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Food sensitivity testing
Our licensed naturopathic doctors can order food sensitivity tests through our partner LifeLabs in Ontario and British Columbia. This can help determine the cause of symptoms like gas, bloating, heartburn, cramps, and irregular bowel movements, and if hidden food sensitivities are contributing to your symptoms.
The LifeLabs RMA FST™ provides a list of food sensitivities in an easy-to-interpret report, by analyzing hundreds of different types of food antigens.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are naturopathic doctors?
Naturopathic doctors are trained in areas like clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, and homeopathy. They use natural therapies to diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illnesses holistically.
Some of the most common conditions they treat include digestive difficulties, fatigue, and stress management.
What to expect from your first naturopathic doctor visit.
On the first visit, your doctor will discuss your medical history, family history, lifestyle, and prescribe any laboratory tests that are relevant in order to complete an assessment and diagnosis.
How do naturopathic doctors diagnose illnesses?
While naturopathic doctors can provide relief from symptoms using natural approaches, their end goal is to uncover and heal the root causes of illness.
They do this by asking questions about symptoms, your environment, and health history, and also by working hand-in-hand with medical doctors and other healthcare providers.
Are naturopathic doctors licensed?
Naturopathic doctors are regulated by each province. Ours are governed by the College of Naturopaths Of Ontario (CNO) and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).
In order to become a licensed naturopath in the above provinces, each practitioner completes an undergraduate degree at university, as well as an accredited naturopathic medicine program, which includes training in basic, medical, and clinical science, diagnostics, naturopathic principles, and therapeutics. It also includes extensive clinical experience under the supervision of qualified naturopathic doctors.
After a candidate has successfully graduated from an accredited program, they must pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).
Can a naturopathic doctor prescribe medication?
Along with herbal and natural medicines, in some provinces, they can prescribe a limited number of Table 3 medications if they have met the Standard of Practice for Prescribing. These include things such as vitamin D, calcium, estrogen, progesterone, folic acid and others.
Following the results of lab tests, they may leverage a variety of treatments such as herbal medicine, natural medicine, hydrotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counseling, to treat your condition.
Can a naturopathic doctor help with cancer?
There is no evidence at this time that naturopathic medicine can treat the cancer itself. Naturopathic medicine often combines several different therapies, and there isn't enough research yet on the different therapies to say whether naturopathic medicine as a whole system works well as a complementary therapy.