Autoimmune Disease and Naturopathic Medicine

Autoimmune Disease is a major health problem in our society. One in twelve people in general, and one in nine women, will be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. There are over one hundred different autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel diseases and Celiac disease. Together these conditions affect more people than […]

Cancer and Naturopathic Medicine

The Holistic Picture on Cancer Treatment Dr. Deidre Macdonald, ND A diagnosis of cancer can strike fear deep within our souls. It is a very vulnerable time, when we are suddenly thrust into the confusing world of medical terms, statistics, and treatment choices. Conventional medicine will often offer some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. […]

Depression and Naturopathic Medicine

Depression can have a Natural Solution Dr. Deidre Macdonald is a licensed Naturopathic Physician with a family practice in downtown Courtenay. To ask a question to be answered in her column, please send an e-mail to Please note that this column is for educational purposes only. Dr. Macdonald’s office number is 897-0235. Dear Dr. […]

Pharmaceutical Prescribing

Naturopathic physician licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medicines: Courtenay naturopathic physician, Dr. Deidre Macdonald, is one of the first group of naturopathic physicians in Canada to be granted the authority to prescribe pharmaceutical medicines. After a rigorous pharmaceutical upgrading course, and the successful completion of oral and written examinations, she is looking forward to serving her […]

Naturopathic Medicine – What Patients Can Expect

Naturopathic medicine: What can patients expect? Naturopathic care—covered by many major carriers—can complement customary clinical practice Nancy Dunne, ND President, American Association Naturopathic Physicians, Washington, DC William Benda, MD Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, University of Arizona Linda Kim, ND Medical Director, Southwest College Research Institute, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, Arizona Paul Mittman, ND President, Southwest […]