Welcome to my blog.
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to tell you about why I decided to become a naturopathic doctor and what I hope to accomplish.
Before becoming a naturopathic doctor, I was a secondary school teacher. As a teacher, I dedicated myself to helping each and every student with reaching their potential. I strived to accommodate the individual needs of each student and to treat each student as unique. Little did I know that my attention to individuality would prove just as important as a naturopathic doctor.
It has always been and will always be a passion of mine to help people. I believe that each and every person is full of potential but over time, priorities change, circumstances change, we settle, or just stop believing in ourselves and don't reach that potential.
Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is.
Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a naturopathic doctor, my goal is to help YOU reach your potential by helping you to see that potential again, and empowering you to see and remove the obstacles in your way.
Naturopathy in Schools
Having been a secondary school teacher, I am well-aware of the stresses and issues that affect teachers, parents and students. A teenager in secondary school must deal with a whole lot of changes and stresses that are unfamiliar to them, many related to changes in hormones in their bodies, ranging from mood swings, skin issues, body image issues and peer pressure. High school can be a very stressful time. With modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, counselling, herbs, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle counselling, naturopathy can provide these youth with the tools they need to deal with new stresses and empower these youth to make long -lasting lifestyle choices. Students will be able to focus on school, developing their personalities and pursuing their dreams, maximizing on a time in their lives where possibilities seem endless. Another common issue in schools is ADD and ADHD. Instead of just prescribing pharmaceuticals such as Ritalin, there can be a lot of other things that can be done instead or as an adjunct. Are there food sensitivities? Heavy metal toxicities? Environmental factors?
As Mary Mcleod Bethune, American educator and Franklin D. Roosevelt's national adviser, once said -
"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
I see a future where naturopathic doctors will be an integral part of the school system just as counsellors are today. I see a future where naturopathic doctors will help students reach their maximum potential by helping to remove obstacles and stresses.
Accessible health care for everyone
In the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of visiting Nicaragua as a Natural Doctors International (NDI) volunteer. I stayed with a local family on the island of Ometepe. While living with this family, I got to experience first hand what it is like to have no hot water, to need to use a hole in the ground as a washroom, to live in a small house with no luxuries. There, I had the privilege of assisting in a clinic where people would come from faraway just to see a doctor. This clinic was all these families had for health care and it was a humbling experience seeing the power of natural medicine. This would have been my second experience with those less fortunate in rural areas and it solidified my dream of bringing health care to those less fortunate.
Left: a glove tree. the hospital doesn't have enough money to constantly buy gloves so they disinfect the gloves and reuse them again. Often they don't wear gloves...
Centre: Picture my host family's home.
Right: Outdoor cooking area.