What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is primary care medicine. Receiving the same amount of training in the biomedical sciences as medical doctors,
a licensed naturopathic doctor is qualified to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Naturopathic medicine is holistic medicine. Using natural therapies to improve health and address the root causes of disease, naturopathic doctors look at the whole person, not just the parts.
Naturopathic medicine is evidence-based and innovative. Naturopathic doctors draw from many spheres of knowledge, including clinical research and empirical evidence, as well as time-honored traditional healing practices.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First Do No Harm:
Primum non nocere
The essential principle of medicine is to avoid harm, by taking into consideration both the short and long-term consequences of diagnostic methods and treatments, and by recognizing when harm could occur from lack of action.
2. The Healing Power of Nature:
Vis medicatrix naturae
Naturopathic medicine recognizes that the body is its own healer and has an ordered and intelligent self-healing process. Our role is to facilitate and invigorate that process by removing obstacles to healing and recovery and to promote self-healing by stimulating one’s innate vital force.
3. Discover and Treat the Cause:
The symptom is not the disease, but rather the harbinger of a system struggling to compensate from imbalances. Our goal is to uncover the deeper factors that are contributing to symptoms and to treat these underlying causes so that lasting improvements can occur.
4. Treat the Whole Person:
The patient is viewed as a whole, a physical being existing in mental, emotional, spiritual, social and ecological environments. Treating the whole also means being sensitive to the environment, recognizing that personal and planetary health are deeply intertwined.
5. The Physician is a Teacher:
The original meaning for the word ‘doctor’ is teacher. Ultimately it is our goal to educate our patients with knowledge and tools for self-care, health maintenance, and disease prevention.
6. Prevention is the best “cure”:
Preventative medicine is more than just screening exams and prophylactic medications. It is about understanding the many factors that are determining one’s health and thus contributing to either harmony or imbalance. Our goal is uncover and resolve imbalances before they become disease states, helping patients maintain and optimize their health in the process.
Enjoy high quality care without making trips to the office
If we were to hook you up to an electro-cardiograph machine and take a reading, that would make perfect sense to you, right?
What is actually happening during that procedure? Electrical energy from the heart is running over the wires. This electrical energy makes the electrocardiograph record the energy pattern in the form of a graph or chart. We could then study this graph and tell you what it all means.
In Nutrition Response Testing, instead of connecting electrodes to the specific points being tested, the practitioner contacts these points with his/her own hand. With the other hand, he/she will test the muscle of your extended arm. If the reflex being contacted is "active", the nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm and the arm will weaken and drop. This drop signifies underlying stress or dysfunction, which may be affecting your health.
So, What Can You Expect?
Tele-health appointments are incredibly flexible and effective. These “home visits” focus on delivering effective medical and counseling treatments via virtual, video and/or phone appointments. These platforms allow us to minimize the time and stress that a traditional office visit create on a busy person’s schedule. Enjoy being in the comfort of your own home while consulting with your naturopathic doctor on video chat. Don’t let a busy life prevent you from getting the care you need.
Dr. Scott speaks with patients all over the country on a daily basis. After reviewing your initial paperwork or reviewing your most recent nutritional protocol, Dr. Scott will discuss with you the issues that are of greatest concern and make appropriate recommendations based on your own unique health-related goals. He may recommend additional testing or other therapies such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care but will discuss that with you during your call.
If you or someone you know may benefit from establishing a telemedicine based healthcare, please contact us to schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation.
We’ll have an in-depth discussion of your goals, health concerns and symptom history.
I’ll perform any relevant physical exam. We’ll discuss options for any diagnostic or functional medicine testing that may help in assessing your health.
GENERATING A PLAN:
We’ll create a written list of initial treatment recommendations
We’ll check in about how you are incorporating the treatment recommendations (ideally within 4 weeks of your initial visit.)
We’ll review any lab results in depth so you know what they mean.
We’ll adjust the plan based on any new information and add additional layers of treatment support.
30 to 60 minutes
We’ll make sure the treatment recommendations are working for you and that you’re on the path to improving your health. Visits can be monthly, quarterly, or at whatever interval you feel would be of most benefit to you.
DEEPENING & FINE-TUNING:
We’ll explore more facets of your health and adjust treatments as your healing progresses. If you encounter stumbling blocks, we’ll problem-solve it.
Who Can Benefit From A Telemedicine Appointment?
1. New and existing patients
2. Patients who are feeling too sick or too tired to leave home
3. Patients who live far away and want to avoid a long commute
4. Busy moms
5. College students away at school
6. Having a health crisis while on vacation? That's no problem with Telemedicine!
Schedule a 15 Minute Consultation with Dr. Scott!
Want to learn more about Seacoast NHIC? How Dr. Scott can help you? Are you unsure what service is best for you? A 15 minute complimentary phone consultation with Dr. Scott can help answer all your questions!