NMW Day 1: Gaining Personal Power with Naturopathic Medicine

Today is the first day of Naturopathic Medicine Week, a cel­eb­ra­tion of natur­o­path­ic medi­cine across Canada.

To cel­eb­rate this week, I will be post­ing a short post each day to give some insight to the beauty of natur­o­path­ic medi­cine. If any of you, my read­ers, would like to share your stor­ies about how natur­o­path­ic medi­cine has enhanced your lives, please feel free to mes­sage and I can com­pile and share these thoughts at the end of the week.

Personal power is a key attribute that my patients attain when walking through my door.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase“don’t give your power away”. That phrase could refer to actu­al power and your hydro bill but most often refers to per­son­al power.

Q: So what constitutes personal power in regard to health?

A: Education about your body that allows you to make decisions that you alone make, contributing to your overall well-being.

With respect to your health, mak­ing decisions that are indi­vidu­al is dif­fi­cult. I love the inter­net how­ever when it comes to health inform­a­tion, some­times it is too much inform­a­tion to be help­ful and very gen­er­ic in nature. Truly, if sea buck­thorn was the cure to all inflam­ma­tion of any kind, then we should all be eat­ing it every­day. Same with pomegranates, spin­ach, fresh-water fish… but how do you know if your health habits (men­tal, emo­tion­al, and phys­ic­al) and what you have seen on Dr Oz is really the best for you? Health advice really needs to be tailored to the indi­vidu­al, or what you think might be best may not be hav­ing the out­come you truly want. What works for some does­n’t work for all.

Personal power is learn­ing about your health, what your organs do, which organs or sys­tems are your “weak­nesses” and how you can inter­rupt that pro­cess. Heading things off at the pass… or slow­ing down pro­gres­sion. Personal power is when you are not in the office with your doc­tor, know­ing what to do to calm your stom­ach, soothe your skin, handle the flu, know­ing what is an emer­gency and what are warn­ing signs. Linking beha­viour with action in the right ways.

Naturopathic doc­tors help to estab­lish per­son­al power. Knowledge of your­self is power­ful, and the sex­i­est and most appeal­ing thing you can do for yourself.

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