Why Naturopathic Medicine is Necessary in the 21st Century

Dr. Nicholas Morgan Naturopathic Doctor, cafe scientifique

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Nicholas Morgan speaking to Michigan Association of Healthcare Auditors about Naturopathic MedicineI would like to thank the Michigan Association of Healthcare Auditors (MAHA) for reaching out to the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians and requesting someone speak to their group. Friday March 20, 2015 I presented a talk titled: Complex vs Complicated Medicine Why Naturopathic Medicine is Necessary in the 21st Century. They were very welcoming, inquisitive and seemed to enjoy the talk. I spoke about 3 areas: naturopathic education and licensure in Michigan, the importance of treating the whole person by addressing imbalances in their life, and the importance of a therapeutic doctor patient relationship to create positive changes.

People askedĀ a lot of questions about licensure and training especially. They wanted to know how to find a reputable naturopathic physician and how much longer it would be until we were licensed. I used depression as an example of the importance of treating the whole person. Using antidepressants and talk therapy helps but most people do not undergo complete remission of symptoms and there are so many additional things that can be done to help people suffering from depression. Last but not least I talked about the doctor patient relationship necessary to promote healing. Again I thank MAHA for inviting me and I look forward to discussing Naturopathic Medicine with more people in the future.

Alternative Treatments for an Irregular Heartbeat

irregular heartbeat, atrial fibriillation, alternative treatments

I would like to thank Lynne for asking about natural treatments for atrial fibrillation (a-fib). A-fib is the most common form of irregular heartbeat. Its frequency increases with age especially after the age of 70. Patients usually complain of palpitations and fatigue which leads to testing and an eventual diagnosis. Unlike ventricular fibrillation atrial fibrillation by itself is not fatal but can cause complications. For example people with a-fib have a higher risk of stroke. Patients usually undergo treatment to control their symptoms of fatigue, chest pain, irregular pulse, lightheadedness, and etc.

irregular heartbeat, atrial fibriillation, alternative treatments

Other than undergoing surgery natural approaches are similar to conventional medical interventions with a few additional interventions. Conventional care focuses on anti-coagulation to prevent blood clots in patients with irregular heartbeats. For a truly holistic approach I would want to improve blood flow to the heart because during increased heart rates the energy demand goes up. If the heart’s blood flow is decreased due to things like heart disease or smoking then the risk for complications of irregular heartbeats increases. I would support the mitochondria to increase energy production. Also I would look at natural ways of slowing nerve impulses, decreasing stimulants in the diet, and really trying to improve the patients vascular health. By supporting the person’s body they are potentially able to decrease their risk of stroke, heart attack, and other symptoms.

Treating Hypothyroidism Naturally

Natural treatment for hypothyroidism naturopathic doctor Michigan

Treating hypothyroidism naturally

 

Do you have Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

I receive a lot of phone calls from people suffering from hypothyroidism. They complain of weight gain, fatigue, and depression among other problems. The first question I ask is do you have antibodies against your thyroid? About half of the time people say yes and the other half has no idea. Traditionally synthetic thyroid is used whether there is an autoimmune process or not so distinguishing the two is not often done without some prompting by the patient. Addressing hypothyroidism naturally is more complicated than tracking the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and adjusting a patient’s dosage of hormone accordingly.

Hypothyroidism without antibodies

If a person has hypothyroidism without antibodies usually they respond well to just taking thyroid hormone. Unfortunately these people make up less than 10% of the people suffering from hypothyroidism. I personally like to give them the necessary building blocks to see if their lack of production was simply due to lack of nutrients like tyrosine, iodine, selenium, and etc. If they are deficient in any of these constituents then supplementing can help increase thyroid levels without taking the synthetic hormone. This is important because if their thyroid is deficient to the point that it shows abnormal labs then I believe they may be deficient in other parts of their body as well so it makes sense to address that deficiency.

Autoimmune Hypothyroidism is an Inflammatory Disease

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is your immune system creating antibodies that attack your thyroid gland. The issue is not the gland itself but instead is due to the immune system malfunctioning. There may be some symptomatic relief from taking thyroid hormone but supplementing with hormone does not address the inflammatory process at the root of the problem. Circulating antibodies and immune activation is not a benign process. Therefore I like to address the inflammatory process, improve the immune intelligence so it doesn’t attack itself, and decrease thyroid cross reactors in the diet. While doing all of these things the patient can continue to take thyroid hormone and hopefully they experience significant improvement.