Whole Health, Your Body and Your Life
What is “whole health”?
Whole-health practitioners work with you to bring your functions and systems – your body, your mind and your spirit – into balance.
You recover and heal faster, and stay healthier, when you start with a solid foundation of good food, clean air and water, appropriate physical activity, and rest. Eating, hydrating and moving happen naturally. Resting and sleeping give your body the downtime it needs to repair, regenerate and be strong. Improve one of these factors, and you often see the others improve.
What you eat directly affects how you feel. Whatever foods you choose, we can help you maximize the nutritional benefits.
How you sleep is the foundation for your energy, strength and resilience. Without enough sleep, we are more vulnerable to a wide range of issues. If it’s pain, stress, or what you eat that’s keeping you awake, we can help.
Your physical activity often determines how you feel, improving your circulation, your outlook and your sleep. Better circulation better distributes nutrients, healing and regenerating factors to your cells, helping to balance your body’s systems and giving you more energy. Regular physical activity helps prevent injuries and just feels good.
Whole health means these elements are in place. Your systems (digestive, neurotransmitter, hormonal) are in balance. We are here to help you reach and maintain that balance.
Dr. Michael Cronin speaks about Naturopathic Doctors and Naturopathic Treatments and Healing
Whole Health and Naturopathic Medicine, Mike Cronin ND – Video Transcript
As a naturopathic physician, some of the patients that we see, their problems are pretty straightforward, but others are very complex, very chronic, and long lasting.
And that’s why we have to investigate each system. So we have to look at their mood, their digestion, their neurotransmitters, their endocrine system, their structural integrity and where they have pain.
When we have somebody that has basically multi-system dysfunction, we will oftentimes start with the diet in terms of first eliminating foods that we find to be allergic or irritating to their system, enhance their digestion. And then with that, we’re also looking closely at their hormones. How is their thyroid functioning? Their adrenal? Is their livered fatigued?
And so this combination of endocrine assessment and fine tuning is key for people finding their vitality. Neurotransmitters and moods are other categories where we’re able to do some testing and evaluate if people have sufficient amino acids and neurotransmitter levels in order to feel healthy and happy and motivated.
And then the structural component in terms of where they have pain and if they’re on pain medication and are they exercising in order to get those naturally occurring endorphins. So through this multi-system approach, we’re able to reestablish people’s health.
And the key to it is working with people as a coach at the pace at which they are able to proceed. Some people are able to just jump right in and work on multiple things at once, but many people are more systematic and so we go at their pace in terms of changing their diet and we introduced the neurotransmitter piece once their digestion is cleared up, and then we work on the pain may be one joint at a time if they have a knee, a hip and back pain.
Whereas others we go more aggressively. They want to get things done quicker. So we’re adaptable to the patient’s need in order for them to find their whole health.