First, Do No Harm

29 Aug 2012
First, Do No Harm

Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient: Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health. Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process. Naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self -healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please Contact Dr. Zeff of Salmon Creek Clinic.

Prevention

29 Aug 2012
Prevention

Naturopathic medical colleges emphasize the study of health as well as disease. The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine. In practice, these objectives are accomplished through education and the promotion of healthy ways of living. Naturopathic physicians assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine asserts that one cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment and is committed to the creation of a world in which humanity may thrive. Suppression vs. Solution The basis of modern medicine, with all of its miracles, is suppression. Drugs suppress and control the.

Treat the Whole Person

29 Aug 2012
Treat the Whole Person

As the cause of illness is removed, the natural tendency of the body is to improve function. The human being is not simply a physical entity. We have minds, we think. We have emotions, we feel and we translate these feelings into meaning. We are spiritual beings. “The naturopathic physician seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.” Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. Remember, fever, inflammation, and even infection are not the.

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