Naturopathic Internal Medicine

Family Primary Care

Well-checks and treatment of illnesses for men, women, children, and babies.

• Pain relief & migraine headaches

• Digestive health & repair

• Skincare & allergies (food and environmental)

• Weight loss & metabolic health

• Acute and chronic illnesses; asthma, sinus IBD, arthritis, diabetes

• Fatigue, fibromyalgia, insomnia, & sleep disorders

• Heart health & hypertension

• Immune disorders & autoimmune disease

• Nutrition

Women’s Health & Exams

• Gynecological exams; PAPS, breast exams

• STD testing and treatment

• Hormonal imbalance – PMS, mood swings, menopause, hot flashes

• Pre and post-natal care

• Pregnancy support and nutritional advice

• Endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, cervical dysplasia

• Osteoporosis

Men’s Health & Exams

• Prostate health and exams

• Erectile dysfunction

• GERD/acid reflux

• Heart Disease

• Hypertension

Childhood Checkups & Illnesses

• Well-baby and annual child checkups and physical exams

• ADHD

• Acute and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, obesity

• Earaches/ear infections, throat infections

• Allergies - food and environmental

• Headaches, stomachaches

• Rashes, acne, eczema

• Weight loss

• Childhood illnesses

Homeopathy  

This gentle yet effective system of medicine for emotional as well as physical health is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in other countries. Homeopathic remedies are very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body’s self-healing response without unwanted side effects. When properly prescribed, homeopathic remedies affect the body’s vital force and strengthen its innate ability to heal.

Nutritional Counseling

Naturopathic physicians believe that what you eat is the foundation for your health. Adopting a healthy diet is often the first step towards correcting health problems. Many medical conditions can be treated more effectively with foods and nutritional supplements –  and with fewer complications and side effects  –  than by other means. We recommend individualized diets, nutritional supplements and fasting when necessary to optimize health for each patient.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services

On site blood draws and comprehensive analysis of blood work up.

Detoxification –

The question here is not “Am I toxic?” but rather “How toxic am I?” We’ve all picked up toxins from a variety of sources including poor diet, bad habits, and the environment. Stored toxins recirculate in the blood and may contribute to long-term poor health. Detoxification is the removal of toxic materials from the body. Fortunately, the human body has multiple systems of detoxification. Accordingly, we offer multiple detox therapies as needed for the individual and prescribed by your doctor. Colon Hydrotherapy detoxifies the colon and supports its function; Peat Baths and Infrared Sauna remove toxins stored in body tissues, including heavy metals; Fiber carries toxins out of the blood stream; and Herbal Therapies promote purification of the blood. Heat/Cold Therapy, or Constitutional Hydrotherapy was founded on the naturopathic principle that the quality and quantity of blood in circulation play an important role in overall health. The treatment consists of a series of towels applied to the chest and back in a timed sequence. Hot towels, to relax muscles, alternate with cold towels, to reduce swelling. The combination of hot and cold hydrotherapy tonifies the digestive system, stimulates the immune system, and calms the nervous system, while also encouraging detoxification and lymphatic flow.

Sleep Health

It used to be a badge of honor to have insomnia. It implied you were dedicated to your job and willing to take any step necessary to reach your goals. However, we’ve since learned that sleep deprivation can cause heart disease, hypertension, depression, loss of libido, stroke, diabetes, and other dysfunctions too numerous to list. Our goal is to treat the cause of poor sleep using a variety of tools including nutritional counseling, acupuncture, herbs, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, EFT (tapping), and supplements.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a form of therapy designed to make more oxygen available to the body. Oxygen is the primary source of energy required by the body for the proper operation of all major systems. Oxygen feeds the body, supports the immune system, destroys toxic substances, and promotes new cell growth. Increasing the uptake of oxygen enhances those processes. mHBOT safely increases the body's oxygen uptake by raising the barometric pressure. The therapy is performed in an enclosed hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to allow the patient inside to experience atmospheric pressures greater than typical environmental pressures.

mHBOT has been shown to be effective for

• Acne

• ADD/ADHD

• AIDS/HIV

• Allergies

• Altitude sickness

• Alzheimer’s

• Asthma

• Autism

• Autoimmune disease

• Autonomic neuropathy

• Bacterial & viral infections

• Body detoxification

• Boost immune function

• Brain injury

• Cancer

• Candidiasis

• Cerebral palsy

• Chemical sensitivity

• Chronic fatigue syndrome

• Circulation

• Diabetic complications

• Digestive disorders

• Disc herniation

• Dizziness

• Fatigue

• Fibromyalgia

• Frequent flying / jet lag

• Headaches

• Hypoxia

• Hypertension

• Lyme disease

• Memory loss

• Multiple sclerosis

• Muscle / tendon pain

• Neuropathy related to diabetes

• Non‐healing wounds

• Parkinson’s disease

• Premature aging

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Sleep disorders

• Smoking

• Stress / anxiety

• Stroke

• Surgical recovery

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy, also known as Colonic, is a gentle irrigation of the colon and a restorative method for improving health.

Most people assume that because they experience daily elimination or don’t feel constipated that they don’t need colon cleansing. But bowel problems can occur despite “daily elimination.” The colon, or large intestine, is the sewage system of the body. Very often the complete length of the colon becomes impacted with old, hardened fecal matter. This leaves only a narrow channel for the small, softer feces to pass through. Failure to cleanse the colon is like having an entire garbage collection staff go on strike for months on end! If the waste in the colon is allowed to build up, it may decay and be absorbed through the walls of the colon into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, these toxins can negatively affect every organ in your body. Here are some of the numerous symptoms caused by constipation and toxic build-up in the colon:

• Fatigue and depression, belching or flatulence, headaches, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, nausea and abdominal discomfort, protruding/tender/rigid abdomen, sagging posture, lack of interest in work or play, loss of memory or concentration, lack of sexual response, weight increase/weight loss, poor appetite, malnutrition, skin blemishes, sallow complexion, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, bad breath, other body odors, cold hands/feet, swelling of the legs, low back pain, menstrual problems, high/low blood pressure, neuritis and neuralgia

Colon Hydrotherapy is an ancient form of healing. Enemas were recorded as early as 1500BC in Egypt. Hippocrates, Galen and Pare also promoted the use of enema therapy. In ancient times people were taught how to care for the bowel, and enemas were performed in a lake or river using a hollow reed to allow water to flow into the rectum. But over time, bowel wisdom was lost and colon hydrotherapy became something no one wanted to talk about.

Colon Hydrotherapy is the safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. Often referred to as colonics, high colonics, or colon irrigation, it’s a painless and restorative procedure, both relaxing and effective. The patient lies comfortably on a treatment table and a small speculum is gently inserted in the rectum. The therapist then monitors the temperature and pressure of the water infused into and out of the colon/large intestine without any assistance from the patient. The entire procedure takes approximately 40 minutes. Colon hydrotherapy cleanses the entire colon with no stress to the patient. The procedure utilizes a disposable unit to remove the possibility of contamination from previous procedures. The system is closed. Waste material is passed through the instrument and out the drain line eliminating any offensive odor and maintaining the dignity of the patient. /

Years of improper nutrition cannot possibly be reversed in just a few procedures, so an initial series of procedures are often recommended particularly in cases of chronic constipation or an atonic (sluggish) colon. Following the initial series, it is advisable to have follow-up procedures either monthly, quarterly or annually to maintain optimal colon health. Periodic cleansing of the colon helps prevent stagnation and minimizes the exposure of potential cancer-causing agents to the colon wall.

Infrared Sauna

IR sauna uses dry heat to produce sweat and increase the elimination of toxic metals, organic compounds, dioxin and other toxins. In the sauna, infrared heaters emit infrared radiant heat, which is absorbed directly into the body. This varies from traditional saunas, which heat the body indirectly via air or steam.
Brannick Clinic uses "Heavenly Heat" Saunas built for chemically-injured people who are reactive to even slight exposure to toxic fumes. For more information, please visit: www.heavenlyheatsaunas.com.
The following quotes were excerpted from various articles and studies on toxic metals:

• Regarding the elimination of mercury: "By far the earliest known form of therapy and possibly still the most effective, is the induction of sweating by the use of sauna or steam baths."1

• "... sauna therapy of an individual with evidence of chronic mercurialism was effective at inducing a remarkable excretion of mercury via the sweat."1

• "Sweating does indeed increase mercury excretion. Probably an hour or two of sauna is the same as 50 mg of DMSA every 4 hours for a day."2

• "The mean concentrations of nickel and cadmium in sweat were higher than those reported for urine; that of lead was similar to urine."3

1. Industrial exposure to mercury. Dr. Woodhall Stopford, Duke Univ. Med. Center. Biogeochemistry of Mercury, Amsterdam Elsevier, 1979.

2. Andy Cutler, PhD., on the Autism-Mercury support group.

Sauna Effective Rate for Removal of Chemicals - EHC-DALLAS ©

• The excretion of trace metals in human sweat. Cohn JR and EA Emmett. Ann. of Clinical and Laboratory Science, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 1978.

Effective Rate for Removal of Chemicals by Sauna:

• STYRENE - 100 %

• CHLOROFORM - 90 %

• DICHLOROBENZENES - 90 %

• TRIMETHYLBENZENES - 88.9 %

• DICHLOROMETHANE - 77.3 %

• BENZENE - 72.7 %

• TRICHLOROETHYLENE - 68.4 %

• XYLENES - 60.9 %

• ETHYLBENZENE - 60.9 %

• TETRACHLOROETHYLENE - 60.4 %

• TOLUENE - 55.3 %

• 1,1,1,-TRICHLOROETHANE - 48.9%

Herbal / Botanical Medicine

Ancient healers around the globe, in China, Africa and Europe, knew that plants have powerful healing properties. Fortunately, that knowledge has not been lost. The World Health Organization estimates that herbal medicine accounts for at least part of the primary health care of 80% of the world’s population. Naturopathic physicians, who favor safe and natural methods of treatment, very often prescribe plant substances for their healing effects and nutritional value.

Constitutional Hydrotherapy

Constitutional Hydrotherapy was founded on the naturopathic principle that the quality and quantity of blood in circulation play an important role in overall health. The treatment consists of a series of towels applied to the chest and back in a timed sequence. Hot towels, to relax muscles, alternate with cold towels, to reduce swelling. The combination of hot and cold hydrotherapy tonifies the digestive system, stimulates the immune system, and calms the nervous system, while also encouraging detoxification and lymphatic flow.

Peat Hydrotherapy Baths

Peat Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic mineral bath that increases circulation, boosts the immune system, relieves pain in muscles and joints, decreases inflammation, and aids in the body’s elimination of stored heavy metals and other highly toxic substances and compounds.

Each day we are exposed to a multitude of toxins in the environment through water, ground, air, and even in our food. Heavy metal toxins - mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic and tin - can impair our immune system, affect our cognitive functioning and cause skin reactions and other diseases. Most of these toxins are stored in our fat tissue. Here’s where peat plays an essential role in detoxifying the body. The combination of the heat from the bath and the unique structure and properties of peat mobilizes the toxins stored in our tissues and increases our circulation which allows for toxin excretion mainly through perspiration. An increase in circulation means an increase in the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells as well as in increase in the flow of waste and toxins away from the cells.

Just as important, that increased circulation lasts for several hours after the peat bath has ended which allows the naturally occurring substances in peat to be absorbed into the body. For instance, the lingering humic acid found in peat has the ability to bind benzopyrene, the carcinogenic compound found in cigarettes, thus possibly inhibiting its mutagenic effects. The fulvic acid in peat absorbs aluminum, making peat hydrotherapy potentially important in treating Alzheimer's disease.