Naturopathic medicine combines the art and knowledge of traditional healing with the diagnostic tools of modern medical science. The overarching premise of Naturopathy is to maintain health and prevent the onset of disease. However, should a person’s health be compromised, the Naturopathic Physician relies on five principles which provide the foundation for assisting the person in restoring and maintaining vibrant health.
There are three types of testing that are involved in uncovering food allergies or sensitivities as a possible cause for underlying disease or dysfunction. Each test involves evaluating the blood for various reactions within the immune system.
Genetic testing can be done to identify the two markers for developing the auto-immune disease known as Celiac Disease, which are HLA-DQ2 and HLA- DQ8. Research tells us that more than 95% of patients with celiac disease have one of these genetic markers.
Another immune response in celiac disease and many other food allergies involves the production of antibodies. IgG or IgA antibodies may cause a delayed immune reaction that can occur anywhere from one to 72 hours after a food is ingested. The symptoms may include digestive upset, migraines, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, anxiety, depression, joint or muscle pain, sinus congestion and many, many other symptoms.
The third type of testing is done exclusively through ALCAT Laboratories. It is a blood test that is used to reveal a cellular immune response to the ingestion of many common foods, as well as medicinal herbs, environmental chemicals, food additives/colorings, molds, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. We are excited to offer this type of testing at Namaste Health Center because it allows us to recognize offending foods and chemicals that would not be evident on other types of allergy testing. For more information see alcat.com
Colored Light Therapy is a treatment in which colored light frequencies are used to stimulate healing responses in the body and mind. The originator of this technology is a German naturopath, who has conducted over 35 years of intensive empirical research in developing his work. He has created a unique system of energetic healing by combining traditional healing modalities from around the world.
Our lives on this planet greatly depend on having light in many ways. In addition to growing the food we eat, to vitamin D production; we have known for some time that light can have many therapeutic benefits. White light can be broken down into each color of the spectrum, which in turn is represented by different wavelengths. We are still on the threshold of fully understanding the complex relationship between light and life. However, there are many scientific theories to support these various wavelengths of energy help restore cellular communication to support the body’s own innate healing processes.
During this treatment, frequencies of colored light are focused directly on the skin by using a light tool with specifically designed interchangeable glass rods. Each colored rod emits light at a different wavelength and stimulates intracellular communication as the light is absorbed by the skin. This treatment is painless and no heat is emitted from the light source.
Colored light therapy is a powerful tool for addressing the very roots of illness at emotional, mental and spiritual levels. The treatments may be used acutely to boost the immune system during an infection, and may also seem to have a cumulative effect when treating more chronic conditions. Many of the treatments work to support the brain in clearing and processing traumatic imprints that can result in pain or disease.
This unique therapy can be used to treat these, as well as many other health concerns: acute or chronic pain, sinus congestion/infection, allergies, heartburn, IBS, back pain, auto immune disease, hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, fatigue, cancer, anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Far-Infrared, also known as radiant heat, simply a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called conversion. We cannot see this band of light with the naked eye, but we can feel this type of light in the form of heat. Our sun produces most of its energy in the infrared segment of the spectrum.
Regular use of an infrared sauna can help with cardiovascular conditioning, detoxification, stress management and insomnia. It can also help with ailments associated to some degree with poor circulation such as Arthritis, Sciatica, Backaches, Hemorrhoids, Diabetes, Varicose Veins, Rheumatism, Strained Muscles, Fatigue, Stretch Marks, Menstrual Cramps, Cellulite and Skin Conditions.
Sweating is as essential to our health as eating and breathing. It accomplishes three important things: rids the body of wastes, regulates the critical temperature of the body at 98.6 degrees and helps keep the skin clean and pliant. Sitting in a sweat bath could be the most vigorous activity you’ve had all day. The heat produces an artificial “fever” and urges every organ of the body into action. While outwardly relaxed, your inner organs are as active as though you were jogging or mowing the lawn. At the same time, you are being cleansed from inside out by the skin, your body’s largest organ and its excretion, sweat.
Our Far-Infrared Sauna is ready for use. Sauna sessions can be purchased individually or by the pre-paid package price. Call the NHC office for pricing and sauna hours.
Your hormone system is like a complex orchestra involving many glands and hormones. If one hormone is out of balance, over time it can cause other hormones to also be out of balance which can ultimately cause a multitude of symptoms. If you have tried to treat symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PMS or hot flashes and still don’t feel well, it may be time to test your hormones!
Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel throughout the bloodstream to every organ and tissue in the body. Some hormones are appropriate to test in the blood, like thyroid and insulin, while others are secreted in small bursts throughout the day. For this reason, a 24 hour urine collection or saliva sample may be better for looking at adrenal hormones like cortisol and DHEA or male and female sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
A 24-hour urine hormone test looks at downstream metabolites of hormones to provide insight into your risk for developing breast or prostate cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and other diseases associated with aging. These hormone imbalances may be easily corrected with dietary changes, herbs and supplements or in some cases, bio-identical hormones.
Having an ancient origin, this treatment was further developed and perfected by the Naturopathic physician Dr. O.G. Carroll (1879-1962). Known as the “busiest health practitioner of any persuasion” during the 1930-1940’s, Dr. Carroll’s practice centered around this treatment. The practice and principles have been carried on through the succeeding works of Drs. John Bastyr, Harold Dick, Leo Scott and Bill Carroll. This treatment has since been used by thousands of practitioners for almost a century. It was at one time a standard treatment in hospitals and clinics.
Goals and Principles
One principle of Naturopathic Hydrotherapy is that health and healing is proportional to the normal flow of healthy blood. This relates specifically to quality as well as quantity of flow through out the body. The goal is to increase flow through the organs of elimination (skin,liver,lungs,kidneys,colon) to increase the quality of blood by eliminating metabolic waste. The effects of this simple therapy of alternating hot and cold towels maximizes the distribution of oxygen and nutrients, enhance immune response, improve digestion, and restores nervous equilibrium.
This technique greatly improves recovery from many acute and chronic illnesses by stimulating the bodies own healing forces. Examples of acute conditions benefitted by NCH include bronchitis, asthma, colds,flus, cough,headaches, sinus infections and digestive complaints. Chronic conditions that benefit from repeated treatment include asthma/bronchitis, heart disease, digestion issues ie: IBS and Crohnes disease, effects of cancer treatment, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, stress/anxiety,fatigue, circulation/metabolic issues, and environmental toxicity. Studies recently done at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine determined that constitutional hydrotherapy will raise a low basal body temperature, moderate low or high blood sugar, and moderate high or low blood pressure. Remarkably, an increase in white blood cell count by 10,000 more cells on average in circulation is seen within 2 to 8 hours after only 1 treatment. This is a rapid way to boost your immune function and fight any infection.
What to Expect
Hot towels are applied to the chest and abdomen in several layers. When the body and skin are sufficiently warm, the hot towels are replaced with a thin cool towel that is covered with layers of wool blankets. The body quickly warms the towel, and during this phase, low-volt massage currents may be used. A dry phase with electrical stimulation to the abdomen and back area follow. The hot, cold and warming towel phases will be repeated on the back. The treatment last approximately 45-60 minutes. Treatments are adjusted to the individuals needs and comforts.
In order to discover the underlying cause for disease or dysfunction, we utilize modern laboratory tests to assist in our diagnosis. These may include many of the same tests that are ordered by conventional doctors, such as a CBC (Complete Blood Count), CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel), thyroid, and cholesterol levels. However, as naturopathic physicians, we are trained to not just look for lab values that are out of the range, but to recognize overall trends that could indicate imbalances that could possibly lead to disease in the future.
In addition to routine blood testing, naturopathic doctors may also utilize other methods to aid in diagnosing disease, including salivary and urine hormone testing, heavy metal toxicity, food sensitivity testing, and comprehensive digestive analysis.
Although one of our first priorities is to help the body heal through diet and lifestyle changes, there are some instances where it is beneficial to add in extra nutrients using intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) nutritional support. This type of therapy can be useful for many different symptoms and disease processes, from restoring balance by treating a simply B12 deficiency to customized formulas designed to treat complex diseases that can affect the immune system.
These could include, but are not limited to Lyme’s disease, Epstein-Barr infection, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis (or any other auto-immune disease), and cancer. Fatigue due to adrenal exhaustion can also benefit from nutritional IV’s that contain B complex, vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals to support adrenal function. A basic IV with electrolytes can be perfect for an individual suffering from temporary dehydration during the flu or food poisoning. A hydrating IV with amino acids can also be a great addition to a sports nutrition program for endurance athletes that want to take their results to the highest possible level. If caught at first sign of symptoms, a nutritional IV can be a perfect way to ward off cold and flu, or as a preventative boost for the immune system.
A intravenous micronutrient therapy takes about an hour to infuse, however for a super quick boost for the immune system, a Wellness injection is the perfect solution! These are a big hit during the fall/winter months and use a combination of B12 and specific immune boosting homeopathics that can be given as a quick IM shot in the arm in less than 5 minutes!
A Digital THERMOGRAM is a heat-sensing camera that develops a color image on a computer screen, based upon temperature differentials on the surface of any area of the body. A woman imaging her breasts simply has to stand or sit in front of the camera, and within 12 seconds an image appears on the computer. It doesn’t have physical contact with the body and doesn’t introduce ionizing radiation into the body, as is done during Mammographic Imaging (which some people believe can provoke a malignancy to form).
Contact our office for the next scheduled round of thermography in Durango.
Women’s wellness exams at Namaste Health Center focus on mental, emotional, and physical components influencing women’s bodies. Our women’s wellness exams take 1-hour and include a pelvic exam, Pap test, breast exam, and in-depth interview with our naturopathic doctor. Our women’s wellness treatment plans are based on holistic, nature-based approaches for a variety of women’s gynecological issues.
The women’s wellness exam offers the following health services:
Other services we may provide include help with irregular periods or no periods, painful periods, painful sex, bleeding between periods, menstrual problems (premenstrual syndrome) or even a lost tampon.
How to prepare for your women’s health visit: