I am a licensed and practicing naturopathic doctor located in British Columbia Canada. My journey to naturopathic medicine was a rather accidental one. Coming from a family of doctors, I was well on my way to becoming a medical doctor. Not because that was what my parents wanted me to do, but because I have always had this drive to work in the health field. I found medicine fascinating and interesting and I liked the idea of helping people feel and get better.
After I wrote my medical college admission test and was about to send in my application, I started doubting if conventional medicine was for me. I was doing some undergraduate research that started to make me question if the approach to health and disease was the correct one.
I enrolled at York University in the Environmental Health Studies program and did a Masters in Environmental health promotion. Three years later, I was convinced more than ever that I did not want to be a medical doctor because I started to understand the impact of our environment on our health. By environment, I mean the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental environment. I became a vegetarian to my family’s surprise, started growing my own food and buying organic produce, and switched my personal care products.
I traded my gym membership for a yoga membership and started to experience true health for the first time in my life. I no longer had to take naps during the day. Something I had done for years because I was always tired. I had boundless energy. I slept better. My mood and mental outlook was clearer. Despite being under a lot of stress, I was able to manage and control it. I was on top of the world and I felt incredible.
During my masters program, I looked more into naturopathic medicine as a profession and I promptly moved to Seattle to pursue a degree in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr university as soon as the Master in Environmental Studies was completed. While at Bastyr university, I started experiencing insomnia due to the rigorous course load. I decided to try acupuncture and Chinese medicine because nothing else was really working and quite frankly I was at my wits end. I had never really experienced true, can’t fall asleep, then toss and turn for hours insomnia like that before in my life.
To my surprise, acupuncture worked like a charm. Of course, I had to learn how it was able to do what it did with just a few small needles strategically placed on my hands and feet. How in the world was this working? I applied to the Master in Acupuncture program while doing my doctorate in Naturopathic medicine. Five years after I started, I received a dual degree in Naturopathic medicine and a Master in Chinese medicine. That degree took me to China for a 5 week intensive and was that ever and eye opener for me. It was amazing to see all the various conditions that were being treated successfully in China with acupuncture while we were barely scratching the surface in Canada.
Naturopathic medicine and philosophy is a lifestyle choice for me. I have seen the changes and benefits in my own life, my children, my siblings and my parents. For me it is about eating a balanced organic diet, making sure I get regular exercise and while I cannot get rid of my stress, I can sure manage it.
Through naturopathic medicine, I am a much stronger, healthier and balanced person. I have learned the skills and techniques to slow down the aging process, maintain a healthy weight, balance my hormones and ensure that I will be able to enjoy my life into my golden years. In a way naturopathic medicine has and is saving my life.