Naturopathy Guiding Principles: Clinical Nutrition
As I discussed in my first blog entry, naturopathic medicine is based upon a set of unique guiding principles that set the foundation for our practice. As physicians, our goals are to use minimally invasive and natural substances that help rid the body of disease and restore balance in a safe and effective manner. Our core therapies that we use include: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, lifestyle modification, physical medicine, and in some curriculum Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In conventional medicine, most primary care physicians use only one tool: pharmaceutical agents. Some of these drugs, like insulin for a type 1 diabetic, are absolutely necessary for survival. However, a very large majority of drugs do not address the root cause of disease, they only mask superficial symptoms. In naturopathic medicine, one of our guiding principles mandates that we investigate and address the root cause of disease and we can use each of our therapies to do just that. So, what exactly are the modalities?
I’ll discuss each modality throughout the month of December. Here is my previous blog discussing Botanical Medicine.
II. Clinical Nutrition:
Most of us know what a healthy diet should look like: 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, protein from animal and/or vegetarian sources, whole grains, and a combination of healthy fats. However, it is a challenge in the hustle and bustle to eat right every day. ND’s can help each patient understand what they should eat, how they should eat and when they should consider supplementation. The market for nutritional supplements has exploded in the last few years, but naturopathic doctors are nutraceutical experts and can advise you on the most appropriate compounds and the dosages that are right for you. We rely on well-researched nutrients and avoid trends in the media to make sure that you receive the best possible care.
If you’re interested in learning more about naturopathic medicine, you can schedule a complimentary 20-minute consult with me at OMBE so you may have your questions answered in person. All new patients will receive 10% OFF their initial naturopathy visit from now through the end of the year. Click here to book online or call 617.447.2222 to speak with one of our front desk staff.
Catherine O'Halloran, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Catherine O'Halloran completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Following that, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and obtained her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. CCNM is one of seven naturopathic colleges accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
Catherine chose this profession because she saw the need for a type of health care that treats the entire person, and not just the symptoms of disease. She strives to follow the guiding principles of the profession, especially treating the root cause of disease and utilizing the innate healing power of nature. Through her training at CCNM, Catherine learned each therapeutic modality, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and physical medicine. In addition, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has started training in craniosacral therapy.
Although Catherine treats a wide variety of patients, with varying diseases, she has a special interest in women's health and pediatrics. In her clinical year at CCNM, Catherine was fortunate to be on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and childhood epilepsy.
Catherine is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a physicians license through Vermont.