Good nutrition provides the foundation for good health. In a society such as ours where time and money factor into most of what we do, our nutrition often gets overlooked. In order for our bodies and minds to function at optimum levels, they must receive the nutrients they need on a cellular level. The most important and cost effective way to acquire this healthy cellular building is not through supplementation but through what we eat on a daily basis. Many problems such as allergies, attention deficit disorder, type II diabetes, headaches and fatigue can be greatly helped by making nutritional modifications.
Botanical medicine involves the use of plants/herb in their various forms as medicine to help the body heal. The use of plants as medicine dates back to the beginning of civilization before the advent of drugs. Many of the drugs today are still derived from plants. Botanicals, when used under the care and direction of a trained professional are gentle, safe and effective ways of treating many physical and emotional imbalances. They can be taken internally in the form of pills, tinctures, teas and food. They can also be applied to the body externally in the form of salves, ointments and poultices among others.
Homeopathy and Naturopathy are often thought to refer to the same discipline. However, more specifically, homeopathic medicine is just one of the many treatment options used by naturopathic doctors.
Homeopathy emphasizes treatment of the whole person through the prescription of specifically chosen remedies based upon each individual case. It functions to help stimulate the bodies' own ability to heal. Homeopathy is a highly effective treatment for acute and chronic conditions ranging from allergies and migraines to depression and attention deficit disorders. It is extremely safe and can therefore be used with all age groups including infants. In addition to being a very effective and safe treatment modality, it is also inexpensive.
Bio-Identical (Natural) Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone imbalance is quite common and often overlooked in treatment plans. Hormones dictate the rate at which metabolic activity occurs. Hormonal disruptions show with chronic inflammation, fatigue, weight problems, cancer, insomnia, heart disease and many other illnesses. Dr. Chaney will evaluate you for hormonal imbalance based on your history, physical exam and lab testing as indicated. Dr. Chaney will address those concerns specifically using botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural supplements and safe natural hormones. Common conditions treated include: thyroid irregularities, adrenal fatigue, menopause, PMS, blood sugar disorders, weight issues, rheumatic conditions and osteoporosis.
As we age, pollution in our environment accumulates in our body affecting the liver, kidneys and brain causing a wide variety of symptoms. Toxic exposures to mercury, plastic, chemicals, and air pollution can be identified with lab testing and eliminated using natural means. Dr. Chaney's goal is to address these often overlooked environmental factors and create a treatment plan that is designed to restore harmonious balance and optimal function to the major players of our body: the endocrine, immune, and central/peripheral nervous systems.
An important and unfortunately often overlooked aspect to our physical health is our emotional health. The complex interrelationship between physical and emotional health is undeniable. Most people have learned from experience that it is often a challenge for them to feel joy and excitement towards life when coping with illness whether it is an acute or chronic condition. It is also difficult for our bodies to feel good when we are having emotional or relationship difficulties. Health is the expression of the harmonious relationship between the body and mind.
Who benefits from Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine offers holistic and comprehensive healthcare for people of all ages. It is useful in a wide range of acute and chronic conditions - including preventive care for those individuals at high-risk of degenerative disease (diabetes, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, etc.) or for those who wish to maintain and optimize their current state of well-being.
Dr. Chaney can support an array of health concerns/conditions but not limited to the list below:
- Chronic infection
- Thyroid Disorders
- Disease Prevention
- Women’s Health
- Colds/Flu/Ear Infections
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Digestive Complaints
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Cardiovascular Health
- Stress/Adrenal Fatigue