“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
Healthy nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Unfortunately, few people are aware of, or follow healthy eating guidelines.
Nutritional treatment may be as simple as creating an individualized eating program for your specific needs, or may require the prescription of specific nutrients or nutritional supplements (orthomolecular medicine) to optimize some function of your body.
Benefits of Nutrition and Orthomolecular Medicine
A healthy diet can contribute to the prevention of a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes mellitus, the three leading disease-related causes of morbidity and mortality in the developed world.
Scientific evidence for the benefit of nutritional interventions in prevention and treatment of illness has been verified in thousands of research studies. Common examples include:
- Folic acid for the prevention of birth defects
- Fish oil for prevention of heart disease
- Vitamin C for recovery from common cold
- Probiotics (“good bacteria”) for reduction of irritable bowel disease symptoms
- Soy isoflavones for reduction of menopausal symptoms
Recent developments in nutritional research in an area called nutrigenomics demonstrate that dietary change can potentially prevent disease on a genetic level (disease-causing genes can be “turned off” by use of the appropriate nutrients, a possible explanation for the means by which, for example, only certain women having the “breast cancer gene” will develop cancer), and that genetic testing can be used to create truly individualized nutritional supplementation programs.
What to Expect
A nutritional protocol may be the primary element of an individualized treatment plan, or included as an adjunctive treatment to optimize the benefit of another therapy (e.g., use of anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements to support an acupuncture protocol for patients having pain).
Nutritional treatment may be incorporated in your health plan by a wide range of means, including nutritional analysis, evaluating digestive health, developing personal dietary plans, implementing metabolic detoxification programs or recommending specific nutritional supplements.
Nutritional Treatment at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
Every naturopathic doctor at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is trained in the use of specific dietary approaches and protocols for specific health conditions, safe and effective use of nutritional supplements and effective integration of these elements into your lifestyle.
Nutritional treatment (not including cost of dispensary items) provided at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended healthcare plans.