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The healing body

For most people, a routine medical checkup can be an anxiety-ridden experience. Anticipating being told that something is "wrong" can conjure up stressful feelings. When a checkup comes back normal, we rejoice and, for the most part, continue life as usual. Lorne Swetlikoff, a Vancouver-based doctor of naturopathic medicine, says "normal" may not explain why we don't quite feel right and the absence of disease may not necessarily constitute good health.

Do you turn to alternatives when traditional medicine fails you?

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Saskatoon

The way I see it, the only "alternatives" should be good ol' fashioned exercise and a well balanced diet. Easier said than done, yes. Most naturopathic "doctors" will feed off the anxiety of otherwise healthy individuals. Most people can be easily convinced by a naturopath or a GNC clerk that "they don't feel right" just so as they can sell them some quasi-medicine.

Posted April 25, 2008 11:18 PM

barbou

Whitehorse

Three years ago;upon being diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, I rejected psychiatric pharmaceuticals in favor of orthomolecular treatment in the form of vitamins,minerals and amino acids.It has proven to have been a wise choice as I have been virtually symptom free since that time.Having researched traditional medicine during this time I am appalled at the ignorance and lies perpetuated by BigPharma.They use us as money making guinea pigs.

Posted April 26, 2008 09:58 AM

Catherine

Toronto

Last year the Ontario government amended Health Care Legislation to include Naturopathic Doctors. Speaking as a person with a chronic condition, their is very little that allopathic medicine can do to avail my symptons, besides surgery.
Use of perscription medications have destroyed my stomach linning. At least I know that the adverse reactions that I experience with pharmacuticals do not exist when I use naturopathic treatments nutricuticals, herbal medicines and accupuncture.
There is noting quasi-medical about the pain relief I have gained from working with a naturopath.

Posted April 29, 2008 07:30 PM

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