The goal of a naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the inherent healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body. A Naturopathic Doctor emphasizes disease as a process rather than an entity. Enhancing one’s health is focused on restoration of mind and body.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic Doctors focus on methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects and support the body’s natural ability to heal without harmful suppression of symptoms.
Identify and Treat the Causes
In addition to alleviating acute and chronic symptoms of disease, Naturopathic Doctors seek to identify and remove underlying causes of illness. Rather than merely eliminating or suppressing symptoms, this approach moves the body toward maintaining an optimal state of health.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic Doctors work collaboratively with patients by sharing knowledge and information to create a successful treatment plan. Patients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own optimal health.
Treat the Whole Person
In addition to addressing specific complaints or symptoms, Naturopathic Doctors look at the ‘whole picture’. The physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors contributing to the health of each individual patient are thoroughly considered.
Naturopathic Doctors emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease in each patient. Appropriate interventions can then be made in partnership with patients and focus on prevention.
Support the Healing Power of the Body
The practice of Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an ordered and intelligent self-healing process that is inherent to every individual. Naturopathic Doctors work to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate this natural self-healing process.
Naturopathic Treatment Options
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is a comprehensive and advanced system of medicine that blends scientific evidence-based medicine with traditional and eclectic healing traditions to provide effective health solutions.
are used effectively on their own or can complement conventional medicine.
The Scope of Naturopathic Medicine
- Diet and Nutritional Medicine
- Vitamin and Nutrient Supplementation
- Prevention and Lifestyle Counseling
- Acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine
- Botanical Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Homeopathic Medicine
For every patient, our NDs will spend time gathering a detailed health history. Nothing is overlooked or unimportant, they are interested in gaining an understanding of not only physical symptoms, but take into consideration the mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of an individual’s state of health. Part of an assessment may include urine tests, blood tests, food sensitivity testing or energetic organ system testing. With this information, a detailed and individualized treatment plan is created to address symptoms, rebalance disordered organ systems and helping the body re-establish healthy physiological function. With each treatment program, your ND’s goal is to utilize remedies that are safe and proven to be effective.
For more information or to book an appointment with one of our certified Naturopathic Doctors, contact us directly or visit our clinic in Mississauga!
What can Naturopathic Doctors treat?
Naturopathic Doctors are primary health care practitioners that are able to treat both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that a Naturopathic Doctor is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately.
What can I expect from my first visit with a ND?
Your first visit with me may take approximately one hour to an hour and half. A very extensive patient history eliciting information about your physical, mental, and emotional health is taken and a physical exam performed. Your ND may then suggest laboratory or other specialized testing.
With your input, your ND will propose a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.
What can I expect from subsequent visits with my ND?
Follow up appointments may be 30 to 60 minutes in length and are based on the recommendations of your practitioner at the end of each appointment. The time is set to ensure all your needs are met. Should you request less time, our practitioners may not be able to address all your needs.
What if I already have a family physician, will you work with them?
Yes. Your health care is our primary concern. Your ND strives to create a supportive and inclusive environment of care. Working to create the best network for you is important, where you can feel confident that all your health care providers are working cooperatively with one another to provide optimum care.
What if I am on prescription medication? Can I still see a Naturopathic Doctor?
It is the job of your Naturopathic Doctor to ensure the highest level of safety with any treatment plan, taking into account all prescription medications you may be taking. It is important to write down or bring your medications to your visits so we can ensure that there are no interactions between your natural and drug prescriptions. Many patients visit a Naturopathic Doctor to try and wean off their prescription medications. Our NDs work closely with patients and their medical doctors to ensure that this is done safely and gradually.
What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathy?
Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to treat ailments using Medical Nutrition, Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Physical Medicine, Lifestyle Counseling and Homeopathy.
So while a Homeopath would prescribe a Homeopathic therapy, a Naturopathic Doctor would use any of the approaches listed above, including homeopathy, in their treatments. In addition, Homeopathy is not a regulated or licensed health profession in Ontario. Naturopathic Medicine, by contrast, is licensed in the Province of Ontario.
How do I pay for a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?
Visits to a Naturopathic Doctor are currently not covered by OHIP. Most extended health care plans do cover the cost of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor. It’s important to check with your extended health care provider to determine the amount of your Naturopathic Medicine coverage.
Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?
Naturopathic Doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of Natural Medicine in Ontario. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario under the Drugless Therapy Act and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). CONO ensures that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice Naturopathic Medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.
What is the training process to become a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario?
Naturopathic Doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of a traditional medical program.
Successfully complete a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience. All Naturopathic Doctors licensed in Ontario must pass a vigorous set of board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. The Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces in Canada and all regulated states in the United States.
How can I tell if someone is qualified as a Naturopathic Doctor?
In Ontario, the public can call the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDTN) at 416-866-8383 to verify that a Naturopathic Doctor is registered to practice in the province. The BDDTN is the regulatory body that registers Naturopathic doctors to practice in Ontario.
What kind of research is there in the area of Naturopathic Medicine?
There is an important trend of increasing collaboration between Naturopathic Medicine and conventional medical schools and research institutions. Naturopathic Doctors have been invited to sit on various committees organized under Health Canada. Naturopathic Doctors also works as individual researchers in institutions and in their private practice. At Lakeside, our NDs are committed to ensuring that all treatments recommended to patients are rooted in evidence-based medicine, as well as individualized to each patient.
Meet your practitioners Dr. Jessica Liu, Dr. Lisa Adams, Dr. Caroline Lewis
Dr. Jessica Liu, BSc (Hon), ND
Jessica Liu ND is a Board-certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, practicing general family naturopathic medicine since 2006 with a clinical focus in fertility, women’s health, children’s medicine, pregnancy, and mental-emotional wellness… learn more
Dr. Lisa Adams, ND
Lisa Adams is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences Honours program and of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) where she earned the four-year professional designation of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). As a working Mom, she understands how challenging and hectic everyday life can be for other busy professionals and families.learn more
Dr. Caroline Lewis, ND
Caroline is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a clinical focus in digestion and gastrointestinal concerns (IBD, IBS, food sensitivities), mental health, women’s health, and autoimmune disease. She uses clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, and acupuncture as core treatment modalities. Caroline also enjoys treating skin conditions and weight concerns (through dietary modifications, hormone regulation, stress management, holistic beauty, and fitness) to help patients feel their best.learn more