By: Dr. Sarah Kristolaitis, ND
Have you heard of naturopathic medicine, but aren’t sure why or when you should make use of it? Here’s my top 5 list of reasons you should see an ND.
- You have a health condition.
This may sound completely obvious, but many people don’t know that Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained professionals who can help with (almost) any condition. We function much like a family doctor: we can assess your health concern, including running blood tests and other lab tests, and work with you to treat it naturally. If you require a particular type of treatment or assessment that falls outside of what we can do, we will refer you to make sure you get the care that you need.
- You want to prevent a health condition or the need for medication.
Do you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer? Have you been told that you’re at high risk of developing a health problem, or are “borderline” diabetic? Want to spend your retirement in Europe or Australia instead of doctors’ offices? We can help! NDs are experts in prevention. While it’s true that not everything can be prevented, and sometimes bad luck happens, you have a lot more control over your health than you might think. We can work with you to optimize your chances of staying healthy, so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.
- You don’t feel well, but have been told there’s nothing wrong with you, or that it’s “all in your head”.
As the expert in your own body, you know when something’s not right. Unfortunately, lab tests don’t always pick up on what’s going on until you have a full blown health problem. We believe you when you say you’re not feeling well, and will work with you to figure out why. Going back to point #2, we take prevention seriously.
- You want to be heard and involved in your health care.
When people ask me why I chose to study naturopathic medicine, the biggest reason I give is that I wanted to spend real time with my patients. In the world of modern healthcare, time is a BIG luxury that few doctors have. NDs typically offer initial visits that are at least an hour long (mine are an hour and a half), with typical follow up appointments of half an hour. We have time to hear your entire story (we’re great listeners!), answer all of your questions, and give you the tools and education you need to take control of your own health.
- Your extended health care benefits most likely cover our services.
If you have health benefits through work or a personal plan that covers wonderful things like chiropractic and massage therapy, it’s very likely that you also have coverage to see a Naturopathic Doctor. Why not come in for a chat to see what we can do for you?