How to be an EMPOWERED Patient

Medical science now shows that when patients are empowered to play an active role in their health care, they are more invested in the process, which results in greater health. Medical education is redefining the doctor-patient relationship as one that respects the patient as an intelligent participant in health care decisions. The old doctor-patient relationship […]

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

A 62 year old woman named Carol came to my clinic this winter concerned that she was depressed.  She had tried anti-depressants in the past and didn’t find them satisfactory.  She asked for my help in creating a program to help her regain her joie de vivre.  I let her know that we would do […]

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 […]