Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession built on a patient-centered approach which emphasizes the prevention of disease and optimal health. Therapeutic methods are utilized to support the body’s natural capacity for healing, helping patients achieve sustainable health and wellness. Naturopathic doctors focus on holistic and individualized patient care with careful monitoring of patient progress.
Naturopathic medical theory emphasizes a functional medicine approach to health care, using minimally invasive therapies in order to restore health and normal physiological function. It also focuses on providing the body with the sufficient building blocks it needs in order to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.
Rather than focusing on symptoms, naturopathic medicine is centered around finding and addressing potential causes and contributing factors of impaired health. Factors like food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, and hormone imbalances are often overlooked in patient care, and play an important role in restoring and maintaining health and preventing chronic disease.
The core principles of naturopathic medicine are:
• First, do no harm (minimally invasive treatment)
• Identification and treatment of the root causes of disease
• Treatment of the whole person
• The primary role of the doctor as a teacher
• Disease prevention through health promotion
Nutritional Evaluation and Dietary Counseling
Good nutrition is the foundation of health, however in today’s fast paced society many people don’t find the time to eat as well as they should. Identifying nutritional deficiencies and adopting dietary and nutritional supplementation regimes suited to your body’s needs will provide the necessary nutrients to prevent and treat disease.
Your body requires the correct balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutritional factors in order for all of the biochemical pathways to function optimally. Depending on each individuals constitution, lifestyle and health goals some may require higher doses of certain nutrients than others. Dr. Sheldon’s expertise will help you identify any deficiencies in your diet and show you how to correct them.
Our body’s digestive system measures over 20 feet long, with a surface area as large as a studio apartment! It combines organs such as the stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder in order to perform the tasks of digestion, absorption of nutrients, secretion of enzymes, and excretion of waste products. In addition billions of bacteria populate the entire digestive tract to assist these functions, produce vitamins, and regulate the immune system. With so much going on, problems can often occur such as bloating, chronic constipation or diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Conditions like acid reflux (heartburn), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fatty liver, and Crohn disease may also play a role. Furthermore, other symptoms such as eczema, dry skin, weight loss, and chronic fatigue may originate in the gastrointestinal tract. By taking a comprehensive health history and physical examination to assess the cause of any digestive disturbances, Dr. Sheldon will develop a treatment protocol to help re-establish healthy digestive function.
Dr. Sheldon also treats a common condition called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO for short, which newer research is showing may be the underlying cause of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). With non-invasive breath testing to confirm the diagnosis, treatment includes specific dietary modifications anti-microbial supplementation to eliminate the cause and resolve symtoms in as little as 6 weeks.
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
Weight loss can be a very difficult process for many individuals, though it doesn’t have to be. There are many reasons why someone may have difficulty losing weight or keeping weight off. These include dietary habits that are difficult to break, a lack of enjoyable exercise, high stress levels, or a comination of these and other factors. A qualified Naturopathic doctor can also help rule out other causes of weight gain such as thyroid or other hormonal abnormalities.
At Performax health group our Naturopathic doctors take an individualized approach to weight loss, ensuring the optimal health of our patients at all times. The use of body composition analysis allows us to track how much fat, water, or muscle is lost and implement strategies for maximizing fat loss while preventing the loss of muscle tissue. Our goal is not just weight loss, but an improved body composition and healthy metabolism for long term health and wellness.
Regenerative Injection Therapies
Regenerative Injection therapies include both Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. These non-invasive treatments for chronic joint pain and injury help regenerate damaged joint structures by promoting a controlled inflammatory response at the site of injury. This triggers the body’s normal healing response by increasing local blood flow carrying nutrients and growth factors to compromised stuctures leading to an improvement of structural integrity and long term function.
Intravenous (IV) Therapies
Intravenously administered nutrients can have significantly greater effects on improving overall wellness than those taken orally. The reason for this is because oral intake may result in loss of potency due to breakdown and poor absorption in the gut. By infusing nutrients directly into the bloodstream, these problems can be bypassed and the body will absorb the full amount of the nutrients administered. Conditions that can especially benefit from IV nutrient therapy include chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease, and more.