Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health-orientated medicine that promotes health, prevention of disease, patient education, and self-responsibility. Naturopathic medicine symbolizes more than simply a health care system, it is a way of life. We believe in the body’s ability to heal itself, If given the proper opportunity. Naturopathic treatment is also known as holistic medicine as it takes a variety of aspects into account in establishing and maintaining optimal health and balance. It is said that every illness has an underlying cause or causes, often aspects of the lifestyle, diet, or habits of the individual and that health or disease comes from a complex interaction of mental, emotional, spiritual physical, dietary, genetic, environmental, and lifestyles to name a few. Therefore, to truly heal, all of these factors must be assessed and addressed.

Below I have listed some of the Determinants of health and other factors that may be tested and/or addressed in Naturopathic Preventative Medicine:

  • Genetic Makeup (genotype)
  • Constitution (determines susceptibility)
  • Maternal Exposures (Drugs, toxins, viruses, emotional influences)
  • Maternal & Paternal genetic influences
  • Maternal Nutrition
  • Maternal Lifestyle
  • Physical & emotional exposures, stresses & trauma
  • Exposure to toxic & harmful substances
  • Dietary Analysis/Nutrition (deficiencies, excesses, adequate nourishment for specific individuals needs)
  • Digestive Function
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Emotional Health
  • Exposure to Environmental and occupational toxins/pollutants/radiation
  • Exposure to EMF’s
  • Quality of air
  • Sun exposure
  • Light exposure
  • Exposure to Nature
  • Quality chemical free water
  • Unadulterated food
  • Loving & being loved
  • Meaningful work


Which is the concept that the nutritional and chemical make-up of each person is unique and that dietary needs, therefore, vary from person to person. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition, hormonal synthesis and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best.

Another core principle of naturopathic treatment is Bio-individuality. The “one size fits all” nutritional intervention is impulsive and does not address underlying issues or imbalances, they fail to improve health outcomes long term. As bio-individuality continues to gain scientific validation so does our understanding of nutrigenomics and this, in addition to diagnostic investigations gives us direction in creating an individualized treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs and presenting concerns.