Naturopaths follow the Laws of Nature
Recently a new patient commented on how they like coming to the office just to learn.
I was happy to hear this as what I have been trying to promote over the last 26 years is the role of “doctor” as teacher.
Doctor comes from the latin word “docere” which means “to teach.”
My overall goal is that any information that I am able to share with my patients will be useful for them for years to come.
My website is filled with articles and newsletters that I have been writing over the last 20 years.
Someone once asked me if some of these articles are now outdated and I said ‘no’!
Naturopathic medicine is really a common sense medicine built on a strong foundation of basic nutritional knowledge that doesn’t change. Sure there are many new herbs being used and new knowledge regarding nutritional medicine but there are some basic principles that stand the test of time. This is where I start with every patient.
There are 40 micronutrients plus protein, carbohydrates and fats that everybody needs for optimal health. These include 15 minerals, 15 vitamins and essential fatty acids and amino acids.
All of these are inexpensive and deficient in refined foods.
Sugary drinks are the leading source of calories around 40 grams per serving.
Premature aging can be due to a deficiency of these 40 micronutrients that lead to free radical formation and DNA damage.
These micronutrients improve the immune system, raise the good cholesterol HDL, lower Homocysteine (protein in the blood associated with inflammation and diseases of aging) and improve mitochondrial functioning.
Multivitamins do not have adequate dosages of calcium, magnesium, potassium and omega 3 essential fats.
To preserve itself in the face of these deficiencies, the body develops diseases of aging.
The role of the gut health is integral to almost any health condition including the obesity epidemic.
Following the Laws of Nature are inherent in any Naturopathic Medical practice.
This includes: getting enough sleep, getting enough time outdoors in the sun, drinking enough good quality water, eating a Mediterranean type diet, proper elimination of toxins from the body and time for peace and quiet.
I see my role as physician to help people build a strong foundation for their health and address these deficiencies and to encourage them to build on this foundation for life.
If people maintain their health program the number of complaints greatly reduces at which time I add to the foundation that has already been created.
This is where I add new remedies that are coming up in the research as being useful. In the case of cancer I encourage a life-long preventive program to prevent metastasis or recurrence.
Cancer cells are microscopic and no surgeon can “get it all”! Some jurisdictions in Canada are now providing on-going patient centred support to cancer patients after they are deemed to be in remission. Naturopathic physicians have always emphasized preventive treatment for these types of patients to help avoid recurrence.
Therapies include detoxification and antioxidant therapies.
Secondary to teaching is coaching so this is why I have created a “recipe” section to my website.
I add more than 12 recipes a year to the site. My aim is to create tasty and easy to prepare recipes that are wheat and dairy free.
Tasting is believing! As part of National Naturopathic Medicine Week (the second week of May) we also offer a “Tasting Day” to prove to you that eating gluten and/or dairy free can be very tasty.
We offer free tasting of Verry Berry, cod liver oil and Greens First anytime of the year. There is a new website launched by our Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors: www.ndhealthfacts.org that provides further education on Naturopathic Medicine.
There are two new clinics in Canada, one in Ottawa and one in Victoria, being developed to offer Alternative Cancer Therapies along with standard Oncology Care. Inspire Health has been established in Vancouver for many years and has been very successful to date. I will keep you posted when these other centres open.
In the meantime I have developed my office as an “educational centre” and it is open any time during business hours for those of you who want to pop by and just read or find out more about what Naturopathic Medicine can do for you.
Dr. Ingrid Pincott, Naturopathic Physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com