The foundation and first principle of naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity. (www.cand.ca)
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Prevention and Health Maintenance
Naturopathic Medicine is preventative medicine. By helping the body restore balance and removing obstacles to health the trajectory of health problems can be altered. Intervening when there are relatively simple imbalances is the optimal way to maintain health. Naturopathic Medicine has many tools to assist you in this way.
Acute Care and Infection
Healing from infection (like colds, flus, yeast infections), injuries and surgeries can be challenging to the body. Dr. MacKenzie, ND believes that supporting the body with clinically indicated natural medicines makes the body stronger after infections, and prevents decreases in vitality in susceptible people. Her treatments can help prevent lingering issues, make recovery shorter and easier, and help prevent and break cycles of recurring infections. Collaborative care with your medical doctors can also be helpful. This principle is also true for children who normally respond well to minimal intervention with modalities like plant medicines, homeopathy and simple changes to diet and lifestyle.
Naturopathic medicine offers a wide range of treatment options for people with chronic disease. It can help decrease progression and improve quality of life in conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Arthritis, Rheumatic diseases, Mental Health problems and Auto-immune disease. Root causes and symptom improvement are considered within the context long term care for optimal benefits.
Gynaecological concerns are very amenable to natural therapies, especially when addressed early. Though very common, painful, heavy, irregular periods, PMS, pre-menstrual headaches and other issues are not inevitable. Dr MacKenzie, ND enjoys helping women connect to and balance their bodies.
Fertility & Pregnancy
Pre-conception and pregnancy are wonderful times to enjoy the benefits of naturopathic care. Addressing main imbalances in both partners before conception is a great way to help have a positive pregnancy, birth experience, and lay the foundation for a healthy baby. Having so far experienced one pregnancy and birth Dr MacKenzie, ND enjoys helping women through this both special and challenging life changing experience. Optimizing nutrient status, exploring mental health and energy factors can go a long way in supporting pregnancies. Many common concerns of pregnancy like leg cramps, insomnia, swelling, hypertension, anemia and fatigue are amenable to naturopathic care and can provide safe support for baby and mom. Acupuncture is a great option for fatigue, nausea, and supporting labour’s commencement.
Postpartum and Breastfeeding
Postpartum can be a magical time for families, as well as a sleep deprived difficult time. Having pre-natal support can make a difference in the postpartum period. Dr MacKenzie, ND can help with birth recovery and healing, milk supply, common concerns of breastfeeding including mastitis and mental health factors in the postpartum period.
Babies and Children’s Health
As noted in acute care and infection above, babies and children are great candidates for naturopathic care. Common concerns in babies and children including healthy diet, digestive concerns like reflux and constipation, skin conditions, cold and flu support and prevention, and sleep concerns can be addressed.
Currently men are still not seeking care for their health and well being as much as women are. The many cultural factors that contribute to this are very important to consider. Men’s health is equally important as women and children and the same principles of prevention apply to them. Dr MacKenzie, ND welcomes men to her practice and issues particular to them can be addressed like prostate problems and increased risk of heart disease.
Transgendered, Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Health
Though Dr MacKenzie, ND has no extra training LGBT health issues, she welcomes people of all sexual orientations to her practice. She will seek referral information if needed for people in unique circumstances.
Sexuality and Health
Dr MacKenzie, ND has taken Nova Scotia’s Break the Silence online training in supporting survivors of sexual violence. She has basic naturopathic skills to support people to enjoy healthy sexuality and can support people who are sexual abuse or violence survivors in conjunction with other experts in this area.