March 26, 2023

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most common neurogenerative disorder experienced by seniors; voluntary movement is impaired or lost. Although the dis-ease may come to affect the whole body, it most commonly weakens one’s ability to control semi-voluntary motions such as swinging arms when walking, or moving one’s tongue so that speech is clear and precise.
Naturopathic medicine is well-suited for treating and preventing Parkinson’s Disease. Naturopathic Doctors are the only primary care doctors in the United States trained in both conventional and natural medicine. Naturopathic education thus bridges two worlds that the public tends often sees as being very distinct; science-informed medicine and natural healing methods. ND training gives naturopathic doctors many tools to deliver the best of both these worlds.
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and distinct system of health care that emphasizes prevention and natural therapeutics. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to serve as primary care general doctors who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions.
Licensed naturopathic doctors complete a four-year, doctoral level, medical education at an accredited school, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Naturopathic doctors spend two years studying the same biomedical sciences as medical doctors as well as advanced training in botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, behavioral medicine, exercise therapeutics, and homeopathy. Only naturopathic medical students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to take the Naturopathic Licensing Examination, required for licensure.
One of the six principles of Naturopathic Medicine is to find and treat the causes of dis-ease. Some of the potential PD causes include: pesticides and herbicides; toxic metals, such as lead; poor nutrition; hidden and delayed food allergies, such as gluten; traumatic brain injuries; inflammatory brain disorder, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction (the last three known to be caused by environmental toxicants). According to Dauer (2003), only 5-10% of PD cases are linked to genetics.
In my practice, the first medical appointment includes extensive blood testing. Using optimal, rather than standard, ranges to objectively evaluate symptoms and their concrete reality a program that enhances the fundamental building blocks of health will then be developed. This often includes: exercise, healthy nutrition, quality sleep, managing stress, proper hydration, and mental and emotional health. I prescribe lifestyle change and natural medicine to treat the causes of health issues.
In addition to treating the cause, the other 5 principles of Naturopathic Medicine are: (1) Do No Harm; (2) The Healing Power of Nature; (3) Treat the Whole Person; (4) Preventive Medicine; and, (5) Doctor as Teacher.
Naturopathic treatments are effective in treating a wide variety of conditions without the need for additional intervention. Naturopathic doctors can also function within an integrated framework, and naturopathic therapies can be used to complement treatments used by conventionally trained medical doctors. The result is a patient-centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate individualized treatment.
Naturopathic doctors have been at the forefront of the evolution of integrative and functional medicine. The Federal Department of Education recognizes eight Naturopathic medical schools, and 26 U.S. jurisdictions license Naturopathic Physicians.
Over the past two decades, there has been a paradigm shift in attitudes, further understanding and acceptance of natural medicine. Naturopathic institutions are frequently recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and other grants to advance medical research, and often awarded highly competitive NIH fellowships.
Naturopathic medicine is safe, effective and evidence-based. As with most medical conditions, PD can be immensely helped by healthy lifestyle, natural medicine, and removing the obstacles to cure.
Dr. Dennis Godby, Naturopathic Doctor, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached , Facebook or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591.
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