Gerard Guéniot, F.D.

In Memoriam A significant piece of the education on optionsnaturopathic.com comes directly from the teachings of Dr. Gérard Guéniot. Dr. Guéniot was my mentor; he was a teacher of the finest form, sharing all his knowledge, as much as he could, without ever stopping and without ever withholding information. He taught with passion and with…

The Importance of Breastmilk

By Amelia H. Psmythe Executive Director (Interim), United States Breastfeeding Committee The US DHHS National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign tells us ‘Babies were born to be breastfedi’. Leading health organizations like UNICEFii, the World Health Organizationiii and the American Academy of Pediatricsiv, recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, introduction of appropriate solids with continuation of breastmilk…

Diet

Diet is something that MUST be individualized.  There is no single diet that is ideal for everyone.  Dr. Erin primarily chooses from an array of diets and simple, whole food recommendations when guiding her patients as to what they should be eating. She often initially refers patients to Michael Pollan’s books, especially Food Rules.  Beyond…

Naturopathic Doctor’s Training and Regulation

Naturopathic Doctors (ND/NMD) unlike traditional naturopaths are trained at one of these seven federally accredited naturopathic schools: Bastyr University Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Bridgeport University* Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine National University of Health Sciences National University of Natural Medicine Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine *Bridgeport University is no longer accepting new students. Once…

Definition of Terms

Allopathy/Allopathic Medicine A term originally coined by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., the founder of homeopathy, that describes the treatment of disease using a principle of opposites (as opposed to homeopathy which uses a principle of similars). ‘Allopacthic medicine’ is now considered to be synonymous with Western or conventional medicine. Biotherapeutic Drainage Subtle and directed elimination through…

A Naturopathic Approach to Pain

Although pain is uncomfortable and undesirable, pain is a safety signal that assists in preserving the body’s integrity. Pain does not always equal harm and can be good to signal the approach of the body’s limitation with a particular motion. It is a complex, changeable, and reversible process; the body can be retrained so that…

Philosophy

Naturopathy, a termed coined around 1901, is the combination of the nineteenth century European practice Nature Cure with the principles and concepts of homeopathy. Naturopathy, a termed coined around 1901, is the combination of the nineteenth century European practice Nature Cure with the principles and concepts of homeopathy. Nature Cure was a tried and true…

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

In fact, naturopathic medicine was created in 1901 as a direct response to the overuse of chemical drug therapies. Over the previous century the use of mercury, also known as ‘calomel’, was in widespread use, mirroring the current pharmaceutical industry. Naturopathic medicine is a unique doctoral profession built upon the premise of using nature as…