Naturopathic therapists say they have a role in health care
Does naturopathic therapy have a role to play in health care? It's a question naturopathic therapists are trying to answer by speaking to Amherst Rotarians.
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Charlene and Jim MacDonald (right) of the JTW Natural Health Guidance Centre speak to Amherst Rotarian Paul Calder after giving a presentation on naturopathic medicine to the club on Monday.
AMHERST – When it comes to fighting illness, a pair of Amherst naturopathic therapists feel there is a role for both doctors and alternative medical practitioners.
Speaking to members of the Amherst Rotary Club on Monday, Jim and Charlene MacDonald said many doctors don’t accept as helpful what’s being offered by naturopaths such as themselves, but the body knows otherwise.
“The body has an incredible way of healing itself, it just has to be given the option,” Charlene said. “There are other alternatives out there than going to the doctor, but there are also reasons for people to go to the doctor. We shouldn’t work against doctors and doctors shouldn’t work against us. We can compliment each other.”
The MacDonald family has operated JTW Natural Guidance Centre for eight years. The business was started by Susan MacDonald soon after she was diagnosed with fourth stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After being told by her doctor that she could undergo chemo and radiation even though it probably wouldn’t work, she began to read up on natural medicine and eventually became a naturopathic therapist and wrote two very successful box on naturopathy.
While she eventually passed away, her husband and daughter continued her practice and have seen the popularity of naturopathic medicine continued to increase in recent years.
Charlene said the Journey to Wellness centre on Victoria Street offers numerous services under one roof from detoxifying your body, education on healing your body naturally and enjoying a spa-like atmosphere with Reiki and a far infrared sauna.
There’s also therapy for eliminating allegories and hypnosis.
The service is not diagnostic, Jim said. That’s a doctor’s job. However, once a diagnosis is received people can go to a naturopath to seek an alternative way to heal.
“We’re not telling people not to go to a doctor, but we are staying to consider other ways of helping your body heal and providing an alternative to dealing with your illness,” Jim said.
Charlene said naturopathic medicine is a lot about healing the body, the mind and the spirit. She said emotions can often make a sickness worse. Through naturopathic medicine, she said, patients can learn to ease their emotions to allow the body, the mind and the spirit to heal. Sometimes it can be easy as easy as providing information.
She said detoxification is the most popular service. Through detoxification, heavy metals that are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink are removed and replaced with good things. As toxins are removed, she said, the body is brought back to balance.
However, she cautioned, naturopaths believe in tackling the root cause of illness as opposed to treating the symptoms and the onus is on the patient healing himself.
“It’s up to you to make the changes in your life. It could take one month, it could take three months or six months. It’s different in every person,” she said.