Knowledge and Prevention for Greater Well-Being
This is the third of a three part series on the principles of naturopathic medicine. These six principles are founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence and used by naturopathic doctors to diagnose and treat patients.
The first four principles (discussed in the earlier two articles) are: 1. Treat the cause (not merely the symptoms), 2. Do no harm, 3. Let nature heal, and 4.Treat the whole person.
The fifth principle of naturopathic medicine is to educate patients. Knowledge is power, and to be able to understand what is going on in your body is an incredible tool.
Naturopathic doctors take time with their patients to explain what is going on and why it might be happening. Our bodies are systems, and if we miss the first few "signals" (aka symptoms) that something is wrong, it will continue to progress until we listen.
Naturopathic doctors believe that doctors must also be educators, as well as physicians, so that patients can recognize when their body is "signaling" a message that must be heeded. Because NDs schedule longer appointments (at least an hour here in our center), patients have time to ask questions and receive answers.
The sixth and final principle of naturopathic medicine is to prevent illness. Some may argue that prevention should actually be the first principle. Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery, and lives.
NDs evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. They are able to explain to patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally - tailored to each individual patient.
NDs take the time to review a patient's lifestyle and make recommendations so that more positive and healthy habits are replacing old, disease-forming habits. NDs also encourage self-responsibility, as the little decisions that we make every day affect our health the most.
Little decisions, like the foods we choose to eat at meals, and the activities we choose to participate in - whether it be taking the stairs instead of the elevator, joining a recreational sports team, or partaking in less healthy behaviors like smoking and drinking alcohol.
Another critically important way to get or stay healthy is by doing regular blood tests. These tests can save lives and significantly improve the quality of life. Most medical issues that are discovered on blood tests cannot be felt by the patient - whether it be elevated triglycerides or liver enzymes. The only way to learn of these potentially disastrous problems is by doing blood work.
By getting treatment for greater wellness, we are far less likely to need treatment for future illness.
Dr. Dennis Godby, Doctor of Naturopathy, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached online or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591.
Placer County News HeadlinesDowntown Roseville Oktoberfest this WeekendRoseville, CA- Get ready for Oktoberfest this Saturday October 22 at Downtown Roseville's Vernon Street Town Square.
Jack Reacher Opens at IMAX in SacramentoSacramento, Calif. - Set four years since the first film events, Jack Reacher is returning to the headquarters of his old military unit, but reveals that he is now
Genetic Testing Could Prevent DisabilityRecently, I had quite an experience trying to prevent a disability or two in myself. Several years ago, I found online a genetic testing service and later another similar service
Remodeling Your Kitchen - Think WhiteRoseville, CA- Sacramento Realtor, Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, writes about the basics of remodeling kitchens to get the most out of your investment when selling a home.
Desert Trip: You Just Might Find, You Get What Ya NeedIndio, CA- "Any more fun and we'd be in trouble". Perhaps it was the heat of the desert sun speaking, but
Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road provides good versatilityRoseville, CA- Toyota enjoys huge sales numbers in the U.S., where reportedly half the midsize trucks sold are Tacoma models
Placer Gives: Local Resident Leaves Lasting Gift for Disadvantaged YouthRoseville, CA - For Irmgard ("Else") Schichtel a childhood in Nazi Germany set in motion a circuitous path towards a permanent fund at Placer Community Foundation that
Salmon Advocate at Next Rooster Tails BreakfastThe Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge on October 21.
Ridge Tahoe's Dan Garrison Retiring after 34 YearsDan Garrison, the Ridge Tahoe's senior vice president/general manager, will retire in December following a storied 34 years at the resort.
Citrus Tree Quarantine Now at 118 Square MilesAfter the discovery in September of an insect that can carry a disease fatal to citrus trees, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has placed trees in a 118-square-mile area near Lincoln
Mountain Mandarin Festival Seeks VolunteersAs the Mountain Mandarin Festival, slated for November 18-20, has grown from several hundred visitors to 30,000 visitors, the need for volunteers has multiplied.
Sierra College Press Release: King SequoiaRocklin, CA - Sierra College Press has published "King Sequoia" by author and retired national park ranger, William C. Tweed.