My visit with Dr. Owen Brown Jr., ND

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Finally up and running. Our family’s United front against Sarcoidosis. We’re fighting for a cure!

My visit was very enlightening and very informative. I was taken a back at how knowledgeable he was about what truly makes ones body become sick. Environmental factors vs.traditional medicine. With me, I feel the medicine that I am taking to treat this die-ease is making my body weaker while trying to control the flare-up that is causing pain and discomfort throughout my body.

A friend from my Sarcoidosis support group on Inspire.com mentioned about her visit to a Naturopathic physician. She said how her experience was very positive. She has been doing so much better. After researching what a Naturopath is and what they do, I decided to find me a new physician, because what I have now isn’t working.

Definition of Naturopathic Medicine

Definition of Naturopathic Medicine

House of Delegates Position Paper, Amended 2011 (Click here to download PDF)

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal
health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing
process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Treat the Whole Person: 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.
  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Naturopathic Practice
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).

Resources:

http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=59

http://naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=60

http://www.bastyr.edu/academics/areas-study/study-naturopathic-medicine/about-naturopathic-medicine