Head to Toe Health Centre
We appreciate that you are unique in the factors affecting your health. We perceive that health and/or disease is the result of a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors, all of which we take into account in treating you as a whole. In other words, we believe in treating the person rather than the disease.
Our goal is to maximize your health and well-being by addressing and treating the underlying cause of your condition rather than simply suppressing symptoms. By treating the cause, we believe your symptoms can be cleared up permanently.
We recognize that our bodies have the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health, inspiring us to work in alliance with these natural healing abilities. We believe that when the right environment and opportunity for self-healing is created; recovery, repair, and good health can result and illness can be prevented.
We realize that knowledge and understanding will grant you the power to take responsibility for your own health. We commit to sharing our expertise and creating an open dialogue with you so that we can ensure your needs are met and your health longstanding.
We invite you to take this opportunity to discover your full potential for health and vitality by sharing our passion and dedication to your health and healing.
How does a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) compare to a Medical Doctor (MD)?
Naturopathic Doctors have similar training in medical and clinical sciences (i.e. biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, differential diagnosis, etc.) though in addition, they have extensive training in a full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies with emphasis on diet and nutrition. NDs utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies as first-line treatment. Preventive medicine is of the utmost importance in their treatment philosophy. NDs spend more time with their patients to find the underlying causes of illness and to determine an integrative treatment plan. Blood chemistry and other diagnostic tools and tests are also utilized.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Admission to an accredited naturopathic medical institution requires a minimum of three years of undergraduate study at a recognized university. This undergraduate programme must include certain science courses such as, biochemistry, physics, biology, and psychology. Once accepted into the post-graduate naturopathic programme, the curriculum involves an intensive four-year study of clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology) and treatment methodology. The programme also requires 1500 hours of direct patient contact under the guidance of a licensed naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic students must pass two sets of standardized board examinations before they may legally use the title of Naturopathic Doctor in regulated states and provinces. In Canada, naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan with legislation pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
While naturopathic medicine is not covered by OHIP, it is covered by many extended healthcare benefit packages. We encourage you to request that your policy include coverage of all naturopathic services.
What kinds of health concerns can be treated using naturopathic medicine?
A person of any age, with virtually any chronic or acute condition may benefit from naturopathic care.
Some commonly treated conditions include:
- Skin conditions, including acne and eczema
- Digestive disorders such as ‘indigestion’, constipation, heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease
- Depression & anxiety
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease, arteriosclerosis
- Ear, nose/sinus, & throat infections
- Respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis
- Arthritic conditions
- Cancer and associated side-effects of treatment
- Hormonal imbalance, including; menstrual and pre-menstrual (PMS), peri-menopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal conditions
- Fertility and reproductive concerns
- Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Pediatric concerns
Please bear in mind, that because naturopathic medicine is preventative in nature, you do not have to be sick to see a naturopathic doctor. There are many dietary and lifestyle changes we can help you adopt to improve your overall health and prevent serious illness.