Is a system of medicine that treats patient’s health concerns with individualized treatment plans that may include: diet and lifestyle changes, herbs, nutritional supplementation, stress management strategies, counselling and can evaluate disease using standard blood tests, allergy testing, saliva testing, physical exam and by taking a thorough clinical history.
Licensed Naturopathic doctors in Alberta are a regulated profession ensuring safety and consistent training among all of its members. Naturopathic medicine can treat a wide variety of conditions including: allergies, digestive diseases, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances, fatigue, depression and anxiety, pain and inflammation, and can also give disease prevention strategies. Their services are often covered by insurance plans and can be direct billed to some of these insurance providers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I know if my Naturopathic doctor has the best training?
Naturopathic medicine is a regulated, licensed profession in Alberta which means that our members all have the same kind of training at an accredited school in North america, passed two levels of board exams and have fullfilled the additional requirements to practice in Alberta.
What level of education do Naturopathic doctors have?
Naturopathic doctors have completed an undergraduate degree, completed the pre-medical school science requirements and have attended an accredited college attaining a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic doctor and a homeopath?
Homeopaths have had various levels of training and practice the art of homeopathic medicine only. Naturopathic doctors have gone to an accredited school and may or may not use homeopathic medicine as one of their many treatment modalities.
What conditions to Naturopathic doctors treat?
Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care doctors or may choose to focus on certain conditions and concerns.They can treat or provide supportive care for most issues from the common cold to chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, HIV and cancers. Most everyone can benefit from Naturopathic care.
Are Naturopathic doctors against conventional drugs or treatments?
No. Most Naturopathic doctors ultimately care about the health of their patients and strive to provide those in their care with education about both conventional and alternative treatment options. Most Naturopathic believe in the spirit of cooperative care and place a high regard on the best, least invasive treatment options to help their patients.
Naturopathy does not exclude any treatment categorically because it is not natural, but strives to suggest the most effective treatment with the least adverse effects on the body. Naturopathic medicine can be a powerful tool on its own, but also serves it patients well as a complementary treatment alongside conventional medical care, Chiropractic care, Chinese medicine, massage and many other therapies.
Are Naturopathic services covered by Alberta Health Care?
Not at this time. Many supplemental insurance companies are providing coverage for Naturopathic services provided by a licensed provider. Some of these companies allow us to direct bill for Naturopathic visits at the clinic.
What methods of testing are used at this clinic?
- GI Effects Comprehensive stool analysis ( including: yeast culture, bacterial assay, parasitology, inflammation, digestive/absorptive capacity, H. pylori)
- One (Optimal Nutrition Profile)
- DetoxiGenomics Profile
- Gluten Sensitivity Profile
- CardioGenomics Profile
- Metabolic Analysis Profile
- Food Sensitivity testing (IgE, IgA, IgG)
- Candida Sensitivity
- Environmental Allergies
- Vitamin D status
- Saliva hormone: female, male panels
- Saliva hormone: adrenal function
- Month long saliva hormone testing
- Nutrient and Toxic Elements
- Heavy metals, pre/post provocation
- Complete blood count
- Cholesterol, triglycerides
- Thyroid, including TSH, T3, T4, anti-TPO anti-bodies
- Female, male hormones
- Liver enzymes, blood glucose
- Neurotransmitter levels, urine
- RT3, complete thyroid panel
- Heavy metals
- Urine iodine pre and post loading