Oncology Services for Patients

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Patient Services | 0 comments

As a board certified Naturopathic Oncologist, my mission is to give every person facing cancer the advantage of adding Naturopathic Oncology Care to their conventional treatments. In the service of my patients around the world, I have combined my expertise as a Naturopathic Oncologist with my decades of experience across the spectrum of conventional and Naturopathic Medicine to deliver Integrated Oncology Care that, in combination with conventional care, improves the vitality of my patients and increases the potential for positive treatment outcomes. I utilize a wide variety of individual modalities to strengthen my patients’ ability to achieve their goals, including nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, dietary protocols, homeopathy, exercise programs, relaxation coaching, prayer and meditation guidance, facilitation of group-support involvement, education for patients and their families regarding all aspects of health and disease management, and the often underrated technique of listening to patients and their loved ones, and responding directly to their needs for care and for information. The goal of our consultation is to try to help you achieve the following: 1. Directly address your concerns, needs, and interests 2. Support the innate ability of your immune system to identify and regulate abnormal cellular growth, the hallmark of cancer development and progression. 3. Reduce the symptoms related to your cancer diagnosis 4. Reduce the symptoms caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. By minimizing the symptoms caused by these conventional treatments, we avoid having to cut your conventional treatments short, which is a common occurrence and which compromises the ability of the treatments to destroy their target. 5. Support rapid recovery from surgery and other invasive treatments or diagnostic testing. 6. Manage symptoms and conditions separate from but occurring alongside of your cancer diagnosis, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,  obesity, joint discomfort, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and depression. 7. Create a lifestyle around meal planning, physical activity, relaxation, quality time with friends and family, prayer and meditation to cultivate appreciation and a sense of hope and possibility, all of which promote overall wellness and strengthen your ability to complete conventional care and progress to recovery and survivorship. 8. Support detoxification after completion of conventional care. 9. Reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. 10. Provide ongoing support for any and all medical and emotional needs in the years following diagnosis and recovery. All recommendations are individualized and take into consideration each patient’s diagnosis, full medical history, current treatment regimen, all concurrent medical conditions and symptoms, lifestyle factors, budget, emotional and social considerations, informational needs and the involvement of loved ones. Click here to schedule an...

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Individual Pediatric Vaccination Plans

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Patient Services | 0 comments

In addition to my role as a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, I am also a former pediatric nurse, and a father. Even before I became a father, as a pediatric hospital RN administering vaccinations to newborns and older children, I was very conflicted about the CDC vaccination schedule. Later, while in medical school, I devoted a large part of my education to an in-depth study of vaccinations and the diseases that they are intended to prevent. Based on my research and years of clinical experience, and at the request of many of my clients, I have developed a 1 1/2 hour consultation that I now offer parents who are curious, concerned, or just plain confused about the standard pediatric vaccination schedule. Here is what the pre-appointment and appointment look like: 1. I will provide you with a comprehensive intake form to fill out and return a week prior to your appointment in order to save you the time and money of a separate appointment to collect family health history. 2. At your appointment, we will discuss your child’s individual risk factors as they relate to communicable diseases and to receiving vaccines. If children in the same family have no significant personal medical problems, their recommendations can be discussed during the same consultation for no additional cost. 3. At the end of the appointment, or shortly after the appointment is over, I will present your family with my recommendations for a customized vaccination plan which takes your child’s individual and specific needs into consideration. 4. As an added patient-education service, and if there is time and interest before the end of your appointment, I can walk you through the medical science behind each vaccine and the disease for which each is intended, and we can discuss concerns about each disease as well as concerns about each vaccine. If there is no additional time for this optional educational piece at the end of your appointment, we can schedule additional follow-up time for it. 5. If your child’s medical history or circumstances change, you can schedule a follow-up consultation with me which might be shorter in duration based on the individual needs of your child. Throughout this process, we will base all recommendations and information on science and literature, and will avoid any dogmatic view in favor of or in opposition to vaccinations. The recommendations that I provide, along with the education you take away from our consultation, can be brought to your pediatrician for further consideration and can strengthen your confidence in your decision to advocate for your child and his or her specific...

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Chronic Disease Services for Patients

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Patient Services | 0 comments

Management of Chronic Conditions with Naturopathic Medicine Many patients seek Naturopathic Medicine because they are concerned about the health risks and financial consequences of pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic therapies are generally safer, less toxic, and have fewer side effects than conventional therapies. As a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, and a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, I am uniquely qualified to administer these therapies because I have a comprehensive understanding of physiology, pharmacology, botanical medicine, nutritional biochemistry, and interactions between natural and drug therapies. All of my recommendations are evidence-based, as thorough clinical research has been utilized to evaluate their safety and efficacy. I can help you decrease the need for prescription medications or make informed recommendations about replacing them with natural alternatives. Additionally, my therapies can help to mitigate the unwanted side effects of prescription medication. Scope of Practice: Remote consultations have many benefits over traveling to a clinic, especially because Licensed and Board Certified Naturopathic Specialists are few and difficult to find. Some of the many benefits of remote consultations include reduced cost associated with travel, greater convenience, easier scheduling, better access to specialty care, more individualized treatments, and collaboration with your primary care physician or conventional medical team. I believe that, in most cases, integrating naturopathic care with current conventional care is the best way to achieve optimal health. Therefore, my consultation services are designed to be integrated with, not to take the place of, treatment from a primary care doctor. Patients should continue to work with their primary care providers and any other medical specialists with whom they have consulted. I will collaborate with conventional care providers to integrate and individualize your healthcare. While, I can offer my professional opinion about the efficacy and use of prescribed pharmaceuticals, the prescribing doctor must make any final recommendations about these medications.“First, do no harm” is the foremost of a Naturopathic Physician’s guiding principles; therefore, my first priority is to help you achieve your health goals safely. The best way to do so is to collaborate with a patient’s other physicians before implementing any changes in a prescription medication regimen. An integrative and collaborative approach to healthcare is the best way to help a patient achieve his or her healthcare goals. Ordering Products and Supplements: Licensed NDs have a comprehensive understanding of pharmaceutical grade products and supplements that are third party tested for quality, potency, and purity. These are not available over the counter, at pharmacies, or even at your local health food or vitamin shop; a Licensed Naturopathic Physician generally has exclusive access to these products and supplements. If supplements are part of your care plan, they can be purchased through Integrative Care Consulting, LLC, at a discounted rate to help assure...

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Cardiac Services for Patients

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Patient Services | 0 comments

The relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular disease is well established and generally recognized by physicians and the general public. Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed based on the presence of a combination of the following: Central obesity: which is an increased waist circumference of 40” in men and 36” in women. High Triglycerides Low HDL Cholesterol High Blood pressure Elevated fasting plasma glucose and/or a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes.   What is less commonly understood is the strong relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and increased cancer risk, compromised cancer outcomes and cancer recurrence. This is why, if you are suffering from any of the conditions listed above, from a combination of the above (Metabolic Syndrome) or have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, a Licensed Naturopathic Physician with specialized training in Oncology is uniquely qualified to integrate your conventional care. Cardiovascular Disease is a category of conditions that affects the heart or blood vessels and which includes: Cardiomyopathy – diseases of cardiac muscle Coronary heart disease – disease of the vessels of the heart Cardiotoxicity related to chemical compounds such as the chemotherapy Adriamycin Hypertensive heart disease – diseases of the heart due to high blood pressure Heart failure Cor pulmonale – a failure of the right side of the heart Cardiac dysrhythmias – abnormal heart rhythm Inflammatory heart disease Valvular heart disease Cerebrovascular disease – disease of blood vessels of the brain such Peripheral arterial disease – disease of blood vessels that of the arms and legs   Cardiovascular conditions respond very well to Naturopathic treatment. When treating cardiovascular disease, we combine the most thoroughly researched natural therapeutics, including botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, diet and exercise planning, relaxation and meditation techniques, and group support.  Furthermore, when we address the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease, we can typically and simultaneously reverse Obesity, Type II Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome (*references on file, Cardiac Services For Patients1). Both research and clinical practice has shown that comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle modification, when used as a primary intervention, can eliminate or drastically reduce both pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. Naturopathic interventions for cardiovascular disease have been shown to reduce the risk of other concomitant diseases, such as cancer, type II diabetes, heart attack, and erectile dysfunction. And if you are currently recovering from any of these conditions, Naturopathic interventions have been shown to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. My recommendations are thoroughly researched, science-based, and will help you: reverse cardiovascular disease. eliminate or greatly reduce your need for pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. bring your blood pressure down to a healthy level. stabilize your blood sugar and reverse type II diabetes. lose weight. gain mental and physical energy. reduce your risk of cancer occurrence and recurrence. reduce your risk of heart attack. reverse erectile...

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