Created for Health believes our bodies exist with design and function. Just as the arm is designed to throw a baseball at ninety miles an hour, swing an ax to chop wood or scale a palm tree, so our eyes are designed to refract light and decipher colors and read complex meaning into symbols called language. Not every one of us achieves the same competency with each part of our body, but our design is unmistakable. Our function is to maximize the capacity in our bodies, and while this is remarkable when seeing someone scale a rock face, it is equally as wonderful to see the function and capacity that the body has to heal itself.
Consistent with this, my practice of Vitalistic medicine works toward removing inhibitors to your strength and health, and toward revitalizing your body’s natural rhythms of restoring itself to wholeness and balance in the elemental functions of your body.
An example might be helpful here. If a person is experiencing a spreading rash, and sees a dermatologist who diagnoses contact dermatitis, a topical cream might be prescribed, along with lifestyle habits of washing clothing often and covering affected areas. This may or may not stop the spread of the rash, but it does not often systemically stop it.
We have found that for one individual, a functional inability of their body to process fruit is resulting in a rash that deepens and itches; or causes flashes of uncontrollable anger, which may also have two or three systemic causes. For another individual, rashes may spread quickly over the body and be joined by boils forming under the arms; a functional inability to produce the enzyme that breaks down and digests potato substance is at the bottom of their outbreak.
Each person is individually created. Our goal is to discover underlying causes to chronic failures of the body to heal itself, remove those hindrances and then stimulate the body and its own intrinsic healing functions.
Lastly, Created for Health affirms the intrinsic worth of each individual person, created with design and function for a distinct purpose. Good health enables a stewardship of each of our gifts and resources, so that we might work and play with excellence, and enjoy our family and friends with awareness and energy.
Naturopathic Medicine believes in and practices based on certain principles. The principles are:
- The healing power of nature
- Treating the cause
- First, do no harm
- Doctor as Teacher
- Treat the whole person
Edward E. Puriton says Naturopathy holds...
That Naturuopathy begins where any school of healing stops- with the individual. It esteems a man more than a theory, fitting it to him- not him to it.
That disease is beneficient in its purpose, to be welcomed rather than feared.
To experience the buoyant joy of abounding health, a man must first of all exert himself.
That success is self-expression, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. To be utterly true is to succeed- financial as well as philosophically.
The Naturopath and Herald of Health. Sept. 1906. Vol VII. No 8.
There are many options for treatment. Below are three of the main ones that are used.
Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries. In some cultures, it is very common and apart of peoples daily or weekly lives. In simplest terms, it is the use of water in order to get a reaction from the body towards healing or tonifying.
Homeopathy began in the 1700's and is the idea of "like cures like." Diluted doses of a substance are used in order to stimulate the body and allow the body itself to do the healing. It can work on both physical and emotional planes.
Medicinal herbs have been used for centuries. They can be used in both small and large doses. They can stimulate the body to react or they can take of a body function. They can also support and help restore certain body systems and functions.