Naturopathic Clinic Calgary
Functional Medicine

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as a heart attack or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom. Western Medicine made huge strides forward 100+ years ago, when funding from large foundations was switched to exclusively supporting that form of medical education. At the time, the predominant type of illness was from infectious disease, which responded very well to silver bullet intervention.

Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine is ill equipped to address complex, chronic disease. In most cases, the model does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual and does not allow time for exploring the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society; critical environmental factors such as stress, diet, and exposure to toxins. As a result, most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease, nor to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.

Functional Medicine is a different approach, with methodology and tools that are specifically designed to prevent and treat chronic diseases. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. It switches the balance of responsibility for wellness from the provider of care to the beneficiary (you, the patient!).

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine begins with a scientific approach to understanding the human body and employs the body’s inert ability to heal itself using medicines found in nature to initiate the process.

Primum non nocere | First, do no harm
This is part of an oath that all doctors take. Having a solid understanding of the human body, dis-ease and an in-depth knowledge of proposed treatment is essential. It is vital that Naturopathic Doctors be educated at accredited Medical Schools (see and continue to study throughout their careers.

Vis Medicatrix Naturae | The healing power of nature
The human body is magical in it’s ability to regenerate. The cause of illness or obstacle to cure must be determined and then removed. During the healing process natural substances such as vitamins, minerals and herbs are used to correct imbalances.

Tollem causum | Treat the underlying cause
Treating symptoms is necessary to provide comfort, but without addressing cause, the disease process will continue and manifest in another way. Turning up the volume on the radio only masks the rattle in the engine for so long.

Tollem totale | Treat the whole person
Physical symptoms can be aggravated or caused by social or emotional stresses, and emotional upset can have very physical causes. In order to obtain wellness, consideration must be given to all components of an individual.

Docere | Teacher
The latin derivation of doctor translates to teacher. Giving a person the understanding of illness and wellness empowers them to make the changes necessary to live healthfully.