Moving into 2019 with Possibilities of Hope and Restoration

Naturopathic Medicine (NM) is more than the sum of its parts. Naturopathic doctors state that they have six principles plus a new seventh that articulate the philosophy by which they practice:

  1. The Healing Power of Nature
    Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
  2. Identify and Treat the Causes
    Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
  3. First Do No Harm
    Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
  4. Doctor as Teacher
    Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
  5. Treat the Whole Person
    View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
  6. Prevention
    Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
  7. Wellness Help to guide people in making choices that promote wellness.

Yet there is much more that makes Naturopathic Medicine distinct.

What is it that NM does that is so different? Naturopathic Doctors do not presume that they fix or heal as practitioners. They help people create the best circumstance for their bodies to use the healing power of nature – the ‘vis’.

Just as a farmer plants seed in the ground, there is much more than tilling and nurturing the soil, planting the seeds, watering the land that occurs within nature itself that causes the innate spark within the seed to grow. Similarly, there is within each cell of every living organism an innate ability to replicate itself, heal when injured and return to homeostasis, a balance of health, by following the dynamic template of function innately held within it, unless irreparably interfered with.

Knowing how to participate with this spark of nature is what sets Naturopathic Medicine apart and yet at times it is the most difficult thing for the opponents of NM to grasp. Advanced physicists in the forefront of their field will tell you that everything is energy and that even disorder can be an act of seeking further order. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a modality used in NM, there is a theoretical principle of the necessity of both a destructive and creative cycle to explain that resolution through destruction allows for reconstruction of function.

In a world that tries to control the increasing chaos through suppression of symptoms of discord instead of looking at what these symptoms are voicing, the human species repeats itself by not listening and not reflecting on where it has been and where it is going at an ever-increasing rate of disaster. This is happening in health/disease and care/management, to weather changes to massive and spontaneous shifts of populations in order survive. Civilization is in the throes of the destructive cycle in order to create a new normal or homeostasis. How long this will take is difficult to know but naturopathic medical care has much to offer to bring clarity to help lift the health of people and the planet out of the calamitous discord that is prevalent everywhere on the Earth today.

Naturopathic medicine has a legacy of the understanding of normalcy in health and methods of care that are practical, available, applicable and affordable that can be administered to restore, maintain and optimize normal health status on an individualized basis. The elders within the NM can mentor the profession by sharing their experiential knowledge and wisdom. Ask them to share this knowledge and wisdom so that it is not lost.

—Verna Hunt, BSc DC ND

By |January 1st, 2019|General|Comments Off on Moving into 2019 with Possibilities of Hope and Restoration

March 2018 – The Year of Change

The dynamics of life are ever changing, from politics and climate change to social media. One thing I know from nearly four decades of clinical experience is that, as health care providers, each of us must make time for self-care and self-being (a new word I just created), meaning there is time to reflect and look after ourselves. This time of quietude is not a luxury. It is a necessity to restore ourselves and maintain our sense of self so that we can clearly maintain our boundaries while we nurture others. If you knew you could not fail (whatever that means to you), what would you do or not do in your time of self-caring and self-being?

As the world spins around every year I find my clients clamoring more and more for common sense, which is ‘not so common’ as the saying goes. I continually find it necessary to simplify how I explain to clients what is going on inside of them and how they can restore their health, so they can form a picture of how to carry out the plan of recovery. For most people, life is so complicated that doing one more thing in their profoundly busy schedule seems impossible. Helping them carry out recommendations so that they fit into their busy lives is essential.

A practical first recommendation is to suggest that clients shift their ‘state’ from being over-stressed to observing joy and beauty, which often only takes 1–2 minutes. Examples of techniques to accomplish this are mindful breathing when you are on hold on the telephone to relax your nervous system; humming quietly to yourself so that the vibration of your own voice in your body helps you focus within; noting when you see someone do something kind for someone else; enjoying a tree, a bird, a dog, a child being themselves.

Self-care is a welcome break that can be very time efficient. Epsom salt baths; growing pots of herbs, like lemon balm, each summer to make fresh, relaxing tea; listening to music through ear phones while doing other things; rubbing hands and feet with castor oil before bed—these are all simple activities that can be done to help your overall sense of well-being.

Of course, all of these recommendations are things the health care provider can benefit from themselves. Remember you cannot take your clients anywhere you have not gone yourself. Be a living example, look after yourself.

Dr. Verna Hunt, BSc DC ND


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News on Dr. Hunt’s Office Location, March 2015

Until two years ago, Dr. Hunt’s The Centre for Health & Well Being was located at 2927 Dundas St. W., Toronto, but it was destroyed by fire water damage in May 2013. It has finally been rebuilt and she has decided to sell the office condo and stay at her current office location at 396 Pacific Ave., Suite 201, just one block west of the fire site.

Dr. Hunt has been in practice for 36 years and she wants to have time to write and teach, along with the current amount of time she spends treating clients. This decision will allow for the time to do all these things.

For more details about the office condo sale, follow this link or call Les Raffay at 416-618-8353.

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