Naturopathic and Functional Medicine

The best doctors treat chronic health conditions with natural and holistic approaches, and Integrative Medicine as needed. And can help prevent some conditions before they even start!

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Nipping chronic health problems in the bud

The best doctors treat chronic health conditions with natural and holistic approaches, and Integrative Medicine as needed. And can help prevent some conditions before they even start!

Naturopathic Medicine has long taken the lead. Functional Medicine has followed,  including Naturopathic Physicians as members. Here are some links to practitioners. To learn more out the nature of both, read on.

How they’re the same

Naturopathic and Functional Medicine practitioners are passionate about preventing chronic conditions. At the core are lifestyle changes like whole foods, exercise and mind-body techniques.

Like any doctor, either can also order tests and diagnose. And treat, focusing on natural and holistic approaches.

A Naturopathic and Functional Medicine practitioner may refer patients to specialists as needed. For example, nutritionists, movement therapists, or mind-body instructors.

How they’re different

I’ll leave that explanation to Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, board member of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Here’s what she has to say.

What inspired me to find out

I healed from chronic pain— without drugs or surgery—  using natural and holistic approaches. However, it took a few years. I had to research everything myself, and find help piecemeal.

It all happened before I learned about Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. I could have healed faster— or prevented my condition in the first place— if I’d known sooner!

Find Naturopathic or Functional Medicine help before you need it

Don’t wait for a chronic condition to find health care you can trust. Even if you’re healthy, get started with a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine practitioner now.

If your health funds are limited, go with an intake appointment and consultation. And follow up when you can manage. Meanwhile, take advantage of the free and low-cost health education offered on their websites, blogs, social media and newsletters.

Take my word for it— in a health crisis you won’t have much time or energy for finding the right Naturopathic or Functional Medicine practitioner. And your loved ones may not have a clue where to start looking! Following are a few links to get you started.

Share your experience!

Have you seen a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine Doctor? For disease prevention, or for treatment? How was your experience different from “conventional” doctors you’ve sought help from?

Please keep your comments general. If your experience with any type of practitioner was less than ideal, try to work things out with them directly, as this is not a doctor review blog.

Organic Food Supplements and Superfoods— at Wholesale

Have you checked out Thrive Market? Here, online, you can find organic whole foods, whole food supplements, and superfoods— at wholesale. That means you pay 25-50% off normal retail prices. Thrive delivers straight to your door.

Have you checked out Thrive Market? Here, online, you can find organic whole foods, whole food supplements, and superfoods— at wholesale. That means you pay 25-50% off normal retail prices. Thrive delivers straight to your door.

Use Thrive’s search bar to screen for your values— there are something like 60! These include organic, gluten-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian. And more.

At home I pulled out the vegan organic food supplements I take, including herbs and superfoods. Here are the ones I found by registering at Thrive Market.

  • Spectrum Essentials: Unrefined Coconut Oil, Flax Seeds, and Chia Seeds. Thrive also carries Spectrum DHA, Mayonnaise, Grapeseed Oil, and more.
  • Nutiva: Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, and Hemp Seeds. You’ll also find Nutiva Hazelnut Spread, Red Palm Oil, Protein Shake, and more.
  • Garden of Life (GOL) supplements: Multiples, Raw Calcium (algae-based), Vegan D3 Organic Spray (lichen-based), Organic Digest+, and Raw Cacao. GOL also offers green powders, protein powders, probiotics, and more.
  • Gaia Herbs Golden Milk, a powdered whole-rhizone turmeric with black pepper fruit and other herbs. The Gaia herbs I haven’t tried include echinacea, olive leaf, maca root, and more. And herbal formulas for different ailments. You’ll find many of them here.

I spotted other brands at Thrive, too, that I’ve used in the past. These include New Chapter, Health Force, Source Naturals, Now, A. Vogul, Country Life, Nature’s Way, and Rainbow Light. Please note: These brands carry at least some vegan or organic products, but do check the labels to be sure.

By the way, I never bothered taking supplements until I came down with chronic pain. Read how I escaped chronic pain without drugs or surgery! Spoiler alert— what’s made a lasting difference is natural and organic foods, and anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric and ginger. Everything you’ll find at Thrive.

Learn more about Thrive Market on my healthy home blog!

Your turn

Are you a Thrive Market shopper? If so, which supplement brands have you checked out there? And how’s the customer service?

 

Nutrition Professor’s Solution for Fussy Eaters— The Foodie Bar Way

Imagine fixing daily meals for a whole family of fussy eaters.
Now imagine you’re introducing them to plant-based whole foods.

According to plant-based nutritional expert Mary Gospe, a diet of whole foods is a biggie in preventing chronic inflammation. And plant-based foods play a big role.

But introducing plant-based whole foods to your loved ones can be a challenge. Especially if they’re fussy eaters!

Well, a new book offers the perfect solution for fussy eaters. Titled The Foodie Bar Way— One Meal. Lots of Options. Everyone’s Happy, by Timaree Hagenburger, The Nutrition Professor.

The Nutrition Professor is, indeed, a full-time nutrition professor— and Registered Dietician. And raising a school-aged kid, btw.

Real life is crazy, so flexibility is key! You’ll always have a choice, with more than 30 Foodie Bars, including a Loaded Potato Bar, Mediterranean Fajita Bar, Pasta Bar and even an Oatmeal Cookie Bar, you can experiment with different flavor combinations or stick to your familiar favorites…

Timaree Hagenburger,The Nutrition Professor

Got a fussy eater or two? What tricks have you tried?