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What is a Naturopathic Doctor
What is a Naturopathic Doctor
 "Are naturopathic doctors real doctors?"  according to the diplomas hanging on the wall of naturopathic doctors' offices throughout the country, the answer is: Yes.
Naturopathic medicine schools are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
The curricula of all medical programs is very similar. Prospective physicians spend the first two years learning all of the basic sciences, like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and genetics. The credit hours- as well as the textbooks used- in these basic science classes are pretty much identical among all types of medical schools.
All three kinds of medical schools teach pathology (the study of disease) and doctors learn how to diagnose disease through a combination of patient interview and observation, physical exam, lab tests like blood or urine tests, and imaging studies like x-ray, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cardiograms. Even though the coursework is almost identical, where MD, DO, and ND programs sometimes differ is in how they choose among which test(s) to order, and how they are interpreted.
As medical students progress into their third and fourth years, they learn more about treatment modalities and this is where the types of medical schools differ. For example, while all medical schools teach pharmacology and minor surgery, programs may vary greatly in terms of how much clinical nutrition the medical students learn. DOs learn osteopathic bone manipulation and NDs learn naturopathic manipulative therapy. Naturopathic medical students also take coursework in botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and in some cases Traditional Chinese Medicine or acupuncture. But the main difference between MD, DO, and ND medical programs is not the content of the coursework, but rather the underlying philosophy which guides the physician to choose one treatment over another.
Another difference between ND and MD is the amount of time spent interviewing the patient. ND’s spend a great deal of time interviewing the patient, listening to what is going on in their life concerning their health and what they are currently doing and what they have done in the past to try to improve their health. Considering that the doctor-patient relationship is a keystone of care, it is no wonder that two doctors who received the exact same training in medical school can produce drastically different outcomes with their patients.
In the end, it turns out that one of the most important aspects of patient care is something that is not really capable of being quantified, measured, or regulated. This is why choosing the right doctor is as much finding somebody who you feel you can trust and relate to on an emotional level as it is evaluating credentials.
Both naturopathic physicians and conventional doctors need to pass medical board exams if they wish to obtain a license to practice medicine. Naturopathic doctors seeking medical licensure must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).
 Naturopathic Doctors are able to prescribe medications in some states, they can also prescribe vitamin infusions and other treatments that would benefit your health. But most times Naturopathic Doctors will go in a more natural direction such as, nutrition, Vitamins, natural supplements, etc..  Naturopathic doctors are more likely to be aware of how botanical medicines and dietary supplements may interact with prescription and OTC medications. 
What is Live Blood Analysis?
What is Live Blood Analysis?
Using the drop of your blood the Naturopath will be able to investigate the size, shape, and ratios of our red cells, white cells, and platelets in your blood. From this the ND can identify certain nutritional and lifestyle factors that may improve your health and answer many of your health questions. A full live blood analysis takes about 1 hour and will provide you with insights that will literally help you to change and improve your health and life from the inside out.
Live blood analysis can provide information about different areas of your health, including activity of the immune system, condition of the red blood cells, liver toxicity, presence of heavy metals, presence of parasites, fungus, and yeasts, with in the blood, malabsorption of fats, oxidative stress and free radical damage, inflammation in the body.
Live blood analysis, also known as live blood cell analysis, is the observation of live blood cells using a special microscope known as a dark field microscope. It is a diagnostic test, that is, it is used as a means of detecting health conditions. It is valuable as an early detection tool. A drop of blood is taken from the patient’s fingertip, put onto a glass plate, and then viewed using a microscope that projects the images not a screen. The blood is not dried or stained beforehand, so the blood elements can be seen in their living state. The tester will look at the variations in the size, shape, ratio, and fine structure of the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other blood structures. Unlike other medical tests, you remain present during the analysis of your blood.
Live blood analysis is designed to detect functional imbalance in the body that are known as precursors to disease extremely early, in some cases, before standard blood testing is able to . The practitioner is then able to recommend changes that need to be made by the client, such as, nutritionally, allowing the precursors to be reversed before the disease becomes diagnostically apparent.
What is the difference between live blood and regular blood tests?
The regular blood sample taken at the laboratory takes a few days to analyze so that blood cells die off in the meantime. The blood is also changed through the addition of stains and dyes in order to facilitate the analysis. Live blood analysis is very different from regular blood test. The live blood is observed live under a microscope giving the patient the ability to see his or her blood on a video screen in real time. The results are instant: there is not waiting around and the patient gets to participate and understand what is happening inside their own bodies. The blood sample is still alive and it gives a more accurate picture of a person’s health at the cellular level. Another advantage of live blood screening show the patient their immune system activity plus lots of other important findings such as: yeast, fungus, mold, bacteria, parasites, hormonal imbalances, sugar imbalances, sugar intolerance, allergies, myco-toxins, uric acid and more.
What is Reiki?
What is Reiki?
Reiki, in a simpler term, is energy work or working with someone's energy field. Sounds crazy right? Well it may not be as crazy as one may think. For thousands of years energy work has been looked to for a way of healing and balancing the body more fully. In the book Extraordinary Living Through Chakra Wisdom: The Psychology of Energy by Rick Vrenios, he explains that energy work can provide a way to enhance almost every part of one’s life by: • Maximizing ones state of health • Overcoming life challenges • Moving through depression and grief • Building and repairing relationships • Developing new skills • Preparing negotiation strategies • Strengthening personal and professional intuition • Flowing gracefully through the evolution of life • Understanding the subtle elements of your being • Discovering your place in the universe • Attaining spiritual enlightenment For some people it may be a difficult thing to turn oneself over to believing that there is a higher power, or something more than just ourselves. For those who believe this they will not benefit as much from a reiki treatment as those who do believe in something bigger than themselves. Either way whether you are a believer or not reiki can provide a time for someone to reflect, relax and take some time out for themselves. Broken down, the literal translation for reiki, Rei meaning "God's wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki meaning "life force energy", actually means "spiritually guided life force energy"(reiki.org). These energies are our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual selves. In the book The Book of Chakra Healing, by Liz Simpson, she explains that "Interestingly, many scientists who have become disillusioned with mainstream explanations-and the arrogance of an orthodoxy that, when it can't explain a phenomenon, dismisses it as fanciful or non-existent...". This seems to be true for many people. They pass things off as mere coincidence, when in fact it really isn't. Think about it, having a gut feeling, trusting your intuition, these are a things that are governed by our energies and chakra system. You can't see, smell or touch a feeling or an instinct, but you know it's there. These are all associated with your chakras. There are many chakras all over the body, but most of the time when talking about energies and chakras the focus is on the major seven. These chakras run along our spinal column, and are associated with different colors, emotions, glands in our body and are even associated with the physical parts of us as well. These points of energy are in a state of constant movement, spinning out from our bodies, some faster and some slower than others. When we refer to the chakras we refer to them as open or closed. When they are open the right amount things are working great, and in turn you feel great, however when they are open too much or not enough dysfunctions happen and as with everything else in our bodies our other chakras will try to compensate for this dis-ease and physically and emotionally things are thrown out of balance. These balances are imperative to whole body health. Let’s use the throat chakra for an example. The throat chakra is, naturally, located in the throat area. When this chakra is thrown out of balance emotionally one may feel an inability to express emotions or have a lack in creativity. Once this imbalance begins, the heart chakra, which is located in the middle of the chest, will begin to compensate to find a balance, which in turn will add on to the symptoms that are already present from the imbalance in the throat chakra and so on. If these imbalances are not corrected the emotional symptoms that are felt can become physical. Sore throats, neck ache, thyroid problems, and asthma are just some of the physical symptoms that are felt when these imbalances persist for too long. Reiki will help balance and calm these symptoms, but just having a reiki treatment is not going to fix the issue. It will help, however there is some responsibility on the clients half to better themselves, and much like an alcoholic, they have to accept that there is something wrong in their lives, and now it is time to change it. Change is not always easy and it is not always pleasant either, but when the effort is put forth and it is consistent amazing things happen. Having patience with oneself is key to changing. We have all gone through some sort of trauma in our lives, whether it be the time you lost your favorite stuffed animal, never to be heard from again, or possibly there was a time you got into a car accident and almost lost your life, devastating things happen, and our bodies find ways of coping with them. When beginning treatment with reiki there has to be an understanding that one must be able to accept that they have had some bad things have happen to them, and that they are willing to let them go. Most commonly this happens through an emotional release. On the website guide-to-massage.com they explain emotional release as follows: “Emotional release is an experience in which a client, during a massage therapy session, begins to cry, express fear, anger sadness or other emotions. The client may also pound the table, shake, contract and release body muscles, move into different positions or yell. These are the obvious and hard to miss signs, but emotional release can also be very subtle, maybe single tear, stillness, a shift in breath or a change in color. Emotional release will happen when a pattern of tension has been disrupted. It may sound uncomfortable, but this is one of the ultimate goals that we want to reach. It is healing at its deepest level. Having these reactions actually allows the body, mind and spirit to move on from things that have been impeding growth as a whole. It is a good idea for everyone to give reiki a try, it’s even better when one is open-minded about it. Everyone deep down is struggling with something, even when on the outside it may seem like they are just fine. Whatever the case may be reiki can help through every facet of one’s life. Go on give it a try, you may just surprise yourself.
What is Massage Therapy
What is Massage Therapy
What comes to mind when one hears the word massage? Relaxation, tranquility, or even leisure may come to mind, but massage therapy is so much more than a day at the spa. Massage therapy has been around for thousands of years, in fact, according to an article on the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) website, there are texts dating back more than 3,000 years in China on the use of massage therapy. Hindus, Egyptians and Persians have also been found to utilize massage therapy for the many benefits that it provides. Aside from just alleviating pain massage can help strengthen the immune system, loosen joints, help with sleep disturbances and much more. Massage also has a potentiality for helping the spirit and mind as well as the body. Even with all of these benefits massage therapy does have restrictions as far as abilities and application, that one may want to keep in mind before making your next appointment. When someone is stressed their body goes through changes such as an increase in heart rate, headache, even feelings of anxiety or depression, and they can even begin to lose sleep. On a chemical level, however their body is waging a hormone war. The cocktail of hormones released affects the body just as much as the physical symptoms that are felt. All of these changes contribute to becoming dehydrated, fatigued and overall just feeling rundown and tired. When this happens the immune system becomes weakened, and the body may start to feel achy and sore. Massage therapist use their hands, bodies, and sometimes tools, such a hot stones or thumb savers, to work the muscles, tendons and connective tissue of the body to help facilitate relaxation so the body can begin to heal itself from the inside out. With regular application of massage therapy one will begin to notice that they are less stressed, have an increase in flexibility and over time they may notice that they are getting sick less often. By allowing the body to relax and adding the physical manipulation of soft tissues massage therapists can facilitate the removal of stress hormones allowing the body to further heal itself. Massage therapy does not only work on the physical level, but the spiritual and mental levels as well. There are modalities of massage therapy that work with the bodies energy field. Sometimes someone’s problems run much deeper than the physical and massage therapists trained in energy work can help facilitate the healing of a persons energy field, because believe it or not the energy can become damaged for the same reasons the body can become damaged. These modalities are not only good for the average person, but they can be helpful where physical modalities may not be needed or cannot be applied. Massage therapy has many benefits to the being as a whole, but it is good to keep in mind that massage therapists are not doctors. They CANNOT diagnose or cure any disease, and they cannot prescribe any medications as this is not in their scope of practice. It is also wise to speak to your doctor before beginning any sort of massage treatments to make sure there are no life threatening conditions present that would bar someone from receiving a massage. There are conditions that are contraindicated (to give indication against)and can become deadly if there is no knowledge of them. Over all massage is a phenomenal practice to add to a wellness regiment whether someone is stressed and looking for a way to unwind, or they are in a place in their life that they would want to better themselves for years to come. Just remember to keep calm and get a massage.
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy
One of the most iconic images of massage therapy is the hot stone massage. Hot stone massage, as with many other massage modalities, has its roots in ancient times. According to massagemag.com the tradition of using stones to help heal and ground a person has been traced back more than 2,000 years, and can be found in many cultures around the world. Hot stone has some unique benefits that you can only find with this one modality, however there are some things to consider before making an appointment. Hot stone is a unique modality in that when a heated stone is place on the body it delivers deep penetrating heat to the area of the body that may be having problems. Say for instance that someone goes in for a hot stone massage and tells their therapist that they are having problems with their shoulder, the therapist may use a placement stone, a stone that is placed on a towel or barrier on the body, to deliver pinpoint heat to that area. The therapist may also use working stones, or stones that are being used by the therapist for the massage, to work out whatever problem that is causing someone pain. Placement stones should always have a barrier between the client and the stone. Due to the deep heat that heated stones provide for a hot stone massage it offers a unique opportunity to receive a deep tissue massage for those that don’t enjoy the actual pressure of a deep tissue massage. A comfortable deep heat that reaches the deepest layers of muscle allows them to relax much more fully than during a deep tissue session. It is also wise to inform your therapist if the stones are becoming uncomfortable. Failure to do so can cause serious burns. The heat that is generated by the stones is sent deep within the muscle layers. If the stone is not removed before the point where it is unbearable, the heat is still trapped within those muscle layers and cannot escape fast enough to prevent a burn. Hot Stone massage is also not right for everyone. Some conditions that hot stone massage is not right for include but are not limited to are: hypertension, diabetes, lupus, inflamed skin conditions (such as sunburn), and pregnancy. The heat that is generated and passed on to the person receiving the massage raises the body temperature enough that if one or more of these conditions are present it may have devastating if not lethal results. Over all hot stone is an extremely beneficial modality to try. It allows one to receive the benefits of a deep tissue massage without all of the pressure. It is also a great modality to make one feel grounded and centered, relaxed and rejuvenated. Just make sure to keep in mind that keeping in good verbal contact with your therapist is highly recommended, and as always keep calm and get a massage.