Natural Medicine: The New Paradigm

“Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist. With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick”. Henry David Thoreau

Naturopathic medicine is based on seven principles:
1. First, do not harm
2. Nature has healing powers
3. Identify and treat the cause
4. Treat the whole person

5. The physician as a teacher
6. Prevention is the best cure
7. Establish health and wellness

Naturopathic medicine is at the forefront of a revolution in health care, focusing on promoting health and treating disease with natural, nontoxic therapies. Our motto is “the healing power of nature”. (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing power of nature in people that 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.

(Source: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians)

There are many paradigm shifts occurring now in physics, from cause-and-effect to quantum mechanics. From the theory of relativity and theoretical physics of every action having an equal and opposite reaction, now, instead of certainties, we have possibilities, taking into consideration the inter-connection of the universe.

Historically, paradigm shifts in medicine have lagged behind those in physics, but now the medical paradigm is happening. This new paradigm focuses on the interconnection of body, mind, emotions, social factors, and the environment in determining the status of health. Rather than relying on drugs and surgery, the emerging model utilizes natural, non-invasive techniques to promote health and healing.

The relationship between the physician and client is also evolving. The era of the physician as a demigod is over, and self-empowerment is taking its place.

There is really but one healing force in existence and that is Nature herself, which means the inherent restorative power of the organism to overcome disease. Now we have to ask, what avenue of medicine is more conducive to combat disease?  Artificial drugs, vaccines, and other more intrusive practices?  Or the harmless intrinsic congenial forces of natural therapies used by Naturopathic physicians who treat each client as an individual.

Below you can see a comparison between the old paradigm of medicine and the new…

OLD PARADIGM
The body is a machine
The body and mind are separate
Emphasize the elimination of disease
Treat symptoms
Specialize (with the risk of tunnel-vision)
Use high-technology, heroic measures
Focus on objective information (how the patient is doing based on charts, statistics, test results, etc.)
The physician should be emotionally neutral and detached
The physician is all-knowing authority
The physician is in control of the patient’s health decisions

NEW PARADIGM
Address the whole person
The body and mind are interconnected
Emphasize achieving good health
Treat underlying causes
Take an integrated approach
Focus on diet, lifestyle, and preventative measures
Focus on subjective information (how the client is feeling)
The physician’s caring and empathy are critical to healing
The physician is a partner in the healing process
The client is in charge of health care choices

In this new way which is really an ancient way of healing, it is imperative that each individual take responsibility for his or her health, and the health and well being of their children. No longer leaving it in the hands of the physician. No longer being discounted for “knowing” when something is wrong and being listened to with respect and care. To be guided by a practitioner with knowledge and wisdom willing to work side by side to assist you in reaching your goals.

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