by enhancing the body's own inherent healing abilities. The naturopathic physician views symptoms of disease as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Knowing this, you can appreciate why treatments are individualised to each person.
The role of the Naturopath is thus to recognise and remove barriers or impediments to the healing process. Naturopathy can provide people with the tools to take charge of their health and well-being and offers the best hope of preventing some of most serious and life-threatening diseases.Because naturopathy deals with the whole person, encompassing both physical and social-emotional issues, it is the most effective prevention for lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, which rate as this country’s three biggest killers.Whereas conventional Western medicine tends to deal with physical complaints only, often in isolation, naturopathy takes in complete physical condition plus lifestyle factors such as nutrition and exercise and emotional or stress concerns.
The Naturopathic Consultation
Naturopathic consultations involve listening to each individual’s health story. During an initial consultation, an in-depth and detailed case history is taken, including detailed medical, diet and exercise history, as well as lifestyle and occupational habits to gain a holistic sense of a person’s health picture. An initial consultation is generally 1 hour in length, depending upon the case. At the conclusion of the initial consultation, a treatment plan is recommended. Naturopathic Medicine recognises and respects that each person is unique and therefore the healing plan (program) that is developed must be reflective of each person’s individuality – one size does not fit all. The program is based on each individual’s goals, abilities, as well as limitations. The program is also designed so each person feels comfortable with it and is ready to integrate it into his or her daily life. A person’s program will change and develop as they continue to improve their health and well-being.
Follow-up consultations to gauge the changes that have occurred in a person’s health concerns generally last 20 - 30 minutes. The frequency and number of follow-up consultations is dependent on each individual case. Generally, we like to see a patient monthly, but this may change to fortnightly or even weekly in certain circumstances.
Naturopathy is ideal for those who want to improve their health and are interested in implementing the necessary changes necessary to allow the body to self heal. Naturopathy is not an ideal therapy for those who wish to just pop pills and expect their health to be outstanding, without addressing the necessary lifestyle or dietary options.
Why Visit The Naturopaths?
We are the natural medicine specialists, your professionals in natural health care. The Naturopaths are committed to always delivering to you the highest quality professional natural health care and education. Our practitioner has 25 years of experience and is professionally registered. We believe in the concept of “integrative medicine”, and work alongside and refer to other health-care professionals when required. We prefer to work with leading health-care professionals in their respective fields, who share our vision, passion and philosophy. We take the time to listen. Our practitioner schedules more time with you than a typical medical doctor’s 5 minute visit for a good reason: To truly understand your condition and to really assist with healing, it takes time and we go the extra mile for our patients in order to get the results. Our patients tell us that they enjoy their visits because they feel unhurried, can relax and explain how they feel.
Treat The Cause
You may like to read the article Warning Signs of Impending Health problems. Conventional medicine tends to deal with physical complaints only, generally in isolation, and often has difficulty in establishing or treating the actual cause of the disease. Naturopathic practitioners takes in account your complete physical condition plus lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, emotional or stress or poor postural concerns. We look for, identify and treat the underlying causes of the disease, and not just the presenting symptoms. If you are still going to a conventional doctor, are they really treating the underlying cause of your illness? Perhaps you have been told that you are “incurable”, or that you need to take a pharmaceutical drug “for the rest of your natural life”, then please do contact us!
We perform functional medicine tests such as Hair analysis, Food Allergy tests and also perform radiology to helps us establish the cause of the condition. We also do conventional blood testing, but test for more than a GP generally would - for instance Homo cysteine and Protein A, which are important markers which fall "outside" the scope of general medical practice, but are nevertheless important predictability markers to more fully assess your risk of heart and vascular disease than cholesterol alone. (which according to a medical doctor, generally requires a cholesterol-lowering drug to effect a "cure", whereas commonly, little or no mention of diet of lifestyle modification are made). Treat the cause - not the effect is our motto.
Consultations are delivered only by a qualified, professionally registered and experienced practitioner; for many years we have assisted in training final year naturopathic students in our clinic to our high standards. Our natural medicine programs have been scientifically designed over many years, and carefully formulated based on thousands of patients in the clinic, to ensure that you get the best possible results. Our experience with foods and diets, as well as nutritional, herbal and homeopathic medicines ensures you get great results as well as value for money. Naturopath Eric is also experienced we pharmaceutical medicines, and has learned their side-effects, as well as their interactions with natural medicines.
All our consultations represent quality and value for money. We stock in our dispensary only what we believe to be the best quality products in the natural medicine business. These products represent great value in terms of cost and results. A full range of premium liquid herbal and homeopathic medicines are available as well. Only by using the highest quality products, can we hope to achieve the quality results you are looking for.
The Naturopaths only believe in scientifically proven, clinically researched and well validated diagnostic methods and treatments. What we do is based firmly on science as well as the healing power of nature, and is validated by mainstream clinical research at the highest level. We can arrange for conventional blood testing, and also work with several highly specialised testing laboratories in America as well as Australia and NZ if you do require specialised testing. We perform an in-depth laboratory analysis and medical history for each patient. The Naturopaths also use a more accurate interpretation of the laboratory values from a functional perspective of your organs, as one may have "normal" values but normal does not always indicate "optimal." This is apparent particularly with conditions such as under-active thyroid, where the conventional results can come back as “normal”, even though the patient may have all the signs and symptoms of an under-active thyroid.
Our Naturopath has undergone 7 years of full-time training, and participates in ongoing education. We invest as much time in educating our lead practitioner and staff as we do our clients, and know from experience that by keeping ahead of the latest cutting-edge scientific developments in natural medicine, and by drawing on the vast knowledge of allied health experts in the health care field both in NZ and abroad, we can offer you the best possible solutions when it comes to your natural health care. We offer health and lifestyle education to patients who seek the latest natural health-related information, and are willing to apply it in their personal lives in order to achieve the best they can in terms of their health and well being.
Come complete with informative handouts, you will receive diet sheets, recipes and more. An example of one of our most popular programs is our Adrenal Fatigue Program, as of July 2012, we have helped over 3,300 patients gain great energy levels by following Dr. James Wilson's program. This outstanding program which has helped xcountless adrenally fatigued individuals since it's inception back in the early 1990's. We achieve education through our free monthly newsletters and our free information-packed & informative seminars which we hold regularly. Interested? Then join our newsletter list, and find out when the next seminar will be held. You will learn and have some fun as well, so bring a friend and come along.
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Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp. Med) N.D. R.Hom.
Havelock North New Zealand