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 HeadlinesPCWA Customers Curb Water Use 34 PercentDrought Watch: Since June of this year, PCWA customers have decreased water use by 34 percent in comparison to base year 2013.
Roseville Area Events Calendar for October 3, 2015Roseville, CA - Bright sunshine and warm temps make for ideal conditions as the fall events season kicks into full swing in Roseville and beyond.
Placer County Child Support Services Recognized for ImprovementsThe Placer County Department of Child Support Services has received the 2015 Most Improved Child Support Program Award
Free Hazardous Waste Drop Off in AuburnPLACER COUNTY, Calif. - The Western Placer Waste Management Authority's annual household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday and Sunday
Repeat DUI's Targeted with Ignition Interlock ProgramOn Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 61, adding another 18 months to a four-county ignition interlock pilot program
California Fire Updates Summary (10-2-15)Nearly 1,000 firefighters are battling 7 large fires. In Northern California, an area of low pressure is moving throughout the area today with light showers
Lincoln Salmon Festival Celebration October 3rdLincoln, CA - The Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is gearing up for the sixth annual Salmon Celebration to bring awareness to the migrating salmon population
Roseville Coffee Wars: Dunkin Donuts and Dutch Bros. ExpandingRoseville, CA - Coffee is big business and Roseville is at center stage in South Placer County as the coffee giants battle it out to serve up their high-priced specialty brews.
151,000 Acres Scarred: Rough Fire GrowsCalifornia Fire Updates 2015: In Northern California, an area of low pressure is moving slowly into the area today with light showers expected and cooler temperatures
Seniors First Awarded Grant from Wells FargoSeniors First was recently awarded $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank which will help to continue funding of Seniors First's eight Senior Cafes
Salmon Celebration Festival in Lincoln October 3rdLincoln, CA - The Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is gearing up for the sixth annual Salmon Celebration
Free Healthy Aging Program Presentations in OctoberIn a series of four Saturday morning sessions at UC Davis School of Medicine, attendees will learn the latest from physicians and other experts about aging and medical science.