Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and then employing non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines naturopathic medicine as: “A distinct system of primary health care-an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually re-examined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic medicine include modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods” (AANP, 1998).

Consultations

Wellness Consultation

A Wellness Consultation can provide you with a launching point for making positive change on your journey to the level of health you desire. It is particularly useful, if you are really ready to work on yourself, but don’t know where to start, and need advice, guidance, a plan and positive support.

The Wellness Consultation involves an extensive review of your medical history, lifestyle, diet, stress relief mechanisms, and exercise habits, as well as your wellness goals, expectations, and level of commitment to achieving your goals. This allows us to create short term wellness goals, which are both manageable and achievable for you.

A Wellness consultation can take up to 2 hrs depending on the person. Please make sure to schedule your appointment accordingly.

Nutrition Plan

I will assess your nutritional needs and other factors based on the information that you provide. But it’s not all about what I want! I will also spend time working with you to understand what you want from your consultations. Once I have all the information we can together come up with a plan for how to address it. Depending on what sort of health issues you are looking to address I may:

  • explain the science of your health condition so you can understand what you are working with and learn how food may influence this
  • discuss nutritional factors that may affect your health
  • work with you to create some practical ways that you can make these changes
  • answer your questions about any of these factors

In most situations there will be plenty to discuss, so it wont be able to be covered in one consultation. We can work to create a plan for future consultations. We can discuss packages that suit your plan – prepaid consultation packages reduces the cost of your consultations (and the more you buy, the cheaper the consults!) I recommend booking a followup consultation with enough time for you to make changes before your return, but not too far away so you forget everything you have discussed with with me! The optimal time-frame will vary depending on what we have discussed, but an average timeframe would be booking a followup consultation for 2 weeks. You may like to book a few appointments in advance – some people find this helps them to keep on track, and it is also great if you have a narrow window you can attend consultations, to make sure you get a time that suits you!

Lab Review

Common benefits of lab testing in nutritional care:

  • Can reveal underlying nutritional issues that may otherwise be difficult to uncover. (ie. hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, suboptimal vitamin or nutrient levels, etc)
  • Provides clients with better insights into their own health
  • Allows clients to make the connection between the food they eat and their health status
  • Reliable way to monitor client progress over time
  • Motivates clients to adhere to nutrition recommendations

Common labs provided by Tru Wellness professionals:

  • Single-nutrient testing
  • Comprehensive nutrient panel testing
  • Hormone testing
  • DNA testing
  • Food allergy and food sensitivity testing

Each lab test will require a test sample. Depending on the test, a sample can be obtained via saliva, blood spot (ie. finger-prick), or stool sample. Next, the completed kits will send to the online laboratory for processing, with results and quickly email to practitioner and clients.

Herbal Supplementation Recommendations

It’s true that the best way to get the nutrition you need is through diet, but nutritional supplementation is a safe and effective way to optimize your health!

Sometimes your body needs help- all of ours do- maybe you’re not absorbing food properly, or maybe you’re lacking key nutrients in your diet! Some people have a condition that natural extracts work really well for, and you can avoid taking medications that way. Maybe you have a lot of inflammation and short term supplementation with natural anti-inflammatories could get you feeling better fast.

There is so much to know about what works and what’s safe when it comes to supplements! Naturopathic Practitioners spend a lot of time investigating products for quality and effectiveness, so that you don’t have to- we really do love our jobs! We only prescribe the very best medical-grade supplements, and only when you need them!

Not all vitamins and minerals are created equal; NDs only use high quality supplements from trusted sources to ensure efficacy of the remedy. Vitamins and minerals are easy enough to get from a healthy diet, but if you have inflammation or digestive issues, you’re not absorbing the nutrients you need to function properly. If vitamins or minerals are required, we know the right ones to suggest.

Micronutrients are nutrients that are only required in very small amounts, but play very important roles in our bodies’ healthy functioning. Some of these micronutrients also have specific therapeutic actions. Chromium, for instance, is a micronutrient that is very effective at helping control blood sugar levels, while selenium is a necessary part of healthy immune system function.

Sometimes we’ll recommend micronutrients in chronic conditions to help get your body back on track. They can also be used in acute situations, like at the start of a cold, to help your body systems function optimally and get you better faster.

Antioxidants are like superheroes of your body. When you eat food, sugar gets broken down through a process called glycolysis. This process is what creates most of the energy for your cells, and it also creates some nasty intermediate molecules called free radicals. These are a normal part of cellular function, but if there are too many of them, they start causing all kinds of damage in your cells. Antioxidants are the ones that react with the free radicals, preventing cellular damage and maintaining your long-term health.

You make more free radicals than normal when your blood sugar control is poor or your metabolism is out of balance.Your antioxidants get depleted quickly, and cellular damage is bound to occur. Supplementing with antioxidants can put a stop to the wreckage. Antioxidants are a particularly important part of supplementation for chronic conditions like diabetes and certain cancers.