Life extension, healthy aging, and increased quality of life
are the goals of this newly emerging form of medicine. Anti-aging
medicine uses healthy diet, anti-oxidant therapy and exercise
to preserve cells and DNA. Preventing the tissue degeneration
that can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer is one of
its specific techniques.
Clinical nutrition is the modality of using high dose nutrient
supplementation to treat specific medical conditions. There is
a wealth of scientific information supporting the use of supplemental
vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other substances to optimize
health and treat disease.
Dietary counseling is one of the cornerstones of naturopathic
medicine. It refers to both the practice of using food to maintain
health and the therapeutic use of food to treat illness. Scientific
research has shown that many medical conditions can be treated
as effectively with food and nutritional supplements as they
can by other means — and with fewer complications and side
Delivering vitamins, minerals, accessory nutrients and/or chelating
agents directly into the bloodstream is known as intravenous
nutrition therapy. This method has advantages over traditional
oral delivery of medications when there are issues of poor gastric
absorption, intestinal absorptive limitations, or problems with
medication effectiveness because of pre-metabolism of the liver
when orally absorbed.
Stress management, dietary planning and exercise regimens are
all included in lifestyle counseling. Naturopathic physicians
also have training in psychological counseling. We will also
refer to professional counselors, psychologists, social workers,
and psychiatrists when appropriate.
Repair of superficial wounds and removal of foreign bodies,
cysts and other superficial masses, using local anesthesia as
needed, are included in minor surgery along with other simple
Naturopathic physicians in Washington state can prescribe most
major classes of pharmaceutical drugs. We consider these to be
the strongest medications in the hierarchy of therapeutics. They
also have the highest incidence of side effects. We only prescribe
them when appropriate, for example when necessary for organ support,
or when pharmaceutical drugs are genuinely a more effective form
of treatment and preferred by the patient after being informed
of the various alternatives.