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Helping the body achieve balance February 24, 2011

Posted by Dreamhealer in naturopathic.
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I have been a nurse and nurse educator for over 40 years. My experience with naturopathic medicine is very different from the opinion recently expressed by Lorna Landry in the Monitor (“This mandate fails the science-geek test,” Opinion page, Feb. 16).

It is my experience that those who receive naturopathic care usually have fewer acute illnesses because they have stronger immune systems and those with chronic illnesses see a lessening or even remission of their problems. The quality of life is higher. I have never seen a person suffering from severe side effects of naturopathic therapy, but I have seen many die from the side effects of mainstream treatment with potent drugs.

It is my experience that naturopathic physicians frequently consult the latest research in their field for appropriate therapies and doses and refer patients to mainstream medicine as necessary. They use appropriate laboratory tests to diagnose and monitor the patient.

The approach in naturopathic medicine is to help the body achieve and maintain balance and thus prevent further problems. Unlike mainstream medicine where drugs are primarily given to treat a specific symptom and are “anti- ,” the formulations used in naturopathic medicine are “pro- ” and used to balance the body.

More emphasis on prevention and keeping the body in balance prevents serious, painful, debilitating and expensive problems. To paraphrase the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, we should put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon.

JUDITH C. MILLER

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