Naturopathic medicine involves the diagnostic evaluation of the whole person in finding the root cause, prevention and treatment of disease through non-invasive natural therapies, and stimulating the body's innate power to heal itself.
Naturopathic doctors training involves an intensive and thorough 4 year post-graduate medical school followed by a 2 year residency program in an outpatient setting. Naturopathic doctors utilize a wide variety of treatment to address the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological aspects of illness. These physicians are versed in diet and nutrition, herbs and minerals, the wisdom and techniques of ancient medical traditions (techniques rooted in Asian, Indian, the Middle Eastern and Native American histories), and the scientific techniques and standards of modern medicine.
Washington State naturopathic doctors required to successfully pass an extensive 50 hour state medical board examination before becoming licensed. Similar to medical doctors, once licensed they are then able to perform physical examinations, order diagnostic blood and imaging tests, prescribe pharmaceutical medications, provide prescriptions for massage and physical therapy, provide direction to nurses, write referrals to specialists, perform minor surgery, manipulate joints and the spine, utilize physiotherapy machines, and dispense intravenously nutritional and chelation therapies in an outpatient setting. Naturopathic physicians are the only physicians in the State of Washington who are legally able and encouraged to perform chelation therapy for metal toxicity.
The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient: Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease-assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Intravenous therapy Using intravenous (IV) therapy is a fast and powerful way to deliver nutrients to the body. IV therapy is particularly useful for those patients with compromised digestion. Many people who cannot digest well end up eliminating their oral nutrients, whether in food or supplement, because they’re unable to absorb them. Instead of absorbing through the intestinal wall and then pass through the liver, IV therapy delivers nutrients DIRECTLY into the circulation. It represents by far the most streamlined method for treating nutritional shortcomings.
Typically, we offer IV therapy to patients needing extra nutrients to strengthen the body’s terrain, including boosting immunity, and making the terrain inhospitable to cancer, viruses, bacteria and fungi. It can also help rejuvenate damaged tissue by providing the ingredients the body needs to repair itself.
Myers Cocktail: Often getting a simple Myers Cocktail (comprised of B vitamins, Vit C, and minerals) can act as a “pick-me-up” and also help you get over colds and flus easier. It has been used for over 30 yrs for various other conditions, including boosting athletic performance, migraine prevention, depression, fatigue, asthma and more. Here is a great article about the Myers Cocktail: http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/7/5/389.pdf
Intravenous Vitamin C in Oncology support: I.V. vitamin C increases quality of life. I.V. vitamin C prolongs survival. I.V. vitamin C works synergistically with conventional cancer therapies. I.V. route of administration achieves plasma levels of vitamin C consistent with concentrations demonstrated in vitro to be cytotoxic to several cancer cell lines. I.V. vitamin C inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme produced by cancer cells responsible for the breakdown of healthy tissue facilitating tumor progression and metastasis. I.V. vitamin C increases intracellular hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is directly cytotoxic to cancer cells. At concentrations achieved through I.V. administration, vitamin C overwhelms the ability of cancer cells to suppress hydrogen peroxide production. I.V. vitamin C corrects an ascorbate deficiency, often seen in cancer patients. I.V. vitamin C helps prevent systemic free radical injury.
Research articles on IV Vitamin C:
Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer with Pharmacological Ascorbate.
The controversial place of Vitamin C in cancer treatment
Vitamin C: Intravenous Use by Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners
More info on integrative oncology from Dr. Standish at Bastyr University:
Element 7 Wellness offers a variety of well-researched medical and prescription grade supplements that are in highly absorbable forms and therapeutic potencies. We choose supplements that provide the highest quality, and most effective therapeutic dosages of nutrients, herbs, amino acids and vitamins. Although our physicians' treatment plans mainly include non-pharmaceutical and holistic treatments to stimulate the innate healing powers of the body, at times pharmaceutical prescriptions are required. Our physicians have prescriptive authority and may prescribe pharmaceutical prescriptions at their discretion. If you are an existing patient of Element 7 Wellness, you maycontact us to order your supplements over the phone and we will have them ready for you to pick up or we can mail them to you for a nominal shipping and handling fee. Brands include: Thorne, Pure Encapsulations, Pharmax, NeuroScience, Vitanica, Biogenesis, Designs For Health, Integrated Therapeutics, and many others.