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The philosophy of Progressive Health is to combine Naturopathic principles, diagnosis, and treatments with Conventional or Western Medicine. This type of practice has various synonyms such as: Integrative, Holistic, Wellness, Alternative, Restorative, Age Management, Mind-Body, and Anti-Aging Medicine. There are no official definitions and different practioners use different collections of diagnostic and treatment methods.

Naturopathic Principles

The Healing Power of Nature: Vis Medicatrix Naturae

Nature acts powerfully through the healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic treatments restore, support, and optimize these healing systems by using methods, medicines, and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.

First Do No Harm: Primum non nocere

Non-invasive treatments are preferred, which minimizes the risk of harmful side effect

Find the Cause: Tolle causum

Many illnesses have an underlying cause, often in aspects of lifestyle, diet, or habits of an individual.

Treat the Whole Person:

Health or disease results from the complex interactions of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. To treat the whole person all these factors are taken into account.

Preventive Medicine:

Preventive healthcare helps an individual correct risk factors associated with potential disease and by preventing minor symptoms and illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic disease. Patients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy lifestyle.

Achieving Health

Contrary to the medical model, which assumes that health is the absence of disease, the wellness model views being disease or symptoms free as but a step in a process of feeling vital and fulfilled. Treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms of an illness, by restoring normal function, has the potential of cure. Lifestyle practices that are essential for this approach include adequate sleep, exercise, meaningful work, whole foods, pure water, freedom from emotional and physical abuse and low exposure to home, worksite and other environmental toxins as well as tobacco and excess alcohol. Naturopathic therapies include the use of herbal extracts, nutritional supplements, homeopathic preparations, bio-identical hormones, biofeedback, manual therapies such as massage and ‘adjustments’, counseling and spiritual guidance. Achieving health is a process and the full benefit of these treatments and lifestyle changes can take months to years. In illnesses with a strong genetic tendency, advanced cancer, organ failure, severe infections, or history of severe abuse, or injury naturopathic treatments can be combined with prescriptions and other conventional treatments to enhance effectiveness and lesson side effects. The use of laboratory testing, physical exam and diagnostic imaging can be essential to accurately diagnosis and monitor care.