You may have heard of this line of business referred to as holistic health, or alternative medicine...well, let me just explain a bit about what I do and what the basis of using the gifts of nature for healing purposes is all about.
Many people ask me, what exactly does it mean to be a Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritional/Health Coach. Well, there are many different answers to this depending on the professional you ask and their field of work so that would explain much of the confusion! While there are variations in how certain naturopaths practice and which protocols they use, there are always the foundational principles of natural health that are constant between all in the natural health field. Just as Hippocrates says, "Let food be thy medicine" and "do no harm", naturopaths strive to utilize the fruits of the earth (nutrition, herbs, etc) to help restore the body to balance instead of using medications and drugs created in a laboratory, which can cause havoc on the entire system. The entire body works holistically - which means together as a unit. When one part of the machine is malfunctioning, the entire system is stressed.
"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body...If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad." - Corinthians 12:12, 26
A major principle to understand when exploring natural health is that our bodies have been designed to be self-healing, given the right tools. That's right, God designed us perfectly to co-exist with nature and supplied us with all the tools we need around us to heal our bodies. Pretty amazing stuff!
Now, in my situation, I am a Naturopathic Doctor, with a heavy emphasis on food, herbal support, cleansing and rebuilding along with a deep faith in God and His role as He guides us down the path to restoring our bodies to health. No, I did not go to medical school to get my MD because I did not feel that was my calling. For the most part, I am opposed to medications and would've lost my mind in medical school learning about pharmaceuticals when I feel so strongly against them...So I decided to follow my heart and spend my time studying herbs, food, and how the body works. Because of this, I do not get approved by the AMA to hold my own medical practice or work in a hospital, and unfortunately that takes away some credibility I may get from others that expect a medical degree, but when I realized it wasn't about that, things fell into place. I didn't need a plaque or medical license to feed my ego or prove myself to other people, or to do what I know and love the most...HELP people. Believe me, this was a battle because I am very scientific based, along with my faith of course, so I wanted to make sure people understood I had proper training. Once I listened to the little voice telling to "let it go" I could clearly see that God was not only my boss, but He had by back! He has been guiding me through all of my training and He continuously sends me people that are reaching out for my help everyday! With this blessing, I am thankful to be driven to educate myself more all the time and to see many of clients follow my advice and get better.
Sooooo, while I am not CLAIMING to "cure or treat" any disease, I have successfully helped many people adapt to a natural lifestyle and overcome many health issues they have been struggling with. I am walking proof of what your body is capable of doing, giving it the chance to heal with food and natural support! (More on my personal struggles and health battle later...)
So how do we even start? Who needs natural health? It may all seem so overwhelming and foreign, but TRUST me...it can be simple. It just takes some changes, correct guidance, and motivation. There are 4 basic steps of healing:
1. CUT OFF the toxic source that is causing harm
2. DETOX the toxins
3. CLEANSE and NOURISH the system
4. REBUILD the system from all the damage
Once you cut off the source of what's causing the weaknesses, flush out the junk, your body will automatically start repairing itself! Giving it proper nutrition and support along the way will just speed up the process. This means utilizing the fruits of the earth such as food, herbs, teas, essential oils, tincture, extracts, etc. to nourish and support the organs back to their proper functions.
Of course there is a need for medical attention in certain situations, and you better believe I encourage all of you to go to the hospital if you broke your leg, but in general, pharmaceuticals are widely over-prescribed and abused to the point that they are causing more harm then good. Prescription drugs are the NUMBER ONE cause of deadly overdoses in the United States! But not only overdoses are the problem. According to US News, even PROPERLY PRESCRIBED drugs have become the fourth leading cause of death, estimating that "128,000 Americans die each year as a result of taking medications as prescribed - or nearly five times the number of people killed by overdosing on prescription painkillers and heroin."
"By far the greatest number of (prescription drug-related) hospitalizations and deaths occur from drugs that are prescribed properly by physicians and taken as directed," says Donald Light, a medical and economic socialist.
On the contrary, medications can be life-savers in some instances in an emergency situation, but if there is a way to support the body back to health and allow it to rebuild itself, then why not try? This is not a new concept...natural remedies, herb and nutrition have been used since the beginning of time and were the main system in place before pharmaceuticals took over. The ultimate goal of a naturopath is get the patient off of all medications and living a healthy lifestyle without needing any support beyond daily nutrients that can be easily assimilated in the body.
Unfortunately most people do not start living a healthy lifestyle until they are forced to. However, it's never too early or late to start. Starting children is obviously ideal so they grow up with less compromise system, but it's never too late to start. Making the right food choices is one step in the right direction. If someone has acquired health issues, finding the root cause and correcting the problem is the next step.
Don't forget that we are living in a world of microorganisms and if our body is weakened, we are susceptible to picking up viruses, bacteria, and parasites. People may laugh (or cry) at the idea of having parasites but it is FAR more common than most people realize! Parasites are a REAL thing and no joke...they are everywhere and whether or not they stick around in our bodies is whether or not we are healthy enough to pass them out, or if we provide an ideal environment full of acid and weaknesses where they thrive in. A good balance of microbiome and the "friendly bacteria" in our bodies will keep us strong against invaders, but unfortunately that is one of the leading causes of disease in our country now. Many people have destroyed their good bacteria, weakening their immune system, therefore allowing the "bad" things to take over.
Good news! We can kill out invaders, parasites, viruses, and bacteria and rebuild from the damage. You just need a good naturopath to find the specific problem you have so you have a direct protocol on how to do so. Luckily for y'all, you have one right here - hello, I'm Dr. Jenny Weaver :)
Ready to make the change? Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation. Let's get started on being healthy the rest of your life.