"This week (May 16-20) is Naturopathic Medicine Week which is the perfect time to share the principles of naturopathic medicine and how I utilize this system to help my patients decrease their risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. I am a naturopathic physician focusing on integrative cancer care although I provide general naturopathic medicine as well. I see patients ages 16 and older.Naturopathic medicine recognizes that the body is connected and has an innate, self-healing ability. As a naturopathic physician, I identify factors hindering the body"s healing ability and aid my patients in removing those factors to support the body"s self-healing process. This principle applies to decreasing your cancer risk. We"re all making cancer cells every day and I identify factors in patients that may contribute to cancer development and work with my patients to treat those potential contributors. You have a headache, so you take ibuprofen. Was your headache caused by an ibuprofen deficiency? No, it was caused by an underlying cause like being dehydrated or having muscle tension. In the same way with more complex cases, I identify and treat the underlying, contributing factors. The one scenario where I treat symptoms is cancer patients going through standard of care treatment. While it is extremely effective, standard of care treatments can cause debilitating side effects like neuropathy, mouth sores, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and many others. For these patients, I utilize therapies to minimize their symptoms that do not interfere with the effectiveness of standard of"
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