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Dr. Johnson - Red Deer Advocate

Naturopathic doctors – medically trained, naturally focused

In celebration of Canada’s Naturopathic Medicine Week taking place May 9th – 15th, I would like to discuss how naturopathic doctors can help you and your family and many of the great benefits we can provide. One of the major advantages to seeing a naturopathic doctor is that each treatment plan is based on the individual patient through a thorough assessment.

I recall a patient who met with me on account of his wife who had suggested he come to see me for a few ongoing health concerns that were not being resolved with his general practitioner (GP). Initially, he was very skeptical about what I did as a naturopathic doctor, admitting he had no idea what to expect. In fact, he thought his experience was going to be “a little out there,” to say the least. How surprised he was after just five minutes into his visit with me.

He could not believe how extensive his first visit was which included me understanding his health concern and his full health history, a proper physical exam, and the lab work I sent him for. He reported “finally being heard” and felt like I had a good understanding of what he was struggling with. Moving forward, there was now a solid plan set in place to get his health back on track. He commented how medical our office was and he did not feel uncomfortable at all.

Naturopathic medicine is not as “out there,” as one may think. In fact, naturopathic doctors are fully licensed and regulated doctors who have extensive medical training, but are focused on natural treatments where applicable. Naturopathic medical care blends scientific knowledge (research) with traditional and natural medicine (evidence-based medicine). Many may not realize that in Canada, our profession’s infrastructure includes professional licensing, accredited educational institutions and provincial standards of practice.

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The balance of progesterone and women’s health

Progesterone is a vital component to women’s health. It is a hormone produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands and plays a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, including pregnancy in women.

Data shows that two-thirds of women who self-report depression or difficulty coping with stressful situations have at least one hormone out of the normal range.

With such alarming statistics, hormone testing should be of top priority. Yet, too often, I see hormones overlooked as anti-depressants are commonly recommended without any hormone testing done at all. It is important to get proper hormone testing done in women of any age where moods are a concern as low progesterone levels are often the culprit.

A patient of mine in her thirties has been dealing with significant anxiety to the point that she was having panic attacks on a weekly basis, even daily panic attacks prior to her menstrual cycle. She was put on numerous anti-depressants with limited improvement in her anxiety. This had my patient very frustrated as she had three young children to look after, and this anxiety had become debilitating, not allowing her to always be there for her kids.

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